Looking for a Christmas gift for the woman who loves road cycling? We're here to help! We've trawled the internet to find some of most covetable kit for the roadie in your life and wow, is there some stunning kit available. This list will make your Christmas present shopping a doddle, or why not use it to send to 'Santa' if you want to drop some serious hints.
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Whether you feel like splashing out big time (*cough, cough* new bike?) or are looking for stocking fillers, we've got suggestions to suit all Christmas budgets.
Tatty Devine Bicycle Necklace
British cult jewellery designers Tatty Devine are famed for their fun and quirky perspex creations. The company has built up a global following, and this bicycle necklace is part of a collaboration with London’s Design Museum, who recently curated a fascinating exhibition on bicycles and cycling. The necklace comes in two colours: red (pictured) and black, and the workmanship is excellent. The little wheels even spin!
Guaranteed to attract admiring comments from fellow cyclists, it could be THE perfect Christmas gift for road cycling woman in your life. If you’re after this necklace wherever you are in the world, your best bet is the Tatty Devine website as they ship globally.
- Price: £40
- UK/US/AUS:Buy now from Tatty Devine
Morvélo Women's Xerocks Complete Plus jersey, shorts and cap bundle
New kit is always a good bet and we do love a coordinated outfit. British brand Morvélo produces brilliant top-to-toe kit with eye-catching designs and you can get a jersey, shorts and cap in the same striking abstract pattern all in one go. If you don't think this colourway or pattern is quite right for the intended giftee, fret not — there are plenty more designs and colours to choose from. And you can even get matching socks, natch.
- Price: £148.75
Rapha Lightweight Essentials Case
These handy cases from Rapha are one of the most useful things we own: big enough to hold most phones (but not the iPhone 6+) plus keys, change and cards, or alternatively tyre levers, CO2 canisters and multi-tool — they slot nicely into the back pocket of a jersey or jacket, too. In fact, given its smart styling one of these cases would also work well for day-to-day use.
This lightweight version is made from nylon — though Rapha do do a leather version too — and we love the happy yellow colour, though we wouldn't say no to the pink, purple or black version either.
- Price: £25 / $35 / AUS$45
- UK/US/AUS:Buy now from Rapha
Giro Empire W ACC shoes
Now these are some seriously stylish kicks, with laces adding an air of classic charm to leather shoes and a striking petrol-shimmer Giro logo on the side. While laces might seem a little dated, in practice they make for a very comfortable fit and we scored them an excellent 4 out of 5 in our BikeRadar review.
Not a fan of white? No problem. You can also get these shoes in shiny patent black. Both colourways look pretty damn cool and they come with a second pair of laces in a coordinating colour — if the lairy pink ones aren't quite right.
- Price: £229.99 / $274.95 / AU$TBC
Sako7 Roses (Yellow) Edition Socks
We love a striking pair of socks, and as Sako7 says "socks maketh the kit". This pair features a funky rose print and since they're unisex both lads and lasses can get a dose of on-trend floral kit action. Available in small, medium, large and extra-large, if you don't think the floral pattern is quite right for the roadie you're buying for, don't worry, there are plenty of other patterns and colours to choose from!
You'll also be getting a pair of socks from a company that is interested in the ethics of its business, as founder Sean Sakinofsky explains: "We choose human rights, environmental sustainability and fair trade practices over the alternative."
- Price: £12.99 / $21 / AU$TBC
Svelte Botanical Arm Warmers
Why wear boring black arm warmers when you could add a dash of style and sophistication with these cool printed numbers from Svelte. Available in sizes XS to XL they'll fit a wide range of riders, and provide breathable insulation and UV protection, so they're good for layering up in cold or bright conditions.
Svelte will ship internationally, but make sure you get your order in in time to make the Christmas post!
- Price: £20
- UK/US/AUS:Buy now from Svelte
Anna's Legs Mountain Sunset Padded Leggings
Inspired by the colours of a mountain sunset, these padded tights are one design in a limited range of three. Anna’s Legs is the creation of designer, presenter and all-round inspirational cycling personality Anna Glowinski, and represent her return to clothing design after shutting up shop at the very popular Ana Nichoola range — which she also founded.
The focus is on considered design, comfort, and a whole lot of style. These sunset print tights, inspired by colourful mountain dusks, are pretty cool, but would your giftee prefer the iconic star print that Ana Nichoola is famed for?
The tights are only available through online women’s cycling retailer Velovixen, which is based in the UK, but you guessed it, Velovixen will ship internationally.
- Price: £105
- UK/US/AUS:Buy now from Velovixen.co.uk
Specialized S-Works Prevail II Helmet
The Prevail II is a helmet for the serous cyclist. Lightweight, ventilated and with an aerodynamic design, it's ideal for race use. The Prevail has been worn by the Boels-Dolmans race team and the mark II version has had some upgrades — including a new shape, reflective detailing and old favourites such as the hair port, which leaves room for a pony tail or plait.
- Price: £160 / $225 / AU$349.95
Oakley Commit SQ Breast Cancer Awareness Edition
Glasses are one of those cycling essentials that are easy to overlook, but a good pair of comfortable glasses with great optics can make all the difference to comfort and eye-protection when riding.
Oakley is one of the best known brands when it comes to sports optics, and with good reason. These sleek-looking glasses with iridium lenses come with either a white or gloss-black half frame, and are designed for women. This Breast Cancer Awareness edition features the familiar pink of the cause and for each pair purchased Oakley will donate $20 to the Young Survival Coalition, which helps young women diagnosed with the disease.
- Price: £150 / $180 / AU$TBC
- UK/US/AUS: Buy now from Oakley
Ultimate WMN CF SL 9.0 Team CSR
If you're looking for a race-proven bike, you can't get much more race proven than the Ultimate WMN CL SL 9.0 Team CSR from Canyon. It's one of the main bikes ridden and raced by the Canyon//SRAM team and it's hard to argue with race pedigree like that.
It's got the kind of spec list you'd expect for a bike of this kind: carbon frame and forks, SRAM Force groupset, Zipp 30 clincher wheelset, and women's specific Selle Italia SLS Lady Flow saddle.
The bike is also bedecked with the striking Rapha-designed colours of the Canyon//SRAM team, and dare we say it looks pretty bad-ass.
- Price: £2,299 / $TBC / AU$3,799
- UK/US/AUS:Buy now from Canyon
Strava Premium Membership
Not only is this a very useful Christmas present it also, dare we say it, makes a great last-minute gift if you've left it to the final moment to buy something and missed the Christmas post. It provides a huge raft of benefits and features, such as personalised coaching and training plans, goal setting, real-time performance feedback and extra analytic features.
- Price: £40 / $59 / AU$TBC
- UK/US/AUS: Buy now from Strava
Stan’s NoTubes Avion Disc Pro
If you're feeling extra-generous, then one present to make a road cyclist very happy indeed is a shiny new set of wheels. We're not talking about a whole bike (though of course we doubt that would be a disappointing find under the tree), but rather a top upgrade if the rider in question already has the bike of her dreams.
We rate this wheelset highly, scoring it a coveted 5 out of 5 in our recent review. Tubeless and disc compatible, we like them so much we couldn't find much for the negative column, but plenty for the plus column.
- Price: £1,900 / $2,250 / AU$3,250
- UK:Buy now from Triton Cycles
- US/AUS: TBC