If your partner, friend or loved one has a passion for cycling, one of the best gifts you could give them is something cycling related. With Valentine’s day just around the corner, you may want to buy a special gift for your loved one to show them some well deserved appreciation. Alternatively, you may have a close relative or friend who’s birthday is on the horizon and be completely clueless about what to buy for them. Fortunately, we have come to the rescue with some interesting gift ideas for cyclists.
- Cycling socks
First on our list of gift ideas for cyclists is simple but an essential that any avid cyclist will appreciate and use- cycling socks. Cycling socks are specially designed socks that are often close fitting to assist with compression and recovery. What’s more, a close fitting sock allows it to stay in place during cycling activities which can improve comfort, because after all, there is nothing more irritating than a sock sliding off. It also helps to reduce the chances of rubbing, blistering and sweating which can be a particular issue on longer cycling trips.
- Cycling repair kit
Another great gift for someone who enjoys cycling regularly is a cycling repair kit. This is because small repairs and maintenance can be easily learned and completed on your own with the help of a cycling repair kit. The kit can help make journeys smoother and stress free, allowing you to repair your bicycle on the road side if any minor damages such as a punctured tyre occur.
If you are unsure whether your loved one has any experience or knowledge of cycle repair, there are a number of free and paid courses available to teach them, our favourite is provided by Cycle Maintenance Academy. The team at Cycle Maintenance Academy post regular blog posts on their websites with step by step repair and maintenance guides, they also share video guides on youtube and for those who are particularly interested in learning the basics of cycle maintenance in depth, they also offer paid, detailed courses. You can access all of these through the Cycle Maintenance Academy website.
- Cycling magazine subscription
Another gift idea which often goes down a treat with cycle lovers is a cycling magazine subscription. There are a range of cycling magazines out there so it is important to do your research and understand what type of cycling your loved one takes part in and has an interest in. Some cycling magazines focus on general cycling whilst others focus on the more competitive side of cycling. There are also different types of subscriptions available ranging from a yearly subscription to a rolling subscription.
- Padded shorts
If you are looking for a gift for someone who regularly cycles for a long distance it might be worth looking into purchasing the gift of padded cycling shorts. The purpose of padded shorts is to cushion the bottom from the pressure on the saddle. The pad which is sometimes called the chamois is designed to sit under the crotch and bottom creating a barrier between the bike saddle and your body and ultimately creating a much more comfortable riding experience.
- Bike lock
Last but by no means least on our list of gift ideas for cyclists is a bike lock. This gift is simple, effective and essential for anyone who owns a bicycle. Bike locks are useful because not only do they protect your bike from being stolen, they also act as a deterrent in the first place, putting off potential thieves from even attempting to steal your bike. Whether you are using your bike for a commute to work or for a leisurely weekend ride, when you’re not using it, it’s important to lock and secure it to minimise the risk of it being stolen and leaving you stranded and out of pocket.