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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Has a gauge and portability and the reviews suggest that the ability to lie in on the ground during pumping tyres is useful.
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!
A colourful jersey is always a pleasure to wear in fine weather
But wet weather calls for a waterproof jacket
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.
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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