Gaston 3
Gaston 3 (Courtesy of Linus)

8 Commuter Bike Essentials of Summer 2012

Gaston 3

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Linus Gaston 3

Don’t be fooled by the good looks (note the leather-wrapped gull-wing bars and chunky 35-millimeter whitewall tires). Linus’s Gaston 3 is plenty stable and spirited enough for dodging in and out of traffic, and the Sturmey Archer internal three-speed hub is as reliable as they come.

Knog Strongman

Strongman U-lock
Strongman U-lock (Courtesy of Knog)

Knog’s Strongman U-lock is just as tough as less stylish locks. It’s also better behaved, with a silicone coating that won’t scratch your frame.

Lazer Armor

Lazer Armor
Lazer Armor (Courtesy of Lazer)

The 16 vents in the Lazer Armor kept our heads cool on steamy coastal afternoons, and the helmet comes in tons of wicked styles. We’re big fans of the rising-sun Support Japan model (not shown), the proceeds of which benefit tsunami victims.

Road Holland Utrecht

Utrecht jersey
Utrecht jersey (Courtesy of Road Holland)

Road Holland’s midweight, merino wool–poly blend Utrecht jersey is dapper enough to wear around town all day. Even better, its three back pockets and grippy waist will perform during club rides.

SKS Longboard

Longboard fenders
Longboard fenders (Courtesy of SKS)

Though they’re fiddly to install, once you’ve mounted the full-wrap SKS Longboard fenders, you’ll never have to worry about road spray or unsightly stains again.

Lezyne Alloy Floor Drive

Alloy Floor Drive
Alloy Floor Drive (Courtesy of Lezyne)

We’ve broken more than a few chintzy floor pumps, which is why we love the CNC-machined aluminum, oversize gauge, and burly, replaceable adapter on Lezyne’s Alloy Floor Drive. It’s the most reliable pump we’ve found.

Timbuk2 Especial Viaje

Especial Viaje
Especial Viaje (Courtesy of Timbuk2)

More than a bike bag, the Timbuk2 Especial Viaje pannier can go from rack duty to backpack, thanks to a molded rear panel and a stow flap for shoulder straps. The laptop pocket inside is waterproof, and the bag stands up on its own for easy loading.

Nonetheless Garments Dispatch Rider Slim Pants

Dispatch Rider slim pants
Dispatch Rider slim pants (Courtesy of Nonetheless Garments)

Made in Chicago, Nonetheless Garments’ Dispatch Rider Slim pants are surprisingly high-performance (stretchy wool-and-recycled-polyester fabric, gripper waist, water-resistant finish), considering it looks good enough to pair with a sport coat.