Published on May 5th, 2012 | by Greg0
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.