If you're searching for holiday gifts for a cyclist and feel like they already have everything, don't despair. Here is a list of gifts that range from the luxurious to the very, very useful.
- Christmas gift ideas for road cyclists
- Christmas gift ideas for designer cyclists
- Christmas gift ideas for daredevil cyclists
Some of these you can buy online through the links below, and some may require a quick click or call to a local vendor. But all are sure to delight your favourite cyclist.
Tubeless tires have long been the go-to for off-road riding, but now road riders are beginning to embrace the benefits that dumping the inner tube can offer.
The trouble with tubeless tires is getting them set up, and while some will seat with a track pump and a bit of elbow grease, others need something a bit more extreme. While there are a few flash charge pumps on the market with an integrated air tank that will blast the bead into place, their use is limited.
With an air compressor not only can you set up tubeless tires without breaking a sweat, they’re also great for blasting water out of the rollers on your freshly cleaned chain, drying out small components, and cleaning out muck.
The price of compressors varies greatly, and a basic compressor from your local hardware store will often cost less than a high-end pump.
A Buffalo Bike — for someone else!
The best gift you can give is a bicycle — there's no need to think most cyclists already have enough bikes (it's not possible). If you’d like to give a bike why not do so for someone in need by donating one (in their name) to World Bicycle Relief.
For US$147 WBR delivers its near-indestructible Buffalo bikes to people such as healthcare workers in sub-Saharan Africa.
Everyone needs a goal, and while we can’t all race the Tour de France, there are tons of events that will push you to your limit all with a smile on your face.
Massage gift certificate
Beyond raw natural talent, countless hours refining their fitness and a truly focused approach, there’s only one other thing pro cyclists all get above us mere mortals. Regular massages.
Show the cyclist in your life that you care about their Strava times and treat them to a sports massage. This gift is great as you can decide the budget — and no matter how tight you want to be, it’ll help them not to be.
Price: However much you’d like
Zwift (sponsored entry)
You might have the smart trainer, but have you subscribed to Zwift yet?
Zwift is an immersive virtual-reality fitness game that makes indoor training fun and rewarding for everybody. Connect your home trainer to a computer or iOS device and your real-world efforts will power your avatar across beautiful landscapes and varied terrain. Ride with thousands of athletes at all levels in real-time, take part in Zwift Events from social rides, to races, to structured Group Workouts.
From amateur rider to World Tour pro, there’s something in Zwift for everybody.
- Price (per month): £12.99 / $14.99 / AU$TBC
- Visit zwift.com to find out more and subscribe
Clif Shot energy gel
Everyone gets hungry, so keep the cyclist in your life from passing out with the gift of nutrition.
Clif Shot energy gels are available with and without caffeine and are an easily digestible source of carbs for a quick boost of energy. The packaging also has the ‘Liter Leash’, which keeps the top attached so it won’t end up on the road or trailside.
- Price: 24 pack £39.95 / $29.95 / AU$55
Hed Disc carbon clincher
There are few things that will improve the character of a bike like a lightweight set of aero wheels.
HED’s new Vanquish 6 is the brand’s first ever full carbon clincher, the 60mm deep rims are claimed to weight 1589g. They’re wide (21mm internal) tubeless ready and only available for disc brakes.
- Price: £TBC / $2,500 / AU$TBC
Abbey Bike Tools
There are plenty of dual-sided cassette tools now available that have a hollow centre just big enough to fit over a quick-release skewer. But the first was the Abby Tools Crombie.
The Crombie comes in a double- and single-side version — the double has a SRAM/Shimano remover on one side and a Campy tool on the other. It also has a precision-machined spine, clean welds and laser engraving available to make it a truly special addition to any toolbox.
- Price: From £TBC / $40 / AU$6
Somewhere in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, you will find Sarina from Cycology sketching away in her waterfront studio. The established artist is the driving (or drawing) force behind Cycology.
All of her hand-drawn designs end up on the brand’s t-shirts, hoodies, underwear, and even cycling kits. They make the ideal gift — get yours now!
- Price: From £21
Coffee and cycling go together like carbon fibre and road bikes and there’s nothing better than a good cup of joe.
The Aeropress looks like a giant syringe and is from the same mind that brought us the Aerobie — you know those ring frisbees that nobody can actually throw. Fortunately, the Aeropress is quite a bit more useful than the flying device, it’s portable, easy to clean and most importantly makes a good cup of coffee.
- Price: £27.99 / $30 / AU$49