Stocking fillers for cyclists
Stocking fillers for cyclists
GripGrab Merino Liner Gloves
On the coldest winter days, an extra pair of thin gloves inside your waterproof ones make all the difference. This slim-fitting pair is made of merino wool for maximum warmth and minimum weight and bulk.
It’s good etiquette to alert other trail users to your approach, but on more technical off-road tracks, taking a hand off the bars to ring a traditional bike bell can be tricky. The Timber Bell does the hard work for you, using the bumps to broadcast a constant (and rather Christmassy) sleigh-bell sound. A handy lever locks the clapper to switch to silent mode when there’s nobody around.
Cycling UK Guzova
£12, Cycling UK shop
So called presumably because it guzova your head and wraps around your neck, this neat bit of kit is made from (here comes the science bit) GS-Luxe technical sublimation fabric. In practice this means it keeps your neck toasty warm but not sweaty, and also protects you from UVA and UVB rays should the need arise. Decorated with the logo of your favourite cycling charity, too.
King Alfred’s Way Route Guide
£14 or £12 for members, Cycling UK shop
Nothing says “I want you out of the house for a few days” like giving the cyclist in your life the guidebook to our latest off-road adventure route. This comprehensive route guide, written by MTBer and archaeology buff Guy Kesteven, has everything you need to know about a trail that packs 10,000 years of history into 350 kilometres.
Vintage Bike Wall Calendar
€24.99 + €7 shipping, Steel Vintage Bikes
Yes, 2020 calendars turned out to be a bit of a waste of money, but hopefully next year will be different. Never mind those WI efforts, this A3-size wall calendar has a dozen pics of retro road bikes to drool over, including saucy close-ups of chainrings, lugs and seat clusters. It ships from Germany, so order fast.
22,000 Miles by Richard Seipp
The title of this inspirational book refers to the distance the author has ridden with his son Tom, now 15, over the past decade, including the 2,745-mile Tour Divide from Canada to the US/Mexico border. Ideal fodder next time one of the children announces that they’re bored…
Pasta di Bici
Cyclists need carbs, and what better way to get them than in the form of bicycle-shaped pasta? These tricoloured bikes (in plain, spinach and tomato variants) are just the job to refuel after a long day in the saddle
GPS Route Print
From £15, Ellie Bean Prints
Upload a GPX file and get a custom-made print of the route for instant bragging rights, including optional elevation profile and, yes, Strava time if you must. Available in a range of styles and sizes, framed or unframed.
Pro Digital Pressure Checker
Give this gadget and they can never blame poor performance on incorrect tyre pressures again. Instant readouts, quicker and more accurate than squinting at a gauge on a pump and letting more air escape in the process.
Cycling UK gift membership
£48, Cycling UK shop
For the cyclist who has everything, this is a no-brainer. Membership to Cycling UK gives a full year’s benefits including £10m insurance cover, a host of discounts, six issues of Cycle magazine AND the warm glow of knowing they are supporting out valuable work to make cycling safer and more accessible. Plus, gift memberships also come with a free extra gift of a wallet or phone case made from recycled inner tubes, or a copy of the King Alfred’s Way route guide.