Christmas gift ideas for female road cyclists

From covetable kit and accessories to cycle-inspired jewellery

Looking for a Christmas gift for the woman in your life who loves road cycling? We're here to help!

We've trawled the internet to find some of most covetable kit for the roadie in your life and, wow, is there some stunning kit available. This list will make your Christmas present shopping a doddle, or why not use it to send to 'Santa' if you want to drop some serious hints. 

Whether you feel like splashing out big time (*cough, cough* new wheelset?) or are looking for stocking fillers, we've got suggestions to suit all festive budgets.

Garmin Edge 520

The Garmin 520 provides plenty of meaty training and performance data to get your teeth into
The Garmin 520 provides plenty of meaty training and performance data to get your teeth into

If you’re looking for a great gift for the cyclist who’s looking to optimise their training and likes the stats to back up it up, then we rated the Garmin Edge 520 a near-perfect 4.5 out of 5 stars.

It’s our pick for performance-oriented riders, with with features such as Strava Live Segments, FTP testing, Di2 integration, a VO2 Max calculation and recommended recovery time

Plus, all the usual measurements you’d expect including distance, speed, elevation, heart rate and power.

  • Price: £279.99 / $299.99

Pactimo World Bicycle Relief Jersey

A charity gift — the present that gives twice
A charity gift — the present that gives twice

You can never have too many jerseys, and while this is certainly a good looking choice with features such as a full-length YKK zip, breathable mesh panels at the side, three rear pockets plus headphone/race radio compatibility, there’s more to this jersey than meets the eye.

Quarter of the price of each jersey will go to World Bicycle Relief, a charity that aims to alleviate poverty by providing bicycles to individuals and communities in remote regions around the world such as South-East Asia and Africa. They’ve already distributed well over 300,000 bicycles.

Recipients include girls for whom the bikes make a huge difference, allowing them to get to school quicker and more safely and meaning they stay in education for longer and have more opportunities in the future.

So while this jersey may be aimed at summertime riding, whatever conditions you ride it in it’s certain to give you a warm glow.

  • Price: £80 / $85 / AU$TBC

All the socks!

Socks. A Christmas staple. A cycling staple
Socks. A Christmas staple. A cycling staple

Given how important socks are both as a Christmas gift AND as an essential component of any cycling outfit, they’re an essential part of any worthwhile gift list.

Primal ice cream socks

Ditch the boring socks and bring out the fun! This fun set from Primal features an ice cream sundae design.

  • Price: £8.99 / $11.75 / AU$13.92 

Castelli Women’s Sfida 13 socks

In colder weather, a snug pair of Merino socks will help keep those feet toasty and warm... and if they look good too, then it’s a total bonus!

  • Price: £15 / $19.95 / AU$TBC

Morvelo Crocket socks

Socks that inspire memories of long summer rides? Yes please! With a Miami-style pattern of palm trees, these feature a Coolmax yarn that’s designed to swiftly wick sweat away and remain pong-free.

  • Price: £10 / $14 / AU$17.70

DeFeet Framework socks

Like your socks loud with a capital L? The neon Framework socks from DeFeet certainly deliver! (Less lairy colours available too).

  • Price: £15.99 / $TBC / AU$TBC

Cafe du Cycliste Merino Nordic socks

Christmas socks! Well, kind of. These cosy Merino socks feature a fair isle print, and come in red (pictured), terracotta, aubergine or navy.

  • Price: £20

Cycling necklace

A delicate necklace to finish off your festive outfit?
A delicate necklace to finish off your festive outfit?

Hate being away from your bike? You can wear your love of everything two-wheeled around your neck with a beautiful, delicate bicycle necklace.

There are plenty to be found online, and this selection are handmade and retailed on global craft site Etsy. It comes in three colours: silver plated brass, gold plated and rose-gold plated.

  • Price: £12.65 / $15.95 / AU$21.37 plus shipping
  • More info and available to buy from Etsy

Podium Pants

Podium pants — the perfect Christmas stocking pressie!
Podium pants — the perfect Christmas stocking pressie!

Channel your inner champion even when you’re at your day job with this three-pack of women’s underwear from cycling cafe and hub Look Mum No Hands, based in London.

Note: in this case we mean pants in the British sense of the word. Also known as knickers. But not knickers in a ¾ length cycling tights sense. Look at the picture... you get the idea.

Available in sizes small, medium and large.

  • Price: £25

Zwift (sponsored entry)

Bad weather? No problem. Zwift was created to make indoor training a load more fun
Bad weather? No problem. Zwift was created to make indoor training a load more fun

Zwift is an immersive virtual reality fitness game that makes indoor training fun and rewarding for everybody.

