You can’t just get on a bike and start pedaling. If you want maximum results and optimal performance, you need the right gear after choosing the right bike. To make cycling a fun exercise rather than something dreadful you force yourself to endure, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared.
From gloves and socks to jackets for cold weather and bib shorts, make sure you have the right layers and accessories for your short and long road bike rides in all kinds of conditions.
Don’t let the weather be your enemy. Mother Nature has her way of shocking us with harsh weather but that shouldn’t deter you from heading out. Next time you’re sitting on the couch and your feet are itching to get out and hop on your bike, just get up and go!
Also important is safety gear. You should always wear your helmet, dress in clothing with reflective materials, and wear gloves to protect the palms of your hands from handlebar compression.
Spring is here and riding season is in full swing. Amp up your fitness, tune up your bike, purchase some new gear and get out and have some fun.
People love the design and color combinations of the Rapha Women's Brevet Jersey. Customers also find it very comfortable and practical. It has several pouches for you to store items you may need for the ride (Cycling tips from a pro). It’s perfect for night cycling as well because of the reflective stripes that will boost your visibility in the dark. The jersey is made from Sportwool, a soft merino and polyester fabric that provides insulation and is very soft on the skin. Most reviews give the jersey 5 out of 5 stars.
The Rapha Men’s Brevet Insulated Gilet does insulation to a “T”. This is what you need if you want to keep up with your training and bike despite the cold weather (How to choose the right bike for you). The gilet is light but it keeps you warm and the wind out. It packs up very well; you’ll barely feel like you have something on. It has reflective detailing throughout, stretch side panels, and a water-shedding durable water repellent coating for even more protection.
The Ornot Women’s Windjacket will keep even strong wind out so you don’t feel a thing because of the ripstop nylon fabric. It uses a special reinforcing technique that makes it resistant to tearing (Accessories for spring outdoor activities). The lightweight jacket has a dual-directional zipper so you can easily open it for ventilation. The mesh side and sleeve panels ensure good breathability and temperature control. It’s perfect for riding in the morning, on windy days or when you’re going downhill fast.
The Ornot Men’s Golden Jersey is perfect for races (Best endurance races in 2016). It’s tight just enough because of the stretching material it’s made of. The micro poly fabric feels soft on the skin, making the jacket not only comfortable but very breathable as well. Its UPF rating is 28+. The ripstop fabric offers wind and water resistance. The mesh in the back and sides provide ventilation. There are three pockets in the back.
The Bontrager Anara Women’s Jersey is made from fine Profila Dry fabric to make your ride as comfortable as possible (Top spring running gear). The technical fabrics also keep you cool and dry. It has strategically placed Profila Cool mesh inserts. The full zip will help with ventilation on hot days and tough climbs. The product also comes with unconditional Bontrager guarantee – you can return it for any reason within 30 days.
These brand new Pearl Izumi Women’s SELECT Escape Texture Shorts are similar to the classic one but with a more modern design. You can wear them with the hem folded up. The waistband is V-shaped for extra comfort. The lightweight bottoms are gripper-free and feature non-pressure leg openings. The fabric is 88 percent nylon, 12 percent Lycra® elastane. The UPF factor is 50+.
If nothing else, the Betty Designs Fly Cycle Jersey will boost your mood during the ride. The mix of candy stripes and butterflies won’t fail to make you look happy and energized (What do to off the bike so you perform better on it). The jersey, the design of which has been influenced by surf and pop culture, just came out in time for those long summer rides and optimal performance.
These very light and ultra-durable bib shorts are perfect for any season, any distance and any conditions, even off-road riding (How cycling can change the world). The fabric is developed by the industry-leading MITI® factory in Italy, which is known for quality and reliability. The paneled main body is sewed with micro flatlock seams so the skin is not irritated at any point during the ride. The seams are reflective in the rear so anyone can see you even in the dark.
The Roka Sports Women’s Pro Softshell jacket is perfect for short, and especially long, rides in cold days (Bike gear for outdoorsy dads). The jacket is designed with special technology so it can breathe and scatter heat. Openings in critical zones allow for the elimination of thermal buildup. The jacket features a three-layer softshell with brushed thermal fleece backing; windproof and water resistant protection, and three 7” deep back pockets.
The Roka Sports Women’s Pro Summer jersey is made of lighter material for hotter days. It offers wind resistance and moisture management with mesh panels. The aero fabric on the leading edges of the garment helps deliver the optimal thermodynamic and aerodynamic performance (Top entry-level bikes). The jersey also features reflective elements for visibility in low light, has a water resistant pocket for your phone, and three 7” deep back pockets.
This ultimate trunk rack (6 of the Best Bike Racks for Simple Storage) is designed to be more secure and intuitive. It has interwoven steel straps that store neatly within the rack and a floating foot that conforms to a variety of trunk shapes. Get yours today from SARIS, it comes with a lifetime warranty in North America.
Take your ride to the next level with the Flak™ 2.0 PRIZM™ Road sunglasses by Oakley. They have a 5-star customer rating and it’s easy to see why. They are lightweight and have High Definition Optics® optimized lens and have enhanced lens coverage that helps extend your peripheral view. They are perfect for your daytime ride; protecting your eyes against the sun, wind and impact (12 Best Sports Sunglasses). Get your pair today from oakley.com.
The W Select Softshell Lite Glove from PEARL iZUMi is perfect for cool night rides. They are lightweight and offer water protection. They have a combination of wind blocking fabric and insulated fabric to help keep your hands warm and comfortable. Oh, and they even have conductive thumbs and index fingers, allowing you quick and easy smart phone (12 Outdoor Smartphone Accessories) or music player use. Check out PEARL iZUMi and get your pair today!
For a high performance fit look no further than the BONTRAGER CLASSIQUE ROAD SHOE. It has a carbon fiberglass sole, no-slip heel lining, snap-closure lace management. It even comes with multiple lace colors. Reviews on trekbikes.com say they are comfortable, stylish and lightweight (How to Pick the Perfect Cycling Shoes).
Be ready for any weather conditions Mother Nature decides to throw your way with the Women’s ELITE Barrier Convertible Jacket by PEARL iZUMi. It is wind and water resistant, has a draft flap with zipper garage seals, and provides extreme ventilation. This jacket is 100% polyester and comes in a variety of different colors. Get yours today from pearlizumi.com.
Every avid biker needs a Garmin Edge® 520 in their life (Fitness Accessories You Need in Your Life Right Now). It is the first bike computer that is compatible with Strava live segments (it even includes a 3-month trial of Strava Premium). It offers in-ride challenges and features live tracking, smart notifications, automatic uploads, send/receive courses, social media sharing, and it shows the weather.
Forget those boring classic socks and get your pair of CASTELLI STRISCIA 13 SOCKS! They add a bit of style to your cycling wardrobe with their bold colors and contrasting stripes. They are light weight are made to keep your feet cool and dry. Bonus: These socks have a reinforced heel and toe for extra durability; ensuring the ultimate comfort on your ride.