We asked running and cycling enthusiast Louise Woffindin to round up the best cycling gifts available in the UK right now. She has outdone herself with this selection – so if you are struggling to know what to buy the cyclist in your life, read on to find the perfect gift…
When you’ve got a cycling lover in the family it can be hard to think of new gifts that they’ll love. Whether you need something for a birthday, Christmas or another special occasion, we’re here to help you find something for your Lycra-lover.
From stocking fillers to high-tech gadgets, we’ve got something for all tastes and budgets. As cycling lovers ourselves, we’d be happy to unwrap any of these gifts (hint hint).
12 Top Gifts For Cyclists
Choosing a gift for a cyclist can be tricky. Luckily, these gifts are ideal for most types of bikes and will be loved by all levels of cyclist.
Read on to find out all about the top gifts for cyclists right now – we’re sure you’ll find something suitable.
- 1 12 Top Gifts For Cyclists
- 2 Our Cycling Gift Verdict
100 Greatest Cycling Climbs
If you’ve given all of the typical cycling gifts to your loved one and you’re stuck on what to get, 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs is a great find. Not only are you giving them something to read when they’re not cycling, but you’re presenting them with a challenge too!
This pocket-sized guidebook introduces cycling lovers to a new, lung-busting idea – the 100 best climbs in the British Isles. It doesn’t matter if they’re a fair-weather, leisure cyclist or a would-be elite athlete, this book is a great find for all.
Each climb the book introduces comes with a map showing the start and finish, timings, OS and grid references, and a rating from 1-10 based on the surface, length, and gradient.
This is a great little find for anyone who’s stuck in a rut with their cycling and looking for their next challenge. If your loved one likes travelling to new places with their bike strapped to the car, they’ll love this book. It’s brief and concise yet provides an interesting take on hills.
We all know hills can be challenging, so why not try 100 of the best?! The book is arranged in regions, which means riders can challenge a few in one trip alone.
Another thing we love about this book is that it’s written by someone who just loves to cycle as a hobby. Simon Warren lives in east London and works as an editor for an art magazine.
So, if your cycling enthusiast loved one loves the sadistic pleasure of suffering hill climbs, they’ll certainly enjoy challenging themselves with the steepest gradients and longest climbs in the land. If they manage to tick off all 100, there’s a sequel too!
For cyclists that also love tools, the Rehook Plus would make a great gift. This isn’t just another boring bike tool, though. Tinkering with your bike can be messy and if you’re on the road without a sink to clean up, it’s frustrating. The reason we love this so much is that it is designed to keep dirt and oil off your hands – it’s so unique that they’ve patented the design. The multitool has even been seen on Dragon’s Den!
The tool is made in the UK by a small business and so by buying the Rehook Plus, you’re also buying local and supporting a small business, which we always like to support.
Included in this tool are wrenches, tyre levers, spoke keys, hex heads, and a screwdriver. It’s lightweight and can be easily transported wherever your bike takes you so if you need a roadside tyre change or to fix a dropped chain, you can do so quite easily.
Resolving jams and chain issues with the Rehook is much simpler. This tool can squeeze into spaces that you can’t reach with your fingers and it won’t scratch your frame.
What’s more, you won’t need to hunt it down in a pannier or pocket because it attaches straight to your frame with a high-grip, adjustable silicon strap. It won’t bounce out or fall either.
In terms of spec, it contains a Rehook chain tool head, 2 tyre levers, 2 spoke keys, a PH1 Philips screwdriver, 8/9/10mm wrenches, and H5/H6 Hex keys. This makes it great for road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, and electric bikes alike.
The tool weighs just 106 grams and is made from stainless steel and reinforced nylon.
All in all, it’s the only tool your cycling loved one will need!
Muc-Off Cleaning Kit
Does your loved one love to cycle but also love a clean bike? If so, this Muc-Off bike cleaning kit would be a great gift. It is an 8-in-1 kit that bundles together lots of the best products to clean and protect bikes.
It doesn’t matter if they ride a mountain bike, road bike or electric bike, the Muc-Off cleaning kit is suitable for all. It’s also really handy for those who don’t enjoy cleaning a bike as it makes it so much easier to do.
One of the things we really liked about this kit is that it does more than just clean your bike. The Muc-Off kit also has a second step to protect your bike once it’s clean. There are lots of special bike cleaning tools too so you can reach every nook and cranny with ease.
In the box, you’ll find a bottle of the Muc-Off Nano Tech bike cleaner, a bike protection aerosol, a cleaning sponge and 4 cleaning brushes (a detailing brush, a claw brush, a soft washing brush and a two-prong brush). These all pack away neatly into a storage tub that also doubles up as a tub to wash parts in. The kit measures 45.5 x 34 x 26.5 cm and weighs 2.37 kg.
