2013 Women's City Biking Essentials

Looking for a good excuse to ditch your car and ride around town? We’ve got seven.

—Berne Broudy

(Inga Hendrickson)

Looking for a good excuse to ditch your car and ride around town? We’ve got seven.

—Berne Broudy

Club Ride Freedom shorts

The Freedoms ($80) are slim-fitting enough to wear with just about anything in your wardrobe. But we loved them because they’re tough enough to handle serious singletrack.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Teva Freewheel Canvas shoes

The toe caps offer protection, while the supersticky soles keep you glued to the pedals. ($65)

(Inga Hendrickson)


MiiR High 5 mixte

For zipping around town, the High 5 ($899) was our favorite. A smooth-shifting internal five-speed hub is mess- and maintenance-free and gives you enough gears for all but the steepest hills. The sloping top tube is skirt-friendly, and the basket is deep enough to hold a grocery bag. Plus, for every one sold, MiiR donates a bike through World Bicycle Relief or a U.S. bicycle co-op. For roads and dirt, we liked Novara’s hardtail 29er, the Madrona (not shown; $799). Hydraulic disc brakes let you stop on a dime.

(Inga Hendrickson)


The North Face Bleecker jacket

With reflective piping, a cycling-jersey-style rear pocket, and a discreet “cape vent” out back that opens up when you’re in riding position, the waterproof-breathable Bleecker ($150) is designed specifically for urban missions. We liked the cut and denim­like textured fabric so much, it quickly became our all-purpose rain jacket.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Costa Inlet sunglasses

One tester summed up the Inlets ($169) best: “Big coverage for small faces without being overly glam.” The polarized lenses are also remarkably adept at repelling oily fingerprints.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Bern Lenox helmet

One helmet for all seasons: that’s the idea behind this bike-ski-skate lid ($60). Snap in a fleece or knit skullcap (included) for chilly excursions.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Zoic Collins Plaid jersey

Traveling, hiking, errands—we wore this semifitted nylon-poly top ($70) for just about everything. And with shoulder vents and a zippered side pocket for essentials, it really likes to bike, too.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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