Performance tops with tons of character.

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(Courtesy Pearl Izumi)

Pearl Izumi Versa ($70)

We love the Versa’s casual polo style and contrasting front pocket. So much so that we wear it not only when we ride, but also to the beach, on the boat, and to the bar on warm evenings. The lightweight polyester is buttery against your skin and wicks away moisture. It also tends to absorb odors, so we suggest keeping it to a single wear between washes.

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(Courtesy Café du Cycliste)

Café du Cycliste Zahira Diamant ($163)

This bold jersey drew us in immediately. The West African print provides excellent visibility, but the Zahira Diamant is more than just a fashion statement. The feather-weight fabric is airy enough for blazing desert days, the full-length zipper makes venting a breeze, and the fit is more generous than many road designs, so you won’t bust out of the seams.

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(Courtesy Rapha)

Rapha Ode to the Sun Souplesse Flyweight ($175)

The Souplesse is no workhorse—it’s a refined thoroughbred designed to make long afternoons in the saddle as comfy as those spent on the couch. We break out this women’s top on the hottest days: the airy, membrane-thin fabric is basically one big vent, thanks in part to hundreds of tiny perforations in the torso.

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(Courtesy Sombrio)

Sombrio Alder ($55)

The Alder is simple and subdued, which is a welcome change from the loud, flowery prints too often found on women’s jerseys. We appreciate the fit, too, with a drop hem in back and just a touch of bagginess. The polyester is low-tech, wicks moisture effectively, and provides lots of ventilation on steamy summer days. The best part? It’s the cheapest top here.

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(Courtesy Kitsbow)

Kitsbow Collared Henley ($120)

Gravel bikes raise the question: road kit or mountain? Fortunately, this henley splits the difference with a trim but not awkward fit and merino-poly fabric that’s cool in the wind but tough enough to take the abuse of errant rocks and branches. And God bless companies that produce apparel in bright hues that draw motorists’ eyes, like this Moab-orange heather.

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(Courtesy Yeti Cycles)

Yeti Turq Air LS ($100)

Cut from a stretchy poly-spandex blend, the Turq Air is so sheer and cozy, it almost feels like silk pajamas. A perforated grid pattern lets cool air in and moisture out, so you can wear it on all but the stickiest summer days. It’s our top choice for long rides in the mountains—the UPF 30 fabric keeps the sun off our arms, and long sleeves ensure we’ll stay warm if the weather changes.

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The Best Road Bikes of 2018

A drop in price, but you still drop the pack. (Courtesy Canyon) Canyon Ultimate CF SL Disc 8.0 ($2,800 as tested) Improvements in road bikes can seem incremental, but most of the 2018 models are profoundly different from what was on the market just five years ago. The all-road craze, with frames that have clearance for fatter tires, has influenced almost every pavement machine: Larger 28c has replaced 23c as the norm. Geometries are becoming slacker and taller as manufacturers craft bikes to fit average riders, not just racers. Disc brakes have made rim models

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The Best Mountain Bikes of 2018

Trail steeds get lighter but punch above their weight. (Courtesy Evil) Evil The Following MB ($6,900 as tested) Pretty much every mountain bike we tested this year was tight and close to the ground for better descending, had wide bars and a short stem for improved handling, and came with big, tough rubber for added traction. The plus-size craze spurred many of these improvements, but performance has improved without weight gain for a ride that’s more versatile and forgiving than ever. That’s certainly the case with Evil’s The Following MB, though this 120-millimeter 29er managed

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The Best Bike Shorts of 2018

Nothing makes a ride like a sweet pair of shorts. (Courtesy POC) POC Raceday Enduro Shorts ($130) These are meant for going fast downhill, but the Raceday has become our go-to on big-mountain outings. The massive side-zip front pocket is a handy place to stash a phone, bar, and tool, and the stitched-in elastic-Velcro belt makes fit a cinch. Over-the-knee scalloped tailoring adds a touch more protection. Buy Now (Courtesy Gore) Gore C7 Pro 2in1 Bib Shorts ($200) The C7 Pro’s materials and economy of fit won us over. The design

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The Best Bike Accessories of 2018

Elevate your saddle time. (Courtesy Wolf Tooth) Wolf Tooth Pack Pliers ($30) Fixing a busted chain with your bare hands is a nonstarter. These pliers open and close the master link, store a handful of replacement links, and have a tire lever and valve-core remover built in. Buy Now (Courtesy Lizard Skins) Lizard Skins DSP 3.2 mm Bar Tape ($46) A must for anyone prone to numb hands, this tape is cushy, stays tacky when wet, and comes in a variety of colors. Buy Now

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