Save, spend or splurge? Cycling gifts for every budget

Stolen Goat's Gilet, Genesis Vagabond, B'Twin's Winter cycling gloves
Stolen Goat, Genesis and B'Twin
Stolen Goat, Genesis and B'Twin

Save, spend or splurge? Cycling gifts for every budget

Is the Christmas shopping panic starting to set in? Fear not, we have a variety of gifts for the cyclists in your life - no matter how much you are set to spend...

Gloves


B'Twin, Sealskinz and Castelli gloves
B'Twin, Sealskinz and Castelli gloves

SAVE

B’Twin 500 Winter Cycling Gloves, Decathlon, £14.99

At the lower end of the price bracket we have Decathlon’s B’Twin 500 Winter Cycling Gloves, coming in at just £13.99. They may not protect in the worst of the British weather, as they are advisory for temperatures between 4 and 10 degrees, although adding a pair of liners will give them a boost. Just hope we don’t have another Beast from the East… Unlike our other options, they do come in a pleasing rainbow of colours though!

SPEND

Waterproof All Weather Cycle Glove, Sealskinz, £45

Cycling UK staff have been putting the road and MTB versions through their paces over the past couple of cold and wet weeks, and the consensus is that if you get the right size these are “bomber” gloves. They cut out the wind chill, keep the wet out and most importantly keep even cold running paws warm.

SPLURGE

Estremo Winter Cycling Gloves, Castelli, £95 

The folk over at Cycling Weekly probably go through more gloves in a week than the average cyclist will in a lifetime. It’s therefore pretty safe to say they know a thing or two. While the price might make you baulk, they were top of the bunch in a recent review receiving 9/10: “Wind and water resistant…[the Estremos] feels warm without being overly bulky…and was quick drying.”

Winter Caps


 dhb, Rapha and Cafe du Cycliste
Winter caps: dhb, Rapha and Cafe du Cycliste

SAVE

Windslam Cycling Peak Cap, dhb, £15

Designed to keep the wind out, Wiggle’s own brand winter cap, like the others here, should fit under your helmet with no trouble. All the major panels use a windproof fabric to keep out the winter chills, while a waterproofing in certain spots should also come in handy. Like Ford’s Model T, it comes in any colour you like, so long as it’s black.

SPEND

Festive 500 Winter Hat, Rapha, £35

Made from Sportswool (25% merino, 61% polyester, 14% elastane), this cap allegedly will fit all headsizes. The liner is synthetic, so if you’re sensitive to wool you should have no issue wearing this distinctive cap. The front panels are water-resistant, while the colourful elasticated back section will do a good job at keeping the nape of your neck warm on the coldest of days.

SPLURGE

Belgian Cap, Café du Cycliste, £49

What does a company from the sunny shores of Nice know about cold and wet? Quite a lot it would seem judging by this classic Belgian designed cap. Coming in blue or grey this stylish and elegant winter riding cap, should help ensure your head shrugs off winter’s worst. Should look good even off the bike, just don’t tell the Velominati (Rule #22).

Buffs


 Cycling UK, finisterre, FINDRA
Buffs: Cycling UK, finisterre, FINDRA

SAVE

Cycling UK Guzova, Godfrey Bikewear, £12

Support your favourite cycling charity and keep your loved ones warm at the same time – it’s like a double hug of goodness! This lightweight neck gusset made in Nottingham is ideal for cool weather training and can be worn in a variety of ways.

SPEND

Abrolhos neck warmer, Finisterre, £18

Finisterre might not be a cycling company (originally a surfing company from the North Cornish shores by St Agnes), but for baselayers and neck warmers it’s worth branching out a little. The company focusses on sustainability, and there neckwarmers (in yellow, hibiscus and black) are made from left over merino wool used in their jerseys (50% Superfine Merino / 50% Tencel®).

SPLURGE

Betty Merino Neck Warmer, FINDRA, £30

This gorgeous garnet buff is of the highest quality. The price represents the work that’s gone into it – from Scottish designs to Australian merino wool to Italian spinning to English assembly. A real treat with colours to suit all – from stripes to single colour blocks. I’ve had mine for over five years, and between October and April hardly leave the house without it!

