Cycling gift guide: best bike gloves, helmets and lights to buy now

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Now, literally everyone has a bike — great for the environment and your last-minute Christmas shopping.

Cycling gifts are at the top of everyone’s wish list this year, from your Strava-obsessed uncle to your sister who’s developed a sudden obsession with looping Richmond Park.

Fortunately, even the seasoned pros will never say no to a new bit of kit — the one fact uniting every cycling obsessive is there’s no such thing as too much stash.

From chic bike-themed candles to the subscription every cyclist needs before a bike-packing trip, here’s our gift guide.

Rapha Graphic Socks

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For a touch of flair. Rapha’s latest Graphic Socks are a perfect stocking filler for brightening your boyfriend’s boring all-black cycling getup.

They come in a fun camo print and three different colours and are made with a nylon blend to keep things lightweight and breathable. There’s a reinforced heel cup and toe box for added durability.

£15, rapha.cc

SunGod Airas ZF

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Dad fussy about his frames? Let him design them himself. SunGod’s Airas sunglasses are fully customisable, from the amount of frame you fancy to the colour of the 8KO frames, lenses, icons and earsocks.

Frames are made from 100% recycled plastic waste and they’re good for the planet in more ways than one: the glasses also come with a lifetime guarantee so SunGod will repair them free of charge if they break or you break them.

£130, sungod.co

Le Col Pro Rain Jacket

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Sleek and chic. Le Col’s new Pro Rain Jacket is form-fitting, waterproof and fully breathable — countless hours were spent by the brand’s testing team in wet, windy, and testing conditions ensuring it lives up to the brief.

It comes in black or a bright yellow.

£240, lecol.cc

Specialised Centro MIPS helmet

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The ultimate commuter helmet. It comes with lightweight protection, all-round reflective webbing and special MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system) technology for next-level safety.

Comes in yellow, red, white, green or black.

£65, specializedconceptstore.co.uk

Sweaty Betty Velo Padded Cycling Bib Shorts

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Bargain buckets (bib shorts). Reduced from £125 to £62, Sweaty Betty’s all-new technical cycling bib shorts feature stretchy and sweat-wicking compression fabric with a breathable mesh tom, foam-padded bum and breathable padding at the gusset.

There’s Sweaty Betty’s signature grip tape along the hems and a handy side pocket that fits up to an iPhone 11.

£62, sweatybetty.com

Proviz Reflect360 Cycling Gilet

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For your housemate who insists she gets too hot in her high-vis. Proviz’ latest gilet is a smart alternative if you want to regulate your temperature a little more than Proviz’ full-sleeve jackets.

Just add it over the top of your base layer and it’ll catching the light of street lamps or passing vehicles to make you shine.

£54.99, provizsports.com

Le Bicycle Scented Candle

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For your candle-obsessed mum who’s just joined the cycling brigade.

Expect a fresh cotton scent and a cute vintage Le Bicycle metal lid - perfect for a post-ride soak. Now reduced by £3.

£6.95, cyclechic.co.uk

Megmeister Drynamo Eco-Merino Base Layer

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The king of base layers. Megmeister’s long-sleeves will save winter riding: this particular one is part of the brand’s collaboration with Adidas Terrex collaboration and won the ISPO Gold Award 2021 earlier this year.

The Eco-Merino technology features seamless engineered body-mapping with natural thermal regulating properties so it fits like a second skin as well as being super eco-friendly — the warp knitting process leaves minimal waste and the products are 96 per cent biodegradable and 4 per cent regenerated.

£99.95, shop.megmeister.com

Freewheel Pearl iZumi Unisex Toe Covers

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The worst bit of winter riding? Chilly toes. Freewheel’s toe covers can be added on top of any pair of cycling shoes to protect from wind, rain and cold— there are even reflective elements for extra visibility.

Just pull them on for happy feet. The perfect stocking filler.

£19.99, freewheel.co.uk

Urban Proof Saddle Cover

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Ditch the scrappy Sainsbury’s bag — this cover looks far more chic while protecting your saddle from the rain, and it’s good for the environment, too.

It’s made from recycled PET material and the soft filling makes it comfortable to sit on for long rides.

£11.99, cyclechic.co.uk

Livall EVO21 helmet

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For the gadget-obsessive. Livall’s new-season EVO21 is the smartest helmet yet, perfect for riding in the dark.

A powerful front light faces the road, rear lights indicate your direction and braking to the traffic behind, and a special SOS system detects if you have an accident, flashes your lights, calls emergency services or a contact and sends them your geolocation.

£99.99, livall.co.uk

Strava Premium Subscription

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One for the Kudos-lover. Strava’s Premium upgrade lets users compete on segments, access unique analysis tools and discover new routes.

17 per cent of the entire UK adult population is now on the platform so tell your uncle it’s the only app you want to be on if you’re competitive about your metrics.

£4 a month, strava.com

Proviz Reflect360 Backpack Cover

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If your boyfriend insists he’s perfected his cycle-to-work stash but you’re worried about safety, throw this one in his stocking.

You can add it on top of any backpack and it’ll offer the same light-catching qualities as any of Proviz’ Reflect360 clothing range to make him glow on the way to and from the office.

£29.99, provizsports.com

Rapha Pro Team Winter Gloves

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The coldest months are yet to come so let Rapha’s latest gloves be your hand heroes. They provide full finger coverage, with a warm, fleece-lined fabric on the top of the hand for wind protection and breathability (it’s treated with DWR for water-resistance so they’re not just for dry rides).

The palm is made with a highly durable suede for extra grip in dry or wet conditions and the cuffs are elasticated for keeping the warmth in. There’s an added pull tab to make them easier to take off at the end of the ride.

£80, rapha.cc

Freewheel Pearl iZumi Women’s Attack Jersey

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For your sister who’s signed up to her first triathlon next summer. It’s made from recycled water bottles and is perfect for hot weather.

Thereis darting across the front for an improved fit and the collar has been made more flattering and feminine. The fabric is soft and moisture-wicking for a comfy ride.

£84.99, freewheel.co.uk

Laka Bike Insurance

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Bike insurance with a difference. Laka’s cover is collective or community-based, meaning it doesn’t charge a fixed sum upfront. Instead, it calculates your premium based on the actual cost of claims that month. This means your payments will vary, but your maximum contribution will be capped and some months you might pay nothing if nobody claims.

Claims are usually agreed in one day and there’s zero excess. Watch this video to understand how it works in 90 seconds.

From £8 a month, laka.co

Komoot Premium Subscription

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If your friend, family member or loved one likes to navigate with Komoot, treat them to an upgrade. The app’s premium subscription features on-tour weather forecasts, sport-specific maps and worldwide voice navigation.

It’ll also let them share their real-time location with family and friends to keep them safe.

£4.99 a month, komoot.com

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