The best gifts for cyclists in 2023 – for every budget
Finding cycling gifts for the two-wheeled enthusiast in your life just got a lot simpler
If your loved-one is into cycling, you’re probably aware that it’s a dangerously acquisitive sport. Shiny new things power the average rider almost as much as the joy of getting out on the bike.
But whether you’ve already reached the stage of having a ‘pain cave’ in your home or are buying for a budding young road or mountain cyclist, you’re on to a winner with cycling-related gifts.
We’ve trawled the web and asked the BikeRadar team to bring you a bunch of our favourite presents for cyclists.
We’ve got ideas for someone who loves bikes but is impossible to shop for, frivolous gifts for those who seemingly have everything, novelty cycling presents that are a little bit silly, and even some for more serious moments such as fixing punctures at the side of the road.
Best cycling gifts under £20
If you’re on a budget or just looking for something small for your cycling friend, there are plenty of excellent cycling gifts under £20, from books and films to small accessories that will make their time on and off the bike more enjoyable.
Castelli Bandito Socks
Who doesn’t like getting socks as a present? These Castelli Bandito Socks are sure to be a popular present. They use a Merino wool blend for luxurious warmth, but are thin enough to avoid any discomfort in slim summer cycling shoes. The high 18cm cuff also helps keep plenty of warmth in.
The Cycling Cartoonist: An Illustrated Guide To Life On Two Wheels
Even if you don’t know Dave Walker’s name, you’ve probably seen his cycling cartoons.
His distinctive work beautifully captures the everyday pleasures of riding bikes, as well as the minor absurdities.
Cycling Souvenirs retro team cup and saucer
- Buy now from Cycling Souvenirs (£16.99)
It turns out that coffee tastes even better when it’s served in crockery that looks as good as this.
There’s a whole bunch of classic team liveries to choose from, as well as various styles of mug for almost any beverage.
The Rider by Tim Krabbé
If you’re thinking about treating any cyclist you know to a book, ditch the usual autobiography and buy them this lean, hardboiled classic instead.
Part memoir, part novel, The Rider follows cyclist Tim Krabbé and his travails on an amateur cycle race in southern France in the summer of 1977. Filled with laconic observations, dry humour and existential angst, this has developed a cult following among bibliophiles and cyclists alike since it was translated from Krabbé’s native Dutch in 2002.
Check out our best cycling books list for more recommendations.
Tour de Force: My history-making Tour de France by Mark Cavendish
Mark Cavendish is one of cycling’s most thoughtful and articulate characters and Tour de Force promises to be a riveting account of his remarkable 2021 Tour de France.
The race saw him come back from being cast aside from the sport just eight months earlier, after suffering years of misfortune, poor form and ill health, and equal Eddy Merckx’s record for the most Tour de France stage wins.
Thinking back to his stage wins at the race still gives us goosebumps, and if your giftee has a passion for racing, we’re sure they’ll love reading about how the race unfolded from the man himself.
- Buy now from Trailmaps.co.uk (£15)
Have you had a transcendent experience on a mountain climb? Or do you just love your local trails?
TrailMaps.co.uk offers these stylish graphical renditions of the places you love to ride, including Tour climbs such as Ventoux, numerous trail centres, and more.
As well as ready-made designs, it offers custom prints based on your own GPS files.
Best cycling gifts under £50
If your budget extends up to £50, you can get some seriously nice tools, accessories and small gifts for around the home.
Abbey Tools Whip-It chain whip
- Buy now from Sigma Sports (£50)
Abbey Tools makes a wide selection of elegant and well-designed tools, and its Whip-It chain whip is the perfect example of what makes the tools so sought after. We think it would be a welcome addition to any home mechanic’s toolbox. After all, having the best-quality tools makes any job more enjoyable.
The Whip-It’s body is made from a 12-inch length of stainless steel, to give the user leverage when removing stubborn cassette lockrings. Abbey specs the tool with plenty of chain for a secure hold on the sprockets.
