If you've got a cyclist to buy for this Christmas, you'll probably know that they can be a difficult bunch to buy for. We've put together a list of some of our favourite gifts for cyclists to inspire you. Thoughtful ideas, all under £15 and specially selected for their usefulness as well as style.
It's not Christmas without socks, right?
For cyclists, socks can make or break an outfit. According to Velomiati Rule #27, 'Shorts and socks should be like Goldilocks - not too long and not too short.' It's so serious that the UCI has rules around sock length.
Thankfully, Rule #28 makes the provision that 'Socks can be any damn colour you like.' Phew.
We think mid-calf height is just about right and the festive print on these Primal Santa Socks will get any rider in the holiday spirit. In fact, they could potentially boost performance, injecting a bit of entirely legal #SockDoping into your favourite cyclist's ride.
With support and ventilation in key areas, the Primal Santa Socks will also keep their feet feeling fresh and comfortable throughout the season.
It's cold out there. What better way for your favourite cyclist to warm up than a piping hot slice of pizza?
The Park Tool Pizza Tool has become a cult item amongst cyclists. The latest update is bigger, easier to hold and stronger. The large stainless steel cutting wheel can glide through any pizza with ease.
If you're lucky they might even cut you a slice (although never underestimate the appetite of a hungry cyclist!).
La Casquette. The essential accessory to complete the classic cyclist look, adding panache to any outfit.
Add the dhb Windslam Cycling Peaked Cap to your cyclist's stocking for instant cool points and help them to stay warm and cosy on their winter rides.
The main panels have been constructed from a windproof fabric that will hold off brain-freeze on the blowiest of days and ear-panels will keep their little shell-likes nice and toasty.
A waterproof membrane has been added in key areas and, should your favourite rider get caught in a downpour, they can also flip the cap down to keep the rain out of their eyes.
They might not like to talk about it, but the cyclist in your life would secretly appreciate a little bit of luxury care for their sensitive bits from time to time.
Saddle sores are a painful and entirely unglamorous part of cycling life. They're commonly caused by chafing and irritation and are often made worse by bacteria.
A good Chamois Cream will help to prevent saddle sores by inhibiting or killing bacteria and acting as a lubricant to minimise chafing.
The Muc-Off Luxury Chamois Cream does all of this and provides deep moisturisation, thanks to the added natural ingredients including added aloe vera, witch hazel, shea butter, and sunflower oil.
If your beloved cyclist competes, you can rest assured that Muc-Off does not use any ingredients that are prohibited by WADA which means that there are no hidden banned substances that could result in disqualification.
Still in the category of protection for the derriere, the Ass Saver Regular is an indispensable bit of kit. This flappy bit of plastic might not look like much but it might just become your cyclist's new best friend. Especially if they don't want to ruin the aesthetic of their beloved steed with a permanent mudguard.
Weighing in at only 19 grammes, it is easy to keep on-hand for a rainy day. When the heavens open, it simply locks into place under the saddle and protects your beloved cyclist's bottom from any mud and dirt splashes whipped up by their rear wheel.
Now in its fourth iteration, the Ass Saver Regular seems to just keep getting better. The latest revisions to the design mean it's easier than ever to install, even with a saddlebag. So the only thing to worry about is which colour? There's four to choose from!