Spring has officially arrived! Although the world is currently dealing with a serious global pandemic, many cyclists are starting to hit the streets for a bit of much-needed fresh air and physical exercise.
While there are several things to keep in mind as you get back on your bike this spring, a new cycling season always includes not just new routes but also a bevy of fresh cycling-related gear. These drool-worthy products are either brand new for 2020 or an update on existing versions, and they're all designed to make cycling more enjoyable and that much easier than the year before.
From GPS computers to new kits, we've gathered a wide range of must-see spring cycling gear and must-try nutrition for not just road cycling but mountain biking, too.
We apologize to your bank account in advance.
Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT Bolt
With a refreshed look, new lower price and a whole host of new features, the Wahoo Fitness ELEMNT Bolt cycling computer is better than ever (and it was pretty great to start with). Besides the usual metrics-galore, it now communicates with select e-bikes to display remaining range, battery life, current mode and assist percentage.
Tailwind Endurance Fuel
Made in Durango, Colorado, Tailwind's Endurance Fuel has everything a hard training cyclist needs to sustain peak energy levels—calories, carbs, electrolytes and salt. Say goodbye to an upset digestive system, the easy-on-the-stomach formula is filled with plenty of goodness that mixes clear, is simple to use and tastes great.
Swiftwick VISION Six Sprint
A well-fitting pair of socks is often one of the most overlooked pieces of gear in a cyclist's arsenal. These new VISION Six Sprint socks from Swiftwick include high-performance fibers that wick moisture to keep feet dry and cool, a medium-weight cushion and a bold look for plenty of style points.
Chamois Butt'r Coconut Anti-Chafing Cream
It's awkward to talk about, but there's nothing worse than a chafed tailside (or any side for that matter) when riding. Chamois Butt'r Coconut Anti-Chafing Cream helps prevent areas from chafing and sooth areas that are already irritated with a non-greasy, smell-good natural formula that reduces friction and restores skin.
Specialized Phenom Comp with MIMIC Comp 155
Speaking of tailsides (what a transition, huh?), this women's specific saddle from Specialized pairs a patented Body Geometry design that was lab-tested to ensure blood flow to sensitive arteries with its MIMIC technology that maintains equilibrium and minimize swelling in soft tissue. What does this mean in plain language? It's created a lightweight, supportive saddle that's perfect for even the longest rides.
LEM Flow Mountain Bike Helmet
You don't have to break the bank to buy a protective, good looking helmet. The LEM Flow was designed as a do-it-all option for mountain bikers of all disciplines, and features full-back coverage, a micro-fit adjuster, plenty of head-cooling vents and a visor. With 10 different color options, you'll be sure to find one (or several) that'll match your bike's color scheme.
Five Ten TrailCross Mid Pro Mountain Bike Shoe
With its padded ankle coverage and ultra-durable upper, this mountain bike shoe from Five Ten can take everything you throw at it and more. Pair these features with the rubber outsole that's both flat-pedal friendly and easy to hike with, the TrailCross may just be the last mountain bike shoe you'll ever need.
Specialized Torch 3.0 Road Shoes
If you're looking for a shoe that's full of performance-boosting features but doesn't have the top-shelf price, these Specialized Torch 3.0 road shoes might just fit the bill. They feature a FACT carbon composite sole, dual Boa closures and a mesh, TPU and synthetic layer upper that's both breathable and durable.
Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator
Cyclists take hydration seriously, but unfortunately hydrating sports drinks are commonly packed with sugars and unnecessary calories. Vega Sport Electrolyte Hydrator is a no-nonsense drink mix that includes all of the necessary electrolytes and Vitamin C antioxidants without calories (that's right, zero calories). Better yet, it's muy delicioso.
Garneau Lemmon Art Jersey
A proper jersey needs to do a few things right—wick sweat, breathe, provide SPF protection and be lightweight. Garneau's Lemmon Art Jersey does this in stride, packs additional features like silicone grippers and reflective trim and logos, and will keep you looking the part even on the hottest of days.
CBD Daily CBD Massage Lotion
There's no way around it, intervals hurt. Make post-workout recovery a bit more bearable with this THC-free CBD massage lotion from CBD Daily. Formulated for active lifestyles, it features a non-greasy formula, and is packed with Hemp CBD, essential oils and cooling menthol.
Honey Stinger Organic Waffle Variety Pack
Variety is the spice of life! You've no doubt already tried a Honey Stinger waffle (or several) at some point, but this variety pack includes four of their post popular flavors—honey, vanilla, gluten free vanilla chocolate and gluten free salted caramel flavored waffles—to naturally fuel even the hardest training days.
Pearl Izumi Attack Short Sleeve Jersey/Attack Bibs
$85 Jersey/$100 Bibs
Available for both men and women, Pearl Izumi's Attack line is all about value—pairing tons of features with a more affordable price point. The short sleeve jersey is perfect for warmer rides, and is made with highly breathable fabric created from recycled plastic water bottles. The bibs are also made with recycled polyester yarns, and includes their fan-favorite SELECT Escape 1:1 chamois and is constructed with fewer seams for all-day comfort.
ABUS Aventor Helmet
The perfect helmet for weekday commutes and weekend group rides, the Aventor is stylish, lightweight and protective. It features an array of ABUS technologies, including their ZoomAce fine adjustment system and ActiCage structural reinforcement (it's also ponytail compatible). The Aventor available in 10 eye-catching colorways, but we're partial to the Steel Blue version.
Endura Pro SL Primaloft Gilet (Vest)
Never underestimate a good cycling vest—it's a lifesaver when it comes to facing unpredictable weather out on the road. The Endura Pro SL Primaloft vest is built with hollow fill insulation (80g on the front and 60g on the back) to create a lightweight and easily packable vest that's versatile enough for just about any conditions. It's also highly water resistant and surprisingly flexible and breathable to boot.
Rapha Pro Team Training Jersey/Bibs
$115 Jersey/$190 Bibs
Worn by the EF Education First Pro Cycling Team, this Pro Team Training Jersey/Bib combo includes thoughtful features specifically designed to boost comfort on hard training days. The bibs include a high-density comfortable chamois pad and supportive compression fabrics, and the jersey features a thicker elastic trim (so you don't lose your stuff) and a combination of lightweight open-structured fabrics and close-knit fabrics for both sun protection and breathability—all wrapped in Rapha's iconic graphics and bold colors.