Christmas gift ideas for road cyclists

Looking for the perfect gift to give the roadie in your life? Here are 8 ideas to get you started…

Like a strong tailwind, rich coffee and a smooth road without cars, here are nine gifts guaranteed to make any roadie smile.

Socks… all the socks

Christmas and socks go together as well as socks and cycling
Christmas and socks go together as well as socks and cycling

In any other scenario, buying socks as a Christmas gift is likely to be met with rolling eyes or outright offence — not so for the typical roadie.

When it comes to socks for road cyclists, we’re of the opinion that the louder they are, the better.

Sick lookin’ stockings are available from a vast number of boutique and mainstream brands. Our particular favourites include Tenspeed Hero, The Athletic, Sako7 and dhb.

Garmin Edge 130 

A simple on-bike computer such as the Garmin Edge will help your roadie navigate their way
A simple on-bike computer such as the Garmin Edge will help your roadie navigate their way

A GPS-equipped bike computer is a great tool for road cyclists looking to track progress, structure training and brag to their mates.

The Garmin Edge 130 strikes a good balance between features and price, offering all common metrics such as distance, speed, elapsed time and more, and with the addition of sensors, it will also monitor cadence, heart rate and power. 

  • £169.99 / €205 / $199.99 / AU$299

New lights

The Knog PWR Road and Cateye Rapid X3 lights came top of our 'best of' lists
The Knog PWR Road and Cateye Rapid X3 lights came top of our 'best of' lists

Even if it feels as though the cyclist in your life has a zillion lights already, a new set can be really handy, finding use on a spare bike, a commuter or acting as a bottom-of-the-rucksack backup.
Two of our favourite lights are the Knog PWR Road and the CatEye Rapid X3 rear light.

Knog PWR Road front light

  • £85 / $90 / AU$120

Cateye Rapid X3 rear light

  • £49.99 / $60 / AU$90

Inner tubes (yes, really)

Inner tubes may not be fun, but they sure as hell are useful
Inner tubes may not be fun, but they sure as hell are useful

Inner tubes are not a fun gift, but are exactly the sort of thing that will be appreciated.

They’re actually pretty expensive when you need to fork out for them too, so having a bundle at home will mean pennies saved for things the cyclist in question actually wants.

You can always wrap them up in some nice paper and a bow if you’re worried about presentation!

A fancy pump for those inner tubes

A classy pump for a classy cyclist — you can put that on the gift tag!
A classy pump for a classy cyclist — you can put that on the gift tag!

Now you’ve saved a bundle of cash on the inner tubes, you can splash it on a really, really nice pump.

The Silca Impero pocket pump has class, heritage and a grand-sounding name, so it’s perfect for impressing your riding mates when the time comes. You can tell them all about the 101-year history of the brand, starting in Italy in 1917 through to the new developments today at its new home in Indianapolis.

Or you could just enjoy the smooth and effective pumping action. It’s up to you.

  • £115 / $120

Park Tool Advanced Mechanic tool kit

Get that home workstation started
Get that home workstation started

You may have a multi-tool or two, maybe a torque wrench but now it’s time to get serious!

A home workshop is a dream for any passionate cyclist, and Park Tool has just the quality bundle to get you started.

Bundled in the branded box are 40 tools including cone wrenches, spoke wrenches, a chain whip, crank puller and more, plus a handle bottle opener so you can celebrate a maintenance job well done.

  • £249.99

US Pro Tools tool chest

Might we recommend this to house your growing tool collection?
Might we recommend this to house your growing tool collection?

Fed up having cycling maintenance miscellanea strewn about your house? A full-sized tool cabinet is a great way to tidy up your living space, with enough storage to even hide away spare parts.

The price range for a tool cabinet is basically limitless, but for those looking for something simple and affordable, it’s hard to pass up these generic chests from US Pro Tools.

This is a UK-based seller on eBay, but countless re-badged alternatives exist worldwide.

  • Prices vary

Strava Summit gift membership

These packages from Strava will help your roadie set and smash their goals
These packages from Strava will help your roadie set and smash their goals

If your giftee plans to get serious about cycling next year or has set some serious goals to smash, then Strava has a new set of packages designed to help them achieve just that.

There are three options available: safety, training and analysis.

The Safety package offers tracking and notifications to a contact of their choice if they get into difficulties.

Training will help them set goals, track their progress and use a selection of training programmes.

Analysis does, funnily enough, exactly what it says, giving your recipient the chance to delve into the nitty-gritty of their performance and output.

  • All three packs are available as an inclusive package for: £47.99 / $59.99 / €59.99 per annum
  • Individual packages (Safety, Training or Analysis) come in at: £18.99 / $23.99 / €24.99 per annum
  • Monthly memberships are available at: £6.99 / $7.99 / €7.99 for full the package or £2.49 / $2.99 / €2.99 for an individual pack
Jack Luke

Staff Writer, UK
Jack has been riding and fettling with bikes for his whole life. Always in search of the hippest new niche in cycling, Jack is a self-confessed gravel dork and thinks nothing of bivouacking on a beach after work. Also fond of cup and cone bearings, skids and tan wall tyres.
  • Discipline: Long days in the saddle by either road or mountain bike
  • Preferred Terrain: Happiest when on a rural road by the coast or crossing a remote mountain pass. Also partial to a cheeky gravel adventure or an arduous hike-a-bike.
  • Current Bikes: Custom Genesis Croix de Fer all road adventure wagon, Niner EMD 9.
  • Dream Bike: A rigid 44 Bikes Marauder, all black please.
  • Beer of Choice: Caesar Augustus
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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