Christmas has snuck up on us again and there's only eight days left to get our gift shopping done. There's still time though and there are lots of things that have come out this year which will make great gifts. Here are a few gifts I've had my eye on that you'll be able to pass onto your partner for some ideas. Or better yet, you can buy any of these for your partner in the hope that she'll re-gift them straight back to you!
Note: The cycling figurines in the headline image can be ordered from Fyxomatosis. They make great tree ornaments!
Muck-Off Bike Wash Set
There are very few things that give me more satisfaction than a clean bike. If you don't have a personal mechanic, these Muck-Off products are the bee's-knees. http://www.muc-off.com/products/bicycle/kits/8_in_1_pit_kit
KustomCaps.com makes cool, laser-etched headset caps in a variety of sweet anodized colors. An excellent way to subtly customise your bike without going overboard.
Every cyclist should have one of these, but unfortunately I still don't. I'm ordering one for myself today. Get from www.roadID.com
Garmin Edge 200
We've just tested the new Garmin 200 and once again they've nailed it (review coming next week). It's basically a stripped down Edge 800 (without the maps and ANT+). Only $149. http://www.firstendurance.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=3528
Some excellent books have come out this year (L-R): The Jersey Project, Racing Through the Dark, One Way Road (Signed copies can be purchased through Fyxomatosis), Rouleur Photo Annual, The Rider (not new, but it should be manditory reading), and Mountain High
Six of my favorite road cycling magazines are (L-R): Rouleur, RIDE, Peloton, Bicycling Australia, Velo, ProCycling. There's no better gift than a magazine subscription that keeps giving all year long
Local Melbourne start-up called Creux (pronounced Crew) produce some terrific casual cycling apparel that can be worn on and off the bike. Their attention to detail is superb. Creux have kindly put an offer together just for CyclingTips readers. Simply enter ‘CTIPS20’ during checkout and receive a 20% discount storewide. Order before Wed 21st at 3pm to make sure you get your goodies in time for Xmas. Go to http://www.creuxcycling.com
A'qto (pronounced A-cute-o) makes some of the best fitting and quality t-shirts I own. Because of this I worked with them to manufacture the Shut Up Legs t-shirts (now sold out - sorry, no future runs planned). Offer: spend over $100.00 and receive a bonus riding cap and matching socks. Go to http://www.aqto.com.au. Disclosure: Aqto is currently advertising on this site.
Rapha makes various bundles of products that make fantastic gifts. Go to http://www.rapha.cc/shop/gifting Disclosure: I am employed by Rapha and am proudly biased.
Anything I missed?