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    Urban Cycling Essentials

    City biking gear finally gets cool.

    —Aaron Gulley

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    Abus Bordu Combo 6100 Lock

    This unique combination lock ($130), which unfolds like a carpenter’s ruler from a seven-inch block, is tougher than cable, and there’s no key to lose.

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    Specialized 74 Long Finger Gloves

    Cut from buttery Pittards leather, with cushy palm pads and subtle contrast stitching, the 74 ($55) is as comfortable on your handlebars as it is wrapped around the steering wheel of your Audi Allroad.

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    Kitsbow Rudy Jersey

    The lightweight merino wool kept 
us cool and dried fast, thanks to the shoulder-to-shoulder back vents. But it’s the contrast pocket and spiffy collar that make this the most versatile—and stylish— jersey ever created ($220).

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    DZR Tosca Shoes

    Herringbone and leather bring Italian elegance to this high-top sneaker ($120). And thanks to the stiff shank in the sole and recessed cleats, it pairs as well with pedals as it does with jeans and a blazer.

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    Knog Blinder Arc 5.5 light and Blinder Road R Blinker

    An integrated rubber strap makes popping the super-slim, ultrabright (550 lumens) light on and off the bars easy, and a blinker out back ensures you’ll be seen ($120 and $60). Both power up via USB.

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    Chrome Chekhov Rolltop Utility Belt

    Don’t call it a fanny pack. It’s a utility belt ($110), like what Batman wears. There’s room for everything you need for a day of tooling around town—camera, jacket, tablet, water bottle—and an external phone pocket for quick calls.

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    Rapha Touring Shorts

    These slim-fitting shorts ($125) have tech DNA, including zip pockets all around for security and a stretch nylon that moves with you as you pedal. Wear them alone for short missions or over your bibs for all-day affairs.

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    IVI Giving Sunglasses

    Save the full-wrap Tron look for workouts and slip on these wayfarers ($140) for mellower jaunts. They’re built from burly Italian block acetates, and the Carl Zeiss lenses are sharper than Cancellara on race day.

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    Next Up:The Best Helmets of 2014

    Torch T1 Midnight Edition Helmet

    A few helmet companies have dabbled in integrated lights, but the Torch’s ($150) huge panel of LEDs are the biggest, brightest, most visible we’ve seen. Charging is ingeniously simple: just plug the dual-headed cable directly into ports on the helmet’s underside.

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