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Bike-Gear Recommendations by Portland Bike Shops

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Bike gear recommendations by local bike shops:

Connor Bonazzola, Western Bikeworks

Project 529 sticker, $10.

"Project 529 [See page 19] has been really popular here. It's basically a bike registration sticker, and there's an app that correlates with it so you can report your bike stolen, and they're looked for by police. It sort of incorporates a stolen-bike registry with social-media aspect. You activate your sticker [by inputting the registration code] when you set the app up, and you take pictures of your bike. If your bike is stolen, you would activate it, and it sends an alert to all the other 529 members in the area. And it stays as an open stolen bike. If you see it, you can check, and police can check it as well.” 

Colin Falk, the Bike Commuter

Revolights, $199/set.

"These are wheel attachment lights—they flash when you stop, and the second you start and stop, they illuminate the wheel in front of you, and along the wheel of the bike. They illuminate your path in a halo shape. It's really more to make you visible than to signal braking, but you are super visible. They shine on the ground—forward, back, side and front—and flash when you're braking, kind of like a brake light."

Leah Benson, Gladys Bikes

Levi's women's Commuter jeans, $88.

"If I'm being entirely honest, [I like them because] they fit me really well. They won't solve everyone's jeans-related issues, but they have enough coverage in the back, they're also stretchy in all the right ways, and they help me move around. And they look good. There are a lot of cycling jeans that are denim, but they don't look good as jeans should. They're not conspicuously high-waisted, like the kind that's going above your belly button. They have reflective material up the leg, and a protective coat so they're slightly more water- and dirt-repellent. They just released the first style earlier this spring, a full line with a bunch of different cuts of shirts to go with this."

Eva Frazier, Clever Cycles

Giro Frisco women's jacket, $400.

"There's this really attractive jacket from Giro, made in the old Levi's jacket style. It's called the Frisco Coat. It's army green, and waterproof, and it doesn't look like it's a bike jacket, which is really kind of the point of it. Swrve also makes really nice riding pants that are a little stretchy, regular-looking trousers. With a lot of bike pants, you don't want to be too far from your bike while you're wearing them."

Alex Criss, River City Bikes

Light & Motion Urban 650 lights, $135.

"The things we're most excited about right now are these new LED lights that are really bright and really small, pretty high-powered. We like the Light & Motion Urban 650s. They're fully waterproof, they're really bright, they're useful on and off the bike, and they've got an easy-mounting bracket. I've taken them camping. If you drop them in water, they're still good, so I bring them fly-fishing."

Nick Wood, 21st Avenue Bicycles

Revelate Designs Salsa bag, $165.

"I don't know if you've been privy to the whole bikepacking, light-touring thing. The tipping point was the Oregon Outback ride. It's cool because it's the road less traveled. It's nontraditional touring gear. People think about somebody riding across the country, they think of a bunch of heavy bags. But I would say Revelate Designs' bags have been the leader for us, and for the entire category of riding. They're one of the few. You put all the weight close into the frame, carry less stuff and examine your load. You can ride 100 miles into more remote areas."

Mark Ontiveros, West End Bikes

Parker Dusseau button-down dress shirt for biking, $145.

"Parker Dusseau has such attention to detail—it's one of the more special things we have. They're handmade U.S. dress shirts with reflective stripes under the collar; you just flip the collar up. There's reflective piping under the cuffs. That's the beauty, it doesn't scream 'bike.' It has a swing mesh under the shoulder—there's ventilation that's hidden. They come in white, blue, gray, pen dot, chambray.” 

WW office pick

Durban Bay Pro folding bike, $429.

We've had folding bikes in our office basement for a few years—the result of some dark deal in our past—and they're great when you road-trip or you've drunk too much and want to toss the thing in a cab, all folded up. But they've always been too expensive for what they are: an auxiliary bike or toy, not a daily commuter. Well, now they're cheaper, and they've got gears. Seven of them, even.

Portland's Last Affordable Bike 'Hoods | Bike Share That Might Actually Work

Sensors That'll Change How We Bike | Catching Thieves With Locks of the Future

Bike Heroes and Viillains | Bike Gear Recommended by Local Shops | Bike Events

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