12 Christmas presents for the designer cyclist

Got a luxury-loving rider in your life? Here's your list…

While we're fans of even the most utilitarian of cycling swag, there's little more pleasing than gawping at the wares available at the more luxury end of the market.

From a £95 apron to a fancy mocha pot, we've got 12 gift suggestions for the cyclist who appreciates the finer things in life. 

Abbey Tools Crombie dual-sided cassette tool

Abbey Tools' Crombie cassette tool is a very nice thing indeed
Abbey Tools' Crombie cassette tool is a very nice thing indeed

Abbey Tools has been making a range of incredibly high-quality tools for a few years now and has undoubtedly set the benchmark for lustworthy workshop goodies.

The Abbey Tools Crombie is the brand's cassette removal tool and we reckon it would be a welcome addition to any fettling-savvy cyclist's tool kit.

The quality of Abbey Tool's gear is what sets it apart from the rest; the precision-machined head is matched with an extra-long solid handle for ease of use and the 'stacked dime' welds just ooze quality.

The dual-sided version has a Shimano/SRAM spline-remover on one side with Campagnolo on the other, but a smaller Shimano-only version is also available.

  • Price: £95 / $64 / AU$91

Filson waxed-canvas apron

We're found of this simple apron from Filson
We're found of this simple apron from Filson

If the cyclist in your life values looking good while workshopping, why not treat them to a fancy apron this Christmas?

Filson is renowned for its high-quality goods and we're quite taken with this unfussy, waxed-canvas apron. 

With just enough pockets to keep regularly used tools at hand, we reckon this one will be a winner. 

  • Price: £87 / $64

Spurcycle bell

Spurcycle has created the ultimate bike bell
Spurcycle has created the ultimate bike bell

If you're asking yourself how on earth a someone can justify charging £60 for a bell, then this is not the ding-a-linger for you.

The now much-imitated (but never equalled) Spurcycle bell is a delightful little thing, made in the USA almost entirely from metal components.

But it’s that ring that really makes this stand out — it’s loud and bright with a good sustain to boot. 

  • Price: £60 / $49 / AU$75

Silca Pocket Impero

Silca's Pocket Impero is a stunning portable inflation device
Silca's Pocket Impero is a stunning portable inflation device

The $540 SuperPista Ultimate track pump blew us away when we first saw it back in 2014, and Silca has since gone on to make a mini pump with the same attention to detail that borders on the obsessive. 

The Pocket Impero is a jersey-friendly but usable size at 20cm (8in) long and weighs 150g (5.3oz). 

  • Price: £115 / $120 / AU$199

Velo Orange mudguards

How is it possible to covet a set of mudguards this much?
How is it possible to covet a set of mudguards this much?

Hammered alloy fenders are a niche product, granted, but this might make that special cyclist in your life very happy indeed. These Velo Orange versions are extra-long to keep more muck away, and — as you may have noticed — they are very shiny. They also come in a smooth version if you don’t like the hammered look.

There are versions to fit 700C road tyres up to 25mm, fatter touring/gravel tyres up to 35mm, and mountain bikers are covered with versions for 26", 27.5" and 29" wheels.

  • Price: £49 / $67 / AU$90

Stanley Adventure SS Flask

Just think how damn rugged you'll look swiggin' a hit from this flask
Just think how damn rugged you'll look swiggin' a hit from this flask

Don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be imbibing a (i.e many) nip(s) of something nice this Christmas. 

This Stanley flask could be a very welcome present for any cyclist who heeds the call of adventure and likes a drop of something decent at the end of a hard day's riding. It's constructed from single-walled 18/8 stainless steel, so it won’t rust and it’s naturally BPA free. 

  • Price: £20 / $20 / AU$49

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
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Stellar 6-cup espresso maker

Shiny and a design classic!
Shiny and a design classic!

There’s nothing like a strong black cup of hot-java-joe, particularly on a fresh winter’s morning. 

This Italian design classic will produce six cups of liquid-anxiety in mere minutes and the solid stainless-steel construction should last a lifetime, all while appealing to every cyclist's obsession with 'ooh-shiny' objects. 

  • Price: £62 / $101

Topo Designs bike bag

The Topo Designs bar bag is one of our favourites
The Topo Designs bar bag is one of our favourites

Handlebar bags have undergone something of a transformation in recent years, with even the trendiest of cyclists embracing this most convenient of portaging solutions. 

The boxy Topo Designs bike bag is one of our favourites, boasting three litres of water-resistant storage, which can be slung from your bars or saddle rails with the included velcro straps.

As with all of its goods, the bar bag is handmade in the good ol' US-of-A. 

  • Price: $49.99

Brooks C13 Carved saddle

Brooks' Cambium C13 Carved saddle presented a departure for the brand
Brooks' Cambium C13 Carved saddle presented a departure for the brand

When Brooks launched the Cambium C17, it presented a radical departure for a brand that built its reputation on traditional leather saddles. 

Made from a vulcanised natural rubber upper, the C17 was followed by the narrower C15, and this year Brooks has been taking on the roadie market with the Cambium C13, which adds clever one-piece carbon rails to the mix.

Three widths are on offer (132mm, 145mm, 158mm) and are available with the option of a pressure-relieving cut-out — the 'Carved' option. Claimed weights range from 250g to 310g.

  • Price: £160 / $215 / AU$265

Gore One Gore-Tex Active bike jacket

Gore's One cycling jacket is waterproof, highly breathable and folds down to the size of your fist
Gore's One cycling jacket is waterproof, highly breathable and folds down to the size of your fist

Offering phenomenal protection for its low weight and pack size, the new Gore One bike jacket is a marvel of textile engineering. 

Made from Gore's latest invention — a mere single layer of waterproof and highly breathable fabric — this is one of the most coveted cycling jackets on the market.

We weighed a test size large at 190g, and it easily packs down into its own pocket to make a bundle about the size of a fist. A quick shake of the jacket removes most of the water so you can easily tuck it into your still-dry jersey pocket.

Maap X Bellroy All Conditions Phone Pocket

Ditch the ziplock for something more stylish
Ditch the ziplock for something more stylish

It’s pretty common for cyclists to store their valuables in a ratty Ziplock bag, which they’ve probably held onto for way too long. So why not spoil the cyclist in your life this year and let them protect their phone, cash and cards in style.

Aussie brands Maap and Bellroy have teamed up to produce the All Conditions Phone Pocket, a riding wallet made from water resistant leather with a water-resistant YKK zipper — so it will keep your phone, ID and cash safe from rain and sweat.

The inside is lined with soft microfibre and there are two internal pockets to help keep you organised. The wallet measures 156mm x 92mm and will fit an iPhone 7 or similar device.

  • Price: £93 / $100 / AU$150

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