Cyclists are a varied breed, ranging from the wild and wooly to the quantitative and analytical. If your loved one falls into that latter camp, here are some data-driven gifts sure to get their inner statistician counting its blessings.
Feedback Sports Alpine Scale
This is the scale we use to weigh pro bikes at the Tour de France as well as test bikes in our workshops. Our example is still as accurate and reliable as it was on day one, despite taking the strain of thousands of bikes.
It’s easy to hold or clamp into a bike stand, and the coated hook won’t scratch your bike, wheels or whatever else you hang on it. Operation is simple with three buttons: on/off, zero/tare and mode (g, kg or lb).
It’s rated to hold up to 25kg / 55lbs too, so you needn’t worry about hanging even the beefiest of bicycles from it.
- £69.99 / US$95 / AU$125
GoPro Hero 7 Black action camera
GoPro’s latest flagship action camera grabbed headlines with its new HyperSmooth stabilisation tech, and in the right conditions it could be a game-changer for filming rowdy bike antics.
Other highlights include the ability to film in 4K at 60fps (or 1080p at 240fps) as well as proper waterproofing and a range of capture modes.
- £379.99 / $399.99 / AU$595
Garmin Edge 130 GPS bike computer
Garmin’s diminutive Edge 130 isn’t the most feature-packed device, nor is it the cheapest, but it’s a very capable GPS computer that’s easy to live with.
The 130 measures just 40x62x17mm and offers all the usual metrics cyclists like to keep track of, as well as basic navigation on pre-set courses.
Battery life is generous and the crisp screen is super easy to read.
- £169.99 / $199.99
The Tailfin has to be the most elegant solution to bike luggage out there. This carbon fibre rack weighs just 275g, which is about half of what you’d expect a regular alloy rack to weigh.
Each of the dedicated panniers has a sizeable capacity of 24 litres, with the ability to accommodate even the largest 17-inch laptop if used for commuting.
The pannier fabric is a high performance, advanced sailcloth laminate, making it very waterproof, durable and lightweight.
You can buy the rack alone, the panniers alone, or packages that combine the two.
- Rack from £249 / AU$459
Tech-obsessed cyclists love data, and the TyreWiz adds a new dimension by letting you monitor tyre pressures in real-time.
This little gizmo attaches to Presta valves and relays data via ANT+ or Bluetooth, communicating either with your smartphone or one of the newer Garmin Edge bike computers. Our article takes you through how to use it and how it’s useful!
- £229 / $199
Silca Seat Roll Premio
Silca is responsible for some of the slickest and most spendy bicycle tool solutions out there, but here’s one that’s a lot more down to earth. The Seat Roll Premio is a spacious cotton-based tool roll with room for a tube, two Co2 cartridges and a multi-tool.
Its USP is that it has a BOA closure system at the front, which frees up space, saves weight and is faster to secure than most rolls of its kind.
- £48 / $48
You don’t have to look too hard to realise that the Lumos is no ordinary helmet. Born out of a successful Kickstarter pledge, it’s a 410g lid that packs a full 60 LEDs into its shell, giving it the ability to work as a high-level indicator or brake light.
Yes, thanks to a wireless remote at the handlebar, a rider can quickly and easily activate or cancel the helmet’s indicator while a built-in accelerometer activates a brake lamp when it detects appropriate deceleration.
- £149.99 / $179.99 / AU$249.99
Znex Notstrøm Bike Phone Charger
The weak link of today’s gadgets has to be battery life and so, for the truly gadget-obsessed, this product can be considered a true lifesaver.
At 290g this cylindrical unit mounts to a frame down tube where it can then push 2.1A to rapidly charge up to two devices simultaneously. Its generous 10,000 mAh capacity means there are multiple charges on the go for all of your USB-enabled devices from GPS units to smartphones or tablets.
- £79.18 / €89.95 / $107.35 / AU$134.00
Lumo Herne Hill Harrington Jacket
Socks aside, clothing is usually well received at Christmas time, and anyone who ends up unwrapping this should consider themselves very lucky indeed.
The Herne Hill Harrington from Lumo is a premium commuting jacket that sports LED strips at the front and rear. It’ll illuminate its wearer just enough to draw additional attention from other road users, but switch the lights off and you wouldn’t know they were there — that way the health and safety look doesn’t have to follow them all the way to the pub.
Should this gift be a little out of your price range, we’d suggest the ever-popular Proviz Reflect360 jacket as a more affordable alternative.
- £250 / approx US$306 / approx AU$401
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