12 gifts for the gadget-obsessed cyclist

Christmas gift ideas for those riders who covet the latest and greatest tech out there

Cyclists are a varied breed, ranging from the wild and wooly to the quantitative and analytical. If your loved one falls into that latter camp, here are some data-driven gifts sure to get his or her inner statistician counting their blessings.

Feedback Sports Alpine Scale

Weigh your bike quickly and easily with the Alpine Scale from Feedback Sports
Weigh your bike quickly and easily with the Alpine Scale from Feedback Sports

This is the scale we use to weigh pro bikes at the Tour de France as well as test bikes in our workshops. Our example is still as accurate and reliable as day one despite taking the strain of thousands of bikes.

It’s easy to hold or clamp into a bike stand, and the coated hook won’t scratch your bike, wheels or whatever else you hang on it. Operation is simple with three buttons: on/off, zero/tare and mode (g, kg or lb). It's rated to hold up to 25kg (55lbs) too, so you needn't worry about hanging even the beefiest of bicycles from it.

  • £65 / US$64 / AU$125

GoPro HERO5

GoPro's Hero 5 looks set to top the Xmas lists of many cyclists
GoPro's Hero 5 looks set to top the Xmas lists of many cyclists

The HERO5 has to be one the hottest tech gadgets to be released this year. Along with a whole host of new features including electronic stabilisation, voice commands, GPS, a redesigned menu, this is the first GoPro to be fully waterproof without the need for a separate housing.

The GoPro consistently managed to stun us with its outstanding image quality, refined stabilisation and intuitive interface. Read the full GoPro Hero 5 review here.

  • £349 / US$399 / AU$569

Garmin Fenix 3

Garmin's Fenix 3 does everything your bike computer can, and possibly more
Garmin's Fenix 3 does everything your bike computer can, and possibly more

The Fenix 3 is an extremely versatile multisport watch, so much so that it can be thought of as the ultimate outdoor enthusiast's activity tracker. With a range of built in sensors and the ability to harness the power of your smartphone, it's capable of just about everything your cycling head unit does, but in a smaller package and with a strap.

When we tested it towards this beginning of this year we found its only real issue was the high price, you can read the full review here.

  • £380 / US$499 / AU$730

Tailfin

The Tailfin rack is available to pre-order now
The Tailfin rack is available to pre-order now

The Tailfin has to be the most elegant solution to bike luggage out there. This carbon fibre rack weighs just 275g, that's about half of what you'd expect a regular alloy rack to weigh. Each of the dedicated panniers has a sizeable capacity of 24 litres, with the ability to accommodate even the largest 17-inch laptop if used for commuting.

The pannier fabric is a high performance, advanced sailcloth laminate, making it very waterproof, durable and lightweight. Read more about the Tailfin in our first look article.

  • Rack and one bag £229 / international pricing TBC

Luck power meter shoes

Luck's shoes contain a power meter
Luck's shoes contain a power meter

Do you know someone who loves to geek out with post-ride stats? If so, these could be just the ticket this Christmas. 

Looking like almost any other road or mountain shoe, these kicks from Spanish firm Luck manage to conceal plenty of technical wizardry within. In fact, they conceal a fully functional power meter that — thanks to Bluetooth and ANT+ tech — can communicate with a dedicated app or most standard cycling computers such as the Garmin Edge.

Use one meter on one shoe, and the system will operate like Stages or a 4iiii one-sided crank-based meter, simply doubling the wattage output for a single power figure. If you buy two, then you can measure left/right power independently.

  • Prices vary

Silca Seat Roll Premio

BOA fastening for this Silca tool roll
BOA fastening for this Silca tool roll

Silca is responsible for some of the slickest and most spendy bicycle tool solutions out there but here's one that's a lot more down to earth. The Seat Roll Premio is a spacious cotton-based tool roll with room for a tube, 2x Co2 cartridges and a multi-tool.

Its USP is that it has a BOA closure system at the front, which frees up space, saves weight and is faster to secure than most rolls of its kind.

