It’s that time of year again! Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rear-view window, so NOW the Christmas shopping deals begin. The consumerist cycle never ends. In any case, if you’re struggling for ideas, there are a whole variety of gifts you can get for the bike lover in your life, be they eight or eighty. We’ve compiled a few of the best one’s we’ve seen so far. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further!
First up, the FitBit. With a range spanning from simple body-trackers to full-blown smart watches, these ingenious little devices are packed with all kinds of gadgets and capabilities to help you more accurately track your fitness and progress as you ride. They measure heart-rate, body fat, count your steps… the list goes on! While you’re powering through on Zwift, keep an eye on your wrist to see how you’re getting on. They’re light, comfy and non-invasive. It can track your steps, your sleep and your heartrate, and keep you updated about your general level of fitness with the tailored app that accompanies each model. With the base model starting at £69.99, it’s not a bank-breaker either.
With Christmas, comes winter. With winter comes cold. With cold comes the desperate desire to not go out cycling in the wet and the rain when you could be curled up on the sofa with a cup of tea and some Jaffa cakes. Fight the temptation! It’s times like these when those who are committed to two wheels must resort to the “pain cave” – that indoor zone of Hell where you can get your sweat on without getting muddy. You might be fine with a second-hand exercise bike that you nabbed from E-bay, but for a true-to-life cycling experience, something a little more serious is required. Enter the “Kickr Smart Trainer” from Wahoo. If you’re hardcore in the saddle, then you can do no better. With adjustable resistance and an app to help set your workout and track your progress, you can do no better in trying to replicate that authentic cycling experience in the home. Attach your road bike and away you go. It comes with the rather hefty price-tag of £999, which includes a subscription to their training service.
While you’re on the bike, be it out on the road or in the pain cave at home, nothing powers you up quite like your favourite tunes spurring you on. Apple smashed the market with their “air-pods” and, as usual, everyone else has followed suit. You can find any number of different ones online, but we’d recommend Anker’s “Soundcore Life P2” version. Crisp sound and solid build quality will ensure you can pump those tunes while you ride and, because they’re in-ear, there’s minimal leakage, so no-one will know you’re listening to Limp Bizkit.
Finally: Veloflow. You didn’t think we were going to miss an opportunity to plug the brand, did you? Rain or shine, wet or dry, Veloflow is the perfect thing to power you through your ride, and to power you through a busy and uncertain Christmas season. But you knew that already. Why else would you be here? Pick up a tub today! Your loved ones will thank you!