Saturday 4 December 2010

Christmas present ideas for cyclists

Yes, the festive season is upon us. Snow is blanketing the country and I’m suffering from my first post-Christmas-party hangover. It’s time to squeeze this blog into its Santa suit and bring you a sackful of Christmas gift ideas for cyclists. Ho ho ho!

Idea No. 1: Rainlegs

Rainlegs - absurd, but effective

Rainlegs were, without doubt, my best - not to mention kinkiest - cycling purchase of the last year or so. They saved my bacon (or at least my hams) during the cold and wet Stage 1 of my Czech border ride in May. Indeed, I was so impressed, I persuaded my two cycling pals Ryan and Ciaran to invest in them at the start of our Munich-Venice trip in June. They'd have been turkeys not to, as we spent the next few days in a downpour up in the Alps. Click here for a description of what they are and what they do.

Idea No. 2: A Cycling Chic T-shirt

Copenhagen Cycling Chic is far and away the sexiest cycling website of them all. That’s partly because it is, in fact, a fashion blog disguised as a cycling blog (motto: “Style Over Speed”). And as you would expect, it has a very cool range of T-shirts. I’ve just taken delivery of two of them and I’ll be sporting them next year.

Idea No. 3: A recycled inner tube laptop bag

It always grieves me to throw away old inner tubes, but what else can you do with them? Well, one idea is to recycle them into laptop bags. It might sound implausible, but that’s exactly what British charity Oxfam is doing. If you’re after an environmentally friendly, ethical and useful gift, you need look no further.

Idea No. 4: An iPhone app

The Cyclemeter app

I’ve no doubt that many millions of readers of this blog will wake up on Christmas morning to find that Santa has brought them an iPhone. But an iPhone without a cycling app is like a Christmas tree without baubles. So, courtesy of the guys at Loving the Bike, here’s a whole list of them.

Idea No. 5: A bike

If you truly love someone, you should buy them a bike for Christmas. No, really, you should. There are, of course, thousands to choose from, but I’ve quite fallen in love with this Czech beauty from Citybikes. The video below is in Czech, but you can still watch and drool. Now all I have to figure out is how to break the news to Mrs Circuit Rider.

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