If your guy is new to cycling – or if you’ve never had to buy a gift for a cyclist before – this guide is for you.
We’ve put together a whole category on our retail site about Cycling Gifts for Men and this here blog is but a mere selection of the full range.
Essentially below we’ve plucked out a few choice pieces of classic cyclist gifts for men. Go for one of these or use this as a springboard for more browsing.
Sportful Bodyfit Pro Thermal Cycling Jersey
Merlin Cycles price £81.00 (RRP £90.00)
You can’t go wrong with a long sleeve jersey. You can never have too many.
In fact, more often than not it’s a garment that’s under represented in most guy’s pile of cycling clobber.
You can go for something dependable, sedate but stylish like the Sportful Bodyfit Pro Thermal cycling jersey.
A nod to classic styles of the past but with up to date materials and cut.
Feedback Sports Digital Chain Wear Gauge
Merlin Cycles price £59.95 (RRP £70.00)
Men like gadgets. Men like tools. This is a fabulous melding of both. Unlike a lot of gadgets though, this one is actually useful and will also potentially save your guy a lot of money over the ensuing months and years.
Basically it’s a tool for measuring how worn your bike chain is. Replacing a chain before it gets too worn means you can extend the life of the rest of the gear drivetrain.
Unlike other chain-checking tools, it’s cool to use. Which means it will actually be used!
Lantern Rouge – The Last Man in the Tour de France by Max Leonard
Merlin Cycles price £15.29 (RRP £16.99)
The varied tales of the riders who have completed the Tour de France over the years and finished the race but finished it in dead last place.
What sort of tales? Have you heard the one about the breakaway rider who thought he had time to stop for a bottle of wine? What about the doper who took drugs that slowed him down rather than sped him up?
This book is just one of many titles that we’ve got in to stock for Christmas.
Camelbak HAWG NV
Merlin Cycles price £64.00 (RRP £100.00)
Handbags ahoy! Sorry, hydration packs. Mountain bikers can never have enough bags.
There is a degree of practicality about having a shed full of backpacks. Rides vary in length. Rides vary in remoteness. Rides vary in weather (a lot). Rides vary in amount of calamitous mechanical issues.
The HAWG NV is a big bag. When we say it’s a big bag we mean it. It’s overkill for everyday, normal rides but for mountain epics or multi-day adventures it’s a great choice.
Cateye Stealth 50 GPS Computer ANT+ Enabled
Merlin Cycles price £69.95 (RRP £99.95)
Have you heard your other half talking about something called “Strava”?
If he’s been using his Smartphone for logging his rides – and more importantly where he figures on certain segment leaderboards – then he’ll be delighted to get this dinky little GPS computer.
Much more accurate logging of data – and therefore a truer and more consistent reflection of his segment efforts.
He may not like some of his new times but the clock doesn’t like on this one we’re afraid!
IceToolz Torque Wrench
Merlin Cycles price £36.95 (RRP £49.99)
A must-own tool for any cyclist with a carbon frame.
Or carbon handlebars. Or carbon seat post. You get the idea.
Prevent excessive bolt-tightening force from damaging expensive carbon bits by using this wrench.
You to dial in a desired amount of force (in either NM or Ft-Lbs) and the tool notifies you with a satisfying “click!” as to when that force level is reached.
Merlin Cycles Gift Vouchers
If all this searching through baffling bike geekery has left you more confused than ever – just get ’em a gift voucher.
Who knows? You could be the start of their New Bike Project. Yes, a cyclist always needs another bike.
We offer vouchers that can be sent in the post or sent via email.
As well as the Christmas Categories on our regular site we’ve created some special boards on Pinterest.
Here’s the Pinterest board for these Cycling Christmas Gifts for Men…
What the heck is Pinterest?
It’s like an online noticeboard. Or an online scrapbook. Or an online ‘mood board’.
Photos are called ‘pins’. Themed collections of photos are called ‘boards’.
Confused? Just have a look and it will all make sense pretty quick. It’s a visual thang. It’s great for discovering stuff and saving things in a handy way.