Christmas gift ideas for road cyclists
Looking for the perfect Christmas gifts to give the cyclist in your life? Here are 11 ideas to get you started ranging from the simple to must have cycling kit.
Also, save yourself the hassle of visiting the shops. Order your gifts early online.
The retailers I recommend have free shipping options and make returns easy.
Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road
Oakley’s Jawbreaker Prizm Road features optics that are tuned for road riding
Oakley makes excellent lenses, and the Prizm lens in particular is tuned for road cycling. Plus, the tall upper portion is great for visibility for when road riders are in the drops.
But a simple design element goes a long way — the big frame means dropping the glasses on the road seldom results in a scratched lens.
Ale Ultra Canale Jersey
Ale Ultra Canale Jersey long Sleeve is an excellent cool-weather jersey
The Ultra Canale Jersey is here to keep you warm and comfortable throughout the winter months. Featuring a bold, Italian tricolore finish for maximum style points on the roads.
This is a stylish winter jersey constructed from a thermal and stretch fleece fabric for excellent warmth. The fleece inner face of the fabric traps a layer of air that is warmed as you work giving you a cosy insulating barrier against the outer cold. The high collar creates a lovely seal around the neck stopping unwanted draughts from getting to your core.
You can’t go wrong giving a cyclist new socks
Buying a tie for someone: not very likely to please. Buying new socks for a cyclist: nearly guaranteed to please. Planet X based in Sheffield have a great range of socks and prices starting from 4.99 you cant go wrong.
SIS Team Sky Bundle
Inspired by Team Sky, this bundle contains a selection of the riders favourites.
If your cyclist is a wanabe Chris Frome then this bundle is for them, it comes with some great nutrition and 2 x Team Sky Bottles. The gels are designed to be consumed without water, minimising the risk of being bloated that can sometimes occur with over-drinking.
- 2x GO Isotonic Gel 6 Pack
- 1x REGO Rapid Recovery 500g Tub
- 1x GO Hydro 20 Tablet Tube
- 1x GO Energy + Caffeine Gels
- 2x Team Sky Bottle
dhb Neoprene Nylon Overshoe
This overshoe is the middle member of the dhb overshoe family, providing protection against cold wet weather. The 3mm Neoprene is tough but stretchy, when applied over the shoe the fitting is snug and form fitting. The durable, rear entry, size 5, lock down, YKK zip gives access to the shoecover. Once the foot is in place and the heel adjusted it can be zipped closed and further secured with the Velcro top tab.
Buy the the dhb overshoe from Wiggle
- Price: £18.99
- Buy from Wiggle cycles
Garmin Edge 820
The Garmin Edge 520 plays nicely with a smartphone for real-time connectivity and has the new Group track feature
The Edge 820 is the newest recruit in Garmin’s well-known Edge GPS cycling unit range. It sits towards the top-end of the Edge series, with only the Explore 1000 and the Edge 1000 above it. It’s firmly geared towards the obsessed cyclist and is filled with enough features to convince yourself you’re on a professional training squad. If you know how to use them
Strava Premium adds features to a rider’s online and outdoor experience
Strava Premium is a subscription service that offers a few features we regularly use. One such feature is Route Builder, which uses Strava’s enormous database to suggest routes based on what’s popular with cyclists.
For example, a rider can just click on the map from here to there, and Strava will fill in the route based on what cyclists ride. It’s handy for riding in new areas. It’s not always perfect, but it’s a heck of a lot better than just eyeballing a route.
Garmin Vector 2 powermeter
The Vector 2 was recently reviewed by us, check it out here
Quantifying power is the easiest and best way to both train and to know whether or not the training is working.
Today there are scores of power meters on the market, with the likes but we think the Garmin Vector 2 are the best of the bunch and Pioneer offering relatively inexpensive access to watt measurement. Installation on many meters is fairly straightforward, but make sure you get one that is compatible with the target bike.
Wahoo KICKR SNAP Smart Turbo Trainer
Every serious road cyclist needs a smart turbo trainer for the winter months when its hard to get out
The Wahoo KICKR SNAP Smart Turbo Trainer shares the great features of the KICKR Smart trainer including power you can feel, app controlled resistance, and an open platform – all in a convenient wheel-on design.
The Wahoo KICKR SNAP comes with a one month free trial to Zwift, it’s also compatible with many popular training 3rd party Apps such as Kinomap, Virtual Training, BKOOL, and TrainerRoad
Toppeak Aero Saddle bag
Every cyclist needs a saddle bag to keep spare tubes, pumps and nutrition bars. Try this inexpensive option from Toppeak
Made with a high quality 1000 Denier Condura Plus material and featuring an expanding section for added storage. Unique, positive locking 2-piece rail fixer securely attaches bag to the saddle rails and allows you to remove it in seconds. Expands from 1.4 litres to 1.6 litres quickly and simply to provide plenty of storage for those ride essentials.
GoPro Hero 5 session
The GoPro Hero 5 Session turns on and starts recording with a single button press
Let’s face it, most rides are not worth capturing in every detail. However, sometimes riders do find themselves somewhere beautiful, and wouldn’t it be great if they could get some footage without a lot of fumbling around with buttons and menus?
Enter the Hero 5 Session. A single button press turns it on and starts recording. Press it again and it’s off.
4K video, voice control and a little blinking light to let users know it’s rolling.