Connect up your home trainer to a computer or iOS device and your real-world efforts power your avatar across beautiful landscapes and varied terrain. Ride with thousands of athletes at all levels in real-time, take part in Zwift Events from social rides, to races, to structured Group Workouts.

From amateur rider to World Tour pro, there’s something in Zwift for everybody.

  • Price: £12.99 p/mo / $14.99 p/mo AU$TBC p/mo
  • Visit zwift.com to find out more and subscribe

Queen of the Mountains Deep Winter padded tights

Stay toasty and dry with these winter bibs from Queen of the Mountains
Stay toasty and dry with these winter bibs from Queen of the Mountains

When the going gets cold we don’t stop riding, right? And with a cosy pair of Roubaix tights with fleece lining, like these from British brand Queen of the Mountains, you’ll ride right on through the chilly months.

There are a few great features on these Deep Winter padded tights. Firstly, the baselayer style upper with a colourful mesh back. Secondly, the fact that the bum and calf area are covered with a waterproof material to eliminate those wet chamois moments!

We also like them because Queen of the Mountains is an up-and-coming company founded by one woman who wanted to expand the range of kit on offer for female cyclists, and that’s something we totally get behind.

So, if you want a pair of tights that are cold- and wet-weather ready, look good AND support women in the cycling industry, check these out.

  • Price: £190 / International shipping available at a flat rate of £10

Rapha Rainproof Essentials Case

The Essentials case from Rapha, now in a waterproof and reflective material
The Essentials case from Rapha, now in a waterproof and reflective material

The Essentials case from Rapha is one of the handiest little items we own, able to take a phone, keys and money or repair essentials, neatly stowed in a back pocket. However, it wasn’t waterproof so not that useful on wet weather rides.

This is, until now. Rapha has just released a new version of the case in a waterproof and reflective material with an Aquaguard water repellent zip. There’s also a large version for bigger mobile phones.

  • Price: £25 / $35 / AU$45

Liv Cycling Zorya arm and leg warmers

Get cosmic with galaxy print leg and arm warmers from Liv Cycling
Get cosmic with galaxy print leg and arm warmers from Liv Cycling

Transitional seasons are when arm and leg warmers come into their own, perfect for those days when it starts off cold then warms up.

Just because they’re a practical item doesn’t mean they have to be boring, as demonstrated by the Zorya range from Liv Cycling. Produced in collaboration with Spanish cycle kit company Exteondo, these feature a striking galaxy print and have lots of reflective details incorporated. In addition to the usual reflective logos and tabs, there are speckles of reflective material incorporated into the star print itself.

They’re also available in a three different colorways, from black to a bright purple fade.

Both the Zorya leg and arm warmers have reflective detailing
Both the Zorya leg and arm warmers have reflective detailing

Liv Zorya Arm Warmers

  • Price: £22.99 / $35 / AU$TBC

Liv Zorya Leg Warmers

Price: £29.99 / $45 / AU$TBC

dhb Aeron Women’s Storm waterproof jacket

A feature-packed performance waterproof jacket
A feature-packed performance waterproof jacket

A good waterproof jacket should be in every cyclist's wardrobe... unless you are lucky enough to live somewhere where wet weather is relatively rare. So, not the UK.

Aesthetically, this jacket punches above its weight with a sleek fitted cut, drop tail and cuffs that keep drafts and errant rain drops from moving inside the sleeves.

The lining is comprised of a particle-based laminate that, Wiggle says, activates through your body heat to help remove moisture with the rate of transference increasing the hotter you get.

The outer waterproof layers have a rating of 20,000mm with fully taped seams.

  • Price: £130 / $176.67 / AU$230.23

Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheelset

Upgrade your wheels, upgrade your ride
Upgrade your wheels, upgrade your ride

If you’re planning to up your racing game for 2018, but don’t want to fork out on a new bike, then upgrading your wheels to something stiffer with just a little bit of bling can help you with those racing gains.

The Ksyrium Elite wheels are, in the words of our expert road product tester Robin Wilmott, “benchmark hoops and an excellent all-round choice”.

  • Price: £535 / $714 / AU$930
Aoife Glass

Women's Cycling Editor
A mountain biker at heart, also drawn to the open road. Likes big long adventures in the mountains. Usually to be found in the Mendip Hills or the Somerset Levels in the UK. Passionate about women's cycling at all levels.
  • Discipline: Mountain, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Rocky, rough and a long way from anywhere.
  • Current Bikes: Liv Avail Advanced Pro 2015, Juliana Furtado 2013, Canyon Roadlite AL
  • Dream Bike: Juliana Roubion, Liv Avail Advanced SL
  • Beer of Choice: Red wine for the win!
  • Location: Weston Super Mare, Somerset, UK

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