Like a strong tailwind, rich coffee and a smooth road without cars, here are 12 gifts guaranteed to make any roadie smile.
Garmin Edge 520
The best GPS cycling computer on the market, period. The Edge 520 displays a wealth of metrics in the configuration of your choosing. It quickly finds a GPS and/or GLONASS signal. It easily pairs with heart rate monitors, power meters and your phone. Once home, your ride automatically uploads. And, if you are so inclined, you can track your Strava efforts in real time.
K-Edge Garmin Mount
Your cycling giftee won't want to mount that beautiful Edge 520 with cheap rubber bands on their stem. Get them a quality machined mount like the pros use. Comes in red, black or blue.
Vittoria Open Corsa clinchers
Tubulars have an excellent ride, but they're a huge pain for those of us who don't happen to have a personal follow car on our rides. Get the convenience of a clincher with the buttery ride of a tubulars with the new Vittoria Open Corsa. It comes in 23, 25 and 28mm.
$84 / £53 / AU$TBC (we'll be adding a shopping link very soon, apologies!)
Find out more: vittoria.com
Pedro’s Bike Lust polish
Give the gift of a new bike – or at least one that shines like new, with a quick spray and wipe of this silicone-based polish. The biodegradable formula also works as a light cleaner, so you can clean and polish in one easy step.
You can't go wrong with Castelli clothing – you do have a pair of the rain-deflecting NanoFlex warmers, don't you? – so why not signal your taste to fellow roadies as you travel? The new Castelli luggage line includes roller bags, a duffel bag, a backpack and the pro-issue Rain Gear bag, which works great for taking clothes to races.
Prices vary – buy here: competitivecyclist.com
Rapha Pro Team jacket
Feels like a warm, form-fitting jersey, performs like a light jacket. The Pro Team Jacket is probably the Rapha piece we love the most. The Polartec front panels keep you warm and protected from the wind, while the Super Roubaix back panels are insulating but breathable.
Shimano RP9 shoes
Shimano's new line of Road Performance shoes occupy a happy middle ground between all-out race performance and all-day comfort. The RP9 is heat-malleable, but we find it to be super comfortable right out of the box. The carbon sole is stiff enough for racing the Tour de France, but the aesthetics are everyday classy. Air ports (important: different from airports) up front and back keep your feet cool, and an anti-bacterial insole smells like mint. Wide sizes available, too.
Alé thermal bib shorts
Light thermal fleece and a high-end chamois come together in Alé's excellent bib short cut. While some winter bibs feel heavy and inflexible, Alé's thermal bibs feel like excellent riding shorts – just warmer. Reflective piping is stitched into the rear seams for safety.
Bontrager wool baselayer with zipper
When it's cold and wet, wool keeps you warm and comfy. While a few companies offer merino or merino-blend baselayers, we recommend this piece from Bontrager for a simple reason: it has a zipper. While warm is nice, overheating is not. A simple zipper goes a long way towards real-world thermoregulation.
POC DO Blade Raceday sunglasses
Everybody and their mother has Oakleys, and for good reason. But if you want to get your roadie a set of riding sunglasses with excellent optics and a distinct look, check out what the Swedes are up to.
Bar Fly Hopper saddle bag
Love coffee and hate bulky saddle bags? Bar Fly has a tidy solution. The Saddle Hopper is a simple two-strap Velcro harness that turns any coffee bag into a little saddle holster for carrying your spare inner tube and a few small tools. At BikeRadar, many of us hate bags with Velcro straps that go around the seatpost, because they snag your shorts. The Saddle Hopper avoids this.
Assos Evo7 arm warmers
You can't go wrong giving a roadie any piece of Assos clothing, as the only complaint about the company's high-end, highly detailed gear is the price. Here, that's not even an issue. The new lightweight Evo7 arm warmers are made with a soft and light thermal material called RX Light, and treated with a water-deflecting treatment to ward off the rain.