Gift ideas for dads that cycle – Christmas 2016
What present to buy a cycle mad Dad for Christmas? Here are a few gift ideas for dads that cycle that we think will hit the mark.
If your dad has been the best on the planet, he’s a budding Tour de France winner and money is no object, then the ultimate gift has to be the Scott Foil Premium road bike. With its stealthy paintwork and stunning aerodynamic frame, the Foil looks as though it would flow it’s way to the podium.
Unfortunately, the lofty pinnacle of cycling design comes with a lofty price tag – £9,399 to be exact! But if you’ve got this sort of money to spend then the Scott Foil Premium can be purchased from Evans Cycles and squeezed under the tree for your dad on Christmas Day. To say he would be overjoyed would be an understatement!!!!
If, like us, the Scott Foil Premium is a bit out of your budget, then carry on reading for some more realistically priced presents.
Christmas gift ideas for dads that cycle
Warm socks, toasty feet!
When it’s a bit chilly outside and your extremities start to get cold, what had started out as an enjoyable ride can quickly turn into one most horrid. There’s nothing like a well-fitting and warm pair of socks to help stave off this problem, and the DeFeet Woolie Boolie 2 not only come with a great name, but also a great reputation.
They are available in two lengths with either a 4″ or 6″ cuff and made from merino wool, which is comfortable to the skin, breathable and great at wicking moisture away. One thing to note though, is that the Woolie Boolie 2 socks are slightly thicker than normal cycling socks so bear this in mind if you have tight-fitting shoes.
They can be purchased online from Evans Cycles and Tredz. There’s also a women’s version, known as the ‘Woolie Boolie Baaad Sheep‘!
Go-Pro for recording ‘on the bike’ footage
For those Dads into gadgets, a video camera is the perfect Christmas gift to document the time when he owned that five foot drop and left his mates eating his dust on the Fred Whitton! The additional bonus is that it can be used to capture those precious moments from your family cycle rides.
GoPro took the adventure market by storm with their high quality and extremely compact camera. The GoPro Hero 5 is a slick piece of kit, recording in 4k to deliver stunning footage. Sound is captured in stereo and it comes with Bluetooth and wifi connectivity for easy transfer and the screen is touch sensitive to assist this process.
Plus, you can dive with it to 33 metres without the waterproof housing. I think that’s all bases covered then.
The GoPro Hero 5 and accessories range can be purchased from Evans Cycles.
Cycling books and autobiographies
If your dad just happens to be a bike geek, then this is the ideal present. Written by the self-confessed and incredibly successful bike geek Chris Boardman, The Biography of the Modern Bike charts cycle design over time with a combination of informative text and illustrations.
The Biography of the Modern Bike in hardback has an rrp of £25 and can be purchased from Waterstones and Amazon.
I love watching Danny MacAskill’s videos with my boys – their reaction to his stunts is fabulous! MacAskill has a new book out, which traces his story from a young boy on the Isle of Skye, through becoming an accidental You Tube sensation, to his current position as one of the world’s top stunt riders.
At The Edge by Danny MacAskill is available from Amazon.
I found David Millar’s account of how the dream start to his career ended with him being banned for drug use a compelling read.
Millar subsequently cleaned up, became a staunch anti-doping advocate and had a successful racing career as a clean rider. This is his no-holds barred view of his darkest years.
Racing Through the Dark: The Fall and Rise of David Millar is available in hardback, paperback and Kindle versions.
Cycling Magazine subscriptions
Some gift idea for dads that cycle can help keep him quiet too! Help your Dad keep up to date with what’s going on in the world of cycling with a subscription to his favourite cycling magazine.
With magazines such as Mountain Biking UK and Cycling Plus and publications covering road, mountain bike and competitive cycling there’s bound to a title to suit. With prices starting at £19.99 this is a gift that really does last all year! Available from www.magazinesubscriptions.co.uk
British Cycling Membership
British Cycling have some great gift offers on their membership this year. Benefits of membership include free liability insurance, discounts with major retailers plus regular cycling tips from experts. Choose the option that is right depending on the type of cycling he does, and personalise the gift voucher at the same time. Membership prices start from £21 and are available from the British Cycling website.
Bike Shop Vouchers
Some Dads are best left to their own devices when it comes to selecting that special gift. If you’d rather not risk a “surprise” then a gift voucher is the perfect gift. Check with your local bike shop to see whether they sell vouchers, or click the links to buy cycling vouchers at Evans Cycles, Tredz, Wiggle or Chain Reaction Cycles.
We hope you like our collection of gift ideas for dads that cycle. We’ve also got lots of great Christmas cycling gifts for kids – including the Best Christmas Mountain Bike Gifts for Kids and Best Christmas presents for cycle made toddlers articles, where hopefully you’ll find some inspiration.
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