Christmas Gift Ideas for Cyclists 2016

Christmas is coming, and with that comes the excitement of presents and gift ideas for cycling enthusiasts: be that yourself, or one of your loved ones. In this post, I've picked out my top review products from 2016; concentrating mostly on those of a higher value, as I have also written a 'Stocking Fillers for Cyclists 2016' post.

From jackets to jeans, and tools to t-shirts; there should be something in here that would make a great gift idea for a cyclist you know...

24Bottles Stainless Bottles and Party Cups

24Bottles Stainless Steel Bottles
I use a 0.5L Urban Bottle from Italian brand 24Bottles, on a daily basis. I used a 1L bottle on the 'Coasts and Cols' tour, to add extra water carrying capacity. In fact, I don't think there has been a day since I first reviewed 24Bottles on the blog, when I haven't used one of their products. Their range of bottles look great, and drinks from them taste so much better than from plastic bike bottles. Now that the Urban Bottle is available in my favourite 'Flame Orange' colour, I'm a complete convert. The 24Bottles Party Cups are also seriously eco-friendly, and super nice to use.

Sportful Fiandre Winter Apparel

Sportful WS LRR SS Jacket
I have reviewed a number of pieces from Sportful's 2016 winter range, and they have all proven to be impressive pieces of kit. The Sportful WS LRR Jacket Review was a particular highlight, and the Sportful Fiandre Light Wind Jersey Review was a close second. If you're after some faultless performers for a winter cycling wardrobe, then look no further.

Unior Tools Pro Home Mechanic Tool Kit

Unior Pro Home Mechanic Tool Kit
The Unior Tools Pro Home Mechanic Tool Set was a stellar review item earlier this year. It contains pretty much every tool that you could need; for both road bike and mountain bike mechanics. It is all made to an impeccable quality level, and housed in this very smart case. The kit would be a superb gift for any home mechanic.

POC Octal AVIP Road Cycling Helmet

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet
It is bold. It is orange. It has probably the highest safety rating of any road cycling helmet on the market today. The POC AVIP Octal Helmet is a marmite product. I love it.

Bellroy All Conditions Phone Pocket

Bellroy All Conditions Phone Pocket
The Bellroy All Conditions Phone Pocket is another great looking 'Every Ride Carry' from the Australian brand. It will house your cash, cards, keys and phone; all safely locked away in a water resistant leather pouch. A super smart accessory.

Restrap Bikepacking Luggage

Restrap Bike Packing Kit
Both the seatpack and the framebag from Yorkshire-based Restrap bags, are beautiful pieces of riding luggage. Handmade in their small batch production facility; every bag is unique. Equipped with waterproof zippers, paracord lashing systems, and a build quality that will last a lifetime - this is quality bikepacking kit. Both the framebag and seatpack served me well on the 'Coasts and Cols' tour.

Wahoo ELEMNT GPS Bike Computer

Wahoo ELEMNT Bike Computer
The Wahoo ELEMNT Bike Computer has won me over. It is incredibly easy to set up, using the partner mobile App; then once you've got it customised, it is even easier to use and review data. I took it on my 'Coasts and Cols' tour, and it guided me through the full 1,900 kilometres, without a hitch. Wahoo, we have a Garmin rival!

VéloChef by Henrik Orre

Velochef by Henrik Orre
This is my cookbook of the year, so far. Vélochef from Team Sky's Henrik Orre provides a multitude of easy and quick recipes, which will keep you fuelled like a professional.

Endurance Conspiracy T-Shirts

Endurance Conspiracy
Nice cotton t-shirts are always a fantastic gift. If they feature some cycling artwork, then that's all the better. If they have a bit of a rock-and-roll theme too, then they are a sure fire winner! The range of tees from Endurance Conspiracy features many of my favourites.

Thule Stir 35 Rucksack

Thule Stir 35 Rucksack
The Thule Stir 35 Litre Rucksack won me over; with its unique design features and innovative rain-cover. Like all other Thule products that I have reviewed, it has proven to be of an incredible quality level too, and a real pleasure to use.

GripGrab Cycling Gloves and Socks

GripGrab Gloves and Socks
Everyone gets socks for Christmas. That is a good thing, when they are a nice pair of high-cut GripGrab Summer Socks. It is even better, when they are accompanied by a pair of GripGrab gloves. I'm a huge fan of this Danish brand, and their products continue to be my go-to, whatever the season.

Levi's Commuter Range 2016

Levi's Commuter range
Some great winter casual apparel. The 'Commuter Range' by Levi's features some lovely kit; from wool hoodies, to classic jeans. Winter warmers, which look great both on and off the bike.

Feedback Sports Omnium Trainer

Feedback Sports Omnium Trainer
Finally, something rather special from the guys at Feedback Sports... the Omnium indoor trainer. As the name suggests, this is a trainer that has many, many purposes: you can use it for warm-ups, cool-downs, online competing, intervals, and much more. It is light, and it packs up super small. Very cool.

Hopefully that gives you some great ideas for gifts! If you are still stuck for something, check out my two blog posts from last Christmas, featuring different products:

Also, don't forget stockings! Read my 'Stocking Fillers for Cyclists 2016' post 


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