The fourth article in our Christmas Gift Guide series (under £10, under £50 and ten cycling books) and today we’re looking at presents under £100. We’ve lined up ten gift ideas guaranteed to draw a smile.
(We suggest you email this list to your partner/wife/girlfriend/parent with a few hints. Or accidentally leave the browser window open on the computer for them to see it…)
Shimano M785 XT SPD Trail Pedals £79.99
A highlight in the new Shimano XT groupset is the Trail pedal, trickled down from the XTR groupset from last year. The low-profile lightweight cage surrounding the pedal mechanism provides a more supportive wider platform, making them ideally suited to all-mountain trail riding.
Five Ten Maltese Falcon shoes £94.99
Taking everything that has made 5.10 shoes the most desirable choice for downhill racers and flat pedal fans, now SPD riders get a fully updated shoe using the same fantastic Stealth S1 outsole for superior grip on any terrain. Super comfy too and the Velcro strap keeps the laces out of harms way.
Intrepid Apparel Mission Shorts £79
From the latest clothing company on the block, these stylish Mission Shorts are designed with versatility in mind. They’re made from a lightweight and durable stretch fabric suitable whether riding cross-country or downhill. There’s a chunky zip and two poppers, with two ratchet waistband adjusters allowing you to find the perfect fit, and fleece lined pockets and zipped mesh vents.
Fox Flux helmet £70
One of the coolest looking helmets you could place on your head, the Fox Flux has already become a classic and a hit on the trails. Treat yourself to a choice of colours and a highly ventilated lid (there’s 20 vents), a retention system that keeps the helmet sturdy on your head, and an EPS shell with in-mould technology.
SixSixOne Kyle Strait knee pads £44.99
Sometimes a little protection on tougher trails can be appreciated, and we think these are a great choice, being lightweight and well fitted. Furthermore, stretch Kevlar resists tearing and eliminates snagging, and even work well as knee warmers!
Camelbak Mule £69.99
A hydration pack can be an expensive investment, and few have such a good reputation as Camelbak’s trusty Mule. It now features the latest Antidote reservoir with an easily removable hose. The pack itself is bristling with features, and more pockets and compartments than you can shake a stick at. With this bag, you’ll never run out of space and it’ll last for ever.
Icebreaker Men’s LS Crewe Merino base layer £64.99
A good base layer like New Zealand-based Icebreaker’s long sleeve Crewe is always a nice gift to receive. It’s versatile, you can wear it off the bike, and on the bike it’ll keep you warm, dry and toasty, just what you want when it’s chilly outside. Its lightweight design uses a slim fit with embroidered logos and forward side seams.
Duffbag Race Bag £69.95
Transporting muddy mountain bikes from your house to the trail or race can be a nightmare for some. Duffbag has just the solution; its Race Bag is designed for transporting a bike with the minimum of dismantling and keeps all the oily and muddy bits away from the hallway carpet! Furthermore, it’s made from a water resistant outer shell with a PVC liner, keeping all the muck inside.
Lezyne Super Drive LED light £99.99
Packing 450 Lumens, the Lezyne Super Drive is good enough for slower speed night riding if you want to dabble without going to the expense of a top-end light. And if you commute to work, it’s the perfect here with three brightness modes and a flash setting for tailoring to your ride home.
MT500 Spray Baggy Shorts £64.99
As a mountain biker you like to wear baggy shorts whenever you’re on the bike, but during the winter you want a little more shelter from the rain-soaked trails. These combine a waterproof 3-layer rear panel section to keep your butt from getting soaked, with a regular lightweight and stretchy front panel, keeping you cooler than full waterproof shorts or trousers, but drier than standard shorts. Perfect for winter mountain biking.