The Commuting Essentials of 2015

(Michael Karsh)

Arrive at the office safely and in style.
Aaron Gulley

 

Bike Commuting Essentials
(Michael Karsh)


Kitsbow Drifter jeans

Though it looks like a classic pair of five-pocket jeans, the Drifter ($230) has loads of clever, bike-specific details. We love the hidden articulation in the knee for flex, the Lycra and nylon for durability and stretch, and the reflective print on the inside left leg. kitsbow.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


De Marchi Tradition shirt

The Tradition’s ($159) cotton weave is soft and the styling dapper, but what we really love about this woven jersey are the subdued rear pockets, which honor its cycling heritage. demarchi.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Chrome Industries Mirko shoes

Built with a rubber sole that’s heat-forged onto the canvas upper, this tough urban sneaker ($85) will tolerate years of rolling to work. The reflective heel is a nice touch. chromeindustries.com 

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Smith Lowdown sunglasses

These understated shades ($209) pair sophisticated urban frames with Smith’s Chroma-Pop lenses, which heighten color and clarity. The result is a safer ride—and a more inspiring view. smithoptics.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Specialized Flux Elite light

This rechargeable headlamp ($175) seems much brighter than its 400 lumens suggest, thanks to a reflector design that widens its range. The sturdy quick-release bar mount keeps the beam pointed where you want it and makes the light easy to pop off when you lock up the bike. specialized.com

 

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(Michael Karsh)


Sahn Classic helmet

Sahn’s lids ($129) are designed in Vancouver and have a ratcheting fit system just like you’d find on performance helmets. The clean lines, muted color options, and simple styling trade the aggressive, teched-out racer aesthetic for equestrian chic. sahn.cc 

 

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Brompton Game Bag

Designed by British luggage maker John Chapman, this rubber-lined canvas-and-leather briefcase ($400) reimagines the vintage game bag by incorporating a padded laptop sleeve and two zippered bellows pockets. brompton.com

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(Michael Karsh)


Nau Riding Jacket

Updated for 2015 with a trim cut, hidden pocket, and soft DWR-treated polyester fabric, Nau’s blazer ($235) is dressy enough for a board meeting and smooth enough for the bar, yet still impervious to rain. nau.com

 

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