Hot Ride, Cool Kit: The Very Best of Summer Cycling Gear
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"When it's really hot, the closer I can get to feeling naked while riding, the happier I am," says Nate King, the Brand Manager for Sausalito's Above Category Cycling who was raised in the sweltering cauldron of Southern California's Inland Empire (where the average temperature in August is a balmy 96 degrees). King is on to something here. The best gear is light, breathable, and barely there — like these shirts, shorts, shoes, and more of our favorite cycling gear out in time for the hottest of summer.