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If you’re leaving your Christmas shopping a little late, don’t worry. The panic might be setting in, but we have you cover. I’ve leaned down the best of our 33 Gift Ideas for Cyclists and Secret Santa Presents for Cyclists posts into a top five products.
These are brilliant – and there’s nothing that costs over $/£35 – so they make great stocking-fillers too!
Time is of the essence, though, so let’s get to it… here are five of the best cheap gifts for cyclists.
1. One Man and His Bike
“What would happen if you were cycling to the office and just kept on pedalling?”
Now if that synopsis doesn’t peak your interest, I don’t know what will.
One Man and His Bike, released in 2011, is the autobiographical tale of Mike Carter. He need a change and was “fed up with a Britain rife with crime sliding into economic downturn, one day he decided to cycle straight past the office to find out for himself what was going on”. He followed the Thames to the sea and the cycled the entire coastline of Britain. However, instead of the anticipated despair, he encountered all manner of colourful characters and unbridled generosity, convincing him that “Britain was anything but broken.
This tale is one of the best loved cycling books of the decade and boasts rave reviews, plus an incredible 4.28/5 score on Goodreads – which is always a great indicator.
2. Bike Balls
A big pair of dangling red balls, swing from side to side between your legs. Now that’s how you get people’s attention.
A practical taillight for your bike? Yeah maybe. Funny as hell? Definitely.
3. Muc-Off 8-in-1 Bike Cleaning Kit
The neatest bike cleaning kit in the business. In here, you’ll find the comprehensive kit you need to keep your bike in good nick.
- Biodegradable Bike Cleaner (1 litre)
- Bike Spray Protection (500ml)
- Claw Brush
- Detailing Brush
- Soft Washing Brush
- Two Prong Brush
- Large Microcell Sponge
- Storage Tub / Parts Washer
4. Rehook – Get Your Bike Chain Back on in 3 Seconds
While putting a chain back on is not usually a difficult feat, it can be an exceptionally messy job.
And if you’re on your way out – whether that be to the office or to meet with friends – you really don’t want your hands to be covered in black oil that gets EVERYWHERE.
The Rehook attempts to make this easy job a clean one. You can discreetly attach it to any part of your bike frame and if your chain comes loose, you can easily “Rehook” it. Job done and without mucky paw
5. 16-in-1 Multi-Function Bicycle Repair Tool Kit
Cyclists love multi-tools. And this is one of the ultimate – and definitely one of the best value sets around.
For under eight quid, you’ll get all types and sizes of tools (socket hex wrench, slotted screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, socket wrench, Hex key, spoke wrench and more…) but you’ll also find all of the useful bits and bobs you need in case you get a puncture on the road. It even comes in a slick case.
Want more ideas? Check out our COMPLETE Cycling Gift Guide