While we’re fans of even the most utilitarian of cycling swag, there’s little more pleasing than gawping at the wares available at the more luxury end of the market.
From a £95 apron to a fancy mocha pot, we’ve got 12 gift suggestions for the cyclist who appreciates the finer things in life.
Abbey Tools Crombie dual-sided cassette tool
Abbey Tools’ Crombie cassette tool is a very nice thing indeed Dave Rome / Immediate Media
Abbey Tools has been making a range of incredibly high-quality tools for a few years now and has undoubtedly set the benchmark for lustworthy workshop goodies.
The Abbey Tools Crombie is the brand’s cassette removal tool and we reckon it would be a welcome addition to any fettling-savvy cyclist’s tool kit.
The quality of Abbey Tools’ gear is what sets it apart from the rest; the precision-machined head is matched with an extra-long solid handle for ease of use and the ‘stacked dime’ welds just ooze quality.
The dual-sided version has a Shimano/SRAM spline-remover on one side with Campagnolo on the other, but a smaller Shimano-only version is also available.
Filson waxed-canvas apron
We’re fond of this simple apron from Filson Filson
If the cyclist in your life values looking good while workshopping, why not treat them to a fancy apron this Christmas?
Filson is renowned for its high-quality goods and we’re quite taken with this unfussy, waxed-canvas apron.
With just enough pockets to keep regularly used tools at hand, we reckon this one will be a winner.
Hasso Gold Cufflinks
Gemstones in a selection of colours bedeck these cufflinks Hasso
What better way for the discerning cyclist to finish his or her black tie outfit than with some cycling-inspired blingy cufflinks?
These sparkly numbers are made from gold-plated sections of bike chain then inlaid with a selection of different precious and semi-precious gemstones.
The gems are sourced ethically, and include garnet, amethyst, topaz and various shades of Zircona, so they’ll suit every outfit and colour. There’s also a silver-plated version.
- From £55 — international shipping available, please check website for details
Spurcycle has created the ultimate bike bell Oli Woodman / Immediate Media
If you’re asking yourself how on earth someone can justify charging £60 for a bell, then this is not the ding-a-linger for you.
The now much-imitated (but never equalled) Spurcycle bell is a delightful little thing, made in the USA almost entirely from metal components.
But it’s that ring that really makes this bell stand out — it’s loud and bright with a good sustain to boot.
Brooks Pickwick Large Leather Backpack
A stylish sack for stowing stuff Brooks
Brooks is the quintessential British purveyor of vintage-esque leather and fabric cycling goods. Starting off in saddles, it’s moved into a range of other items including bags, each constructed with the same attention to detail, high quality and longevity.
So, while this bag may cost a majestic £340 / €400 / $450, its leather construction means that with a little care and attention it should last you a long, long time.
Queens of Pain book
Legends, rebels, and some rip-roaring tales Rapha
Cycling has a history packed full of amazing characters: racers, rebels, legends and trail blazers. This beautiful book by Isabel Best charts the history of some of the most exciting women ever to grace two wheels, smashing records and barriers and forming a key part of the foundations of cycling today,
The book itself looks beautiful and won’t look out of place on the most stylish of coffee tables — but better than that it’s a great read too!
Silca Pocket Impero
Silca’s Pocket Impero is a stunning portable inflation device Dave Rome / Immediate Media
The $540 SuperPista Ultimate track pump blew us away when we first saw it back in 2014, and Silca has since gone on to make a mini pump with the same attention to detail that borders on the obsessive.
The Pocket Impero is a jersey-friendly but usable size at 20cm / 8in long and weighs 150g / 5.3oz.
Velo Orange mudguards
How is it possible to covet a set of mudguards this much? Jack Luke / Immediate Media
Hammered alloy fenders are a niche product, granted, but this might make that special cyclist in your life very happy indeed.
These Velo Orange versions are extra-long to keep more muck away, and — as you may have noticed — they are very shiny. They also come in a smooth version if you don’t like the hammered look.
