Here's our Christmas gift guide for city cyclists who would appreciate something a little bit different to the norm. Categorised to include something for all budgets, so it's smiles that are being maxed out, not credit cards.
Earning you infinitely more love than reindeer boxer shorts, without breaking the bank.
Evolg Fleur Gloves (£24)
Japanese design means quirky styling paired with technical functionality. Touchscreen finger ends mean you can stay connected to your friends and the feeling in your fingertips at the same time.
Available from Dropouts, 25-27 Stokes Croft, Bristol and online at www.dropouts.cc
Chup Fiagh Socks (£25)
Made in Japan from recycled yarn, Chup are not only toasty and ludicrously comfortable but also provide a touch of tasteful but playful design to any city cycling outfit.
Available from Tokyo Bike, 87-89 Tabernacle Street, Shoreditch and online at www.tokyobike.co.uk
The Blériot Winter Cap by FiFO (£50)
Fiona Ryan is an Irish-born designer now based in Brooklyn, New York. Handmade in Columbia from 100% Italian wool, the Blériot is reversible and has ear-flaps to keep even the most tenacious of frosty conditions at bay. With a commitment to artisanship and with collaborations with the likes of Cinelli and Red Hook Crit under their chin strap, FiFo are a brand that warm our design hearts as well as our ears.
Available online from www.alwaysriding.co.uk
Under the Tree
For when you really want to see your loved one's face light up with joy.
Blaze Laserlight (£125)
A powerful 300 lumen front light combined with a laser projected image of a bike six metres in front of you makes Blaze the safest bike light we know of. Not only does this make you more visible to left-turning HGVs and buses, but it is thoughtfully designed from marine grade steel, is completely waterproof and provides up to 13 hours’ use from a single USB-powered charge.
Available from www.blaze.cc
Bermondsey Backpack by LUMO (£200)
We may be ever so slightly biased but you didn't really expect us not to feature our own pride and joys in here, right? Drawing inspiration from vintage British military rucksacks, the Bermondsey is a versatile roll top backpack. Constructed with beautiful yet rugged 100% British waxed cotton canvas and Italian Misouri leather, these bags get even better with age and form a unique character over time. And, of course, featuring the LUMO Glow lighting system, making you visible from 400 metres when you really need it.
Available from www.lumo.cc
Herne Hill Harrington by LUMO (£250)
A contemporary twist on the iconic British Harrington style, the Herne Hill has been crafted from a Gabardine cotton twill with signature LUMO polka detailing. Sleekly cut, you will look and feel as good riding a bike as you will walking into a bar. Again, featuring the LUMO Glow lighting system, making you visible from 400 metres but only when you really need it. Available in Men's and Women's specific cuts.
Available online from www.lumo.cc
Hövding Airbag for Cyclists (£249)
Discreet collar when it’s not in action, motion-triggered airbag when you really need it. Hövding means there’s no longer a choice to be made between being safe and avoiding helmet hair. Truly Scandinavian design genius.
Available from www.hovding.com
Biomega NYC City Bike (£799)
Biomega design minimalist city bikes in every sense: styling, maintenance requirements and price. The NYC’s understated look speaks for itself, but it’s the intelligent design that really makes it ideal for city riding. With Shimano hydraulic discs for safe braking, Gates carbon fibre belt drive for zero chain hassles and SRAM 2 speed automatic gearing this results in fixie-esque low maintenance levels combined with city bike rideability.
Double garage, next to the Ferrari
For true love, and deep pockets.
Portrait Series by James Straffon (£2,000)
Portraying the cycling heroes of yesteryear in his own inimitable style, Straffon’s work tells their stories in a way that reflects the subject’s individual personality and style. Each piece is 30 x 60 x 3cm and made from acrylic, mixed media and resin on canvas.
Available from www.james-straffon.co.uk
Cloud 9 x Ted James Handbuilt Frame Bike (£2,099)
Both Cloud 9 and Ted James specialise in beautifully crafted hand built bike frames that ride as smoothly as they look. The brazing work alone is stunning (brazing looks like welding to you and me, but uses a slightly different technique that means that the joins of the tubes are not only incredibly strong but also beautifully finished). Added to that are some really nice city-friendly touches like a comfy Brooks Swift saddle, a Chris King headset for low maintenance, and puncture-resistant Schwalbe Durano Plus tyres.
Available from Cloud 9 Cycles, 38 Store Street, London or online at www.shopcloud9cycles.com
The E-Tracker by Vintage Electric (£3,950)
World War I vintage styling meets contemporary e-bike technology. With a range of 30 miles, hand laced and tensioned wheels, Shimano energy return system and Schwalbe Fat Frank tyres, this is seriously built for comfort and performance. Limited to a cruisey 15mph on city streets but with an off-road race mode for that extra kick of power, this would sit very confidently next to any supercar in a garage.
Available from Fully Charged, 37 Bermondsey Street, London or online at www.fullycharged.com