Canadian Cycling Magazine - - RAPID FIRE -

Un­less the mer­cury is in the high teens, you should prob­a­bly keep your limbs cov­ered, un­til you get too hot, that is. The MEC Cale­fac­tion arm warm­ers A ($ 25, mec.ca) and Cale­fac­tion leg warm­ers B ($ 45) will keep you warm when it’s still a bit brisk out. Flat-lock seams and brushed fab­ric on the in­side make each i tem com­fort­able against your skin. Sil­i­cone grip­pers keep things in place, which, dear cy­clists, is prob­a­bly more i mpor­tant at your bi­ceps than at your quads.

The Bollé The One Pre­mium hel­met C

($ 220, bolle.com) is the brain bucket for win­ter. It comes with a thick liner that in­te­grates with the straps. The vent cover at the front can push the cold winds up and around your head. Pop in the light into the back of the hel­met for added safety.

When spring show­ers start to fall, the Su­goi Zap 2.0 hel­met cover D ($ 45, su­goi.com) will keep your lid, and your dome, dry. The wa­ter­proof fab­ric that fits over your hel­met also fea­tures Su­goi’s Zap tech­nol­ogy, which is highly re­flec­tive. Your com­mutes will be dryer and safer.

The Lazer G1 hel­met E ($ 300, lazer sport.com), with its 22 vents, is a great, light and airy sum­mer hel­met. The Aeroshell, how­ever, can make the hel­met a bit warmer for shoul­der-sea­son rides. Of course, you’ll want to have that aero­dy­namic help in the sum­mer, when you are sprint­ing for the win.

Th­ese Shi­mano MW501 win­ter boots F ($ 250, bike.shi­mano.com) were made for rid­ing in the cum­mi­est of conditions. In­side, a fleece liner adds warmth. The neo­prene an­kle col­lar seals things up nicely to pre­vent wa­ter from sneak­ing in. The Dryshield mem­brane and rub­ber out­sole work to keep you dry. The up­per is highly re­flec­tive when the light hits it just right.

Em­ploy the buddy sys­tem with your fingers. (Sorry, thumbs. You’re on your own.) The Su­goi Zap Sub­zero split gloves G ($ 65, su­goi.com), with their lobster-claw de­sign, pair up your dig­its so they can keep each other warm. You also have enough mo­bil­ity to squeeze brake l evers while keep­ing a good grip on the hoods. An in­ter­nal blad­der in each glove makes it wa­ter­proof. The Zap tech­nol­ogy re­flects light to in­crease your vis­i­bil­ity on the road.

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