By Robbie Ferri
Personal Trainer & Cycling Instructor
Robbie from “Riding with Robbie” is a Personal Trainer living in in Norfolk, UK. He has bikepacked all over the World, and also raced ultra distance at a top-level. He has worked closely with industry leaders such as Shimano.
Indoor cycling is an incredible sport and in recent years, has grown massively. A decade ago, we wouldn’t have been able to predict just how many people would be riding indoors on smart turbo trainers and exercise bikes. The rise of companies like Zwift and Peloton has made indoor cycling an incredible experience. We are seeing it at a professional level now with online e-sports racing.
Cyclists can be notoriously difficult to buy for, and generally, they already have most things that they already need unless you have the budget for another
What do we look for in a gift for a cyclist?
When looking at gifts for cyclists, we want things that will not just be useful but a surprise. When it comes to cycling, there’s a huge amount of different things you can buy such as tools, clothing, accessories, and even art. The best gifts for indoor cyclists are things that even a cyclist didn’t know they needed. So let’s look at some gifts. To make it easy for you, we have split these gifts down into
If you want to buy a gift that is going to be very useful for your indoor cycling loved one, then you might want to buy them something functional. These gifts are going to really add to the experience of riding indoors and can help those
A foam roller is an excellent tool for any cyclist indoors or outdoors. You use a foam roller to help massage the muscles before or after a session. It’s an excellent way to promote blood flow and can make a great difference to your recovery. When indoor cycling generally only has two positions, seated and standing. Being in these two positions, you can really tighten up the muscles around the legs and in the lower back.
Doing some foam rolling after a session can loosen these muscles off nicely and get you back on the
The 321 STRONG solid core, medium density foam roller uses patented technology to deliver a therapeutic self massage comparable to a professional massage from a physical therapist. The 3 unique massage zones replicate the thumbs, fingers, and palms so you can get the exact massage you’re looking for.
Years ago, massage guns were something that we only saw pro athletes using. In recent years the technology has become much more affordable, and now they are used by many
They are excellent for after a session if you’re feeling a little tight and just need a massage gun to loosen your muscles off. We really like the Cryotex massage gun because it has 20 different speeds and comes with loads of extra attachments. Coming in at only $40 it’s incredible value for money and a great surprise for an indoor cyclist.
Resistance and Stretching Bands
If you want to spice up your indoor cycling and looking for a great piece of
If you want to take your indoor cycling to the next level, you can use resistance bands to do resistance training, or you can help yourself recover by using the bands to stretch with after. Strength and conditioning has been shown to make a huge improvement to an indoor cyclist’s performance and are great for flexibility and injury prevention.
This pull-up bands kit has absolutely everything you need; with a gift box, it is a great birthday gift, holiday present, and anniversary gift idea for your friends, family, and loved-one.
Heart Rate Monitor
A heart rate monitor is a tool many indoor cyclists neglect to use but can add so much value to your training and workouts. It has the ability to tell you where your heart rate is at and using this data, you can work to zones to train in, meaning you can add structure to your workouts and really challenge yourself.
Wahoo are known for making some of the best indoor cycling equipment available, and their heart rate monitors are excellent. We personally have been using one for around two years, and it hasn’t missed a beat. This is a chest strap model, which we find the most accurate compared to wrist models. It’s $40 and definitely a great investment for making the most out of your time on the
The TICKR heart rate monitor accurately tracks your heart rate and calorie burn during any activity or workout. Its new design makes it one of the lightest and slimmest heart rate monitors!
Now we come to accessories, and these are going to add to your indoor cycling experience by making your setup a little better. It might be a sweat towel to soak up all your hard work or even a phone mount so you can watch a film while powering into those pedals.
If you have a fairly recent iPhone, then this gadget is perfect for you. It’s a magnetic phone holder which can strap to pretty much anywhere on the bars of your indoor
What we really like about this compared to other phone holders is the fact it is incredibly minimal. Instead of having these big clunky phone holders made of terrible looking plastic and completely destroying the aesthetic of the
Bring ease to your fitness routine & make the most of your iPhone 14, iPhone 13, & iPhone 12 with the MagSafe-compatible Belkin Magnetic Fitness Phone Mount & strap.
Bike Sweat Cover & Frame Protector
We love it when a company gets inventive and this is a great example of someone taking something as simple as a sweat towel and making it something completely new. Starting with the sweat towel that is designed for spinning
Then we have the frame protector, this is my favorite towel piece. It is designed to sit around the resistance dial and cover the frame on the top tube. Not only is it made to help collect sweat, but it will hugely protect your frame too. Sweat is the biggest issue on indoor bikes and can easily rust them, shortening their lifespan very quickly.
The spin bike mats can keep your peloton bike dry and protected from sweat breakdown and corrosion in high-quality materials. It can effectively block sweat and dust and give you a clean and tidy exercising environment.
Provides complete protection, prevents the peloton bike from getting wet with sweat, and provides a firm grip on the handlebars. It is durable and can be used for a long-lasting time.
I feel many indoor cyclists underestimate the importance of a good mat. Mats have a lot of great abilities. They catch the sweat and are very easy to clean with a cloth, then protect your floor and even stop the
If you want to gift someone a mat like no other, then the Powr Labs is going to be perfect. It has the ability to really improve the experience. It is made to be super thick for not just protection, but it has an amazing ability to soak up noise. Great if you live in an apartment or have a
Built for Peloton & Indoor Bike Trainers - Custom designed at 2.5x6 ft (30x71") to provide 30% more length for cycling and bike trainers.
