Best Cycling Gifts for Cyclists

Cyclists Love 'Bike Stuff'

If, like me, you have a cyclist in your life, gift giving is very easy, so compiling a Top 10 Gifts for Cyclists list was fun for me.

Not for them aftershave (or eau de toilette, women cycle too you know :o), new sweaters or scarves. Forget about buying them ties, shirts and CDs.

Oh and only buy DVDs if they begin with the word's 'Tour de France' or 'Bradley Wiggins'..

I have learned a valuable lesson over the last few years - cyclists LOVE stuff for their bikes and they can never get enough gifts which support their hobby (or their second love as I like to call his bike!)

Cyclists are gadget junkies and believe me, there are gadgets galore for cyclists and some of them will appear on this list.

I am assuming that most people visiting this site are not rolling in money so I have tried to include a selection of great gifts you can buy a cyclist - some are cheap and some a bit more expensive, but none excessively so.

Cyclists love the great outdoors - being at one with their bike and nature. Some are proper racers who compete in races but most cyclists are hobbyists. They do it because they love it and it keeps them fit.

Oh and GEAR is king, they love dressing the part!

Scroll on down to the Top 10 list and find some gifts for the cyclist in your life.

10. Bike Tool - all cyclists need tools. A bike has many parts - frame, steering, seating, drive frame, pedals, chain, gears etc and usually,whilst not many of them have a specific tool, they are all connected together by bolts and screws etc.

Tools with a ratchet action are usually preferred and since cyclists most often have to make repairs out on the road, convenience and size are also important considerations.


They will need to have a tool which is as comprehensive as possible - the first one here has no spoke tool but that would not be considered a 'must' on most repair tools. It being lightweight gives it more value.

Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Clip Pedals
Shimano PD-M324 Clipless/Clip Pedals

Takes cycling to a new level. Have to be used with correct shoes with fitted cleats.

 

9. Clipless Pedals - bikes usually come with their own pedals but they are rarely 'clipless'. One thing cyclists do is burn up the miles...and miles...and miles and so pedals are a key part of their ride. They may be fine with the pedals they have but usually, they will look for pedals that offer grip, non-slip and comfortable.

A clipless pedal connects to a special cycling show fitted with cleats. The cleats clip into the pedal to perfection and the feet are then in constant movement and connection with the pedal.

Clipless pedals are usually favoured by cyclists who do long rides. Check with your partner first whether they already have clipless pedals - they may already use a particular kind and will want to stick with what they know.

One of their disadvantages are that they favour motion - if the cyclist is clipped or the bike slips or falls, the foot will not come off the pedal. If you buy these, make sure you drop hints to see if your biker likes them or whether he already uses a certain type.

JiMarti TR22 Sport Wrap TR90 Sunglasses UV400 Unbreakable Protection for Cycling, Ski or Golf (Black & Grey)
JiMarti TR22 Sport Wrap TR90 Sunglasses UV400 Unbreakable Protection for Cycling, Ski or Golf (Black & Grey)

Anything with the word 'unbreakable' deserves attention. Cycling is usually a hard recreation - it is often about personal targets and time trialling with friends. But inevitably, there will be occasional accidents - these sunglasses should survive!

 
Breeze White CYCLING SUNGLASSES Interchangeable Blue, POLARIZED & Clear Lenses
Breeze White CYCLING SUNGLASSES Interchangeable Blue, POLARIZED & Clear Lenses

These sunglasses are polarised and lightweight. JMarti have excellent customer service too!

 

8. Wrap Around Sunglasses - cycling, whilst being a year around hobby if you are favoured by good road weather tends to be a recreation best enjoyed in the Spring and Summer months.


These wrap around sunglasses are most often seen on the caps of baseball players but they certainly do a good job for cyclists cycling into the sun on roads which might be wet with rain.


Wrap around glasses also add a certain cool to the sometimes overly colourful cycle jerseys and shirts.


Some also offer the ability to lift the lenses rather than take them off, this is very useful too.


Finish Line Pro Care Bucket Kit 6.0 Essentials of Bicycle Care
Finish Line Pro Care Bucket Kit 6.0 Essentials of Bicycle Care

This one has the bucket and everything - with 'livery' as well - it doesn't get better than that, cleaning your bike using a bucket that was MADE for cleaning bikes.

