Cycling 101: Must-Have Gear for Beginners

Head to spin class with confidence and style. Get the most out of your cycling exercise with the gear you need.


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Keep Your Phone In Reach

Cycling in a class is fun, but sometimes you might want spin on your own. Keep your phone close so you can use your Bluetooth headphones and go. This universal bike mount fits any smartphone up to 3.7 inches wide and clamps onto handlebars. (It even secures onto motorcycle handlebars for all you biker babes.) With the flexible design you can adjust the angle to your preference so you don't have to miss any important calls or messages during your workout. ($30;

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Everyday Cycling Gloves

A must-have staple for beginner cyclists is the right pair of cycling gloves. Long distances can make your hands tired, numb, and sore. Relieve the discomfort with these cycling gloves that provide cushioned padding while also helping to absorb shock. The durable construction will keep this glove in good shape for a long time, and the ventilation will help your hands stay dry. Keep your hands happy and maintain grip with these fingerless cycling gloves. ($35; (New to cycling? Find out why riding your bike makes you a badass.)

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Spin to the Beat

You can't work out without listening to your favorite playlist. Cycle to a cord-free workout with the Powerbeats Wireless earbuds and keep the tunes going. Don't hold back because these headphones are water-resistant, standing up against your high-intensity workout. These Beats have a battery life of 12 hours, and you can also answer calls or talk to Siri when you're on the go. Get your heart rate pumping to some high-performance beats and never have a boring exercise session again. ($200;

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Sun Setter Bra

Walk into your spin class with some confidence and trendsetting style. Providing medium support, this high-coverage sports bra will keep you cool while wicking away unwanted sweat. Removable cup inserts are included just in case you want a little more coverage. A nice mesh element helps make this super-comfortable and breathable bra functional and fashionable. Slip into smooth comfort and be prepared to spill where you got this essential workout staple. You can never have too many sports bras. ($68;

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Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key for any workout. Keep your body going with plenty of water with the help of this trendy glass Camelbak that will quench your thirst in no time. The unique bite valve helps you take quick sips as you're working up a sweat without tipping the bottle. Don't worry about the glass construction; the silicone cover adds extra protection to guard against cracks and breaks. The glass will also help you reap the benefits of your water bottle not absorbing any odors or flavors. Fill this stylish water bottle up and take to your next cycling class. ($25;

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Comfy Compression

You need proper shorts that don't ride up and will keep you mobile when cycling. Besides delivering great comfort, this pair of compression shorts also has a hidden pocket to store your keys or other small items. Moisture-wicking technology says goodbye to sweat and keeps you cool and dry. Feel free to log extra miles in these shorts thanks to the anti-odor technology that will help them smell fresh even after you sweat. Cycling just became more enjoyable with these Under Armour compression shorts. ($28;

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Cycle Chic

There is nothing wrong with wanting to add a little bit of flair to your cycling activewear. This Adidas by Stella McCartney tank top makes the cut for your trendy workout closet. The black and white pattern on the front with the mesh back panel make this cycling top very easy to style with your favorite leggings or compression shorts. Wear this spunky top to spin class or out biking on the road and be known for your chic cycling style. ($90; (If you want to give outdoor cycling a try, here's what you need to know about going from spin to street.)

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Ready to Ride

Searching for a nice pair of shoes for your next spin class? Trust me, you'll want to take a look at these New Balance cycling shoes. This sleek shoe is made specifically for indoor cycling classes and offers not only midfoot support but also an odor- and moisture-resistant lining. You'll appreciate the shoe's recessed plate to walk on all surfaces while still being compatible with SPD cleats to clip to the bike. Push the limits in this breathable cycling shoe that will make for an awesome ride. ($125;

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