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The Christmas Gift Guide for Road Cycling Women

Here are some of our top picks for women who like skinny tyres...

That magical time of year is just around the corner! If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for the roadie female in your life, we’ve got some suggestions.

If you ARE the road cycling female and think someone special might be struggling to decide what to fill your stocking(s) with, then this is the perfect page to bookmark…

DeFeet Cycling socks

It really isn’t a proper Christmas without socks, is it?

DeFeet offer some of the best designs around! Colourful, bright and performance driven, a handy pair of these will certainly put a spring in your pedal-stroke.

Condor Cycling Caps

Sure – we could pick any cool cycling cap by any brand, and roadies would probably go weak at the knees.

Condor Cycles’ new range of cycling caps and we just love them. Bright colours, attractive designs and oh, yea… cats! Each one of their cycling caps is constructed from 100% cotton with anti-bacterial, moisture wicking tape and a reinforced peak. With prices starting from just £10, there’s no reason you can’t splash out on her a little.

You can find the full range of Condor cycling caps here.

Scimitar Retro MTV jersey

Who remembers the days when MTV actually played music? Well, now you can channel into your retro self and decorate your cycle-mad loved one in one of these awesome designs.

Made from stretchy and breathable quick-dry fabric, this jersey is fitted with a full-length zipper and three cargo pockets in the rear – perfect!

Both designs are available in sizes x.small to x.large for £40. The white jersey is available here and the multi-coloured cassette design is available here.

Cinelli Mike Giant Bar Tape

New bar tape gives a bike a brand new look.

Sure – there are a million bar tape brands out there, but we love this patterned design from Cinelli! Available in black or red, this tape comes with logo ends and finishing tape.

Carney Reflective Arm Sleeves

Earlier this year we tried and tested the new reflective arm sleeves from Carney Cycling and were pretty impressed – you can read the full review here.

These sleeves are made with innovative glass bead technology to brightly reflect light that doesn’t diminish in the washing machine!

Here you can pick up a pair of Carney’s Reflective Sleeves for £29.

Fabric Co2 Tool

Most road cyclists like to keep luggage on the low – and this Co2 system is a super lightweight for quick and easy re-inflation.

The kit contains a durable silicone band, with one Co2 cartridge (you might want to get refills), two reinforced glass fibre tyre levers and a Co2 head that is interchangeable with Presta or Schrader valves. It all secures easily to the seat post, so no jumpy loaded pockets.

Hackney GT Merino Hat

Who wouldn’t love one of these festive cycling bobble hats?

Made from merino wool, these cosy hats have been carefully knitted to keep your head warm over winter. Available in two colours, and one size, the wool fabric helps regulate your body temperature by wicking away moisture whilst keeping the heat in.

Both colours are available here at £26 each.

Sportful Fiandre WS Booties

 

When cycling in cold weather, it’s the hands and feet that get the coldest. There are many glove and overshoe combinations out there designed to combat this, but we’re loving Sportful’s Fiandre women’s specific booties.

Using Gore Windstopper technology, these overshoes are water resistant and stretchy to comfortably fit over the shoe.

Strava Premium

Ah – Strava. Most roadies are a little bit addicted to the white and orange social media site. Using the software to upload rides, compare efforts and interact with club members is completely free. However, for £44.99 a year it’s possible to upgrade to ‘premium’. Going premium unlocks extra features – from advanced analysis to personalised coaching.

Check out more information here. 

KASK Mojito cycling helmet

Keep her head safe with this stylish and seriously comfortable road cycling helmet from KASK.

Tried and tested by TWC, the Mojito may have a slightly odd name, but it performs well, looks great and the lowered inside cradle makes it ideal for ponytails!

 

Muc-Off Athlete Performance Essential Bundle

Muc Off’s Athlete Performance range includes warm up oil, shaving cream, aftershave and dry shower foam. There are many items within the range that would make great gifts – but this pack of three seems like a great starter set.

Our favourite item in the trio is the fantastic Recovery Balm designed to ‘increase glycogen storage and hydrate muscle cells’ (smells great, too). Next up is the Chamois Cream, which is enriched with Provitamins and uses natural ingredients to create a mild cooling effect for total riding comfort. You also get the ‘Ultra Endurance’ balm which contains amino acids which play a vital role in building and repairing muscle.

This set is £55, and you can see it here – or pick up individual items…

Rapha Souplesse Gloves

Looking for a little luxury? Rapha is the epitome of cycling elegance with their high-quality performance wear that’s in keeping with traditional cycling heritage.

Their new Souplesse gloves are both wind and water resistant and lightweight for breathability and mobility. They have quick-drying properties with inbuilt pressure map support and comfort.

Available in black or burgundy, the Rapha Souplesse Gloves can be purchased here for £70.

dhb Women’s Aeron FLT Roubaix Bib Tights

Having a good pair of winter bib tights is invaluable to a road cyclist, so why not treat her to the new Aeron FLT tights from dhb?

We’ve been reviewing these and found them to be warm and supportive. The fitting compression fabric is great to ride in and the soft brushed Roubaix fabric keeps you toasty, even on the chilliest of rides.

FLAB Floral Print Cycling Jacket

British cycling brand, Fat Lad at the Back, has seen great success with their riding apparel. Catering for a variety of sizes and body types, FLAB has been able to maintain high-quality and style throughout their range.

This floral jersey jacket is perhaps one of our favourites. Quite simply, it’s pretty! It’s insulated, water and windproof and yet, totally breathable, making it ideal for winter rides and nippy spring transitions.

Available in sizes UK 8 to UK24 here for £107.99.

Castelli Women’s Riparo Jacket

Having a waterproof pack-away jacket is a must for any roadie especially if you’re trying to out-smart the British weather.

The Riparo jacket from Castelli is constructed from a 2.5 layer fabric featuring a durable woven outer shell with a waterproof polyurethane membrane. When you’re not bracing the showers, simply roll the jacket into its “stuff pocket” away and tuck it into your jersey – simple!

 

Fi’z:ik Women’s R3B Donna cycling shoes

Developed in partnership with World champions and Olympic cyclists, the new R3B Donna cycling shoes have certainly been designed with you and your bike in mind.

A simple guide to the anatomy of road cycling shoes

With a stiff and lightweight carbon fibre sole, these shoes have a boa retention system along with a Velcro strap for an improved fit. Perforations throughout the outer Microtex material have been strategically placed to increase airflow, keeping your feet cool and comfortable with minimal resistance.

Lezyne Micro 500L & Strip 150L Pair

Having a good pair of bicycle lights is a must for anyone who is out on their bike a lot. They’re becoming increasingly popular for using in the day-time as well to improve driver’s awareness to cyclists on the road.

Lezyne Micro 500L and Strip 150L are the ideal pairs to keep you visible on the roads. Taking just a couple of hours to charge, you’ll get a whopping 500 lumens in the front and 150 from the rear of this pair.

Liv Langma

A guaranteed year-long pass into her good books.

The new Liv Langma road bike is an absolute stunner of a bike. Lou took a spin earlier this year and was impressed with its lightweight an versitile manner. Available in a number of different build specs, this road bike is not only graceful but a performance driven machine too.

 

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