Pursuit: Gearheads

Keep cool and look the part while cycling the world.

Covering tough terrain on a bike is like wandering onto a tree-lined battlefield: branches fly past your head, jagged rocks threaten every turn and splattering mud goes straight for your eyes. Without the right equipment, you’ll be down in a heartbeat, clutching a mangled leg while you holler for someone to carry you off. Needless to say, standard milk-run cycling equipment isn’t going to cut it on a high-grade mountain slope, nor the city streets. Here’s what you need keep it together on or off the road.

MET Parachute helmet ($240)
Tons of ventilation and a removable chin guard keep your head calm, cool and protected

Oakley Radar sunglasses ($255)
The lens coating repels water and perspiration for clear vision, but the arms grip tighter as you sweat

Dakine Apex pack ($150)
Space for all your gear, plus a built-in Nalgene hydration system make this the perfect pack for extended rides

Sugoi Peak jersey ($90) and RS short ($145)
Go for a pro look with moisture-wicking apparel from Vancouver-based Sugoi

Sidi Dragon 2 shoes ($440)
A benchmark shoe with fully replaceable parts and an aggressive tread for steep climbs

Trek Fuel EX 9.5 bike ($6,799.99)
A carbon frame and cutting-edge braking system make this full-suspension ride the peak of efficiency and style