The 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Cyclists

Cycling can be an expensive sport. From new wheelsets to stylish kits, why save up the cash to buy these pricey items yourself when you can take advantage of the season of giving, right? 

While a shiny new bike under the tree is the gift of every kid's dreams—and, let's be honest, most cyclists, too—we've curated a list of things you'll definitely want to add to your own holiday wish list.


1. Wahoo Kickr Core Smart Trainer ($899)
The best-in-class Wahoo Kickr Core indoor trainer has nearly all of the same features as models costing $100s more. When connected to virtual riding software—like Zwift—this smart trainer will help you get fit and have more fun when cycling indoors.

2. Specialized Flux 1200 Headlamp ($150)
With five operating modes, the Specialized Flux 1200 headlight will help you see and be seen during the day and night. This is the most powerful internal-battery headlight we've tested.

3. Roka SL-1X Sunglasses ($140)
Protect your eyes—and look cool—with the Roka SL-1X sunglasses. These performance shields feature color customizable frame/lens combinations, nose- and ear-pieces to keep the glasses in place and they're oh so lightweight.

4. 7Mesh Quantum Jersey ($140)
7Mesh, a partner of Lululemon, has a line of cycling apparel you're going to want to check out this holiday season. The Quantum Jersey in particular is the perfect top to make you excited for spring and the 2019 season. Lightweight, UPF 50+ breathable fabric and simple colorways gives this jersey a classic look that can pair with just about anything. Plus, not only does the back feature three deep pockets for snacks, cash and your phone, there's also a secure zipper pocket on either side, complete with headphone ports (but remember to listen responsibly!).

5. Stages Power L Meter ($499 and up)
Know exactly how hard you're going with the left-side-only Stages Power L Meter. The third generation of this performance measurement tool boasts accuracy within 1.5 percent and can connect with any late-model ANT+ or Bluetooth-capable bike computer. Available in a variety of crank lengths from major component manufacturers.

6. 7Mesh Synergy Jersey ($180)
Touted as "providing the protection of a windshell, the coverage of arm warmers and the breathability of a lightweight jersey," 7Mesh's Synergy Jersey will be your go-to top this winter. It's windproof and highly water resistant, ensuring you make it home dry from a ride with unexpected crosswinds and pop-up showers or flurries. With all the best properties normally only seen in a jacket, this long sleeve jersey is one item you'll want to put at the very top of this year's holiday wish list.

7. Garmin 520 Plus ($279)
Strava segment integration, ride metrics, performance measurement, turn-by-turn navigation and an option to let friends and family pinpoint your location are just a few features of the do-it-all Garmin Edge 520 Plus bike computer.

8. Rapha Classic Thermal Bib Shorts ($235)
If we had one pair of shorts to get us through cold, windy, winter rides, they would be the Rapha Classic Thermal Bib Shorts. Did we mention just how much we love the comfort offered by the chamois?

9. Castelli Alpha RoS Jersey ($249)
Stay warm and dry and exude pro style with the Castelli Alpha Ros winter cycling jersey, featuring GORE WINDSTOPPER technology. To be sure, "RoS" means rain or shine, so even if you start your ride under sunny skies, a bit of rain on this Italian cycling kit won't dampen your day. Available in four colorways and sizes to fit most.

Buying Tip: Castelli gear is snug with a race fit, so size up if in doubt.

10. Continental Grand Prix 5000s ($79)
The just-announced Continental Grand Prix 5000s improves on the German company's previous top tire by shedding weight, enhancing the stickiness of the rubber compound and lowering rolling resistance. Also available in a tubeless-ready option.

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