So, you know that they love cycling but what do you buy for them? Whether you are looking for a top market item as that perfect present for a loved one who loves cycling or a stocking filler for a bike fan, here is a top 10 of Christmas gifts for bike lovers.
If your cycling fan is keen to keep a record of their ride, whether it is on their commute to work or on an off road cycle, there are cameras perfect for a variety of uses. Important things to consider are factors such as stability (important for off-road cyclists), clarity of picture and performance in low light.
Socks might seem to fit in the novelty gift section and of course there are plenty of novelty options available if that is what you are looking for. However, there are socks designed for cyclists which bright to improve visibility, which is especially important for those rides in low light. Cyclists are also advised to wear compression socks made with a stretch breathable fabric to provide additional support to the muscles in the legs and feet during a ride.
It is important for a cyclist to wear the right sunglasses. In the summer they will do what most sunglasses do and protect the eyes. However, they will also prevent bugs flying into a cyclists eyes.
In the winter they will protect the eyes from the cold winds and rain. The lenses are particularly important with different tints available for all types of weather. The most flexible pair of glasses provide the options of swapping out the lenses to provide different tints.
There are lots of manufacturers that produce them with Oakley being one of the most desirable brands. It is important to remember that it is essential for the glasses to fit the cyclist well so you might need them to try them on, it might not be the best surprise gift unless you have the option to swap them in January!
4. The gadget
If you know a serious cyclist, then you know that they are keen to track their performance from heart rate to distance cycled and their route. Most of this functionality can be achieved with the use of a smartphone now but getting your phone out of your pocket during a ride can be frustrating.
So, devices such as Garmin and Apple make GPS enabled cycle friendly smartwatches which provide an easy to use set of functionalities enabling your cycling lover to track their route, speed, performance and even the weather!
5. The novelty gift
There are lots of novelty gifts available, possibly making this a great option as a secret santa gift for cyclists. From joke socks and mugs to mouse mats and pizza cutters there are a range of products with a cycling theme at a range of prices from the budget option of socks for £3.99 to a personalised bike rack at over £200!
Whether it is padded pants, shorts or a padded seat cover, your cyclist friend will be delighted with this as a gift. With options made for men and women there are plenty of choices of items to support your cyclist whether for a spinning class or a 20 mile bike ride!
A cycling hat provides thermal warmth underneath a helmet keeping the cyclist snug on really cold days. Many also have an ergonomic design so they are longer at the back, offering protection to the neck also. Cycling gloves are specially designed to keep hands warm but also to maintain grip on the handlebars – essential on cold days and over rough terrain.
8. Cycling pouch
When out on a bike, carrying lots of personal possessions is not really an option. All you need are the basics – phone, money and keys and a cycling wallet or pouch is specially designed for this purpose. It’s waterproof and has extra grip so it doesn’t fall out of your pocket.
9. A book
Whether it’s an autobiographical book about a favourite cyclist or a book about great cycle rides and routes, if you know someone who is a fan of reading and bikes, this might be the perfect Christmas gift! With many also available as audio-books this might be an option for even the most time poor cyclist.
10. The gift voucher!
Whether it’s an autobiographical book about a favourite cyclist or a book about great cycle rides and routes, if you know someone who is a fan of reading and bikes, this might be the perfect Christmas gift! With many also available as audio-books this might be an option for even the most time-poor cyclist.
So, there are plenty of present options available for the cycling fan in your life and all available at a range of budgets, providing the most perfect Christmas gift!