Summer Cycling Essentials: 2018
Including a smart helmet, water-resistant shoes, and more
Though warm, sunny days make for seriously beautiful long rides, having the right gear in your kit to stay dry and comfortable while avoiding overheating is key. Here’s everything you need to pick up the pace this season.
Sena R1 Smart Cycling Helmet
Take calls on the road easily with this Bluetooth-enabled smart helmet. It’s built-in microphone and speaker system is also ideal for listening to your favorite workout soundtrack. There’s also a front-mounted camera inside that lets you capture sunsets on the road.
POC Avip Ceramic Jersey
This top has virtually unnoticeable ceramic paneling in the shoulder and hip areas for extra protection in case you take a spill. Add to that a superlight, breathable fabric, and this jersey is the perfect addition to any cycling setup.
Giro Empire E70 Knit
Knit fabrics are popular in training sneakers at the moment, and they’re making their way into cycling shoes, too. These still feature a stiff sole, but a flexible, water-resistant, and highly-ventilated top layer makes them ideal for hotter months.
CHPT3 1.83 ONEMORELAP Baselayer
Adding the right layer in hot weather can actually help keep you cool. This incredibly lightweight base garment with its sweat-wicking fabric helps keep you dry when worn under a summer-appropriate jersey.
Betty Designs Onyx Cycle Short
Summer is the time to switch from tights to shorts, and this simple black style has the advantage of matching any jersey. A shorter length also makes for a more modern look, and SPF 50+ technology in the fabric means you’re protected from damaging rays.
Pedla Wild Camo SuperFIT G+ Loop Knicks
These bib shorts have all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a premium pair—seamless construction and anatomically-considerate compression—but they’ve also got a little extra flair.
Rapha Flyweight Cap
This cap is made from a feather-light, mesh-like fabric, so your head can release heat. Plus, the brim helps to block sunlight and increase visibility when it matters most.
Cafe du Cycliste Women’s Fleurette Jersey
Moisture wicking and quick-drying fabric means you won’t be drenched in sweat, and a flattering cut leaves you feeling comfortable and confident. Plus, the jersey is semi-mesh, ensuring breathability.
District Vision Nako Multisport Sunglasses
A secure nose grip (which they recommend you have adjusted by an optician for the perfect fit) means these frames won’t slide off your face when you’re sweating, plus lenses that block both direct and reflected light provide superior sun protection.
MAAP Outline Sock
This lightweight option features antimicrobial properties to keep your feet (and shoes) smelling fresh. Plus, soft mesh paneling provides arch support where needed.