Christmas gift ideas for the beginner cyclist

Get that newbie something great

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.

Knog Blinder Road 250 light set

Help them light up the night with a quality set of bike lights
Help them light up the night with a quality set of bike lights

A good set of lights is essential for anyone riding on the road in low-light conditions or in the dark, and this set from Knog provides great visibility both front and rear.

The front provides a 250 lumen output and a range of beam options; from narrow to wide to flashing. The rear gives a 70 lumen output, and has a range of steady and flashing modes including an eco mode with a claimed run-time of 20 hours.

Both charge via USB, and the silicone casing is waterproof and has a stretchy attachment system which makes taking them on, off and moving them between bikes simple, quick and easy.

  • Price: £119.99 / $147.20 / AU$139.99

Rapha Chamois Cream

Don't forget to have 'the chat' about the use of underwear with padded shorts too
Don't forget to have 'the chat' about the use of underwear with padded shorts too

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."

  • Price: £15 / $20 / AU$20

Specialized Deflect Gloves

Keep those hands warm and those winter rides going
Keep those hands warm and those winter rides going

There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong kit.

A good pair of gloves will help ensure the fledgeling cyclist in your life keeps their hands warm and cosy so they cycle right on through the wet and cold.

The Deflect glove from Specialized has a wind resistant upper which helps keep the heat-sapping breezes away.

The gloves come in both men’s and women’s options, and in black or eye-catching neon yellow.

Saddle bag, puncture repair kit and multi-tool

You won't get far without a saddle bag with the essentials
You won't get far without a saddle bag with the essentials

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 Liv Quick Fix Combo Kit has a saddle bag, multi-tool, puncture repair patches, tyre levers and a mini pump.

The Lezyne Loaded Caddy saddle bag contains puncture repair patches and scuffer, a great multi-tool and tyre levers, all packed into a weather-resistant saddle bag.

Just pop in the inner tube you need and you’re set to go.

Liv Quick Fix Combo Kit

  • Price: £29.99 / $47 / AU$69.95

Lezyne Loaded Caddy saddle bag

  • Price: £39.99 / $44.99 / AU$64.95

Cycling cap

Not technically an essential, but both practical and good for completing the road cyclist look
Not technically an essential, but both practical and good for completing the road cyclist look

If the beginner cyclist in question has discovered a love of all things skinny-tyred, then a great gift is to either start or help grow an inevitably burgeoning collection of caps.

Caps (not hats!) are more than just a style statement. They help insulate the head and shield the eyes from sun and rain. They also come in every colour and design imaginable, from the practical black and block colours to the outlandishly garish.

You’re bound to be able to find something online that will either coordinate with the giftee’s style or favourite colourway, or what about a cap that supports their favourite cycling team or cause?

Cinelli West Coast Cap

If you’re looking for brilliantly bright statement caps, you can’t beat Cinelli. This retro floral cap is but one of many offerings from the brand.

  • Price: £15.87/ $20.91 / AU$TBC

Isadore Angliru Climbers Cap

Named for the challenging climbs to the Alto de l’Angliru, this cotton cap has traditional styling with an antibacterial tape around the inside rim. The green and yellow leaf print feels particularly autumnal.

  • Price: £17 / $21 / AU$29

Topeak Joe Blow track pump

Trust us, a track pump is WAY easier to use than a hand pump
Trust us, a track pump is WAY easier to use than a hand 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

  • Price: £31.99 / $43.19  / AU$55.66

Topeak Joe Blow Mountain

  • Price: £36.99 / $50.49 / AU$65.99

Muc-off 3 step bike care kit

A clean bike is a happy bike
A clean bike is a happy bike

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.

This simple kit from Muc-off has all the essentials a new cyclist needs to keep their bike in tip-top condition: bike cleaner, a water dispersant spray, sponge and both wet and dry lube.

  • Price: £22 /$TBC / AU$38.96

Bidon/water bottle

A bidon or two is an essential part of every cyclist's kit
A bidon or two is an essential part of every cyclist's kit

First things first. While this may be to all intents and purposes a water bottle, in the world of cycling this cylindrical water repository is known as a bidon.

They are an essential bit of cycling kit, as well as generally being a practical solution to hydrating on the go, and most cyclists will have a stash of their favourite bidons.

You can get different designs, colours and nozzles, insulated ones, ones shaped aerodynamically… you name it.

Bidons make an ideal wallet-friendly gift for the new cyclist — and don’t forget a bottle cage if they don’t already have one (or two)!

Rapha Bidon

Available in small and large sizes, and in a selection of colours including chartreuse (pictured), black, navy blue, clear and the iconic Rapha pink.

  • Price: small £12 / $11 / AU$22 and large £15 / $14 / AU$27

Elite L'Eroica squeeze bottle

Add a little vintage-inspired charm to someone’s bike kit with one of these water bottles from Elite.

The various designs and overall shape are inspired by bidons of old, often spotted at the various L’Eroica vintage cycling festivals around the world, but with the practicality of easy to use modern materials.

  • Price: £3.99 / $4.90 / AU$6.40

Camelbak Podium Big Chill

When you’re riding in hot conditions the last thing you want is to glug lukewarm water. The Big Chill from Camelbak is lined with an insulating material that’s designed to keep the contents cool and the heat out.

It’s worth noting that it works the other way around too, so if you wanted to keep your water from freezing, the insulated lining would help here too.

  • Price: £16.99 / $23.09 / AU$TBC
Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
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