12 Christmas gifts for commuter cyclists

Potential presents for those who get around by bike

This is the latest in our series of Christmas gift guides, where we provide you with ideas to fill the stockings of your cycling loved ones. This time it's the turn of the commuter cyclist, and so here you have 12 potential presents for those who get about by bike. 

Spurcycle Bell

Spurcycle's bell is anything but ordinary
Spurcycle's bell is anything but ordinary

For commuters a bell can be an important safety tool and, although you could get a functioning one for a tenth of a price, many people are still opting to buy these premium dingers.

Made in the USA from entirely metal components, the Spurcycle bell can be mounted vertically or horizontally and thanks to a clever adjustable fastener it will clamp to almost any handlebar. You can read about the Spurcycle bell in more detail thanks to our story here.

  • Price: £45.99 / $49 / AU$75

Hiplok DX wearable lock

The Hiplok DX is a great gift for someone who loves their commuting bike
The Hiplok DX is a great gift for someone who loves their commuting bike

Here's a thoughtful gift for someone who loves their bike. The DX is a D-lock with an integrated plastic clip that’s designed to make it wearable. The lock simply slides over a belt loop or bag strap for supposedly easy transportation. 

A gold rating from security test house Sold Secure shows the double locking guts of this lock are up to some serious abuse and it’s great to see three keys included in the box.

  • Price: £69.99 / $89.99 / AU$139.99

Pedro's tyre levers

Pedros tyre levers: not the most exciting gift but an incredibly useful one
Pedros tyre levers: not the most exciting gift but an incredibly useful one

Being subjected to a good kicking once you're already down, that's how it feels to have a tyre lever snap when fixing a puncture. Granted, they're about as exciting as a pair of socks, but these tyre levers from Pedro's are the sort of gift you'll receive from someone who really cares about you.

  • Price: £3.99 / $5 / AU$TBC

SockGuy wool socks

This 'T-rex 'mas' design isn't for everyone
This 'T-rex 'mas' design isn't for everyone

Here are a pair of socks that we wouldn't mind finding in our stocking. These bike specific socks are available in a multitude of funky designs and work so well the person you're giving them to will reach for them every time they open their drawer. If this 'T-rex 'mas' design isn't for you then fear not, SockGuy has tons of designs on its website featuring everything from tribal prints to the Sriracha rooster.

  • Prices from: £12.95 / $13.95 / AU$32.95

Proviz Reflect360 jacket

The Proviz Reflect360 jacket remains a top seller, and for good reason
The Proviz Reflect360 jacket remains a top seller, and for good reason

Grey in the day but ultra bright when exposed to artificial light (I'm a poet, wouldn't you know it?), the Reflect 360 jacket from Proviz has cemented itself as a commuter favourite. It's not one for those who want to be setting speed records but if you know someone who could do with being more obvious to motorists then we doubt you'll find a more suitable gift. For more information on this one here's our full review.

  • Price: £79.99 / US$140 /AU$N/A

Niterider Lumina & Sabre light combo

Niterider's Lumina and Sabre light combination was the top scorer from BIkeRadar's 2016 light grouptest
Niterider's Lumina and Sabre light combination was the top scorer from BIkeRadar's 2016 light grouptest

In the UK at least, lights are a necessity for most commuters.These were the top scorers from BIkeRadar's 2016 light grouptest, we found them to pack some serious see and be seen power at a price that's hard to sniff at — particularly when you consider they're sold with a lifetime warranty.

The Lumina’s embedded LED means zero sideways visibility, but the 450-lumen beam gives an excellent punch for fast road riding. Meanwhile, its 200-lumen, three-hour run time beam is still useful and there are charging and low battery indicators. The Sabre rear uses an equally powerful single strip COB LED with three standard and three flashing modes plus extra side LEDs. Both click easily into thick rubber strap mounts, which are heavy but adjustable to fit round bars, stems and the most perverse seatpost angles.

