Must-Try Cycling Gear for Spring

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Spring is just around the corner! After a pretty heavy winter for much of the country (we’re looking at you, Texas), cyclists are starting to thaw out, shed their winter coat and step outside.

While this annual metamorphosis unfortunately isn’t narrated by David Attenborough, spring is an important time of year for cyclists. New goals are set and new routes are mapped out — and with this, new gear is also released for updating or replacing last year’s worn out kits and your empty nutrition cabinet.

And let’s just say, the cycling industry didn’t disappoint for Spring 2022.

From shiny new sunglasses to convenient tubeless conversion kits, here we’ve gathered a sampling of new cycling products (both gear and nutrition) released for both mountain bikers and road cyclists at a wide range of price points.

Let’s get started.

Ibex Sun Hoodie


This ultralight sun hoodie is 83 percent merino, blended with a touch of nylon and elastane to increase the fabric's durability and keep it fitting close to skin. It's lightweight, super soft and naturally breathable, which helps it regulate body heat and promote moisture management. Better yet, it’s odor-resistant with antimicrobial properties so it doesn't stink like other synthetic sun hoodies on the market. It’s the perfect grab-and-go layer to keep you comfortable throughout your rides this spring.

Learn more, here.

Able Cooler


The Able Cooler started as a summer studio project for a one-time giveaway, but is now an essential accessory for cyclists who enjoy a post-ride beverage (or two). The cooler is a convenient pouch that can be carried by the handle or by the sling, and is big enough to store both drinks and snacks without the heft and bulk like most coolers. It’s made with a water-resistant X-Pac shell, insulating foam padding and a food-grade reflective foil, all designed to keep your goodies cool back at the car when you’re on a ride.

Learn more, here.

Pearl Izumi Canyon Short Sleeve Jersey and Short with Liner

$45 top, $90 bottom

The Canyon collection by Pearl Izumi is all about blending performance with casual appeal — at an affordable price. The short sleeve jersey looks like a t-shirt, but it’s made with fabric that’s highly breathable and helps promote freedom of motion on the bike. The Canyon short is designed to be both super durable and abrasion resistant with ripstop fabric, but also comfortable and look good with the stretch waistband, detachable liner and casual style. Everyone knows, if you look good, you ride even harder!

Learn more, here and here.

Orange Seal Tubeless Kit


Want to convert your mountain bike to a tubeless setup, but aren’t sure where to start? This tubeless conversion kit by Orange Seal includes everything you’ll need to convert your wheels to a tubeless system. It’s got all the goods — rim tape, two 48mm removable valve core (RVC) valve stems, RVC tool, twist-lock injector and an eight-ounce bottle of sealant. It’s simple, straightforward, and takes all the guessing out of buying each individual product.

Learn more, here.

Floyd’s of Leadville Green Apple Isolate CBD Gems


Floyd’s of Leadville has combined two of our favorite things, gummies and CBD, for the ultimate recovery product. They’re made with THC-free CBD isolate from hemp that’s organically grown and manufactured in the USA. These gems come in a few different flavors and doses, help promote relaxation and recovery and they’re even gluten free, too!

Learn more, here.

Pearl Izumi Quest Jersey and Bib Short

$55 Jersey, $75 Bibs

Value for money, you can’t do better than the Quest collection from Pearl Izumi. The jersey is a more relaxed fit, and is made with sustainable materials that are breathable and wick moisture. It’s got the classic three pockets in the back road cyclists demand, and they feature BioViz® reflective strips to keep you seen at dawn and dusk. The bibs have long been a fan favorite, and now they’re updated with Pearl Izumi’s new Levitate chamois. They also feature a compressive fit, fabric made from recycled content and high quality silicone leg grippers.

Learn more, here and here.

Sea 2 Summit Telos TR2 Bikepacking Tent


The Telos TR2 tent has been engineered specifically with bikepackers’ needs in mind. It features Sea 2 Summit’s Tension Ridge architecture, meaning it has unmatched livability, Apex and Baseline ventilation to control airflow to prevent condensation and an impressive space-to-weight ratio. The new storage sack system is a nice touch, too — it’s compact enough to mount directly to your frame or fit into your panniers (poles included).

Learn more, here.

Wahoo KICKR ROLLR Smart Bike Roller


You likely already know and love many of Wahoo’s products, but ROLLR is their latest and greatest in their smart trainer collection. It’s designed to give cyclists an easy-to-use indoor riding experience that works with connected cycling platforms, or can easily be used unplugged as a race warmup tool. The ultra-smooth, natural riding feel of rollers is what many cyclists prefer, and this clever dual-roller design hits mark.

Learn more, here.

Pearl Izumi Summit Knee Guard


A good pair of knee guards is often one of the most overlooked pieces of gear in a mountain biker’s arsenal. The Summit Knee Guard from Pearl Izumi have the CE-certified protection credentials, but they’re also made with super lightweight fabric that’s stretchy enough to be comfortable and not irritating while pedaling, but supportive enough to stay in place for day-long rides. Put them on, leave them on and forget about them!

Learn more, here.

Gnarly Fuel₂O Drink Mix


Gnarly’s new Fuel₂O drink mix is a great gel alternative for cyclists. It’s both simple to use (just add to water) and delicious, and the calories come from the easy-to-digest carbohydrates sucrose and dextrose, which provide quick energy without causing an upset stomach. It comes in recyclable bags as well as travel stick packs (really convenient for bringing on a ride). The formula is vegan friendly, and free from artificial flavors, sweeteners, gluten and soy.

