Name a more iconic Christmas gift than a bike, I’ll wait… But not that long, because we’ve got 10 other gift ideas for bike riders that don’t have two wheels but will still be sure to delight on Christmas Day.
Whether the recipient of your future gift is a cyclist, bikepacker, downhill mountain biker, or anything in between, we’ve got gifts for all kinds of riders and surfaces.
1. Camelbak Mule Pro 14 3L Hydration Backpack
Pedalling is thirsty work, so the perpetual thirst-quenchers at Camelbak have updated their bestselling MULE hydration pack with even more bells and whistles for biking.
It now comes with an Air Support™ Back Panel and breathable mesh harness to lighten the load, and is shaped to maximise airflow and cooling.
In addition to the three litre carrying capacity, it comes with a bike tool organiser, helmet carry system, and E-bike battery sleeve.
2. Restrap Bikepacking Bar Bag
Whether your mate’s bikepacking, touring or commuting, this bar bag attaches to any bike within seconds and doesn’t require any mounts or screws.
3. Restrap Bikepacking Frame Bag
Why stop at the handlebars? The Restrap bags make use of all available space on a bike, without impacting the rideability.
This frame bag comes in three different sizes to suit any frame and has a tough textured nylon outer. Rubberised strapping provides extra grip to the frame and inner mesh pockets keep gear organised.
4. Trail Brew Endurance Energy Sports Drink
Remember how we said pedalling was thirsty work? Well Trail Brew have a remedy and it tastes like raspberry.
This endurance energy sports drink is a nice little stocking stuffer that has all the ingredients to keep your biker friend in the seat longer.
5. GoPro Hero10 Black
This is about as serious as Christmas presents get and despite the size, it’s obviously no small gift to give someone.
However, the latest GoPro camera has riding written all over it, so it’d be sacrilege not to include it.
The most powerful GoPro to date, the GoPro Hero10 Black has the ability to shoot 5.3k video at twice the frame rate as before. But, perhaps the most compelling reason this action camera is the perfect gift for bike riders, is its HyperSmooth 4.0 video stabilisation — which works in all recording modes.
That means no more shaky footage as you hurtle around berms on a downhill lap, or across gravel on a long bikepacking trip. The mounting possibilities across helmets, handlebars, and chest straps are also endless.
6. Smith Wildcat Sunglasses
A pair of riding glasses that don’t skimp on style. The Smith Wildcats are a versatile pair of sunglasses that come with their signature ChromaPop™ lens for bright conditions, as well as a secondary clear lens.
The no-slip fit on the nose bridge and temples ensure they stay in place, no matter how rough the riding gets.
7. Uvex Sportstyle 804 Supravision Sunglasses
Wildcat’s not exactly your style? These frameless wraparound sunnies from Uvex have the high-speed road rider in mind.
8. Sea to Summit Stretch-Loc Straps
Also commonly known as ‘ski straps’ or ‘voile straps’ after the brand who popularised them, these TPU straps can be a lifesaver on the trail.
Perfect for mounting something to a bike in a pinch, to help secure your bike to a rack or just kept wrapped around the frame for an emergency repair down the track, these straps come in a range of sizes and are a serious crowd pleaser.
9. Specialized Ambush Helmet
Want to ensure your mate always wears a helmet when they’re riding? Buy them one.
That way you can say you’re offended they don’t like your gift! There’s nothing not to like about this trail helmet by Specialized.
Our editor Tim recently reviewed the Specialized Ambush with ANGi Mountain Bike Helmet and called it ‘Exceedingly comfortable’.
Available in a range of colours and with ANGi compatability — an app that calls for help in case of a crash – Tim unpacks it all in his review. It’s mind-blowing stuff.
10. Specialized MTB Trail Jersey
We recently fitted Kate Donald out with a range of Specialized’s mountain biking apparel and let her loose on the trails around Jindabyne. We wanted to see how they performed and particularly whether the women’s apparel was up to scratch.
Suffice to say the gear passed with flying colours and Kate was very pleased to hear she didn’t have to give any of it back.
For mountain bikers, it’s hard to beat a well-fitting, durable jersey and Specialized make some of the best we’ve come across.