Campagnolo BIG Corkscrew (Bronze)

Cycling related gift ideas

When you consider buying a gift for a person who has a passion for cycling, it’s a great idea to buy a cycling-related item to her/him. Luckily, you’ll have many options. Here are some cycling related gift ideas:

Under $100

Cycling-related mugs ($10-$30)

Every cyclist loves drinking coffee. Caffeine is one of the best friends of cyclists. A cycling-related mug would be a good gift to her/him.

A good thing is, you can buy one prepared by those who really know cycling: the website of Rouleur Magazine is selling cycling-related mugs. They also prepared a custom “Legends” series. Another interesting item that you can buy is “Velominati The Rules Mug” (see Velominati: The Rules).

Rouleur Magazine Fausto Coppi Coffee Mug
Rouleur Magazine Fausto Coppi Coffee Mug: Rouleur and Rich Mitchelson pay tribute to cycling’s Legends, the riders who have shone on the sport’s biggest stages. This glorious vessel features Il Campionissimo in his iconic Bianchi jersey, the team he was with for all but one of his Grand Tour wins. Price: £19.00

I found another interesting shop: you’re selecting the design, and they’re printing it on the mug. cafepress.com

Ana here is another one: supermug.co.uk

Park Tool BO-2 Bottle Opener ($6.95)

  • The ergonomically designed BO-2 is engineered and built to provide tremendous leverage, making quick work of any bottle cap.
  • World famous Park Tool blue vinyl coated handle.
  • Stainless steel construction.
  • Dishwasher safe.
  • Compatible with all major brands of beer.
  • Weight: 114g (Manufacturer claimed)
Park Tool Bottle Opener BO-2
Park Tool Bottle Opener BO-2. Price: $6.95 (Click to buy)

Bicycle Pizza Cutter ($19.99)

A bicycle-shaped pizza cutter to make eating pizza even more enjoyable! Both wheels are stainless steel pizza cutters. The producer claims that it will endure as cutting as many pizzas as you can handle in a lifetime.

Bicycle Pizza Cutter
Bicycle pizza cutter. Price: $19.99 (click to buy from sntsportstore.com)

Desk&Wall Clocks ($30-$84)

Desk&wall clocks built with recycled bicycle parts are cool. You can buy from amazon, prices are variable, from $30 to $84.

Maple's 16-Inch Aluminum Bicycle Wheel Wall Clock, Black
Maple’s 16-Inch Aluminum Bicycle Wheel Wall Clock, Black. Body is an aluminum bicycle wheel with the rim painted matte black. Wrench hour hand and screw driver minute hand. Center sprocket moves every second. Price: $41.00 (click to buy from Amazon)

Business card holder ($43.95)

  • Created by Artist Guenter Scholz
  • Handcrafted using recycled steel
  • Approx. 6″ tall by 5″ wide
Bike Business Card Holder
Bike Business Card Holder. Price: $43.95 (Click to buy from amazon)

Women’s cycling theme watch ($49.95)

Cycling theme watch, Arabic Numbers, Blue Leather Strap, Women’s Size (Small).

Cycling theme watch
Cycling theme watch: Blue Leather Strap-Women’s Size-Small. Price: $49.95 (click to buy from amazon)

Smoking in the Peloton Cycling Poster ($11.99)

In the 1920’s it was believed that smoking cigarettes IMPROVED respiration. Here’s a poster of some cyclists in the Tour de France, sharing cigarettes before a hill climb.

Smoking in the Peloton Cycling Poster
Witty and historic, this photo from the book “An Intimate Portrait of the Tour de France” blows smoke at the mettle of the men behind the pedal. Tour de France leaders Vervaeke and Geldhol smoke the competition in this humorous and insightful 1920s picture showing the two rivals sharing a cigarette, which, at the time, was thought to open up an athlete’s lungs.
Size: 30 x 22 in (76.2 x 55.88 cm). Price: $11.99 (click to buy from allposters.com)

T-Shirts (£20-£30)

Cycling related t-shirts are always good gifts for both women&men. There are many options, but I really liked “I’m a cycling goddess” T-Shirt below.