 

7. Bike Cleaning Stuff - Usually, cyclists pay a lot of money for their bikes. Not for them then washing their bikes with a sponge and some washing-up liquid or dishwashing solution.

If you are happy to fork out several thousand pounds or dollars for a bike, then you will need to keep it clean with the appropriate 'kit'.

My husband has lately asked me for old teeshirts to shine up his bike so that 'there is no lint' on the polished frame - I kid you not, keeping bikes clean is a weekly job, man's work.

Also, before more challenging rides, cyclists will want to make sure their bikes are in tip top condition, this will also mean having a spotlessly clean bike - clean until it gets covered in mud usually, go figure!

Park Tool CG-2 Chain Gang Chain Cleaning System
Park Tool CG-2 Chain Gang Chain Cleaning System

This is the one I bought for my husband and he still says it's one of the best presents he has ever received. There is no underestimating the relationship between the chain and the cyclist!

 

6. Chain Cleaning Gear - The chain is probably the most important part of the bike. It is needed for propulsion and momentum, without it, cyclists are not moving anywhere.

They need a lot of taking care of, more than any other part of the bike except the tyres.

This nifty piece of kit has the job of enclosing the chain within its cover so that the person cleaning it does not get splattered with cleaner and the oil that is being cleaned off.

Cleaning chains in the old days usually involved using an old toothbrush or small wire brush and getting up really close to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

Result - oily speckles all over the cyclists face.

This clever gismo is a must - and when this gift is opened, you will get a lovely smile!

5. A Carry Pack - Now your cyclist friend may like to go camping with his bike so I've included a more comprehensive pack further down but what about cyclists who mainly use their bikes for work?

Some cyclists just want to get from A to B, a few miles. Maybe they are just visiting the bike store? Or meeting someone for lunch?

They certainly don't need a backpack, something small will suffice but they don't want things jingling about in their pockets, that would just be uncomfortable.

This 'wedge' fits underneath the saddle and is big enough for a few items only - just the job.

Topeak Road Morph G Bike Pump with Gauge
Topeak Road Morph G Bike Pump with Gauge

Has a gauge and portability and the reviews suggest that the ability to lie in on the ground during pumping tyres is useful.

 
Serfas TCPG Bicycle Floor Pump
Serfas TCPG Bicycle Floor Pump

This pump is a stand up floor pump with a gauge - this can be used during set up of the bike before any bike trips.

 

4. Cycle Pump - A bike's tyres are one of its most important parts; just check out the cost of replacing them to get an idea of why its important to protect the the ones you have.

Air is pumped into inner tubes and they are then enclosed in the tyre.

Cyclists who are serious about their biking will ensure that the tyres are pumped up correctly and usually this will mean ensuring that they have the right amount of pressure pumped into them.

Road tyre pressure would be 100+ psi (pounds per square inch) - but varies based on your own weight so the addition of a pressure gauge would be useful.

Portability is important if the bike outing is over a few days (or weeks) but there are also pumps which are of the 'stand up' variety with have a pressure gauge on them too.

This means it can be used as part of the 'set up' of the bike. You know the thing I mean? When they disappear for six hours with clothes, wash kit, pumps, speed links, chain tool etc ?

Did I mention cyclists love their bikes :o)

3. Bike Work Stand - I did say earlier that cyclists love all the GEAR didn't I?

This Bike Work Stand will be much loved and much used.

It is basically a stand for getting the bike completely off the ground so that is can be cleaned and maintained. You can buy relatively inexpensive bike stands or more expensive ones so it is worth reading the reviews if you are going to Amazon for these. Word of mouth (or written reviews) is always worth the extra time taken before purchasing and bear in mind, if it doesn't live up to expectations, it needs to be sent all the way back! By post!

Be judicious - choose the right bike stand for the cyclist's needs.

Or yes, and ban them from your kitchen! They are perfectly safe to use outside!

Primal Wear Pabst Schlit Vintage Jersey: Blue; MD
Primal Wear Pabst Schlit Vintage Jersey: Blue; MD

A colourful jersey is always a pleasure to wear in fine weather

 
Gore Path Neon GORE-TEX Waterproof Jacket - Large - Yellow
Gore Path Neon GORE-TEX Waterproof Jacket - Large - Yellow

But wet weather calls for a waterproof jacket

 
Canari Cyclewear Men's Velo Padded Cycling Short (Black, Large)
Canari Cyclewear Men's Velo Padded Cycling Short (Black, Large)

Padded cycling shorts are an absolute must for a comfortable ride in the saddle - especially if your cycling friend is going to be on their bike for hours on end.

