The Best New Cycling Gear
These 10 game-changers that will take your riding to the next level.
Most serious cyclists are equally serious shoppers and that's for good reason: You can train like crazy, but the truth is, a cyclist is only as good as his or her gear. Without the right equipment, riders have to work extra hard just to keep up with the pack. These ten new-to-the-market cycling items will help you evolve and elevate your pedal performance, both on the road and in the studio.
Garmin Vector 2 power meter
Your spin class bike may already have built-in equipment to capture your watts, but if you want to measure your energy output on your actual road or tri bike, you'll need to add this device: The new Garmin Vector 2 is a pedal-based power meter that is designed to show you exactly where you're generating power (i.e., is your right side stronger than your left?) with each pedal stroke, allowing you to address imbalances and improve your overall strength.
Wahoo Kickr Snap trainer
Wahoo made serious waves in the indoor trainer game with the for-serious-cyclists-only Kickr. The Snap is the slightly more accessible version: It's got a wheel-on design but still uses your smartphone, tablet or computer to control resistance and supply power readings.
Specialized SL Pro bib shorts with HookUp Technology
Many cyclists choose bib shorts to avoid an elastic waistband digging into their already-compressed stomachs. Problem is—particularly for female riders—the whole thing has to come off when nature calls. The Specialized SL Pro Bib Shorts with HookUp Technology, made with body-temps-regulating lycra, features a magnetic bib connection in the lower back that releases the short from the shoulder straps for fast pit stops.
Poc AVIP Backprotection jersey
The four-way stretch fabric comes with a lightweight, removable, flexible cell structure made with well-ventilated Koroyd, a polymer core made for energy absorption. No one likes to think about going over the handlebars, but if some reason you end up taking flight, your spine will be shielded with this extra strong body armor.
Smith Optics Overtake helmet
This offering is the first the company, which is known for its snowsport helmets, has produced for road biking. Made with ultra-lightweight Koroyd (same material in POC's back protector) and 21 vents to enhance aerodynamic performance, the high-tech headpiece is approved for both safety and speed.
Oakley Jawbreaker + Radar EV Path
Co-developed with Tour de France star Mark Cavendish, the Jawbreaker features an extended lens to cover your upper peripheral scope, which is ideal for cyclists. It's high-tech lenses are glare-resistant and vision-enhancing, making everything appear in HD, and its impact-protection frame is nearly unbreakable. The female counterpart is the Radar EV Path. Created with a lightweight, stress-resistant material, the frame can also withstand a lot while offering you a crisp and clear big view of the world (and finish line).
S-Works Power saddle
The new carbon-fiber S-Works Power saddle from Specialized boasts a Body Geometry design—an extra wide, super-light padded surface area for perfect sitbone support— which has proven to improve blood-flow to sensitive arteries for both men and women, making even the most aggressive positions more comfortable.
H6 Rapha Edition Headphones
When training indoors, you'll want to plug into the new over-the-ear headphone from Rapha and Bang & Olufsen. The cozy ear pads are made from African Hair Sheep leather—the same soft, sweat-resistant and breathable material used in Rapha GT Gloves—and are great for blocking out distractions so you can tune into your turbo workout.
Pearl Izumi ELITE RD IV
These semi-customizable cycling shoes will take the shape of your foot to do away with hot spots and enhance comfort for long rides. The Boa reel also allows you to make micro-adjustments to find the best fit. The ultra-light carbon sole and the plate offer next-level stiffness, which is what you want for ultimate support to help you reach top-notch power and efficiency with every pedal stroke.
Honey Stingers Grapefruit
The new grapefruit-flavored chews from Honey Stinger is a refreshing and healthy way to stay fueled during your tough training sessions. The sweet-and-sour snack is packed with 100 percent vitamin C (just like the real fruit) and is a great source of energy (made with organic honey and tapioca syrup) to help you power up hills and fly on the descents.