I’m a cycling goddess T-Shirt
This basic t-shirt features a relaxed fit for the female shape. Made from 100% cotton, this t-shirt is both durable and soft – a great combination if you’re looking for that casual wardrobe staple. Select a design from our marketplace or customise it and unleash your creativity!
Size & Fit
– Model is 5’7″/170 cm and is wearing a Small
– Standard fit
– Fits true to size
Fabric & Care
– 100% cotton
– Tagless label for comfort
– Double-needle hemmed sleeves and bottom
– Machine wash cold
Price: £22.30 (click to buy from zazzle.co.uk)

Jiro Belts and Bracelets (starting from €12)

Jiro Belts and Bracelets (made from road bike tires) are really cool. You can have a stylish one-of-a-kind bike tire belt that proudly shows off the scratches and logos from its previous life. No two belts are exactly the same and if you don’t see anything you like in their gallery, they also make custom belts with your choice of colors and hardware.

Continental GP 4000S Belt
Continental GP 4000S Belt. Price: €25 (click to buy from jiro-belt.com)

Over $100

Campagnolo BIG Corkscrew (€145.30)

Tullio Campagnolo was a great inventor. With his intuition and innovations in the field of mechanics, he basically rewrote the history of the bicycle, but he did not stop there. His creativity knew no limits and he reached into different sectors, his best ideas flourishing in times of difficulty. And so, in 1966, Tullio had another stroke of genius, just like he’d had for his invention of the quick release.

While toasting a victory perhaps, or drinking a glass of wine with some champion or other, he hurt his hand opening the bottle. This triggered not only his rage, but also his creative flair. It took him just a few minutes to design a new kind of corkscrew, one that over the years was to become a cult object and collector’s item. This was the birth of the Campagnolo BIG corkscrew.

The Campagnolo BIG corkscrew is still a veritable jewel of mechanics, despite the slight changes made to its appearance over the years. The Campagnolo logo and the screws taken from products from the past remain as distinctive features, deeply rooted in the world of cycling.

Today the corkscrew is an article where attention is paid to the smallest detail and still 100% made in Italy. In 2013, to celebrate Campagnolo’s 80th anniversary, it was further enhanced with a new chrome plating that guarantees a high-quality, long-lasting finish. This resulted in the addition of two new versions: bronze and satin.

Campagnolo BIG Corkscrew (Bronze)
Campagnolo BIG Corkscrew (Bronze). Price: €145.30 (Click to buy from campagnolo.com)

Bicycle Cafe Table ($450.00)

Made of recycled vintage bicycle wheels and parts, sculpted into a functional table. It features a clear glass top and a dark rustic black finish. The dimensions are 26W x 36H x 26D.

Bicycle Cafe Table
This cafe table featuring rustic charm is a unique addition to any room. It is made of recycled vintage bicycle wheels and parts, sculpted into a functional table. It features a clear glass top and a dark rustic black finish. The dimensions are 26W x 36H x 26D. This item does not ship by UPS, it will come on a truck. Price: $450 (click to buy from bicyclegifthub.com)

Books

Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike

The first ever English-language biography of Eddy Merckx, the greatest cyclist of all time, by William Fotheringham, Britain’s top cycling writer.Eddy Merckx is to cycling what Muhammad Ali is to boxing or Pelé to football; quite simply, the best there has ever been. Throughout his professional career Merckx amassed an astonishing 445 victories. Lance Armstrong, by comparison, has managed fewer than 100, and almost all of them voided.

For Britain’s leading cycling writer, William Fotheringham, the burning question remains, why? What made Eddy Merckx so invincible?

Merckx was a machine. It wasn’t just the number of victories; it was his remorseless domination that created the legend. Once, already comfortably leading the 1969 Tour de France, Merckx hammered a further eight and a half minutes out of his nearest rivals during an 85-mile solo break in the Pyrenees. But his triumphs only tell half a story that includes drug-busts, horrific injury and death. He was nicknamed ‘The Cannibal’ for his insatiable appetite for victory, but the moniker did scant justice to this handsome, sensitive, and surprisingly anxious man.

In Half Man, Half Bike, Fotheringham goes back to speak to those who were there at the time. The result is the extraordinary and definitive story of a man whose fear of failure would drive him to reach the highest pinnacles before ultimately destroying him.

Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike
Merckx: Half Man, Half Bike by William Fotheringham. (click to buy from amazon.com)

Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi

Fausto Coppi was the campionissimo, or champion of champions, and this is the tragic story of his life and death, and how a man who became the symbol of a nation’s rebirth after the disasters of war died reviled and heartbroken. The greatest cyclist of the immediate post-war years, he was the first man to win cycling’s great double, the Tour de France and Tour of Italy, in the same year—and he did it twice. He achieved mythical status for his crushing solo victories, world titles and world records. But his significance extends far beyond his sport. Coppi’s scandalous divorce and controversial early death convulsed a conservative, staunchly Roman Catholic Italy in the 1950s. At a time when adultery was still illegal, Coppi and his lover were dragged from their bed in the middle of the night, excommunicated, and forced to face a clamorous legal battle, the ramifications of which are still being felt today. Told with insight and intelligence, this is a unique portrait of Italy and Italian sport at a time of tumultuous change.

Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi
Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi. (click to buy from amazon.com)

The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography

Marco Pantani’s death is one of the most tragic events in recent sports history. After winning both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1998, he was expected to dominate cycling well into the next decade. Instead, he was caught in a blood-doping scandal, disappeared from view, and, in 2004, was found dead of cocaine poisoning. Matt Rendell tells Pantani’s story with an investigative reporter’s zeal for the facts and a novelist’s skill for depicting deeper truths. He debunks the conspiracy theories that have circulated about Pantani’s demise, and also reveals other startling findings about the dark underside of the cycling world.

The Death of Marco Pantani
The Death of Marco Pantani: A Biography (by Matt Rendell). (click to buy from amazon.com)

Slaying the Badger: Greg LeMond, Bernard Hinault, and the Greatest Tour de France

Bernard Hinault is “Le Blaireau,” the Badger. Tough as old boots, he is the old warrior of the French peloton, as revered as he is feared for his ferocious attacks. He has won 5 Tours de France, marking his name into the history books as a member of cycling’s most exclusive club.

Yet as the 1986 Tour de France ascends into the mountains, a boyish and friendly young American named Greg LeMond threatens the Badger—and France’s entire cycling heritage. Known as “L’Américain,” the naïve Tour newcomer rides strongly, unafraid.

The stakes are high. Winning for Hinault means capping his long cycling career by becoming the first man to win the Tour six times. For LeMond, a win will bring America its first Tour de France victory. So why does their rivalry shock the world?

LeMond and Hinault ride for the same team.

Slaying the Badger by Richard Moore
Slaying the Badger by Richard Moore. (click to buy from amazon.com)

Put Me Back On My Bike: In Search of Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson was an Olympic medalist, a world champion cyclist, and the first Briton to wear the fabled yellow jersey of the Tour de France. He died a tragic early death on the barren moonscape of the Mont Ventoux during the 1967 Tour, and fans continue to make the pilgrimage to the windswept memorial that marks the spot where he died. A man of contradictions, Simpson was one of the first cyclists to admit to using banned drugs and was accused of fixing races. Yet the dapper “Major Tom” inspired awe and affection for his obsessive will to win, which ultimately cost him his life. Fully updated, this gripping biography features a new preface and final chapter that provide further revelations about Simpson’s life and death. (click to buy from amazon.com)

Put Me Back On My Bike, In Search Of Tom Simpson - by William Fotheringham
Put Me Back On My Bike, In Search Of Tom Simpson – by William Fotheringham. (click to buy from amazon.com)

We Were Young and Carefree

Laurent Fignon was one of the giants of modern cycling. Twice-winner of the Tour de France in the early eighties, Fignon became the star for a new generation. In 1989 he took part in one of the most fiercely-contested Tours of all time. Over the course of 3,285 kilometres he lost out to his American arch-rival, Greg LeMond, by an agonising eight seconds on the final Parisian time trial. In this forthright and unflinching account the former champion spares neither friends nor opponents, nor even himself. In doing so he gives cycling fans a tantalising glimpse of what really went on behind the scenes of this epic sport – the friendships, the rivalries, the betrayals, the scheming, the parties, the girls, and, of course, the performance-enhancing drugs. Laurent Fignon lived cycling at its peak. He enjoyed a truly exceptional career, winning over eighty titles from 1982 to 1993. The highs were matched by lows of serious injury, periods of self-doubt, and accusations of cheating. Fignon’s story bestrides a golden age in cycling: a time when the headlines spoke of heroes, not doping, and a time when cyclists were afraid of nothing. (click to buy from amazon.com)

