Spring is heatin’ up, and your bike is calling your name. Whether you’re a fair-weather-cyclist or a committed competitor, now’s the time to inventory your biking apparel and accessories, replacing pieces that have seen better days. Check out our favorite new pieces for spring:
Cycling the streets
Biking apparel isn’t what it used to be! With surging rates of bike commuters and an increasingly female-focused cycling industry, you can find extremely cute gear in an array of styles.
Novara Edgewater Bike Jacket, $119: You can wear this jacket as easily at the office as you can on your bike! Windproof up to 60 miles per hour, and water repellant, the Novara Edgewater is perfect for unpredictable spring weather.
Riyoko Urban Bikewear Lace Cycling Tights, $45: It’s hard to believe these tights are made for cycling, right? Moisture wicking, odor-resistant and über-trendy, you can choose from hot colors like pink, royal or black.
Moxie The Mullet, $65: “Business in the front, party in the back.” The Mullet jersey by Moxie could not be any cuter. The front features a flattering black fabric that criss-crosses across the bust, while the back goes all-out with bright, high-visibility colors.
Nutcase Helmets Pink Cheetah Crossover Helmet, $60: It’s okay to go a little wild! This cheetah-patterned helmet is designed to meet cycling and skating safety standards, so you can wear it on your bike commute and later at the skate park.
Aerial7 Sound Disk Beanie Perisher, $60: You know it’s not the safest to wear earbuds while riding your bike on the road — you need to hear what’s going on around you! Now you can keep your ears warm and listen to your tunes because the Aerial 7 Sound Disk Beanie comes with special headphones that allow you to position the sound disks on or behind your ears. Plus, the Sound Disk has a built-in microphone so you can talk on the phone, too.
Bern Lenox, $65: Another double-duty helmet, the Bern Lenox is designed to go from snow sports, like skiing and boarding, to cycling sports with ease.
Vespertine Haute Reflécture Cinch Belt, $36: You can draw attention to your waist… and just draw attention when you wear one of the stylish, reflective cinch belts from Vespertine Haute Reflécture. If reflective belts aren’t your thing, check out all their other super-cute reflective gear, including wristlets, coats and vests.
There’s no competition
As you’re flying past your competition, give them something pretty to look at! Competitive cycling gear kicks it up a notch with these fashion-friendly items.
Moo Motion Indie Tri Jersey and Short, $176: With a dash of second-skin compression and a pinch of colorblocking style, the Indie Tri Jersey and Short from Moo Motion are the perfect recipe for a gold medal day at the races. For a bit of added zest, grab the Versa Long-Sleeve Jersey, too.
Pearl Izumi Women’s All-Road, $90: If you want to take your ride to the mountain, you need a pair of cycling shoes that can handle the terrain. Grab a pair of black and hot pink Pearl Izumis and hit the trail! These SPD-compatible shoes are as functional as they are attractive.
Sugoi Sonic Glove, $35: Switch out your winter gloves for this breathable, fingerless option from Sugoi. With a floral sublimated graphic and foam padding and venting across the palm, your hands and wrists will look as good as they feel all summer long.
Terry Strada Long Sleeve Jersey, $63: Unfortunately, it’s not quite time to put away all your long-sleeve gear. Spring is known for stormy weather and chilly mornings, so you need to have a few layerable options available. Grab this bright, full-zip, UV-protective jersey from Terry to add a little springtime color into your winter wardrobe.
Synchro Helmet by Mavic, $125: Lightweight, aerodynamic and ergonomic, this French-built helmet is the perfect, affordable option for spring’s bike races and summer’s triathlons. Plus, we love the white pearl color.
Betty Designs Snakeskin Cycle Jersey and Short, $220: Come on — it’s pink, it’s snakeskin and it’s designed for competition. What’s not to love?
Give your bike some bling
Walnut Studiolo Bicycle Frame Handle, $36: When you have to grab your bike and carry it, a well-placed handle sure does make it easier! This genius design features a leather-wrapped handle that makes your bike easier and more comfortable to lift.
Electra Q/R Steel Mesh Basket, $40: Add a bright splash of color to your bike with this orange steel mesh basket from Electra. Easily removeable, you can clip the basket onto the handlebars of your bike while you ride, then unclip it to carry it with you while touring the Farmer’s Market or hitting the beach with friends.