If you’re thinking this set is a bit expensive for a set of bike cleaning brushes, you’d be wrong. The Muc-Off set is really high quality and can cope with the toughest of wet sludge and dried mud. You could, of course, buy each component of the set individually but you will end up paying more overall if you do it this way.
Smart Bike Helmet
You’ve heard of smartphones and smart lighting, but who would ever have thought a smart bike helmet would end up on the shelves? Actually, thinking about it – it makes a lot of sense.
Bike helmets are a crucial part of a cyclist’s kit when it comes to safety but now there’s so much more you can do with them too.
This helmet features smart lighting. It contains flush LED lights for visibility, which is always a bonus but – wait for it – it also has remote-controlled indicators! These are controlled by a remote on your handlebar so you can let drivers know when you’re going to turn a corner.
What’s more, the helmet contains an SOS alert sensor. This means up to three people will be sent your location if your helmet remains still for 30 seconds after an impact. So even if you’re cycling alone, you’ll have backup to get help.
As if that wasn’t enough in terms of the smart helmet, it also has in-built speakers above your ears. This means that you can still take in ambient (and important) traffic noise while listening to music or podcasts.
The helmet also has hands-free phone call capabilities thanks to the speakers and wind-breaker microphone that connect to your device via Bluetooth. If someone else in your party also has the smart helmet, you can use the in-built walkie-talkie function so you don’t need to rely on having a mobile phone signal when you’re riding out in the sticks.
If you download the Livall app, you can also record your rides and see your statistics (though you’ll need GPS on your phone for this).
The company has a UK-based customer support line and email address to help with any queries too.
With all of these features, you might worry about the helmet being heavy. However, it only weighs 280g and has 24 vents in its design for your comfort.
The handlebar remote controls all of these features – and if you’ve got your phone mounted to the handlebars, you can even take a photo using the remote!
For tech-lovers, this is a great buy!
Folding Bike Lock
Though vital, bike locks can be pretty annoying when you’re a cyclist. Carrying a bike lock around with you often means lugging a heavy weight or rattling lock. If you’re looking for an awesome gift that eliminates these issues, this folding bike lock is it. It only weighs 690 grams, meaning you can cycle comfortably without carrying too much extra load.
In terms of length, this is 70 cm when unfolded, meaning it can lock around solid objects pretty well. It’s not the longest lock out there but when you weigh up its folded size and weight, you’ve got the best compromise.
If you’ve had folding locks before, don’t expect this to be the same. This folding lock is sturdy and is made of hardened steel. There’s also a nice coating to protect your bike when it’s in place.
When you’re on the move, the lock sits neatly into its handy holder that fits snugly around your round frame with no drilling required. Or you could use holes that already exist like a cup holder, for example.
This lock is great for mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, tour bikes, and e-bikes alike. The great thing is, it will never rattle!
In terms of security, it is highly resistant to breakage and is made to withstand attempts when left for as long as possible. Its alloy steel manufacturing makes it extremely resistant to bolt cutters and its revisable key cylinder protects against lock-picking attempts too.
It comes with a bracket, two loops, and two fixing screws to use with the drink holder.
When in the holder, it measures 15 x 6.5 x 5 cm.
We’re sure that any cyclist will appreciate a mountable folding bike lock but if your loved one commutes by bike, this is particularly great for a gift.
Who doesn’t love socks as a stocking filler? If you’re anything like my family, Christmas and birthdays are the only time of year anyone gets any new socks! As a cycling lover, your loved one will always appreciate new cycling socks and what’s better than a box of 7 – a pair for every day of the week!
These stylish socks have been designed and manufactured by Sundried, which is a small business and ethical activewear brand located in the United Kingdom. So, not only do you have a great gift to give, but you’re also helping a UK small business at the same time!
Standard cycling socks can be boring and so Sundried has turned things up a notch! With every box, you get seven pairs of socks with different fun and trendy stripe and block patterns. Looks aside, the recipient won’t be disappointed in functionality either.
These long-length socks are great all year round. In summer, the thermal fabric keeps your feet cool and wicks away sweat. In winter, your feet are warm, dry and blister free. The socks are made from 97% nylon and 3% elastane.
They also come in an attractive gift box too!
These are a gift that any cyclist will appreciate – male, female, mountain biker or commuter.
Garmin Edge 130
If you’re looking for a more substantial gift or main present rather than a stocking filler, the Garmin Edge 130 is a sought-after device amongst cyclists.
This GPS cycling computer will record where you go, how far you go and how fast you go. It is compatible with GPS, Galileo and GLONASS and also has an altimeter built in.
You can even sync planned workouts to the device to follow either using the Garmin Connect app or other pairable apps like TrainerRoad and TrainingPeaks. It’s compatible with platforms like Komoot and Strava too.
The ClimbPro feature gauges the rider’s effort on a hilly ride so they can see how much of the hill is left!
The reliable Garmin navigation means the rider will always be able to find their way back to the start too should they be unfamiliar with the route.
