Pick ’n’ Mix
Nothing fills a stocking like some new bike stuff
£10, hackneygt.com Nothing says ‘I love you’ at Christmas more than a diamond ring. Or a puppy. Or a puppy carrying a diamond ring upon a tiny velveteen saddle tied to its back. Socks, though, come pretty darned close, and these funky pairs from Hackney GT possibly closest of all. Each pair is woven from a super-stretchy, highly durable cotton mix whose colours will keep on poppin’ long into the New Year. and even boats, the humble banana has now lent itself to keeping your cycling shoes tickety-boo. Each Boot Banana is stuffed with a special mixture of absorbent salts and sweetsmelling plant extracts that absorb moisture and deodorise even the sweatiest, stinkiest kicks. Next up: Armpit Peaches. £10, muc-off.com Those innuendo-based cleaning wizards have been at it again, only this time Muc-off is nipping water and dirt in the bud with Fabric Protect. Made from special nano-particles – which, though hard to believe, are even smaller than biscuit crumbs – the spray-on Fabric Protect will cover your chosen garment with a hydrophobic coating that repels everything from rain to oil, without inhibiting breathability. £69.99, currys.co.uk Feel free to recoil in horror at our irresponsible behaviour, but here is a pair of headphones for… cycling outdoors. We don’t endorse such practices but, for those who do, these Bluetooth wireless numbers make a decent stab at allowing ambient noise – traffic, in other words – to be heard alongside Carols From Kings and healthy doses of Slade. Or if you’re reading this after Christmas, Kraftwerk’s Tour de France.