Dear Santa (and partners, friends, and family of bicycling women), I've been really good this year, so I have prepared a gift wish list for me and all the other bicycling women out there. It has everything from notebooks to clothing, gadgets to dream rides. Love from me, and all the other cycling women in the world.
[Editor's Note: Jayne prepared this list well in advance, but we're like a lot of guys - last minute to get things done, including shopping, so maybe you'll think this is right on time?]
These shorts are perfect for mountain biking chicks who have nailed new challenges and who deserve a treat. The vast selection of designs gives so much choice, you may need to buy two pairs. The shorts have a waist adjuster system to allow for the waist to be taken in so the perfect fit can be achieved for any body shape. They don't have a built in chamois, but Shredly also sell separate chamois (with lace!) to fit under the shorts.
Socks and underwear from SockGuy and Urbanist - $10-$66 USD
A great gift for the ladies who have ridden many miles this year, and whose socks and underwear are wearing thin. Grab Sockguy woolen style socks for extra comfort and warmth, or the 'classic' style for thinner socks. Both styles have a variety of colors and designs to show off different personalities.
For most of us women, wearing a set of fully padded chamois shorts every day for our commute to work or for a casual ride just isn't comfortable. These wonderful sets of underwear from Urbanist combine fashion and function into something we would all actually wear. With built in light padding, Urbanist make underwear that we've been needing for years.
For the ladies who love stationery! Get set for the New Year and start planning cycling goals in a funky little goals book from Kiki K. Map out your training plan and track progress. Be the best you can be and let this little book help.
A gal can never have too many sports bras. The Ta Ta Tamer from Lululemon will provide support to the 'ladies' on the bike. This bra is functional as it has the option of cross over straps or standard, and there's plenty of space for a heart rate monitor. The Ta Ta Tamer provides a snug and supportive fit for the most comfort while out on your bike.
The Osprey Raven 10 is perfect for both commuting to work, and for longer trail rides. The Osprey women's range has a nice selection of colors that aren't too 'girly', but 'girly' enough.
The hydration hose on the pack anchors with a magnetic disk, so it's easy to attach it back after taking a drink. To keep all your tools neatly organized, this backpack has a separate compartment with a tool pouch, which you roll out when you need it. It means you don't have random tubes or multi-tools floating around your bag with your work clothes while commuting.
The new 'sapphire blue' color Dragonfly jersey from Cycology is an intricate and delicate design. It also has a full-length zipper which makes it easy to zip off. Perfect for ladies wanting to make a statement without standing out too much, and it does this without sacrificing performance.
[Editor's Note: Cycology warns they're down to 'very light stock' of the Dragonfly, so we've added another to consider: the Mondrian has 'been the really big seller for women this year and we have good stock.']
Bike jewelery - prices vary
Jewelry is usually quite a difficult item to choose as a gift. But for a biking girl, you can't go wrong with a stylish handmade piece that relates to bikes. Check the postage costs to deliver to your country, as they can be quite steep.
From the USA, consider Crank Earrings ($49 USD) by Vinqui. Or perhaps a piece that is made from recycled bike parts, like this recycled bicycle chain from Velo Bling Designs ($25 USD) with a colorful bead in the center to make a simple and sporty square link pendant necklace.
For Australian girls, consider these Bike Chain Earrings ($35 AUD) from Tread and Pedals, based in Victoria. They are made from a recycled bicycle chain.
For those in the UK, the Wheel Pendant (£119 UK) by Cycling Jewellery is a lovely looking item. Made in the UK, but delivered world wide, these handmade pieces are made from sterling silver, and can be personalized on the back with a message for an additional charge.
Witches Britches are a quality product made in New Zealand. They have an 8-panel construction, which means they fit comfortably around the legs, butt, knees, and well - everywhere. For the cycling ladies coming into the winter months, give a gift that will keep them toasty warm while out on the bike.
This gift inspires women to ride. The calendar showcases leading champions of female professional mountain biking with great action photos and accompanying text about how the professionals rise to the challenges of racing.
The Wiccy Magic Muscles Massage Bar is perfect to ease those aching quads and calves after a day of climbing on the bike. It has little aduki beans in it, which work into the muscles like firm fingertips. The peppermint and cinnamon give it a lovely relaxing smell. Get this bar and get ready to relax.
Apres Velo has a wide range of casual t-shirts with great slogans. My favorite is "Ride Bikes, Drink Beer, Get Awesome." Choose the perfect motto and t-shirt for your cycling woman and put it in the Christmas stocking.
The XX1 Eagle spec Beti is absolute quality. It is the lightest full suspension bike (11.2 kg) made by Yeti and one of the best performing rides on the market. Give a mountain biking girl a surprise of a lifetime by putting this one under the Christmas tree! (Pretty please, Santa, get me one of these...!)