This post has suggestions for the best cycling gifts for the cyclists in your life. We have included cheaper options, and more luxury options as well. There is such a big selection, you are sure to find the gift you need right here!
The Gift of Warmth: the Pearl Izumi Barrier Cycling Balaclava
This is an EXTREMELY popular cycling balaclava. I bought one of these for Maggie, and she found it super soft against her skin, as well as effective at keeping the cold out.
Another Gift of Warmth: Warm Toes!
These Heat Holder socks are just the best socks I have ever tried for keeping my feet warm on bike rides in the freezing cold. They utilize advanced technology to keep your feet warm – but from my point of view, they just feel super soft and super warm. I use them for snow shoeing as well as cycling.
The Gift of Warm Hands: Pearl Izumi – Ride Thermal Lite Cycling Gloves
If you are looking for a highly rated pair of gloves to keep a cyclist’s hands warm on those cooler-weather rides, look no further. Pearl Izumi is a name well respected in cycling. verybody needs good cool weather athletic gloves, so at this price, this pair is also a great stocking stuffer.
The Gift of a Warm Core: Pearl Izumi Select Tour Jersey
This is a great cycling jersey, with a relaxed cut. It is highly rated by many cyclists.
Timbuk2 Tandem Pannier
This beautiful, functional commuter pannier is selling like hot cakes on a winter morning. It is very highly rated by cyclists, and right now, the price is deeply discounted. Highly recommended.
The Gift of a Really Cool Bike Computer: Wahoo ELMNT
This bike computer is loved by users because it is so easy to use. Some would argue that it is far more user friendly than Garmin Edge bike computers, because it channels the mega power of your smart phone. Unlike the Garmin Edge bike computers, with Wahoo you do most of your programming and settings on your phone. Importantly, Wahoo definitely has better battery life – more than double what is found on comparable Garmin units. Like the premium Garmin offerings, Wahoo will do pretty much everything a cyclist needs a bike computer to do, and then seamlessly upload their data to whichever apps they have selected, such as Strava or RideWithGPS. However, it is usually a bit cheaper than comparative Garmin offerings, so it is more affordable as a gift for serious cyclists.
The Gift of Safety and Fun: Bodyguard Bike Wheel Lights
These are bright, colorful, fun safety lights that switch on automatically when you start riding, using motion sensors. Perfect for the safety conscious cyclist, and as a cycling gift stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift. And just plain fun when cycling on those dark winter mornings!
The Gift of Convenience: Two Wheel Gear Convertible Backpack/Pannier
I use this convertible backpack/pannier almost every day, wherever I am, and have taken it all over the world. It is a great pannier, and also a great backpack. It converts from one to the other within a few seconds, making it super handy for anyone who combines cycling with other modes of transportation, such as walking, taking transit, driving, or flying! Compact and light, it has a very protected slot for a laptop, and a very secure pocket for wallet and keys. The cyclist you love will love you for giving them this incredibly convenient backpack/pannier! You can read a complete review of this backpack here.
The Gift of the Very Latest and Most Premium GPS Bike Computer: Garmin Edge 1030
If you want MAJOR brownie points, give the cyclist in your life the latest, most premium bike computer in the world. This new edition of the flagship Garmin Edge 1000 boasts massively improved battery life, plus a range of new features. It is ideal for cyclists who train seriously and want to improve their performance. You can read all about how this new GPS bike computer stacks up against other bike computers here.
The Gift of Peace of Mind: A Great Bike Lock
This compact bike lock from Kryptonite can be kept in a pannier, or attached to the bike frame, for use whenever your cycling friend feels the urge to stop for a coffee or a beer – and will keep their bike totally safe. It even comes with a guarantee against the bike being stolen. This one earns its place as one of the world’s most trusted bike locks. It is small but made of extremely solid steel. If you don’t fancy this one, check out our list of 5 of the best bike locks here.
The Gift of Dry Legs: Well-priced, Premium Showers Pass Storm Pants
Showers Pass makes some of the best rainwear in the world. These are top quality rain pants for a really good price. They will keep your loved one at least half dry on rainy bike rides, and he or she will bless you for it. Good rain pants … about $51 right now … Staying dry … priceless! Note: if in doubt about sizing, with most cycling gear – go one size larger.
