There may still be a few cyclists that just want to switch off from the modern world and enjoy the purity of the great outdoors, but the rest of us simply can’t get enough of the latest innovations, nerdy data and ride improving tech.
So, if your loved one falls in to the latter camp, we’ve come up with 11 great gift ideas to make their Christmas dreams come true in 2019.
Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Bone Conducting Wireless Headphones
If you want to listen music while you cycle, these bone conducting headphones allow you to hear ambient sounds as well. Aftershokz
If you know someone who just can’t bear to cycle or run without listening to music or podcasts, a set of bone conducting earphones such as these ones from Aftershokz could be a smart idea.
Unlike traditional headphones, they deliver audio through your cheekbones – leaving your ears completely open to ambient sounds.
Beeline Smart Navigation Cycle Computer
The Beeline GPS cycle computer is much simpler than most other options on the market. Wiggle
The Beeline Smart Navigation Cycle Computer is a different kind of beast than your standard GPS cycle computer.
It eschews the myriad complicated features and navigational systems to instead offer simple and easy to follow turn-by-turn directions, via a connection with Beeline’s free iOS and Android app.
Castelli Perfetto RoS Light Short Sleeve Softshell Jersey
The Castelli Perfetto RoS Light jersey is a jersey for all seasons. Evans Cycles
Designed to be a lighter, more breathable version of Castelli’s famous Gabba jersey, the Perfetto RoS Light jersey is probably one of the most versatile pieces of cycling kit on market.
It’s made from a mix of lightweight Gore-Tex and Nano-flex fabrics that offer plenty of protection from inclement weather without adding too much bulk.
Endura Compression Cycling Socks – Twin Pack
Compression socks are designed to increase vascular circulation and improve recovery. Tredz
Compression socks are designed to aid speedy recovery by promoting circulation in your lower legs.
The scientific community is still undecided as to whether compression garments have any meaningful effect on performance during activity, but the benefits to recovery are more widely accepted, even if it’s probably only a marginal gain.
Available in black or white, a twin pack means you’ll always have a pair to hand when the other is in the wash.
Faster: The Obsession, Science and Luck Behind the World’s Fastest Cyclists
Faster was published a few years ago now, but it still contains lots of relevant insight into cycling performance. Amazon
A must-read book for any cyclist who’s ever wondered, “Why is everyone else so much better than me?”, Michael Hutchinson’s Faster takes a deep dive into the genetics, training, nutrition, equipment, psychology and lifestyle of going fast on a bike.
Books might not be the newest tech on the planet, but it’s also available in ebook or audiobook form if paper is too old school.
Fitbit Versa Smartwatch
A Fitbit smartwatch is ideal for tracking general day-to-day health and fitness data. Fitbit
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.
GoPro Hero 7 White
The GoPro Hero 7 White is perfect for all those budding content makers out there. Wiggle
The Hero 7 White is GoPro’s most recent entry-level action cam. With the ability to record full HD 1080p video at 60fps, it has built in image stabilisation, can take 10MP stills at up to 15fps and GoPro claims it’s waterproof to 33ft without a housing.
Perfect for any budding social media content producers out there.
Lezyne Flow Caddy with Organiser
A tool bottle is a great way to carry your tools and spares. Evans Cycles
It’s always a good idea to carry a couple of key tools and spares whenever you head out on a ride, and a tool bottle is one of the most elegant ways to do so because they slip neatly into a spare bottle cage and are easy to swap between bikes.
This Leyzne model even comes with a handy tool organiser to keep everything tidy.
Ribble CGR SL eTap HRD
It doesn’t come cheap, but Ribble’s CGR SL gravel bike is a mouthwateringly cool bike. Ribble
Gravel is the biggest thing in cycling right now, and this bike is absolutely loaded with lovely tech: it’s got a carbon frame with aero tubing and this top-end model has a SRAM Red eTap drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes, an integrated carbon cockpit and carbon wheels.
Okay, so this one is an extremely expensive present, but just think of the look on your loved ones face when they unwrap it!
Tacx Flux S Smart turbo trainer
The Tacx Flux S smart trainer offers brilliant performance for its price. Sigma Sport
Interactive training is one of the hottest topics in cycling right now, and for good reason; it’s a fun, effective and safe way to squeeze a little bit more riding into a busy schedule.
The Tacx Flux S is one of the cheaper routes into direct-drive trainers and it’s one of our favourite smart trainers, offering great performance, stability and quietness.
Zwift gift card
This entry is sponsored by Zwift
If you know someone who wants to ride, train and race all from the comfort of their home (or garage/shed if they’re not allowed bikes in the house), then a Zwift membership gift card would make a very thoughtful present.
Available in denominations of either 3 or 12 months, Zwift is both a great way of keeping fit over the winter and just having fun on the bike in general.