14 cycling stocking thrillers you need on your list
Alex Davis of mighty London cycle cafe, Look Mum No Hands!, shares the cyclist-friendly Christmas gifts on her list this year
Brash and ballsy, that’s us – which is why we love these scrotally awesome bike lights. Bright enough to get you seen when riding in the city at night and weird enough to raise a smile from even the most jaded fellow commuter.
Disco inferno! Introducing the Monkey Light M232, which turns your bike wheel into an ocular spectacular. Truly awesome, these bad boys fit to either your front or back wheel and pump out 200 lumens.
Perfect for the bike ridin’, head scritchin’ purr-son in your life, this cotton cycling cap from London brand Condor has an elasticated head band, reinforced peak and cats ALL OVER IT. Need we say more.
Jenni Gwiazdowski is the brains and brawn behind London Bike Kitchen, a brilliant open-house DIY workshop. To add to her list of accolades, she’s now written this splendid tome on how to build your own bicycle. I’ve read it, it’s brilliant. Enough said.
Our Brixton pals have produced a mean new jumper with a reflective lightning bolt on the lower back. It looks great and feels great after a chilly winter ride. Like. Want. Need.
Show your love for the powerful and petite Bristol-based cycling club, Das Rad Klub. They launched to bring friends together through cycling. We love that sentiment and think the super-cool design is smashing, too.
Love caps? Then you’ll love the hot new houndstooth print of the iconic #JFDI cap. Created by Britain’s most-cherished women’s cycling mag, it more than delivers on compliments per wear.
For cyclists who have everything and adore the TDF, our Podium pants are the perfect Christmas gift. Silly, fun and useful, we launched cuts for women last year.
Good Ordering are a Hackney-based bag maker producing pieces inspired by Japanese randoseru (school bags). You can even get them customised with your initials. Neat.
New Knog Oi Bike Bell £29.95
Bike bells generally look and sound a bit ugly. But what if they looked sexy and sounded like an angel playing a glockenspiel? This new bell has a beautiful tone and looks beautiful. Yes please, Santa!
Keep it funky and festive with this sparkling helmet from LA-based brand, Thousand. Available through the wonderful Hackney St Cloud, it’s the height of festive cheer.
We’ve seen these lace-ups in the flesh and they’re blooming marvellous. We particularly like the reflective sections on the sides and back to keep you seen and stylish.
Inspired by the legendarily loud Mapei kit of the 1990s, these are not your average track mitts. The back fabric is breathable, stretchy elastane, while the palm is made with supple leather. Mmmmmmmm. Dope.
Nostalgia alert! These playful patches are an absolute bargain at seven quid and perfect for enlivening your rucksack, pannier bag, randonneur jersey pocket, or even your swimming cossie.