Tools, head warmers, grips and (inevitably) some socks too. BikeBiz rounds up some stocking fillers for £20 or less...
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The Reflective Buff not only keeps out the cold, but it boosts visibility on the bike too – in a nutshell it has the versatility and functionality of the Original Buff with added retro-reflective stripes on either side. This Reflective Buff, priced at £18.50, doesn’t just hit the spot with cyclists, but goes down well with joggers and other road users keen to be seen.
The Airchamp Pro is a CO2 inflator offering easy single-hand operation with excellent dosing. Retailing at £19.99, inflator's lock prevents unintended triggering while the reversible valve insert allows use with Presta/Schrader/Dunlop valve connections. Airchamp Pro is suitable for both 16g unthreaded and threaded cartridges. Includes mount for under bottle cage and a 16g CO2 cartridge.
Contact: 01908 374555
Based on the traditional cotton cycling cap design but using technical fabrics, the VeloPac Cap is lightweight, using a quick-drying cycle jersey fabric with UV protection. The vivid full colour sublimation printing will not peel, crack or fade and retails a shade over two notes at £22.50.
Contact: 01454 332110
The Axiom Corker DLX has not only a collection of screwdrivers, allen keys and chain breaker, but also a corkscrew and bottle opener. At 117g the ten-function tool retails at £11, while the 180g 13-function tool is still under two notes, at £17. Also via Paligap is Ritchey’s WCS Ergo Foam Grips, superlight and tough with grippy high density foam (£10). Then there’s DZNuts’ Heat Embrocation Cream helps get riders started in the cold (£16.50).
Distributor: Fisher Outdoor Leisure
Contact: 01727 798340
Basil’s Big Bloom Bells (£12.99) and matching Bloom Saddle Covers (£9.99, pictured) are ideal stylish stocking fillers. The firm also has the Front Wire Basket (£9.99). Zefal offers plenty under the golden £20 price, including the May Day Kit, squeaking in at £19.99, with a Air Profil telescopic mini pump, tyre levers and a universal puncture kit.
Contact: 01752 843882
EVOC’s Saddle Bag is small enough to tuck under the saddle but big enough for riding essentials, with a sealed zip, reflective print and internal mesh pocket (£13.95). Silverfish also stocks SockGuy Socks, with hundreds of designs, colours and styles. All the socks feature Easy Fit cuffs that stay up without carving a notch in your calves, with double stitched toes and heels. SRPs start at £9.95.
Distributor: CSG UK
Contact: 01202 732288
Wethepeople’s Hilt Grip hits the £7.99 price point, now coming in the new proprietary Vex compound which promises to blend longer-lasting durability with the feel of a ‘broken-in’ soft grip. With a mushroom style grip pattern and contrasting grip rings, nylon bar plugs are included. Also under the magical £20 price point comes Eclat Slash Pedals (£15.99 a pair) with a slimline body is durable, concave and knurled for extra grip.
Pendle’s ceiling hook does what you’d expect, offering simple and effective storage. Designed for holding bike wheels it is ideal for storing bikes or spare wheels safety. The large open hook fits any tyre and wheel, with a thick cushioned plastic coasting. It must be fastened to a beam or other strong part of the ceiling, needless to say.
Distributor: Bob Elliot
Contact: 01772 459887
Funkier’s Winter Skull Caps are ideal for those wintery rides. Priced at £14.99 they are made with TPU thermal fabric and Lycra with microfleece. Crucially they are waterproof, windproof and breathable too. They come in one size. Bob Elliot also brings the Chiba Thermofleece Touch Glove, which are touchscreen friendly and a snip at £19.99.
Contact: 01353 662662
The ODI Coozies hold cans or bottles using proprietary grip material, in five colours and at 9cm tall (£4.99). Ison also offers Renthal’s Padded Cell Chainstay protector, with a low profile tapered design, double stitched construction and Neoprene and velcro fastening (£9.99). Then there’s Surley’s Jethro Tule is a bottle opener and pocket tool in stainless steel (£19.99).
Distributor: Shutt VR
Contact: 01280 847271
Socks from Shutt VR come with plenty of features, from air mesh construction with a diaphanous web on top and a high density band around it, to Meryl Skinlife antibacterial fibres to stop bacteria growing in socks.
Flat seam toes combined with the above make for a comfortable, breathable and supportive set of socks.
Endura’s chamois cream helps keep rides more comfortable, especially when a long time is spent in the saddle. Retailing at £9.99, the cream is made in the UK from all natural ingredients, prevents chafing and soreness and can be used post-ride to soothe and heal.
Teko’s Firefly Reflex features high visibility reflective yarns and the brand’s fast drying, lightweight Evapor8 Ultralight fabric – ideal for high intensity activities. Ideal for running as well as cycling, Evapor8 is made from 100 per cent recycled materials
BTR Direct is new to the cycle market with a range of bike bags that it is hoping to retail through the trade.
The firm, keen to link up with retailers, the bike backs retail under £20 and range from a water resistant under saddle seat pack (£7.99), A frame back for £7.99 and a handlebar mobile phone holder for £11.99. New items and further colours will be available in the near future.
Distributor: Sock Mine
Riders can relive their youth with Sock Mine’s Dennis the Menace cycling socks, made with Merino Wool that is warm and breathable. The Sock Mine line-up is manufactured in the UK and supports feet while exercising. Read more about the range at www.thesockmine.co.uk.
Distributor: Secret Training
European champion track cyclist Tim Lawson has developed the Secret Training range, pitched at everyone from beginners through to Olympians and pro tour winners. The products are intended to be with riders from ‘warm up to clean-up’, helping to invigorate, protect, calm, sanitise and nourish. The ‘Strip’ range includes sunscreen, anti-chafing cream and more.
There are over 200 designs in the HAD range, all made in Germany in its own production site. The neck tube scarf is seamless and certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
If your customer is still struggling, maybe you could direct them to the Sustrans site, where they can gift someone with sponsorship of a mile of the National Cycle Network?
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