If you’re looking for great gifts for women who love road cycling, look no further! BikeRadar has carefully collated a delightful selection of gifts from covetable kit to quirky stocking fillers. There’s even some cycling-themed jewellery in here.
This list will make your Christmas present shopping a doddle, or why not use it to send to ‘Santa’ if you want to drop some serious hints.
The Essentials case from Rapha is now available in a waterproof and reflective materialRapha
The Essentials case from Rapha is one of the handiest little items we own, able to take a phone, keys and money or repair essentials, neatly stowed in a back pocket. However, it wasn’t waterproof so not that useful on wet weather rides — until now.
Rapha has just released a new version of the case in a waterproof and reflective material with an Aquaguard water repellent zip. There’s also a large version for bigger mobile phones.
Get cosmic with galaxy print leg and arm warmers from Liv CyclingLiv Cycling
Transitional seasons are when arm and leg warmers come into their own, and are perfect for those days when it starts off cold then warms up.
Just because they’re a practical item doesn’t mean they have to be boring, as demonstrated by the Zorya range from Liv Cycling.
Produced in collaboration with Spanish cycle kit company Exteondo, these feature a striking galaxy print and have lots of reflective details incorporated. In addition to the usual reflective logos and tabs, there are speckles of reflective material in the star print itself.
They’re also available in a three different colorways, from black to a bright purple fade.
Both the Zorya leg and arm warmers have reflective detailingLiv Cycling
Wheelsets are a simple way to boost your performanceMavic
If you (or your intended gift receiver) are planning to up your racing game for 2019, but don’t want to fork out on a new bike, then upgrading wheels to something stiffer with just a little bit of bling can help with those racing gains.
The Ksyrium Elite wheels are, in the words of our road product tester Robin Wilmott, “benchmark hoops and an excellent all-round choice”.
It may be dark outside, but you’ll feel bright and cheery putting this jersey on!Castelli
Just because it’s a baselayer doesn’t mean it has to be a boring black or white colour. Go all out with this disco-tastic, vibrantly coloured number from Castelli that’s amusingly named the ‘Prosecco’ baselayer.
It’ll bring a little sunshine to those winter rides, as well as being a comfortable, practical addition to the road cyclists wardrobe.
If the print really appeals, add neck warmers, ear warmers and a cap!
A perfect package of beautifully made and very useful equipmentSilca
Ride wallets pre-loaded with repair tools are nothing new, but few are as beautifully put together as the Eolo Wallet from Silca.
Silca makes some of the most covetable bike tools out there, and the company’s 100-year history and attention to detail are clear to see in this product.
The wallet is made from weather-resistant waxed canvas with reflective quilting, with a little reflective strap that sits over the top of jersey pockets to help keep the wallet secure with a small magnet.
Inside, there’s the Silca Tredici multitool made from a corrosion-resistant combination of aluminium and stainless steel, with 13 mid-length tools and a claimed weight of 98g. It also includes the Eolo CO2 regulator valve to allow easy re-inflation of tyres.
Probably one of the best cycling caps we’ve ever seenLook Mum No Hands
No self-respecting roady should be without a selection of casquettes. This brilliant cap comes from London’s favourite cycling cafe, Look Mum No Hands, and features a turquoise tomcat drawn by artist Bob Motown chowing down on some tasty post-ride pizza.
Go for a ride, then have a wee glass of wine!La Bouclee
Picture this. A long, lovely ride out into the countryside, blue skies above your head, picnic lunch stowed on-bike. You find the perfect spot, spread a blanket, and pull the cork on a bottle of wine to sup with your food while watching the world go by.
Sounds delightful, right? Well you’ll need the La Bouclee Bicycle Wine Holder to turn this vision from dream to reality, AND it’ll work on a range of bikes, though we wouldn’t recommend trying it while mountain biking.
A beautiful piece of handmade jewellery in precious metalsAlex Monro
This beautiful handmade necklace was crafted by jeweller Alex Monro and is based around his beloved Bianchi road bike — and it would make a special gift for any passionate road rider.
While there are plenty of other bike necklaces on the market, few are hand crafted from sterling silver, or silver with gold or rose gold plating. If you really want to splurge, Monroe can also make it from 18ct gold (yellow, rose or white) or platinum.
We love the attention to detail, such as the wheels that actually turn!
Stash snacks, a camera or extra cake for your ridingOrNot
Sometimes there’s just not quite enough room in jersey pockets, like on long rides when extra spares, layers or snacks may be needed. Or even just to carry some extra cake home from a particularly good cafe stop. That’s certainly happened to us a few times.
In those cases, a good handlebar bag is worth its weight in gold.
We’re rather taken by this one from US brand OrNot, made in collaboration with Rickshaw Bagworks. Constructed from heavy-duty nylon in a bright blue colour, Velcro straps keep it in place and it has about 4 litres of volume with two accessory pockets.
While it’s no replacement for the thrill of riding indoors, there are still plenty of brilliant reasons to get on the indoor training bandwagon.
It’s not just good for those days when the weather is too miserable to go out, a structured training programme can help boost fitness or to train for an event in the most efficient way possible. Not to mention the convenience of having it at home. Minimal effort required!
New developments such as this super-cool Kickr Climb simulator give as accurate a riding experience as possible, including riding up inclines, and this add-on actually elevates the front of the bike.
Paired with a smart trainer and training programme such as Zwift, and the result is indoor training that’s actually fun (Shock! Horror!), riding in a virtual environment indoors while the wind and rain rage outside.
Show off your riding accomplishments!Maps International
It’s a map, it’s wall-art, it’s a record of sporting prowess, it’s a goal planner, and it’s a great conversation starter.
This rather fine-looking cartographic product lists many of the most famous road climbs in the Alps. Once a Col has been conquered, just scratch it off the map, or rather scratch to highlight the achievement.
Scratch off the climbs as you smash themMaps International
There’s also a version that covers UK climbs for British riders, and peaks in the Rockies for those based in the US.
Aoife is an experienced journalist, editor and product tester. With 6 years’ experience of reviewing bikes and kit, she’s ridden and rated nearly every women’s road and mountain bike available on the market. She enjoys putting the latest products through their paces, helping riders find the right kit for them and sharing the best advice, hints and tips to help them get the most out of riding.