A guide to buying the best cycling presents
Cycling gifts for children are easy to choose: it’s a straightforward progression from balance bikes onwards, with bikes and kit regularly outgrown. It’s harder with adults who have been cycling for years. Anything they desperately need they will have bought already.
The trick is to find something that they wouldn’t necessarily have – or at least, not yet – but that they will appreciate and will still find useful.
I’ve divided gifts into four categories – commuting, touring, road cycling and mountain biking – but plenty can be used for any sort of cycling.
These are further sub-divided into ‘book’ (who doesn’t like to get a book for Christmas?) and by three rough price points.
If you’re buying for a non-CTC member, it’s easy: CTC Gift Membership is available from £16 – and it’s a gift that lasts all year!
Just Ride by Grant Petersen
Wry , no-nonsense bicycle and cycling guide for practical rather than performance-minded cyclists.
M:Part Allen Key Security Skewers
A cheap way to stop your wheels going astray when your bike is parked. Rear is 123mm or 130mm.
Stemcaptain Bike Clock
This little clock fits in place of an existing 11/8in stem cap, giving at-a-glance community time checks.
£50 and up
Roadhawk Ride Camera
Compact (32g) all-in-one helmet/handlebar camera to record your commute. It's waterproof with a 135 degree lens and 720p definition.
The Rider by Tim Krabbé
Krabbé takes you along for the ride on a 150km fictional bike race. The definitive road racing novel. bloomsbury.com/uk
Endura Pro Slick Toe Covers
Not full overshoes, but these compact covers will help stop toes getting cold on off-season rides. endura.co.uk
Sealskinz Waterproof Cycling Cap
Whether you wear it by itself or under a helmet, this waterproof cap will keep the rain off your head and out of your eyes. Sizes S-XL. sealskinz.com
Vertebrate Publishing’s Mountain Biking Guidebooks
Discover new trails anywhere from Scotland to the North & South Downs. There are 15 titles so far, all well researched and presented.
Tudor Sports Coolmax Long Socks
Intended for use with traditional ‘plusses’, these knee socks are ideal with 3/4-length mountain biking baggies in chilly weather.
Lezyne V10 multitool
This 102g, 10-function tool is one of the smallest and lightest with a chain splitter.
£50 and up
Nomad 12v Auto Cord portable washer
A 14-litre, gentle power-washer that plugs into a car’s lighter socket, it gets your bike clean anywhere.
Harold Briercliffe’s Cycling Touring Guides
£9.99 each (x3)
The inspiration for the Britain by Bike TV series, these 1940s reproductions are a fascinating window into cycle touring history. anovabooks.com
Vavert Mini Compass Bell
Analogue route finder and pedestrian alert in one handy package. Compass accuracy is fair.
NBT2 Lockring Remover
Remove the Shimano cassette from your bike on tour without a big spanner and chainwhip.
£50 and up
Salsa Woodchipper Bar
A wide, shallow drop bar for off-road bikes that’s ideal for a loaded tourer. 31.8mm x 42 or 46cm.
This article taken from from CTC's Cycle magazine December/January 2012-13