10 Gifts For The Avid Cyclist In Your Life

From helmets and jerseys to socks and gloves, these are the gifts that every cyclist – from a casual rider to a consummate professional – will appreciate and then some.

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We know that buying a gift for a cyclist can be a tricky business – especially if you don’t share a passion for their favourite pastime. Luckily, we’re here to lend a helping hand with our expert picks from the Paul Smith cycling edit, a collection of pieces that includes our own original designs, collaborations with some of the biggest brands in the business and a curated selection of pieces from our friends at renowned cycling firms.

1. The Helmet

Safety should always come first, but style follows a close second. At least that’s how we see it – and it’s why we’ve teamed up with one of the most respected helmet-makers in the business KASK. One of the latest additions to the collection, this streamlined ‘Motion Blur Wasabi’ helmet combines high performance with our iconic Artist Stripe motif.

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2. The Bidon (AKA Water Bottle)

It might be a simple water bottle to you and I, but to committed cyclists, it’ll always be a bidon – the French word for, well, water bottle. It’s unclear why the term is preferred, but we suspect it has something to do with the reputation of a certain Grand Tour. In any case, this one, with its bright logo, makes an excellent stocking filler for serious and casual riders alike.

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3. The Jersey

Our stance on cycling jerseys is similar to that of helmets: comfort is key, of course, but aesthetics is still a top priority. With all-over UV protection (so they won’t have to worry about long rides in summer) and breathable mesh panelling, this ‘Artist Stripe’ one is designed in a streamlined ‘Race’ fit – perfect for those with a competitive streak.

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4. The Artwork

If the prospect of investing in a bit of kit is daunting, then consider something that nods to their hobby – like this print. Signed by the artist, it details the ‘Anatomy Of A Bike’, from the frame to the chain (and every nut and bolt in between), in illustrator David Sparshott’s signature sketchbook style.

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5. The Gloves

Even if the cyclist you have in mind as an intended recipient is only biking to and fro from the office, they’ll need a decent pair of gloves, particularly in the colder months. With a padded suede-finish palm for protection and superior grip and an absorbent thumb for sweat-wicking, this ‘Hill Climb’ pair also feature reflective logos to ensure they’re spotted in low light.

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6. The Cap

More so than jerseys, caps are an opportunity to get a little creative – they’re also a handy identifier when riding in a group. This ‘Doodle’ variety, with scribbled sketched motifs all over, fits the bill and then some. But it’s not all good looks – it’s also made from lightweight, sweat-wicking twill and has a fully elasticated back for a comfortably close fit.

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7. The Toolkit

Even the most experienced cyclist will hit a few bumps in the road – from the odd puncture to loose pedals. A good toolkit is therefore a necessity. This ‘HX-ONE’ set of L-keys and screw bits by Silca – a professional brand considered one of the best experts in the field – comes in a slick beechwood box and each tool has a red polymer coating for superior grip.

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8. The Saddle Bag

While cycling backpacks are indispensable on commutes, for serious riders, they can be a little cumbersome – enter this saddle bag by British bike brand Restrap, who specialise in streamlined, lightweight accessories. Part of the company’s #carryeverything range, this 14-litre version clips on securely without bolts and is entirely handmade in the UK.

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9. The Socks

As any cyclist will tell you, you can’t just wear any old socks while on a ride – unless you’re a particular fan of soggy feet. Good thing, then, that this Italian-made striped pair with our ‘Hill Climb’ logo is made from a specialist technical yarn that wicks sweat, keeping you cool and comfortable in the process.

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10. The Bib-Shorts

If you’re buying for someone who considers themselves a notch above a casual rider, then you’ll impress them with a pro piece of kit: and we’ve got just the thing. These ones are made from a special four-way stretch for unrivalled flexibility and will ensure a smooth ride. There’s also a mesh back for increased breathability and, as expected, pops of bright colour that’ll aid visibility on the road.

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Published: 11.22

Words: Molly Isabella Smith