The Best Comfortable Cycling Shoes: Northwave Evolution Cycling Shoe$200 1 of 20
Since hotspots and pains are often caused from the foot moving around, Northwave has gone to great lengths to make its shoes as anatomically perfect as possible. Thanks to BioMap technology in the soles and upper, the Evolution Plus keeps the foot in place while pedaling, making it one of the most comfortable, mid-range race shoes on the market.
A wide option is also available if you have trouble with narrower cycling shoes.
The Best Pressure Guage: Blackburn Honest Digital Pressure Guage$24.99 2 of 20
Blackburn's new digital pressure gauge has the tagline, "way more accurate than a squeeze," and for those who've burped a tire on the last lap of a cyclocross race while chasing the podium—yes, we're still bitter—this gauge is an absolute must-have. The design is super compact, and an audible chime lets you know when it's powered on and when pressure is registered. Because the difference between 15 psi and 17 psi is the difference between losing grip in the final turn, and raising your arms on the top step of the podium, am I right?
The Best Commuter Helmet: Bolle Messenger Premium Hi-Vis$100 3 of 20
For urban cyclists and commuters, the new Hi-Vis Messenger helmet from Bolle improves safety with a new color scheme and integrated rear LED lights. Two different helmet liners also make it an ideal option for winter and summer cycling, and the Click-To-Fit closure ensures a secure fit for most head shapes. Bolle's exclusive safety QR code will also provide others with your medical information in an emergency situation.
The Best Cycling Cap: Handlebar Mustache Amy Dombroski- Walz Cap$30 4 of 20
If you're looking to add a bit of cool to your cycling game, you can't go wrong with Handlebar Mustache. The company's latest design includes the Amy D. logo and features a bill that's perfect for flipping. The cap is durable, breathes extremely well in hotter temps and is the perfect choice to up your swag on the bike. Plus, all proceeds are donated to the Amy D. Foundation, which was created in honor of Dombroski who died on a training ride in Belgium in 2013.
The Best Tires: ENVE SES 3.4 Clincher Tires$2,700 5 of 20
If a wheelset upgrade is on your spring shopping list, the newly designed SES 3.4 from ENVE should be on your radar. The 38/42mm rim depth hits a sweet spot that makes it aerodynamically efficient on flats while still being surprisingly responsive to acceleration—even on the steepest of mountain passes. They also ride extremely smooth, improve comfort on rough roads and feature one of the best carbon brake tracks we've ever tested in wet weather. Consider this an option if you seek an all-around wheelset that you can race and train on in a variety of weather conditions.
The Best Gloves: Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Glove$35 6 of 20
Gloves are one gear item that should probably be replaced every year. For a lightweight spring and summer option, the Elite Gel Glove from Pearl Izumi breathes well and is easy to get into for anyone with wide hands. The thin gel inserts on the palm help dampen road vibration and will provide plenty of protection in a spill without feeling bulky when your hands are on the bars. The synthetic leather palm also works well in wet weather when you need a little extra grip.
The Best Multitool: Topeak Mini 18 Multi-Tool$34.95 7 of 20
When you're on the bike, size really does matters, and that applies to the tools you bring along, too. So if you're looking to save as much weight as possible, why would you lug along a big multi-tool when you could tote Topeak's mini version? It squeezes 18 functions (yes, you read that right) into one compact size, and it miraculously weighs only 182 grams.
The Best Cycling Kit: AttaquerPrices Vary 8 of 20
Home to probably the craziest kits you'll ever see, and certainly the wildest one on this list, Attaquer takes an "exciting, fresh and fashion-forward" approach to its designs.
From 80's styles to watermelons or flamingo patterns, Attaquer's limited designs aren't around long—ensuring you'll have something distinctive that will turn your cycling buddies green with envy.
The Internet Art (pictured above) is one of our faves. If you can't beat your competitors, why not hypnotize them?
The Best Bike Light: Garmin Varia UT800$149.99 9 of 20
Sure, there's plenty of solid bike lights out there. But few—actually, none—come close to Garmin's Varia system, which debuted last year to rave reviews from visibility-conscious cyclists everywhere. The just-announced UT800 builds on that success, boasting a steady 800 lumens for 1.5 hours. The real kicker? When paired with compatible Garmin Edge cycling computers, the UT800 automatically adjusts beam intensity to changing light conditions, speed and the ride profile to extend battery life. The light can also be manually controlled with a simple touch of the Edge or the included remote.
With two versions for urban and trail use and five different light modes—high, medium, low, night flash and day flash—it is visible in daylight from more than one mile away when at full strength. Now that's one heck of a bike light.
The Best Sunglasses: Oakley Crossrange Shield Prizm$183 10 of 20
Oakley's new Crossrange Shield has officially taken the athleisure trend to eyewear. Combining an on-trend, retro design with high-performance features, these sunglasses easily transition from the patio to the peloton (and back). Their single lens offers extended periphery visibility, and Unobtanium earsocks and nosepads will stay in place no matter how much you sweat. We took these shades on a 100-mile test ride on a 90-degree day in Dallas, and not only did they stay put, but we experienced zero blindspots—even when looking back to change lanes. Plus, unlike the uber-popular Oakley Jawbreaker, we felt just as cool wearing these with our helmet off as we did with it on. Heck, we even fielded a few compliments over post-ride pints.
