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    Time to fire up Strava and notch some Queen of the Hill climbs. Check out our favorite women's road biking essentials from the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide.
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    Giant Avail Comp 2 bike

    The new Comp 2 hits the sweet spot: the carbon fork helped smooth out road rattle on a southern Vermont century ride, and thanks to Giant’s economy of scale, it’s spec’d with parts that would normally run you an extra grand. ($1,975)
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    Tifosi Radius sunglasses

    No-slip adjustable temples keep them firmly in place, so you can focus on the road, while high-contrast lenses help you detect irregularities in the pavement. ($60)
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    Castelli Compatto Lite jacket

    Despite its tiny size (packs into a fist-size bundle), the Compatto is nearly waterproof (cut from Gore Windstopper fabric) and luxe (we loved the soft microfiber flip-up collar). ($175)
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    Sugoi RPM-X jersey

    Three reasons this was our top jersey: (1) it’s shapely but not overly tight, (2) the polyester fabric wicks moisture but feels like cotton, and (3) it’s super breathable, thanks to collarbone vents and underarm mesh. ($60)
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    Giro Amare helmet

    The flexible internal harness on the Amare looked delicate but proved durable. It’s pricey, but it’s also the most ventilated helmet we tested. ($180)
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    Giro Solara shoes

    The Solara is almost as light and stiff as Giro’s top shoe—and costs nearly half as much. ($150)
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    Gore Bike Wear Power 2 Lady gloves

    Stretchy mesh panels on the palms and backs give these gloves a flexible fit for any hand shape. They also aid breathability without diminishing grip. ($40)
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    Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool shorts

    A fancy fabric treatment reflects the sun’s heat and really does help keep you cooler. They also fit better than most shorts, thanks to silicone leg bands that stay put without cutting off circulation. ($110)
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