Slideshow: Gear Box: Biking Edition
As warmer weather beckons, so does the road. Whether you bike to work or just enjoy the recreational ride around town, it's essential to have the right gear when you trade in your four wheels for two. Here are five of our favorite pieces. <i>By Jamie Sorcher, special to espnW</i>
The Wheel Deal
As warmer weather beckons, so does the road. Whether you bike to work or just enjoy the recreational ride around town, it's essential to have the right gear when you trade in your four wheels for two. Here are five of our favorite pieces. By Jamie Sorcher, special to espnW
Abus Bordo 6000 ($129.99, abus.com)
If you spend big bucks on a bike, it's critical to protect your investment with a sturdy lock. A general guideline is to spend 10% of the bike's value on one of these babies. The lightweight Bordo 6000 looks nothing like a typical lock. It combines the security of a U-lock with the flexibility of a chain -- all in a compact configuration. Its folding technology gives you lots of locking options. Above all, it is tough -- made of 5mm steel bars -- and tender. The Bordo is housed in an extra soft coating to protect your bike's paint job.
Light and Motion VIS 360 ($130) and Taz 1500 ($299, lightandmotion.com)
Riding at night is a reality with reflective clothing and a bike light. The VIS 360, which is lightweight and powerful, easily attaches to your bike helmet. The front white light with amber side lights -- backed up with a rear red light blaster -- makes you visible in all directions. If you prefer a bar-mounted option, there's the compact and rechargeable Taz 1500, a brand new model out this July. The smooth beam and engineered reflectors are suitable for commuting or off-road excursions.
Giro Amare ($180, giro.com)
Not only must you protect your bike, but your melon, too. A helmet is an investment that is -- bottom line -- a no-brainer. The Amare, which is Giro's premier women's helmet, has composite reinforcement for maximum ventilation (26 Wind Tunnel vents) minus any compromise with the helmet's integrity. The compact shape is stylish and stays secure with the Roc Loc 5 system. It cradles your head comfortably (and works with many hairstyles, too!).
Hincape Chantilly bike jersey ($90, hincapie.com)
Body hugging, but not unbearable, is what cyclists need for a ride. Using an aerodynamic pattern, the TourTrek fabric offers a snug fit to reduce drag while also wicking away moisture from the skin. The Accelerator stretch mesh keeps you cool and when the sun is blazing you're protected with a jersey that's got SPF 30+ UPF. Three rear back pockets store arm warmers, wallet or food.
Tifosi Optics Rumor ($59.95, tifosioptics.com)
The Rumor has oversized frame styling, no-slip fit and vented lenses to prevent fogging. Well suited for women, they come with three interchangeable lenses, carrying case and cleaning cloth. The technology is where these stand out. Decentered shatterproof polycarbonate lenses banish distortion and offer sharp peripheral vision, a key consideration when on the road. The proprietary glare guard lens coating nixes eye strain and fatigue. What's more, you get 100% protection from the sun's harmful rays and other road nuisances like rocks, bugs, dust and more.