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Christmas Presents 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…

FWE Coldharbour Merino Wool Sock 2 Pack

We picked up a pair of these woolly winter warmers from FWE Evans last month, and have been rocking them ever since. Being 50 per cent merino, they’re super warm, defend well against odours, and look pretty jazzy worn over winter tights.

These come in a pair of two, for £12.99 – which is the sort of value you’d expect from the in-house brand at a major retailer. See them here. 

Giro Peloton Cap

Sure – we could pick any cool cycling cap by any brand, and roadies would probably go weak at the knees. But the Peloton Cap by Giro is particularly good becasue it’s got a short peak. People with smaller heads tend to find they struggle to see out of a cap with the peak down (which is exactly how you want to wear it, under your helmet, to keep rain out of your eyes). The short peak prevents the little-headed-crew from having to crane their necks/ride peak up.

FINDRA Women’s Betty Neck Warmer

FINDRA was launched by Alex Feechan, soon after she looked around at what was on offer in terms of cycling apparel for women and decided it wasn’t good enough. This neck warmer is made from 100 per cent Italian spun, merino sports wool, but designed and created in Scotland. It’s machine washable and ideal for keeping a rider’s nose, chin and ears warm on cold days.

Supacaz Super Sticky Kush 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 the bright colours that come from Supercaz. The cool and quirky bar tape experts created ‘super sticky kush’ for riders who want tape that’s long lasting, grippy, and doesn’t soak up the rain like a sponge on a wet day.

How to Wrap Bar Tape

Fabric Co2 Tool

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

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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.

Castelli Diluvio Gloves and/or overshoes

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 Castelli’s Diluvio collection stands out in the crowd.

These items use neoprene fabric, and they’re designed to keep moisture in. They’re not breathable – but in the depths of winter that doesn’t really matter. The idea is that the rider’s natural moisture (sweat) stays inside, heating up and effectively acting like a small radiator. Sweaty, warm hands and feet aren’t up everyone’s street – but for those who want radiator warm toes and gloves that are light enough to allow a close feel of the handlebars whilst still being warm, these are ideal.

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.

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Check out more information here. 

Track Cycling Experience

Do it!

‘Track Cycling Experiences’ or ‘Taster Sessions’ take place at every velodrome in the country. They’ll start from the basics – how to start and stop on a track bike – and if riders are feeling confident they might have the chance to swoop a little higher on the boards.

The first session really will just be about learning basic skills – but if your lucky gift recipient happens to get hooked they’ll probably find track cycling is an excellent route to improving pedal stroke, cadence, power and bunch riding skills.

London’s Lee Valley offers sessions for £40 (or £30 for juniors), including bike hire.

Rapha Essentials Case

Sure – no one NEEDS a leather ‘essentials case’ to store inner tubes, tyre levers, cash, and their phone – but gifts aren’t usually about the things we need. They’re more the things that add a little slice of luxury to everyday proceedings.

The leather case has bound seams, features pockets for credit cards, and is available in a wide range of colours for £45 – see it here. 

Muc-Off Athlete Performance Essential Bundle

Muc Off’s Athlete Performance range has grown substantially in the last year – it 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 £49, and you can see it here – or pick up individual items…

Strongher Cycling Kit

Strongher arrived on the scene last year to promote women’s cycling and build a community. Since then, they’ve put on some great events and shared stories from some incredible ‘Shero’ ambassadors, to inspire women all over the world.

They’ve also got some cool kit, available to buy – allowing women everywhere to fly the Shero flag. The jersey and shorts combo was designed by pro cyclist Iris Slappendel and produced by (TWC Top 20 brand) Pearl Izumi.

The jersey comes in at 59.95 Euros (about £50), and the shorts at 89.95 Euros (about £77) – check it out here. 

Sportful Women’s Fiandre NoRain Bib Tights

Only introduced to Sportful’s women’s range for 2016, these bibs are designed to keep out the cold AND the rain during the depths of winter.

