12 cycling-inspired stocking thrillers you need for Christmas
Some of you may remember the infamous Condor Cat Cap, which got the cycling world mewing with delight. In a similar vein, they have come out with another limited-edition belter, but this time they’re targeting dog people! Condor get 10/10 for their attention to detail, varied puppy poses and killer colourway.
This hefty tome from culture and cycling author, Isabel Best, tells the story of twenty-something cycling icons, all of them women, and each with a supremely inspiring story. If you love the odd lazy morning under the duvet, this book is one you can dip into and read in between wintry cycles!
For a cheeky sneak peak at the sort of girly gumption featured within its pages, have a gander at the extract we published about Beryl Burton – a woman so good she struggled to keep track of her triumphs.
This patch produced by Leeds-based bag company, Restrap, is the vibe I feel every time we get these passionate cyclists together. It’s all about having a good time on your trusty steed, taking in the amazing sights, travelling extremely far.
Don’t blame me if you also end up buying a bag while you’re browsing their site. This patch can go on it. You’re welcome.
Machines for Freedom are a bike brand doing it right. From jerseys to bib shorts, they produce pieces for women that sit at the intersection of athleticism and femininity. Translation: “kit that looks good and actually works”.
Their Bae Bottle series celebrates every single one of you - the amazing, strong, smart and badass women/trans/non-binary riders that make up our community. Choose the Bae that looks like you, or your best friend, or your whole squad. Choose two 26oz bottles that match, or mix and match, just like your riding buddies. And whichever you choose, remember to tell your Baes you love ‘em.
Tempted by the open road? Wondering what all this ‘bikepacking’ malarky is all about? Then you could do a lot worse than leafing through the pages of Joshua Cunningham’s opus, ‘Escape By Bike’.
Josh rode across the globe for 11 months as research for the piece, so you’d hope he’d know a thing or two. At turns funny, inspiring and reflective, the book balances useful info with a compelling narrative of the places bikes can take you.
Ayesha McGowan is on a mission to become the first African American female pro, she also supports and showcases other women of colour in sport, AND advocacy information / support for bicycle brands, at institutions and events.
Representation is crucial in all facets of our lives, not just cycling. Support Ayesha and spread the message with this t-shirt!
How to Build a Bike Book by Jenni Gwiazdowski
Jenni is the Director of the London Bike Kitchen, a Hoxton based Do-It-Together bike workshop where they teach you how to fix your own bike through drop-in sessions and classes. For a slice of that knowledge in delicious book form, we’d definitely recommend this book or one of her lively classes.
Women's Classic Flyweight Jersey-Block Fade Print – Rapha
This beaut of a jersey stands out from the crowd in more ways than most. You might have to wait until the weather warms up a bit to show it off outside, but there’s nothing stopping you rolling around in your PJs with this on in the meantime.
This is the jersey you’ll be super-happy you’ve got once the mercury hits the good numbers.
We are big lovers of Morvélo, a small company (of only four folks from Brighton) that take design seriously but not themselves.
Ideal for autumn, winter and spring, this jersey will be one you reach for again and again over the next few months. Worn on its own when it’s cool, or under a waterproof when it’s wet, this jersey is a go-to garment until the sun returns to British shores.
Ester set up the indie clothing brand Ride With Wolves to ensure cyclists are both seen and look seriously good while they do it. All of the items produced are gender neutral, body positive and have a feminist and inclusive outlook.
What’s exciting about their products is that the incredible WOW factor isn’t visible until you flash a bright light at them. All pieces are printed with 3M reflective ink, hand screen-printed and sewn in London. This recycled materials sweatshirt features a geometric wolf designed by Rosa Koolhoven.
Sometimes all you want is a pair of scruffy jeans and a cosy jumper. This Lupus sweater ticks all the boxes, including the all-important: “does it have a wolf on the front?” question. When hit with direct light the wolf turns into a shining skull – no hiding in this one!