For some, Christmas and Christmas shopping is a joyous experience. Some are capable of finding the perfect gift for everyone months before the annoying Christmas music is blasted through the speaker systems of stores and restaurants. I on the other hand am incapable of forward planning and when it comes to Xmas shopping would rather spend my time in A&E.
Thank goodness for internet shopping, finding gifts for everyone in the comfort of my own home, generally curled up on the sofa with a hot drink and cosy slippers. However, what on earth do you get the mad cyclist who has everything?
Whether the cyclist you are buying for is an expert or just starting out, the world of gift shopping can be a bit miserable if you don’t really know what you are looking for. Lucky for you I have scoured our site to find some great gifts that almost every cyclist will love. From stocking fillers to the ultimate gift and a few items in between, Probikekit should have something for every cycling enthusiast.
Topeak Mini 9 Pro Multi Tool – A one piece lightweight folding tool with 9 functions which includes a tyre lever and a Phillips screw driver. Small enough to tuck away neatly in a saddle bag or in a jersey pocket without taking up valuable space.
Park Tool Pizza Cutter– The perfect item for the fussy cyclist in your life. Sometimes it’s best to leave the bike parts to the one riding, but this doesn’t mean you can’t get them something they can use around the house. Made by quality tool manufacturer Park Tools, this pizza cutter will cut through the toughest of terrain and look cool doing so.
Sock Guy Cycling Socks –Make your loved one the talking point of the club runs or café stops with the various designs and colours available for both men and women, encourage them to have a bit of fun with their kit!
Elite Byasi Cycling Storage Bottle – This bottle is not for drinking! Instead it will keep tools, keys, tubes as well as a mobile phone safe and dry when out on the bike. Also perfect for the travelling cyclist as a great place to put all the small items and tools they need to carry with them on their excursions.
Blackburn VIP Strap Wallet – This cycling specific wallet keeps ID, repair essentials and even a mini pump together in a tidy package that fits in a jersey pocket. Great for those cyclists who like a cheeky café stop on their rides.
Bar Fly Garmin GPS Cycle Computer Mount – White – For those who already own the Garmin Edge 200, 500 or 800 this handlebar mount allows you to mount the beloved Garmin centred on the bars and level with your stem making safer and easier to read. Just a little bling for their bike!
For those on a budget:
Craft Baselayer Twin Packs– Craft is an excellent sporting range for the active person in your life. Suitable for running, cycling, skiing or other outdoor sports they excel at baselayers that will keep you warm even on the coldest winter days. There are some excellent twin packs available that offer both a top and bottom baselayer for those that tend to go out no matter how cold it gets. At 40% off they are excellent value and affordable for those who don’t want to spend a fortune.
Elite Sior Cage and Corsa Waterbottle – Choose a colour to match their frame and you are certainly on for a winner, and at 50% off they are something that won’t break the bank either.
Topeak Joe Blow Sport II Track Pump– Every cyclist needs a track pump. A small pump will get your tyres pumped up after a blow out so you can limp home but they are by no means as quick or as good as a track pump. Also great for pumping up sports balls this Topeak Pump has a valve to show how much air you are putting in and is quick and easy to use.*may not be available in certain countries
Park Tool Bib Blue Book of Bicycle Repairs – Tired of listening to the frustrating language of a budding bicycle mechanic? Most of us want to be able to fix any problems we have rather than running to the mechanic every time a bike begins to squeak or a minor repair is needed. Park Tools are brilliant at making even complicated mends easy to do. In the long run it will save the cyclist in your life money as they will no longer require to pay someone to mend a broken part, but will also save you from having to take headache tablets every time they get the spanner out.
For those who want to splurge:
Garmin Edge 500 GPS Cycle Computer– The most popular cycling computer out there! This little gem will bring anybody’s riding to a new level. With the ability to download your route and check different stats it’s a great gift for the serious cyclist and gadget geeks in your life. Supplied with or without heart rate monitors and cadence sensors the Garmin Edge 500 is a seriously nice bit of kit, if the cyclist in your life doesn’t already have one, you will be in their good books for months if they open this on Christmas day.
Castelli Women’s Viziata W Cycling Jacket or Castelli Mortirolo Due Cycling Jacket – Castelli create high quality stylish items that any cyclist is very happy to wear. Both jackets are windproof and water resistant making them a perfect winter riding companion. Pair them with a good baselayer and they made not need to wear anything else.
Light and Motion Vis 360 Plus Cycle Light Set – For the commuter, mountain biker, or road cyclist this helmet mounted light set is the perfect item. With the front light producing 250 lumens it is perfect as an additional light set to their handlebar mounted ones, but is powerful enough to use on its own. The lightset adds to the rider’s visibility on dark nights, so if you’re worried about your loved one cycling at night this may just settle your nerves.
Castelli Vittore Gianni Wool Cycling Jersey – made with 95% Merino wool this classic style cycling jersey is one of the most stylish items a cyclist can own, don’t be surprised if you see the lucky person wearing this around the house as often as they wear it on the bike.
Whether the cyclist you are shopping for is a hard core racer or a countryside viewer there is always something available that will have them smiling on Christmas day. If none of the gifts mentioned above tickle your fancy then there are plenty of other options to choose from. Books, Shoes, Wheels and so on, shopping for a cyclist doesn’t need to be complicated, just put an item in your basket and check out, and if the one you are shopping for is overly fussy or you just aren’t sure what they want you can always send them a gift voucher instead.
Whatever you decide the staff at PBK would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2013. Ride often and ride safe x