 
Pearl iZUMi Barrier Cycling Shoe Cover,Black,Large
Pearl iZUMi Barrier Cycling Shoe Cover,Black,Large

Waterproof show covers - worth every penny. Cycling in wet weather is unpleasant enough without having drenched, cold feet.

 

2 - Cycle Wear - cycle clothes are very important. They have padding in all the right places for comfort in the saddle and the jerseys are usually windproof, wick sweat.


You can get layers for underneath - warm but wicks sweat, soft so that it does not chafe.


Your cyclist may need a waterproof jacket, especially if he is cycling for miles at a time.


And keeping the feet warm and most importantly, dry. Cycling in rain can be unpleasant, dry gear is important. Cold, wet feet are unbearable.

Hands are important too - good gloves are a necessity. Gloves are usually grippy, they need to be padded too, comfort is very important.


And in bad weather, the face and head also need coverage depending on the weather - scarves and balaclava (not pictured).

A cycle helmet is an absolute essential - you need only watch some of the pile ups in the Tour de France to see how important it is for a cyclist to be wearing a cycling helmet.

1. Cycling GPS - my cyclist at home still says this is the best Christmas gift that I ever bought for him.

It can be plugged into his laptop via USB and he can plot his whole route using its software and onboard maps.

There are a number of these excellent machines on the market and indeed some great reviews on this site so you could pop over to one of the following hubs to get a better idea of what each of them is capable of achieving.

Basically though, a GPS is the same as on a car - it shows them your route and tells them when to turn etc. Fits onto the handlebars and is controlled fairly easily.

And of course, hopefully, it stops them from getting lost!

One of the latest gadgets tocome under the GPS is an app for the iphone. Check out the video I have included which gives a demo of the ap in use on someone's bike. So maybe if your partner already own an iphone, this is an option you might suggest - it might save you a lot of money.

Cycling Gifts All Year Around


So I hope I have given you a few ideas amongst the ten that I have listed here.

Cycles are machines and the people who ride them really love them - cycles become almost an extension of them as a person and they will happily while away hours cleaning the frame, tyres, chain and spokes.

They will give you special instructions for washing their cycling gear 'No conditioner!'

They will spend hours browsing cycle routes in their area on line and drag you into book shops to find cycle routes that they can go and punish themselves on.

Accept it - you are going to have to share them with their two-wheeled friend!

Happy Shopping. Thanks for reading.

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Best Cycling Gifts for Cyclists Comments 32 comments

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Jools99 3 years ago from North-East UK Author

Joan, many thanks for your comment. I'm amazed at some of the contraptions my hubby brings home from cycle stores - there's certainly more to cycling than I thought!


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joanveronica 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

Hi there, this was an interesting read! My godson is a cycling fanatic, so I found it very useful! Voted up, useful and interesting! Have a good day!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

capon, many thanks for your comment - well my cycling loving fella is the opposite to you; my patio is forever littered with his bikes on his bikestands being scrubbed and lubed and God knows what else! I'd be more like you, I'd wash them once there was too much mud to turn the wheels :o)


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capon 4 years ago from Upminster, Essex, United Kingdom

Hello Jools99, I enjoyed reading your hub. I thought I'd make a somewhat light-hearted comment relating to Section 7 "Bike Cleaning Stuff."

I have four bikes and I hardly ever clean my best 2 bikes. Though I do polish them a lot!!! Tony


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Natasha, of course I'd be more than happy for this to be read by all of your friends and family :o)....I hope you get something you want!

Many thanks for your comment.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I need to forward this along to some folks I know when it gets near my birthday - I'd love to have some of these things!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Levertis, thanks for your comment. I hope your knee is well enough soon for you to get back on your bike and get those wheels turning :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Audra, many thanks for stopping by and commenting. There is some consternation from those of us not in the capital because most of the pre-celebrations seem to be in London. We do have soccer games being played at St James' Park in Newcastle near where I live but that's about it. A big music festival starts today in Hackney (London) and there is a national 'festival' going on all over the country, not sure what we've got going on up here though.


