Christmas Gift Guide 2013: 12 presents for cyclists

Knog Blinder (From £26)

It might look simple, but the Blinder is a bright spot in the world of bike lights. Not only does it boast four powerful LEDs (visible at up to 800m), a waterproof design and an innovative rubber clasp that makes it painless to attach and remove from a bike frame, but it charges via USB – so there’s no need to invest in batteries.

Vulpine Merino Alpine Jersey (£95)

Made entirely from super-soft Tasmanian Merino wool, this long-sleeved top will keep riders warm in “mild to cool” weather. Odour-resistant and naturally temperature-regulating, it’s designed to be worn all day.

Topeak Mini 9 Pro Tool (£16)

A lightweight, pocket-sized tool offering six Allen keys, tyre levers and a Phillips screwdriver, the Mini 9 Pro comes in three metal versions – or if you’re feeling more generous, you can buy your buddy the even lighter carbon fibre edition (£27).

Rapha Cycling City Guide set (£25)

Rapha is best known for its cycling clothing, but has put together this useful collection of guides to eight European cities, each packed with info, maps and illustrations designed to help the reader explore said city on two wheels and small enough to slip into a cycling jersey pocket.

Nike Pro Combat Hyperwarm hoodie (£90)

Help your friend look like a ninja (albeit a ninja riding a bike) with this tight-fitting hoodie, which wicks away sweat and locks in heat. Ideal for those frosty morning rides during the winter months.

Proporta Camera Demon (£25)

The Camera Demon will mount pretty much any camera to a bike helmet, thanks to its use of a regular tripod thread. Now your pal will be able to keep their memories of barrelling down muddy mountains in crisp 1080p HD.

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Rokform V3 Bikemount (US$70)

One of the most secure bike mounts for smartphones, the V3 mount has a “dual retention” method that uses both a magnet and a locking mechanism to keep the phone secure. Not convinced? A lanyard can be added for a third layer of protection. Available in versions for the iPhone 5/5S, iPhone 4/4S and Samsung Galaxy S3.

Levi 511 Commuter jeans (£80)

They might look like normal 511s, but Levi’s has designed these strides specifically for urban cyclists. They’re coated with a NanoSphere finish to repel dirt and water, the inside cuff has a reflective strip, the seat and back pockets are double-layered and there’s a special space on the waistband to tuck away a D-lock.

Scoshe Boombottle (£120/€149)

The Boombottle isn’t actually a bottle – it’s instead a wireless Bluetooth speaker that fits in a bike’s bottle holder. Wielding dual 40mm drivers and a subwoofer, it can produce a surprisingly beefy sound, and the built-in battery packs 10 hours of life per charge. 

Fifty Bicycles That Changed The World (£8)

A tome that’ll grace any bike-lover’s coffee table, this book from the Design Museum takes the reader through the most important and innovative bicycles in history, from the penny-farthing to the chopper to the latest Pinarello ridden by the Sky team.

Brooks B17 Narrow Saddle (£70)

British stalwart Brooks has been making the B17 for over 100 years, and this more streamlined version is ideal for today’s sportier road bikes. The comfortable leather will wear in beautifully, and is available in three colours: brown, black and honey.

Swrve Wax Riding Jacket (£250)

A Barbour for bikes? Pretty much: this British-made waxed cotton jacket will repel water and wind, and it’s breathable too. Available in khaki green and black varieties.