Basil Blossom Saddle Cover, prices vary by retailer: Give your bike a little spring style with this floral, waterproof saddle cover by Basil.
Electra Wren Ding-Dong Bell, $16: “Ding-Ding!” Let people know you’re coming with this super-cute bicycle bell.
Po Campo Logan Trunk Bag, $85: Designed to be connected to a bicycle rack, this super-cute tote will look great on your bike and on your arm. Its weather-resistant fabrics wipe clean, and the interior pockets are spacious enough for an iPad, work documents, snacks and other daytime essentials.
Oopsmark Bicycle Wine Rack, $42: While we don’t condone drinking and riding, we do condone safely transporting wine to your next gathering. This leather wine rack will be sure to make you the life of any party.
Dress the part
If you haven’t jumped on the athletic dress trend yet, it’s time to stop skirting the issue! Dresses and skirts are comfortable, breathable and flattering for all figures. Plus, women have been wearing skirts to play sports for years — lacrosse, field hockey… even basketball!
Nuu-Muu Pixie Ruu-Muu, $80: This dress is fantastic. In fact, if I could stock my closet with nothing but Nuu-Muu dresses, I would. The Pixie Ruu-Muu features moisture-wicking fabric, a super-flattering cut and two 5″x 4″ pockets perfect for storing gels, ID and other essential cycling gear. The Pixie style has a bright, fun pattern for spring, so even after you’re done with your ride, you’ll feel great wearing your dress around town.
Pearl Izumi Women’s Superstar Cycling Skirt, $75: When you’re looking for a break from the average cycling short, the Superstar Cycling Skirt is just what you need. Hidden beneath the super-cute skirt is a detachable liner short with Pearl’s women-specific mountain bike-performance chamois, guaranteeing you’ll have padding right where it matters most.
Skirt Sports Race Belt Skirt, $45: When it’s time to compete, throw the Skirt Sports Race Belt Skirt over your tri kit or bike shorts for the perfect butt-covering solution. Designed with genius snaps hidden under the waistband, you’ll be able to snap your race bib in place with ease before taking off at the starting line.
Skirt Sports Cruisin’ Tights, $120: For chilly spring rides, the Skirt Sports Cruisin’ Tights have you covered… literally! Not only are the tights long, thick and comfortable, they also have a built-in women-specific chamois, hidden pockets for gels and CO2 cartridges and reflective zippered gussets at the ankles. You’ll be easy to spot while out on a ride, and truth be told, you’ll look great enough to stop traffic!
Keepin’ it locked and loaded
Now that you’re ready to hit the road, it’s important to have effortless solutions for keeping your bike locked up and loaded away.
Racor Bike Lift, $25: When you’re tight on space, but you don’t want to lift and lower your bike from wall-mounted hooks, the Racor Bike Lift is the perfect (and affordable!) solution. The rope and pulley system makes it easy to lift a 50-pound bike up to 12-feet off the floor, and because of the 4:1 mechanical advantage of the pulley, a heavy bike will feel much, much lighter.
EVOC Bike Travel Bag, $430: It takes a lot of planning to prepare for a big race, and if that race is in another state, you have to figure out how to transport your bike, too. Make sure it stays safe with this bright and functional bag from EVOC. Designed to store any size bike with almost no effort, you won’t have to worry about your bike, freeing up time to worry about training.
Knog Kabana Lock, $35: The Knog Kabana Lock will keep your bike safe from itself and others. Wrapped in a patented seamless overmold, the lock is guaranteed not to scratch the paint on your bike. Plus, the fiber-core cables crush before breaking, frustrating bolt-cutting attempts of wannabe thieves.
Cycloc Wall Mounted Bike Holder, $77: If you want a wall-mounted storage solution for your bike, skip the hardware store wall hooks and opt for the award-winning style of the Cycloc Wall Mounted Bike Holder. Offered in colors like white, green, orange and black, the conical shape looks a little like a piece of modern art. Simply use the hooked ends to secure your bike either horizontally or vertically, and stash small accessories, like bike gloves, in the center of the cone.
Racor Freestanding Bike Rack, $120: If you have a big family (or just a big family of bikes), the Racor Freestanding Bike Rack is the perfect solution. The PLB-4R model holds up to four bikes, stacked vertically, opening up floor space without having to drill into the wall. This is especially nice if you’re always reorganizing your storage space because you can move the stand wherever you’d like, whenever you’d like.