Our Favorite Fall Cycling Gear
Ten attractive ways to travel on two wheels this season
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Whether you're hopping on your bike for a day-long leaf-peeping ride or clipping in for a big race, you want to make sure you're prepared for fall's unpredictable temps—and look good while doing it. The latest cycling clothing and gear this season checks both of those boxes:
VELOCIO RECON QUILTED VEST, $279
When you need more than a jersey but don’t want to commit to a jacket, the windproof Recon Vest saves the day. It's made with a combination of warm Merino wool and a water-resistant Pertex Quantum fabric, and has three zippered pockets to stash all your stuff, too. Pictured is the women's version, but the vest comes in men's sizes as well.
BETTY DESIGNS WORLD CHAMPION LONG SLEEVE SKINSUIT, $200
Outshine your competition in a striped and floral tri-suit that is truly styled for speed. It’s made with a soft, breathable fabric that dries quickly, has a four-way stretch and offers SPF 50 protection. This one-piece also features flat, chafe-free seams, a chamois that provides the perfect amount of padding and gel-grip bands on the legs.
SMITH ROUTE HELMET, $180
Riding with an uncomfortable helmet can seriously disrupt your ride. That's why we're fans of this lightweight option that's designed with a Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) to keep your head protected as well as 18 strategically placed cooling vents.
BONTRAGER CLASSIQUE THERMAL CYCLING CAP, $50
This hat, made from a moisture-wicking Merino blend, fits comfortably under your helmet, providing an extra layer of protection for both your ears and your head.
PEARL IZUMI ELITE ESCAPE SOFTSHELL JACKET, $160
When the temperatures dip and you need an extra outer layer, the wind- and water-resistant Elite Escape Softshell has got your back. Its stretchy polyester fabric won’t limit movement, zippered back pockets give you a good storage spot and points of reflectivity make you even safer on the street. Available in a men’s version as well.
SHIMANO S-PHYRE RC9 ROAD SHOE, $400
These lightweight, high-tech shoes feature synthetic leathers upper to hug your feet, plus strategically placed vents, quick-drying mesh and built-in drainage holes to make it easier for moisture to escape. The two Boa dials allow you to adjust the wire lacing for a just-right fit. And odor-fighting insoles mean these kicks will stay fresh even on long rides.
RAPHA LONG SLEEVE BREVET JERSEY, $210
Made with a cozy, breathable polyester-Merino blend fabric, the Brevet Jersey keeps you warm, yet comfortable, out on the road. A longer, gripped back prevents the top from riding up, five pockets offer extra storage and reflective stripes keep you visible as you stride.
GARMIN EDGE EXPLORE 820, $350
Getting lost is not an option with this GPS bike computer in tow. In addition to capturing all your stats (distance, speed, cadence, etc.), the high-resolution, touchscreen device also comes pre-loaded with a Garmin Cycle Map that provides navigation on popular routes, allows you to track other cyclists in your crew and notifies emergency contacts if an accident occurs.
SPECIALIZED THERMINAL BIB KNICKERS, $130
Not only do you get an ideal, in-between length with these knickers, but you also receive extra insulation, UV 50+ protection and a chafe-free, soft-against-the-skin fit. The style also includes a zippered fly and an ergonomically designed chamois with added wind resistance.
POLAR BOTTLE ZIPSTREAM, $15
The 24-ounce Zipstream is BPA- and Phthalate-free, has a removable valve and wide mouth for easy cleaning, features a leak-proof, high flow cap and is insulated to keep your beverages cold when you’re going the distance.