Why not treat that special road rider in your life this Christmas? Forget the boring pair of socks or knitted jumper – with our stocking filler guide you won’t go far wrong.
Ah yes, that time of year has arrived. What to get the special roadie in your life? We know it’s hard to pin them down, but if you’re diligent, you might unearth some wish-list items without letting on. We recommend flipping through the pages of Procycling and Cycling Plus for ideas, but if you’re short on time, we’ve prepared a few goodies below to get you started.
Clothing is always a good bet, and we provide direction on a range of kit from Rapha, Livestrong and Rock Racing, among others. Coffee table books always delight, as do bread-and-butter items like pumps and tools.
Take a look at what we’ve included in our 2008 list below, and see if we’ve made good on our promise to at least get your creative juices flowing.
Pro Cycling Prints
Time de waele print: time de waele printTim de Waele
Widely regarded as the best photographer working in professional cycling, Tim De Waele’s best work is now available to buy at bikeradarstore.com. Besides a great choice of riding pictures to select from, it also guarantees fast delivery times and high quality prints. Order by December 19th (in the UK) for guaranteed Christmas delivery.
Rapha/Independent Fabrication cyclo-cross kit
Rapha/Independent’s new cyclo-cross clothing comes in both a standard version and this Independent Fabrication edition that features the US frame builder’s logos. The super soft and stretchy Thermoroubaix fabric is exceptionally warm, while the Cytec seat offers plenty of padding and breathes well to keep you comfy when you work up a sweat.
The Cross jersey is made from lightweight Sportwool with a merino wool inner face that wicks sweat away effectively, and a tougher polyester outer.
Aussie brand Knog has a sense of humour, as these Ride Hard ‘tattooed’ gloves show. Snug at first, the soft leather soon yields and moulds to your hands. They’re not as breathable as synthetic gloves, and the thin padding means they’re most suitable for shorter rides.
Huge format calendar (40 x 60cm) featuring high-quality photos of female cycling stars including the likes of Sabine Spitz (gold medal winner at the Beijing Olympics, European mountain bike champion 2008), Hanka Kupfernagel (2008 elite women’s cyclo-cross world champion, gold medal winner at the Sydney Olympics) and Irina Kalentieva (Bronze medallist in Beijing, mountain bike world champion in 2007).
Super soft cotton T-shirts with beautifully printed designs. The two shown here are a classic Schwinn Flyer and a Reclaim The Streets ‘Gutter Bunny‘ tee, available in small through to XXL, and in both men’s and women’s fit. Twin Six also offers a great range of both polyester and merino wool jerseys, jackets, hoodies and even baby clothes.
The wide, cast aluminium base with an accurate built-in gauge makes this one of the most stable pumps available, and the well-shaped handle with recessed pressure-release button makes it easy to inﬂate and deﬂate to the correct pressure. One of the best ﬂoor pumps money can buy.
The latest livestrong jersey.: the latest livestrong jersey.Livestrong
Lance is back in the pro peloton, and is raising the profile of his Livestrong Foundation to a galactic level for 2009. Grab an Italian-made black-and-yellow jersey from Nike and support a good cause along the way – all proceeds support Livestrong. Bib shorts are also available.
Ideal for locating and planning refreshment/accommodation stops on your route, the Memory Map Pub Guide has GPS waypoints for more than 2,000 inns, taverns and pubs, as recommended by the AA. Create a route and upload it to your GPS device, pocket PC or smart phone.
A lightweight Merino wool base layer, the NZO Basejumper is just the job for warding off the chill, and the price is an absolute steal. Construction is excellent and the Raglan-sleeved cut is flattering.
These are the daddies of the winter overshoe and although they may be too much for the milder days, they will see you through the worst winter conditions. The shiny, smooth neoprene delivers super sleek styling and warmth. Neoprene is waterproof and these boots laugh off rain and road spray
Basic but well made cycle computer with excellent sealing, buttons you can use while wearing gloves, a mount that will ﬁt any bar or stem, a not too big but still very clear display and an incredibly simple setup.
Rock racing’s jersey.: rock racing’s jersey.Rock Racing
Love him or hate him, Rock Racing team owner Michael Ball has pretty decent fashion sense, so if you’re the type who likes edgy kit, the black Rock Racing jersey begs to be worn. Made in the US with a Euro slimming cut. Our advice: go for the matching bibs, gloves and socks for the full rock’n’roll effect.
Trek time computer and time watch: trek time computer and time watchJames Huang/BikeRadar
Trek’s new Time Computer and Time Watch are for those times when you just want to hop on a bike and pedal – somewhere, anywhere – without having to tax your brain with power meters, heart rate monitors, or percent gradients.
The Time Watch is essentially just a decently sized analogue clock – nothing more, nothing less. The marginally more complex Time Computer switches to a digital readout that also displays current speed, trip distance and trip time, with information sent from an analogue wireless transmitter.
Price: US$40 (Trek Time Computer); US$25 (Trek Time Watch)
Carbon bottle cage master Arundel Bicycle Company improves on its excellent Dave-O design with the new Mandible. Treat yourself if you have the cash to spare or treat someone else if you know they would never indulge themselves. Either way, whoever ends up with the thing is bound to be happy with it.