A loved one has decided to ditch the car and start cycling to work. So what better reward than a gift that will keep them pedalling through winter!
Here’s a roundup of some great gift ideas that are perfect for the commuter cyclist.
Rema Tip Top TT 05 puncture repair kit & levers
No-one enjoys getting a flat, especially on their way to work, so make sure your giftee is always prepared with a decent puncture repair kit.
This kit from Rema Tip Top makes a thoughtful and inexpensive gift. It contains everything a cyclist needs, from patches and glue to two plastic tyre levers, and comes in a box small enough to fit into a pocket.
All parts are easily replaceable as well, so this is essentially a gift that keeps on giving.
- £5.49 / $7.27 / €6.34 / AU$9.49
- Available from Chain Reaction Cycles
See-Sense ACE Smart light set
Enlighten your cycling-obsessed loved ones this Christmas with this set of AI smart lights from See-Sense. They have clever sensors that react to changes in light, becoming brighter as it gets darker outside. They’re also able to detect oncoming vehicles and dim themselves when necessary to avoid dazzling drivers.
- £80 / International TBC
- Available from Merlin Cycles
Tracey Neuls reflective bike shoes
These shoes are definitely in the splurge category of Christmas gifts, but they're also a great idea for the urban commuter.
Designed by a British-based designer who is a keen fan of cycling, these shoes are made from a reflective material and are available for women, as well as smart trainers for men.
They're good-looking enough to wear in the office, but can also handle the ride home.
- Women's Geek reflective bike shoes – £185
- Men's Karl reflective sneaker – £210
Abus Granit Xplus 540 D-lock
The Granit XPlus 540 from Abus is a D-lock for someone who really, really loves their bike.
Not only does the X-Plus 540 get a gold rating from security test house Sold Secure, but it also achieved seriously impressive results in BikeRadar's own extensive lock test, which saw our expert lock picker unable to compromise its state-of-the-art mechanism. Even crooks equipped with serious tools will be forced to take their time thanks to its clever design.
It weighs less than 1.5kg, which is perfectly reasonable considering how much protection it offers.
- £109.99 / $89.99 / AU$139.99
Glow reflective knitwear
If your giftee is the kind of person who isn't keen on hi-vis but still wants to be safe on the roads, then why not get them some functional-yet-fashionable knitwear from Glow?
The items are interlaced with glassfibre yarn, making them reflective, so they're regular beanies or snoods by day, and safety gear by night.
You’ll also get brownie points for supporting a good cause, as all Glow's products are handcrafted by disadvantaged women in East London, helping them to earn a living.
From £54-65 / $69-84 / €61-74 / AU$98-119
Proviz Reflect360 jacket
Grey by the day but bright by night (when exposed to artificial light), the Reflect 360 jacket from Proviz has cemented itself as a commuter favourite.
It's not one for those who want to be setting speed records, but if you know someone who could do with being more obvious to motorists then we doubt you'll find a more suitable gift. For more information on this one here's our full review.
- £93.99 / US$140 /AU$N/A
Crankalicious Classics gift box
If your intended gift-receiver commutes in all weathers, they’ll want to keep their bike looking pristine. It’s not just about looks, but keeping a bike clean will have it running smoothly for longer. This fancy gift box from Crankalicious contains everything they need to give their bike a good sprucing up.
- £25 / $33.49 / €28.99 / AU$46.49
SKS Airworx Plus 10 Track Pump
If they’re already carrying a mini-pump on their commute, give them a high-five. If they don’t have a track pump at home, get them one for Christmas.
A track pump gets tyres inflated quickly and easily, and includes a gauge that achieves optimal levels of tyre pressure. The SKS Airworx Plus 10 is well made, and feels like it’ll last a lifetime. It’s also quick and easy to use compared to other track pumps, has an accurate dial and works for both valve types.
- £70 / $60
Topeak Mini 20 Pro Multi-tool
A good-quality multi-tool is infinitely useful for any cyclist, allowing them to make on-the-fly adjustments to their bike when needed. From changing their saddle height to dialling in their brake pads for better stopping power, they’ll thank you for it.
We were impressed by the Topeak Mini 20 Pro Multi-tool. It has an wide-ranging tool arsenal, including many sizes of Allen wrenches, as well as Phillips and flathead screwdrivers, a T25 Torx driver, a metal tyre lever, a chain tool, a variety of spoke wrenches and, of course, a bottle opener.
For more reasons why they’ll love this multi-tool, read our full Topeak Mini 20 Pro Multi-tool review.
- £31.99 / $34.95 / €36.66 / AU$59.80
Ortlieb Urban Line Commuter Bag
Not everybody has the time or facilities to get changed when they get to the office, so a gift that helps them a cyclist from the bike to boardroom with minimum fuss will be very appreciated.
The Urban Line Commuter Bag from Ortlieb is stylish but also carries a multitude of functions with it as well. It’s fully waterproof, the perfect size to carry a laptop, has a great system of pockets inside, and also a detachable shoulder strap and reflective patches on each side.
It comes with several mounting options too, but if you opt for the QL3.1 system, all the lucky recipient needs to do is attach a small mount to their rack, and it means they get a bag that’s completely flush on the back. No hooks digging into their sides, just comfort and convenience.
- £140 / $200
Swrve Softshell Belgian Winter Cap
Help your cyclist friends and family keep their ears warm with a Swrve winter cap. It’s a traditional design that fits perfectly beneath a helmet, and features a fleece fold-down earflap for comfort and warmth.
The rest of it is constructed from triple-layer softshell fabric that’s both water- and wind-resistant. Perfect for keeping their head happy during the winter commute.