Casual Cycling Gear Recommendations for the Spring Commuter

Best spring cycling gear

Whether the destination is work, the grocery store or home, commuting by bike requires a bit more planning than the driving alternative. From a comfortable and aesthetically acceptable helmet to pants, gloves and a jacket, you reserve the right to look good, feel comfortable, and remain prepared for the day’s riding environment; and the following curated list of urban riding gear has your back. And whether it’s in San Francisco, Tempe or Portland, the brands listed below all excel at testing their designs to near perfection, while providing commuters with premium quality options for any given day on the bike:

Sportful | Giara Over Short – $89

Sportful Giara Overshort

Technical over short that will adapt to almost any riding style. Clean styling in a technical over short that offers versatile simplicity. Four-way stretch construction, low-profile pockets, and a rear stretch-mesh insert make this a great choice whatever your bike. DWR fabric treatment helps repel dust and dirt from gravel riding, lightweight mesh inserts and internal fabric structure help with moisture management on faster rides, and style details also work when you step off the bike.


State Bicycles | Bernard – $449

State Bicycles Bernard

The Bernard stands out with its classic hi-gloss black frame, polished chrome parts, and gum-wall tires. Classic, sporty, and stylish, this will be your go to for around-town pedaling.

ABUS | Bordo Alarm Lock – $170

ABUS Bordo Alarm Lock

With the Bordo Alarm, ABUS is bringing the world’s first alarmed folding bike lock into the market. With well-tested electronics, this alarm provides a precise 3D movement sensor that triggers a 100-decibel alarm should an attack be attempted and thus deters thieves.

DZR ShoesJetlag Nero – $89

DZR Shoes - Jetlag Nero

The smoothest way to hop on and off your bike is with DZR’s line of flat pedal urban bike sneakers. Smart and stylish, these shoes easily transition from bike to street without skipping a step.

Showers Pass | WP Socks – $35

Showers Pass | WP Socks

Three comfortable, waterproof layers make the Showers Pass WP sock the ideal choice for active lifestyles.  The socks’ exterior layer is a wear-resistant knit that feels as comfortable as your favorite pair of wool socks and the outer layer wicks away all moisture and features an anti-bacterial lining. These layers combine to create a sock you can rely on to keep you comfortable and dry, no matter what weather you’re riding through.

ABUS | Hyban Helmet – $69

ABUS | Hyban Helmet

Nothing compares to the feel of a summer breeze rushing past as you pedal by on your bike.  The ABUS Hyban helmet offers 18 huge air vents keep you cool and comfortable while a wide range of color options let every rider find a look that suits their individual style. Additional features of this premium helmet include an integrated LED light, rain cover, and magnetic chin strap closure for the utmost safety and comfort.

Showers Pass | IMBA Jacket – $199

Showers Pass | IMBA Jacket

The IMBA is the perfect lightweight hardshell for your commuting & mountain bike needs. It features breathable performance fabric, ventilation, and reinforced shoulders that incorporate style, comfort, and design from the trail to the coffee shop.

Showers Pass | Crosspoint Waterproof Knit Gloves – $45

Showers Pass | Crosspoint Waterproof Knit Gloves

The Crosspoint Glove is the perfect glove for doing outdoor activities in wet and rainy weather. It features a fully waterproof lining, a wear resistant knit exterior, a seamless waterproof breathable Artex membrane, and a Coolmax FX moisture-wicking antibacterial knit lining to keep unwanted odor away. In addition, an integrated silicone layer on the palm has been applied to allow a firm grip on objects in damp environments.

Mission Workshop | Division Pant – $225

Mission Workshop | Division Pant

The Division pant is the ultimate Stretch Chino. It is high-performance, water-resistant, and is perfect for any activity.  The tailored fit and feel of the Division is made from a fabric that is built to last and is commuter ready. ​

Mission Workshop | The Rake – $365

Mission Workshop | The Rake

The Rhake is built to hold everything you need for work, play, and the occasional overnight. Purpose built pockets are large enough to hold all of your accessories and the weatherproof 22-liter main compartment can grow or shrink as needed to hold gear and clothing. A two-layer weatherproof construction is designed to keep your gear warm and dry through spring.

So, as you prepare for the Spring thaw, use these recommendations to gear up for your daily commute. And if you need more detailed information on any one item, simply leave us a comment below and we will answer your questions.

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