Looking for a good excuse to ditch your car and ride around town? We’ve got seven.
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.
Teva Freewheel Canvas shoes
The toe caps offer protection, while the supersticky soles keep you glued to the pedals. ($65)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.