Christmas is just around the corner and we all know how hard it is to buy something unique for that special cyclist in your life (even if that special cyclist is you!).
Check out our list of 11 top gifts for 2-wheeled freaks:
There is a difference between cheap and inexpensive. Starting from only $7.99, KustomCaps make custom laser-etched headset caps in a variety of sweet anodized colors. You can buy one of the stock caps on offer or click the “YOUR MESSAGE HERE” button of their website to personalize a cap with a name or special message.
Price: US $7.99 and up
Everyone owns a pair of jeans, but cycling jeans? Rapha, the benchmark in cycling fashion, have released their new range: with a straight-leg fit, the specialist denim is made from nylon, cotton, and Elastane yarns, and is hardwearing, stain resistant, and fast-drying. More abrasion-resistant than regular denim, the stretch in the yarns also allows for ease of movement, and the offset inseams are designed to prevent chafing. Coolest of all, they feature a reinforced waistband to support the weight of your bike lock, and a reflective Rapha logo inside the right leg is displayed when rolled up.
Price: from US $112 / AU $155
Features all the essentials for fixing your most common bike headaches. The Nutter combines all the tools you need when out riding into one simple unit. Its unique design and distinctive form turns the tool into a handle, giving you more leverage than other multi tools on the market. The tool weighs just 110g or 3.9oz.
Price: US $51 / AU $70
After a hard day out on the road or smashing the single-track, your favourite cyclist would love nothing more than kicking back and settling in to read about... more cycling. Cyclogeography is an essay about the bicycle by former London bike courier Jon Day, and is a poignant reflection of the freedom we feel when cycling, as well as a reflective look at the relationship between bodies, bikes, and geography.
Price: US $39 / AU $54
Based on extensive wind tunnel testing and lessons learned from the slippery TT-oriented Norcom Straight, the Transonic is said to be 55 and 65 seconds faster on a 40-kilometer time trial ridden at a steady 300 watts than the company's other two road bikes, the SST and the Altamira. Sure, it’s fast – but in this segment of the market it’s also affordable, with a SRAM Red 22 model going for only $5,700 and an Ultegra Di2 spec just $3,350.
Price: US $3,350 (Ultegra Di2)
The ICEdot Crash Sensor mounts to any helmet and notifies your emergency contacts when it detects a critical impact. The Crash Sensor pairs up with your smartphone via the free ICEdot app over Low Energy Bluetooth. When it detects critical forces, the Crash Sensor triggers your phone to sound an emergency alarm, and if not disabled, you need help! Your emergency contacts will then receive a message as well as a map and GPS coordinates of your precise location.
Price: US $119 / AU $159
Probably the best GPS cycling computer on the market, the Edge 520 displays a wealth of metrics in the configuration of your choosing. It quickly finds a GPS and/or GLONASS signal, and easily pairs with heart rate monitors, power meters, and your phone. Once home, your ride automatically uploads. And, if you are so inclined, you can track your Strava efforts in real time.
Price: Available in the US for $299, and Australia for $449
A great gift on its own, or an extravagant accompaniment to the Edge 520, the K-Edge Garmin mount can make anyone’s bike look Euro-pro. Available in black, blue, red, and silver.
Price: from US $30/ AU $55
For some funky, unique cycling glasses, check out what the Swedish designers over at POC have come up with. They’ve recently outfitted the Cannondale pro team, and Canadian Ryder Hesjedal has a model named after him, so they’re doing something right.
Price: US $225/ AU $229
All the data in the world is useless if you don’t know what to do with it. TrainingPeaks crunches the numbers from your training to accurately assess where you are, and can be easily customized for a detailed training plan for your specific goals. Possibly the best cycling investment you can make!
Price: US $100/ AU $119
Heart rate data is an easy, affordable, and effective training metric, allowing you to see how hard you’re going, how well you are rested, and how well you are recovering. The Wahoo Tickr is one of the best heart rate units because it works on both ANT+ and Bluetooth, meaning it wirelessly connects to both Garmin head units, smartphones and other ANT+ devices.
Price: US $59/ AU $89