If you love the wind in your hair and your wheels on the road, this outfit will appeal to your inner speed racer.
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Admit it. When you look fast, you feel fast. And when you feel fast, you ride fast. These sporty-yet-feminine racing stripes scream “On your left!” and the wicking material keeps you dry at any speed.
Another reason to love LUNA: They were the first to pay their female pro athletes the same salary as their male counterparts.
A good pair of bike shoes is well worth the investment. Why? The power plate stiffens the sole, giving you more leverage and power with each pedal stroke, increasing your riding efficiency. Plus, cleats on the sole clip in to special pedals that allow you to "spin" more efficiently. Translation: You’ll ride farther, faster.
Polarized isn’t some empty buzzword; it means lenses that reduce road glare dramatically, allowing you to see the road (and any potential obstacles) more clearly. This sleek one-piece lens enhances your peripheral view and is impact resistant—good eye protection all around.
Skirt (known for its sassy athletic skirts) has come up with a fine pair of cycling shorts with a modest 7-inch inseam and a soft anatomical cushion that extends your time in the saddle. Silicone grippers keep the legs from riding up, and a wide waistband is kind on the tummy.
A concept born around a campfire in West Texas, this energy bar from a small Austin-based company blends local and seasonal ingredients into a pocket-friendly snack (with a compostable wrapper!) that you will savor instead of choking down.
If a casual cruise or an urban ramble is more your speed, these biker-chick accoutrements do double duty both on the bike and off (coffee, anyone?).
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The cycling dress
With an elegant cowl neck and adjustable hemline, this double-duty dress is perfect for commuters or urban tours. The quick-drying Modal/Lycra material drapes and wicks equally well, taking you from bike to bistro, no sweat. Three hidden zip pockets give you a place to stash cash and the key to your bike lock.
The bolero reinvents arm warmers with a shrug style that doesn’t leave an embarrassing gap when worn with sleeveless jerseys. (Sayonara, awful tan lines!) They’re cute enough to wear around town and could even be paired with an après-ride sundress. Made in thermal (warmer) and light (cooler) materials, it’s one of our fave new cycling accessories.
Leave it to Sheila Moon to find a way to make a chamois liner sexy. Stretch lace at the waist and the calves lend a feminine, flirty feel, and the full chamois provides enough padding to protect your assets for many miles in the saddle. Bonus: The wide lace waistband is comfortable and forgiving.
Originally designed for boats, this swiveling cup holder works equally well on a beach cruiser (it even keeps your favorite refreshing beverage upright when you lay down your bike). It’s tested and approved by Confederacy of Cruisers guides and tourists pedaling cocktails in "go-cups" on their History of Drinking bike tours in New Orleans.
Designed in fashion-conscious, bike-loving Denmark, this cleverly disguised helmet is made to look like a (slightly oversized) hat. Adhesive foam circles allow you to adjust the fit, and a variety of covers means you can slip on a new look every day. (Who knew you’d ever be able to accessorize with a brain bucket?) Though it may not rule out helmet hair, the ventilation keeps your head cool, and the covers keep it dry in the rain.
This easy-to-use handheld video camera slips in your jersey pocket or fits on an optional handlebar mount for on-the-ride footage. A retractable USB downloads and charges through your PC (no power cord to lose). The eight-gigabyte version holds two hours of high-definition video at 60 frames per second (wow!). Extra credit: You can design your own custom camera by uploading a personal image or pattern.
Love getting your tires in the dirt? This performance gear is built for off-road adventure and maximum fun on two fat wheels.
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While hydration packs already make hands-free drinking a breeze, Hydrapak has taken it to the next level with a BPA-free bladder that’s easier to clean (you can turn it inside out to dry so it never gets funky). Bonus: The leakproof bite valve shuts off with a twist and attaches to your shoulder strap with a magnet so it doesn’t flop around on those bomber downhills.
Looser and more casually styled than their spandex roadie counterparts, these mountain-bike shortsmade of a lightweight, wrinkle-free microfiber that stretches and wicksare tough enough for the trail but chill enough to wear elsewhere. What’s more, the removable lightweight chamois liner means they can do double duty on hikes or in transit.
If you’re picky about your jerseys, check out this new Colorado-based brand. Why we love it: the flattering-but-not-too-tight cut, the feminine-but-not-girly style (no hot pink daisies or leopard print, thank you), and the inner pocket lets you thread your headphone cord through the inside of the jersey so it won’t catch on branches.
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This hardy, water-resistant video camera shoots in full 1080p high definition and comes with helmet and handlebar mounts, a chest strap, and other accessories that let you attach it to just about anything. The rotating lens means you can get a level horizon without having to mount it perfectly straight, and the playback screen ensures you get the shot you want. More things to love: an LCD screen, wireless remote, and slow-mo feature.
Dropping your kid off at a play date? Picking up a few things at the drugstore? This ensemble is sporty but stylish, making the transition from bike to bank teller line effortless.
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The little rad riding hoodie
Performance fashion: oxymoron? Not anymore! NYC-based Nona Varnado has designed a biker-chic line that brings an urban attitude to cycling apparel. With a high zip collar that transforms into an elegant hood, this riding jacket is made from a supple, stretchy fabric that’s paper-light, yet blocks the wind and looks like anything but a bike jacket when you’re not astride your ride.
Perfect for stashing a phone, camera, wallet, and lipstick on a quick errand or urban commute, this adorable purse straps to your handlebars (or stroller handle), leaving your hands free and your shoulders mercifully liberated from that oversize messenger bag. Made of water-resistant material that won’t fade easily in the sun, it has magnetic closures for easy access to your stuff, plus an exterior pocket for your phone.
The support of a sports bra meets the comfort of a tank in this flattering racer-back top. Lightweight and silky, the fabric moves with your body instead of creeping and clinging. The black side color blocks are super slimming, and rear cargo pockets provide an ideal place to stash a snack or a few bucks. Love the mesh panel along the lower back, too—bye-bye, back sweat!
These cute, casual, calf-length capris have a padded chamois liner that’s ample enough to keep you comfortable on the seat, but not bulky enough to be visible under pants when you’re strolling around. Even better: The liner is detachable, so these can remain your go-to pants even when you’re taking a day off from the bike.
A gear geek and avid cyclist, Southern Living Travel Editor Kim Cross is the founder of Magic City Cycle Chix, a women’s cycling group based in Birmingham, Ala. The “cafeteria decathlete” has competed in more than 10 sports and vied for a national title in threewater skiing (first), sprint triathlon (fourth), and 24-hour adventure racing (not last). She’s teaching her 3-year-old son to stand-up paddleboard and race cyclocross.