Women Basics: Cycling


May 18, 2006
Outside Magazine
Womens Cycling Gear

Photograph by Mark Wiens

1. Ibex Spin Jersey Supersoft merino wicks moisture, never stinks, and is luxurious against bare skin. Three spacious back pockets swallow up tubes, bars, and other sundries and keep it all in place with taut elastic. $120; www.ibexwear.com

2. SheBeest Retro Jersey The '67 Mustang of jerseys, the Retro has classic lines and a sleek fit. A slight flare at the waist is flattering and doesn't bind, and a deep chest zip lets you choose how much to vent—or reveal. $70; www.shebeest.com

3. SheBeest Boardrider Capri At first our hardcore riders scoffed at these cute capris, then they refused to give them back. With articulated knees and a padded inner Lycra short, there's nothing frilly about the performance. $85

4. Specialized Body Geometry Jett Saddle Built in three sizes just for women with an ergonomically shaped cutout, this saddle is a smart upgrade. With a carbon-reinforced shell and hollow titanium rails, it's light enough to race but still extremely comfortable. $100; www.specialized.com

5. Cannondale L.E. Carbon Short For long rides, these shorts reign supreme. Ten-panel construction supports muscles, activated carbon does antimicrobial duty, and low-profile padding does away with the dreaded diaper look. $150; www.cannondale.com