There are versions to fit 700C road tyres up to 25mm, fatter touring/gravel tyres up to 35mm, and mountain bikers are covered with versions for 26in, 27.5in and 29in wheels.
Stellar 6-cup espresso maker
Shiny and a design classic! Stellar
There’s nothing like a strong black cup of hot-java-joe, particularly on a fresh winter’s morning.
This Italian design classic will produce six cups of liquid-anxiety in mere minutes and the solid stainless-steel construction should last a lifetime, all while appealing to every cyclist’s obsession with ‘ooh-shiny’ objects.
Topo Designs bike bag
The Topo Designs bar bag is one of our favourites Jack Luke / Immediate Media
Handlebar bags have undergone something of a transformation in recent years, with even the trendiest of cyclists embracing this most convenient of portaging solutions.
The boxy Topo Designs bike bag is one of our favourites, boasting three litres of water-resistant storage, which can be slung from your bars or saddle rails with the included Velcro straps.
As with all of its goods, the bar bag is handmade in the good ol’ US-of-A.
Brooks C13 Carved saddle
Brooks’ Cambium C13 Carved saddle presented a departure for the brand Matthew Allen / Immediate Media
When Brooks launched the Cambium C17, it presented a radical departure for a brand that built its reputation on traditional leather saddles.
Made from a vulcanised natural rubber upper, the C17 was followed by the narrower C15, and then Brooks took on the roadie market with the Cambium C13, which adds clever one-piece carbon rails to the mix.
Three widths are on offer (132mm, 145mm, 158mm) and are available with the option of a pressure-relieving cut-out — the ‘Carved’ option. Claimed weights range from 250g to 310g.
Maap X Bellroy All Conditions Phone Pocket
Ditch the ziplock for something more stylish Maap
It’s pretty common for cyclists to store their valuables in a ratty Ziplock bag, which they’ve probably held onto for way too long. So why not spoil the cyclist in your life this year and let them protect their phone, cash and cards in style.
Aussie brands Maap and Bellroy have teamed up to produce the All Conditions Phone Pocket, a riding wallet made from water resistant leather with a water-resistant YKK zipper — so it will keep your phone, ID and cash safe from rain and sweat.
The inside is lined with soft microfibre and there are two internal pockets to help keep you organised. There are two sizes available, with a large-size option designed to take plus-sized phones
- £95.59 / €109 / $100 / AU$150
Alex Monroe Handmade Bianchi Bicycle necklace
A beautiful, handcrafted piece of jewellery Alex Monroe
A little designer jewellery always makes a great gift, and what better piece for the passionate cyclist than a hand-crafted bicycle in a beautiful precious metal.
This one is crafted by jeweller Alex Monroe and is based around his beloved Bianchi road bike and comes in sterling silver, or silver with gold or rose gold plating. For those who’d like something extra special, it can also be made in 18ct gold or platinum.
We love the attention to detail, such as the wheels that actually turn!
- From £150. International shipping available.
Bianchi Cafè and Cycles espresso cup and saucer set
Espresso will taste so much nicer out of these little cups Bianchi
Nothing less than appropriate crockery will do for the refined cyclist. After all, you can’t drink your espresso from any old cup.
Luckily, Bianchi understands and has created this lovely gift set of two espresso cups and saucers complete with little bike motif. It’s a perfect gift for the coffee-loving cyclist.
Cycling art prints: The Routes
Prints charming enough to adorn any wall The Handmade Cyclist
Some classy, classic prints are perfect for adorning the wall of the designer cyclist’s pad, and this beautiful collection of framed prints from The Handmade Cyclist are just the ticket.
The Routes collection offers up graphic prints that capture the essence of some of the key all-time classic routes, including the Alpe D’Huez climb and Ronde Vlaanderen.
There are other collections available of course, so there will certainly be something to suit the cyclist in question.