Feeling good on the bike is a must. Whether you’re looking for a new kit or a better pair of shades, these new spring 2019 cycling products keep you safe, comfortable and cool on the bike as the weather starts to heat up.
The completely redesigned S9 bibshorts are among the lightest the company has ever made, and thanks to the new warp knit fabric it’s also one of the most comfortable and aerodynamic. While the stability and comfort of the straps in the riding position is good, our favorite feature is the Equipe RS insert made from a superAir microShock foam that’s seamless and designed to create airflow to keep you cool.
The Equipe RS Aero jersey features updated patterns and a circular knit miniCheck Tex knit fabric to improve fit, flexibility and comfort in aerodynamic riding positions. Pair it with the bibshorts and you’ve got one of the most comfortable aero kits money can buy.
Not only are these new women’s road shoes affordable, but they’re also one of the most comfortable options you can buy regardless of price. The Body Geometry footbeds are designed with ergonomics in mind, reducing the chance of injury by optimizing foot placement with hip and knee alignment. Welded mesh and TPU uppers offer excellent breathability and fewer stitches, which means less irritation on long rides. Lace closures add to the overall comfort and make it easy to adjust your fit.
Relatively new to U.S., the Canadian-based Reggie is making a name for itself with its cool and funky-looking cycling kits. Style aside, we were pleasantly surprised by the comfort and fit of its latest lineup that is right on par with many of the other high-end jerseys and bibshorts. The jerseys, in particular, come in two different fits (fast and faster), with the latter being better suited to racing and the former being ideal for training or for anyone who prefers a little extra room. Check out its new lineup if you’re in the mood for something different that will impress your ride mates.
When you need that little bit of extra protection on chilly spring mornings and nights, this lightweight jersey and glove combo from Pearl Izumi should do the trick. The Softshell Lite fabric on the front and sleeves of the jersey provide the kind of wind and water protection you’d expect from a jacket, while the moisture-wicking and breathable P.R.O. transfer fabric on the back and sides makes it feel more like a summer jersey. It’s also form-fit and aerodynamic enough to be a good choice for fast group rides or races.
Following this same line of thinking, the Escape Softshell glove won’t overheat your hands when you start to ride hard, and are just enough to keep a brisk wind from freezing your fingers when the weather dips into the 50s. An ultra-soft interior and touchscreen compatibility are other features that make this a great addition to your spring cycling wardrobe.
POC VENTRAL AIR SPIN
While the POC Ventral was an extremely cool helmet, the Ventral Air takes things to the next level. The redesigned internal channels control air intake at both low and high speeds, creating a cooling effect that’s ideal for those really hot, humid days when you’re doing a lot of climbing. The helmet is also much lighter than previous versions, and POC has made some changes to its shape to improve aerodynamic turbulence over its trailing edge. Whether you’re training or racing, it’s one of the best warm weather helmets the company has made to-date.
The new lineup of POC sunglasses is stylish and works really well when used in conjunction with POC’s helmets, which can sometimes be a problem when you mix and match. Other than the well-designed garage to store your shades when not in use, the sunglasses also fit beneath the helmet perfectly and provide excellent peripheral vision thanks in part to the frameless bottom. The new Half Blade Clarity lens comes in several different tints to improve contrast of the road surface depending on the conditions and is treated with an anti-fog and repel treatments to keep dirt and water away from your field of vision.
This innovative bike light from Fabric gets brighter when you hit the brakes, making it extremely useful for commuters or road cyclists riding in packs who don’t have time to signal. The 30-lumen beam lasts for about 8 hours on full power and can be recharged via USB.
While most chamois creams are made with the guys in mind, this option is strictly for the ladies. Made of beeswax, tea tree, rosemary and lavender essential oils, it’s perfect for those really-sensitive areas of skin that often come into contact with the seat pocket. Made and tested with the help of professional women cyclists, this is one product you’ll be glad you bought for those long days in the saddle.
HIGHER GROUND SATPAQ
As cyclists, it’s fun to explore lesser known roads away from all the city traffic. The problem is, the further you venture out into the wilderness the less likely you’ll have cell phone reception should something go wrong. This satellite messaging device that attaches to your cell phone will allow you to send and receive text messages no matter where you go, adding a layer of safety to your outdoor adventures.
A good-looking jersey with a great fit, the Diva 2 lineup from Sportful definitely puts some style into your on-the-bike look. A DryPro microfiber wicks away moisture in hot weather, and the back panels provide excellent breathability on long, slow climbs when it’s easy to heat up.
Tubeless wheel/tire setups are great, and though they’ll do a much better job at preventing most common flats there’s still a chance a screw or piece of glass could ruin your ride. While most tubeless wheels work with an innertube when you’re in a pinch, the Slug Plug is another handy option will seals leaks in your tire so you can get back on the road as quickly as possible.
TIME OSMOS ROAD SHOES
Known for its well-designed clipless pedal system that’s been around since 1986, the French-based TIME is no stranger to the shoe game. While it hasn’t made a line of road shoes in six years, the new Osmos lineup was quickly inserted among the top high-end options. With several different models (the 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15), you’ll have a range of prices and shoe weights to choose from. Besides the excellent breathability of the mesh panels in the toe and sides of the shoe, what impressed us the most about the Osmos is just how well this shoe is constructed. Yes, you’ll get premium materials, BOA dials and a stiff lightweight carbon sole — but if you want a high-end race shoe you can train and race in that will last for many years without breaking down, this is one you should consider.