So someone on your gift giving list has recently taken up cycling and is showing all the signs of infatuation. You know they’ve got the bike, a helmet and some other basics, but what else do they need?
We have you covered! Below BikeRadar lists a few gift options for beginner cyclists that will suit a range of budgets.
Bontrager Ion 100 R / Flare R City bike light set
Any rider who’s taking to highways and byways will need a good set of lights, and this set from Bontrager is perfect for those getting into cycling.
Designed to be bright and visible during daylight running as well as in the dark, they attach with a simple bracket that’s easy to pop on and off, and they recharge using micro-USB cables.
A perfect, practical present!
- £59.99 / $69.99 / AU$74.99
Rapha Chamois Cream
Chamois cream. The mysterious substance used by regular cyclists, and a bit of a shock to the system for beginners.
‘You slather it on WHERE?!’
It is however a very useful substance that can make spending several hours on the bike a much more pleasant experience.
There are many brands out there producing the stuff, and with myriad different scents and effects, from the unscented to those with a ‘cooling effect’.
If you want to pop a gift under the tree that’s both useful and has a touch of luxury, how about Rapha’s own chamois cream. It has a scent that’s "inspired by the flora around Mount Ventoux."
- £15 / $20 / AU$20
Saddle bag, puncture repair kit and multitool
All of the above are essential bits of kit for the regular rider, and you can get the whole lot bundled together — which makes a great Christmas gift.
The Lezyne CO2 Kit is a loaded saddle bag with all the repair essentials you need for punctures and mishaps when riding, including a multitool, CO2 cannisters and inflator, tyre levers and an inner tube repair patch kit.
Just pop in the inner tube you need and you’re set to go.
- £45 / $49.99 / AU$64.95
Forza Pasta Di Bici
Spanning both the novelty and practical gift spectrum is bicycle-shaped pasta. Yes, it's fun, but it's also food and there's nothing quite like a big bowl of hot pasta post-ride or the night before to keep you powered up.
Made in Italy, the bicycle shapes come in a tricolour of plain, spinach and tomato pasta types,
Walz cycling cap
What could be more American than a classic Walz cycling cap? How about a Walz cycling cap that celebrates a microbrewery — or a few microbreweries?
Its Microbrew Signature Collection does just that. Each cap is designed to celebrate a different purveyor of hop-based bliss, such as the concerningly named Red Eye Brewing Co. and Kalamazoo Distilling Co.
And if you don’t fancy any of those, there are plenty of others to choose from, including ones inspired by the different US states.
Topeak Joe Blow track pump
If the beginner cyclist in your life hasn’t got a track pump, then this is an essential addition to their kit stash.
Keeping tyres pumped up to the right pressure will make their bike run all the sweeter and make sorting out flat tyres at home a doddle.
You can get pumps specifically designed for the high pressure required for road and hybrid bikes, such as the Topeak Joe Blow Max II, and others designed for the high volume of mountain bike tyres, such as the Topeak Joe Blow Mountain.
As you can probably tell, we’re a fan of the Topeak Joe Blow pumps: they regularly score highly in our group tests and aren’t bank-breakingly expensive.
Topeak Joe Blow Max II track pump
- £31.99 / $43.19 / AU$55.66
Topeak Joe Blow Mountain
- £36.99 / $50.49 / AU$65.99
Muc-Off Premium 3 step valet set
One of the most valuable things the proud owner of a new bike can do is clean it regularly. It’s a good habit to get into, especially if they’re going to be riding through wet months where grime and muck can build up on the chain.
But a bottle of bike cleaner on its own is less of a gift and more of a hint, so go for something like this premium set from Muc-Off. As well as cleaner and lube, it's got brushes, a mat to stand the bike on during cleaning and a microfibre brush to bring up a nice shine.
- £99 — but look out for deals online!
No, gift vouchers are NOT a cop-out. They’re actually genius, and particularly in this case.
Firstly, because it takes the guess-work out of present buying. Secondly, they still celebrate the fact that the giftee is a recognised cyclist and finally, third, it means they could hold off buying their bits until the January sales come round. Brilliant, right?
And if you’re worried about handing over a computer print out or a little card, you can always combine it with one of the other items on this list like a cap, mug or water bottle.
- £/$/AU$ — up to you!
Bicycle Riders Eco-Coffee Cup
Coffee and cycling go hand in hand, but rather than opt for the traditional espresso cup gift, we’ve decided to go with this bike-themed reusable coffee cup.
It's perfect for grabbing a drink when on the go, though of course having your coffee á table in a china mug is even better for the environment. However, this bamboo-fibre creation with silicone lid and grip is considerably better than multiple disposable cups.
It’s perfect for holding coffee, it’s got bikes on it, it’s better for the environment. Sounds like wins all round!