Christmas Gift Guide 2015

11th November 2015 in General by Joshua Mott

Christmas is just around the corner so now is the time for coming up with ingenious gift ideas for the cyclist or triathlete in your life. We have compiled some suggestions to suit just about any budget. Choose from the gifting categories below to see our top picks. If you still can't find that perfect gift, then visit our Christmas Shop for a wider choice.

Gifts Under £20

Gifts Under £20

DeFeet Aireator Framework 6" Sock

The giving and receiving of socks is as much a part of Christmas as mince pies and the food-induced snooze you’ll slip into during the Queen’s speech. Why not give the brightest and most brilliant sock you can? One that won’t just get lost at the back of the sock drawer, but will be worn proudly out on the bike and around the house. The DeFeet Aireator Framework 6" Sock is just this, with a moisture-wicking COOLMAX construction and pro-looking 6” cuff.

Science in Sport GO Bar Variety Pack

For most of us Christmas involves eating a whole lot of food and then using the early months of the following year to work off the extra kilos you’ve gained. Extend this theme of food to rides with the Science in Sport GO Bar Variety Pack. Containing eight bars in five different flavours, this pack is ideal for the rider who likes a variety of delectable flavours when they are out on the bike, not just the same dull one every time.

Zoggs Predator Flex Goggles

Although the triathlon season may seem like a distant prospect, the hours spent in the pool in the colder months can pay dividends when race season comes around in the spring. The Zoggs Predator Flex Goggles offer a great marriage of affordability and performance, with aesthetics that look as dashing round the Christmas dinner table as they do on the starting jetty.

Cannondale Airspeed CO2 Fill Kit

Riding through the holiday period can result in a lot of punctures, as debris is strewn across the road like the remnants of a New Year’s Eve party popper. Save the cyclist in your life some valuable time and space out on the road with the Cannondale Airspeed CO2 Fill Kit. This kit includes a CO2 inflator, two canisters and two tyre levers. No longer will your lucky gift receiver be left standing forlornly in a layby as they furiously pump their tubes. A quick blast with the Airspeed will rapidly fill any road tube.

Gifts Under £50

Gifts Under £50

Muc-Off Ultimate Cleaning Bicycle Kit

If you have a cyclist in your life who likes to keep their ride in tip-top condition, then the Muc-Off Ultimate Cleaning Bicycle Kit is the go-to gift. This kit includes everything one would need to keep their bike in performing at its best and the handy carry case means the various bottles, cans and brushes won't clutter up a garage or shed.

Specialized Stix Sport Combo Headlight/ Rear Light

Unless you are lucky enough to spend Christmas in the southern hemisphere, the holiday period is a rather dark affair. A good set of road lights like the Specialized Stix Sport Combo Headlight/ Rear Light is a great gift for any road rider, especially those plucky few who ride to and from work through the dark and dingy times of the year. Pumping out 70 lumens on the front and 14 on the rear, this light set is not only compact but also very bright, so you can bestow it safe in the knowledge you are making someone’s riding that little bit safer.

Gifts Under £150

Gifts Under £150

Gore Bike Wear Element Gore-Tex Active Jacket

If there is a cyclist in your life that has become so obsessed by the pursuit that they venture out onto the road no matter what the weather is like then the Gore Bike Wear Element Gore-Tex Active Jacket is the gift for you. Offering wind and waterproof protection, as well as Gore-Tex Active technology for great levels of breathability, this jacket will have riders laughing in the face of adverse weather.

Oakley M2 XL Sunglasses

Sunglasses are an essential part of any cyclist or triathlete’s kit and despite how out of place they may seem on an overcast and cold Christmas day, a superb pair like the Oakley M2 XL Sunglasses will prove themselves a winner when the sun comes out. Available in several lens and frame colours, the M2 XL Sunglasses have a massive coverage and use Oakley’s High Definition Optics for superb visual clarity and impact protection.

Giro Air Attack Road Helmet

Most cyclists are focused on getting faster and making the most of the marginal gains that come from items such as the Giro Air Attack Road Helmet. Whether hitting the road for a sportive or for a triathlon or a time trial, this helmet’s ultra-aerodynamic design and comfortable X-Static internal padding can help the rider in your life to achieve their personal best. Available with or without a removable eye shield, this helmet is for riders who desire speed above all else.

Premium Gifts

GoPro Hero4 Session Camera

Christmas is about sharing is it not? So why not let the rider in your life share their rides in HD with their friends and family or even strangers with the GoPro Hero4 Session Camera. After all there is nothing more appealing than reliving the epic ride you just did. This is the smallest camera that GoPro make but do not be fooled by its diminutive size, the Hero4 Session packs a punch, with full 1080p 60fps filming capabilities and a raft of mounting options.

