Not a cyclist?
Do you have a much-loved cyclist in your life; and no idea what to get them for Christmas?
We asked our all our cyclist friends and family, and the Fusion RT cycling team, and we’ve come up with some brilliant options for your Dear Cyclist.
Ho, ho, ho!
Maybe you’ve got everything in the bag but there’s a bit of space in the stocking…
Bidons are what cyclists call water bottles. They’re a particular size so they’ll fit into bottle cages that go onto the bike. These are one of things that every cyclist will have, but they do have a life-span, and if they’re not replaced frequently enough they start to make things taste a little… gross.
Socks- Socks, glorious socks… Stripey, bold, black, white – whatever the pattern – everyone loves a nice pair of socks!
For cycling, wicking fibres that move sweat away from the feet will help keep your Dear Cyclists feet as un-clammy as possible in the summer. For colder rides, insulating socks are a must.
Sigma Sport have an extensive selection of cycling specific socks.
These are simple circles of fabric, but they are miraculous on the bike. They’re really brilliant at keeping out chills; and there are so many different ways one can wear them.
There are LOADS of designs, we really like this floral number from Buffwear.
If you have cold fingers, or cold toes, nothing will ever be okay until they’re warm!
Even if your Dear Cyclist has gloves, it’s always nice to have a spare pair in case one pair get wet. You could also consider some silk-weight liner gloves, to go underneath!
From Your Local Bike Shop
Perfect if you’ve really left it to the last minute, your local bike shops should have a selection of goodies that could be perfect!
Here’s some ideas of what you could look for.
Some New and Wacky Energy Bars
If your Dear Cyclist has a brand they use regularly (check the cupboards!) then they’ll probably be delighted to have them replaced. Otherwise, go wild and find something different for them to try out! Or, you could make your own.
Your Dear Cyclist should already own lights, but it’s always good to have spares; or extras in winter months.
Quality Winter Tyres
Take a photo or a note of the cyclist-in-your-life’s main bike (yes, they may well have more than one!). Shop staff should be able to help you with finding some suitable tyres.
New winter tyres will help your cyclist friend stay upright in the slippery conditions created by winter, and they will also puncture less, which means less standing around in the rain changing a tube, and also less money spent on inner tubes.
These are an essential bicycling consumable; replacement of stocks will be much appreciated!
The ‘One and Done’ Present
Guaranteed to put a smile on any cyclists face!
These are little computers that work out distance / speeds and can even give directions. If your Dear Cyclist doesn’t have one, they’d probably quite like one.
We suggest if you’re going to get one, go all out and get the Edge 1000 for the super serious cyclist. There are cheaper, less advanced models if you don’t require such high spec – Road Cycling UK have a super useful buying guide.
Having two pairs of cycling shoes means there’s no excuse for not going out two days in a row – or for putting on wet shoes!
Try to work out which brand they usually buy, and what size. Look for retailers with generous exchange / refund policies.
Cycling shoes are very personal; so the more intelligence you can gather on this purchase, the better.
Baby, it’s cold outside. Wrap your Dear Cyclist up warm in a toasty jacket. For ladies, of course we love our winter jackets!
A Track and BMX Day
Your Dear Cyclist can have the Olympic experience with 2 x 1 hour BMX and track sessions at Lee Valley Velo Park.
For the Cyclist Who Has It All
For those with an extensive Lycra wardrobe, and spares of every bicycle component, we suggest the below:
A Dressing Gown
This and some slippers would be perfect for post ride, fireside relaxing.
Subscription to Rouleur Magazine
This magazine is full of beautiful photos of locations, bikes and people who ride them. Regularly delivered indulgence for ‘sofa’ afternoons once long rides are done.
Almost all cyclists would benefit from a mechanics course! Unless you know they’re super handy; a bike maintenance course will impress some very valuable skills.
Entry to a Sportive
Entrance to a sportive will give your Dear Cyclist something to aim towards in the new year! See if you can subtly find out their average distance and pick something that’s perhaps 10-20% longer. Don’t be too harsh!
You can find an event near you using the British Cycling website.
Sufferfest Training Videos
These are classic workout films for cyclists, perfect for when it’s too icy to go outside. You’ll need to watch these through an App (available on Mac, iPhone, iPad and Windows) so bare that in mind.
Erm… Who doesn’t long for a massage?!
You could purchase a sports massage for some beneficial pain (these are best if you purchase a ‘course’) or let your Dear Cyclist unwind with something a little more relaxing.
Money No Object
If you’ve got an enormous credit limit, why not consider some of these christmas gift ideas.
Guaranteed to deliver much merriment.
A Training Camp
Give the gift of open roads, sunshine and a lovely respite from the British weather…. There are lots of cycling tour providers out there. For something truly bespoke you could build your own trip with Velo Performance in Portugal.
Don’t forget to send us a postcard!
This is probably the best gift you can give a cyclist who really wants to improve and take their riding to the next level.
The incredible Dani King has a coaching business, with some intensive packages available.
A New Bike
Take them out for a bike fit, and let them choose their dream ride… Well, it’s probably going to be less expensive than a super car?!