12 Items Worth Splurging For

Bicycling magazine editors share the gear discoveries that transformed the way they ride.

1. Chamois Cream: Saddle sores hurt like hell, but they're entirely preventable.
TRY Assos Chamois Creme, $20

—Peter Flax, editor-in-chief

2. Wide Road Tires: Rubber that's 25mm (or wider) lets me run lower pressure and gives me more control.
TRY Vittoria Diamante Pro, $64

—Joe Lindsey, contributor

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3. Base Layer: I ride more in winter now that I know how to layer.
TRY Craft Active Extreme with Windstopper, $120

—David Howard, executive editor

4. Floor Pump: A durable pump with a stable base makes that mandatory pre-ride tire-pressure check fast and easy.
TRY Blackburn's Air Tower 1, $30

—J.L.

5. Bib Shorts: These address one of my pet peeves: ill-fitting waistbands.
TRY Louis Garneau Neo Power Fit Bibshort, $140

—Christine Bucher, managing editor

6. Dropper Post: Lowering my saddle on tricky mountain bike trails gives me more confidence.
TRY RockShox Reverb, $384

—Louis Mazzante, articles editor

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Bicycling.com extends the credibility and authority of the world's leading cycling magazine online with web exclusive content and interactive features that help affluent cycling enthusiasts get the most out of every ride.

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