We Were Young and Carefree
We Were Young and Carefree (by Laurent Fignon). (click to buy from amazon.com)

DVDs

The Last Kilometer (L’Ultimo Chilometro) (2012)

The Last Kilometer is a film totally dedicated to a passion, an emotion, a sport: Cycling.The movie follows the story and an entire cycling season of “the old” Davide Rebellin,
41 years old and still fighting in the peloton after many victories and scandals, and “the young” Ignazio Moser, promising 20 years old son of cycling champion Francesco Moser.

The famous italian journalist Gianni Mura, Tour de France correspondent since 1967, helps us to discover what cycling was and what it has become today, after doping scandals, passion, epic, richness and decadence.

Finally, a bit of madness and insane joy is brought into the movie by Didi Senft, better known as “El Diablo”, a living and metaphorical symbol of all cycling fans, with their passion and their enthusiasm.

The Last Kilometer is a portrait of cycling.

The Last Kilometer DVD
The Last Kilometer DVD. Click to buy with a 10% discount for cycling-passion.com readers!

Chasing Legends (2010)

Director: Jason Berry
Cast: Mark Cavendish, George Hincapie, Kim Kirchen and others

The story of the 2009 Tour de France from the Team HTC Columbia’s point of view. Scenes from the tour and inside the team. Epic scenes!

Chasing Legends touches on the rich history, passion and true grit of The Tour as seen through the eyes of Team HTC Columbia along with commentary from Phil Liggett, Paul Sherwen, Eddy Merckx, Lance Armstrong and some of the sports most prolific heros. With a stunning array of HD cameras, poignant and touching interviews, “Chasing Legends” will take viewers deeper into the pro peloton than ever on a roller coaster ride of action, story and emotion. Chasing Legends has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. Read what they are saying about the film: “A Brilliant Success! There have been many cycling films, but none like this one. Chasing Legends brings all the drama of the Tour de France with a twist of comedy from the team car and it all ends in the pain developed from Tour Fever” – Phil Liggett “Pure Visual Adrenaline!” – CyclEsport Magazine “An Instant Classic!” – Road Magazine “Intense. Daring. Majestic.” – VeloNews “Gripping! Compelling!” – Los Angeles Times “An engaging, educative, emotional and visually spectacular whirlwind from first to last, it is quite probably the greatest sports film ever made: make sure you see it.” – Sports Pro Media

Chasing Legends DVD (2010)
Chasing Legends (Click to buy from amazon.com)

A Sunday in Hell (1976)

Director: Jørgen Leth
Cast: Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Marc Demeyer, Freddy Maertens and others

1976 edition of “The Queen of the Classics”: Paris-Roubaix. It has been said that it’s the most beautiful movie about cycling. Great soundtrack, specially composed for the movie. Epic scenes from the real race. Click to buy from amazon

A Sunday in Hell DVD
A Sunday in Hell DVD (Click to buy from amazon)

Stars and Water Carriers (1974)

Director: Jørgen Leth
Cast: Marino Basso, Felice Gimondi, Eddy Merckx, Ole Ritter and others

Another great Jørgen Leth film. This movie displays the scenes from 1973 Giro d’Italia. Eddy Merckx era.Get TWO classic cycling videos on one DVD! Stars & Watercarriers: 1973 Giro d’Italia This extraordinary film by Jorgen Leth recreates the magic of the moment as Merckx drops, on his way to victory, such luminaries as Basso, Gimondi, Battaglin, Fuentes, and a young Francesco Moser, bringing the Giro’s thrills and disappointments home to every viewer. Stars and Watercarriers is considered one of the best films ever made on professional cycling. 90 min. The Impossible Hour Follow Danish racing star Ole Ritter as he tries to regain his record for the hour ride. He had set the record in 1968, only to have it shattered by Eddy Merckx in 1972. A film about human limits and the quest for the heroic. Directed by Jorgen Leth. 48 min.

Stars and Water Carriers DVD
Stars and Water Carriers DVD (click to buy from amazon.com).