There’s no doubt that cycling is better for the environment than driving a car, but that doesn’t mean the bike industry is devoid of wastefulness. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for an eco-conscious cyclist, here are some great ideas to get you started.
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Green Oil cleaning products
There's a wealth of cleaning and maintenance products on the market and they make great stocking-stuffers or small gifts. However, with a great range comes great responsibility to find something that’s not going to cost the earth.
Green Oil claims to be the world’s greenest manufacturer of bicycle-maintenance products, and the company works hard to raise awareness of the nasties that can be found in various lubes and cleaners.
Its products do not contain PTFE, which contribute towards petrochemical pollution, plus the bottles are made from recycled plastics, and the formulas are plant-based and fully biodegradable.
Classic 27oz bottle from Klean Kanteen
Every cyclist needs to stay hydrated, and we’re moving away from plastic bottles these days. Klean Kanteen is a family-owned company that produces stainless-steel BPA-free reusable water bottles.
As a company, Klean Kanteen does a huge amount to raise awareness of single-use plastic, donates products to local organisations and schools, and provides clean-water stations at local events.
The Classic 27oz bottle is a great non-toxic solution to single-use plastic and comes in an array of colours and there's also a leak-proof Sport Cap for convenience.
- Price: £18.95 / $20.95 / AU$32.95
- UK: Buy the Classic 27oz from Klean Kanteen
- US: Buy the Classic 27oz from Klean Kanteen
- AU: Buy the Classic 27oz from Klean Kanteen
Schwalbe Road Cruiser Green Compound tyres
Lots of inner tubes are thrown away without being patched, making this a rather wasteful area of the cycling industry. Anything that reduces the chances of punctures helps combat this waste, and Schwalbe has a great eco-friendly tyre on offer — the Road Cruiser with Green Compound.
Its tread rubber is made entirely from renewable and recycled raw-materials, while providing good grip and durability. Considering the tread usually comprises 70-80% of the tyre’s rubber content, this is a great step in the right direction as it’s where the biggest change can be made in this type of product.
- Price: £12.66 / €21.90
- Buy from ROSE Bikes
Upcycled inner tube wallets and bags
Speaking of inner tube waste, there are plenty of companies out there who have found the perfect way to recycle and upcycle. Whether it’s a wallet, a saddle bag, backpack or a full bikepacking getup, you’ll be able to find a wealth of sustainable gift ideas made from old inner tubes, wetsuits, climbing ropes, yoga mats and billboard vinyl.
- UK: Explore the range from Velo Culture
- US: Explore the range from Alchemy Goods
- US/AU: Explore the range from Green Guru Gear
Upcycled bicycle jewellery and gifts
Going one step further in the upcycling domain, cyclists love to show off their hobby by wearing recycled bicycle bits. Why not treat them to some upcycled jewellery or keychains, or go all-out and buy them a clock made from a recycled cassette?
- UK: Explore the range from ReCycle & BiCycle
- US: Explore the range from GritCycling
- AU: Explore the range from Tread and Pedals
Chris King components
Chris King says the “the joy of cycling is intrinsically tied to the health of our environment,” and we couldn’t agree more.
His company has spent decades reducing its carbon footprint and exploring more eco-friendly ways to produce the oh-so shiny products it’s famous for.
Some of Chris's planet-loving actions include using domestically grown soy, recycling waste-metal shavings, and hand-polishing every part before anodising to reduce the toxicity of this process. A Chris King component will last a lifetime, while causing as little damage as possible in its production process.
Rydon Pixio Light
A decent light is always a good thing to have on hand, and any cyclist will tell you that there’s nothing bad about having a couple of spares for when you get caught out.
That said, Rydon Pixio lights are an excellent choice for the more eco-conscious giftee, as they feature an integrated solar panel and recharge themselves when exposed to sunlight.
What’s really clever, though, is they have special high-retention batteries that hold their energy for long periods of time. For every five days of sunlight, they store around 60 hours of light. This makes them a great option for using year-round, as they charge their batteries in the summer and use the stored energy in the winter.
- Price: €34.95
- Buy now from Rydon’s website
Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit
Take solar power to a new level with Goal Zero, who strives to provide smart, sustainable and portable power solutions.
The Guide 10 Plus Adventure Kit is an ultra-lightweight USB and solar-charging system, designed to be portable, so your friend can go on their wild cycling adventures and have all the power they need to charge their lights, phone and GPS computer.
The Nomad 7 solar-charging panel can be attached to a backpack, and the whole thing folds up to fit into a pocket.
- Price: £129.99 / $119.99 / AU$291
- UK: Buy now from Amazon
- US: Buy now from Amazon
- AU: Buy now from Amazon
Clothing made from Repreve fabric
Repreve is an eco-conscious-cyclist’s dream. The fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles, which have been collected from the oceans and mountains, and then washed, decontaminated, melted down and reconstituted into yarn.
The resulting fabric feels like cotton, is moisture-wicking, provides UV protection, is stretchy and comfortable, and comes in an array of brilliant colours.
Several companies are using Repreve in their eco-friendly clothing now, but here are just a few to get you started.
Patagonia Capilene Air base layers
These base layers are made from airblasted yarn for lightweight warmth and maximum airflow. Constructed from 51% merino wool and 49% recycled polyester, they’re a great option for keeping your favourite cyclist warm this winter.
Matchy Cycling Eco-friendly range
This French brand creates utterly beautiful cycling kit, and it now has a specially designed eco-friendly range made from Repreve fabric.
Levitator Lite socks from Defeet
Defeet’s Levitator Lite range is perfect for cycling as well as running, as they include a ‘no-feel’ toe seam for maximum comfort.
No bleach, softeners or harsh detergents are used in their production, and they also feature reinforced heels and toes for added durability.
And the icing on the cake? They’re made from up to 49% recycled polyester, depending on which pair you buy. Plus, there's a great range of colours and patterns to choose from.
TVL Pavei STX shoes from Vaude
While we’re on the subject of footwear, if you want to treat the cyclist in your life to something really special, consider a pair of TVL Pavei STX shoes from Vaude.
They’re treated with a Sympatex lining and membrane, which is completely waterproof and breathable. That means dry, toasty feet throughout the winter, and that’s not something to be sniffed at.
They’re completely PTFE-free, and come in a unisex fit from sizes 36-50. They also feature Ortholite removable insoles, which are breathable, long-lasting, and contain 50% recycled polyester.
What’s more, the SUPtraction R20 outsole is made from 20% recycled rubber. The toe cap is made from recyclable TPU and the shoe is compatible with SPD cleats. It’s bound to be a hit, delivering quality performance and eco-friendliness all at once.
- Price: £140 / €158
- Buy now from Vaude