15 amazing cycling gifts for under £50
10 December 2021
By Nicki Giles
Bike gifts go down a treat with your loved ones, but what to buy? Here are our top picks from Castelli, Sportful, TLD and more to thrill your favourite cyclist.
With so much amazing cycling kit being released this time of year by all the top brands, it can be hard to choose that one incredible present that will light up your friends' and familys' eyes and put a smile on their face, without breaking the bank. We’re all cycling nuts here at Saddleback, so we’ve done the hard work for you and pulled together a list of 15 items of clothing, tools, bike accessories and must-have trinkets for you to choose from, any one of which we’d be ecstatic to unwrap ourselves!
Keeping cosy with Castelli
As the top cycling apparel brand in the world, Castelli ticks the boxes when it comes to quality, performance and wow-factor.
Castelli Toe Thingy 2 Toe Covers - £18
Designed to be anchored by a shoe cleat, these stylish neoprene wonders will cover any vents, shut out the rushing wind as you ride, and keep your toes toasty on cold winter’s day. Their tough rubberised soles will grip the pedals nicely and ensure that this gift lasts for the long haul.
Castelli Pro Thermal Head Thingy - £20
Is it a hat, a neck warmer, a face covering, or something to hold your streaming hair back? The answer is all of the above, making this striking Thermoflex Head Thingy one of the most versatile and useful gifts out there. If it’s good enough for Team Ineos, it’s sure to be a hit with any cyclist!
Castelli Thermoflex 2 Arm Warmers - £35
Dubbed ‘one of the most comfortable, best fitting sleeves on the market’ by Road.cc, the Thermoflex 2 Arm Warmers are soft, anatomically sculped, and trap air to keep you cosy down to 5˚ C. Wearing these fleece-lined beauties, you won’t need a jacket until it’s freezing or pouring out.
Something special from Sportful
Sportful’s long history in the cross-country ski arena means that this brand really understands how to fight the cold with style.
Sportful Merino Wool 18 Socks - £20
Made from 60% merino wool and 40% nylon, these socks deliver warmth, a luxurious feel and incredible odour control, without the risk of shrinking. Extra padding at the footbed and ankle acts to insulate these sensitive spots, while a reinforced heel and toe keep snags and thinning at bay.
Sportful Neoprene Gloves - £45
These gloves fit snugly but comfortably and protect your hands from the wind and rain. Sealed seams and a high cuff seal water out, while Kevlar® reinforcement combats wear and tear. Add in a grippy silicone palm and you have an excellent, good-looking yet weatherproof cycling glove.
Sportful Neoprene All Weather Bootie - £45
With this bootie, you give the gift of year-round cycling, as dry feet are an absolute must on a winter ride. All-over neoprene and thermowelded seams keep wind and rain out – period. A neoprene cuff halts drips at the ankle, making the cleat-compatible bootie an impenetrable fortress for your foot!
A treat from Troy Lee Designs
Troy Lee Designs is one of the coolest, most recognisable brands on the MTB scene. Every TLD piece is an ardent love letter to mountain biking culture.
Troy Lee Designs Blockworks Camo T-Shirt 20 - £22
Featuring a distinct yet understated logo that echoes the old race heritage badges, this t-shirt will mark you out as an MTB devotee. Its flattering fit, lightweight, poly-cotton blend fabric and generous length make it equally suitable for the pub, the pits or a laid-back summer session on the trails.
Troy Lee Designs 40th Holiday Aero Beanie - £30
Part of a limited-edition collection celebrating 40 years of TLD, the Aero beanie hat is warm, striking and immediately recognisable as coming from the MTB brand. Its stylish black body contrasts beautifully with the Troy Lee Designs signature and the iconic aero design badge, which is synonymous with speed and daring.
Troy Lee Designs Air Gloves Evel - £34
This glove is light, breathable, fitted and grippy, with hardy, laser-perforated palms to protect your hands from the brush. It also has silicone print to make grasping the brake lever easier. The main attraction, though, is the fantastic Evel Knievel design that will make you want to get stunting!
Assorted gifts for under £25
If you think selecting premium cycling kit necessitates paying a premium price, think again. These cherry-picked gems will raise the pulse of any keen cyclist!
Wolf Tooth Bottle Opener - £17
This lustrous opener, made from strong 7075-T6 aluminium, has been engineered by talented tool makers who really care about their beer, so it grips and pops with a vengeance. It also has two bonus features, a key chain hole and – cyclists’ hearts rejoice – a top-notch brake rotor truing slot.
Moots Ass Saver - £12
Yes – they do mean literally, not figuratively. This easily mounted fender fits any carbon rail or standard rail saddle and can be flipped up – using Moots’ patented FLIP-TIP™ attachment system – to act as a handy shield between your behind and spray coming off your wheels on wet roads.
ENVE Swiftwick Sock - £24
These soft, stylish socks, ‘Handmade in the USA’, will reduce muscle fatigue on days when you’re really putting some power behind your pedalling. Whether worn during or after your ride, or simply around town, the lightly compressive Swiftwick Sock will wick sweat and keep your blood pumping.
Assorted gifts for £25-£40
If you have a clear idea of the sort of cycling the bike devotee you’re choosing for prefers, it might be worth going for a more tailored gift option.
Wolf Tooth Seatpost Clamp - £27
Wolf Tooth fans will be thrilled to receive a seatpost clamp that matches their other WT parts. This super-light clamp is exciting on its own merits, being precision engineered from 6061 aluminium, with a self-aligning M5 bolt and anchor to clamp your seat evenly, while reducing cycling impact.
Silca Nastro Piloti Bar Tape - £36
Available in a choice of colours, this Silca Nastro Piloti Bar Tape not only looks smart, but will also take your ride experience to the next level. Superbly strong and grippy in all weathers, it will absorb vibrations as you ramp up the jumps or put in long days, without feeling too bulky under your hands.
Abbey Bike Tools Crank Preload Tool - £28
This Crank Preload Tool is expertly cut to fit the preload adjuster cap of modern a 24mm spindle Shimano crank, allowing you to remove or install it, or optimise your fork for weight or riding style. A central 5mm hex provides oomph where caps are stiff. This is a must-have for racers or mechanics.
Great gift options for every cyclist
We’re sure that this selection of gifts offers something to suit every style of rider and every pocket, so hopefully you’re all set! However, you may have questions about sizing or bike compatibility, or perhaps you have something special in mind that we haven’t covered? Never fear, we’re here to help!
Our bike-mad Customer Services operators are always delighted to offer advice and recommendations, so do feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01454 285285 if you need a helping hand finding that perfect present. Alternatively, visit our online store to browse the full range of high-spec cycling products on offer from our celebrated partner brands.