Garmin Varia Radar Rear (£100)
Even if a cyclist is highly attuned to the unexpected antics of cars, buses and wildlife, there’s not much they can do about being hit from behind by a ticked-off Santa who’s speeding home for Christmas.
This smart rear light greatly reduces the chances of that happening thanks to a built-in radar system, which senses vehicles approaching from up to 140m behind. Once a vehicle is detected, the light brightens and flashes to warn the driver, while also notifying the rider via the optional Radar Display.
Quad Lock Out Front Mount (£24)
Whether your cycling friend has a Strava obsession or a habit of getting horribly lost, they’ll appreciate this handlebar phone mount. Compatible with Quad Lock’s iPhone cases (Android fans can use its Universal Adaptor instead), it safely locks smartphones just in front of your handlebars for easy map-reading.
Flip the mount around and it’ll hold your phone in the slightly less precarious spot over the stem, while a bundled spacer means it can fit both 31.8mm and 25.4mm handlebars. Fancy mounting a GoPro underneath the phone? An extra £7 will get you a version with an adaptor for the action cams.
Adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro Sunglasses (£90)
Aside from a personal house-to-office bike lane, the dream for most cyclists is one pair of glasses to last the whole year. These Adidas sunnies fit the bill perfectly, courtesy of Vario lenses, which can change from completely clear to dark in just 20 two-wheeled seconds.
Suitable for both murky winter rides and bright sunny ones, their anti-fog coating, fluorescent highlights and a removable sweat blocker make them a good fit for mountain bikers, too.
Patagonia Capilene midweight zip-neck (£60)
Toasty warm yet blissfully breathable, Patagonia's range of base layers has been a firm favourite in the Stuff office for years. This zip-neck number is no exception, equipped with nifty tricks like elastic thumb loops to ensure your hands don't feel the winter nip.
The fabric itself is designed to sit happily beneath your other layers, whilst smart sewing should keep you comfortable on the mountain climb: the shoulder seams are offset so as to avoid rucksack strap chafing.
Full Windsor The Nutter (£40)
A Nutter from Full Windsor might sound like something from an Oxbridge politician's murky past, but it's actually a powerful multi-tool that offers more leverage for less weight.
Oh, and, unlike most MPs, it happens to be rather stylish. It comes in a smart pouch made from leather and recycled inner tubes, and bundles up nicely on the back of your saddle with a spare tube and a pump. It even works as a bottle opener for picnics.
Lost Lanes (£10)
Cycling journalist Jack Thurston’s collection of 36 rides along southern England’s network of lanes includes places to stay, swim and get a pint (or a cuppa).
Each one comes with downloadable directions and GPX files to keep you on the right track - so there's no excuse for avoiding that Boxing Day ride.