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FITNESS Gear Guide: The Best Biking Gear

Get a handle on everything you need to spin with speed and style.

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Ride On: The Best Bike

Whether you're pedaling to work or through a workout, the Trek 1.1 WSD gives you the comfort of a cruiser with all the perks of a performance racer at a fraction of the price. It is built to suit the female form; the women-specific design modifications include a shorter top tube to distribute your weight evenly and comfortably between your hips and hands. And the reach-adjustable levers fit more naturally in women's smaller hands, so it's less work to brake and shift gears. ($660, trekbikes.com for stores)

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The Best Biking Clothes and Gear

Shades of Gray
Match your eye protection to the forecast with Ryders Hex interchangeable sunglasses. Each pair comes with three lenses, which range in Visible Light Transmission from 14 percent to 99 percent. ($60, ryderseyewear.com for stores)

Safety Dance
Play tunes without earbuds with the Tunebug Shake. For an all-around cool ride, clip it to the Giro Indicator; you'll love the helmet's vents on hot days. ($120, tunebug.com; $40, giro.com for info)

Red Hot
Even if the blacktop is hitting 100 degrees, the lacy, racy back and side vents in the Pearl Izumi Women's Symphony SL Jersey will keep you cool. Need to store your gels or bars? A three-in-one back pocket is the perfect size. ($75, pearlizumi.com)

Pedal Pushers
The stretch denim exterior of the SheBeest NY capris disguises a plush removable interior. Bike to work, then shed the inner layer without changing outfits. ($100, shebeest.com for stores)

Sole Sisters
The rubber bottoms of the Specialized Sonoma Bike Shoes are great for flat pedals but can be set up with cleats for more serious cycling too. ($85, specialized.com)

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Tush Cush: The Best Bike Shorts

A plump chamois pad in the Novara Mia Gel Road Bike Shorts eases pressure on your backside, even if you're in the saddle all day long. ($50, rei.com)

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See and Be Seen: The Best Bike Lights

The Princeton Tec Swerve taillights' focused beams help provide maximum visibility. Put the Princeton Tec EOS bike light on your helmet to illuminate your path home. ($27 and $45, princetontec.com)

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Number Crunch: The Best Biking Gadget

Want to know how fast, how far, how high and, oh yes, how many calories you're biking off? The tiny Garmin Edge 500 logs your progress as you pedal. ($250, garmin.com for info)

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New Jersey: The Best Biking Shirt

True, a percentage of its fabric is recycled from plastic bottles and old fabric scraps, but the Cannondale Re-Spun Women's Swirl Jersey is a forward-looking affair, with oversize back pockets to hold snacks, a cell phone, and even a small water bottle. ($75, cannondale.com for stores)

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Sip Support: The Best Bottle Holders

These colorful, lightweight Velocity Bottle Traps mount easily on your bike to keep your fluids handy. ($8, velocityusa.com for stores)

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Get a Grip: The Best Gloves

The Monica glove from Giro features gel padding and a woman-specific fit for proper pressure distribution when you wrap your fingers around the handlebars. ($40, giro.com for info)

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Under Pressure: The Best Tool Kit

Fix a flat in a hurry with the Sci-Con 2010 Elan Full Kit. The kit, which includes an inner tube and tire levers, stores beneath your seat. ($45, albabici.com for stores)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2010.

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