Christmas gifts for daredevil cyclists

10 great present ideas for the adventurous rider in your life

Do you have a biker on your list this year? Does they like to get rad? Do they like to go fast and take chances? Are they constantly breaking things? Are they the type of rider to take a digger, jump up and say 'did you see that?!'

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you might have an adrenaline junkie on your hands – here are 11 gift ideas sure to make them smile.

SHRED Amazify goggles

There is nothing better than a fresh pair of scratch-free goggles
There is nothing better than a fresh pair of scratch-free goggles

Goggles are constantly getting abused by a barrage of tree branches, rocks, dust, mud and sometimes even the ground. So, for the mountain biker on your list, a new set may be just what they’re looking for (pun intended).

SHRED’s Amasify MTB goggles are designed around what the brand calls SHREDWIDE to provide a huge field of view. They're also available with contrast-boosting lens and a second clear lens for cloudy low-light days or riding.

  • Price: from £TBC / $115 / AU$TBC

G-Form Elite knee pads

Keep those knees safe with G-Form knee pads
Keep those knees safe with G-Form knee pads

Crashing sucks, but it's an inevitable part of riding. So, it's a good idea to always be ready with the right gear to limit the bumps, scrapes and bruises.

G-Form’s Elite knee pads are low profile, flexible and surprisingly tough. Made from the brands Reactive Protection Technology (RPT), on impact the RPT molecules bind together to disperse the force of the hit before it reaches your joints.

When the trail goes up, the minimal bulk makes them pretty good for pedalling too.

  • Price:  £85 / $99 / AU$150

Gym membership or strength training

Being rad often means crashing, a lot. Hitting the gym and being strong is the best way to keep injuries from taking their toll
Being rad often means crashing, a lot. Hitting the gym and being strong is the best way to keep injuries from taking their toll

Strength training is an important part of cycling, especially for riders who tend to hit the deck more often than others. Having a solid foundation enables riders to bounce back from injuries quicker, and can even prevent the severity of injuries in the first place.

Also, if the person you're giving the gift to lives in a location where the weather makes it difficult to ride, a gym membership or strength training will hopefully give them an outlet during the off season.

Gym membership pricing varies greatly depending on facilities, location and length of membership.

DJI Spark

DJI's Spark takes 'pics or it didn't happen' to the next level
DJI's Spark takes 'pics or it didn't happen' to the next level

Drones have come a long way in the past few years, and now these quadcopters can follow you down a trail at speed, capturing all the action in glorious stabilised HD video.

The DJI Spark (which is about the size of a drinks can), can be controlled using hand gestures and gets the same Follow Me mode as the brand's flagship Mavic Pro.

It films in 1080p at 30fps, weighs just 300g and claims to fly at a top speed of 31mph / 50kph.

  • Price: £519 / $499 / AU$788

Fox Proframe

 Fox's Proframe will keep your noggin safe and sweat free
Fox's Proframe will keep your noggin safe and sweat free

Has your significant other ever uttered the word ‘enduro'? Do they talk about transfer stages, or maybe you’ve even seen them take two helmets out on a ride?

For that giftee, the Fox Proframe is sure to satisfy. It’s a lightweight full-face helmet complete with MIPS and is fully ASTM downhill certified.

Although the chin bar on this one isn’t removable, it’s highly vented to allow for plenty of airflow in the front. At 735g, it's pretty lightweight too.

  • Price: £215 / $245 / AU$379

Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1

Sometimes bad things happen far away from civilization. Make sure your giftee can always get help if they need it
Sometimes bad things happen far away from civilization. Make sure your giftee can always get help if they need it

Some of the most fun places to ride can also be where there is no mobile phone coverage. If you’re hurt out in the middle of nowhere, it’s important to get help quick, and the Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1 is one of the best ways to do that.

It doesn’t have the two-way messaging like some of the more expensive Spot and InReach units, but it also doesn’t need a monthly fee to access its services. The rescueME PLB operates on the global Cospas Sarsat rescue system, and the unit gets a 66-channel GPS receiver, seven-year battery life, and is rated waterproof to 15m.

Don’t be deceived by the name, the Ocean Signal PLB will also bring help on land as well as at sea.

  • Price: £282 / $265 / AU$399

Huck Norris

If your giftee gets lots of flat tyres, the Huck Norris may help
If your giftee gets lots of flat tyres, the Huck Norris may help

Sometimes when things get too rowdy, you can end up standing on the side of the trail wresting a tyre off the rim.

There have been plenty of new gadgets and gizmos designed to reduce flats, but we’ve had pretty good luck with the Huck Norris tyre insert.

Essentially, it's a piece of high-density foam that goes inside your tyre that stops it from pinching against the rim on a big impact, so you can keep rolling none the wiser.

Our own resident bike-wrecker Seb Scott managed to destroy a DT Swiss EX1501 wheel with Huck Norris inside and the tyre stayed inflated.

  • Price: £40 / $69 / AU$99

LifeProof Fre smartphone case

 Adrenaline junkies struggle to keep their phones in working order, help them with a sturdy LifeProof case
Adrenaline junkies struggle to keep their phones in working order, help them with a sturdy LifeProof case

With everyone taking their smartphones everywhere, dropped phones and cracked screens are common – and a very quick, very unscientific trailhead survey revealed that adrenaline and mangled phones have a direct relationship…

LifeProof’s Fre phone case is waterproof and drop-proof down to 2m / 6.6ft all with minimal bulk. There is a built-in screen cover, and, because it's sealed, it keeps dust out too.

The LifeProof Fre is available Apple, Samsung, Google and LG devices.

  • Price: Start at £69 / $79 / AU$99

GoPro Hero6

GoPro's Hero6 is the ultimate action camera
GoPro's Hero6 is the ultimate action camera

With the advent of actions cameras, it’s never been easier to capture yourself and your buddies getting rad.

GoPro's Hero6 has touchscreen controls, voice commands, three-axis software stabilisation, and is waterproof to 10m / 33ft.

The new camera also shoots in 4k at 60fps and 1080 at 240fps, so you can watch your giftee’s epic crash in super slow-mo…

  • Price: £499 / $499 / AU$759.95

Smith Attack Max sunglasses

 Smith's Attack sunnies use magnets for quick lens changes
Smith's Attack sunnies use magnets for quick lens changes

Not every riding situation warrants goggles to protect your eyeballs, and if that's the case, sunnies will suffice.

Smith’s Attack comes in two lens sizes (Attack and Attack Max) to fit a range of faces. It uses opposing magnets for a quick and simple lens change, and comes with colourways to suit even the biggest of personalities.

The lenses also have Smith’s contrast-enhancing ChromaPop lenses and a clever two-position nosepiece.

  • Price: £TBC / $249 / AU$369

Please note: this article has been updated for 2017 and old comments may no longer be relevant.

Colin Levitch

Staff Writer, Australia
Originally from Denver, Colorado, Colin now resides in Sydney, Australia. Holding a media degree, Colin is focused on the adventure sport media world. Coming from a ski background, his former European pro father convinced him to try collegiate crit racing. Although his bright socks say full roadie, he enjoys the occasional mountain bike ride, too.
  • Discipline: Road, mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Tarmac mountain climbs into snow-covered hills
  • Current Bikes: BMC TeamMachine SLR01, Trek Top Fuel 9
  • Dream Bike: Mosaic Cycles RT-1
  • Beer of Choice: New Belgium La Folie
  • Location: Sydney, Australia

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