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2016 Gift Guide: The townie

If you're committed to riding to work on the regular, here's some great gear to keep you comfortable and make commutes more fun.

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The exceptionally warm Deep Winter Gloves feature leather palms and are fitted for a sure grip on bars and hoods. The windproof nylon is DWR-treated, and a waterproof and breathable OutDry membrane within the shell keeps winter’s worst away from your hands. A Velcro closure fits neatly under your jacket cuff, and opens wide enough to slide over a jersey sleeve. Like all Rapha goodies, you’ll pay a premium, but these gloves have become a staple of our winter riding wardrobe for a reason: They’re as toasty and comfortable as winter gloves come.

There are plenty of commuter bags out there, but few, if any, do what MiiR’s bag does: support communities in need. Through its Product to Project program, MiiR gives five percent of its revenue to education, bicycle, and water projects around the world. Oh, and it’s a cool bag: DWR water-repellant finish, a roll top, and plenty of space for your gear and gadgets. You give, you get.

It’s a common refrain: “I’d ride to work, but I don’t want to get my work clothes sweaty and dirty.” It’s a fair complaint, one that Two Wheel Gear has solved with its ultra-functional Classic 2.0 Garment Pannier. There’s lots of storage space for your work slacks and jacket, along with your laptop, accessories, and whatever else you can squeeze in the 55 liters of space. It all gets stowed away in compartments meant to keep garments in place throughout the ride. The rugged 600D polyester construction has a waterproof coating, but just in case, an additional hi-vis rain cover is included. It hooks up easily to your bike’s rack, and you can carry it like a briefcase into the office.

$195 Icon Shirt
$135 Merino Ride Tee Duotone
$25 Stinson Stripe Sock

The Ride Tee is a nod to mountain biking’s aesthetic, except it actually works as ride apparel. While it looks great for everyday wear, you’ll want to toss this 88 percent Merino wool top on for your all-day dirt excursions. It’s got abrasion-resistant panels on the shoulders and a comfortable, loose fit. The Icon shirt is made for your ride but looks just as good post-ride: This Pendleton wool button-down is hand-sewn in San Francisco. It’s got articulated sleeves and abrasion-resistant panels on the shoulders to accommodate your hydration pack. Complete the package with the Stinson Stripe Coolmax socks for a great look off the bike and comfort on the trail.

The “Back to the Future” vibe is strong here, but Club Ride actually designed this orange fade vest with mountain sunsets in mind. The design is simple: An insulated front provides core warmth, while the mid-weight back allows for breathability on and off the bike. It’s got a sporty fit that’s comfortable while you’re shredding trail or just strolling down the street. A zippered chest pocket is ideally sized for your smart phone, and the rear pockets are perfect for stowing ride food or an extra layer. It’s water-resistant and wind-resistant too, making it a do-anything, go-anywhere piece you’ll appreciate on the bike or off.

Blend commuter style and riding function with these SPD-compatible leather and herringbone kicks. They have a stiff nylon midsole for power transfer so you can hammer, even if it’s just on the bike path. But they’re also flexible and comfortable enough for walking around the city.

An elastic lace catch keeps your laces tucked away so you won’t snag them on your chainrings. And the natural gum rubber sole adds traction for walking on slippery surfaces — and your pedals. They also have reflective badge sewn into the heels for a touch of visibility from behind.

This Budapest-based company collects used bicycle parts and materials from around Hungary to construct cool belts, pant straps, bags, and wallets. The bike trouser straps pair bright and colorful textiles with rubber from used inner tubes for a functional and fun way to keep your commuter pant legs tucked away.

Thick Velcro pieces secure these durable pant straps in place and they measure 400mm in length so there’s plenty of overlap. Each of the recycled tubes used to create these trouser straps are unique and tell their own story about a previous life on the road. Some have been patched, some have small nicks and holes, and some are perfectly smooth.