Spring Gear: Cycling

When spring showers make a mess of your favorite streets and trails, fight back.

    Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

1. SPECIALIZED THERMINAL CYCLING TIGHT
These midweight tights are perfect for mixed conditions, with light insulation, zips and silicone grips at the ankles, and a plush chamois. $110; specialized.com

2. SHIMANO SH-MT60
Whether your ride involves rain, mud, or swollen creeks—or all three—the SPD-compatible, Gore-Tex SH-MT60 will keep your dogs dry. Plus it features a versatile ride/hike sole. $150; bike.shimano.com

3. CRANKBROTHERS CANDY
The minimalist design of these mountain-bike pedals means gunk won't cling and clog. We recommend the stainless-steel model for the best combo of durability, weight, and value. From $110; crankbrothers.com

4. OAKLEY RADAR XL
The lens coating on these cycling-specific shades sheds water and makes wiping off grease and mud a cinch. Plus the oversize design provides unobstructed views. $155; oakley.com

5. SCHWALBE DIRTY DAN
In the mud, you want a big, terrain-chomping, self-cleaning tread pattern, like you'll find on the Dan. $75; schwalbetires.com

6. SHOWERS PASS MOUNTAIN ELITE
A jacket that manages moisture inside and out with highly breathable, waterproof eVent fabric. Out on the trails, the tough, nonslip shoulder patches keep your pack snug. $250; showerspass.com

7. PEDRO'S SUPER PIT KIT
Eco-friendly degreaser, wash, lube, and polish, plus cleaning tools and a bucket—all you need to restore a muddy rig. $100; pedros.com

8. SUGOI WALLAROO 290
Merino wool stays warm when wet, breathes and wicks sweat, and doesn't itch—all of which makes the 290 cap, with retractable earband, a no-brainer this time of year. $40; sugoi.com

9. EXPOSURE LIGHTS DIABLO
Short days = long night rides. The wireless, 700-lumen Diablo is lightweight and waterproof and comes with an articulating helmet mount. $219; exposurelightsusa.com

10. PEARL IZUMI P.R.O. LOBSTER WIND MITT
For blustery shoulder-season days, these sport a stashable windproof shell to keep your digits warm. $45; pearlizumi.com

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