2014 Urban Cycling Essentials

City biking gear finally gets cool.

—Aaron Gulley

(Inga Hendrickson)

City biking gear finally gets cool.

—Aaron Gulley

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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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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