35 Gifts For Road Cyclists
Window-shop our handpicked selection of gifts for the road rider in your life.
1. Pinarello F9
Brand-new to Pinarello’s racing lineup is the F9, which adopts trickle-down tech from the top-tier Dogma F to craft an amateur roadie’s dream machine. Paired with the Dura-Ace Di2 drivetrain, this gift puts them in the fast lane.
2. Cervélo Caledonia
Cervélo’s Caledonia all-road machine is the perfect mid-budget buy for roadies who like to go long. With endurance-racing geo and clearance for 34mm tires, not much is off its menu.
3. Giro Aries Spherical Helmet
Giro hand-designed their latest flagship road helmet to be one of the most stunning lids we’ve seen. It’s also one of the most comfortable and ranks No. 1 on Virginia Tech Helmet Lab’s safety rating.
4. S-Works Prevail 3 Mips Helmet
With a name like Prevail, this lid sends its intent from the start. Massive vents, high-tech safety features, and supreme fit make the S-Works Prevail 3 a winning gift for road riders.
5. Shimano RC903 S-PHYRE Cycling Shoe
Looking for the best road cycling shoe? Shimano’s RC903 S-PHYRE should be on the list. The brand’s pinnacle racing shoe delivers the goods to make any ride feel like a winning one.
6. Lake CX238 Cycling Shoe
Lake updated their racing lineup with the CX238 road cycling shoe to deliver the premium, secure fit needed to pedal the hardest efforts. And they boosted the durability as well, making the CX238 a shoe that is always ready to race.
7. PEARL iZUMi AmFIB Lobster Evo Glove
Staying nimble in the cold and rain is a boon for safety and performance. The semi-split glove design keeps the index and middle fingers free to operate the levers and dig in the pockets, while optimizing warmth and waterproofing.
8. GOREWEAR Shield Thermo Overshoe
Cold and wet feet begone with this overshoe, which blocks out rain and wintery road slop while maintaining a cocoon of warmth every road rider will appreciate.
9. Castelli Nano Flex 3G Leg Warmer
For road riders who don’t wear tights, leg warmers are a must for winter cycling. Castelli’s prove their worth year after year and have a pro-fit that makes it seem like they disappear.
11. Castelli Semifreddo Bib Tight
If it’s a bit cold and messy out the Semifreddo bib tights to take the edge off the winter miles without overheating when the sun comes out. Its softly lined interior and weather-resistant exterior make it perfect for 40–60 degree rides.
16. SRAM Force AXS
Force AXS makes a stellar wireless drivetrain for just about any rider. This kit includes a 2x setup of shifters, front and rear brakes and rotors, and front and rear derailleurs.
17. Shimano Ultegra CS-R8000 Cassette
Shimano’s workhorse of a cassette brings the ideal 11-speed gearing ratios from 11x25 to 14x28 tooth in an alloy design that will last them years.
18. Wahoo POWRLINK Zero Pedals
Power is literally on the pedals with Wahoo’s POWRLINK ZERO dual-sided power meter design. Built on the legendary Speedplay platform, the pair can be clipped into from either side of the pedal, and the dual-sided readings provide the precision data road cyclists need to know.
19. Shimano Dura-Ace PD-R91000 SPD SL Pedals
A stalwart design used by the pros on cycling’s biggest stages is Shimano’s Dura-Ace pedal. The carbon-composite sole reduces weight and steel wedges improve durability in this best-in-class Shimano pedal.
20. Fizik Vento Argo 00 Saddle
Saddles are the unsung heroes on the ride. The Fizik’s short-nosed design gets the rider into the power position with the support needed to stay there, and at 135g it’s a featherweight in its class, too.
21. S-Works Power Mirror Saddle
Lauded as one of the most comfortable saddles out there, the S-Works Power Mirror is on more than a few of the bikes in our office. The honeycomb structure is supple and supportive, and the carbon shell and rails make the ride impressively premium.
22. Vittoria Corsa G2.0 Clincher Tire
It’s a superfast, super-supple 320 TPI clincher tire that is a blast to race. Vittoria also aces the durability and puncture protection with a graphene-infused casing for respectable wear resistance.
23. Continental Grand Prix 5000 S TR Tire
Conti’s GP 5000 design is damn-near legacy in road cycling: it’s fast, reliable, and ready to train or race with ease. The new tubeless design is compatible with hooked and hookless wheels.
24. Zipp 303 Firecrest Carbon Disk Brake Wheel – Tubeless
Zipp did a major redesign on the 303 Firecrest, dropping considerable weight, boosting the inner width, and setting it up with the ZR1 hubs and lifetime warranty... all at a price that make them great on the budget.
25. ENVE SES 3.4 Disc Brake Wheelset – Tubeless
One of the most versatile wheelsets out there is the mid-depth ENVE SES 3.4. It’s capable of injecting speed and control into road, cross, and gravel, meaning they’ll never run out of routes to ride.
26. Lizard Skins DSP 2.5mm Bar Tape
Updated to be grippier and more comfortable than ever, DSP 2.5mm tape brings the control and style any roadie wants on the ride. The semi-plush design gives just the right handful for confidence without loss of feel.
27. Garmin Varia RTL515 Rearview Radar With Taillight
With a range of settings for day, night, and group riding, the Garmin Varia is the perfect rear light. It just so happens to also detect on-coming cars and give an alert on the rider’s computer. Extra safety for the win.
28. Garmin Edge 1040 Solar GPS Bike Computer
Bestie complaining about poor computer battery life? Yeah, Garmin’s got it covered. The solar charging capacity of the Edge 1040 means this computer can last up to 180 hours. That’s a lot of summer centuries.
29. Wahoo KICKR Smart Trainer
The centerpiece of the indoor training studio brings the performance needed to get fit when the weather isn’t. They can affix road, gravel, MTB, or even e-bikes and get virtual training sessions cranking.
30. Garmin Varia UT800 Smart Headlight
They’ll see anywhere with Garmin Varia’s 800 lumens and smart feature that adjusts brightness to the ambient light and to moving speed. We’ve used it on- and off-road and found not having to manually adjust lighting is a game changer.
31. Orucase B2-R Travel Case
Help them pack a bike for travel with ease. The B2-R from Orucase is a lightweight softshell design that fits drop bar bikes and MTBs and dimensional requirements for train travel.
32. Silca Super Secret Chain Lube
It’s not so super secret any longer that this chain lube is great for road miles. The easy-to-apply, non-gunky formula keeps the bike running quickly and shifting to perfection.
33. Crank Brothers Multi 10 Tool
Among the top rules in cycling is to always bring a tool. The Crank Brothers Multi 10 has the basic hex and torx bits to handle most roadside repairs.
34. Lezyne Road Drive Pump
No roadie’s gear list is complete without a Lezyne pump, and the Road Drive is ideal for stashing in the jersey or on the bike for low-weight carry. A flexible hose protects the tire valve when in use. For Presta valves only.
35. Arundel Mandible Water Bottle Cage
This high-grip, low-weight carbon cage has been rock solid on our bikes for years, on- and off-road. It’s also one of the best-looking cage designs around and matches well with any road bike.