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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Smith + Kask
Fuelled by Paul’s personal love of cycling, our collaboration with KASK combines the Italian helmet specialist’s engineering expertise with Paul Smith’s signature use of colour.
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Words: Molly Isabella Smith