The Sticky Bidon’s Christmas gift guide – stuff for when you’re not on the bike
This will be the final installment of The Sticky Bidon’s Christmas gift guide, mainly because we’re running out of time before Christmas is upon us. If you still haven’t found something for your cyclist/person who likes bikes/whatever you want to call them, or if they are too picky for you to get them something practical, then perhaps you will find some ideas below. This week we’ll tuck into some stuff for when you’re not on the bike. Arty stuff. Entertainment stuff. Stuff to wear. Now, I fully realize that for most of what follows (if not all) you would have to have more than a passing interest in cycling. The person probably needs at least a medium passion for all things two-wheeled and human-powered in order to devote any amount of time or wall space to cycling. If you ride a bike without enjoyment (yeah right!) then sorry, this might not be for you. I have categorized things into budgets thus far, but with some of these things varying wildly in price, I’m just going to put like things together and you can decide what version to get for your budget. So, without further ado…
Books. There are so many. I could pull out a few at random, but it’s just much easier to let you scroll through other people’s top 10 lists and you can choose. You’re not going to lose here, as long as you are interested in the subject in general. Go here, here, here, and Roleur has you covered. Special mention for Velominati’s The Rules.
Go and grab Cyclocross 2013/2014 The Album, from cyclephotos… if it ever get’s re-released… It’s a stunning, 240 page coffee table book covering the entire 2013/2014 season and throws in some essays for good measure. So frustrating that it’s so good, and so unavailable… More good photos on the website: cyclephotos.co.uk.
If you need a vast collection of short stories, grab a copy or few of The Ride Journal. Great artwork, great story telling.
Cycling is hungry work, so why not find some new recipes for when you are on the bike and for when you arrive back home? The Feed Zone has been making the rounds lately, but almost every major team chef has a book out, it seems. They’re all pretty good.
Let’s start with probably the biggest name in all of cycling photography: Graham Watson. He’s got mugs, calendars (like anyone uses those anymore!), t-shirts, and other stuff, but I’d pass on all of those. Others do it better. Check out the photos in the print gallery, which span a good few decades and include every single rider and every single race you can think of. If you need an epic black and white of Hinault for the pool room or office, or a glossy Lance for the purposes of burning, then you can be sure you’ll be catered for. Prints start from well under $50 and larger, ready to hang pieces will get up to around the $250 range. Be warned: the music, which is a little like a French, female Pet Shop Boys, might cause you to throw your computer across the room. Resist, and click through to the print gallery.
Not after a straight-up roadie image? Tim Kölln delivers stunning images of road cycling, but tells a much broader story with more of a look at the before and after of racing. Family. Life. The fans. The struggle. The pain. The joy. The ecstasy. Here you’ll find books, with images, but with even more words. You’ll also find books written by other people, so if you want something that you can sink your teeth into a little more, then Tim Kölln should have you covered. Prices of the images are on an individual basis, so get in touch with him to make it happen. Everything is for sale…
Need more? Gruber Images has some beautiful images. More roadie photos. Although there are many fantastic cyclocross photographers out there, it seems that there aren’t as many putting them out there for sale.
Something other than roadie? Check out Cory Roberts of Superflat. It’s a photo blog, but the images are all available as prints and my favourites are all found in the Commuter Friday section. Each post contains a handful of photos, so scroll through and pick something you like. Prints starting from $25.
Usually someone mentions Après Vélo, but personally, I’m not a fan. Doesn’t fit my aesthetic. Cycology is the same. Rapha, Vulpine, and the like do high quality technical/casual clothing as well as straight-up cycling gear. For some T-shirts that are a little on the casual side but don’t look like they’re trying too hard (Après Vlos, Cycology), check out enduranceconspiracy. Also, Creux. Also, also, Buck!t belts.
I’ll keep this short and sweet:
Campagnolo Corkscrew. Classy. Quality. The real deal. Around $300, so you’d better like cycling, Campagnolo, wine, or just good design.
Little cyclist figurines. A bit knick-knacky, but a bit of fun for the office desk, the bookshelf, or to replace your board-game pieces (board games are so underrated). These guys have been doing it since the 50’s.
The Handmade Cyclist. Prints. Mugs. T-shirts. Postcards.
Pro Cycling Trumps. Play whatever kinds of card games you want with these.
It’s way past my bedtime and I’m falling asleep. I hope that rounds out the Christmas gift guide enough for you to cater for all of your gift-related cycling needs.
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