Performance Bike’s Gears

We keep saying it because it keeps being true: Now is a great time to buy stuff. Specifically, stuff you need, stuff your cycling-obsessed loved one needs, and stuff you or they probably don’t need but really want. Wanting is fine. We’re good with wanting. To satisfy all of that, head to Performance Bike. The online retailer is having a massive Black Friday blowout until November 26, with up to 60% off on gear and bikes. We took a look at what we’d want, and compiled a list to help you…

The Best GPS Cycling Computers with Navigation

Sick of getting lost on rides, or being the one in the group who has to hang back, afraid of missing the upcoming turn? While most cycling computers have GPS capabilities to monitor your ride (and give you a Strava file to upload later!), finding a computer that offers turn-by-turn directions or even a map function can really help increase your confidence with navigation. If you can load a map into your computer and follow along, a new world of riding opens up for you—no more dead phone problems, or…

The Best Commuter Bags for Cyclists

No other activity tests a bag like commuting on a bike. A commuter bag has to distribute weight evenly, protect your gear from weather and road grime, and stay comfortable while you’re moving. Good ones have compartments for everything you want to carry; better ones include special features like reflectives and storm-sealed seams; and the best ones simply become an essential, trusted part of your daily routine. From backpacks to over-the-shoulder bags, and even panniers, every kind of commuter bag has its advantages— your favorite will depend on your personal…

The 9 Best Multi-Tools for Cyclists

No cyclist should be without a multitool on a ride: whether you’re riding on the road with your weekly club ride, shredding singletrack in the backcountry, or just running a few errands on your commuter bike, you should always be packing. A good multitool can help make on-the-fly adjustments to things like seat height, tighten bolts and cleats, help pry off a recalcitrant tire in a pinch, and fix pretty much anything that breaks on your bike. You might not need a massive tool, but whatever ride you’re planning, it’s best to…

Chrome’s New Welterweight Line Has the Lightweight Commuter Bag You Need

Stylish, functional bike commuter gear can be hard to come by. But, whether it be a pair of bike shoes that feel good while clipped in and while walking the streets, or a versatile backpack that doesn’t clash with your business clothes, Chrome Industries pulls through.Now, they’ve introduced a new line of super-lightweight commuter bags—aptly named after the Welterweight boxing class. The Welterweight collection brings the same durability of our favorite Chrome bags into a lighter package. And, they’ve got both backpacks and messengers (they know every bike commuter has a passionate opinion about which is the better option). The…

These 8 Great Giro Shoes and Helmets

Competitive Cyclist is offering deep discounts on Giro bike helmets and cycling shoes for every type of rider. We’ve searched through the deals and picked out our favorites. Now is the perfect time to stock up so you’ll be all set for spring rides. Image courtesy of Competitive Cyclist 1 Republic LX Shoes COMPETITIVE CYCLIST The Republic LX offers classic styling and comfort in a shoe that’s designed to age beautifully. Bicycling‘s features editor, Gloria Liu, raved that “they’re stylish enough so that I can ride—and ride fast—to meet friends at a bar or out…

Right Now Is the Absolute Best Time to Buy Prescription Cycling Glasses

If you have unused money in your FSA balance, you can use it now to buy prescription sunglasses Photograph courtesy of SportRX On January 1, as the ball drops and the calendar page flips, unused funds in your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) will disappear. On January 1, most or all unused, tax-free FSA money reverts back to your employer. Cycling-specific prescription eyewear is an FSA-covered expense, so buy yourself a gift to make sure you don’t lose those funds. Health Saving Accounts (HSAs, a similar pre-tax benefit offered as a…

18 of the Best Helmets for 2018

Selected by our editors, these are the best helmets for road, mountain, commuting, and casual riding in 2018 By JEN SEE The POC Octal AVIP MIPS is just one great option available for 2018. Photograph courtesy of POC The original bike helmets resembled Igloo Coolers, except they hardly kept your head cool and were often hefty. And you could forget about aerodynamics. Today, you can score a lightweight lid that not only looks great and protects your head but also makes you faster than going bare. Whether you’re blazing down a mountain trail,…