The Albion Burner is a small insulated panel – or a performance picnic blanket, if you prefer – that is designed to be stuffed down the front of your bib shorts to add a windproof insulating layer.
It’s surprisingly effective in use and, more importantly, if it’s being bought as a gift, amusingly daft – just the sort of thing that is unlikely to be bought independently.
Alpe d’Huez cycling print
- Buy now from Cycling Souvenirs (from £22)
Ideal for the living room wall of a cycling-obsessed household or for a little inspiration while climbing Alpe du Zwift on their indoor trainer, this print features the legendary Tour de France climb of Alpe d’Huez and is available in a number of different sizes, from 8x10in to 24x36in.
It’s sure to please even the most discerning of armchair critics.
B’Twin 500 Waterproof Panniers
Ideal for carrying your everyday items, these B’Twin panniers from Decathlon will keep your possessions dry for considerably less money than many big-name options.
They’ve got a loop for attaching a light should you want to increase your visibility, plus their universal fastening mechanism can be replaced individually should it wear out.
Endura Freezing Point overshoes
Sometimes a practical gift can be as welcome as an indulgent one, and these Endura Freezing Point overshoes will likely fall into that category.
Some of the best cycling overshoes we’ve tested, the fleece lining of these boots will keep feet warm, while the robust design should ensure longevity.
Ergon BT Allroad bar tape
Handlebar tape may seem a strange gift, but trust us – Ergon’s BT tape will bring an extra bit of class and comfort to your cyclist’s bike.
The BT Allroad bar tape has a 2.5mm thickness, with added texturing for assured grip on all surfaces. It’s available in five different colours.
Ergon TP1 pedal cleat tool
When replacing your cycling cleats, or setting up a new pair of cycling shoes, having a foolproof method to replicate your setup with precision is vital.
This is especially true if you’re the type of person who can’t shake a nagging feeling something might be a few millimetres off, once it gets in your head.
There are plenty of lo-fi methods you can try, of course, but the Ergon TP1 pedal cleat tool offers a quick and reliable way to get your cleats in exactly the same spot every single time.
We’re sure the cyclist in your life will be grateful for the time this little device will save them, but just make sure you get the right version for the cleats they use.
Muc-Off 8-in-1 bike cleaning kit
This kit from Muc-Off contains what’s needed to get a bike looking seriously good, hence why we think it makes a great gift.
There’s a litre of Muc-Off’s effective yet biodegradable cleaner and a soft sponge, as well as several brushes for detailed cleaning. The brand’s post-wash Bike Spray is also in the kit and should help guarantee a lasting finish.
Park Tool Dummy Hub DH-1
For cycling soap dodgers, the Park Tool Dummy Hub leaves no excuse for slovenly bike maintenance.
The device enables you to clean your chain without the hassle of taking it off the bike. You should avoid disc brake contamination and consequent disc brake noise.
It also enables you to clean your cassette separately.
In addition, you can use the Dummy Hub to keep your chain tight when transporting it in a bike box, so it doesn’t scratch your frame.
Park Tool says the Dummy Hub fits all derailleurs and 1/8in chains, while being compatible with open drop-outs and thru-axles up to 12mm.
Park Tool PZT-2
This pizza cutter from Park Tool will bring a bit of humour to any celebration.
This ‘penny farthing’ cutter is finished in Park Tool’s famous blue and the stainless steel blade will cut through the crust, base and toppings.
The PZT-2 features a front-wheel stand enabling it to be propped up on display – if your cyclist wants to show off another bike.
Rapha Rainproof Essentials Case
- Buy now from Rapha (£25)
A zip-lock sandwich bag will do just fine for carrying your phone, cards and cash, but the cyclist who likes a more stylish get-up would surely prefer a more graceful solution.
Rapha’s Rainproof Essentials Case is constructed from a waterproof coated fabric and features a soft divider that will lovingly cosset a precious phone and keep cards separate for easy organisation. There’s also a zipped pocket for small valuables such as coins or keys.
