There are now only two weeks left until Christmas, so if you haven’t done your present shopping yet, you’d better get your skates on! Luckily, there are plenty of techy gadgets and gizmos that will appeal the cyclist in your life.
And if that cyclist happens to be you…well, you can either drop some heavy hints or cut out the middleman and just get it for yourself! We promise we won’t tell…
Cycle computers have got to be one of the most useful accessories ever. The simplest can help you monitor your speed and distance covered, with functions ranging up to monitoring your heart rate and power output, essential for fine-tuning your winter training. And of course many also have GPS systems to guide you, or record your ride, whether you’re road riding, mountain biking or commuting.
GoPros are also a popular choice, giving you the chance to get your creative juices flowing – and you’ll have plenty of time over Christmas do get some filming and editing done, right?
Garmin Edge 200 GPS Cycle Computer £109.99 £67.99
This GPS-enabled cycling computer tracks time, distance, speed, location and calories burned. The Edge 200 is ideal for training, everyday and touring rides or any adventure you want to relive later at Garmin Connect.
CatEye Stealth 50 GPS Computer £179.99 £125.99
A smart computer for smart cyclists – or at least those that like to train smart. The waterproof CatEye Stealth 50 is compatible with various cadence sensors, power meters and heart rate monitors so you can train to your zones, plus all the usual functions you’d expect like odometer and timer. It’s even GPS enabled so you can share your QOMs or KOMs on Strava.
You should also take a look at our Best GPS devices for Cycling roundup.
Garmin Edge Touring Plus ANT+ £249.99 £157.99
Planning some adventure and exploration in 2016, or know someone that is? Get set and ready to go with the Garmin Edge Touring Plus, which comes pre-loaded with maps so you can easily navigate yourself from A to B. You can even set it to suit the type of riding you are doing – road cycling, touring or mountain biking. Garmin claims a runtime of up to 17 hours, and it comes with a quarter-turn bike mount so all you need to do is charge it up and ride!
CatEye EL-135 / TL-135 / Velo 7 Light Set & Computer £49.99 £21.99
If you know someone who’s lucky enough to be getting a new (or first) bike for Christmas, then this little bundle from CatEye is the perfect accompaniment. Front and rear lights for safety and visibility, and a computer for charting riding exploits. And it’s half price (but we won’t tell anyone that).
Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor Strap £49.99 £32.99
Getting stuck into your winter training? Or are you saving it for after Christmas? Either way, training with heart-rate zones will get you fitter and faster more efficiently – and this heart rate monitor from Garmin is the just the thing you need to do it.
GoPro Fetch Dog Harness £49.99 £35.99
Got a dog? Got a GoPro? You KNOW the only thing you are missing is this harness. If you’ve got a budding trail dog the footage will add an extra dimension to your home edits – or maybe you’re planning your own version of Lily Shreds Trailside?
GoPro Hero4 Black Edition £409.99 £314.99
Fancy emulating Danny MacAskill (or at least the filmmakers behind the scenes) from the stunning Cascadia video? Then you’ll need a GoPro. Or perhaps a few. In which case you’ll be pleased to find that there are bargains to be had. The Hero4 Black Edition GoPro produces 4K30 and 2.7K50 video at a high video frame rate of 1080p120.
CatEye Strada Wireless Computer £49.99 £19.99
It may be small (and pink) but it’s perfectly formed! The Cateye Strada wireless computer makes a great gift for those just getting into cycling – because there’s nothing quite like watching the miles clock up and the sense of achievement that brings! Especially when it’s all for under £20.
If you’re still on the lookout for Christmas presents (better hurry!) and none of the above catches your fancy, check out our extensive Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide.