Must-Have Cycling Gear

Must-Have Cycling Gear

Uvex FP 3 Helmet

For the Road: Uvex FP 3 Helmet
With a near-perfect score of 96, the FP 3 delivers compact form, simple styling, and good ventilation to keep you both comfortable and protected while pedaling on the pavement. Our tester appreciated its Germanic, no-nonsense overall design, but considering that there are only two sizes, fit may be tricky if your head measures on either extreme of the size spectrum.

Osprey Escapist 30 Backpack

For the Trail: Osprey Escapist 30 Backpack
If you’re the kind of cyclist who loves conquering long stretches of singletrack and carrying a hearty load of gear, the Escapist 30 hits the sweet spot. As our tester noted, it’s not the lightest daypack on the market, but a variety of bike tool-specific pockets, a rain fly, a helmet attach system, and an overall durable construction work well, especially for long-haul city-to-trail riding and hut-to-hut trips.

Native Eyewear Lynx Sunglasses

For Both: Native Eyewear Lynx Sunglasses
These aerodynamic shades provide a wide-open, rimless wrap-around point of view, with emphasis on both forward-facing and peripheral vision. Interchangeable lenses should let you customize the tint to the conditions, and they showed themselves to be both lightweight and comfortable in the field. But tester Erinn Morgan did wish that the arms of the adjustable nose pads (typically a great feature) were made in a material other than unforgiving metal.

Chariot Chinook 2 Bike Trailer

For the Family: Chariot Chinook 2 Bike Trailer
Our tester described this top-rated pick as “the Land Rover of bike trailers. It’s tough, cushy and has almost all the features the other models do, plus a few more—and the price shows.” Beyond its $1,250 MSRP, the only other drawback noted was a lack of storage behind the seat.
—Nathan Borchelt