Christmas is coming and if you need to buy for a bike enthusiast there can be a bewildering selection of options to choose from. With so many styles of riding its good to start off by finding out what type of cycling the person is into, could be road, mountain or adventure, leisure, fitness or their daily commute that gets them excited so find out as much as you can and try to fit the gift to the rider.
There are also some items that are useful for all riders so if other investigation fails, you can always go for one of these. And don't write off socks, they may be seen as the ultimate in unimaginative festive gifts but we've yet to meet a cyclist who didn't appreciate the benefits of a fine set of cycling socks, particularly during the winter when those toes can get a little cold.
To help provide a little more inspiration we have asked our team to each pick 2 things they would like to see under their Christmas tree. One modestly priced and one a little more extravagant. Here's what they chose...
Peaty's Bog Brush - £13
Specialized Body Geometry Power Pro Mirror saddle £290
Jim says "The Shimano MW5 is a great winter boot, its really easy to put on and keeps your feet warm and dry through the winter. Winter books might seem like a big investment but remember, they'll last you twice as long as your summer shoes and are better performing and way easier to use than overshoes."
Nathan says "The Stix is a great backup light being able to change roles and be a front or rear light it can really get you out of trouble. The Singletrack fleece is just a really versatile garment, its comfy, casual and keeps you cosy on and off the bike and is smart enough that you an even wear it to the pub if you want."