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Published on May 5th, 2012 | by Greg


Giro: Safe and Stylish Cycling Shoes, Gloves, And Helmets

Bik­ing in the spring and sum­mer in New York City is an ab­so­lute must. Even if you’re just here for a cou­ple of days as a tourist, you can rent a bike from a num­ber of lo­cal shops and get around the city eas­i­ly. We’ve got a few se­ri­ous cy­clists on staff, and though we’re not all ready to spend se­ri­ous mon­ey on car­bon fiber frames or high end tires, it’s hard to re­sist rea­son­ably priced, at­trac­tive bi­cy­cling gear.

Giro of­fers a wide range, and we en­cour­age you to check out their site in de­tail. We’ve got three prod­ucts on hand to­day, all of them aimed at an en­thu­si­ast au­di­ence, rather than the spendi­er hel­met we checked out last year (which is still among the light­est hel­mets that we’ve seen). We’ll start with the LX Road Gloves, as they are a part of the out­fit that are of­ten over­looked by recre­ation­al bik­ers. That’s a pity, since good gloves can help in a va­ri­ety of ways, es­pe­cial­ly dur­ing the reg­u­lar rains that can make hold­ing firm­ly to your han­dle­bars a bit dif­fi­cult. In ad­di­tion, in case of a fall or even a hard stop, gloves def­i­nite­ly help pro­tect your hands. You might need the warmth dur­ing this sea­son, but as the weath­er has been shift­ing reg­u­lar­ly here, we ap­pre­ci­at­ed the sup­ple leather. They run a bit small- ours were a medi­um and seemed more like a small- but were airy and com­fort­able, as well as grip­py. Plus, they look great. Avail­able in three col­ors, for around $50.

Plen­ty of peo­ple al­so skip on the next prod­uct cat­e­go­ry. The Apeckx Road Cy­cling Shoes might look a lit­tle strange, and have a cou­ple of ex­tra let­ters in the name, but they work like a charm. Sure, you can slip on sneak­ers or any pair of ten­nis shoes, but these pup­pies are de­signed for the unique stress­es of the ro­tat­ing mo­tion of ped­al­ing, plus they are the best op­tion for “cli­p­less” ped­als, which help with ef­fi­cien­cy. You might be wary, and it does take some get­ting used to, but for longer rides, it’s well worth it. A good rule of thumb is that rid­ers go­ing five miles or less prob­a­bly wouldn’t ben­e­fit much. And of course, cy­cling shoes aren’t de­signed for on-the-go, walk­ing around use, so keep that in mind. Com­pared with a moun­tain bik­ing shoe, these of­fer a stiffer sole. The ratch­et­ing sys­tem and du­al straps of­fer the best com­bi­na­tion we’ve seen for quick, tight fits. They’re might feel a bit heavy at first, but that’s nor­mal. Avail­able in two col­ors (black and white), they felt true to size, and com­fort­able even on our marathon-length trips around Brook­lyn. $150 might seem a bit ex­pen­sive for a spe­cial­ty shoe, but they are com­pet­i­tive­ly priced.

Fi­nal­ly, a piece of gear that ev­ery­one needs, and we all could agree on. The Giro Re­verb Hel­met is love­ly- a slick up­date on a clas­sic style, and avail­able in plen­ty of col­or com­bi­na­tions and pat­terns. Ours was grey, a nice light smoke shade with a dark­er brim, that felt friend­ly and could be eas­i­ly worn by ei­ther gen­der. This is a pret­ty ba­sic hel­met- ven­ti­la­tion is noth­ing to write home about, and it’s cer­tain­ly heav­ier than some of the oth­er hel­mets that we’ve tried. But this is aimed at ur­ban rid­ers, with the re­mov­able cap-style vi­sor, sim­ple shape, and low price.  Com­muters take note- this is a hel­met that will make oth­er rid­ers a bit jeal­ous, es­pe­cial­ly if you clue them in on the cost. $60 is a bar­gain, and this guy should last and last. Fits snug, but self-ad­justs a bit for when you’re wear­ing an­oth­er (thin) lay­er. We found it less ad­justable than we like, but for those in need of a ba­sic hel­met with style, look no fur­ther.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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