Top 10 Road Rider Gifts Chosen By Staff Rider Dan

Words by Mark

on 10/12/2013 09:00:00

Dan's Christmas Gift Ideas

Dan lives, eats and breathes cycling. If he isn't riding around Fineshade woods on a Cyclocross bike then he's probably playing with a velodrome Scalextric at home or rubbing his legs with embrocation oil. But all of these come second choice to tonkin' on a steel road bike. Even with this busy schedule he still finds time to manage the Rutland Cycling's Whitwell shop.

Cateye Micro Wireless Bike Computer

1. Cateye Micro Wireless Computer

If you haven't got a cycle computer and you need one, Cateye are about the best around. The Micro wireless is a doddle to install and will really help when trying to shift those festive calories in January

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Vavert 700x20-28c Mudguards

2. Vavert 700x20-28 35mm Mudguards

A number of road cyclists don't like mudguards but if you're riding with friends it's your duty not to spray them with road grime. These fit on the steel road bike a treat and prevent me from getting my clothes dirty when the conditions are less favourable.

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Endura Road Overshoes

3. Endura Road Overshoes

Winter isn't kind to road shoes. Lots of ventilation is good in the summer but in the winter it just lets in water and wind. I always ride with a pair of these in the winter to keep the tootsies warm and dry.

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Assos Skin Repair Gel

4. Assos Skin Repair Gel

This Gel is a lifesaver. Developed to promote the healing of inflamed areas caused by saddle friction. It speeds up normal tissue repair and is much more effective than alternatives such as Deep Heat.

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Vavert Bar Tape

5. Vavert Bar Tape

I'm always changing my bar tape to match whatever jersey I'm wearing; sad I know. Luckily, Vavert bar tape is not only extremely comfortable but a bargain too and available in three different colours.

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Camelbak Podium Bottle

6. Camelbak Podium Bottle

You can never have enough water bottles. I lose the caps, I forget to wash them and they melt from the heat from my embrocating balm on my thighs. It's the gift I'm always glad to receive.

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Specialized Airtool Sport Track Pump

7. Specialized Air Tool Sport Track Pump

As essential as the bike itself, a hand pump is great for emergencies but you'll never get 120psi in the tyres without a decent track pump. This one does the job, is well built and a great price.

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Gore Power GT AS Jacket

8. Gore Power Gore-Tex Jacket

Every roadie needs a decent shell jacket and breathable waterproof doesn't get any better than Gore. Lightweight with a flattering fit, these jackets are incredibly breathable and stop the water dead.

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Garmin Edge 810

9. Garmin Edge 810

If there is one bit of kit that I use as much as the bike it's my Garmin Edge 810. It has it all. Satellite Navigation and GPS, Heart rate monitor and performance evaluation. It's the ultimate tool for everything from training to touring.

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Lezyne Femto Drive

10. Lezyne Femto Drive Pair

I'm not a big one for being on the roads at night as it's difficult for people to see how good I look. But if I do get caught as the twilight is descending I usually flick these on. Great as flashing beacons in the half light and they get me home.

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