With only five shopping days left have you managed to find the perfect present for that special cyclists in your life? If not, help is at hand. Our cycling blogger has put together their top 5 cycling gifts to unwrap this year.
The Nutter Cycle Multi Tool (£40)
The whimsical folk at British company, Full Windsor, have come up with this clever multi-tool as a solution to many of our on-the-go cycling problems.
At just 110g, this little gem is fairly lightweight, but its cast stainless steel body ensures it’s solid enough for the task in hand.
Unlike many other multi-tools on the market, it has a pull-out handle so you can get more leverage – perfect when you’re dealing with grimy fixings. And speaking of fixings, it’s got allen keys, screwdriver heads, hex keys from 3-8mm, a spoke key and even a bottle opener. Its nylon end can also be used as a tyre lever. It’s housed in a leather and recycled inner tube pouch, which is a nice little touch.
The Handmade Cyclist Art Prints (from £30)
Perfect for those cyclists who find it hard to leave their passion for bikes at the front door, these vintage-style prints will make an impact in anyone’s home.
From world-famous cycle routes, to legendary cyclists, The Handmade Cyclist’s range of posters feature something for everyone. Printed on heavyweight 300gsm paper and meticulously checked by hand, these are pure class. The only trouble you’ll have is trying to pick which one to buy.
The Deuter Race Pack 10L (£40)
If you’re struggling to find something the cyclist in your life will love, you really can’t go wrong with a lightweight bag. The Deuter Race Pack is made from an innovative Hexlite material with plenty of ventilation.
Its design is simple and smooth, with various pockets and hidey-holes for all your essentials. Easily adjustable, with reflective strips and a rain cover for those dark and rainy winter nights, the Deuter comes in three different colours to suit even the fussiest of riders. It weighs in at just 520g, and at just £40, it won’t break the bank.
Cube Norwegian Bobble Hat (£25)
We couldn’t resist putting this one in here. With a knitted Norwegian-style design and a fleecy inner, this will keep your favourite cyclist’s noggin warm all winter, and they’ll look great too!
It comes in either green and yellow or blue and orange, and is the perfect size for a stocking filler. It’s also one of the few novelty unisex cycling wearables out there, so if you’re part of a cycling-mad couple, you can borrow it when your significant other isn’t looking.
Recon Heads Up Display Smart Eyewear (£360)
Finally, if money is no object, this is the hi-tech gadget we’d all love to find under the tree.
Much more than a pair of posh polarized glasses, these beauties have a host of features including a mini display screen on the lenses that feeds you live data, GPS, hands-free connectivity to your smart phone for calls on-the-go and even a video camera.
The display screen sits at the bottom corner of the lens, and it only switches on when you’re looking at it so you’re not distracted when you’ve got your eyes on the road.
It’s very clever stuff, but it’s also quite pricey at £360. But if you’ve been very good this year, perhaps Santa might be extra kind…
This blog post was written by our bicycle accident solicitors.