The Gift of a Great Pair of Panniers at a Great Price: Ibera Bicycle Bag PakRak Clip-On Quick-Release All Weather Bike Panniers
This set of panniers is well loved for being practical, being of high quality, and being super quick to clip on and off. If the cyclist you love is still toting a backpack, make their life better by giving the gift of panniers. This makes for a safer ride, and much more organized commuting. And this pair ships with an included rain cover. If you don’t like this set, you can read about our picks for 7 of the best bike panniers here.
The Gift of the Best Bargain Priced Premium GPS Bike Computer: Garmin Edge 1000
The Garmin Edge 1000 was the premium bike computer until the release of the Edge 1030. Because of this new release, the Edge 1000 can be bought right now for bargain basement prices. It usually costs around $600, but right now it is just $350, and the entire Edge 1000 BUNDLE (with heart rate monitor and sensors) is selling for just $399. Check out the current prices below. Compared to previous prices, this is like getting a great deal on the unit, plus getting the heart rate monitor, the speed sensor and the cadence sensor for free! These are by far the cheapest prices I have ever seen on the Edge 1000 and the 1000 bundle, so if you want to make a big impression without breaking the bank, consider taking advantage of these options.
The Gift of a Warm Head: Chaos CTR Tempest Multi Tasker Cycling Balaclava
I notice from reader feedback that of all the balaclavas I recommend, the Chaos CTR Tempest Multi Tasker is by far the most popular. This is the top favorite balaclava, year over year, among my readers. The micro fleece makes it comfy, the styling is great, and the price is right.
The Gift of an Executive Bike Pannier: Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier
The Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier is probably the most stylish, premium cycling pannier on the planet. It is ideal if the cyclist you love has an executive job, and also does a lot of air travel. The pannier doubles up as sleek travel luggage, being designed to fit carry-on air travel luggage requirements for most major airlines.
One day when we finally do our cycling tour around the Netherlands, these panniers are all the luggage we will need, for both the plane trip and the bike tour. In the meantime, Maggie finds her Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier perfect for her lifestyle as an executive who likes to bike to work, but still needs to look like a boss when she gets there.
You can read Maggie’s full review of the Two Wheel Gear Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier here. You can read my review here.
The Gift of Safety: Garmin Varia Vision
The Garmin Varia Vision is the ultimate luxury gift for cyclists: consider this high tech bike training gadget if you happen to love a very athletic cyclist who spends a lot of time doing bike training – especially if they train on busy streets. The Garmin Varia Vision is a tiny device that attaches to a cyclist’s cycling glasses and enables her or him to read cycling metrics from their other high tech devices without ever taking their eyes off the road. It’s a HUD (Heads Up Device) for serious cyclists.
The lucky cyclist must already own a Garmin Edge bike computer, preferably a high end one, such as the Garmin Edge 520, 820 or 1030. You can read all about the Garmin Varia Vision here.
The Gift of Warm Toes! Woolie Boolie Socks
These are wonderfully comfy and warm Merino wool socks – perfect for keeping cyclists’ toes warm in winter. Maggie and I each own about six pairs of these, and love them all. Sure to be a hit – these aren’t just socks, these are Woolie Boolies!
The Gift of a Warm Head: Baleaf Thermal Skull Cap for Cyclists
If you cannot imagine your chosen cyclist wearing a balaclava, a nice thermal skull cap is a great (and cheap) alternative to keep a cyclist’s head warm for winter cycling.
The Gift of a Tiny but Powerful Bike Computer: Garmin Edge 25 Bike Computer
There are a lot of great Garmin Edge bike computers, and I have written a lot about them. For example, Garmin Edge 520 is considered by many reviewers to be one of the greatest bike computer upgrades ever made. So why am I talking about the Garmin Edge 25? Well, simply because it is the smallest bike computer in the world that is compatible with GPS, and because it combines an incredible number of features in one super-tiny, discreet device. You can read a full comparison of the Garmin Edge 25 vs 520 here.