Another great feature of this device is its incident detection and live tracking feature. The Garmin Edge 130 will know when the rider has taken a tumble and will send your location to your emergency contacts when you need help. Family and friends can also track the ride live in real-time – so if you’re buying this as a gift for a loved one, you’ll have peace of mind while they’re out on the road. When paired via Bluetooth with a smartphone, the rider can also receive alerts and messages too so you’ll be able to contact them if you need to.
In terms of dimensions, it measures 41 x 63 x 16 mm and has a rugged, simple design that’s easy to read both in low light and in bright sunlight. You don’t need to worry about the rain either as it’s completely waterproof too!
The battery lasts 12 hours on a full charge.
If you’re looking for a tongue-in-cheek stocking filler or hilarious secret Santa gift for a bike aficionado, this cycling mug is a fantastic find!
Provided the recipient has a sense of humour and isn’t too easily offended, this will certainly add a smile to their face. The inscription reads: Bike prep, check your nuts, apply lube, ride hard.
The handle is also in the shape of a bike, which makes it just awesome in our eyes!
All in all, it’s a novelty gift that will generate a giggle or two! It also comes in a great gift box too!
TruActive Phone Holder
If your loved one is fed up with their usual cycling smartphone holder or handlebar bag, why not snap up one of these unique phone holders? This holder will keep their phone safe and stable even on the bumpiest of trails.
The phone holder is durable and has been tested rigorously to ensure it will last. It doesn’t matter what size your handlebar or phone is, this will fit anything between 4” and 6.7” in size with a maximum thickness of 1.8 cm. This means you can use it with the latest iPhones, Samsung Galaxy phones, Google Pixel phones and Huawei phones to name a few.
There are two sizes of bolts so riders can easily attach the mount to their bike or motorbike with a tight fit. As long as the handlebar has a diameter between 13.97 mm and 32 mm, you’re good to go.
There’s also a ball joint in the holder so you can swivel the phone around for portrait or landscape use.
The holder is made of rubber and comes in six different colours so there is one for all tastes.
Isotonic Energy Gel
When you’re on a long or hilly ride, sometimes you need a quick boost of energy. SiS was the first company to produce an isotonic energy gel and provide the rider with a quick carb shot that’s easily digestible. Each gel contains 22 g of carbohydrate with only 0.6 g of sugar. They also come in a great range of flavours and can be consumed without water too.
The gels are opened easily on the road and can be stored in a pocket or belt for quick access. With these gels, riders will be able to delay the onset of fatigue that comes with depleted carbohydrate stores. As a result, their performance improves too – now that’s a gift you’ll certainly get thanked for!
This pack comes with 15 gels, which makes it an ideal stocking filler or secret Santa gift for a cyclist that spends a long time in the saddle.
Gel Seat Cover
Give the gift of comfort with a gel seat cover! This seat cover is an ideal gift for anyone who commutes by bike and wants a little extra comfort as they do so – especially if they then have to sit in an office chair all day!
It’s extra soft and will make pedalling much more comfortable thanks to its memory foam interior. This seat is made from Lycra and is breathable. There is also an air diversion slot in the middle to improve air circulation and keep the rider dry and cool. The design is also ergonomic and so it won’t impede the rider’s movements on the bike or cause friction with thigh movements.
The cushion can be used with seats up between 7.5” and 8.5” wide and is suitable for outdoor bikes and indoor stationary bikes alike. It also features a reflective strip for safety.
This cover can be installed easily and has a non-slip design with an elastic sleeve, an anti-slip leather layer and a drawstring for security. It also has great reviews!
Polarised Cycling Sunglasses
These polarised sunglasses are an excellent choice of gift for any cyclist. There’s nothing worse than being on the road in blinding sunlight. With these glasses, the light is transmitted across the colour spectrum evenly, which means you have great vision yet total protection and zero eyestrain.
The polarised lenses protect the eyes from both UVB and UVA radiation. They also reduce visual fatigue by eliminating stray light and reflected light. The polarising filters mean glare is reduced, which helps when riding along roads, near water and when snow is around. The lenses have 7 layers and yet are only 1.1 mm thick. They are durable and resistant to scratches and impacts.
Their wrap-around design blocks side light and fits most head sizes snugly.
The frames are lightweight and made from skin-friendly materials so they won’t irritate you, even when you’re hot and sweaty.
The glasses come with a hard case, a microfibre pouch, a microfibre cleaning cloth, a sunglasses strap and a polarisation test card so you can see how effective they are for yourself.
Our Cycling Gift Verdict
So, there you have it, our selection of gifts for cyclists to give you some ideas on what to buy your cycling-loving friend or family member.
If you’ve been stuck for gift ideas for someone who loves bikes, we hope you’ve found something useful here whether it’s a stocking-filler mug that’s a little silly or a top-of-the-range Garmin device for tech-lovers.
There’s certainly something to cover all bases here – be sure to save the list for future reference too!