  • £48/ US$49 / AU$N/A

Lumos helmet

Indicators as well as an automatic brake light are built into the shell of this Lumos lid
Indicators as well as an automatic brake light are built into the shell of this Lumos lid

You don't have to look too hard to realise that the Lumos is no ordinary helmet. Born out of a successful Kickstarter pledge, it's a 410g lid that packs a full 60 LEDs into its shell, giving it the ability to work as a high-level indicator or brake light.

Yes, thanks to a wireless remote at the handlebar, a rider can quickly and easily activate or cancel the helmet's indicator while a built-in accelerometer activates as a brake lamp when it detects appropriate deceleration. We've got one in for test at the moment and will soon have a full review.

  • £138 / US$165 / AU$N/A

Znex Notstrøm Bike Phone Charger

The Znex Notstrøm is ideal for those who rely heavily on mobile devices
The Znex Notstrøm is ideal for those who rely heavily on mobile devices

The weak link of today's gadgets has to be battery life and so, for the truly gadget-obsessed, this product can be considered a true life saver.

At 290g this cylindrical unit mounts to a frame downtube where it can then push 2.1A to rapidly charge up to two devices simultaneously. Its generous 10,000 mAh capacity means there are multiple charges on the go for all of your USB-enabled devices from GPS units to smartphones or tablets.

  • £75 / International pricing TBC

Park Tool BO-5 wall mount bottle opener

For us, the Park BO-5 is a workshop favourite
For us, the Park BO-5 is a workshop favourite

Plenty of us at BikeRadar think that Christmas just wouldn't be the same without beer and so this pick is a timely one. Cleverly disguised as a water bottle holder, the BO-5 from Park Tool does little more than open bottle tops and look pretty, and for us that's just fine. Perfect for your bike shed or garage.

  • £19.99 / US$19.95 / AU$TBC

Cycliq Fly12 camera

Is it a light? Is it a camera? No. It's both
Is it a light? Is it a camera? No. It's both

Working off the back of the success of its Fly6 camera/rear light, the Australian-designed Fly12 is another intelligent concept that this time combines a front light with a video camera. The relatively compact 226g package includes a 400 lumen light, 1080p (Full HD) front facing camera, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity plus Strava integration

Looping video technology and incident protection similar to that used in the dashcams of motorists will leave your recipient to enjoy their ride or commute in the knowledge that it is being documented safely. Should there be an issue then they can rest assured the Fly6 will have recorded it — sound and all. It’s this type of safety-conscience technology that is making a real difference out on the roads. You can read our full review of the Fly12 here

  • £275/US349/AUD499

Garmin Virb Ultra 30 action camera

The Virb 30 action camera is a great alternative to a GoPro
The Virb 30 action camera is a great alternative to a GoPro

Sure, GoPro has the action cam market cornered with a variety of options, but this alternative camera from Garmin needn't be a second choice. Along with the ability to record in stunning 4k, the Virb Ultra 30 also features a touchscreen, voice control, a faster GPS chip and the ability to live broadcast.

Its image stabilisation is solid too, although we found its battery life didn't quite live up to Garmin's claims. Read our full review of the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 action camera here.

  • £369 / US$399 / AU$599

Lumo Herne Hill Harrington Jacket

Clever, casual clothing from Lumo
Clever, casual clothing from Lumo

Socks aside, clothing is usually well received at Christmas time, and anyone who ends up unwrapping this should consider themselves very lucky indeed. 

The Herne Hill Harrington from Lumo is a premium commuting jacket that sports LED strips at the front and rear. It'll illuminate its wearer just enough to draw additional attention from other road users, but switch the lights off and you wouldn't know they were there — that way the health and safety look doesn't have to follow them all the way to the pub. Check out our full review of the Lumo Herne Hill Harrington jacket.

Should this gift be a little out of your price range, we'd suggest the ever-popular Proviz Reflect360 jacket as a more affordable alternative. 

  • £250 / approx US$306 / approx AU$401 

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