Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Cyclists, from £5 - £30
December 14th, 2016
December 14th, 2016
Anna is a jack-of-all-bikes, and has been riding and racing in a myriad of genres for over seven years; from World Cup level cross-country, to grass roots coaching kids on the road.
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There's still just about enough time for the final mad dash, so here's some of my favourite things, reasonably priced, and ripe for a Secret Santa gift or a stocking-filler to finish off your rounds.
Rapha's Inside Stories 2
Whether you have the first volume of Inside Stories or not, this is a gorgeous little gift to flick through on Christmas day. This square-format book features 55 of the finest Rapha story labels to date. If you don't know what a story label is, you don't know Rapha, but it's basically a poem, a quote, a phrase or an interesting stat that has been turned to art and sewn into every Rapha garment, like the "you will leave your balls on the road today...!" quote that was found on the Team Sky bus and forever sewn into the pro kit. Inspiration and art for £15.
They say London, but Pongo are actually made in Italy. Either way, these Pink Wool bad-boys aren't the cheapest socks on offer at £29.99, but they are made from Merino, which is ideal for winter as they stay warm while wet, and are well worth the extra dollars. Available in three stripey colour options, or a Glitter Gold. More colourful socks are available in their non-Merino range.
Forget the traditional Christmas jumper, tell your Gran to grab one of these instead, for something you'll actually want to wear all year round. We've reviewed these guys before and found them to be beautifully soft and comfortable, as well as visually spot on. At £22 you can't ask for more from Endurance Conspiracy, and we happen to love their designs too.
Because cyclists love coffee, right? Well, this bag of coffee comes approved by cycling brand Chapeau! and it's pretty damn tastey too. Having sampled the Crank coffee back in the Summer, I can confirm it's a soft 'session coffee', which means it won't smack you round the face with potency, but it will allow you neck a few throughout the day. Presumably the 'Watts' coffee is a tad stronger, but they're both easy on the wallet at £5.50.
It's not the nineties anymore, but we all secretly still love a bit of bike customisation, don't we? Well, here's a trinket that won't break the bank from Kapz. For a quick gift, grab an existing design like the sugar skull at a bargain £16.95, or the popular doughnut ring at £29.95. If you have more time on your hands, you could even get a custom etched cap with a personalised message or design.
Whether it's a funky base layer, a pair of lairy socks, or a festive bobble-hat, Hackney GT have something a little bit different (read: super colourful) for all types of cyclists. I'm particularly keen on the Christmas-themed garments, particularly the socks, but be quick if you want to get the festive cycling jumper, as they go quick.
If the wife's getting jewellery, then you and your ride need CNC'd goods, right? Well, if they can't stretch to a new set of chainrings or brakes, then this laser cut stainless steel Hope bottle opener should do the trick at a measly £5, even if the beer isn't included.