The festive season is now upon us, before you know it we will be in ‘twixmas’, full of cheese, roast potatoes and bewilderment, unsure of what day, month or year it is and desperate to escape our loved ones.
At Shred Like A Girl HQ we know that stressing about what gifts to buy that female mountain biker in your life is not fun and you would much rather be watching youtube clips of guinea pigs with hats on. So we have put together a list of our favourite things that we would be stoked to receive this Christmas. You’re welcome.
- Socks, socks and more socks
Yep, you read that right, women mountain bikers LOVE socks. They will be used, admired and cherished. The whackier the better. Not just any old sock mind, it has to be designed for pedaling. Check out this small UK business, they not only do loads of cool designs, they are eco conscious and the loveliest people, what a bonus.
Odd Outdoors MTB Socks
- More socks… I did warn you
These aren’t just any old socks though, these are waterproof socks. They keep your feet as snug as bugs in rugs and DRY. No one wants wet feet, they make you miserable. These Sealskinz are top of the pops when it comes to quality and perfect for those soggy, cold wintery days. An essential bit of winter riding kit.
Sealskinz Mountain Bike Socks
- Coaching voucher
An opportunity to hone those bike skills with a professional mountain bike coach will never be snubbed. There's nothing better than the confidence a coaching day can give you. Don’t worry, you don’t have to overthink what course to book and what date, gift vouchers are available.
SkillsLoop MTB Coaching
Katy Curd MTB Coaching
RSR Bike Works Mountain Bike Coaching
- Festival / Event Tickets
The mountain bike calendar is always full of excitement. There are enough races and events to keep you going all summer. One of the must haves is a ticket to The Malverns Classics, a four day family friendly mountain bike event set near the beautiful Malvern Hills. It is packed full of entertainment both on and off the bike and plenty of stalls to peruse and throw your money at. Shred Like a Girl will be there again and we can’t wait.
Malverns Classic MTB Festival Tickets
- Shred Like a Girl shorts
The comfiest womens mountain bike shorts on the planet. True story. Yes it is winter but mountain bikers are hardcore. Frostbite, what frostbite?
- Bespoke top cap
Bespoke Top Caps
Although practical, this will not be received with the same hatred as a hoover or ironing board. These pressure washers are portable, powerful and lightweight, perfect for shoving in the back of a car and making the dreaded ‘aftermath’ of a true winter ride, that little bit more bearable. Plus they are just so much fun to use. I mean who doesn’t want to have a go on a pressure washer?
Mucoff Mountain Bike Pressure Washers
- Bike Lights
As if disappearing for days on end wasn’t enough, enable the mountain biker in your life to extend their ride time and go out at night. A good set of bike lights is essential, you don’t want them to get caught out and descend into darkness mid trail. It is terrifying. One for the bars and one for the helmet will ensure they don’t get caught by the boogeyman.
MBR magazine did a recent review on a range of bike lights, and the top two winners were:
Handlebar mounted: Magicshine Monteer 8000S Galaxy V2.0
Helmet lights: Exposure Zenith MK2
- Shred Like a Girl Womens MTB jersey
The best jerseys in town, if I do say so myself. All the sizes for all the shapes. Get your loved one looking fly on the trails with a women's specific fit and a rad design. The Aussie days jersey is a customer favourite, just the right amount of pink.
- A Mudguard
This sounds a bit dull but trust us, mudguards are another piece of essential winter kit. No one wants blobs of slop or grit swimming around their eyeballs when they are trying to case a jump. Mudhugger are the go to guards, well made, affordable, do the job perfectly.
Yes, I know there seems like a lot of things on this list but this is barely touching the surface. A great pair of goggles will not only protect your loves eyes so she can look at even more mountain bike paraphernalia, but they will make her look siiiiiick on the trails and will 100% make her ride faster. Melon Optics are the one, they are fully customisable so she can matchy matchy. Again, no overthinking required, gift cards are available.
- Hip pack
Aka a bum bag but much cooler. You could call this a snack carrier, because let’s face it, that’s what goes in them. You can also squeeze your phone in there too and car key, maybe a multi-tool, but basically snacks. We love this one as it is like Mary Poppins' handbag.
- Stux gloves
Mountain bike gloves are like mountain bike socks… more more more. They protect you from the elements, brambles and dirt but mostly ensure that the death grip on the handlebars won’t budge as you are going off that curb. We love Stux gloves as their designs are to die for. Try to find out the size of her hand though as the sizing can be a bit off between brands. You can never have enough gloves….or socks….or bikes…..
- Beanie / Bobble hat
You are not a mountain biker if you don’t own at least two beanies and a bobble hat, a post ride essential for keeping warm, but really it is to hide helmet hair. We love Banana Industries selection and their eco vibes. A perfect stocking filler.
- Changing Mat
What are you waiting for, get clicking and revel in the knowledge you will be making someone very happy on Christmas morning and not a hoover or kitchen appliance in sight.