With just 21 days to go, now is the time to start thinking about Christmas gift ideas for your fellow cyclists – or to start dropping hints to non-cyclists about what you’d like to receive!
To save you the last minute present panic, BikeRadar has compiled this list of 12 of the coolest bike related gifts. Whether you’re looking for stocking fillers or something a bit more special, this list should have you covered.
Chris King espresso cups
Ideal gift for: Espresso-loving cyclists
You can now have the design and quality of chris king products with you when having an espresso! : you can now have the design and quality of chris king products with you when having an espresso! Simon Greenacre/Future Publishing
Chris King is known for its aluminium exotica – headsets, hubs and bottom brackets – but now it’s made this espresso cup and saucer, presumably to be be the perfect partners to its own-brand coffee.
The cups feature graphics in the style of Chris King’s signature laser etching, showing the headsets they’re most famous for, set into the red glaze. Our scientific testing revealed that the cup has a medium thickness build, tapering slightly towards the top. Heat retention is good. The saucer offers good support for the cup, allowing up to around a 30-degree tilt before the cup topples off. The handle is well shaped, so long as your fingers aren’t too big.
When drinking from this espresso cup, we always point our pinky fingers out, for maximum style.
Lezyne Port-a-Shop toolkit
Ideal gift for: Someone who transports their bike in a car to go riding, but doesn’t want the hassle of taking their home tool kit with them
Lezyne’s port-a-shop tool kit is ideal for anyone who needs to work on their bike once they arrive at a sportive or trail: lezyne’s port-a-shop tool kit is ideal for anyone who needs to work on their bike once they arrive at a sportive or trail Simon Greenacre/Future Publishing
The Port-a-Shop is a mini toolkit from Lezyne, containing every tool you’re likely to need outside of a workshop. The carry case has pouches to hold the various tools that are supplied, which include a full set of Allen keys, Torx keys, puncture repair kits, chaintools and spanners. It also includes pedal spanners, which double as bottle openers.
The tool pouch has a zipped mesh pocket for small spares like chain links. The two puncture repair kits contain instant patches and traditional more permanent glued patches, as well as a tyre boot. This kit is small enough to fit into travelling bags or chuck in the back of the car. It is probably a bit big to take in a riding pack though.
Ideal gift for: The cyclist who wants to smell as good as a warm summer breeze blowing over Mount Ventoux
Rapha soap – why not? : Rapha.cc
Rapha is known for producing the finest quality wares and their skincare range is no exception. The Soap comes in hand cut bars, its made from plants and herbs that grow on Mount Ventoux.
Ideal gift for: The cyclist who appreciates proper sock height
Attaquer socks prove that sock height matters: Attaquer Cycling
Sock height is something that the boys from Attaquer take very seriously.
These socks are 18cm in height. They feature silver infused yarn in the foot bed to help with sweat management and combat odour.
Park BOC2 bottle opener
Ideal gift for: Someone who likes nothing more than popping the top off a bottle of beer when they get home from a ride
We can verify that park’s boc2 bottle opener opens bottles. hic: we can verify that park’s boc2 bottle opener opens bottles. hic Simon Greenacre/Future Publishing
Every now and again a bottled beverage is an ideal post-ride drink. Popping the lid off a cold beer and hearing that satisfying fizz is made even better (and easier) when it’s done with a quality bottle opener.
Park Tools’ BOC2 does a sterling job of uniting you with delicious beer, by removing pesky bottle caps, and the handle has Park’s traditional blue rubber finish.
Craft Base Layer Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeveless
Ideal gift for: The Cyclist who seeks comfort in the summer heat
Craft base layers aren’t expensive and make a huge difference: Craft Clothing
Craft’s super light summer base layer offers excellent ventilation and moisture transfer.
Made from a mix of polyester and lycra, this cool mesh base layer keeps your body dry and comfortable, even during the hot Australian Summer.
Ideal gift for: The home mechanic or anyone with a carbon bike
The rttchey torqkey – small and extremely useful: the rttchey torqkey – small and extremely useful David Rome/Future Publishing
Ritchey’s pre-set Multi-Torqkey is the perfect stocking stuffer for the aspiring home mechanic.
Available in 4Nm or 5Nm, the small handheld tool clicks out when the preset torque has been reached, combating the potential for over-tightened bolts. The Multi-Torqkey comes with an array of interchangeable bits and is an asset to any toolbox.
DZ Nuts Chamois Cream
Ideal gift for: Any cyclist concerned with “Maintaintenance”
DZ nuts – chamois cream with humour: dz nuts – chamois cream with humour DZ Nuts
DZ Nuts came to be after former professional cyclist Dave Zabriskie sought to change chamois cream as we know it.
From Zabriskie’s secret recipe, DZ Nuts (men’s) and DZ Nuts Bliss (women’s) use natural ingredients to combat every cyclist’s worst enemy – chaffing and saddle sores. According to the directions, it’s as simple as drop your shorts, apply liberally, and then be a champion on your next ride.
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Tate labs Bar Fly 2.0
Ideal gift for: Any cyclist seeking a better place to mount their Garmin
Tate labs bar fly 2.0 – we gave it 5 stars: James Huang / Future Publishing
Tate Labs Bar Fly 2.0 is a simple aftermarket Garmin mount that securely holds your head-unit out in front of your bars.
The durable plastic mount features a simple one bolt mounting system, and a clever two-position quarter turn interface. The completely redesigned interface can accommodate both the smaller format (Edge 200 and 500) and larger format (Edge 510, 800, and 810) models and keep them close to the bars.
If you’re running Shimano Di2 or Campagnolo EPS electronic drivetrains there is even zip-tie slots for mounting the control box.
Tate Labs offers a “buy one and your done” no questions asked warranty policy, which means you will never have to buy another again.
Starting at AU$39.95 (with free shipping)
Ideal gift for: The cyclist who needs something to wear off the bike
Cycology gear – australian casual wear: cycology gear – australian casual wear Cyclogy Gear
Cycology offers a solution to the rather lacking casual wear side of cycling.
Using only the highest quality cotton, the unique hand drawn designs are inspired by training and racing on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney.
Ideal gift for: Any cyclist who’s family worries
ICEdot – technology that could save lives: icedot – technology that could save lives ICEdot
Icedot is a simple sensor attached to the back of the helmet that offers loved ones peace of mind about your safety.
The crash sensor uses an accelerometer to detect motion, changes in force and impact. If an impact is registered the ICE dot triggers an emergency countdown via your Bluetooth connected Smartphone. If the alarm is not stopped within a pre determined time interval, the ICEdot app sends a message to an emergency contact with your GPS coordinates.
Future magazine subscriptions
Ideal gift for: Anyone
A future magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving all year round: Future Publishing
A magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving all year round, so why not choose one of Future’s magazine titles? We’ve got everything from cycling to science covered in both print and digital editions. You can save up to 50% off the cover price by visiting Future’s Christmas gift ideas – Magazine subscriptions and taking your pick.