Summer bike gear review

Go play on two wheels with quality bicycles and women’s versatile cycling clothes. Photo: (Photo: Yuba Bicycles)

HALF MOON BAY, Calif., June 15, 2013 — Summer’s the time to get outside and enjoy plenty of time in the sunshine. It’s a lot easier on a bicycle, whether you’re zooming along city streets or blazing down mountain trails. Here are some key items — from helmet to jersey to that ideal bike that will help you enjoy the best of the season. All are products that have gotten rave reviews from sport-minded women, and on top of that, I’ve wear-tested them myself.

Spot Brand Acme Bicycle


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Spot Brand Acme Bicycle Photo: Spot Brand Bicycles

Live within a bike ride of your office? Consider changing your commute style when the weather’s good and get this commuter bike from Spot Brand Bicycles. The Acme model has a sweet aluminum industrial design, but top-tier performance as well, with a Shimano Alfine 11-sped internal hub and Spot Brand carbon fiber fork. Even better, the bike is kitted out with the Gates Carbon Drive, a polyurethane belt drive that doesn’t need lube and is stealthily quiet. You may never go back to a chain bicycle again. Spot Brand Acme Bicycle, $2,199.

Club Ride Queen Bee Jersey

Club Ride Queen Bee Jersey (Photo: Club Ride)

Club Ride Queen Bee Jersey (Photo: Club Ride)

Don’t just cycle in any old T-shirt when you can take the style factor up a notch with this vintage-inspired women’s jersey. The fabric, made of a Sheer2Dry poly-blend knit keeps you cool and dry during and after your ride. The two rear pockets are a perfect size to store your small necessities, like a cell phone, lip balm, or money for that post-ride beer. The fabric is so soft that you’ll want to wear the jersey even when you’re not cycling. Club Ride Queen Bee Jersey, $69.99.

Giro Sapphire Helmet

Giro Sapphire Helmet (Photo: Giro)

Giro Sapphire Helmet (Photo: Giro)

While many helmets provide enough protection for your brain, why not choose one with optimal breathability as well? This women’s helmet from Giro has lightweight webbing, providing plenty of ventilation for your noggin while you ride. The sleek look is an added bonus, adding style to your bike excursions, whether they’re on the road or trail. The adjustable visor and improved fit system makes you feel like the helmet was made just for you. Giro Sapphire Helmet, $150.

Yuba Boda Boda Bicycle

Yuba Boda Boda Bicycle (Photo: Yuba Bicycles)

Yuba Boda Boda Bicycle (Photo: Yuba Bicycles)

Make your bicycle life more of a joy and less of a pain when you haul things around on Yuba’s Boda Boda cargo bike. The lightest and most compact cargo bicycle on the market today, it hauls your groceries, your kids, and even your surfboard. The variety of options allow you to configure the bike for your lifestyle, whether it’s a step-over or step-through frame, running boards, kids’ seat, baguette bag, or straps for that surfboard. The bike even comes in an electric version, which is handy for those windy days or when you’re hauling a lot of gear. Yuba Boda Boda Bicycle, from $1,199.

Club Ride Eden Shorts

Club Ride Eden Shorts (Photo: Club Ride)

Club Ride Eden Shorts (Photo: Club Ride)

Often, women’s bike shorts are either cute or technical, but rarely both. The comfortable Eden shorts are made with lightweight BambX stretch bamboo fabric and also has a handy side-adjustment system. The removable Coolmax liner allows you to employ appropriate padding for those long rides, or go without for short excursions. The zippered rear pocket means that money you’re bringing for an after-workout treat will stay with you through the end of the trail. Club Ride Eden Shorts, $99.99. 

Giro Petra Shoes

Giro Petra Shoes (Photo: Giro)

Giro Petra Shoes (Photo: Giro)

When you want to combine biking and hiking (or even walking for a while), you’ll want shoes a little more sturdy than some of the minimal bike shoes. These women’s shoes combine exactly what you need for riding performance as well as an on-foot light trail adventure. The lugged rubber outsole gives you plenty of traction, non-slip laces mean less adjusting, and the EVA footbed has an inner shank that gives enough support on the pedal without being too rigid for hiking. Giro Petra Shoes, $80. 

Jill K. Robinson is an award-winning journalist and adventure seeker. Follow her adventures on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr. Jill is an avid kayaker and owner of Half Moon Bay Kayak Company.


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Jill K. Robinson

An award-winning journalist and adventure seeker, Jill K. Robinson has been a columnist with The Washington Times, Communities section since 2011.

Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, American Way, Every Day With Rachael Ray, Robb Report, Westways, Journey, Let's Go with Ryanair, World Hum, Gadling, Lonely Planet and more. She lives in a small California beach town near the big wave surf spot, Mavericks, and divides her time between writing about travel, running a kayak business and trying to wring awe-inspiring adventure out of every day.

Always eager to take a leap into the unknown and experience new things, Jill shares adventure sport and travel highlights—even when the adventure isn’t adrenaline pumping or bone crushing. Adventure is sometimes only a state of mind.

Find Jill on dangerjillrobinson.com and Twitter @dangerjr 

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