Runwell Aqualia15 spanner
If the cyclist in your life happens to be a fixie fanatic, we guarantee they will adore this spanner.
Yes, really – it is possible to buy a spanner that will be appreciated as a thoughtful gift.
The Aqualia15 has a beautiful, almost organic shape and is finished to the highest standard with mirror-like chrome plating.
Sealskinz Waterproof Cold Weather Mid-Length Sock with Hydrostop
Sealskinz is the benchmark in waterproof socks, using a multi-layer construction with a membrane sandwiched inside the fabric.
The cold-weather version includes a Merino lining for maximum snugness, while the Hydrostop seal around the inside of the cuff makes it harder for water to work its way in. Lighter versions are available if you don’t need as much protection.
They’re expensive, but can you put a price on comfort?
Spurcycle Compact Bell
Since all a bike bell needs to do is ring, you might as well go for one that makes a sound that’s crisp, clear and with a wonderful sustain, right?
This finely-made, stainless-steel bike bell swaps out the brass clapper of its predecessor for a plastic version, making it considerably lighter at a mere 28g. A classy stocking-filler if ever we saw one.
Two Wheels Good by Jody Rosen
Two Wheels Good is one of the best cycling books. It explores the history of the bicycle from innovations such as the Dunlop pneumatic tyre to ‘freak bikes’ salvaged from parts bins.
The book is said to be a ‘love letter’ to bicycles with Jody Rosen, contributor to The New York Times, waxing lyrical about the beauty of double-diamond frames and celebrating the emancipatory potential of bikes.
But Rosen also takes a more critical look at life on two wheels, exploring how bikes have played a role in colonialism and can contribute to gentrification.
Topeak Ratchet Rocket Lite DX
Some multi-tools suffer from quantity over quality, packing too many functions into a small package, but not actually being good at anything.
Topeak’s handy little ratchet sets keep things simple and as a result, they’re very effective. The bits provided cover most eventualities, but your giftee can always swap them for alternatives if they have an unusual fastener on their bike.
The Ratchet Rocket set is highly portable and it includes an extender and two small tyre levers for emergencies.
Troy Lee Designs Swelter Gloves
Troy Lee Designs is one of the biggest – and most respected – names in mountain biking and its Swelter gloves are great for riders looking for highly dexterous winter cycling gloves.
The design is snug but not tight, and lightweight, although that means these gloves are best suited to mild rather than freezing conditions.
100% Brisker gloves
Ideal for people truly addicted to riding their bike, these Brisker gloves are great when the weather’s rubbish, especially if it’s cold.
The insulated hand section keeps mitts warm when they’re clinging on to the bars, and the palm is relatively thin so feedback through the bars isn’t lost. They’re a veritable bargain, too!
Best cycling gifts under £100
Spend between £50 and £100 on a cycling gift and you can find clothes and components many cyclists desire. You can also find high-quality gadgets and accessories that your average cyclist wouldn’t buy for themself.
Apidura Expedition Handlebar Pack 9L
The Apidura Expedition Handlebar Pack is ideal for cyclists who enjoy bikepacking. The pack is constructed from a waterproof laminate with welded seams for complete protection in all weather.
Available in 9- and 14-litre volumes, the bag features a double-ended roll-top design so you can easily stuff your belongings inside. There’s a hands-free air-release vent to make compressing the bag down easy.
The three-point reinforcement strap system makes fitting the bag a cinch and there is a bungee cord on the front to hold any other gifts your cyclist should happen to receive.
DMR V12 pedals
Pedals can be quite a personal thing, however the DMR V12 has been recognised as being one of the best mountain bike pedals for the past 20 years.
A good set of pedals can inspire confidence by making you feel more connected to the bike – and if the cyclist in your life uses plastic pedals, this is an upgrade they are waiting for.
Like other DMR pedals, the V12 is available in a selection of colours with black being the safe option when gifting.
