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Five Cool Things, a Christmas Special 2019: win yourself some socks by showing us your cycling-related gifts!

Show us your cycling-related Christmas presents and win socks (maybe even some bonus extra stuff too) it’s that simple! We’ll be perusing the best entries after Christmas day and publishing the article on 27th December, good luck…

Our weekly round-up of Five Cool Things usually shows off the latest and greatest products we've got in for testing here at but as is fast becoming a Christmas tradition, this time we’re giving you the chance to show us some of the best, most interesting or downright silliest bike-related things you’ve got for Christmas, and our five favourites will each win a pair of socks!  

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Whether it’s destined to become your new favourite toy, or you were forced to make a grimacing smile before turning your thoughts to ebaying the undesirable gift before teatime, send us a photo (preferably with a bit of description and backstory if possible) and if it makes our list we’ll send you a pair of highly desirable cycling socks... and maybe even throw in some bonus extra gifts if we've got some suitable swag in our cupboard. 

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As an example of what you're up against, here is the Bicycle Bottle Opener gratefully received by one of last year's winners; and here is reader Gill Caine's wonderfully retro gift, 'Richard's Bicycle Book', from 1972, which handily tells us that cassette-type gears will never catch on and five-speed touring bikes are the bomb... 

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For this year's comp, you can send us your submissions in a number of ways: in the comments section underneath this article, via our Facebook or Twitter pages or by emailing info [at] We’ll be judging over Christmas and Boxing day (deadline for entries is 11:59pm on December 26th), and the article will appear on the 27th. If you’re a winner you will receive a message of congratulations and a request for a delivery address, and we’ll post the prizes in January when our NYE hangovers have settled - you can’t say fairer than that. Best of luck, and Merry Christmas to all! 

Arriving at in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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Tom_77 | 4 years ago

My wife bought me Flamme Rouge, a bike race board game.

Jack Sexty replied to Tom_77 | 4 years ago
Tom_77 wrote:

My wife bought me Flamme Rouge, a bike race board game.

Certainly a winner that Tom, email jack.sexty [at] with your shoe size and colour preference (black or white) plus a delivery address and we'll send you some socks in the new year!

IanMunro | 4 years ago
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Let's not forget his classic advice on dealing with dogs!

If the dog attacks: one defense is aerosol pepper sprays made for this purpose. They have a range of about ten feet and are light enough to clip to your handlebars. A water pistol loaded with a water-amonia solution will also work but is a good deal less convenient. If you have neither of these and can't or won't climb a tree get a stick or a large rock. No? The bicycle pump. Try to ram it down his throat. In any event, don't cower or cover up, because the dog will only chew you to ribbons. Attack. Any small dog can simply be hoisted up by the legs and his brains dashed out. With a big dog you are fighting for your life. If you are weaponless try to tangle him up in your bike and then strangle him. Kicks to the genitals and which break ribs are effective. If you have got a pump or a stick hold it at both ends and offer it up to the dog horizontally. Often the dog will bit the stick/pump and hang on. Immediately lift the dog up and deliver a very solid kick to the gemitals. Follow up with breaking the dogs ribs or crushing its head with a rock. If worst comes to worst ram your entire arm down its throat. He will choke and die. Better your arm than your throat.

Xenophon2 | 4 years ago

'Richard's Bicycle Book', from 1972, which handily tells us that cassette-type gears will never catch on and five-speed touring bikes are the bomb... 

Never mind the prattling about cassettes, give him 30 lashes for that jumper!

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