From the casual city cyclist to the mountain climbing club rider, Christmas provides fans of two wheels a ludicrous variety of gifts and toys. From top of the range cycle computers and handmade bespoke accessories, to beautiful books and unique underwear, Christmas is covered. With that in mind, here are our favorites.
Three years in the making, photographer Michael Blann captured pictures of the mountains that have become notorious for the challenges they possess to amateurs and legends alike. While cycling offers a stern test in all its forms, it is the mountain stages that hold people’s attention and the images in this book are nothing short of spectacular.
Celebrate cycling’s most iconic race with the perfect underwear for powerful climbers, sprinters and tour masters alike. This London cycle shop’s Podium Pants (underpants) are available in both men and women’s sizes.
An exceptional sports action camera, this features built-in sensors to monitor speed, altitude and rotation. The camera itself is 4k HD and the long life battery ensures three hours of non-stop filming with a cable-free Batt-stick.
Castelli clothing features all the technological advances expected of today’s garment, but features beautiful, classic styling that pays homage to a golden era of European cycling. Castelli is all about pedigree – they invented the skinsuit, pockets on jerseys, and the first LYCRA short used in professional racing.
Lightweight, comfortable, fully adjustable and, most importantly, incredibly strong. The Aeon line of helmets are the lightest that Giro produce and the vents that run down the helmet channel air to keep you cool and comfortable underneath.
The promotional poster from the 1925 Tour de France has become legendary among cycling aficionados, and this particular iconic cycling image has been produced into a museum quality print.
The XC90 is a purpose-designed, cross-country race shoe. The shoes are actually heat-moldable, which means they mold to the wearer’s foot, creating a custom fit. This is then locked in to a Rovenica leather upper to contain the fit, meaning not only is a custom fit created, it stays that way.
This Oslo-based magazine releases two bespoke magazines per year, with each one focusing on a particular city. Oslo, Portland, Tokyo and Milan have all been featured in the issues released so far, but look out for the upcoming London issue in the New Year. Beautifully put together and presented, this publication is all about the culture surrounding city cycling.
One for slightly more refined cycling, this is certainly not for mountain climbs or raw speed. The tubular steel rivets are used in conjunction with leather and chrome in the springs and seat. Brooks has been making leather saddles since 1886 and each design ensures their reputation and legacy remains.
This bundle offers advanced bike-specific navigation and mapping capabilities. Points of interest, bike paths and elevation data are all included in the preloaded Garmin Cycle Map and you can connect it to your smart phone, so live tracking, incoming alerts, social media sharing and wireless uploads can all come through while you ride.
Let’s forget for a second that everyone should wear a helmet while they ride, and simply think about great you’d look wearing a classic cotton cycling cap. With Brooklyn Bridge emblazoned proudly on the side, this is the style of a classic tour, with a hefty dose of Big Apple muscle.
With over 100 incredible photographs from the 1920s and 30s, this exquisite book celebrates the grit and determination of the bicycle racing pioneers who established the records, traditions, and distinct flavors of Europe’s most hallowed races. Most of the pictures featured in the book haven’t been seen since their original publication in the print media of that era.