The aluminium body holds 10 replaceable pins providing an impressive level of grip. DMR say that the V12s parts are all replaceable and serviceable including the 4140 chromoly steel axles which should mean they have a long service life.
Evoc Hip Pack Pro 3l
While not cheap, Evoc’s Hip Pack Pro is one of the best hip packs we’ve used, and we’re sure it will make any mountain biker’s day.
Wide wings and a padded back panel make it ridiculously comfortable and stable, even when stuffed to the gunnels and rattling over rocks and roots. Trust us, if you’re using a backpack for only a few bits and pieces, the freedom afforded by a bumbag is revelatory.
There’s plenty of carrying capacity, certainly enough for spring to autumn days, where you want a few snacks, tools and a spare layer. Extra pockets on the wings are great for stashing keys and cash, while there’s a pair of sleeves at either side to carry bottles.
Gore C5 Gore-Tex gloves
A good set of winter gloves can be the difference between enjoying and enduring your commute, so here’s a pair that are really outstanding.
Gore-Tex’s excellent balance of weather protection and breathability means these gloves will keep your hands dry and comfortable during the worst of the weather.
Silca Sicuro titanium bottle cage
Bottle cages come in all manner of designs and they don’t have to be expensive. However, a set of posh titanium cages can be the finishing touch to an exotic build, and few are more elegant than the Sicuro from Silca.
Weighing 31g each, there isn’t a roadie on the planet who wouldn’t delight in these. Note that it’s customary to buy cages in pairs…
Solo Stove Lite
If you’re buying for a bikepacker or someone who generally loves to sleep out under the stars, and they’re still using gas-powered camping stoves, then make them give gas the boot.
Rather than carting around metal containers, they can still go on their micro-adventures and use renewable energy with a twig-powered Solo Stove Lite.
It’s small and lightweight so they can fit it in a bag, and they no longer need to carry their fuel because it’s there on the ground.
Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Pack Pliers
Having a mechanical while out cycling and not having the right tool to rectify the problem is a fear many cyclists have. But the Wolf Tooth 8-Bit Pack Pliers banish this fear, in most instances.
This multi-tool has 17 functions, including quick link pliers and a valve cleaning rasp. It contains eight attachments that fit into the 8mm swivel head, providing plenty of leverage for seized or overly-tight bolts.
This may seem like a pricey tool, but we’re sure it’ll see plenty of use at home, even if – hopefully – it’s never needed out on a ride.
Best cycling gifts under £200
Many of the gifts in this category would make a cyclist’s day, with everything from gadgets that will take their training up a notch to seriously nice shoes, jackets and tools.
Fitbit Versa smartwatch
If you just can’t get enough data, you can gather health and fitness data even when you’re not riding by using a smartwatch.
Fitbit is one the biggest players in the smartwatch market, and its Versa model offers a range of useful features such as heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, GPS, Bluetooth connectivity, compatibility with Strava and other apps, plus a claimed battery life of over four days.
If you’re interested in other options, check out our list of the best smartwatches we’ve tested.
Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex mountain bike shoes
It’s virtually impossible to put a price on warm and dry feet, so we think these fully waterproof mountain bike shoes from legendary manufacturer Five Ten are well worth the money.
Along with the impressive rainy-day and wet-trail performance, thanks to the Gore-Tex membrane, the Five Ten Trailcross Gore-Tex has almost identical flat-pedal grip as the brand’s Impact Pro shoes, which makes them near-perfect.
Whether the person you’re giving these to is a weather-hardened veteran or is just getting into riding, you can guarantee they’ll be grateful for having toasty tootsies.
Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 Alarm Clock
For many amateurs, sleep is one of the great uncharted areas for performance gains, and traditional alarms are a nightmare in this regard – often shocking you awake right in the middle of REM sleep and leaving you feeling tired and groggy.
The Lumie Bodyclock Glow instead wakes you up gradually, in customisable 20, 30 or 45 minute windows, by using LEDs to mimic real sunlight and help you wake up feeling naturally refreshed and awake.
