The Festive Season is upon us and we can’t wait to take a much needed break, disconnect and get in some time on the trails. Before we do though, we thought it a good idea to help you make some smart choices when shopping for the cyclist in your life. Or, if you are lining up a good old ‘to me from me’ gifts here is a hit list of some of our favourite Christmas gift ideas for cyclists:
A great stocking filler that won’t break the bank – ideal for kids to buy their parents. This ingenious little tool has simplified the entire lubing process — instead of having to carry chain lube in a traditional bottle, it features an innovative application system that means it doesn’t go on your hands, doesn’t leak on the ground, slots over your actual chain and puts the perfect amount of lube on each chain link. We put it through a strenuous test on our recent Cederberg Circuit Gravel Cycling Route and will never ride without it again..
Sahmurai Switchblade (R500)
There are a plethora of multitools out there each offering ‘same same but different’ tools and features. We love the versatility and user-friendliness of the Sahmurai Switchblade and believe it will make a great Christmas gift. This seven-in-one multitool features specially-designed tyre levers; a fork and reamer; a chain breaker and storage for chain links among other things.
GoPro Hero 11 (R10 000)
The latest incarnation in a long legacy of moving and still-image quality. While there is a myriad of other (some very good) action cameras available on the market today, the GoPro remains the one they’re all measured by. The Hero 11 does not disappoint and will make a great Christmas gift. Packed into the tiny, hard-wearing, waterproof package you get a 27MP sensor that’s been designed for today’s content output – from wide cinematic shots to extra-tall vertical shots for social posts. It features the proprietary HyperSmooth 5.0 Stabilization with Horizon Lock that keeps your footage straight even if your camera rotates a full 360°, 8x slo-mo video recording and is waterproof up to a depth of 10m.
USWE Outlander 2 Hydration pack (R2500)
Over the past two years, the Outlander raced onto the South African market in spectacular fashion when notable big name mountain-bikers made it cool to race with hydration packs again. Jordan Sarrou wore one on a few stages during his and Matt Beers’ winning Cape Epic campaign in 2021 and not long after many other riders throughout the field started sporting them (including Matt) on the longer stages. It borrows a lot from the racing-skin style packs of trail running and will make for a very welcome Christmas gift indeed. It features a 4-point harness system that makes the pack 100% bounce-free and doesn’t have pockets, straps or zips and carries just carries 1.5L of water in a single, zipped internal pocket. The same pocket has enough space for a thin jacket and your phone. Read more about hydration pack options, here.
Versus Socks (R150)
We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again – old school stays cool. That’s right, go ahead and give him or her some socks. But make sure they’re cool (and stay cool – as in, don’t get warm). The Coral Hurricane Cycling Socks from Versus ticks all the boxes. They give you maximum comfort and feature a calf-length that hits right under your calf muscles (so they don’t slide off while riding). Constructed from moisture-wicking material (96% Nylon | 4% Elastane) they keep your feet dry and comfortable throughout your ride.
Ciovita Men’s Long Sleeve Adventure Shirt (R1300)
The Ciovita Adventure Shirt is our new favourite riding shirt. It is the perfect marriage of high-tech material and that cool ‘do you even gravel’ style. The Adventure Shirt is made from WR Dry Check Fabric, which is water repellant, while a Polygiene mesh layer allows for airflow and keeps you smelling fresh. It has a relaxed fit, with secure button closures at the front, while a pleated back yoke allows for an increased range of movement on the bike. In addition features it side pockets, as well as an invisible zipper pocket.
LITTLE WING (R3650)
The proverbial gift that keeps on giving. A great gift for young and old (or, as one happy wife told us – a great way to get my husband and son out of the house for an hour!) The LITTLE WING is a bike child seat that allows you to share your favourite trails with your toddler. The LITTLE WING is simple and easy to use. It features no-touch mounting that floats above your frame. A front clamp fastens onto a headset spacer, while the rear clamp fastens onto the seatpost. The child holds the handlebar and slips their feet into comfortable, non-slip and adjustable stirrups. Read more about it, here.
Ryder Maxi St 4.0 floor pump (R400)
Every cyclist needs a good floor pump and as a Christmas Gift under the tree you might have to disguise the package, but it’s bound to bring a smile, even if it isn’t a surprise. The Maxi St from Ryder is a great value option. Features a sturdy steel barrel, with a large, easy-to-read gauge. The valve system fits both Schrader and Presta valves and the gauge is as accurate as a non-pro will need.
Marvel Knight Rider
For those early morning and late evening rides good lighting is essential. Marvel’s Knight Rider is a tremendously powerful front-light for the price and will make a beaut of a Christmas Gift. The 3 CREE XM-L2 U2 LEDs pump out 1800 Lumens and the water-resistant aluminium housing means you can tackle any weather. It is USB rechargeable and has three light modes with 100% power giving you up to four hours of light.
*Prices are as close to correct (and averaged from various retailers) at the time of publication.