8 of the best tech gifts for cyclists
Are you looking to buy something special for the cyclist in your life? Do they love gadgets and gizmos? Read on for the best bike-based tech to buy this holiday season.
The Quarq Shockwiz is perfect for geeking out over suspension setup Quarq
Are you mystified by suspension setup for your mountain bike, or do you just enjoy tweaking things for optimum performance? Then you’ll love the Shockwiz.
This little gizmo attaches to your air fork (or shock) and monitors pressure changes continuously as you ride.
It uses this data to make detailed recommendations on how to adjust your suspension, which are relayed via a phone app.
Garmin Edge 1030
Garmin’s Edge 1030 GPS computer packs in a ridiculous number of features Matthew Allen / Immediate Media
Garmin’s flagship GPS packs a zillion features into a slick device, and it’s the one to have if you need maximum battery life or a big screen for navigation.
The Edge 1030 has a 3.5-inch colour touchscreen and a claimed battery life of up to 20 hours, or double that with an optional external battery pack.
It offers ‘popularity’ based routing, along with WiFi, Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity.
Wahoo Elemnt Bolt
The Wahoo Elemnt Bolt takes on Garmin with huge battery life and a full feature set Ben Delaney / Immediate Media
Garmin used to rule the roost in GPS computers, but there’s now hot competition from the likes of Wahoo.
The Elemnt Bolt takes on the Edge 520 and 820, offering similar functionality and much better battery life in a relatively affordable package.
Tune’s Linientreu brings frikkin’ laser beams to gear setup Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
Lasers make everything better, so why not use them for gear adjustment?
The Linientreu mounts to the derailleur hanger bolt, and provides an ultra-precise visual aid for setting up your shifting.
Price: €149 / £131 / $174
Silca Tattico Bluetooth mini pump
The Silca Tattico Bluetooth adds connectivity to the humble mini pump Silca
Does the old tyre-pinch test just not cut it for you after you’ve fixed a flat? The Tattico Bluetooth adds a new layer of precision to good old-fashioned mini pumpery.
This pump connects to your phone and gives an instantaneous pressure readout, accurate to a claimed +/- 2%.
Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost
The Richard Mille RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Provost is for the cyclist who has it all, and then some Richard Mille
Is all this deeply affordable tech just a bit… ordinary? If you’re really looking to impress the cyclist in your life this Christmas, watchmaker Richard Mille has the very thing for you.
The RM 70-01 Tourbillon Alain Prost is a watch for very, very affluent cyclists, which costs more than double the average UK house price.
This in-no-way-vulgar timepiece is named for the famous French racing driver who is himself a keen cyclist.
Limited to 30 pieces, it features a case curved for comfort on the bike, plus a manually-operated mileage counter.
Oh, and it comes with a “free” Colnago, because of course it does.
Price: £621,000 / $815,500