Road biking apparel
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Road biking apparel

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1. If there’s one thing you need, it’s a nice pair of bibs. Whether or not the contoured fit of Sugoi‘s RSE bibs ($200; helped lessen muscle fatigue, as advertised, was hard to gauge. But both the moisture-wicking interior and quick-drying chamois received rave reviews.

Road biking apparel

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2. Up top, Minneapolis-based Twin Six‘s soft poly Miss and Out ($75; has a comfy cut (read: not Euro tight), three big back pockets, and a deep front zip.

3. Hincapie Sportswear (yes, as in George and his brother, Rich) makes some of the best jackets and vests we’ve tested recently. The Tour LT ($100; has it all—mesh back, reflective trim, a high collar, and two back pockets—in a stretchy and water-resistant package.

4. With gloves, it’s the little things, like the sewn-in pull-tabs between the fingers on Nalini‘s lightweight Colombo gloves ($78;, which makes removal a much less annoying procedure.

5. Because they’re plenty stiff and well-priced, Specialized‘s BG Comp Shoes ($170; have long been a tester favorite.

6. BollĂ©‘s photochromic Vitesse sunglasses ($160;—that’s them on the helmet—provided big-time coverage and quickly adjusted to changing light conditions.

7. Rudy Project‘s Sterling ($225; is a pretty trick helmet. A Boa-like knob dials fit with a few quick turns, and the bug-net lining is a great idea (and removable on hot days). Plus, because it comes with a visor for mountain biking, it goes both ways.

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