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?
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.
- 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.
- 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.