If you're searching for holiday gifts for a cyclist and feel like they already have everything, don't despair. Here is a list of gifts that range from the luxurious to the very, very useful.
- 12 Christmas gift ideas for road cyclists
- 13 Christmas gift ideas for designer cyclists
- 11 Christmas gift ideas for adrenaline junkies
Some of these you can buy online through the links below, and some may require a quick click or call to a local vendor. But all are sure to delight your favorite cyclist.
A Buffalo Bike - for someone else!
If you think your favorite cyclist already has too many bikes (we don’t think that’s actually possible, but nevermind), then consider giving a bike in their name to one of our favorite charities, World Bicycle Relief.
WBR delivers its near-indestructible Buffalo Bikes to people in need, including students and health care workers in sub-Saharan Africa for whom walking is the only other transportation option.
Donate as much as you like, but just $147 (£119) is enough to deliver a complete Buffalo bike to someone who could really use it.
If your cyclist likes the silent, strong type — of smart trainers that is — then we recommend the Wahoo Kickr.
The ANT+/Bluetooth trainer lets cyclists use interactive software to drive the power resistance with a realistic outdoor feel.
On the other end of the price spectrum, nutritional gels are always welcome in a cyclist’s home.
Science in Sport’s GO Energy + Caffeine Gels come in a variety of flavors, but the big story is that they are isotonic for easy absorption.
Endurance Conspiracy T-Shirt
Endurance Conspiracy started in Boulder, Colorado, and now has an office in Surrey, England. The crew at EC live and breathe cycling, including former pro triathlete Tony DeBoom, who does all the artwork.
Styles abound, from Chewbacca on a bike to Eddy Merckx flipping the bird.
Luxury guided trip
For the ultimate gift, considering giving an entry into a high-end guided trip to France or Italy from an outfit like inGamba or Velo Veneto, or perhaps even a luxury spirited event with Haute Route (above) or Hot Chillee.
At BikeRadar we have had the privilege of joining each of the four outfits above and can heartily recommend them.
Prices vary, but none are inexpensive.
Sure, you can buy socks. But why not a fun and functional pop of color to wear around the neck?
Pandanas are lightweight, wicking and insulating. They can be worn as a hat or as a neck gaiter, and easily pulled up over the chin or even mouth and nose when it's really cold.
You can choose from a range of styles, or if you have a club or team in mind, you can create a custom design with a bulk order.
Zipp 454 NSW wheels
A super-fast wheel inspired by a humpback whale? Actually, yes it is.
Zipp's new 454 NSW starts with an already aerodynamic general shape, adds a go-fast surface treatment and then really pushes the boundaries with the unique profile, which ZIpp engineers claim make the wheel more stable in crosswinds.
Sound crazy? Read more here.
Oru Aiport Ninja Bike Travel Bag
There are many great bike cases out there, but nearly all result in hefty baggage fees when flying.
Oru's Airport Ninja case is small enough to dodge oversized fees — and, for a bike case, is pretty easy to tote around, with backpack straps as well as the standard handles.
- US: Buy now for $399
Park Tool Pizza Cutter
The blue bicycle tool brand has long offered novelty-gift items, and the pizza cutter is an old staple. Featuring a large stainless steel cutting wheel, the dishwasher safe bicycle-shaped cutter is a classic and one that sits proudly in the kitchen of many cycling fanatics.
Not into pizza? Park Tool also does bottle openers and BBQ tongs.
Massage gift certificate
Beyond raw natural talent, countless hours refining their fitness and a truly focused approach, there’s only one other thing pro cyclists all get above us mere mortals. Regular massages.
Show that cyclist in your life that you care about their Strava times and treat them to a sports massage. This gift is great as you decide the budget – and no matter how tight you want to be, it’ll help them not to be.
Price: However much you’d like
Campagnolo BIG corkscrew
Did you know that Tullio Campagnolo invented this common style of corkscrew? Sure, any corkscrew will open that bottle of red and there are plenty of cheaper similarly designed options out there, but this 100 percent Italian-made classic is the only real option for the true road cycling fanatic.
Available in bronze or satin finishes, the Campagnolo BIG comes in its own wooden case, and your gift giving generosity (it’s very expensive) will be kindly remembered every time a cork is popped.
Silca HX-One Essential Kit
Silca is a classic brand that recently went through a complete revival having been bought by former Zipp engineer Joshua Poertner. Within three short years, the brand has proven to just about be the benchmark in anything it does.
Take the HX-One Home and Travel Essential Kit. Every cyclist uses hex wrenches (aka Allen keys), but these aren’t just any normal set. Perhaps most special is the CNC beechwood box that retains the tools and add-on magnetic Torx bits.