2013 Bike Commuting Essentials

Stylish cycling apparel is no longer an oxymoron. These essentials will keep you looking sharp no matter where you're headed. (Inga Hendrickson)

Stylish cycling apparel is no longer an oxymoron. These essentials will keep you looking sharp no matter where you're headed.

Nonetheless Garments Trench shirt

This DWR-treated cotton-nylon “shacket” ($198) is more technical than it looks: a seam down the back expands for better mobility on the bike.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Giro New Road Crew 3/4 shirt

The Crew ($85) nails the sweatshirt look but is made from a fast­wicking merino-wool blend.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Point6 Cycling Contender socks

Some of the softest merino socks we’ve ever worn. ($17)

(Inga Hendrickson)


Mission Workshop Small R6 Arkiv pack

It looks like your standard-issue weatherproof commuter backpack, but an ingenious webbing-and-Velcro rail system accepts a slew of modular pockets. Pouches for laptop, cell phone, and folios, to name a few, can quickly be added and removed depending on the, uh, mission at hand. ($209 and up)

(Inga Hendrickson)


Limar Velov helmet

Four vertical adjustments mean it snugs down securely on every head shape. But what really sets the Velov ($95) apart is the removable plastic panels, for ventilation on warm days and full coverage when the weather is bad.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Club Ride Pin'It shorts

Cut high in back for coverage in a tuck, the stretchy nylon Pin’Its ($80) have all the features of your favorite riding shorts but still pair fine with a button-up. Note: might be too slim fitting for some.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Rapha Gingham long-sleeved shirt

It might look like crisp poplin, but this tailored dress shirt (we love the concealed collar buttons) is actually made from a wrinkle-free synthetic, with shoulder seams set low to prevent rubbing on your messenger bag and a button-down rear pocket. The cut is modern, but the stretchy fabric is uninhibiting on the bike. ($145)

(Inga Hendrickson)


Chrome 415 work boots

These ¾-cut, boot-style sneakers ($120) are dressy enough for the office but have sticky rubber soles that won’t slip on flat pedals. And because the uppers are double-stitched, 1,000-denier Cordura, they’re tough enough for just about any urban adventure.

(Inga Hendrickson)


Sombrio Bang denim jeans

Three reasons why these straight-leg jeans ($89) will outperform your old favorites on the bike: (1) a gusseted crotch for easier pedaling, (2) a zippered rear pocket, and (3) a reflective strip that’s visible when you roll up the cuffs.

(Inga Hendrickson)

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