Stuck for presents? Cyclists are very easy to buy presents for, whether it’s a complete new bike or bike accessories.

Our local Hayling Cycles (no relation to Cycle Hayling!) is great for bikes, servicing, accessories, or advice. If you can’t see what to get, perhaps a voucher for a service?

New bikes

A new bike doesn’t need to be expensive for everyday cycling on a flat island, and will get you there just as fast, with less worry about it being stolen. And it could pay for itself in no time if it saves a few car or bus journeys.

If you’re worried about kids growing out of bikes, most folding bikes are one-size fits all. I’ve had kids of 7 ride my Decathlon folder just by lowering the saddle, and they’re amazing value, from £250 up. But for brilliant folding, and long term reliability, Bromptons are a great investment.

See all our tips on choosing a bike here.


We have plenty of ideas for existing riders’ presents and stocking fillers.

Be safe, be seen

  • Be safe, be seen, with hi-vis clothing and lights. Hi-vis velcro ankle straps start at a couple of pounds, while a hi-vis gilet or rucksack cover can be not much more.
  • For lights, look for ones with rubber straps, for instant fitting and removing.
  • Hayling Cycles have those brilliant little Cycle Safari lights for £8.50 for the pair, which use CR2032 watch batteries, so worth buying some spares.
  • To save on batteries, what about USB rechargeable LED lights, slow flashing for better visibility and battery life. Keep them charged up, like your phone, so they’re always ready. We’ve seen them from £1.50, but £10 to £15 might be a better quality.
  • And we love helmet mirrors to see what’s behind you. The best one we’ve found is this one from Zefal.
  • A helmet needs to fit well and be adjusted correctly to do its job.

Keep warm and dry

  • Keeping warm and dry makes all the difference, and cycling jackets are designed for riding position and movement.
  • Fully breathable GoreTex jackets are fantastic, but for everyday cycling up to 3 or 4 miles, semi-breathable jackets will do the job much cheaper.
  • Tiny pack-away jackets are great to throw in your pocket in case of rain.
  • And gloves to keep your hands warm.
  • Waterproof trousers combat rainy days. We like Berhaus PakLite’s because they’re tiny, comfortable, breathable and they zip up to the waist so you can get them over your shoes. But cheaper ones are fine for short journeys.

Practical stuff

  • Can of TF2 chain lubricant.
  • All bikes need a bell to warn pedestrians and dog walkers, from £1 up.
  • Everyone needs a puncture repair kit and a cyclist’s multi-tool.
  • Spare inner tubes are always good (check the size and type of valve).
  • Bike racks and panniers let you carry shopping and any gear you need.
  • Modern tiny hand pumps are good to carry with you, but for home use, you can’t beat a track pump with a pressure gauge.

Bike security

  • A cable combination lock is good for quick locking in safer places, but for valuable bikes or dodgier places, we’d suggest a good brand D-lock, rated ‘sold secure’ gold or silver.
  • But having both lets you loop the cable through wheels, or attach to bigger anchor points, such as fences or trees. And a bike holder makes them easier to carry and harder to forget.


Decarbonising transport

Cycling was banned from the COP26 conference Transport day. Our government said it was just about zero emission vehicles, even though bikes are the ultimate zero emission vehicles. You can see cyclists protesting about it here.

But there was a brilliant side session on how we can decarbonise transport and regain our streets for people, for children, for the disabled.

It’s not long, but if you’re short of time, we recommend starting at 9 minutes, and maybe setting YouTube to speed up playback to 1.25, or even 1.5. But the first section is good too if you have time to rewind to the beginning.

Worth watching for Chris Boardman alone – he just explains it so simply.

August 2020 Cycle Hayling newsletter

Lots in Cycle Hayling’s August newsletter (if you’re not too busy out cycling!) :

  • 20 ways Boris’ Gear Change for cycling has blown us away
  • Help us build our 2020 vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling
  • Government copies our Revive-A-Bike scheme!
  • We’re starting up Cycle Havant
  • And we’re working on Cycle Hampshire
  • Our August Hayling Herald article if you missed it

Or you can read it online here.

Continue reading “August 2020 Cycle Hayling newsletter”

Our 2020 vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling

So Cycle Hayling is 10 years old, and what a year to start our next 10 years.

Help us now to build our 2020 vision of what cycling should be like on Hayling.

Safe, pleasant, everyday cycling, for everyday journeys, in everyday clothing, by everyday people of ALL ages, and ALL abilities.

Tell us what is needed, and where. Help us set priorities. Help us to help our councillors and MP fight for the funding to do it. Continue reading “Our 2020 vision for a cycle-friendly Hayling”