Additionally, it can mimic sunset to help you wind down at night and has 10 built-in sleep/wake sounds.
Muc-Off Pressure Washer
Know someone who spends more time washing their bike than riding it? Yeah, we do too.
The Muc-Off Pressure Washer will make anything they can aim the high-powered jet at sparkle without breaking your bank balance.
Included is a bike-specific wand that reduces the washer’s power, limiting damage to delicate bits on frames.
Patagonia Nano Puff Hoody jacket
- Buy now Women’s Nano Puff Hoody jacket from Alpine Trek (£164.01)
- Buy now Men’s Nano Puff Hoody jacket from Alpine Trek (£194.95)
The Patagonia Nano Puff has a polyester ripstop shell that’s 100 per cent recycled, and it’s treated with a DWR coating for water resistance. Primaloft Gold insulation keeps things toasty and there are two hand-warmer pockets on the front.
The internal chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack, and it’s available in both men’s and women’s versions.
Shimano RX8 shoes
Combining the lightness of a road shoe with some of the key elements from cross-country shoes, Shimano’s RX8 gravel cycling shoe is a great premium option for the roadie transitioning into riding off-road.
Constructed with lightweight PU uppers, a carbon sole and bonded TPU rubber grip sections, it has a Velcro and Boa closure system that will be immediately familiar to most road riders.
Silca HX1 Home & Travel Tool Drive Kit in wood box
The HX1 Home & Travel Tool Drive Kit contains six Torx bits, two Phillips heads, two flat heads and eight hex keys, all beautifully packaged in a box made from CNC-machined sustainable Beech wood.
It’s a tool set that looks the part.
Topeak Torq Stick Pro
Having a torque wrench makes bicycle maintenance a precise art rather than a guessing game.
This Topeak Torq Stick Pro will ensure the cyclist in your life can tighten the bolts on their bike to correct torque, and avoid any embarrassing trips to the bike shop in the process.
The kit has 22 functions and can provide readings up to 20Nm, which should be enough for practically any maintenance job.
Best cycling gifts over £200
If you have over £200 spend, it’s likely you won’t just make someone’s day, but you could really change how they ride a bike. This price bracket is where you start to see GPS cycling computers and other high-tech gadgets.
Castelli Alpha Ros 2 Light Jacket
The Castelli Alpha Ros 2 Light Jacket may be pricey, but we assure you it’s worth the money and will make winter cycling a lot more enjoyable for the cyclist in your life.
It earned a rare five stars when we tested it, thanks to its heat-sealing internal vest, overall comfort and truly excellent wind and rain protection, which comes courtesy of Gore-Tex’s Infinium fabric.
Castelli says the jacket is suitable for temperatures between 7 and 15˚C, but pair it with a thick winter baselayer and it’s possible to wear it in colder conditions.
Garmin Edge 530
If anyone you know is looking for a GPS bike computer, Garmin’s Edge 530 makes for an excellent option, with a winning range of performance metrics and navigational features.
As you can read in our Garmin Edge 530 review, we were hugely impressed by its versatility, and gave it four stars. All but the most serious of riders will appreciate the ride-recording, turn-by-turn navigation and various stats that this bike computer delivers.
GoPro Hero 10 Black
More and more cyclists are looking for action cameras to record their rides. They could do far worse – but not much better – than the Hero 10, GoPro’s top-of-the-range device.
Not for nothing is GoPro doing for action cameras what Hoover did for vacuum cleaners: the GoPro name is now pretty much synonymous with these ride-ready recording devices.
Wahoo Kickr Core
The Wahoo Kickr Core sits in the middle of Wahoo’s indoor training range, and it’s one of the best smart trainers we’ve tested. The Core will provide the cyclist you’re buying for with an entry into the world of indoor cycling and virtual racing. These activities may not be exactly like riding outdoors, but they are great ways to keep riding and have some fun when it’s too grim, dark or cold to go outside. You’ve been warned, though: there’s a high chance anyone you give this to will become a Zwift fanatic.