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Fall cycling essentials

These 13 pieces will help you ride faster and look sleeker.

Historically, cycling gear has been heavy on tech, skimpy on style, but the past few years have proven that the marriage of performance and aesthetics does have a place in the biking world after all. This season in particular has turned out tons of new pieces that you'll want to show off. Whether you’re a casual commuter or a century ride enthusiast, picking up the right gear ensures you can enjoy foliage-filled adventures all season long.

rei co-op cycles thermal padded tights

When the weather turns chilly, insulated tights are a must. These simple fleece-lined leggings are easy to pair with loud jerseys, have a built-in chamois for comfort, and feature a quick-drying fabric.
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twin six the spit

This effortlessly cool style is cut close to the body to maximize aerodynamics.
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rapha brevet gilet

Fall winds and temperatures mean mastering the art of layering is essential. Mesh side panels allow this windproof vest to breathe, and the reflective stripes provide visibility. It also packs up into a small pouch which can be stored in a jersey pocket on days when the weather is unpredictable.
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chpt. /// 1.11 padded cycling bib shorts

This style makes intense rides more comfortable, but it's not always easy on the eyes. This luxe version is the best you can find for training days, with a mostly seamless construction and super soft fabric.
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poc avip glove long

A ventilated palm ensures hands don’t get sweaty and allows for close contact with your bike. The fingertips are smartphone-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about shedding them mid-ride.
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café du cycliste arlette audax merino jersey

Merino is a miracle fabric for fall weather because it provides warmth, wicks moisture away, and is odor-resistant. Designed for longer distances, this chic jersey has three pockets for road necessities and was cut with a woman’s body in mind.
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pearl izumi elite thermal arm warmers

For those in-between days that aren’t quite cold enough for a jacket, arm warmers can help regulate your temperature. Featuring the brand's new proprietary technology, these are treated so that the fibers repel moisture but remain breathable.
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quoc night shoes

These lightweight cycling shoes are the first performance model from Quoc, a brand that normally designs city cycling shoes. Meant for longer distances at higher speeds, these earn points in comfort.
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lumos bike helmet

If you’re riding at night or in a high traffic area, the back section of this topper helps keep you safe and visible, complete with remote-controlled LED lights that feature turn signals.
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garmin forerunner 935

This top-of-the-line multisport watch is ideal for cyclists. Track your route, mileage, heart rate, VO2max, and more right from your wrist.
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sugoi rse neoshell jacket

When protection from the elements is necessary, the breathable, waterproof fabric moves with you.
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smartwool phd cycle ultra light pattern crew socks

This pair is actually meant to be worn inside cycling shoes specifically. They’re just the right thickness, won’t cause blisters, and keep feet warm and dry.
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liv vera inner cycling short

For shorter rides, these handy bottoms (with a super-lightweight chamois) allow you to make any outfit cycling-friendly. Try them under leggings, pants, or even a dress.
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