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Christmas gift guide for cyclists

December 10, 2014
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With cycling becoming increasingly popular there’s more and more great kit, accessories and general cycling paraphernalia around to satisfy all tastes. Here’s our pick of some of the best practical… and less practical items on the market!

Shutt Velo Rapide socks

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Giving socks as a Christmas present is generally regarded as a no-no, but we beg to differ! Anyone who cycles will tell you that a good pair is a real treat. We love these stripey top ones from Strutt Velo, but if they are not exactly right for you try these tasty ones from Rapha or the lovely Vulpine Merino socks here, both are £15.

Shutt Velo Rapide socks, £12.50
Buy: www.velovixen.com

Hand Painted Bell from Japan

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These beautiful bells are handpainted in Osaka, Japan and feature traditional designs. Attaching the bell is easily, all you need to do is place the bracket around the handlebar and tighten the screws with a screwdriver. If you like the style but would prefer something plainer click here. Ding Ding!

Crane Handpainted Bell, £16
Buy:
www.cyclechic.co.uk/shop

Urbanist Cycling Knickers  ***SPORTSISTER LOVES***

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Urbanist Cycling’s Bettie chamois-padded knickers are the answer to any cycling commuter’s prayers. Beautifully cut to fit and enhance the female form, they’ve been tested tirelessly by the Texas cycling community where Urbanist is based to ensure no chaffing or digging in. The material is sumptuous, whilst the chamois pads come from one of Italy’s most respected chamois designers. Available in two styles Bettie (above left) for distances of under 15 miles, and Brigitte (above right) for journeys of more than 15 miles.

We’ve tested the Bettie and LOVE THEM, even jeans with their rather unforgiving crotch seams (you know what we are saying) are now a breeze! We’re just looking for a longer commute so we can justify getting a pair of Brigitte’s too!

Urbanist Cycling Knickers from £42
Buy Bettie: www.velovixen.com
Buy Brigitte: www.velovixen.com

Retro Crochet Cycling Gloves

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Even the most serious of cyclists will like a good pair of retro cycling gloves. These lovelies are made from beautiful soft leather and come in 3 classic colour-ways.

Retro Crochet Cycling Gloves: £14.99
Buy: www.cyclechic.co.uk

Sugoi Women’s Evolution MidZero capri 

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Buying clothes for anyone is a tricky affair, but you can’t go wrong with a pair of classic black capris or leggings. Sugoi make top quality gear that won’t break the bank, so these capri’s will be welcomed by even the fussiest of cyclists. Prefer a full-length tight? Click here

Sugoi Women’s Evolution MidZero Knicker, £48.99
Buy:
www.wiggle.co.uk

Ginger & French Bike Mug

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You don’t need to be a cyclist to like this stylish Ginger & French bike mug, it’s made of  high quality bone china and is available in a set or individually in eight different colourways. Lovely! If you like the idea of a mug but want some more choices, take a look at this one from Rapha (£20) and this one by Hannah Stoney at £9.95.

Ginger & French Bike Mug £14
Buy:
www.velovixen.com

Fat Lass At The Back

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finally gear for women with a fuller figure – Fat Lass At The Back aka FLAB, have re-designed the standard women’s cycling jersey template to create curve friendly, flattering gear in sizes 8-26. The gear has been gently tailored and has a longer length to make sure you are not left feeling exposed. Style Nippy (pictured above) also features black side panels that help to slim the body shape. What a great idea!

Full Fat Nippy cycle Jersey (above) £59.99
Buy: fatladattheback.com

 Inner tube earrings

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If you are looking for something unique then this could be it. Handmade in Bristol using hallmarked silver and old inner tubes, these earings come complete with information about the inner tube’s life; name of the cyclist, where it popped and how. The ultimate in recycling! Want to see more cycling related jewellery? Click here

Inner tube earrings
Buy: www.sustrans.org.uk

 Michaux ZODIAC Shoulder Bag

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It’s hard to choose which item from the Michaux range we love most, even the reflective tassle keyring is super lovely. However, we’ve decided to illustrate this fab brand with one of their original Zodiac shoulder bags – part commuter/courier bag, part handbag – we love the practical yet stylish design that even features reflective detailing in the leather trim. It’s available in two sizes, medium or large and three irresistible colourways. This bag is top of our wish list!

 Michaux ZODIAC Shoulder Bag
Buy: michauxclub.com

Café du Cycliste Women’s Heidi Winter Jacket

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It’s no secret that we are big fans of French brand Cafe Du Cycliste, this Heidi winter jacket is yet another superb example of performance cycling kit that has been designed to the highest specifications whilst also looking good enough to ride into town in.

The quilted, windproof front combined with shoulder panels will help keep biting winter winds out, while a polyester/polypropylene weave works to keep you dry and wick away sweat.

The brushed interior is incredibly comfortable on the skin and the two cargo pockets and a large zipped pocket provide enough storage for fuel and goodies on those long winter rides. How lovely!

Café du Cycliste Women’s Heidi Winter Jacket, £163.00
Buy: www.velovixen.com

Danielle Sellwood, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

 

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