If someone you know is ready to embark on a multi-day bicycle trip or is gearing up for a gravel race, there's a lot of specialised gear that will help them make the most of the experience.
Here's a selection of items to get them set for their next cycling adventure, which also make for great gifts.
Ritchey Comp Venturemax handlebar
The Ritchey Comp Venturemax could be the perfect upgrade for someone’s gravel shred wagon.
The bar is designed to flare wider for more control on the drops and offers an array of hand positions to stay comfortable on a variety of surfaces for extended periods of time.
Traditional drop-curve handlebars have done the job for the best part of the past century, but as we saw with Canyon’s gravel-specific Grail handlebars, why not have more options when it comes to comfort and control?
- From £71.99 / $94.95 / €99.95
Apidura Expedition Series luggage (various)
Apidura has earned itself the reputation as the go-to brand for bike-packing adventure luggage, offering quality, reliability and products that will last.
Saddlebags, in-frame bags, top tube bags and handlebar bags are included in the Expedition Series from the UK brand, which are lightweight, waterproof and offered in an array of sizes.
Everyone from a one-day gravel race to a continent-crossing racer is catered for in the collection.
- From £40 / $53.50 / €45
K-Edge Computer Combo mount
K-Edge has risen to prominence at the WorldTour level with its tried, tested and reliable out-front computer mounts.
The American aluminium-machining specialists offer computer mounts, GoPro mounts, chain catchers, number plate mounts and more.
The K-Edge XL Combo mount Integrates an out-front computer mount with enough room to accommodate a Garmin 1000 series, as well as a GoPro underneath to capture stunning views while riding in one sleek mount, which will likely last for years of adventures.
- From £64.99 / $64.99 / €76.17
Rapha Explore Down Sleeping Bag and Jacket
Rapha recently updated its Brevet and Explore collection with a range of new products. Designed to work together as a system is the Explore Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag.
Made from “a high-loft 850-fill-power down with a DWR coating to lock in valuable body heat” the two pieces have a nylon outer, which is soft on bare skin.
Both pieces have reflective Rapha logos and detailed trim, and pack down into included pouches.
The jacket (size large) and sleeping bag (size medium/large) weigh a respectable 248g and 274g respectively.
- Sleeping bag: £245 / $330 / €290
- Jacket: £220 / $295 / €260
OneGreenBottle 800ml Tough Canteen
Plastic has its uses, but people are beginning to realise it’s possibly not the best choice for a drinks bottle.
For those less concerned about cutting the grams in the pursuit of seconds when climbing, a long-lasting metal canteen could be an option.
This 800ml version should be suitable for most, although smaller sizes are available, and OneGreenBottle claims the bottles can be used in standard bottle cages too.
A variety of lids are available and worldwide shipping is available. Shipping in the UK is free.
- From £16.50 / $21.42 / €18.65
ADDTOP Solar Power Bank charger
Charging phones, navigation or computers can be a challenge when away from civilisation for days or weeks, and while some may want to be unconnected, it’s good to have some back-up if you need it.
Dynamo hubs might be a more reliable source of power, but this solar-powered charging bank could be another option.
Four solar panels enable the unit to be charged even when away from mains electricity and ADDTOP says the power bank has enough charge for 12 mobile phones.
The unit also comes with an 18-month warranty.
- £34.99 / $45.41 / €39.56
Osprey Ultralight Drysack 3
Even with waterproof frame luggage, an open zip could lead to damage on electronics or valuables that need to stay dry. A compact dry bag for valuables will ensure these stay dry even if your recipient decides to take a route through a deeper than expected river crossing.
Designed in bright colours for ease of locating contents in the depths of packs, Osprey claims the pack weighs just 30g.
If the 3-litre option isn’t big enough, there is a range of options all the way up to 30-litre capacity.
- £5.99 / $8.09 / €7.02
Mason has been producing bikes that have been seen at the front of the field at the Transcontinental Race, Italy Divide and more.
The latest model from the British brand takes its adventure bikes to a whole new level, offering clearances for 29x2.4 or 650bx2.8 tyres, meaning there are very few terrains the Mason ISO cannot handle for those in search of adventure.
Alongside the tyre clearances, the Mason ISO offers an array of mounting points for fenders/mudguards and racks, as well as offering 100mm suspension-ready geometry.
Mason says its bikes enable its customers to travel fast and far, and its bikes are certainly living up to that statement.
- Frameset: £1,495 / $1,932 / €1,693
POC Ventral SPIN CHPT3 Devesa Edition helmet
Devesa is the name of the forest outside of Girona, Spain where Millar lives, and the graphics are said to be inspired by the forest and nature.
Combining the design with POC’s semi-aero race helmet may seem strange for those looking for adventure, but the aerodynamics offer stability at higher speeds, excellent ventilation and a great fit, combined with POC’s impressive safety claims.
- £270 / $300 / €300
Ecoalf Recycled Flip-Flop
When the day’s riding is over, walking around in cleats during the evening is uncomfortable and can cause slips. Carrying a pair of flip-flops is a simple and low-bulk solution to walking around safely and comfortably post-ride.
Ecoalf’s flip-flops are made in the Rioja region of Spain using old vehicle tyres (from within the region to save on unnecessary emissions). A combination of pressure and heat binds the old rubber together without adhesives or chemicals, with each pair using around 344g of recycled tyres.
- £35 / $45 / €40
WTB Horizon TCS Road Tyre
Founded in Marin County, California in the early 1980s, WTB offers an array of tyres for almost any adventure you can think of.
The Horizon range offers supple road performance but in a much wider offering, with this specific model available in a 650b x 47mm size, which will roll fast on the asphalt and take rougher stuff in its stride.
WTB also offers tyres for road, gravel, off-road and cyclocross.
- £42.99 / $70.95 / €50.38