RCUK’s Christmas Gift Guide 2015: stocking fillers

If you haven't yet sent your letter to Santa, here are a few ideas you might want to add to that list

If the little things in life are those that make you happiest, then stocking fillers are Christmas cheer incarnate. 

Most of them are amusing little trinkets that help you while away Christmas afternoon and Boxing Day, but if you’re lucky some are good enough that they actually make it to the new year.

With that in mind, and knowing that all of you are aching to combine your festive spirit with your love of cycling, we’ve gathered together a few ideas for bike-related Christmas gifts – and here are the stocking fillers. Also, if any of you want to send us presents, we’ll happily accept submissions from the below.

Well, it was worth a try…


Whitstable ‘It’s a Spiritual Thing’ t-shirt

If you like cycling, but want to wearing cycling-related t-shirts without screaming at the world ‘look! I’m a cyclist!’ then the Whitstable t-shirt company might be just what you’re looking for.

On the other hand, if you want everyone to know you’re a cyclist, then there are a few of those too, so there’s something for everyone really.

This one is part of their Mont Ventoux range, but there are a host of other designs as well along with polo shirts, hoodies, jackets and more.

Price: £21

Hope and Glory coffee

Hope and Glory are two sensations which fans of the Italian Androni-Sidermec team will unlikely have see much of in 2015, but since ‘despair and dopage’ coffee doesn’t yet exist, you’ll have to make do with this.

They have a bunch of Christmas gift ideas, but our favourite might just be the Hario V60 Coffee Dripper gift pack (£12.50) which takes things back to the old school with a rather nice espresso mug, bag of your choice of coffee and 40 filter papers. These papers are to filter the coffee, not for a sneaky post-ride smoke. You are not Mario Cipollini.

Price: Various

Muc-Off Fully Equipped Kit

As well as making a selection of bike cleaning paraphernalia and the hydrodynamic chain lube as used by Team Sky, Muc-Off also make products to clean cyclists.

Their latest is a three-piece set of body wash, shower scrub and body spray, but because that’s super boring they’ve also thrown in a utility tool carabiner thing which is exactly the sort of fun little toy you’d expect at Christmas.

If you don’t fancy that, the hydrodynamic lube is £16 per tube or there’s my personal favourite, the Miracle Shine (£17), that makes your bike look amazing after a wash.

Price: £14.00

Pro Cycling Trumps

Top Trumps are a classic Christmas gift, so naturally Pro Cycling Trumps are a great choice for any cycling fan.

There are four sets available: Legends, Women, 2015 and 2014, so you’ll be able to while away Christmas afternoon arguing about the ratings on the cards rather than what to watch on the tele.

You can also buy posters wth the cards on and even get your own personal card. Don’t lie about those ratings now, are you really 99 for climbing?

Price: £7.99

Defeet Socks

Socks for Christmas are a classic crap present. Cycling socks for Christmas, on the other hand, are not. Especially when they come in a variety of fantastic designs. In fact, we’ll dedicate a whole Christmas gift guide to cycling socks in the not too distant future, but here’s one pair for starters.

Socks are the one area of your bike kit where you have total license to go crazy so pick the wildest set you can and stick them on your list. DeFeet can always be relied on for crazy socks and, personally, we’re big fans of the zigzags and also the Sako7 socks. They also do a pretty awesome line in neon oversocks that are a staple of our winter wardrobe.

Price: Various

Hackney GT bobble hat

Staying warm off the bike in winter can be tricky for cyclists, especially if you’re leaner than an evening in Pisa.

What that means is you have to wrap up warm and one important part of that is keeping your head covered. If you can do it in style, all the better. Just imagine how tranquillo you’d look rolling to the race sign in with one of these on your head. Philippe Gilbert would definitely do it. And there’s no better reason than that.

Price: £28

Supacaz handlebar tape

Because I’m a little bit sad, I really love ‘bar tape. And of all the bar tapes, Supacaz might just be my favourite. Not only is it super durable, but it looks great too and comes in a whole variety of different colours.

They don’t do a Christmas version though, which is probably for the best as the novelty would have well and truly worn off by the end of January, and this stuff lasts a lot longer than a month, so you’d be committed to until until at least July. They do, however, do a Mark Cavendish special edition which is pretty cool although, for some reason, they didn’t call it SupaCav which was a bit of an error.

Price: £27.95-£35.95

Vulpine Softshell Gloves

Sticking with the winter theme are Vulpine’s rather plush softshell gloves. I don’t buy myself nice gloves because I tend to ruin them, but if I had nice ones like these I’d probably be tempted to treat them much better.

As well as weather resistance, these are designed to work with your smartphone’s touchscreen, have reflective strips on the back and look rather smart as well. What more could you want? Other than a Santa generous enough to buy you some £50 gloves, that is…

Price: £49


Skratch Labs Apples & Cinnamon (Hot) Exercise Mix

On-bike nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes, but usually only comes in one temperature: cold. That’s mostly because it’s hard to keep food or drink warm on the bike, but on a cold day out something to warm you up a little wouldn’t go amiss.

Being based in Boulder, Colorado, Cannondale-Garmin sponsors Scratch know a thing or two about tough weather, and have come up with this apple and cinnamon flavour hydration mix to put in your bidons. And if you happen to have a bottle designed to keep your fluids warm, even better. What better way to warm up on a cold winter’s ride.

Price:  £13.95 (454g)

Chapeau Vin Denson t-shirts

Vin Denson was a super domestique deluxe who worked for some of the finest riders of his generation, including Jacques Anquetil, Rik Van Looy and Britain’s first world champion Tom Simpson.

Denson was also the first Brit to win a stage of the Giro d’Italia and Chapeau have decided to honour one of the early British cycling pioneers with three t-shirts commemorating moments in his career. The Bordeaux-Paris one is particularly cool, because anything remembering one of the craziest races ever imagined has to be a good thing.

Price: £29.99

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