Gilets


 Endura, Stolen Goat, Rapha
Gilets: Endura, Stolen Goat, Rapha

SAVE

Hummvee Gilet, Endura, £39.99

Coming in black or day glow yellow Scottish based Endura’s Gilet is a wallet friendly addition to any cyclist’s wardrobe. Designed to keep your core warm with its windproof front panels, it can also be whipped off and stuffed into a jersey pocket when not in use. The reflective trim should also help you shine up in the hours of darkness. There’s a women’s equivalent in white or cerise (pink) for a bit less at £35.99.

SPEND

Orkaan Fuse Fire Water Resistant Cycling Gilet, Stolen Goat, £85

This eye-catching gilet is made by one of the more fun cycling companies out there. They’re bold designs are probably a but marmite-like, but over at Cycling UK we love the bold colours and sense of fun that Stolen Goat seems to embody. In the case of this gilet, it’s definitely not style over substance. It’s lightweight, with a high neck, water repellent and wind-resistant all over – perfect for winter’s shoulder months. The women’s version is even more colourful!

SPLURGE

Brevet Insulated Gilet, Rapha, £130

When we checked in with the roadies at Cycling UK for the favourite cold weather gilet, this was it. It’s padded with breathable Polartec Alpha insulation and with a durable water repellent should keep your body dry in all but the heaviest of downpours. The two-way zip is a nice touch and should lend the rider some flexibility as you’re battling through the elements in order to work off your Christmas lunch…! Also available for women at the same price.

Base layers


 Howies, finisterre, FINDRA
Baselayers: Howies, finisterre, FINDRA

SAVE

Merino Base Layers, howies, £55

This independent West Wales based company is a great place to look for good quality merino products. They aim to use organic, recycled or natural fabrics wherever possible. With their base layers there are multiple colours available for men and women ranges all available at the same price and quality (100% merino wool). The women’s range also has an array of sailor stripes (pictured).

SPEND

Zephyr base layer, Finisterre, £60

Like howies, Finisterre provide a good range of colours for both their women and men’s ranges all at the same price. 80% merino wool, they’re machine washable and should do a good job at keeping you warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot.

SPLURGE

Leithen Merino striped base layer, FINDRA, £90

Cosy thumbholes, seamless style and ethically-sourced Australian merino make this Findra base layer our splash-out choice. The same top is available with finer stripes and in green for women at the same price.

Luggage


 Passport, Restrap, Revelate Designs
Seatbags: Passport, Restrap, Revelate Designs

SAVE

Bikepacking seatpack medium, Passport, £55

This is a well-made seatpack, which will keep your kit dry and should fit most bikes. It’s a narrow profile, so probably best suited to roadie bike packers looking to reduce their profile. It comes with a helpful bungee system on top for strapping on additional goodies, and the two zipped side pockets are pretty handy too.

SPEND

Saddle Bag (14L), Restrap, £99

Handmade in Yorkshire, each Restrap item comes with a fun little badge (that could be stitched onto your new bag) and a tag telling you who put in the hard effort to create the awesome bit of kit in your hands. Make sure you’ve got enough room between saddle and tyre before fitting this saddle bag, as the recipient will be gutted at having to return it. There’s no sway in its use, it holds an array of dry bags and is really simple to use. Save time / postage and perhaps get one for yourself at the same time…NB Cycling UK members receive a 15% discount off Restrap products.

SPLURGE

Terrapin System (14L), Revelate Designs, £155

This big brother to the 8L version which was one of bits of kits included in the 2018 Bikepacking Gear of the Year Awards, comes with a fine pedigree. It’s tough, easy to fit and has those little details which make you go, “That’s clever!” Like with Restrap you can stuff and go with this set up – and the handy dry bag comes with a neat little valve, which makes packing that bit easier.

