2016 Summer Cycling Gear Guide
Castelli Climber's Jersey 2.0$129 1 of 19
Plenty of jersey options come close to the 100-gram weight of the Climber's 2.0 jersey, but you won't find any that breathe this well--particularly on the chest. Even when the summer heat nears triple digits, the mesh Flusso 3D material works so well you won't have to unzip to let body heat dissipate. You'll also get plenty of aerodynamic advantages from the slim cut of the jersey, making it a perfect option for a warm-weather cycling race.
Giant Rivet Helmet$160 2 of 19
Think ventilation and aerodynamics are mutually exclusive? The Giant Rivet combines both in a lightweight (and not-too-expensive) package--perfect for those local summer criteriums and Thursday night hammerfests. The three large ports on the front of the helmet direct airflow over your scalp and it's aerodynamic in a variety of riding positions. Plus, you'll have peace of mind with its sturdy build and CINCH Pro dial fit system.
Zealios Sun Barrier SPF 45$15 3 of 19
Cyclists spend as much time in the sun as anyone. To protect yourself from the dangers of skin cancer, a good sunscreen is always important. Zealios' Sun Barrier sunscreen is waterproof and oil free--and unlike a lot of other sunscreens, it goes on clear and uses natural ingredients.
Bryton Rider 310$99 4 of 19
As one of the most feature-packed GPS cycling computers at this price point, the Bryton Rider 310 is challenging the bigger name brands in the industry. Whether you're a casual commuter, or ride hundreds of miles a week, you'll be sure to enjoy the reliability, accuracy and battery life of this relatively inexpensive device. It's Strava compatible too, so you'll still be able to show off your summer KOMs with your local riding buddies.
Specialized SL Pro$40 5 of 19
While going gloveless might make you a bit cooler, you'll realize it's not such a good decision should a spill occur. With the minimalistic SL Pro from Specialized, you'll get the best of both worlds. The LifeLine palm provides just enough protection should you come in contact with the pavement, while the low profile and well-ventilated mesh on the backside of the hand is a light and breathable option.
Cycliq Fly6 Camera$170 6 of 19
Part taillight, part action camera, the Fly6 always has your back as you travel through the busiest parts of town. A "black box" of sorts, this camera records video and audio continuously once turned on and is designed to record footage of a rear collision. While it may not be GoPro quality, the 720p recording quality is plenty clear and can be a valuable legal asset in case the worst occurs. The taillight is a great feature as well, and will help keep you seen on those dusk summer rides through the canyon.
Oakley Team USA Jawbreaker with Prizm Road7 of 19
U-S-A! U-S-A! With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games right around the corner, it's time to start proudly displaying your support for the red, white and blue. With their oversized lenses, solid construction and aggressive stylings, these high performance sunglasses have become a fan favorite throughout the cycling and triathlon scene.
These limited edition Jawbreakers will be seen on the faces of Team USA this summer as our triathletes and cyclists go for the gold.
Lazer Z1 MIPS$310 8 of 19
While covering up all the vents in cycling lids provides better aerodynamics, such streamlined helmets are not a good option during the warmer months of the year. The Z1 from Lazer is a nod toward more traditional road helmets, and its 31 air vents make it one of the coolest helmets on hot days that we've ever tested--particularly at low speeds on long climbs. The Rollsys retention system is also a favorite for dialing in fit, and the MIPS technology included in the inner shell provides an extra layer of protection.
Rapha Lightweight Socks$18 9 of 19
Sweaty feet can make for a miserable ride. Rapha designed these summer socks with open mesh and high-wicking yarn fabric to improve moisture management during hot and humid weather. What we like about these over other summer options is the softness of the yarn and the flatlock stitched construction, which won't irritate your skin.
Raleigh Grand Prix$2099 10 of 19
With summer comes summer vacations, but traveling doesn't mean you have to leave your bike behind. The Raleigh Grand Prix features a Ritchey licensed Break-Away system that breaks apart and fits into a roller travel bag (included)--wheels and all. Not only is it easy to break down and assemble, but it also has a classic steel frame look and a full Campagnolo drivetrain. So go ahead, plan your vacation without feeling guilty about missing a few training rides.
Camelbak Podium Chill$13 11 of 19
The redesign of the popular podium chill water bottle from Camelbak has made a good idea even better. Featuring double-wall construction that keeps your water cold twice as long, this bottle is also easy to clean, has a self-sealing Jet Valve to prevent spills and is 100 percent BPA free. You can also use it in the winter to keep hot beverages warm on frigid rides.
Skratch Labs Hyper Hydration$10 12 of 19
If you're out for a relaxed, two-hour group ride in July, this isn't the drink for you. The Hyper Hydration Mix is for those extreme, all-day efforts in the hottest conditions when you can't seem to drink enough to replenish the fluids lost through excessive sweating. Skratch Labs makes up this difference through extremely high contents of sodium, which helps retain the fluids you do drink and replace lost electrolytes.
Pearl Izumi Pro Leader III$320 13 of 19
Featuring super-stiff carbon soles, dual boa dials and a low stack height for better power transfer, the new Pro Leader III from Pearl Izumi is one of the best racing shoes released in 2016. But what makes this shoe a great option for summer cycling is its low weight (235 grams) and the seamless, second-skin upper. It's flexible, molds to your foot and offers ventilation far superior to most other cycling shoes currently available.
If you're looking for a hot-weather cycling shoe built for racing, the Pro Leader III won't disappoint.
The Art of the Jersey: A Celebration of the Cycling Racing Jersey$25 14 of 19
Just finish a century ride in the summer heat? If so, grab a chocolate milk, prop your feet up and enjoy this table-worthy book that includes a unique collection of over 200 cycling jerseys from the past 40 years of professional racing. From the classic Bianchi blue wool jersey, to the modern jerseys worn by Lance, you'll certainly find your favorites within these pages.
K-Edge Garmin Combo Mount$65 15 of 19
Everybody knows the rule: If you don't post your ride on Strava and Instagram, it never happened. The K-Edge Garmin Combo Mount will make sure you never miss a moment of your epic summer cycling adventures. Your Garmin locks in place on top for easy viewing while on the move, and your GoPro camera can be mounted below. It's sleek, sturdy and convenient--what more can you ask for from a handlebar mount?
Assos Skinfoil Summer S7$79 16 of 19
While putting on more clothing might seem like a terrible idea during the summer months, we assure you it's the right thing to do—especially on those really humid days. Why? Because staying cool is all about moisture management, and Skinfoil S7 is among the best at absorbing sweat from your body to speed up evaporation--keeping your skin dry and cool.
Burley Nomad Cargo Trailer$339 17 of 19
Take advantage of the warmer weather with this multi-function touring trailer from Burley. The nomad can carry up to 100 pounds and its two-wheel design and precise balance point makes stability a non-issue. The aluminum frame and alloy wheels are ultra-durable, and the water resistant cover will protect your gear if you find yourself stuck in a summer storm while out on the road. With a cargo size of 105 liters, you'll have plenty of room for all the gear you can think of.
Specialized All Condition Armadillo Reflect$50 18 of 19
With a new redesign for 2016, this popular tire continues to be the gold standard for both performance and puncture-resistance. If you're a daily commuter or you put long miles in the saddle over subpar terrain, these tires will save you from frustrating mid-ride flats. The added reflective accents along the wall will keep you seen in low light conditions as well.