You're looking for an uncomplicated weekend spin or just an easy way to burn extra calories.
What You'll Need
Ideal Wheels: Thanks to its lightweight aluminum frame, three gears (for a little extra help on hills) and supersensitive brakes, the Electra Townie Original 3i ($410, electrabike.com for info) is your ultimate multitasker, great for city commutes or oceanside cruises.
A helmet: Keep the metallic theme going with the women-specific Bellisima helmet ($17, walmart.com). It's vented to keep you cool and comes with a visor for extra shade.
A light: Plan to ride early in the morning or after dusk? Be guided by the easy-to-attach Cateye Uno LED light ($35, rei.com). It runs for 15 hours on one AA battery.
A lock: The Kryptonite Evolution Series 4 U-Lock ($65, bicyclebuys.com) can be clipped to the seat post for the duration of your ride and comes with a guarantee: If your bike is stolen, the company will replace it up to a value of $2,250.
A bag: Carry your stuff from here to there without back sweat with a design-it-yourself Timbuk2 messenger bag (starting at $49, timbuk2.com). Its adjustable strap helps keep contents close while you ride.
Shoes: Keen's Trailhead Commuter looks just like a sandal, but it fits a recessed sole cleat so you can go from platform or clipless pedals to walking on the ground without missing a beat ($115, keenfootwear.com).
Gloves: Slip a pair of adorable Novara Lifeline gloves ($25, rei.com) into your pocket before you head out for a day of riding. They provide extra cushioning and shock absorption without interfering with your natural grip.
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