Magazines


Cycle, Singletrack, Cyclist, Bike Packing Journal, Rouleur
Top L to R: Cycle, Singletrack, Cyclist, Bike Packing Journal, Rouleur

SAVE

Cycle magazine, included with Cycling UK Membership, £48 for the year

So £48 for a bi-monthly magazine might seem a bit of a stretch, but Cycle magazine is just one amazing element to Cycling UK’s Christmas Gift Membership. Your chosen cyclist will also receive a cycling gift from Cycle of Good made from recycled inner tubes, and access to member benefits such as discounts, insurance, events and offers. Furthermore, their membership will ensure we can keep on campaigning, creating great new trails and bringing you fantastic content like Cycle.

SPEND

Singletrack £39 (or £19.50 with Cycling UK code)

Singletrack Mountain Bike Magazine has been printing high quality cycling articles for almost 20 years. Rammed full of fine photography and engaging content it really is the “mountain bike magazine for grow ups”. Singletrack has moved with its readers, still covering all variations of mountain biking, but also with plenty of bikepacking and adventure features. Everything the off-road cyclists needs, and now with a bargain half price subscription offer for Cycling UK supporters and members – just enter “stcyclinguk50” at the checkout.

Cyclist £32.99 (every 6 months)

Cyclist is the world's biggest road cycling magazine; each issue features the cycling routes, the latest bikes and must-have kit plus exclusives from the biggest names in the sport. Posted directly to your loved one’s door, it's a great Christmas present for roadies and the hassle-free gift you can sort in just a few clicks. They’re currently offering: 3 months for £5 then 6 months for £32.99. Alternatively, £71.99 for 13 issues.

SPLURGE

Bikepacking Journal $68 (per year)

If you’re loved one is a bikepacker, or bikepacking curious, then they probably will have stumbled at some stage across www.bikepacking.com. Filled with routes, bikepacking tips, kit and bike reviews and tales of travels across the world, it’s a pit stop on your route to adventure. Such a site is sustained by its community, and for $68 a year (£51.59 at time of writing) you’ll receive as a reward twice a year in the form of its Bikepacking Journal. Packed with stunning photography of adventures in places you’ll want to visit, it’s definitely a splurge like present – but well worth it.

Rouleur £84 one off subscription

For a one off £84 subscription you’ll receive eight copies of Rouleur. It’s a road racing orientated magazine, with some of the best racing writers and photographers around. The bikes and kit you’ll see might leave you aghast at how much can be spent on cycling, but with Rouleur you’re given licence to dream. An added benefit is 10% off merchandise at Rouleur.cc

Bikes


B'Twin, Genesis, Isen Workshop
L to R: B'Twin, Genesis, Isen Workshop

SAVE

Hoprider 100 Urban Hybrid, B’Twin, £299

Cycle Editor Dan Joyce reviewed the earlier incarnation of B’Twin’s Hoprider and found it “an outstandingly well-equipped trekking bike.” Despite a comparatively low price, this bike comes with mudguards, rack, kickstand, dynamo lighting – essentially adventure ready.

SPEND

Genesis Vagabond £1099

If he could have only one bike to fit all his needs, both on and off the road, our editor has suggested the Genesis Vagabond could be it. The Vagabond is a rough-stuff tourer, niche MTB, and fat-tyred road bike rolled into one. On tarmac, with slicks, you might question why you own a normal road bike. Off-road it was the best drop-bar bike our editor has ridden, bar none – which is why he bought a frameset!

SPLURGE

Isen Workshop All Season £1950 (frameset)

Our editor is yet to review the All Season (set to come in April/May), but having had the chance to ride it on one of Surrey’s hilliest routes it felt like there must be a motor hidden in the seat tube. It’s been great on road, but also at home off-road as Cycling Weekly’s Michelle Arthurs-Brennan found it when she tackled our riders’ route for the North Downs Way. Unfortunately, given it’s a more or less bespoke bike you might have to wait until the end of January until it will be ready!

Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Sponsored Advert
Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19
Join Cycling UK to help us change lives and communities through cycling
Join Cycling UK to help us change lives and communities through cycling
Membership gives you peace of mind insurance, discounts in cycle shops, rides & routes