There is not much that this tiny, high quality bike computer cannot do, even when compared to its much more expensive big brothers. It’s an excellent bike computer for the price – and the price is even better right now!
The Gift of Being Prepared for Emergencies: Crank Brothers Multi Bicycle Tool (10-Function) ($18)
EVERY cyclist needs a good multi-tool – trust me on this one. Every time a saddle needs to be moved, or a kickstand needs to be tightened, or a mirror is falling off – a multi-tool is required! It’s hard to go a WEEK without one. Any cyclist who doesn’t have one yet, simply doesn’t know what they are missing. And you cannot have too many, because nothing sucks quite as much as having your saddle fall off at home, while your multi-tool is at work. Here’s a great multi-tool for less than $20.
The Gift of Knowledge: The Cyclist’s Training Bible by Joe Friel
Simply the best training guide for cyclists, the Cyclists’ Training Bible is the ultimate cycling training guide. Written by cycling guru Joe Friel, this impressive book is sure to put a smile on the face of any cyclist – and provide inspiration and guidance for years to come.
The Gift of Ageing Well: Fast After Fifty by Joe Friel
If the cyclist you are buying a gift for is over 50, he or she will appreciate this book, which shows that getting older doesn’t have to mean getting slower, or losing strength or health. The book is based on the most recent research on aging and sports performance, and is written by America’s ultimate cycling training guru, Joe Friel.
The Gift of Good Health: Bicycling Medicine
This book by Arnie Baker, subtitled “Cycling Nutrition, Physiology, Injury Prevention and Treatment For Riders of All Levels,” will help your cyclist friend get ready for the upcoming new year good resolutions. It’s a highly regarded book about how to fuel cycling in a healthy way.
The Gift of Light: DAWAY A01 Waterproof Bike Wheel Lights
A strip of 20 bright and colorful LED lights to attach to a bike wheel. Great for safety, but also, really cheerful when cycling in the dark. I love these kinds of lights.
The Gift of Safety: Ultra Bright Bike Tail Light Blitzu Cyborg
This bright rear bike light is lightweight and versatile, so it can be clipped on the bike or on a bike helmet. It’s a great deal, which must be part of the reason it is Amazon’s best-selling rear light. The battery is charged via USB, so it is easy for commuters to charge it at their desk.
The Gift of Light: Bright Outdoors LED Safety Light
This light would also make a great gift for runners, and for people who spend a lot of time dog walking. This little light flashes red or white, and can easily be attached to a coat or a dog’s collar. It also comes with a strap to attach to a bike.
The Gift of Hindsight: Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror
The Mirrycle MTB Bar End Mountain Bicycle Mirror will keep any cyclist way safer on the roads, by providing an easy way to keep an eye on traffic coming up behind. Given that many serious cycling crashes are caused by impatient or distracted motorists rear-ending cyclists, this gift could be a life-saver. I have one of these on all my bikes, and would never cycle without one. This one is suitable for most bikes, except road bikes (the ones with drop handlebars). For road bikes, see the mirror in the photo of my bike below.
The Gift of a Classic Bell: CatEye Yamabiko Bell
What if your friend LOVES old-fashioned bells? Well, this is a fabulous old-fashioned bike bell – a gift that is sure to bring a smile. It’s a retro design, and really cool – I want one! FYI, “Yamabiko” means “echo” in Japanese. The aluminum clamp supports a BRASS bell that could look classy on any bike. It’s available in copper and gold finishes, and pretty much guaranteed to impress your cyclist friend with your style and insight. Plus it’s CHEAP!
The Gift of Safety: CatEye Rapid 3 Bicycle Rear Safety Light
This is a GREAT rear bike light, and I find it amazing that they are LESS than $25. It runs on simple AA batteries, which will power the light for up to 80 hours, and has three modes. It’s super bright and can be seen from a long way away. Get your cycling friend one of these if you want to help keep him or her safe for up to 80 hours! And oh yes, easy to install, so your buddy will not be cursing you when they are doing the install!