  •  Price: £60 / $76.74 / AU$101.34

SKS Chromoplastic mudguards

SKS' Chromoplastics are every bit as cheap as they are cheerful
SKS' Chromoplastics are every bit as cheap as they are cheerful

These are a firm favourite of BikeRadar's resident mudguard freak Jack Luke, a man whose misspent youth can be traced back to much fastening, fiddling and fondling with such accessories. The Chromoplastics have proven themselves to be a durable choice that perform well despite a modest retail price.

  • Price: £25.99 / $50 / AU$59.99

BIGxTOP Mini Messenger bag

The Mini Messenger from BIGxTOP is a great gift choice for the urban commuter
The Mini Messenger from BIGxTOP is a great gift choice for the urban commuter

Here's a nifty made-to-order messenger bag with a very reasonable price tag — making it perfect as a gift for commuters. The roll top design pairs a Nylon outer shell with a tarp liner, making for decent weatherproofing. An easy access yet still weatherproof front pouch means you won't have to unroll the bag when reaching for smaller items too. You'll also find more colour options than any off-the-peg pack. Things can get busy quickly for these guys so be sure to get your order in early to avoid disappointment.

  • Price: £70 / approx $85 / approx AU$120

Park Tool PCS10 Home Mechanic Repair Stand

Park's PCS10 workstand is ideal for the enthusiastic home mechanic
Park's PCS10 workstand is ideal for the enthusiastic home mechanic

Many cyclists take huge satisfaction from working on their own bikes, something that's made a hell of a lot easier with a repair stand such as this one.Park's PCS10 is a best-selling repair stand that's built tough and grips securely. 

Should the receiver enjoy their stand, the PCS10 can even be turned into a complete workstation with the addition of a tool tray, wheel truing add-on and even a paper towel holder. Read our full review of the Park Tool PCS10 for more.

  • Price: £169.99 / $205.99 / AU$319

Cube RFR 16 function Multi-Tool 

Cube's RFR 16 multi-tool is small and light but full of features
Cube's RFR 16 multi-tool is small and light but full of features

From tools at the home to tools on the move, this next choice is ideal for those who rely on their bike every day. The RFR 16 is a lightweight and well-stocked emergency tool that'll hold the bits you require for most roadside repairs. It's also small and light enough to forget you've got it on you.A clever feature is the chain tool, which unwinds and then acts as both standard and Mavic spoke keys as well as a bottle opener. Read our full review of the Cube RFR 16 multi-tool.

  • Price: £17.99 / $N/A / AU$N/A

Andrew James Cafetiere

The Andrew James Cafetiere is perfect for those requiring a caffeine kick to fuel their commute
The Andrew James Cafetiere is perfect for those requiring a caffeine kick to fuel their commute

We're ready to bet that most commuters have caffeine flowing within their veins on those dark and cold mornings, and for those who frown upon instant coffee a good cafetiere is something of a necessity. With a near perfect user review rating on retail giant Amazon, this stainless steel cafetiere from Andrew James is perfect for those requiring a caffeine kick. It's smart enough to blend in with an upmarket office environment and the 1-lite capacity means whoever is pressing the grounds can share the love while they're at it. It's also dishwasher safe and comes with a two year warranty.

  • Price: £26 / approx $32 / approx AU$42

Electra Stainless Steel Cup Holder

Electra's cup holder is ideal for those who are rarely seen without a beverage
Electra's cup holder is ideal for those who are rarely seen without a beverage

Continuing with the hot beverage theme is this funky little accessory from Electra which allows a rider to keep a thermal cup of whatever they fancy within arm's reach. Clamping to a regular handlebar, the stainless steel hoop is designed to grip any regular tapered cup, but the company does produce a thermos that'll match up nicely.

  • Price: £41.50 / US$19.99 / AU$N/A
Oli Woodman

Senior Writer, UK
With more than 10 years of experience riding mountain bikes, Oli knows the good from the bad when it comes to gear. He's a total bike nerd and loves few things more than fettling with spangly riding bits. Also, he seems to have a talent for crashing hard but emerging unscathed.
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Loamy singletrack
  • Beer of Choice: Corona
  • Location: Bristol, UK

Related Articles

Back to top