Capable, killer-value tools to make saddling up a bit more affordable. 


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Evoc Race 3L. (Evoc)

Evoc Race 3L Hip Pack ($95)

Think of the Race 3L as insanely comfortable storage that hugs the hips and has just enough space for a spare tube, a pump, and a snack while keeping your back sweat-free. There are pockets for two bottles, or use the included 1.5-liter bladder.

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Mission Workshop Sector Quick-Dry jersey. (Mission Workshop)

Mission Workshop Sector Quick-Dry Jersey ($60)

The Sector pairs the comfort of your favorite T-shirt with a lightweight, open-knit mesh to keep you cool, dry, and decidedly under the radar.

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Northwave Outcross shoes. (Northwave)

Northwave Outcross Shoes ($110)

With a super-grippy Michelin rubber outsole, the Outcross is a walkable shoe with loads of low-key performance chops and some surprising Italian style. Sizing is on the roomy side, so those with slim feet should go for the Plus, which replaces the top strap with a ratchet.

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Lezyne Micro Floor Drive XL pump. (Lezyne)

Lezyne Micro Floor Drive XL Pump ($60)

We used to advocate for the smallest pump possible, but with the advent of high­volume tires, we never leave home without the burly Micro Floor Drive XL. It’s a machined­aluminum bazooka that fills up big rubber fast.

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Troy Lee Designs Skyline Ripstop shorts. (Troy Lee Designs)

Troy Lee Designs Skyline Ripstop Shorts ($75)

Not only is the Skyline Ripstop light, quick to dry, and tear-resistant, but it’s also chill enough to wear off the bike, with a classic, casual boardshorts look. 

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Giro Chronicle MIPS helmet. (Courtesy of Giro)

Giro Chronicle MIPS Helmet ($100)

The Chronicle MIPS is almost a carbon copy of the top-tier Montaro: it’s just a hair heavier and has slightly smaller vents.

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Nalgene Draft bottle. (Nalgene)

Nalgene Draft Bottle ($11)

An innovative take on the old standby, the Draft has a high-flow valve and a 90-degree cap that twists open, keeping water from spraying out.

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Velocio Ultralight jersey. (Velocio)

Velocio Ultralight Jersey and Signature Bibs ($140 and $220)

The airy Ultralight feels as close to going shirtless as is possible in a form-fitting top. The Signature bibs feature stretchy crisscrossed straps and a seamless pad that kept us pain-free for five hours.

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Shimano RC7 shoes. (Shimano)

Shimano RC7 Shoes ($200)

You could get the RC9, Shimano’s top-shelf road racer, but the RC7 has a near identical supple upper, stiff carbon sole, and grippy heel cup—for half the price. The main difference: one Boa closure instead of two. But we still found the fit to be plenty dialed in. 

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Fabric FLR30 light. (Fabric)

Fabric FL30 and FLR30 Lights ($40 each)

For visibility on the road, we depend on these two 30-lumen lights from Fabric. Each is about the size of a tube of lip balm and mounts pretty much anywhere on your helmet or bike. The taillight, with a built-in ­accelerometer, blinks faster or slower depending on your speed.

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Lezyne Super GPS computer. (Lezyne)

Lezyne Super GPS Computer ($150)

This is arguably the best deal going in a bar-mount computer. It’s a refined unit, with ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart connectivity, power compatibility, and accurate turn-by-turn navigation.

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Bell Stratus MIPS helmet. (Bell)

Bell Stratus MIPS Helmet ($150)

Thanks to a slightly different construction, the Stratus is 35 ­percent cheaper than Bell’s pro-level Zephyr. Yet it’s almost identical, right down to the low-profile MIPS protection.

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The Best Mountain Bikes of 2017

It’s the golden era of mid-fats—and pretty much every other ride out there.  Juliana Joplin CC XO1 (Courtesy Juliana ) Juliana Joplin CC XO1 ($6,499 as tested) / Santa Cruz Tallboy ($6,600 as tested) Gear of the Year There are two bikes on these pages for one simple reason: the Joplin and the Tallboy won the hearts and legs of the overwhelming majority of our female and male testers, respectively. They’re also essentially the same bike: the Juliana adds some women-specific details (saddle, grips) and a shock tuned for lighter riders, but since the Joplin

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The Best Road Bikes of 2017

Modern construction to help the spandex set realize high-wattage dreams. Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc (Courtesy Giant) Giant TCR Advanced Pro 1 Disc ($4,700) Gear of the Year Road designers are taking cues from the mountain world. Geometries are slacker and stabler, tires are fatter, and, with the advent of the gravel scene, drop-bar dirt machines are increasingly common. We’ve even seen suspensions and dropper posts on some skinny-tire bikes. But disc brakes are probably the biggest point of crossover. Consider that, 12 months ago, Giant’s revamp of its flat-out carbon race machine missed Gear

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The Best Women's Bike Accessories of 2017

High-performance gear for trail and tarmac.  MOUNTAIN  Wild Rye Kiah shirt. (Wild Rye) Wild Rye Kiah Shirt ($69) This is the only bike jersey we’ve ever worn to the office without feeling underdressed. Slightly flared hips, a curved neckline, and the muted pink color make the Kiah cute and functional. The design kept us covered as we steered through technical Sedona trails. It has performance chops, too, with an odor-killing merino-nylon fabric. Buy Now Evoc FR Enduro Women 16L pack. (Evoc) Evoc FR Enduro Women 16L Pack ($180) Evoc is known for its

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The Best E-Bikes of 2017

While e-bikes have had a rocky reception in the U.S. (think: the 60 Minutes exposé of hidden motors in the Pro Tour and fears of e-MTBs tearing up trails), there is no debate about their benefits to commuters. The current crop pedal more efficiently than your old Schwinn Cruiser, use hub-based motors and lithium-ion batteries to supplement leg power and make it safer to ride in traffic, and provide a low-impact alternative to cars. Elby 9-Speed (Courtesy Elby) Our favorite, the Elby 9-Speed (above; $3,700; 57 pounds), was designed by a pair of automotive-industry

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