Father's Day is on Sunday 20th June this year, so now's the time to start planning on a way to treat your old man. If he's an avid cyclist, there are plenty of gift ideas out there that he's sure to love. Or, perhaps you're the dad in question who wants to drop a little more than a hint this year?
Luckily for you, the Cyclingnews team is made up of passionate cyclists, so we like to think we can relate to the wants and needs of cyclists around the world. So whether you're the gift-giver or recipient, we’ve compiled a range of Father's Day gifts for cyclists so the cycling dads of the world can get something they can actually use and get a lot of enjoyment out of.
Scroll on for an all-encompassing guide to our favourite Father's Day gifts for cyclists no matter their age or preferred discipline, and no matter your budget. We'll cover wallet-friendly crowd-pleasers to the crème de la crème of premium products (in case you’re feeling especially generous).
Lezyne HV Micro Floor Drive V2 ABS Pump
An excellent tool to keep on hand if he ends up with a flat tyre
Nothing's worse than getting caught out with a puncture, especially when your hand pump has had it and you almost lose an arm trying to reinflate your tyre afterwards. Unlike most hand pumps that can tire you out very quickly, the Lezyne HV Micro Floor Drive acts like a miniature track pump, with a fold-out foot that you can use to stand it upright and push down to pump. It also includes a PSI gauge and makes an excellent addition to his tool stash.
ELITE Eroica 600 Aluminum-Silver Water Bottle
A very stylish bottle for any heritage-loving cyclist
If you’re buying a gift for a cyclist with a love of all things retro and heritage, then they will appreciate this incredibly stylish Eroica bottle from Elite. It got a look and feel that harks back to a classic era of cycling, and while it functions as a water bottle it is also a work of art in its own right. The bottle is hand-made from aluminium with a satin finish, and includes a cork stopper held on with string for a very ‘heritage’ look and feel.
Our favourite heart rate monitor
Help him take his training to the next level with a good quality heart rate monitor. We love the Wahoo Tickr because comes with a whopping 500 hours' battery life, and can simultaneously connect to three other devices, which makes it an excellent accessory for indoor cycling. It enables him to control his headwind fan while riding on Zwift via his laptop, or track his heart rate via a cycling computer and phone at the same time.
Paceline Chamois Butt'r Chamois Cream
Something to make his rides more comfortable
Chamois cream is a must-have for any long-distance cyclist, so if your dad's putting in the miles day after day, a tube of this would make a really thoughtful gift that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. It's a non-greasy lubricant that will help prevent friction build-up and keep him comfortable for hours on the saddle.
Park Tool Heavy Duty Shop Apron - SA-3
A useful gift for a home mechanic
If your dad does all his own bike maintenance at home, why not treat him to this heavy-duty mechanic’s apron from Park Tool? It has all the pockets he needs to keep the most essential tools to hand while carrying out a tricky fix, and is made with durable cotton canvas that stands the test of time.
The Road Book 2020 First Edition, ed. Ned Boulting
The essential roadie almanac
Since 2018 'The Road Book' has been documenting the entire year's race calendar in exquisite detail, with long-form essays and all the essential data, mapping out the entire year.
We may not think of 2020 as having much to offer up, but in fact the challenges brought forth by Covid-19 actually provide a fascinating read. Recounting the biggest threat to professional racing, this year more than any other has produced some of the most dramatic events that will keep your giftee eagerly turning the pages.
Amongst the many essays enclosed, they'll find words from Anna van der Breggen, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Wout van Aert. They'll read about how the Tour de France still went ahead, despite the country preparing for a second lockdown, how the virtual cycling world became the ultimate substitute within the pandemic, how Covid 19 actually brought cyclists together, and a retrospective of Annemiek van Vleuten's impressive career.
Wahoo Kickr Indoor Cycling Desk
A great addition to his pain cave setup
If he's an avid indoor cyclist and relies on his laptop to run Zwift, or any of the myriad virtual training platforms available, then the Wahoo Kickr Desk is an excellent addition to his pain cave. It's fully adjustable and hard-wearing, and makes it so much easier to see the laptop screen, since it makes it possible to raise it to the optimal height.
For bonus points, it can also double up as a standing desk if he works from home.
Camelbak Podium Ice 21oz Insulated Water Bottle
A simple gift that will keep his water fresh throughout his ride
If he doesn't want anything fancy, then a Camelbak Podium Ice bottle will show that you care. Its insulation technology can keep water cold for up to five times longer than a regular bidon, which is something he'll really appreciate if he's putting in long days in the heat.
