Bright Ideas for Christmas! Santa’s Cycling Stuff

You can't fit a Madone in a stocking

As you are well aware Le Sportif is a purveyor of quality content reflecting the beauty of cycling in all its forms rather than a simple bike buyer’s guide. Obviously you will have noticed a few choice reviews of products that we have particularly liked, our Treks and Buff, to name a couple, products that we have ridden, enjoyed and genuinely used.

Given the time of year it seemed an opportune moment to help those of you who are looking for cycling stocking fillers with a look back at some of 2015’s best products that we have encountered, hopefully suitable for all income levels, that is unless you’re still paying off your overly expensive bike…

Saddles are obviously a personal issue. We have recently had the pleasure of riding the elegant Line saddle produced by Fabric. Not only has the seating proven to be extremely comfortable, it’s also lightweight, it looks great, eye catching and the source of considerable envy amongst other riders. The simple construction makes it easy to clean which keeps it looking smart. Even better than that it’s competitively priced, and there’s a wide choice of colours. Fabric also offer a range of other styles with shapes for whatever shape you may be, the top end ALM, and the super comfy Cell, which is built with the same concept as a famous trainer sole. The most simple recommendation is this, Fabric saddles are now on both bikes, permanently!

If you like your collar and cuffs to match, Fabric also have a range of bar tapes and grips, our favourite is the textured (as the name suggests) Knurl tape. It’s great to get a perfect colour and quality match at all contact points.

Giving socks to a cyclist as a Christmas present is not the boring faux pas that other members of society may consider it to be, every cycling clothing company has them, and there’s more than plenty of those! This season we are mainly wearing Rapha Pro Team Long socks, Bontrager Race socks and in dirtier weather the Assos fuguSpeer_S7.

Everyone also has a multi-tool, but there is only one that you’ll be happy to use roadside and have the admiration, instead of anger, of your riding companions… the Fabric Chamber multi-tool is stylish, precise, well made and functional.

If the three wise men had taken books on their pilgrimage, then these are the three books they would have taken:

A Corinthian Endeavour (The Story of the National Hill Climb Championship) - Paul Jones - (Mousehold)

P is for Peloton (The A - Z of Cycling) - Suze Clemitson & Mark Fairhurst - (Bloomsbury)

The World of Cycling According to G - Gerraint Thomas - (Quercus)

One of these will definitely suit your beloved’s level of capability…

Our final favourite is the Rapha Arm Screens a lightweight arm warmer suited for early mornings and chilly descents, an ideal accessory for your trip to the winter sun! Well made, elegantly fitted, and stylish.

The final word that we have is to recommend that you head to your local bike shop or book shop for as many of these items as possible, ride by on your way home and conceal the present amidst your bulky winter garb when you get in! Our fantastic partners are: Mud Dock Cycleworks & Bay Cycles.