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
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
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
Buying a tie for someone: not very likely to please. Buying new socks for a roadie: pretty much guaranteed to please.
- £12 / $15 / AU$19
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
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
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 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)
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
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.
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
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