Airshot Tubeless Tyre Inflator 1.15L
A very useful gift for cyclists that use tubeless tyres
This would be especially useful if your dad's a cyclocross racer or gravel rider, since many of them favour tubeless tyres for their practicality, though tubeless is hugely popular among cyclists of all creeds. This tubeless inflator from Airshot is a simple and effective tool that also does its bit for the environment. Instead of working his way through a pack of single-use metal canisters, he can refill the Airshot with a track pump, and use it to quickly inflate his tyres when needed.
Muc-Off Ultimate Bicycle Kit
Great gift for a commuter to keep their bike clean
If your dad's a commuter cyclist, or he just generally comes home dirty, help him to keep his bike running for longer with this all-in-one cleaning kit from Muc-Off.
It contains all the tools needed for the job, including biodegradable bike cleaner and spray wash, drivetrain cleaner, a microfibre cloth, several specialist brushes and wet lube for afterwards. Plus, it’s all stored neatly in a heavy-duty toolbox.
The best cycling sunglasses for the fashion conscious
Any road cyclist will appreciate the gift of some high quality cycling sunglasses, and the Oakley Sutros are up there among the best, thanks to their large lenses that offer a good field of view, the visual clarity that comes with Oakley's Prizm lenses, and the secure and stable fit.
With their classic retro style, the Oakley Sutros are ideal for everyone from the elite-level cyclist to casual commuters and everything in between.
Small Beer Father's Day Cycling Bundle
The ultimate gift bundle that combines his two favourite things
If bikes and beer are his two favourite things, then this Father's Day gift bundle from Small Beer will surely whet his appetite. Included in the bundle is the brand's Small Beer x Paria cycling jersey that's made from recycled plastic fibres, plus ten bottles of assorted Small Beer brews and two glasses.
Worry Less Design ‘The laws of cycling’ mug
For the dad who needs a bit of motivation
If you're really stumped for a gift idea, you can never go wrong with a mug, and luckily for you there are plenty of cycling-themed mug designs to choose from. We like this 'laws of cycling' design, because it outlines eight motivational mottos that every cyclist can appreciate when they're going through a period of low motivation.
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Bontrager Ion 200 RT & Flare RT
Compact yet powerful lights that punch well above their weight
A good set of lights can make all the difference to a ride, especially when it turns out to be much longer than initially planned. Dad never has to get caught out riding home in the dark if he's got a pair of these Bontrager Ion and Flare lights to hand. They're small and easy to stuff into a pocket for emergencies, and they give off a powerful flash that can be seen from 2km away.
A subtle and compact device for navigation
More geared towards urban cyclists than roadies, the Beeline Velo is a cycling computer and compass in one, and it sits neatly on your handlebar without taking up much space. Using a simple directional arrow, as well as the distance until the next turn, it offers intuitive navigation that makes cycling around the urban environment a lot easier for many cyclists.
MAAP x Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket
A handy accessory to keep his phone safe in a downpour
If he's still putting his phone in a ziplock bag when he heads out into the unknown, it's time for an upgrade. This luxurious weather-proof phone pocket from MAAP is exactly what he needs to keep his phone safe from the elements, while adding a little bit of flare.
Solo Stove Lite
Perfect for the bikepacker in your life
Does your dad love to sleep out under the stars? If yes, help him to ditch gas canisters in favour of renewable energy, with this twig-powered camping stove. It fits easily into a bag, as it’s small and lightweight, and he’ll no longer need to carry gas canisters because his fuel is right there on the ground. What about if he gets caught in the rain, you might ask? Not to worry, it can also run on liquid fuel like bioethanol.
Rapha Brevet Lightweight Jersey
A super popular and lightweight jersey for long, hot rides
With summer on the way, gift him something really special that he can get a lot of use out of. Rapha's Brevet Lightweight Jersey is a popular choice because it's designed to help him stay cool on his longest rides when the sun is beating down. It comes with lots of pockets and storage capabilities so he can carry his essentials and snacks, and has a lot of colour options as well so you can choose something you know he'll love.
PB Swiss Tools rainbow allen keys
Add a bit of colour to his toolkit
Bike tools make great gifts for cyclists who work on their own bike, so why not inject a little colour into your dad's toolkit with these rainbow-coloured hex keys? The colours aren’t just for fun, either, they actually serve a practical purpose, making it easier to identify the size he needs much more quickly than looking for a number.
Surely caffeine is the ultimate gift for a cyclist?
