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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.

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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.

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(Courtesy Silca)

Silca T-Ratchet and Ti-Torque Kit ($99)

You have to carry a tool, so make it this one from Silca. It has all the usual fitments, weighs only a fraction more than other tools, and adds a torque gauge.

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Revolution Cycle Beer Bottle Cap Badge ($95)

Does your whip have a head badge? Swap it out for Revolution’s and display the bottle cap of your new favorite microbrew instead.

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Lezyne Classic Shallow Brass Bell ($14)

What’s better than shouting “On your left!” at unwitting pedestrians when steaming up behind them? The soft ring of this handsome bell.

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Ergon GE1 Evo Factory Grips ($40)

Ergon’s grips are one of the best investments you can make in your mountain bike. The soft rubber is grippy in sloppy conditions and sculpted to fit your hands.

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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 nearly obsolete. Best of

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The Best Bike Jerseys of 2018

Performance tops with tons of character. (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. Buy Now (Courtesy Café du Cycliste) Café du Cycliste Zahira Diamant ($163) This bold jersey drew us in immediately.

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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 to get “more betterer”

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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 is genius, combining well-made bibs with built-in baggies

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