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The tights feature an extra layer of material over the thighs, knees and back and a full length body with a zip creates an in-built base layer. There are also reflective strips on the rear, and a women’s Infinity seat pad has been used to provide comfort.

dhb Aeron Women’s Storm Waterproof Jacket

 

We are SO excited by this jacket. We’ve got one to test at TWC Towers at the moment, and the review will be live as soon as we can get caught in the rain in it.

The Storm jacket was 18 months in the making. It uses ‘37.5 technology’, which is a fabric that aims to keep your core temperature at the ‘perfect’ level. Active particles rapidly increase water moisture dispersal and evaporation, preventing pooling of moisture and overwhelming of fabric. The material is designed to be breathable as well as waterproof and there are plenty of vents, too. The rear is dropped to keep your bum dry whilst the fleece lined collar adds a nod to comfort.

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A fully waterproof, genuinely breathable, easily packable layer at this price point is a rare achievement.

Giro Raes Techlace Women’s Road Shoes

 

We fell in love with the Giro Factress Techlace shoes when we tried them earlier this year. Unfortunately, they’re not available in the UK – but the Raes Techlace shoes are.

The Raes shoes sit one step down on the performance rung, but still offer the same lace and Boa closure system which allows the rider to find the perfect fit. The shoes feature a stiff carbon sole and SuperNatural Fit footbeds with adjustable arch support. These are available in pink, white or black.

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Tacx Galaxia Rollers

Loved one got a bit bored of turbo training? Rollers are the next logical step!

Riding the rollers takes a little more skills and concentration, and feels significantly more life like too. The Galaxia rollers have been designed by Tacx with a ‘swing system’ which absorbs some of the movement when the rider accelerated or decelerates – making them a more beginner friendly option. The moving drums also have a ‘conical shape’ to keep the rider in the centre, thus avoiding comical falls.

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These rollers slide away to make them easy to transport which is handy as they’re excellent for pre and post race warm ups/cool downs.

Alé CP 2.0 CP Winter Jacket

We’re quite big Alé fans at TWC – and it’s becasue they make some excellent kit that performs and fits well. Designed by women and tested by riders on Alé Cipollini Galassia pro women’s team, we know that we’re not a ‘second thought’ here.

Review: PRR Alé Alé Women’s Winter Jacket and Bibs

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This jacket is designed to keep a rider warm, but not too warm, during high intensity training. The majority (80 per cent) of the jacket is made from breathable materials paired with membranes in order to allow greater wind protection where required. Breathable fleece Superoubaix fabric is used elsewhere, and there is a lining along the rear to help wick sweat.

See it on the Paligap site here for £195. 

Cycliq Fly 12 Front Camera Light

A little while ago, we tested and reviewed the Cycliq Fly 6 – a rear light with an inbuilt camera. At the moment, we’re in the process of trying out its big brother – the Fly 12 which is a 400 lumen front light with inbuilt camera.

The unit features a 1080p HD camera – which is enough to make some bright and crisp films (though remember YouTube uploads will be lower res). The unit can be hooked up to Strava so you can overlay data such as speed, power, heart rate and location on the final edit. A great new toy for a cyclist with an interest in videography.

The Fly 6 and Fly 12 were created with incident recording and detection in mind, and if the rider is in an accident, footage will be automatically saved, and you can take photos too (for example if you wanted to capture a number plate).

Wahoo KICKR Smart Turbo Trainer

Turbo trainers come in all shapes and sizes, and you don’t NEED an incredibly zooty cool one to get a great workout. But for the rider looking for top notch performance and data, then the Wahoo KICKR is where it’s at.

The KICKR Smart (note, different to the KICKR SNAP Smart which has similar features but requires you to use your own back wheel) allows the rider to hook their bike up and pedal without using their own rear wheel. That makes pedalling feel more lifelike, and it’s a lot quieter – at just 61 decibels.

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The KICKR Smart is smart because it can be paired with programs like Zwift, Kinomap, Virtual Training, and Trainer Road, where resistance will change as the session demands. The KICKR creates the required resistance, and can replicate gradients. Power data is collected too, and can be fed back to training software programs.

Looking for deals as you shop? Check out our Black Friday offers round-up. 

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