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The perfect cycling wardrobe

Take a spin around your ‘hood or tackle the local cycling trails in this sleek cycling gear

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stella

Half-zip graphic tee

A race-style jersey is a worthy investment. This has a dipped back hem with silicone taping (to stop it from riding up when you’re hunched forward), back pockets for essentials, and reflective edging. (Adidas by Stella McCartney, recycled polyester/elastane, $125)

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sunglasses

Cycling sunglasses

These sunglasses have grippy stay-put rubber on the earpieces. The impact-resistant lenses are interchangeable: Other colour options are available separately for various conditions. (Mountain Equipment Co-op, $25)

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helmet

Everyday bike helmet

This commuter-style helmet comes in two sizes, and has an adjustable interior fitting system for a custom fit. (Everyday, $30 at Canadian Tire)

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backpack

Hydration backpack

A lightweight pack with a slim profile is ideal for carrying snacks and other necessities on long rides. A separate compartment can hold a “hydration reservoir” bag (purchased separately), so you can quench your thirst hands-free. (Mountain Equipment Co-op, $40)

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pants

Cropped pants

These cropped pants are a great length for warm weather, covering to just below the knees, and breathable mesh panels let you work up a sweat without feeling it. A padding-free backside, while less cushy, is more flattering-it doesn’t unnecessarily “enhance” your curves. (Sugoi, nylon/spandex, $65)

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shoes

Women’s cycling shoes

Not seasoned enough to use specialty cycling shoes that clip to the pedals? Try these lightweight sneakers-the ends of the elasticized drawstring laces tuck in neatly for tangle-free riding. (Teva, $100)

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gloves

Women’s Road Gloves

Strategically placed gel-foam in the palms of these mesh and synthetic leather gloves relieves pressure, reducing numbness. (Specialized, $50)

 

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