For the cycling dummy, the world of bikes can be a daunting, scary place, full of aggressive metal bars, weird disc stuff, and unfathomable crank… thingy’s.
But fear not! The Hub is here to help you choose the perfect gift for that important cyclist in your life this Christmas.
Cyclists, are above all else, gear nuts. They love nothing more than high-tech equipment and toying with the latest biking innovations.
But don’t be scared – the sheer scale of accessories, tech, parts, and clothing available means it’s very unlikely your biking chum is the cyclist that has everything.
So, if you’re on the hunt for an unforgettable gift, or even just a simple stocking filler this Christmas, then it shouldn’t be too hard to find something special to bring festive cheer to their windswept cheeks.
What to buy?
Firstly, it’s a good idea to identify whether your cycling gift recipient is a mountain bike or road bike rider.
Some gifts will be suitable for both disciplines, but others will be useless for one while the holy grail for the other, so watch out.
Buying your road-riding bestie an aggressive-looking full face helmet and it could end up as a rubbish, if quite cool, plant pot.
If you’re not sure which, then just take a look at their bike. If it has thin slick tyres, a thin frame, and curved handlebars, then they ride road. If they have a rugged looking bike with suspension on the front forks, they’re a mountain bike rider (often abbreviated as MTB).
Of course, some ride both, but if that’s the case then you’ve nothing to worry about.
But get that established first and finding a good gift becomes a lot easier.
Things to avoid
Unless they’ve dropped the most elaborate of hints and left exact descriptions ‘haphazardly’ lying around, choosing technical components such as gears and brakes is probably not a good idea.
It’s probably safer to stick to clothing, accessories, or if you have the budget, you can’t go wrong with a new bike (no cyclist has enough bikes).
The latest tech is always a good starting point, such as GPS cycling computers, lights, watches, and cameras, and most of those are suitable for either road or mountain bike enthusiasts.
If they’re really dedicated riders, a good idea could be extreme weather clothing, which they may not have got round to getting yet, or consumables that they’ll always need, such as cleaners, tyres, or tubes.
Remember, if all else fails, no cyclist will be disappointed with a gift voucher.
How to find the perfect gift?
Chain Reaction Cycles has a huge gift selection in its recently launched Christmas store, and you should be able to find everything you need to make the cyclists in your life a very happy individual.
But, if all else fails, why not try our fool proof guide below to give you some fresh ideas and narrow down your search.