The Best Cycling Shoes: Fizik R4B$199 11 of 20
Even though we're big fans of the R1B, the slightly less stiff and roomier R4B sacrifices a little in performance to give you maximum comfort. The combination of the Boa dial and Velcro straps provides a secure fit, and the microfiber upper molds to the foot well and is super easy to clean.
The Best Bike Computer: Garmin Edge 1030$599.99 12 of 20
The Edge 1030 is Garmin's flagship GPS computer, and since bikepacking is, like, so hot right now, it makes sense that the three-year-old model was due for an update. At $599.99, you'd better really like the cyclist you're buying it for, but we can tell you first-hand that you'll be getting plenty of bang for your buck.
The highlights start with a huge 3.5-inch display that makes seeing and following your route easier than ever. Plus, the unit boasts new trendline popularity routing which leverages Garmin Connect user data to find the best cycling routes across road, mountain and gravel. In other words, if someone's pedaled down that farm road you've been eyeballing, it's likely reflected in the available routes.
Other cool features include rider-to-rider messaging with other 1030 users, so they'll always know when you need a nature break. More importantly, incident detection will notify friends and family if you crash. And, while the 1030 comes preloaded with maps, you also have the option to add even more with a weatherproof slot for microSD cards. Perhaps most importantly for those who like to ride long, Garmin pinpoints battery life for this beauty at 20 hours. Still not enough? You can attach a secondary battery pack, also sold by Garmin.
If the cyclist you're buying for isn't into building new routes or touring, however, you're better off going with the less expensive Garmin 820 ($399.99). It's also packed with many great features and it still allows for mapping, but is more focused on a compact aero design than the burly 1030.
The Best All-Weather Socks: Showers Pass Crosspoint Classic Socks$34 13 of 20
Say goodbye to soggy socks after that unexpected thunderstorm catches you in the middle of a ride. Showers Pass' lightweight, waterproof socks live up to their billing thanks to three layers of protective material. A wear-resistant knit exterior, a waterproof, breathable Artex membrane and a Coolmax FX moisture-wicking anti-bacterial lining all work together to keep your feet nice and dry, without feeling too constricted.
The Best Floor Pump: Blackburn Chamber Tubeless Floor Pump$149.99 14 of 20
Tired of using an air compressor to seat your tubeless tires? Use the Blackburn Chamber Tubeless Floor Pump, and you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. As simple as it is sleek, just pressurize the chamber, flip the switch and—voila!—air floods the tire and forces it to seal. The pump head works in Presta, Schrader and Dunlop valves, and the huge 2.75-inch gauge lets you easily read the pressure without stooping. Seriously, all of your tubeless tire problems are solved with this smart tool.
The Best Exclusive Cycling Brand: Black Sheep Cycling KitPrices Vary 15 of 20
The self-proclaimed "world's most exclusive kit," Black Sheep Cycling has the market cornered when it comes to the term "limited edition." Each season, the brand releases a totally distinct and (extremely) limited range that inevitably sells out in mere hours.
To don a kit with the Black Sheep logo lends a feeling of individuality—a silent nod to the exclusive club of which you are now a member. We'd tell you which kits we loved from Season X, but why bother? They sold out months ago. Lucky for you, Black Sheep's Essentials line is no slouch, and it's available year-round. We love the sleek simplicity of the Team Collection in particular.
The Best Aero Helmet: Lazer Bullet Helmet$260 16 of 20
Aerodynamics and ventilation have always been at war when it comes to cycling helmets, but Lazer aims to change that with the new Bullet Aero Road Helmet.
The Bullet is, at first glance, a fairly standard aero helmet with a narrow, drop-like shape and a small frontal area perfect for slicing through the air. But its unique ventilation system is where Lazer's innovation truly shines, allowing a rider to choose between a cooler head (vent open) or maximum aero benefit (vent closed). Easily adjustable on the fly, this helmet promises to be a hit with bike racers and triathletes alike.
The Best Commuter Bike Light: Lenzyn Lazer Drive$60 17 of 20
The Lenzyn Lazer Drive will change the way you ride at night. Not only does it include four ultra-bright LEDs that provide 250 lumens and multiple brightness and flashing modes, it also features laser-mode that beams two safety strips to the ground to light your way and keep you safe from cars. The lens extends further than previous models, as well, providing 180-degrees of visibility, plus a Micro-USB port makes for easy charging.
The Best Power Meter: Stages LR Dual Leg Power Meter$999 18 of 20
Stages' LR Dual Leg Power Meter was rigorously tested for two full years before it was made available to the public, but it already has two Tour de France victories to its name thanks to Team Sky. While a pricey buy, this power meter stands out from the rest owing to several features, including over 175 hours of battery life, wireless firmware that can be updated through the Stages app and a plus-or-minus one percent accuracy rating.
The Best Bike Accessory: Specialized KEG Storage Vessel$13 19 of 20
Looking to bring along a few extra tools but don't have room on the bike? Specialized's KEG Storage Vessel is shaped just like a water bottle, meaning it can fit right in your bottle cage and hold key equipment like patches, extra tubes or CO2 cartridges. The container is 16 oz. and has a wide opening, so not only can you fit items in the bottle, you can get them out, too.