If you’re looking for some gift ideas for the cyclist who’s natural habitat is the urban environment, then look no further. We’ve got a selection of presents big and small that will make them smile.
From unusual waterproofs and trousers that are perfect for riding in, through to bags with bags of style and helmets that stand out from the crowd, we’ve got it covered.
Click through, and enjoy.
If sportives are more your thing, or you prefer the feel of mud, rocks and roots under your wheels to tarmac, fret not – we’ve got more guides to come, with gift ideas for mountain bikers, road cyclists and children.
And of course, if we don't have it mentioned here, you can always leave a little note in the comments section, so 'Santa' get's the hint...
[part title="1. Michaux bag"]
The Zodiac bag from Michaux. Beautiful, handcrafted, made of quality leather, and with style oozing from the design. This is a handbag that will turn heads wherever you wear it.
The added genius element to this bag is that it’s also designed with the cyclist firmly in mind.
It’s waterproof and robust, so it’ll cope with rainy urban rides, it has an anti-swing strap so it will keep securely in place when pedalling and the decorative details are also highly reflective.
Available from: Michaux Club
[part title="2. Helmets galore!"]
There are so many helmet options out there now; it’s possible to one in every colour of the rainbow, and then some!
Bern have long produced stylish lids for cycling, skating and snow sports, and their helmets have the advantage of a range of interchangeable liners. You can even get a fleecy liner with earflaps to keep your ears warm!
Go bright and shiny with the Bobbin Silver helmet – it’ll certainly get you noticed! Or if you fancy something more natural looking, the amazing trompe l’oeil wood effect helmet from Lazer will make people look twice.
Bern Lenox Helmet
More info: Bern
Available from: Surfdome and other cycling shops
Lazer Street Deluxe Wood
More info: Lazer Sport
Available from: Madison
Bobbin Silver Helmet
More info: Bobbin
Available from: Cyclechic
[part title="3. Accessorize bicycle scarf "]
Keep yourself cosy, stylish and display your love for all things two wheeled at the same time with a bicycle print scarf.
Perfect for keeping the cold off on urban jaunts, it’s stylish, and we love the fact that the high street shops are picking up on just how awesome cycling is.
Available from: Accessorize
[part title="4. DZR Shoes"]
If you ride lots, and you use clipless pedals, then you’ll be happy to know there are more and more options available if you don’t want to wear the traditionally styled offerings from the cycling shoe department.
The Tosca shoes from DZR stand out from the crowd. Looking like a pair of trainers we would happily own for everyday use, they’ve got a cunningly recessed section for bolting on your cleats.
Quality leather, plus herringbone fabric, reflective detailing and a reinforced stiffened sole – these shoes have had some serious thought go into them, and we’d happily wear these on a relaxed night out, as well as on the bike.
More info: DZR
Available from: Always Riding
[part title="5. Keep dry in style"]
Colourful, practical and easily packable, whether you ride a Boris bike, a Brompton, or ‘Sit up and Beg’ (or indeed any other bike) then an Otto London Urban Poncho will keep you dry, and do it with panache.
Available in a rainbow of colours, the waterproof fabric has a soft cotton lining. Reflective detailing helps keep you visible on dark evenings, and there are even handlebar straps so you can help keep your legs covered.
For the other end of your anatomy, distinctive waterproof clothing brand George In Dublin present the Leggits; waterproof cover in a range of colours replete with reflective details. These little beauties will fit over most shoes.
Combine the two, and you can stay dry from top to toe.
Otto London Urban Poncho
Available from: Otto London
Georgia in Dublin Leggits
[part title="6. Unusual reflectives"]
Just because something’s practical doesn’t mean it has to be boring and dull. We love these cute and kitsch accessories that add a dash of decoration to your ride, and also up your reflectivity and visibility on those dark winter days.
Pin a few reflective ‘spot me’ badges on your bag or jacket, or fix a reflective bow to the back of your helmet. If you’re feeling particularly festive, then these snowflake spoke reflectors are one of the most inventive Christmas themed bicycle accessories we’ve seen yet! And you could also use them as tree decorations!
Spot me badges
Price: £7.50 to £10 for a pack of three
Available from: Spot Me
OneTwoThreeSpeed reflective bow
Available from: Cyclechic
Snowflake Spoke reflectors
Available from: Cyclechic
[part title="8. Ana Nichoola Velo Cardigan"]
Feel warm and look cool, style it rockabilly or classic, wear it on the bike and off – or all of the above! We’re pretty happy that the Velo Cardigan from Ana Nichoola has made a seasonal return, as it’s a great garment.
With a relaxed, comfy fit, the pockets on the back give plenty of room for your cycling essentials.
More info: Ana Nichoola
Available from: VeloVixen
[part title=" 9. Riding trousers"]
They may look like just a pair of rather nice trousers, but they’re not. Well, they are, but they are also much more.
There are an ever-increasing number of companies catering to those riders who want practicality without sacrificing style, and would prefer to avoid Lycra. Stretch fabrics, higher rear waistband sections, reflective detailing – even water resistant coatings – these trousers perform perfectly off and on the bike, and look plenty good enough for the office or the pub.
Vulpine Cotton Rain Trousers
Available from: Vulpine
Velocity Women’s Cycling Trousers
Available from: VelocityGB (visit the Facebook page for updates on the launch of the new site)
Howies Uptown Stretch Chinos
Available from: Howies
[part title="10. Bags with style (and a tool to match)"]
Vintage styling, beautiful leather and a range of colours from subtle and sophisticated to bright and beautiful characterise the Challenge Tool Bag from Brooks.
A quintessentially British brand, they are famed globally for their leather saddles, and their selection of bags have been put together with the same care and attention to detail.
This saddlebag is one of many options; there are also satchels, panniers and handbags, not to mention shoulder bags, rucksacks and satchels.
Of course, you’ll need a tool to pop in your tool bag, and the FixKit Multi Tool by Biologic has all the essential bits and pieces, with 20 tools and a handy neoprene cover.
Brooks Challenge Tool Bag
More info: Brooks
Biologic FixKit Multi Tool
More info: Biologic
[part title="11. A folding bike from Brompton"]
The name Brompton is synonymous with quality materials and incredible design; little wonder then that their folding bicycle is a global phenomena. Available with a range of gear options, handlebar types, etc. you can even customise them by choosing which colours you want the frame parts in.
These little machines are nippier than they look too. Perfect for the commuter who needs to take the train as part of their journey, this is at the high end of Christmas gift price range, but it’s definitely one of those gifts that will keep on giving.
Price: from £865 and upwards
More info: Brompton
Available from: A range of bike shops including Evans Cycles, Cycle Surgery, and more