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    Best Bike Accessories

    Our favorite kit for road and mountain.

    —Berne Broudy

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    Scott Arx Helmet

    You could pay more for a helmet, but after testing the Arx ($80), we’re not sure why you would. It’s every bit as comfy and ventilated as Scott’s (slightly lighter) top-end models.

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    Louis Garneau Mondo 2 Gloves

    Even with a layer of gel padding, the Mondo 2 ($45) gives you that second-skin feel of high-quality leather on handlebars. Mesh panels on the back offer superior venting, while a finger tab lets you pull the glove off without flipping it inside out.

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    Rapha Women's Rain Jacket

    Rain has a way of sneaking inside cycling jackets. Not this one. The snug waterproof-breathable shell ($310) has sticky silicone on the hem to prevent it from riding up, while stretchy cuffs keep dribbles from creeping into the sleeves. Packs down to avocado size.

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    Hincapie Chromatic Top and Shorts

    Carbon-infused fabric in the top shunts moisture away from your skin to promote cooling, while compression Lycra in the shorts stabilizes muscles and staves off fatigue ($100 and $110).

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    Scott Road Pro Lady Shoes

    With a women-specific instep and a moderately stiff fiberglass and nylon sole, this is a powerful road shoe ($150) that still manages to be comfortable. Inserts under the heel and forefoot dampen vibration, and a mesh and microfiber upper keeps your dogs from overheating.

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    Giro Xara Helmet

    With multiple adjustment points that tilt the helmet forward and back and snug it to the head, this lid ($130) fit more testers than any other we tried. Seventeen vents kept riders cool.

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    Giro Xena Gloves

    The Xena ($40) is padded with Poron XRD—the same stuff body armor is made from—but still feels surprisingly light. Our pair endured a summer of riding, including multiple land-on-your-hands spills.

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    Zoic Terra Jersey

    This versatile trail jersey ($60) mixes spandex on the shoulders and polyester in the body for a fit that’s loose but not baggy. Three-quarter-length sleeves fended off both blackberry brambles and bugs, while mesh side panels on the ribs and inner arms nicely vented heat and moisture.

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    Specialized Andorra Comp Shorts

    These highly breathable shorts ($90) pack technical features, like a Velcro-
adjustable waistband and 50-plus UPF sun protection, into a casual-looking package. A spacious side cargo pocket easily fit a few Clif Bars.

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    Teva Pivot Shoes

    The Pivot ($150) plays both ways. A midsole plate lends supports, while the flexible forefoot permits an easy stride off the bike. Cleats screw on from inside, making adjustment (and replacement) easy.

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