Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon
The Medical Data Carrier is a simple yet effective way to carry all of your medical information with you when you cycle. Unlike RoadID’s interactive bracelet, which requires a phone call or a visit to the RoadID website to track down your medical information, the Medical Data Carrier contains
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Reviewed By Laurel-Lea Shannon
XX2i Optics, from R.A.C.E., the same company that sells Rudy Project, are performance-class sports sunglasses sold at value prices. The France1 Dual Pro Sunglass Kit comes with two pairs of sunglasses, one white gloss frame and the other demi tortoise, both with brown lenses, plus 3 spare lenses: clear,
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Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon
The Dux Helm is an innovative new helmet with a built-in retractable lens. The retractable lens has two main advantages: it eliminates the need for expensive cycling glasses, and it shields your forehead and eyes from grit and bugs. That’s a welcome and useful addition to the traditional cycling helmet.
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Reviewed By Laurel-Lea Shannon If you want a cold-weather cycling jacket that can go the distance no matter what the weather throws at you, the P.R.O. softshell 3×1 jacket is it. Pearl iZUMi calls the jacket a “cold-weather system.” They sure got that right.
Keep winter out
The P.R.O. softshell 3×1
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Wearing the ELITE Reverse Prima jacket on a cold day (-5˚C/20˚F) I marvel that a jacket this light can be so warm. How does Pearl iZUMi do it? For starters they use a barrier fabric with Primaloft® that’s both super-light and toasty-warm. The Elite barrier blocks the icy wind, keeping it outside where
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I probably didn’t need to wear such heavy-duty cycling pants, but it was the first really cool day we’d had this fall and I wanted to be warm. This sleek-looking tight from Specialized did the job admirably well. The temperatures—3ºC degrees (38º F) didn’t come close to testing the cold weather conditions that
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Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon
If you cycle, you’re going to sweat—copiously, on hot summer days. Cycling apparel wicks sweat away from your body, which helps keep you cool and dry but what about your head and face? Well, that’s where sweatbands come in—if you’re a fan. I’m not.
Not only does a sweatband
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Not to complain. I love summer riding, but some days are just too hot. Do I miss those steamy days? The sweat trickling into my eyes and soaking my cycling clothes? The blistering sun slowly baking my skin to leather? Not so much! With the right gear, I’m finding that cold weather cycling can be
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By Laurel-Lea Shannon
I admit it. I’ve always been a fair-weather cyclist. Once the temperatures struggle to reach daytime highs of 10 to 15 degrees C (52 to 62 degrees F), I’m one of the first to turn indoors to set up my trainer. But this year it’s going to be different.
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From the moment you slip it on, you can feel the quality that’s gone into making this jersey. Not only is it attractive but it’s durable, with features you won’t find in other jerseys such as laser-cut Direct Vent ventilation panels under the arms, 3 in 2 back pockets with a hidden zipper,
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Make it a Set
The matching P.R.O. Leader short has the same good looks and comfortable fit as the P.R.O. Leader jersey. The fabric, made with In-R-Cool® technology, keeps you dry and provides optimal sun protection (50+SPF).
Women who have chafing problems because of cycling shorts rather than
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When I received these cycling shoes from Peral iZUMi, they just about knocked my socks off! Not only do they look lovely but when I picked them up… they’re so light!—275 grams (9.7 ounces) of beauty and function.
How does Pearl iZUMi achieve that ultra-light stiffness? It’s the unidirectional carbon fiber sole. Does
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This good looking cycling shoe from Specialized is economical and comfortable. The wide toe box and contoured foot bed suits my high-arched, wide feet. I usually wear a sports insole with my cycling shoes but I didn’t need them with the Torch Road shoe.
That’s because the Specialized BG (body geometry) high performance
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The first thing I noticed about these shorts was the proper fit. I ordered a size small and that’s what I got, and they fit—as they should. I didn’t have to second-guess or size up or down as I’ve had to with other brands. The next thing I noticed was the leg gripper.
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This semi-form-fitting jersey from Specialized is made of UPF 50 sunscreening fabric, making it a good choice for long rides in the summer. Cyclists spend a lot of time in the sun so we need all the skin protection we can get.
The Solar Vita Jersey has a full-length zipper, which I like
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I have a problem with overpadded, heavy gloves that attach at the wrist with a Velcro strap. They tend to make my hands sweat and swell in hot weather, eventually leading to numb hands at some point in my ride. But happily I didn’t encounter any of those features with this glove. Pearl
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Reviewed by Gillian Scobie
Style, meet function. Function, meet style.
I love cycling. I have never liked cycling shorts. They’re almost always black, they’ve got that big pad, they’re too long and they have no style. Sure, they’re functional. Not good enough. Substance without style ain’t enough for me. Style, c’est
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I’ve been wanting to test these bib shorts since a colleague first mentioned them to me several months ago. I don’t usually wear cycling bibs because they are troublesome on nature breaks. Who wants to get undressed from the top down to take a pee?
