Winter is on its way out, which means warmer weather will be here shortly (if it hasn’t arrived already). For cyclists, this is what we’ve been waiting for all season—the freedom to disconnect our bikes from the shackles of our indoor trainers, throw our legs over our saddles and hit the open roads.
To say this year has been a bit usual, though, would be the understatement of the decade. The last 12 months saw many of us trapped indoors in self-quarantine as we battled through a global pandemic, which means this spring and summer will feel especially nice.
No matter if you’re dusting your bike off for the first time in over a year or you’re taking your hard-earned fitness from the trainer to the road or trail, this mix of new warm-weather cycling gear and nutrition will refresh your arsenal and get you motivated to get back in the saddle.
Gore Cancellara Jersey and Bibs
$100 jersey, $120 bibs
This new cycling kit from Gore takes many of the high-performance cues from the best-selling race collection designed in collaboration with Fabian Cancellara, and repackages them for a more modest price point. With a lightweight construction, stylish modern aero fit and breathable design, the kit is perfect for training days in warm weather—and you just might be the best dressed cyclist on your next group ride.
Adidas SP0031-H Sunglasses
With an industry-leading blend of both style and technology, Adidas has created a pair of sunglasses perfect for hot, sweaty rides. The SP0031-H have a rimless shape adding to the sporty look while the TR-90 frame elevates performance with a wrapped, lightweight feel. The adjustable nose pads really shine, helping keep the glasses in place through even the hardest efforts.
MANTRA Labs’ Chrono-Nutrition System
$60 per 10-day bundle
Ask any cyclist and they’ll tell you hydration can make or break a training session or race, especially when it’s hot and humid out. MANTRA Labs’ new vitamin-loaded nutrition system isn’t just for on-the-bike escapades—it’s complete with packs for morning to get you moving for early rides, mid-day packs with extra energy and evening packs to help you relax and get to sleep to rest and recharge for the next effort.
Endura SingleTrack Lite Short
Mountain biking in the summer months can be a hot, dry and dusty experience. Endura has released a new “Lite” version of its popular “SingleTrack” short that’s flexible, durable and most importantly, has perforated thigh vents to keep you cool and comfortable. It’s also available in a short leg length option that sits above the knee for additional “coolness” and mobility.
Honey Stinger Rapid Hydration Sample Pack
Besides its popular waffles, Honey Stinger offers several other sports nutrition products that cyclists have relied on for years. It’s recently released its first ever hydration system that uses honey as the energy source, is all-natural and tastes great too (even when it’s hot out, which we all know can be an issue). The “Rapid Hydration” formula is based on science pioneered by the World Health Organization, combining simple ingredients like honey, sodium and water together for quick absorption to keep you riding harder, for longer.
Klean Canteen Insulated TKCanister Set
No, these won’t fit in your bottle cages, but Klean Canteen’s new TKCanister insulated food storage containers are the perfect solution for keeping your pre- and post-ride snacks cold (or hot) during the spring and summer months. Load it up with a recovery smoothie, seal the lid and the Climate Lock double-wall vacuum insulation will keep it cold, even if left in a hot car while out on a long summer ride. They’re available in 8-, 16- and 32-ounce sizes, but we recommend investing in the set.
Jack Wolfskin Tech T
If you’re not a fan of a tight cycling jersey or you’re looking for a casual solution for simply cruising around the neighborhood, this buttery-soft athletic tee is ideal for warm-weather riding. The jersey fabric is made with Jack Wolfskin’s “Quick Moisture Management” fabric that wicks sweat to help regulate body temperature to keep you cool, and the shirt has antimicrobial properties that help prevent bad odors and keep you smelling fresh after long rides.
Sea to Summit Altro TR2 Ultralight Tent
Are you dreaming of a long-awaited bikepacking adventure this year? Sea to Summit’s first foray into tents, the Altro TR2 has been making headlines with its ultralight construction, unparalleled ventilation and ability to pack down for easy storage and transport. Throw it in your pannier and forget it’s there, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing you have a reliable, spacious tent to look forward to after a long day in the saddle.
$29.95 per 12 pack
UCAN has had other high-performance sports nutrition products on the market for years, but Edge gel is its latest offering that features its proprietary SuperStarch formula. It has zero sugar, and is GMO free, gluten free, vegan friendly and keto friendly. One pouch has 70 calories per serving, 19 grams of carbohydrate, 55 mg of sodium, 180 mg of Vitamin C and 10 mg of Calcium—basically everything you’re looking for to compliment hard, warm-weather training efforts and racing in a simple, straightforward gel housed in a single-serving packet.
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