With spring on its way, it’s the perfect time to hit the roads or trails. Here’s the gear that will get you there in style.
Let’s do lunch.
Plan a perfect lunch or sunset dinner to complement an easygoing bike ride. Step Beach collection bicycle picnic basket by Nantucket Bike Basket Co., $59.99 at Wheelies, 176 Route 70, Medford, (609) 953-9383
Keep your footing.
If it’s been a while since you went for a spin, you might like Electra’s patented flat foot technology, which allows your feet to reach the ground without compromising your pedaling posture. Townie 7D by Electra, $439.99 at Erlton Bicycle Shop, 1011 W. Route 70, Cherry Hill, (856) 428-2344
Get on track.
Combine turn-by-turn directions with heart-rate and speed monitoring with this handlebar-ready computer that works for on- and off-road adventures. Edge 705 by Garmin, $550 at Danzeisen & Quigley, 1720 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill, (856) 424-5969
Hit the trails.
Rugged but incredibly light, this redesigned full-suspension mountain bike minimizes impact and maximizes control for off-road riding. Dakar XCT 4 by Jamis, $6,300 at Freeride, 8 Kings Highway E., Haddonfield, (856) 429-0123
Use your head.
The latest helmet from Specialized is Kevlar-reinforced, super-lightweight and aerodynamic. Prevail helmet by Specialized, $230 at Action Wheels, 1066 Route 45, Deptford, (856) 468-5115
Be a lightweight.
For road biking, the redesigned Cervelo R5 includes an ultra-lightweight carbon fiber frame, but it’s plenty stiff for an efficient ride. R5 by Cervelo frameset, $4,900, full bikes from $6,600 at Keswick Cycle, 305 Marlton Pike E., Cherry Hill, (856) 795-0079
Pull your weight.
If your child is ready to pedal—but can’t quite keep up—this trailer keeps them close, making for a family-friendly ride. Tug-a-Bug Trailer by Sun Bicycles, $159.99 by special order at Ricco’s Cyclery, 600 S. White Horse Pike, Somerdale, (856) 783-3035
Photo: Dakar XCT 4 by Jamis
Published (and copyrighted) in South Jersey Magazine, Volume 7, Issue 12 (March, 2011).
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