’17 Summer Gear Guide: The Best in Bike

Our editors curated and personally tested some of the most exciting, innovative, stylish and just plain fun products that Summer 2017 has to offer. Here are our top picks for bike.

Abus Bordo Bike Lock ($120)

Photo: REI

Why we chose it: Because there had to be a better bike-lock solution than a U-lock.

Why we liked it: How did someone not think of this sooner? The Abus Bordo bike lock provides the strength of a U-lock and the flexibility of a cable lock. And the whole device collapses easily into its case, which can be mounted to your bike.

Tester Tip: The Bordo might be your priciest bike accessory, but the convenience and security it provides are well worth the cash.

G-Form Pro-X Knee-Shin Guard ($115)

Photo: G-Form

Why we chose it: You wear a helmet to protect your melon. If you're going to be out on the trails this summer, provide the rest of your body with similar protection.

Why we like it: Having full coverage of your knees and shins not only helps protect you from big injuries, but helps prevent annoying cuts and scrapes on your lower leg.

Tester tip: Don't pair these with any high-cut socks. The pads cover most of your lower legs as is, so opt for a pair of socks that hit below the bottoms of the pads.

Graced by Grit x Betty Designs Cycling Kit (Top $130, Bottom $120)

Photo: Graced by Grit

Why we chose it: Looking fly and going fast? They sure come together in this cycling kit, which the creative brains at Graced by Grit and Betty Designs have collaborated to create.

Why we liked it: After testing these out, we’re never going back. The fabric of the suit is soft as well as quick-drying, and the fit is snug enough where you won’t have to worry what your clothes are doing while you get after it.

Tester Tip: A little on the pricey side, but if you're looking for quality product that will last, you'll find it in this kit.

Smith Route Road Helmet with Mips ($150)

Photo: Smith

Why we chose it: Because it looked sharp as hell, and we wanted to see if its function matched its form.

Why we liked it: The Route road helmet comes with optional multi-directional impact protection system (MIPS) technology, which protects against oblique impact "by allowing a small rotation of the outer shell relative to the liner." Despite the heavy-duty protection, the helmet felt light and had plenty of ventilation to prevent overheating on long summer rides.

Tester Tip: We opted for Matte Black, but the Route comes in plenty of colorways, both bright and subdued.

Yakima Highroad Bike Rack ($229)

Photo: Yakima

Why we chose it: You've got multiple bikes, but only one car. Oh, the tragedy. Luckily, Yakima is there to back you up on this one.

Why we liked it: Easy to assemble, intuitive to use, and it makes our car look like it's about to go on an adventure, everyday.

Tester Tip: Make sure you check out which wheel sizes this rack can accommodate. Although it does offer some variety, you won't be able to take your BMX bike for a spin (unless you're rocking some outlandishly large wheels; in that case, carry on.)

YT Industries capra Al Comp ($3,042)

Photo: YT Industries

Why we chose it: The aluminum frame had us curious: How would the bike ride compared to its carbon fiber counterparts? Also, the price point was hard to ignore.

Why we liked it: We appreciated the smooth gear shifting, as well as the fact that we never got any chain slap when going through rock gardens or any of the rutted portions of the trail.

Tester tip: The Capra is on back order (good sign), and will be available again beginning May 24.

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