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Creepy cushions, terrible tools and too much Etsy — what not to buy cyclists for Christmas 2022 with Jo Burt on the podcast

There’s a festive theme as Jo and the team discuss which cycling-themed presents might be welcome – and which ones most certainly would not

The final full episode of the podcast for 2022 is here, and with just a week and a half to go until Christmas Day, we have a festive treat for you as Jo Burt sits down with George and Jack for a chat about gift-giving that at times goes off on a wild tangent, but never fails to be entertaining.


Jo, the artist who created the much-loved Mint Sauce comic strip that follows the adventures of the eponymous mountain-biking sheep, has regularly blogged for under the nom de plume VecchioJo ever since the site began in 2008 – sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant, his posts are always worth reading.

For a number of years now he’s also penned two of our most popular seasonal gift guides – what NOT to buy cyclists for Christmas, and what to buy the discerning cyclist, and those form the basis of the chat in this episode covering everything from cushions that bring to mind voodoo dolls, odd bits of chain you might find in your toolbox, and of course the Park Tool pizza cutter, plus much more besides.

> Don't buy me this! Gifts not to buy for cyclists this Christmas to avoid a festive faux pas

The trio clearly had a lot of fun making this episode – so grab a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine and sit back and enjoy.

> Christmas gifts for discerning cyclists 2022 — what to buy for the awkward cyclist in your life

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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