May 10, 2018

Spring Cycling in the Sun

April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring damn good cycling weather. Cool-ish mornings, sunny and 75 in the afternoon, and as each day passes, nighttime pauses its advance for a few minutes more. Compared to cycling in the cold and dark, riding in this weather is easy, and it’s also an opportunity to look good while still maintaining the functionality you want out of your cycling gear. Here are a few accessories and pieces of apparel that will do the job.

Disclosure: all of these items were free media samples provided by the companies.

Lizard Skins Bar Tape

Lizard Skins Bar Tape

As far as bar tape goes, Lizard Skins is the cream of the crop. Watch a race and you'll see it frequently used by the pros, but that's not why they're on this list. Lizard Skins has 28 color combinations - from solid brights to two-color combinations to fun camouflage mixtures with unconventional colors.

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Thunderbolt Sportswear Baseline Henley

Thunderbolt Sportswear Baseline Henley

When the sun goes down, you can still light up with this reflective tape from Brilliant Reflective. It comes in Stick-On and Iron-On, both of which are very low-profile until a light hits them. The stickers are perfect for the forks on a bicycle, where you can wrap it such that it will be seen from both cars behind and from the side.

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Bar Mitts

Bar Mitts

This has become my go-to shirt (besides the MtnMeister T, of course). 100% merino wool, satisfying buttons, and a tailored fit. Priced at $110, I would have never bought this. After wearing it a few times I would reconsider.

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Winglights

Winglights

Another nerdy pick. I suppose that's the nature of solving complicated problems. These are turn signals on the end of your handlebars and work as expected. Click a button and the light will flash at turn signal tempo, click it again to turn it off.

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Showers Pass Alpine Jersey

Showers Pass Alpine Jersey

Even though it's black, there's a bunch of reflective tape lining this piece (13 to be exact). It also works as a mid-layer. I wore it on a windy ride the other day, and it expelled heat very well. The wind also went right through it, but it didn't bother me.

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North St. Belmont Backpack

North St. Belmont Backpack

Super durable, customizable, waterproof, and night-friendly. Check out that big piece of reflective tape on the front flap. The bag is lined with a waterproof layer, which slightly reduces space but is worth it if you get caught in the rain.

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