Christmas gift ideas for road cyclists

Looking for the perfect gift to give the roadie in your life? Here are 11 ideas to get you started…

Like a strong tailwind, rich coffee and a smooth road without cars, here are 11 gifts guaranteed to make any roadie smile.

Oakley Jawbreaker Prizm Road

The Oakley Jawbreaker is a hugely popular sunglasses option
The Oakley Jawbreaker is a hugely popular sunglasses option

You'd be hard pressed to find a cyclist who wouldn't appreciate another pair of glasses in their life. 

While you may want to double check your giftee's aesthetic sensibilities, Oakley's Jawbreaker glasses matched with its Prizm-road lenses are a widely popular choice.

The tall upper portion is great for visibility when road riders are in the drops, and the big frame means dropping the glasses on the road seldom results in a scratched lens. 

  • £195 / $210 / AU$279

Castelli Risvolto Due winter cap

Noggins guaranteed to be toasty beneath this headpiece
Noggins guaranteed to be toasty beneath this headpiece

Providing you have the right kit, cycling in the winter can be a wonderful experience. And as any doting parental figure would remind you, a warm hat is a key part of that setup.

There's winter hats aplenty out there, but the slim Castelli Risvolto is one of our favourites. With a long neck-stension to ward off chills and a soft moisture-wicking wooly fabric, the cyclist in your life will be sure to thank you for their toasty noggin. 

  • £38 / $39.95 / AU$64

Cycling socks

You can't go wrong giving a roadie new socks
You can't go wrong giving a roadie new socks

Buying a tie for someone: not very likely to please. Buying new socks for a roadie: pretty much guaranteed to please.

For fun, loud styles, you have all manner of options, from Tenspeed Hero and Panache to The Athletic and Sako7.

For warmer winter wear, you can still get some style from the likes of Castelli and Swiftwick to Giro and DeFeet.

  • £12 / $15 / AU$19

Ass Saver

Ass Saver does what it says it does
Ass Saver does what it says it does

Whether you call them fenders or mudguards, keeping your back end dry is a good thing.

While many road cyclists don’t really love or maybe even need full fenders, this inexpensive piece of kit can really come in handy for all riders.

It can be popped on and off as needed without tools, and tucked into a toolbox or travel bag when not in use.

  • €8 / £7 / $9/ AU$7

dznuts Chamois Cream

dznuts chamois cream is pricey but effective
dznuts chamois cream is pricey but effective

Speaking of saving your ass… chamois cream can be a real lifesaver for long days. For short rides, your giftee shouldn’t need it if they have good bib shorts, but for longer days in the saddle, it’s usually a good idea.

Dznuts continues the fine tradition of sophomoric humour, which began with Chamois Butt’r. But dumb jokes aside, we like this chamois cream because it has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ingredients for taking care of your skin.

In addition to reducing chafing, this cream can help treat irritated skin. Sometimes we will use it after long rides to rejuvenate skin.

  • £19.99 / $24 / AU$29

New lights

We've been very impressed by the Knog PWR
We've been very impressed by the Knog PWR

Even if the cyclist in your life has a zillion lights already, a new set that can sit on a spare bike, a commuter or act as a backup is bound to please.

Handily, we've rounded up 10 of our very favourite lights for road cyclists!

  • From £60 / $79 / AU$104 

Garmin Edge 25

The Garmin Edge is a diminutive yet highly capable GPS
The Garmin Edge is a diminutive yet highly capable GPS

The Garmin Edge 25 is the slightly more capable version of Garmin's two super-simple bike computers. 

The Edge 25 offers basic metrics such as distance, speed, elapsed time and more, and with the addition of sensors, it will also monitor cadence and heart rate (but not power). Better still, it's relatively affordable, so is an ideal gift for the road cyclist who's just getting started out. 

  • £140 / $170 / AU$229

Zwift (sponsored entry)

Bad weather? No problem. Zwift was created to make indoor training a load more fun
Bad weather? No problem. Zwift was created to make indoor training a load more fun

Zwift is an immersive virtual reality fitness game that makes indoor training fun and rewarding for everybody.

Connect up your home trainer to a computer or iOS device and your real-world efforts 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): £8 / $10  / AU$TBC
  • Visit zwift.com to find out more and subscribe

Power meter

The 4iiii is just one of many power meter choices
The 4iiii is just one of many power meter choices

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 of Stages, 4iiii 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.

Tool set

Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit works well at home or at an event with its handy case
Feedback Sports Team Edition Tool Kit works well at home or at an event with its handy case

You can’t go wrong investing in good tools. While there are many quality toolsets out there, we like this set from Feedback Sports because of how the tools feel in hand, and the handy travel case that sets up nicely on a workstand.

There are 19 pieces in this Team Edition kit, but a few do double duty for 25 total tools, including:

  • 3-Way TORX T25/27/30
  • 3-Way Hex 2/2.5/3mm
  • 3-Way Hex 4/5/6mm
  • L-Hex 8mm
  • L-Hex 10mm
  • #0 Phillips
  • #2 Phillips
  • 6mm flathead 
  • Schrader core tool
  • Presta core tool
  • Valve extender wrench
  • Spoke wrench
  • Chain pin press
  • Rotor truing tool
  • Crank arm cap tool
  • Steel core tire levers
  • Brake pad spreader
  • 15mm pedal wrench
  • 15mm axle nut wrench
  • Bottom bracket wrench
  • Cassette lockring wrench
  • Cassette pliers
  • Cable cutter
  • Cable crimper
  • Dual-sided pick

GoPro Hero 5 Session

The GoPro Hero 5 Session turns on and starts recording with a single button press
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.

  • £299 / $299 / AU$219

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