Cycling and coffee go hand in hand, and with the ever-growing popularity of enjoying a brew in the great outdoors, what better present to give than a packable Aeropress kit that fits inside his dangle mug? It has everything he needs to brew up the perfect cup of joe, while admiring the view, or getting a boost for the next leg of his ride.
Lonely Planet, 'Epic Bike Rides of the World'
A beautiful book to inspire his next adventure
If he's a fan of travelling with his bike, and particularly if he's been dying to get out on another adventure after being cooped up during three lockdowns, then this beautiful book from Lonely Planet could be the thing to inspire his next trip. While travel restrictions may still be in place for certain parts of the world, there's nothing to stop him from delving into its pages and dreaming up his next big journey.
Aesthetically, and mechanically, one of the best power meters on the market
Another gift idea that will help him get the most out of his training, the Quarq DZero power meter is a spider-based masterpiece that can be ordered individually or as part of a crankset in either aluminium or carbon. It comes with an accuracy variance of only 1.5 per cent and is compatible with all bottom bracket types and BCD configurations. Even better, it measures power from both the left and right leg to help improve pedal efficiency and power balance.
GoPro HERO9 Black
A world-class action camera to record his ride/life
If he wants to make films out of his rides then give him a GoPro. Packed with features, the GoPro Hero9 Black is at the forefront of what is possible from an action camera, whether he's capturing action sports or vlogging about his two-wheeled ventures. The Hero9 Black features Hypersmooth 2.0 for superior video quality, and its high bitrate makes it an excellent tool for 1080p live streaming.
Saris Bones 2-Bike rack
A great option for the cycling staycation
Whether he races around the country or just likes to take his bike on trips, a trunk-mounted bike rack like the Saris Bones 2-Bike rack is an excellent and thoughtful gift. It's a classic design that just works, and hasn't changed much since its inception in 1996. As they say, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Sock doping, it's a thing!
Cyclists and socks are a formidable duo. While the stereotype of socks as a gift is long-established and often met with disappointment, gift a pair of kit-matching colourful socks to your cyclist dad and you'll forever be his favourite child. If you're unsure on the exact colour, choose white for road cyclists, black for everyone else!
Deda Mistral Bar Tape
Add a splash of colour to his mileage hunting
As with socks, cyclists are like moths to a flame when it comes to fresh bar tape. Some prefer to stick with understated black, but why not add some colour with this luminous Deda Mistral bar tape.
Abus Bordo Lite 6055
A neatly packaged deterrent against opportunist thieves
Help him keep his pride and joy safe when he's out and about, by buying him a great quality bike lock. The Abus Bordo Lite 6055 is a folding lock that neatly folds away and can be stored easily on the frame, and is difficult to cut through. It weighs just 440g so it's not overly cumbersome to pedal around with, plus if you didn't want to use the well-designed mount, it's small enough to stash in a pocket or bag.
Smoother is faster. Always.
Smoother is faster. When Specialized launched its Roubaix, that was its tag line… We bet the company didn't expect us to use it in favour of shaven legs.
The truth is, smoother legs are indeed faster, and a great number of cyclists shave their legs for that very reason. So if your dad fits the bill, you can't go wrong with a razor - just check he's part of the silky-smooth club first!
Of course, if he's not part of the leg-shaving brigade, then you could still gift this razor as a brilliant tongue-in-cheek present, and the chances are he'll find it useful anyway.
SiS GO Isotonic Gel Variety Pack
Avoid the dreaded hunger knock
The bonk, hunger knock, hitting the wall or blowing up. Call it what you will, it's never a pleasant experience. It's caused by a lack of carbohydrates and can be avoided by eating regularly during exercise. A bundle of energy food from SIS is a great gift for a cyclist, so why not treat him to one of these variety packs containing seven different fruity flavours?
A subscription to Strava
Unlock a whole host of incredible features for him
If it isn't on Strava, it didn't happen. If your dad's a firm believer of this, then the gift of a Strava subscription could be the thing that makes his year, unlocking a whole host of premium features and giving him the tools he needs to up his training once and for all. Plus, when you buy a gift certificate for Strava, you can also get a free month's subscription for yourself!
Procycling Magazine Subscription
If they're interested in professional cycling, this is the perfect choice
A subscription to Procycling is more than a single, give-and-forget present, it's a monthly gift of the magazine dubbed 'the most important publication to cover this sport'.
Sign up your loved one to Procycling and they will be kept up to date with the latest news, replete with monthly tech features, rider interviews and guest columns from current and former pro cyclists.
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