Thursday 12 December 2019

Christmas gift ideas and treats for cyclists -1

A few things I think would make great gifts for a cycling buddy. These are items I have got, or have reviewed, and I have found them pretty useful and quite cool.

Primal Unicorn women's jersey

I was a bit tired to take a decent pic after 120 miles!
I do like the colours of the range of clothing by Primal, and over the years I have worn a few of their jerseys. This year I treated myself to the Unicorn one which I wore at Ride London. I got a lot of positive comments about it.

Talking of Primal, I also recommend the Kismet Arm Warmers, which have 50% off and are now just £10, and the Tripper Day jersey.

Women's Unicorn jersey: £50
Tripper Day women's jersey: £50
Kismet Arm warmers: £10

Liv Avail Advanced Pro 1 women's road bike

If you are really looking for a special treat for Christmas then you can't go wrong with the Liv Avail Advanced Pro 1 women's bike.

It's got SRAM eTap electronic gears, is super-light, being made of carbon fibre, and rides oh so smoothly. The tyres are slightly wider than on usual road bikes, meaning you it is possible to ride on slightly rougher terrain than the smooth-ish road surfaces.

Overall, it's a good all-round bike for if you are doing long distance sportives and endurance rides.

Check out my review of it for Cyclist.

Avail Advanced Pro 1 (2020): £4,799

Cube full-fingered winter gloves

I used these gloves last year when I rode the Festive 500. They really made a difference to me having a good or a not-so-great experience of the challenge, especially on one of the days when I was up in the Peak District and the weather was a bit damp and miserable.

The gloves kept my hands warm and they were waterproof. They have good grip too when you are going over rough terrain.

Cube gloves X-Shell long finger natural fit: £52.99

Exposure Race MK14 Lights

For me, Exposure are the gold standard when it comes to lights. I feel really confident that they won't let me down, and are very robust. I have the slightly older version of this - the Race MK13 lights which I got last year.

They were really useful when I used them on a lonely December night, along a rail trail in Norwich when I was doing the Festive 500 on a gravel bike. I have also used them this year on local trails in South London when doing mountain bike rides at night.

Of course, you can use them on the road as well, but as they are designed for riding off-road in pitch black, remember to put the setting to low when on populated roads. It gets slightly problematic when you dazzle other road users!
Alternatively, Exposure have a range of lights for other purposes, including commuting, and helmet-mounted lights.

Exposure Race MK14 mountain bike lights: £250.00

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