Pearl iZUMi has solved that problem with their
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By Sheila Ascroft
Since my first review, many readers have recommended other chamois creams so I’ve put some more to the test. Any cream has to be better than trying what pro riders did in the old days – sticking a slab of raw meat inside their shorts to soothe their
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New is not necessarily better. Last year I reviewed the Sport WSD Short Sleeve Jersey, a lightweight cycling gem from Bontrager. I was impressed with the good balance between functionality—three large back pockets for extra storage and reflective design on the rear pockets — and feminine flair—the shaped-to-your-body (but not tight) fit and
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Testing Bontrager products this year, I’m starting to feel like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The Solstice WSD jersey was way too big. The fetching Race WSD shorts are a tad too small. Hmmm . . . I’m the same size, weight and, proportion as last summer when Bontrager’s 2011 bicycle
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You don’t need to sacrifice femininity to have a robust glove that protects your hands on the bike. The RL WSD Fusion GelFoam Gloves from Bontrager does both. With its multi-coloured top mesh—available in white, black or mint green—Fusion GelFoam gloves are sleek looking but with a sturdy design for optimal comfort.
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When you shop for a cycling helmet you want comfort, safety and style. Rudy Project’s Sterling fluorescent helmet has all three, in spades. Wear a Rudy Project Sterling fluorescent helmet and you’ll be seen—not only by motorists but by envious cycling buddies too.
Designed with a perfect balance of function and style, the
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I got the fluorescent pink to match the pink helmet. All I can say is, “Wow”. These glasses have it all—beautiful Italian design, patented visual clarity technology, ultra-lightweight comfort and superior functionality.
No matter what size head you’ve got—big or small—these wrap-around glasses fit. That’s because the adjustable nose piece and
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Made from 61% polyester and 39% merino wool with a full front zipper, the Breukelen is more than just a cold weather cycling jersey. Its classic design is form fitting, with enough room to layer underneath, making it a multi-tasking workhorse for your sports wardrobe.
Wear it on the bike in cool weather,
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To make the roads safer for cyclists, advocates in Canada and the U.S. are lobbying for changes like the 1 metre passing law (3 feet) and greater motorist accountability. So it behooves all of us to make sure we know and follow the rules of the road, and cycle as safely as possible.
Read more . . . Be Seen: Firefly Belt From Road ID
Cold weather rides are a breeze in these snug and comfy tights. With their enhanced 8-panel design and articulated hips and knees, Bouré’s Elite Thermo Tights fit like they’re custom-made, on and off the bike.
The Teflon-treated ThermoRoubaix fleece lycra is so soft it feels like you’ve slipped on a pair of cozy
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There are probably times when you’d rather not walk around in your cycling shorts. Maybe you want to get off your bike to explore a village, or stop for a coffee with your friends after a long ride, or attend a post-ride lunch, as I did in August when two of my cycling
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RL WSD Short
We get a lot of comments about cycling shorts on the website. Many women find that the padding in them is often so excessive that it causes genital discomfort. Some take extreme measures and cut out the centre of the chamois to be more comfortable. Shorts manufacturers who
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By Laurel-Lea Shannon
This lightweight, short-sleeved jersey from Bontrager (Trek Women’s cycling clothes are part of the Bontrager brand) is perfect for rides on hot, humid summer days. The Sport WSD Short Sleeve Jersey strikes a good balance between functionality—notice the 3 large back pockets for extra storage— and feminine flair—the shaped-to-your-body (but
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By Sheila Ascroft
Multi-density women's chamois
Once you’ve tried a chamois cream, you won’t want to go back to non-lotioned padded shorts. In case you are wondering what a “chamois” is, it’s the padding in a cycling short and is pronounced as “sham-me.”
In the olden days, cycling shorts pads
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By Laurel-Lea Shannon
Unless you’re from Colorado, you may never have heard of Bouré Bicycle Clothing. It was started in 1988 by Drew Bourey, a bicycle racer looking for a way to earn a living in the sport he loved. A small local company, Bouré Bicycle Clothing designs, tests, and sews all its clothing at
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Whether you’re out on the road or in your garage, changing a flat tire is a dirty job. Grease is difficult to get off your hands even if you have access to a wash basin. Out on the road, it’s impossible. Or it was, until now.
The founders of Grease Monkey Wipes, cyclists
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If you’re one of those people (like me) who worry about stinky, moldy bacteria growing in your water bottle, Clean Bottle is for you. It’s designed with a leak-proof, screw-off bottom. Gone are the days of adding white vinegar or bleach and soaking bottles overnight to get them clean. Just screw off the
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