It’s that time of the year, and you’re out of Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life. You’re in luck, because we’re about to give you our 8 top Christmas gift ideas for the cyclist in your life!
1. A good travel mug
A well-made travel mug for your morning cup of coffee of is simply a must-have in a country like Australia, where coffee culture is a big part of most people’s morning rituals. Rather than skulling your coffee of choice before hopping on the bike to work, a good travel mug will let you bring your jolt of energy with you.
There are many different brands, styles, colours and sizes available. They can just slot into a side pocket of your backpack as long as they are airtight. What if you want to enjoy your coffee while cycling to work?
2. Portland Design Works Bar-Ista Cup Holder – $18
The Bar-Ista’s design is as clever as its name, and is a gem for those of us who want to enjoy a cup of coffee – or tea – on our morning rides. It comes in two different clamp sizes, and will fit most flat and riser handlebars. Might not be suitable for the most hardcore road cyclists, but could be a clever gift for most other cyclists.
3. Universal Phone Mount – $13
Some riders are fine with stuffing their phones in jersey pockets. This is for those who aren’t. Fastening your phone on your handlebars will not only keep it high and dry, but will also allow you to use your phone as a GPS when doing new rides and routes.
There are many similar phone mounts in this category. The one pictured above is by Roam.
4. Garmin Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer – $449
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The Garmin Edge 530 is the only real hi-tech bike accessory we’re recommending today, and it’s for good reason. It’s a great choice for those who want to take the step up from using their phones to a dedicated GPS.
The small form factor hides an incredible suite of metrics and features that are suited for road cycling and mountain biking alike, and the 20+ hours of battery time will keep you going for a long time. Particularly smart is the physical buttons, which are much easier to operate than a touchscreen while you’re riding.
5. Giro Aether MIPS Helmet – $399
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The Giro Aether MIPS has everything you’d want in a helmet. Safety, aerodynamics and venting is all present in the Aether in spades. Obviously $399 is quite a big investment for most people, but the venting really convinced us to recommend this.
Giro’s testing shows that the Aether’s big vents can keep your head 2 degrees cooler than their competing helmets, which is something that every Australian rider will want going into our warmest months!
6. Cygolite Dash Pro 600 and Hotrod 50 Bike Lights – $66
A good light is an absolute must for riding in the morning or after late nights at the office, and the ability to see and be seen can be a lifesaver.
This particular combo can be found on Amazon for $66.
7. Ass Savers Fenders – $12
While lights and helmets can save your ass in a metaphorical sense, Ass Savers Fenders will save your ass in a more literal sense. Made for those who don’t want to rock a permanent fender, the Ass Saver will clip on under your seat when you need it.
With the peak of Brisbane’s storm season coming up, this is a great little stocking stuffer for the cyclist in your life. Find Ass Savers on Amazon for just $12.
8. Pactimo Men’s Ultra-Lite Rain Jacket – $38.50
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Like the Ass Savers Fenders, the Pactimo rain jacket is designed to be a great solution for an emergency weather event. It is durable, light and small, but water-resistant enough to get you through those Brisbane summer afternoon showers.
Weighing in at just 117 grams, it packs away to be small enough that you can bring it with you in a jersey pocket on those humid and overcast days where anything can happen at any time.
It also looks really good.