The Gift of Practical Panniers: BV Bike Bag Bicycle Panniers
These are highly rated, highly functional bike panniers at a great price. This is basically a single bag that drapes over the bike rack on each side, providing ample space for all belongings. It also has reflective trim and a carry handle for when it is taken off the bike. Plus those incredibly handy, small, up-front zippered pockets for keys, wallet, and phone. I Note: If you don’t like this one, check out our list of 7 of the best bike panniers here.
The Gift of Warm Legs: Baleaf Windproof Thermal Fleece Cycling Pants
Warm and cozy cycling pants, highly rated, at a great price. Going very fast, so check them out now!
The Gift of a Lightweight Pump: Bodyguard Mini Bike Pump
Great little bike pump for a tremendously good price. This quality pump quickly adjusts from Presta to Schrader with no fuss. If your cyclist friend does not already carry a bike pump, give them this one to attach to their bike. It also has an attachment for pumping up beach and soccer balls. This is really a great cycling deal.
The Gift of Staying Dry: Gore Bike Wear Men’s Element Gt Paclite Jacket
A Paclite jacket at a great price! I love these jackets. And this one even has a Napoleon pocket, which is my favorite thing for carrying my phone. This jacket does what its name says – it is so light that your cyclist friend can pack it up to keep it at the bottom of their pannier and forget about it – until they need it, when they are really going to thank you because it will keep them warm and dry! This is just a superb waterproof jacket at a great price for anyone who cycles in the rain.
The Gift of Going Cordless: Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones
These very popular sports headphones have been flying off the shelves recently, because their price has dropped. I love my own Bose headphones, and use them every day. You can read my comparison of Jaybirds X3 vs. Bose SoundSport headphones here.
The Gift of Going Cordless More Cheaply: SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headphones
A lot of our readers buy these, and the price is excellent. Bluetooth wireless headphones for less than thirty dollars – that’s an insanely good price. If your cyclist friend could use headphones for on or off the bike, take a look at this deal! Note: if you are concerned about whether it is safe to cycle with headphones, check out my post, How to Choose the Safest Headphones for Cycling.
The Gift of Light: BV Front and Rear Bike Light Set
This is probably the cheapest price possible for a full bike light set, so if you have a cyclist friend who does not have bike lights, these are a great start. They run on triple A batteries, and have a flashing mode as well as a steady. Not recommended if your cyclist friend lives in a rainy area, or for riding the trails, but a reasonable starting point for anyone else.
The Gift of Health: Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband
I am a big fan of Fitbits, and have used and reviewed many of them. I firmly believe they encourage one to push harder and work on cardiac health. It’s great being able to chart health improvements and review achievements! This one is a great activity tracker at a great price.
Another Gift of Health: Garmin Vivosmart HR and GPS-enabled Activity Tracker
Most activity trackers do not have a built-in GPS tracker, which is pretty much essential for most cyclists. This one does have it, plus it monitors HR all the time, and monitors sleep. For the price right now, this is a great activity tracker for cyclists, and runners as well.
The Gift of a Premium Bike Computer at a Bargain Price: Great Deal on the Garmin Edge 1000
This deal is a result of the fact that the premium Garmin Edge 1000 has just had an upgrade. And when products are being phased out to make space for an upgrade, you can often get amazing deals on them. Although the Edge 1000 usually costs around $600, right now it can be bought for $349, and the entire Edge 1000 BUNDLE is selling for just $399. Check out the current prices just below. Compared to previous prices, this is like getting a great deal on the unit, plus getting the heart rate monitor, the speed sensor and the cadence sensor for free! These are by far the cheapest prices I have ever seen on the Edge 1000 and the 1000 bundle, so if your cyclist friend does not need the new features on the 1030, one of these would be a great choice. You can read about the new features on the Edge 1030 right here.
The Gift of a Warm Mid-Body! NOOYME Men’s Cycling Bib Shorts
Bib shorts are great for those who want to ride fast without shorts riding up or falling down. They also avoid exposing any sensitive middle parts of your body to biting winds. These bib shorts are great value for money.