Everything You Need to Take Your Cycling Game to the Next Level

Whether it's in a studio, on a stationary bike, or outside under the hot sun, cycling can have its ups and downs—literally. From padded gloves to clip-in cleats, make riding easier on you and your bike with these seven cycling gear essentials.

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Verce Bike Helmet

Make it easy for your friends and family to spot you at your next triathlon with this eye-catching helmet by Giro. Thanks to the removable visor, you'll be able to find them among the cheering crowd too. Plus, this bright helmet features 18 vents and a dial knob that will give you a custom and secure fit so you can ride comfortably toward the finish line. ($45; dickssportinggoods.com)

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CamelBak Hydration Pack

Stay hydrated during your ride with a CamelBak Hydration Pack. This backpack features an easily accessible magnetic tube that lines one of the adjustable shoulder straps and connects to 3 liters of water. As an added bonus, the water reservoir is located at the bottom of the bag to help stabilize your ride while pedaling. Pack your phone, keys, and wallet in one of the zippered compartments and enjoy a balanced ride. ($90, usually $150; walmart.com)

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Oakley Sports Sunglasses

Protect your eyes from the wind and sun with these polarized Radar Ev Path sunglasses by Oakley. Designed to be lightweight, these sunglasses feature Oakley's standard earsocks and nose pads for optimal comfort. And with 18 colors available you're sure to find a pair that fits your style. ($176; oakley.com)

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LED Snake Light Combo Set

Being visible while cycling at night is extremely important. Make sure your bike is ready for any night or early morning rides with the Schwinn LED Snake light combo set. Each light features a steady and flash function so no matter how dark it is you'll be easily identified by oncoming traffic or other pedestrians. ($10; walmart.com)

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Gel-Vent Gloves

Finally, a pair of gloves that are truly made for cycling. These mesh gloves have ventilated gel padding and mesh backs for optimized breathability. The bonded padding will ensure you have a comfortable grip which will help reduce blisters from long rides. Bonus: They're machine washable. ($45; llbean.com)

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Pocket Bike Pump

Flat tires can happen at the worst times. Be prepared at a seconds notice with this pocket bike pump. The handy pump is lightweight and will fit easily in your backpack or jersey pocket. Designed to fit any Presta valve tire, it can provide a 90 PSI for a quick fill up. Never again will you have to wait for roadside assistance as long as you have this cycling necessity on hand. ($28; uncommongoods.com)

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Shimano SH-RP1 Cycling Shoes

Not only are these bright bike cleats stylish, but they're also super functional. Compatible with SPD and SPD-SL cleats (not included), these shoes are both indoor and outdoor cycling friendly. Adjust the straps to your preferred fit and clip in for a comfortable and secure ride. Plus, they'll look great with a pair of yellow shorts and a colorful hair tie. ($68; zappos.com)

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