Great gift ideas for the cyclist who has everything

Got a rider in your life who is hard to shop for? Here's your list

If you're searching for holiday gifts for a cyclist and feel like they already have everything, don't despair. Here is a list of gifts that range from the luxurious to the very, very useful.  

Some of these you can buy online through the links below, and some may require a quick click or call to a local vendor. But all are sure to delight your favourite cyclist.

Air compressor

An air compressor can be had at your local hardware store from less than the price of a decent pump
An air compressor can be had at your local hardware store from less than the price of a decent pump

Tubeless tires have long been the go-to for off-road riding, but now road riders are beginning to embrace the benefits that dumping the inner tube can offer.

The trouble with tubeless tires is getting them set up, and while some will seat with a track pump and a bit of elbow grease, others need something a bit more extreme. While there are a few flash charge pumps on the market with an integrated air tank that will blast the bead into place, their use is limited.

With an air compressor not only can you set up tubeless tires without breaking a sweat, they’re also great for blasting water out of the rollers on your freshly cleaned chain, drying out small components, and cleaning out muck.

The price of compressors varies greatly, and a basic compressor from your local hardware store will often cost less than a high-end pump.

A Buffalo Bike — for someone else!

World Bicycle Relief
World Bicycle Relief

The best gift you can give is a bicycle — there's no need to think most cyclists already have enough bikes (it's not possible). If you’d like to give a bike why not do so for someone in need by donating one (in their name) to World Bicycle Relief.

For US$147 WBR delivers its near-indestructible Buffalo bikes to people such as healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa.

Event entry

Mavic Haute Route Rockies
Mavic Haute Route Rockies

Everyone needs a goal, and while we can’t all race the Tour de France, there are tons of events that will push you to your limit all with a smile on your face.

Events range from road epics such as the Haute Route, to gravel events like Grinduro and the Dirty Kanza, and even exotic MTB stage races like the Cape Epic.

Prices vary.

Massage gift certificate

Another gift idea when you're not sure what to get. a gift certificate to a sports massage specialist will get used:
Another gift idea when you're not sure what to get. a gift certificate to a sports massage specialist will get used:

Beyond raw natural talent, countless hours refining their fitness and a truly focused approach, there’s only one other thing pro cyclists all get above us mere mortals. Regular massages.

Show the cyclist in your life that you care about their Strava times and treat them to a sports massage. This gift is great as you can decide the budget — and no matter how tight you want to be, it’ll help them not to be.

Price: However much you’d like

Zwift (sponsored entry)

 It's like training with a party hat on, get the rider in your life a subscription to Zwift
It's like training with a party hat on, get the rider in your life a subscription to Zwift

You might have the smart trainer, but have you subscribed to Zwift yet?

Zwift is an immersive virtual-reality fitness game that makes indoor training fun and rewarding for everybody. Connect your home trainer to a computer or iOS device and your real-world efforts will power your avatar across beautiful landscapes and varied terrain. Ride with thousands of athletes at all levels in real-time, take part in Zwift Events from social rides, to races, to structured Group Workouts.

From amateur rider to World Tour pro, there’s something in Zwift for everybody.

  • Price (per month): £12.99 / $14.99 / AU$TBC
  •  Visit zwift.com to find out more and subscribe

Clif Shot energy gel

Cyclists are cranky when they're hungry, keep that hunger at bay with an edible gift
Cyclists are cranky when they're hungry, keep that hunger at bay with an edible gift

Everyone gets hungry, so keep the cyclist in your life from passing out with the gift of nutrition.

Clif Shot energy gels are available with and without caffeine and are an easily digestible source of carbs for a quick boost of energy. The packaging also has the ‘Liter Leash’, which keeps the top attached so it won’t end up on the road or trailside.

  • Price: 24 pack £39.95 / $29.95 / AU$55

Hed Disc carbon clincher

We're hoping Santa will bring us a set of these this holiday season
We're hoping Santa will bring us a set of these this holiday season

There are few things that will improve the character of a bike like a lightweight set of aero wheels.

HED’s new Vanquish 6 is the brand’s first ever full carbon clincher, the 60mm deep rims are claimed to weight 1589g. They’re wide (21mm internal) tubeless ready and only available for disc brakes.

  • Price: £TBC / $2,500 / AU$TBC

Abbey Bike Tools

Any home mechanic will be stoked to get tools from Abby
Any home mechanic will be stoked to get tools from Abby

There are plenty of dual-sided cassette tools now available that have a hollow centre just big enough to fit over a quick-release skewer. But the first was the Abby Tools Crombie.

The Crombie comes in a double- and single-side version — the double has a SRAM/Shimano remover on one side and a Campy tool on the other. It also has a precision-machined spine, clean welds and laser engraving available to make it a truly special addition to any toolbox.

  • Price: From £TBC / $40 / AU$6

Cycology T-shirts

Cycology t-shirts feature hand-drawn designs
Cycology t-shirts feature hand-drawn designs

Somewhere in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, you will find Sarina from Cycology sketching away in her waterfront studio. The established artist is the driving (or drawing) force behind Cycology.

All of her hand-drawn designs end up on the brand’s t-shirts, hoodies, underwear, and even cycling kits. They make the ideal gift — get yours now!

  • Price: From £21

Aeropress

Cycling and coffee just go together
Cycling and coffee just go together

Coffee and cycling go together like carbon fibre and road bikes and there’s nothing better than a good cup of joe.

The Aeropress looks like a giant syringe and is from the same mind that brought us the Aerobie — you know those ring frisbees that nobody can actually throw. Fortunately, the Aeropress is quite a bit more useful than the flying device, it’s portable, easy to clean and most importantly makes a good cup of coffee.

  • Price: £27.99 / $30 / AU$49

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