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DEPARTMENT

GEAR

The Best Cycling Gear for 2014 While kicking back on your couch watching this year’s Tour de France contenders suffer their way up the Col du Tourmalet, you probably felt that nagging itch to get back on the bike and start logging some serious miles. And of course, that itch is always compounded by a burning lust for more gear. We gathered up some of the best hard goods the 2012 season has to offer - bikes, components, shoes, helmets, shades and apparel - taking it all up into the California hills for a week to put it to the test. In this round-up, you’ll see how it all shook down. Ladies and gentlemen, start your wallets.

Trek Domane 6 Series Road Bike Trek’s new Domane road bike ($6,930 and up) is outfitted with some pavement-smoothing technology that keep your poor bones from getting too rattled on long days in the saddle.

Capo SC-12 Cycling Jersey

They are designed to be ridden over rough roads for long distances in bad weather, much like the Specialized Roubaix frame Tom Boonen rode to a decisive victory in this year’s wild and woolly Paris-Roubaix race.

Capo’s SC-12 jersey ($150) is clearly made for performance cycling, but it feels more like it’s designed for hurtling through space at great velocity. The first thing I noticed when slipping on the top half of this middle-tier kit is, well, nothing. That’s precisely the point. this $150 jersey from the Emeryville, California-based company is so snug, breathable and light that it would be a passable replacement.

Specialized Prevail Helmet The Kevlar-reinforced internal skeleton inside every Specialized S-Works Prevail helmet ($230) helped the company’s designers get away with massive vents that wouldn’t be possible with pure foam. The added structural support allowed them to shave away external foam to create massive ports and channels, which have a double benefit: They allow more cooling air to flow over the wearer’s head and also, according to Specialized, improve aerodynamics.

Gore Fusion 2.0 GT AS Jacket $259.99. There’s only one chest pocket, but both it and the front have waterproof zips – they can be firm to use but you will appreciate the very close seal. If you usually find Gore jackets on the slim side, it’s worth noting that this cut is more generous, and thanks to the strategically placed stretch fabric through the shoulders and forearms and shaped sleeves, the whole jacket moves with you.

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