Learn more, here.

Pearl Izumi Elevate Glove


Do you live in hot conditions, or are you looking for a glove that’s less bulky? Pearl Izumi’s Elevate glove has a minimalist vibe, but doesn’t skimp on protection. They’re made with leather palms for durability, they’re touchscreen compatible, feature a slip-on design and even include a sweat wipe on the thumb. The elevate glove directly addresses mountain bikers’ needs without going over the top.

Learn more, here.

Küat Piston Pro X


Küat continues to establish itself as the leader in rack innovation and development with the release of the all-new Piston Pro X hitch-mounted bike rack. The new rack has the same high build quality you’ve come to expect from Küat, but it boasts taillights, genuine Kashima coated struts, OneTap hydro-pneumatic tire arms and tons of other intuitive features. The Piston Pro X will carry every bike in the quiver from kid's bikes to e-bikes and it even won the 2022 Outdoor Retailer Innovation Award.

Learn more, here.

Gnarly Sample Box


Looking to mix in some new nutrition (pun intended) this spring but don’t want to commit to a full tub before you taste it? The Gnarly Sample Box allows you to try out the entire Gnarly line at an affordable price (with free shipping, too!). Choose from Vegan or Whey protein, and you’ll also get stick packs of their Pre-Workout, BCAAs, Hydrate, Performance Greens and Collagen Pro.

Learn more, here.

Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel Matcha


With the new Matcha flavor joining the Tailwind lineup, it becomes the brand’s eighth Endurance Fuel flavor offering. They’ve described it as “earthy and light”, and mixes for a refreshing pick-me-up for athletes. Endurance Fuel products are designed to meet cyclists’ calorie, hydration and electrolyte needs, without upsetting the stomach. The Matcha is available in in 30 and 50-serving bags, and single-serving stickpacks. Oh, did you notice Tailwind Nutrition has a total brand refresh (including a new logo, new packaging and new website), too?

Learn more, here.

Outdoor Research Ferrosi Over Short


A longer short that truly embodies multi-sport function, the Ferrosi Over Short is built to fit over a bike chamois as well as alone for hiking or all-around active use. For Spring 2022 this popular nylon/spandex softshell fabric is updated with improved stretch and recovery and increased durability. This bluesign-approved fabric is now made with 46-percent recycled content. As always, Ferrosi strikes a nice balance of being durable yet lightweight, weather resistant and breathable.

Learn more, here.

Wahoo POWRLINK Pedals


Ready to take your training and racing to the next level? The Wahoo POWRLINK pedals are built on the proven, high-performance Speedplay ZERO platform, but adds reliable and accurate power and cadence data. This gives you all the information you need to maximize the most out of each ride, and since they’re easily paired with Wahoo’s ecosystem, it’s easy to track, analyze, share and ultimately improve.

Learn more, here.

ABUS Macator Helmet

$69.99, $99.99 (MIPS)

The Macator is the most versatile helmet in the ABUS lineup, perfect for weekday commutes around town and weekends on the road or trails. The Macator features front vents with bug mesh and ample air outlets for cooling. It also has a full head retention system to ensure a perfect fit, and a removable visor is included. The Macator is available in multiple colors including a hi-vis yellow for riders looking for increased visibility in all conditions.

Learn more, here.

Louis Garneau Premium Jersey


Don’t let the classic vintage color ways fool you, this is a feature-packed, high-end jersey from Louis Garneau. Appropriately named the “premium jersey”, it’s made of three high-performance technical fabrics — quick-drying Airdry® 100 polyester, breathable Airfit Mesh and SPFUV 30 Mondo polyester — and they’ve been combined for optimal riding position, protection and moisture wicking. It’s stretchy, lightweight, form fitting and built with five pockets instead of the standard three most jerseys have (there is an easy-access ECO pouch on each side!).

Learn more, here

Tifosi Rail Sunglasses


Tifosi, the best-selling cycling brand of eyewear in the United States, has launched their first rimless sport sunglass. Called the “Rail”, it has a super lightweight frame that features maximum protection via an oversized shield, and plenty of airflow to limit fogging. Like all of their sunglasses, Tifosi’s Rail is affordable without sacrificing materials (because eyewear shouldn't cost as much as a car payment). Each pair comes with three lenses for bright, low and no light scenarios, too. 

Learn more, here

Kora Yardang Jersey


If you’re looking for something more natural than the usual polyester cycling outerwear, this is the place to start. Kora’s Yardang Jersey is the perfect pack-and-take-anywhere layer for when spring and summer rides (or post-rides) get a little chilly. The attractive slim-fit design is made with a blend of all-natural yak and merino wools, and is just as appropriate for attacking single track as it is for recovery yoga sessions or grabbing a pint.

Learn more, here

Swiftwick Flite XT Trail Five


New from Swiftwick, the Flite XT Trail socks are loaded with features to offer the best, high-performance package for your on-the-bike (and off-the-bike) adventures. The merino wool helps regulate temperature and odor, the hydrophobic olefin fiber footbed maximizes moisture wicking and the GripDry fibers add stability inside your shoe. The AnkleLock elastic around the ankles also provides support no matter if you’re hiking your bike to the top of the trail, or shredding down it. 

Learn more, here

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