Keep the Season Rolling
Keep the Season Rolling
Fall bike gear.
While fall is hunting season for many of us here in Montana, it's also arguably the best season to be out on a bike. Whether you're checking the last bucket-list rides off your summer list, or back on your commuter to and from campus, the cool days are better spent on two wheels. Here's some gear to keep the season rolling.
Smith manages to improve upon a classic design in all the right ways with the Rover helmet. This trail-specific helmet is made up of a lightweight Aerocore construction and Koroyd technology that manages to keep the helmet simple and light, but still burly enough to protect from impacts. I found out personally after being thrown in a rock garden that the helmet protects exactly where it needs to, while the MIPS system adds an extra layer of protection that can’t be beat. With 18 large vents, AirEvac ventilation, and a special lining, it does its best to keep you as cool as possible on long climbs. The VaporFit adjustable fit system comes in handy for dialing in your fit quickly and comfortably, plus allows you to adjust for wearing a bandana or thin hat as the temps drop. $180; smithoptics.com. —Angie Mangels
While trail riding must come to an end once the snow starts to fall (unless you're fat-biking), commuting around town and grinding along on gravel has no season. That's why I opted for the Route from Smith. It employs a lot of the same technology as the Rover, but with slightly less coverage and a more commuter-friendly design. It's full of heat-shedding vents, which help when you're layered up against the wind, rain, and snow, plus it's so lightweight you won't mind bringing it along to work, meetings at the coffee shop, or while shopping for groceries. For me, riding around town doesn't stop just because the roads are wet or the weather's cold—icy, slick conditions do call for more safety, however, and the Route is just the ticket. $180; smithoptics.com. —David Tucker
Fall weather is tempermental, which means keeping layers close at hand is essential. My pack has a storm shell in it all year, but come fall, I need something to brace against wind and chilly ridgelines, not just mid-summer downpours. FlyLow's new line of apparel includes the Maclean windbreaker, which I've used on morning rides before the temps heat up, shady sunset descents, and while standing around as my riding partner deals with a mechanical. With FlyLow, we've come to expect some style with our function, and their apparel line doesn't disappoint. The Maclean is subtle enough that I can wear it around town without feeling like a billboard that screams, "I RIDE BIKES." $90; flylowgear.com. —David Tucker
FLYLOW Hot Tub Short
As September turns to October, I'm not really thinking shorts, but I am thinking hot tubs—they're surrounded by a growing pile of powder, however. Truth is, we have quite some time before winter sets in, and there's plenty of warm-weather riding left to be done. While the dog days of summer are behind us, long John's are staying in the basement for a few more months. So back to the Hot Tub Short—they're a simple, quick-drying short that can do it all. They're tough enough to withstand the burliest rides—I took them downhilling at Targhee, where they endured several high-speed falls—, they're lightweight enough for cross-country pursuits, and they're understated enough to wear around town during post-ride brewery crawls. Come next summer, they'll be in my car most days, ready for whatever impromptu activiity I throw at them. $65; flylowgear.com. —David Tucker
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