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DannyShane Red Tornado Plaid 

Cut from 50 percent bamboo-blend fabric, this dapper soft top has a network of airy channels that spirited away moisture and kept us cool in the Arizona heat.

Price $139 

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Sombrio Grappler 

We broke out the Grappler on big days in the mountains when we’d be encountering variable temperatures. The performance mesh-poly fabric kept us cool in the foothills, while the sleeves provided warmth when the storms rolled in up high. 

Price $70 

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Twin Six NWRC

This durable jersey has all the features you want—full zip, large rear pockets, soft wicking fabric, and catchy style—without the eye-watering price tag. 

Price $85 

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Babici Nishikigoi

No doubt, the Nishikigoi is stunning, but looks aren’t the whole story with this Aussie label. Nearly transparent mesh sides, wide laser-cut grippers at the waist and sleeves, and a trio of pockets, plus a water-resistant zip pouch, make this top perform as well as anything else out there. 

Price $142

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Attaquer Watermelon 

You wear this top and matching bibs (not shown), with their campy, whimsical design, when you want to attract some eyeballs. The jersey makes short work of even the hottest days with its dimpled, silky fabric.

Price $269 for the kit

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Rapha Pro Team Aero 

In which Rapha, the master of subtle style, gets brassy. We like the soft teal color, and formfitting mesh sleeves and dense, buttery body fabric combine to make this top incredibly slippery in the wind.

Price $210 

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The Best Women's Bike Accessories of 2016

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The Bike Commute Essentials of 2016

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