10 Christmas gifts for the Cyclist who THINKS they have everything
Christmas can be one of two things for a
cyclist, either laden with bags full of well-intentioned gifts from friends and
family (which you already have or do not need), or packed with joyful kit and
components that you bought yourself. If there is a cyclist in your life, we've
put together a list of things which they very possibly already have, but which
a cyclist can never really have enough of. We've ordered them on price, from
you stocking fillers to your larger, more practical items.
Bottles - perhaps a matching pair 2x Â£3.99
A pair of the bottles that match the bike are an
easily achievable way to look and feel more professional, but it can be a rare
phenomenon on club rides. At the rate that cyclists go through bottles, one can
never have enough. Check out this 550ml
option from Elite.
Thermal Glove Liners Â£9.99
Most cyclists will have at least one pair of
gloves for winter riding, but gloves are expensive and rarely can you find a
single pair to last all season long. A great solution can be a pair of merino
liner gloves like these from Sealskinz, worn inside existing gloves to provide extra insulation.
Hex wrench/Allen key Set Â£10.99, Big Blue
Book of Bicycle Repair Â£24.99
For the cyclist who relies heavily on their
local bike shop for even the most trivial of issues - or is always complaining
about rattles on their ride - a small multi-tool can be a great solution. Park
Tools is at the forefront of cycling maintenance tools so you can't do much
better than their Fold-Up
If you feel like spending a little extra and
think maybe it's about time your significant cyclist learnt how to fix their
(and your) bike? Park Tools have got you covered with this great bible
of mechanical tips. Pretty soon they'll be
fixing their own bike and saving you both a fortune in mechanic costs.
Specialized Neck Warmer Merino Red Â£14.99
One thing you can never have too much of is warm
weather gear. Merino wool neck scarves are a valuable asset for the sensible
cyclist. If the item can add a splash of colour to the typically darkened
winter, that's a bonus! Try out this
brilliant red number from Specialized, and
give your cyclist a bit of year-round Christmas cheer.
Winter socks - Specialized Sl Pro Winter Sock
Ever lost one half of a pair of socks in the
laundry? It happens to all of us, even cyclists. Help your favourite bike rider
evade the sock-eating monster that we all must contend with by adding another
pair of warm winter socks to their collection. Socks technically optimised for
keeping the feet warm and dry are a cyclist's best and most valuable friend in
the winter months. These from Specialized are great value, but we have plenty more on our site.
Sealskinz Opensole Neoprene Overshoe 16 Â£30
Every cyclist with two feet and a brain ought to
already have a pair of these if they intend to ride in the cold, wind and rain,
but there's never any harm in having two sets. Overshoes are designed with
different conditions in mind, some protect from wind, some from rain and some
just offer an extra layer to help keep the feet warm. Sealskinz products do
weatherproofing best, and these
hi-viz overshoes will not only protect from
all but the worst conditions, but will help the rider to be seen in low light.
Cateye Light Set Â£24.99
Anyone riding a bike in winter should already
have a light set covered, but a spare set can do no harm. Most lights these
days are USB-rechargeable and every cyclist has likely experienced a flat
battery and embarrassing taxi ride home. This traditional
battery-powered set is the perfect emergency
kit to make sure that never happens again.
Mudguards - Sks Mudguard Race Xl Blade
Do you ride with someone who refuses to buy
mudguards? Are you always the one with a muddy face at the end of the ride? Buy
pair of decent mudguards and rejoice.
Essentially, it's a gift to yourself: win, win.
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