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Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

What a great topic! I have promised myself to get back on my bike since my knee surgery 15 months ago. Actually, I bought it to help get my knee back in shape. It is still tender, but I plan to be on that bike soon. I recently got knee pads, so, I am getting there! I do not call myself a cyclist, but I do know how to ride a bike.

These are certainly great gift ideas. Thanks for sharing! I will, too.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

It is very cool you like cycling! I have not ridden a bike in years...lol! However, my sister likes to bike where she resides in Hoboken, NJ. I think she would really like those bike tools! I am going to vote this up for informative and cool! Enjoy cycling today! ps...are you going to the Olympics? What does London do in celebration ...other towns for the people who do not go?


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Bruce, wow, 1000 miles! Hubby does 60 miles about every 6 weeks or so and if he wasn't at work all week, I suspect would not see much of him at all in the summer :o) In the USA, you seem to have some excellent cycle trails and the size of the states must make parts of it a cyclist's heaven.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Excellent hub.....I am an amateur cyclist as I try to ride at least 1000 miles each summer....I made it in 2009, 2010....failed last year by 300 miles....but have already reached 500 miles this year. Lots of great tips and suggestions for keeping you and your bike on the road....very nicely done.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Vellur, many thanks for commenting :o)


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Very useful and thoughtful hub for cyclist. Voted up.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Brenda, many thanks for your comment, glad it gave you some ideas!


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brenda12lynette 4 years ago from Utah

This is great advice. My husband LOVES getting new parts and tools for his bikes. That's pretty much all he got for Christmas.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Cyndi - glad I inspired your gift idea! And many thanks, as always, for your comment. I appreciate it.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

This is a fantastic hub for bike enthusiasts!! You also gave me a GREAT idea: I need to get a stand for my husband - bad. He always is working on our bikes and I've been wondering about a nice gift to get him when his birthday rolls around. Believe it or not, he's already got everything else on this list, but a bike stand is the one thing I know he'll love and appreciate. Thank you!! :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Kelley - you would look very cool in those shades until you started to get all sweaty from that exercise - your hair will frizz, make up run and you'd be breathing heavily but you'd be fit and still 'semi-cool', thanks for commenting


kelleyward 4 years ago

I need some of those wrap around sunglasses. I use my bike on a trainer for exercise when my boys are playing in the back yard. I love it! Thanks for exposing me to more bike accessories. Now I just might have to buy some! Take care, Kelley


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Julie, many thanks for your comment - I was struggling for something to write and he was playing with his GPS plotting in another route for next weekend and I thought - I know what I can write about :o)


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

What a great hub! Love the idea of writing about gifts for a particular enthusiast. Voting up!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Daisy, many thanks for your comment - I hope it gets a bit more 'evergreen' soon :o)


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Julie,

This is such a useful Hub to which people can refer all year long. Thanks for presenting your suggestions.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Veronica, many thanks for your comment. My hubby loves his GPS.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

Wonderful hub! My husband has had his eye on a bike computer for some time. =]

Voted up, useful, & shared!


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

teaches12345, many thanks for your kind comment; I hadn't even thought about Father's Day - fingers crossed I get a few visitors :o)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

CyclingFitness, I ignored his requests for me to add the pump :o(, further editing required! We're all set for 30th June and the Tour, hoping Bradley, Mark and co do well.

Many thanks again for your comments!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Well researched and written hub. I am not a biker but I believe this is of good benefit to those who do. Also, a great gift idea for the upcoming Father's Day. Voted up.


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK

You're welcome. I know a lot of cyclists who are very anti-Lance.

I would always recommend a great gift is a track pump for at home (can even use on the car too) and a good track pump will last a lifetime so it's a worthy investment.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK Author

Yes, your comment about Lance is maybe worth me editing out! DH was prompting me on what to include and he also mentioned the clipless pedals. I included the Speed Links as a cheap gift idea. Thanks so much for commenting, you have given me some scope for judicious editing :o)


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CyclingFitness 4 years ago from Nottingham UK

Nice hub full of ideas.

Be aware that there are lots of different clipless pedal systems on the marketplace. If someone has clipless pedals already it's hard work if the new system you buy is not compatible.

You're also likely to find a cyclist already has a number of the items on your list already. Speedlinks, wedge packs.

Be aware when also recommending any cycling related DVD's and books. Sadly the memories of Lance Armstrong have been sullied for many by the ongoing drug allegations.

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