Premium Gifts

Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP Smart Turbo Trainer

With winter comes bad weather so why not take bike riding indoors? Not to the local velodrome but instead to a place that is far cheaper; the Wahoo Fitness KICKR SNAP Smart Turbo Trainer. This great package allows riders to take their turbo training into the 21st century, with integration with Wahoo’s Fitness app as well as compatibility with services such as TrainerRoad and Zwift. The compact ‘wheel-on’ design means storage and transportation is easy.

Stages Power Meters

With a new year comes new training goals and training to one’s potential means utilising power. The Stages Power Meters offer a crank based power meter with an accuracy of +/- 2%. Training with power allows you to analyse outputs over various periods of time and the ANT+ and Bluetooth connection means that integration with a bike computer is simple.

Gifts for Kids

Gifts for Kids

Specialized Fatboy 24 Kids Bike 2016

A new bike has been a staple Christmas gift for generations and there are few that are going to be more sought after this Christmas season than the Specialized Fatboy 24 Kids Bike 2016. Designed for kids aged 9 to 11, it has whopping four inch wide tyres. This means the Fatboy will allow your budding young rider to get up any hill and over any terrain with ease. Just make sure your washing machine is ready, as the Fatboy yearns to be ridden through the mud.

Aqua Sphere Seal 2 Kids Goggle Clear Lens

Whether your little swimmer is taking their first intrepid steps into the pool or if you have the next Michael Phelps on your hands, the Aqua Sphere Seal 2 Kids Goggle Clear Lenses offer a great set of goggles in a variety of colours that will suit any petit paddler. With a durable lens and strap design, easy adjustment and clear lenses, these goggles are ready for the water.

Specialized Small Fry Child Helmet 2016

If your keen young rider has a new set of wheels lined up this Christmas or if they are already a confident pedal-pusher, the Specialized Small Fry Child Helmet 2016 offers style, comfort and protection to suit the needs of any mini rider. The supremely safe in-mould design coupled with the SC fit system means the helmet is easy to fit and adjust and appropriately sized for riders aged 3 to 7.

Gifts for Women

Specialized S-Works 6 Women's Road Shoe 2016

Give the gift of pro-level footwear with the Specialized S-Works 6 Women's Road Shoe 2016. Specialized have packed this shoe with cutting edge technology and construction techniques to make it the best shoe they have ever produced. Unbelievably stiff and comfortable, the side of the shoe is made from the same material as used on the parachutes for the space shuttle; an enthralling anecdote that is no doubt sure to have everyone gathered round the Christmas tree enthralled.

Gifts for Women

Paceline Chamois Butt'r Her 235ml Tube

Riding a bike can sometimes be uncomfortable and nasty chafing can dampen anyone’s spirits out on the road. Give the gift of comfort with the Paceline Chamois Butt'r Her 235ml Tube. This luxurious chamois cream incorporates a wide range of natural ingredients to soothe damaged skin and prevent chafing and irritation from occurring during a ride. Providing a cooling and long-lasting feeling that is non-greasy and easily washed off clothes, this cream is a luxury that any female rider deserves.

Castelli Velo Women’s Jacket

Let’s face it cycling clothing is often not the most stylish of garb, so the refreshing colours and design of the Castelli Velo Women’s Jacket is sure to be a welcome addition to any rider’s wardrobe. It’s not just style that this jacket offers though. The Velo’s windproof and water-resistant construction makes it the perfect item to stuff into a jersey pocket when the weather outside looks downright treacherous.

Gifts for Triathletes

Gifts for Triathletes

XLab Torpedo Hydration System 100

Ideal for the Ironman or long distance triathlete in your life; the XLab Torpedo Hydration System 100 provides a handlebar mounted drinks system, with a neat little mount for your Garmin computer. To the uninitiated this may seem like a dull gift, but just watch as a triathlete’s eyes light up at the thought of being able to take a drink without taking their hands off the aerobars. Easy to fit to any aerobar set, this hydration system will be a game changer when race season comes around.

2XU Men’s Hypotik Thermal Compression Tight

Enhance someone’s training with the 2XU Men’s Hypotik Thermal Compression Tight. Compression is essential for preventing muscle soreness. The tight’s construction reduces vibration in muscles, reducing muscle fatigue. Compression also enhances blood flow allowing for better performance and less chance of injury. The Hypotik Thermal Tights also feature a luxious thermal interior for added warmth during the winter months. On top of this, these tights feature ultra-reflective Hypotik print on the thighs and calfs, which is sure to aid visibility whilst training at night.

Zone3 Advance Wetsuit

While thoughts of open water may send shivers up your spine at this time of the year, swim season will soon be upon us and triathletes will need a quality wetsuit. The Zone3 Advance Wetsuit offers great value and a superb construction that reduces drag in the water and eliminates uncomfortable chafing. Quick and easy to get off in transition; this wetsuit has all any triathlete needs to perform strongly in the swim section of the race.

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