Microfiber Cooling Towels
Cycling indoors is a sweaty business that can get a little too hot to handle. The body needs to be at a certain temperature to work efficiently. This temperature is about 37.5 degrees Celsius. These cool microfiber towels are ideal for keeping you cool while riding, helping you make the best performance possible.
When you get very sweaty, you wipe the sweat off yourself, ring it out, and then the towel being damp cools it down. It gets cold, and then you repeat the process. They are large lightweight towels and can be washed and reused. They come in a pack of three and are very popular amongst spin
Unlike other sports towels & gym towels, these microfiber cooling towels help cool you down in a jiffy. Avoid overheating by using it during vigorous exercise routines or strenuous work in hot weather.
A very good value for money gift for any indoor cyclist is some shoe holders. These clip onto the back of your spinning
It’s good to hang your shoes after cycling indoors as it stops the sweat from seeping into the sole and base of the shoe when you hang them. Instead, the sweat pours to the front, where it can dry up much easier. Coming in at less than $8, they are an absolute bargain and will be well received by outdoor and indoor cyclists.
Keep your shoes from sitting on the floor where they can mark the flooring and generally look untidy.
If you want an easy way to improve performance and make cycling indoors more comfortable for a loved one then getting them a powerful fan could be a great gift. As we mentioned earlier, staying cool is very important when training indoors, and the best way to do that is by ventilation.
This Amazon basic fan is an ideal solution. It’s well made, comes with a few different speeds, and is surprisingly quiet for a powerful fan. Coming in at less than $30, it’s a bargain, and we can highly recommend it, and it will be well received by an indoor cyclist.
- 11-inch air-circulating floor fan
- Improves air flow in small rooms
- 3-speed settings with back-mounted controls
- 120 volt / 70 watt power consumption
When it comes to indoor cycling, a great thing about it is there’s no danger like if you were to be cycling out on the road. That means you can get away with using headphones. Headphones that work for indoor cycling can be challenging to find.
You need headphones that work when you are sweaty and stay on even when you’re jumping around on the
Sport headphones to keep you motivated, a secure fit that won’t shift or fall out during long hours of training, and no wires to hold you back. Equipped with three pairs of ear caps and flexible ear hooks, which can stay on your ears and get a suitable fitting.
All the gifts above are excellent, but what about those unique gifts that no indoor cyclist will expect? Well, this is what the next section is all about. These are some gifts that will come with the element of surprise and have your loved ones saying “where did they find that?”
If you want to give an indoor cyclist some excellent motivation, then why not give them something to look at while training? As much as we would love a picture of a cat with “hang in there” on, we thought maybe something more cycling related would be appropriate.
Here we have a couple of our favorite indoor cycling posters. For the Zwift users, we have Wattophia and a lovely L’Alpe d’Huez poster, one of the Tour’s iconic climbs. Clicking through these pictures will show you many different ones that you might really enjoy.
Cycling Word search
What better way to spend your time off the
We really like the cycling word search, and coming in at only $5, it’s a great gift, and it’s light on your pockets. It’s even easy to send in the post if you want a gift for someone who lives far away.
This Cycling Word Search Book is ideal for learning with fun the vocabulary of Bicycle, Biking, Bike, and Cycling.
Contains 60 Puzzles:
- 40 puzzles of word searches
- 20 puzzles of word scramble
If you know an indoor cyclist who is really focusing on getting fitter and faster, then this training book is an excellent guide. It is going to be something they will be able to read and use. We must warn you if you are in close competition with them, you might want to order one for yourself.
Joe Friel wrote the cyclist training guide, and it is one of the most comprehensive guides you will find. It can tell you how to optimize your training so each workout counts and even will give you a guide on nutrition to optimize your body for extra cycling gains.
The Cyclist's Training Bible equips cyclists of all abilities with every detail they must consider when planning a season, lining up a week of workouts, or preparing for race day.
If you want to give a bit more of a unique gift, then why not think about treating your loved one to some clothing? Indoor cycling casual clothing is hard to find, and it’s something many people are looking for. Here are some of the best shirts we found readily available which we think are great designs to either be worn when working out or just for wearing casually.
They definitely scream indoor cycling for sure and they are an easy way for an indoor cyclist to share their passion with others. They come in all different sizes and are well worth every cent. We highly recommend them.
Necklaces – Charms
Do you have a friend who is literally indoor cycling obsessed? If so, we have the perfect gift for you to give them. A small piece of jewelry that they can take anywhere with a small
This small charm is really cool, full of character, and comes in different finishes. If they love indoor cycling, they will love this.
- Hand Polished
- High Polish Finish
- Heavy-Duty Jump Ring
- Lifetime Guarantee
Indoor cyclists are notoriously difficult to buy for. It can be really tough to pick gifts for them because once they have an indoor
What is the best gift for indoor cycling lovers?
Well, it depends on the person who you are buying for. We think a great gift is anything that can improve the experience they get from the
How can I make my indoor
bike more interesting?
We can highly recommend a few ideas to make your indoor
Is indoor cycling a good way to lose weight?
Indoor cycling is a great way to lose weight. It burns a lot of calories, it’s a low-impact form of exercise, and it’s a lot of fun. We highly recommend cycling for weight loss.