The crushing heat of summer is finally over. You can safely get back on your bike without showing up to office or your favorite weekend brunch spot without being sweat soaked. If you’re like us, you’re already planning out winter adventures and that means getting in some base mileage on your legs. Our favorite way to do that is bike commuting; whether you’re on the daily office grind through town, running a few errands after work, or just hauling a growler to the local brew pub to stock up, having the right riding gear is essential. These are some of our favorite new products for getting out for some time on your pedals.
lululemon Off The Chain, $128+
Who says that all your cycling gear has to be spandex and neon? Lululemon’s latest collection launched earlier this month and the off the chain shirt ($128) and pants ($148) are perfect for brisk fall mornings on your bike. The shirt is a cotton-CORDURA nylon blend that wicks away sweat with ease. The slim oxford profile is complemented well by reflective hits on on the back of the waist. The pants are slim cut to avoid problems with your cranks and chain and the micro-twill fabric cleans up nicely at the office after your ride in to work.
Light & Motion Urban 800 Combo, $170
Early mornings call for some aid to visibility – especially when dealing with drivers who haven’t had their morning coffee. Light & Motion’s Urban 800 bike light pumps out 800 lumens of power, competing with car headlights on the road, and ensuring you’re noticed. A red taillight is included in the kit, so you’re prepared for the hazards of the road at any time of day or night.
High Sierra Elmwood Rucksack, $90
Part of the new Olmstead collection, the Elmwood Rucksack is our favorite High Sierra pack for urban exploring. The main compartment easily swallows a change of clothes, lunch, and our helmet. The padded laptop sleeve fits up to a 15-inch laptop or tablet. Outside pouches keep your essential organized and within easy reach. We love the metal hook and leather zipper pull touches. They elevate this simple pack to a timeless option for long commuting.
Smith Optics Route MIPS, $180
Sure, you can wear your favorite mountain biking helmet to the office, but then you’d have to explain the mud spots and pair of goggles. For more mellow adventures, the new Route MIPS is a lightweight solution to urban and road riding. Smith’s Aerocore construction places extra panels of Koroyd material at key potential impact points, but also allows for excellent ventilation. The fit is easy to dial in. The MIPS liner aids in reducing rotational forces, so should the worst happen, rest assured you’ve got the best protection on the road.
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Wet Weather Gear
Showers Pas Refuge Jacket, $279
The Refuge jacket was purpose built for long days on your bike. A fully seam taped 3-layer waterproof membrane makes this jacket impervious to even the worst weather. Extra long core vents on the front keep your temperature regulated on longer rides. The drop down hem in the back provides protection from tire and road spray. Reinforced shoulders for your backpack straps round it out as a perfect biking outer layer.