You can do better than jeans and a T-shirt.


Ibex Shralp Jersey

Ibex calls this a jersey, and while it does have some nice tech details—including odor- and moisture-resistant wool fabric, a drop hem, and reflective hits on the back—the wrinkle-free, plaid button-up hangs just as well at the office as it does in the saddle.  

Price $150

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Du:er Slim Utility Rinse Jeans 

These trim-fit jeans are excellent on the bike, thanks to the proprietary, slightly stretchy, bomber denim and hidden gusseted crotch. We found ourselves wearing them almost full-time since they don’t show their cycling heritage with oddball darts and seams. 

Price $129

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Kitsbow Merino Mountain Hoodie 

Leave it to this California-based apparel company to elevate the hoodie from lowly top to precision gear, with stretch-mesh panels under the arms and at the sides that complement the cozy heathered merino. A long, trim fit and button-down extension cuffs keep the cold out on brisk mornings. We put on this piece and hoped to never take it off. 

Price $295

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Search&State S1J Jacket 

There are tons of cycling shells on the market, but none combine the clean, urban good looks (we love the bright sandstone color) with the all-weather insulation of Schoeller C-Change, a fabric that protects from the wet and wind yet breathes as you heat up. 

Price $255

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Bell Hub Helmet 

The full-coverage Hub offers impact protection on the sides and back, an ICEdot sensor to store emergency contacts in case of trouble, and 15 well-placed vents that kept us cool. It also looks reasonably hip, thanks to the soft, fabric visor. Nice touch: the integrated light mount in back. 

Price $75

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DZR H2O Shoes 

These seemingly ordinary skate-style high-tops feature DWR-treated sheepskin leather and fully sealed seams. The H20 kept our feet toasty and dry on even the sloppiest days. The gum-rubber sole includes a removable port for clipless pedals, but we left ours intact for better weather protection. 

Price $170

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Mission Workshop Black Camo Messenger Bag 

Yep, this messenger bag costs a small fortune, but the fully waterproof interior, with a roll-top for especially nasty days, will protect your more-expensive electronics. All zippers are weatherproof, the aluminum hardware is tough, and the 35-liter main compartment swallows everything you’ll possibly need in a day. 

Price $289

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Rapha Sunglasses 

Rapha’s fashionable Italian-made sunnies draw their inspiration from flight goggles. They fit tight and keep out the wind, and the Carl Zeiss lenses don’t fog. The tortoiseshell frames look sharp, too, meaning you won’t need to switch shades for a post-ride stop at the bar. 

Price $295

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Knog Pop Duo Light 

It isn’t the brightest torch—35 lumens up front, five out back—but it’ll do the job in a pinch. And what this single AA battery-powered light lacks in power it more than makes up for in style, with half a dozen colors to choose from. Plus, the price can’t be beat. 

Price $33

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Wigwam Downtown Socks 

The 110-year-old footwear manufacturer sheds its stodgy reputation with these dapper merino-spandex socks that feel as good as they look. For a little extra capriciousness, buy several pairs to mix and match colors. 

Price $17

The Best Road Bikes of 2016

We’re witnessing a sea change in what road bikes look like and how they perform. Manufacturers are realizing that consumers don’t need the lightest, most aggressive designs used by professional riders, and they’re turning out machines that are more versatile and user-friendly. While the racing world has resisted disc brakes, for instance, bike companies are keen on their advantages and are pushing to make them standard. Modern geometries lean toward stability, and smarter tube shapes continue to boost comfort. Tires and rims are getting wider, improving traction and ride quality. And as the gravel market grows—with bikes like our Gear

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The Bike Hunting Essentials of 2016

(Sitka) Sitka Mountain Pants  Made from stretch polyester with a DWR treatment, these pants shrug off rain and brush. The cargo pockets swallow essentials, and the removable foam knee pads make crouching almost comfortable.  Price $189 Buy Now (Maven) Maven B.2 Binoculars  With its direct-to-consumer strategy, Maven sells exceptional optics at a fraction of the price of its competitors. Choose from three magnifications and customize the colors of lens rings and other pieces.  Price $1,000 Buy Now  (Icebreaker) Icebreaker Tech Lite Long Sleeve Crewe Real Tree Shirt  This lightweight merino top repelled body odors even after wearing it for a week

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The Best Bike Apparel of 2016

A cadre of upstart brands is shaking up cycling clothing. Thank God.  (DannyShane) 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 Buy Now (Sombrio) 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 Buy Now  (Twin Six) Twin Six

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The Best Mountain Bikes of 2016

Plus-size is fast becoming the new normal in mountain bikes. One year ago, you had only a few niche options in this category, loosely defined as including anything with 2.8-to-3-inch tires. At this year’s test we evaluated eight of the rigs, including our Gear of the Year winner, and another dozen are coming to market this season. These mid-fat machines add grip and confidence without the heft of a full fat bike, making them ideal for loose, sandy trails and super ­capable on bigger-hit riding. While the development is still in its infancy, with manufacturers debating rim widths and rubber

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The Best Bike Accessories of 2016

Build your kit with the right stuff for road and trail. DAILY ROAD (Specialized) Specialized Airnet MIPS Helmet  The Airnet’s sleek, retro looks pay homage to old-school racing lids, but the MIPS technology, designed to reduce rotational force in a crash, is all new. It’s the only helmet you need.  Price $170 Buy Now (Niterider) NiteRider Sentinel 40 Taillight  Do yourself a favor and ride with a taillight. Always. The tough, USB-chargeable Sentinel 40 projects a thin beam on either side of your bike, creating a visible safety lane that moves with you.  Price $50 Buy Now (Shimano) Shimano RP5 Shoes  An understated,

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The Best Starter Bikes of 2016

The biggest beneficiaries of the great evolution in bike tech? Lower-cost rides. (Cannondale) Cannondale CAAD8 105 5  Best For: Aspiring Racers  Anyone who thinks aluminum is stiff and heavy hasn’t ridden the CAAD8. Cannondale used lightweight tubing to build a bike that’s nearly identical to its older brother, the CAAD12, but for $270 less and at a mere two-pound weight penalty. In a blind test, most people wouldn’t notice a performance difference between the Shimano 105 drivetrain included here and top-shelf Dura Ace, and though the wheels are mediocre, they’re easy to upgrade. On the road, the CAAD8 feels snappy

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The Best Women’s Bikes of 2016

We tested 25 women’s bikes in the Arizona desert. These were our four favorites. (Felt) Felt ZW2  Best For: Blasting on a Budget  The first thing we noticed about the ZW2? The murdered-out matte paint job and red highlights. This carbon roadie is as fast as it looks, with fairly aggressive geometry and stiff Fulcrum Racing 5 LG wheels that flew along smooth pavement and leaped up steep grades. The Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting is top-notch, making the ZW2 a good value at under five grand. “Gorgeous, poised, stable, with e-shifting? At this price?” said one tester. The ride

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The Best Women's Bike Accessories of 2016

We combed through hordes of gear to put together the best kit for road and mountain biking. (Giro) Giro Chrono Pro Shorts  A good chamois could be the single most important item in your gear closet. This is about the plushest we’ve found, with a wide waist, leg bands that stay in place, and silky Lycra.    Price $150 Buy Now (Specialized) Specialized S-Works Evade Helmet  The secret to speed isn’t shedding weight—it’s getting aero. The Evade will save you 46 seconds over 24 miles compared with a standard helmet, says Specialized. We couldn’t verify the claim, but we sure

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