Stocking Fillers for Cyclists 2016
For higher value 'main present' items, check out my other post 'Christmas Gift Ideas for Cyclists 2016'
In this post, I've picked out a selection of great items that I have reviewed this year; to hopefully spark some ideas of what you could fill a stocking with...
Restrap Bags - Musette, Key Clip, Belt and T-shirt
I used the framebag and seatpack from Yorkshire-based Restrap for my 'Coasts and Cols' tour; both impressed, with their handmade build quality. These five little accessories similarly display the care that the brand puts into its products. First, there is a soft cotton tee; boldly stating "Made in Yorkshire". Second, an elasticated webbing belt; with Restrap's patented magnetic buckle. For your 'Every Ride Carry' there is a brilliant little key clip, with a carbon headset spacer as the key ring; as well as a smart water resistant Restrap wallet. Finally, you can house it all in the beautifully finished Restrap Musette; which puts all other musettes to shame, with its wide comfortable shoulder strap and classy leather label. Fantastic kit for any cyclist's stocking.
See.Sense Icon LightsSee.Sense Icon Light Set is a product that I use everyday. For commuting in busy Portsmouth traffic, I haven't found anything that provides as much of an increase in 'road presence' as these. They are well made, and have some very intelligent features. A great product for any bike rider.
Muc-Off Bike Cleaning and Care EssentialsBike Cleaning and Care Essentials from Muc-Off, you can have a bike running like new again. It's a damn sight cheaper than a new bike for Christmas!
Bellroy Elements Sleeve Wallet
The Elements Sleeve Wallet from Bellroy, is an ultra compact little wallet. Designed to house the bare necessities: such as ID, cards, cash and a key; it does so in a neat and protective little pouch. Ideal for not taking up too much room in your jersey pocket.
Feetures! Merino Elite+ Cushion Crew SocksFeetures Merino Elite+ Cushion Crew Socks are just as luxurious as they sound. With a cut that comes halfway up the calf, and a natural Merino wool knit; they will keep your feet toasty in even the coldest and dampest conditions, whether running or cycling.
Scicon SaddlebagEastway Emitter R0, as part of my 'Every Ride Carry'; it is a great little unit. Their range features all different sizes: suitable for minimalist road riders, or more adventurous touring cyclists. They are all well made, and easy to fit. My personal favourite is the Vortex 480 (pictured above).
Bounce Balls Energy Balls
Nathan TrailMix Plus Insulated Running BeltNathan TrailMix Plus Insulated Running Belt is a super little trail running companion. Big enough to fit snacks, gels and valuables in; but not so bulky that it feels cumbersome to run with. The reflective detailing on the bottles also adds a great bit of visibility.
MultiPower Protein Smoothies and Bars
Multipower Protein Smoothies and Bars are probably the best tasting protein products that I've tried this year. These new Protein Smoothies and smaller 50 gram Protein Bars are two of my particular favourites from the German brand's range.
GripGrab Cycling CapGripGrab is my personal favourite. It is well made, durable, and easily washed. The peak isn't too big either, and the colour means it goes well with any helmet and kit. A great traditional cotton casquette.
Timber! Mountain Bike Bell
The Timber! Mountain Bike Bell 'sings' to alert other trail users to your presence. This is a very cool and innovative bike bell design, from the American brand. (There is a discount code for blog readers in the below review link, valid until 31st December 2016).
GripGrab HeadGlove (a.k.a snood)
You can never have enough snoods... these versatile little tubes of material are great for adding warmth, and keeping out the wind; whether you are running or cycling. The HiVis HeadGlove from GripGrab is my personal favourite.
Sportique Care Products for Cyclistsskincare and muscle gels from Sportique are the best that I have ever used. Made from natural ingredients; they are gentle, whilst still being highly effective at soothing and relieving tired muscles and skin.
Sportful NoRain Arm WarmersSportful NoRain Arm Warmers are a great cycling accessory, especially for the transition seasons. They'll add protection and warmth to a short sleeve top, such as the Sportful Fiandre WS LRR Jacket; whilst retaining the ability to roll them away when you begin to heat up.
Waterfield Designs Club Cycling Pouch
Lezyne Multitools and PumpsLezyne Multitools and Pumps are quite easily the best that I have used. The machined metal finish of their products oozes quality, and they last for years too. They are my go-to, for my 'Every Ride Carry'.
STEALTH Secret Training Energy GelsSTEALTH Energy Gels are made with rice starch and natural fruit; making them super tasty, a more sustaining energy source, and gentler on the stomach than many gels.
Black Mamba Workshop Glovesworkshop gloves from Black Mamba are reassuringly durable, and last for more than one maintenance session. Very much my recommended option.
GripGrab Easy On Toe Covers
Hopefully that gives you some great ideas! If you are still stuck for something, check out my two blog posts from last Christmas, featuring different products:
- Christmas Gift Ideas for Cyclists for Less than £50
- Fifteen Festive Stocking Fillers for Cyclists 2015