(Inga Hendrickson)
2019 Summer Buyer's Guide

The Best Men’s Cycling Gear of 2019

Advanced bike gear for safer, radder adventures


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Henty Enduro 2.0 Pack ($129)

(Courtesy Henty)

Call this a waist pack on steroids. The Enduro has a horizontal compartment low on the lumbar to keep the weight on your hips and a pared-down mesh upper that ensures stability without causing clamminess.

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LEM Flow Helmet ($80)

(Courtesy LEM)

The Flow proved a hit at this year’s test. It has all the hallmarks of a helmet twice the price: a dial-fit system, lie-flat straps for comfort, cushy padding, and an adjustable visor.

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Shimano AM7 Shoes ($140)

(Courtesy Shimano)

Even though the AM7s elicited jokes about their “orthopedic” looks, we couldn’t resist the comfortable fit of these low-cut lace-ups. The midsole is plenty stiff for a few hours of riding, and a neoprene cuff keeps out sand and grit.

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Mission Workshop Traverse Shorts ($165)

(Courtesy Mission Workshop)

If you own just one pair of baggies, make it these. The long, trim legs provide coverage, and two rear-quad pockets carry sundries without you noticing the weight.

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Giro Aether MIPS Helmet ($350)

(Courtesy Giro)

Giro gracefully integrated MIPS technology, which absorbs rotational forces during a crash, into the Aether. The EPS foam shell looks like your stan­dard lid, while the liner—attached by unseen rub­berized strings—takes the hit on angled impacts.

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Rapha Explore Technical T-shirt ($75)

The mavens of understated road style take to the dirt with the Explore Technical, an airy polyester micromesh tee that’s intended for gravel and dries in a flash in the sun.

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Ashmei KoM Jersey and Bib Shorts ($179 and $319)

(Courtesy Ashmei)

Ashmei’s KoM jersey is made from a merino-polyester blend that’s soft on the skin and stays dry. The shorts’ woven microfiber has a stretchy yet compressive fit.

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ASSOS Trail Cargo Shorts ($149)

Eliminate the excess. No clunky buckles, webbing, or fasteners on these shorts. Pre-shaped panels of ultralight materials that basically disappear so you can focus on the trail ahead.

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Fizik Infinito R1 Knit Shoe ($450)

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Thanks to the upper’s slight give and ventilation, we loved these shoes on long days. The dual Boa closure made micro-adjustments a breeze, while Microtex in the tongue and buckle held the shoe’s structure.

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100 Percent S2 Sunglasses ($195)

(Courtesy 100 Percent)

Upstart 100 Percent injects some flare and competition into the eyewear market with this mirrored wraparound. It doesn’t fog despite fitting snugly and won’t obstruct your view, thanks to a rimless design.

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Garmin Edge 520 Plus Computer ($280)

(Courtesy Garmin)

The 520 Plus packs a ton of features—including uploads and sharing (via your phone), navigation, color maps, and Strava and Trailforks compatibility—into a device the size of an XTR pedal.

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From Summer 2019 Buyer’s Guide Lead Photo: Inga Hendrickson

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