Gear Kits

The Best Gear for Cycling in Ventura, California

Gear up for some of the best cycling in the country.

Curated by Chris Engelsman

Ventura is the perfect basecamp for road cycling with multiple loops to choose from consisting of mellow cruises along the coast to beautiful rides along Lake Casitas or climbing the switchbacks on Highway 150. Here is my go-to kit for a day in the saddle exploring new roads.

Cover photo: Josiah Roe

Do you get tired of removing the wheel from your bike every time you load it on to your car rack? Same. Yakima's Frontloader carries the complete bike, fits virtually every crossbar and is super versatile and aerodynamic.

I’ve been riding Cannondale bikes for years and the Synapse is a great bike for long rides. The slightly upright riding position provides comfort and confident handling on all road conditions. The carbon frame is lightweight and responsive and the disc brakes provide excellent stopping power. While Ultegra isn’t Shimano’s lightest groupo (brakes, shifters, derailleurs, cassette, chain, etc), it provides serious bang for your buck.

With a BOA lacing system, you can easily dial in the perfect fit and adjust it while in a saddle if you need to make minor adjustments. This shoe has a carbon sole which is great for power transfer when pedaling but has some flex for walkability. The weight is around 236g, so they are kind of like Goldilocks - not too light, not too heavy, but just right.

Finish off your kit with matching socks! The Eliel Oasis sock has reinforced heel and toes and is breathable where you need it. They are also the perfect height.

The true champion of any cycling bib short is the chamois and Eliel’s is awesome. They use a Cytech chamois with a carbon weave to eliminate odor and kill bacteria. In addition, the comfort of the chamois allows you to ride for hours in comfort and it’s cut-and-sewn in California.

I love the fact that Eliel is out of Vista, CA where they laser-cut and sew their cycling apparel. The fabric for the Ventura jersey comes from Italy and has a race cut so it’s trim and comfortable for long rides in the saddle.

The Prizm lens in the Oakley EVZero glasses provides optimal contrast and reduces glare while on a ride while the frameless design enables maximum peripheral view and cuts down on weight, so they fit comfortably on long rides. Also, I love the fact that the nose piece can be removed so that it’s easy to clean the lens.

I like listening to music and podcasts while on a ride, but I truly dislike wearing two earpieces. That’s where Bonx comes in. Their Grip earpiece fits comfortably and securely on your right ear and connects via Bluetooth to your phone. If you have multiple people on your ride, you can connect them all with Bonx’s app so that you can easily talk to a group in case someone falls behind so you don’t have to shout. They also have a noise canceling technology which eliminates wind noise while you talk.

One of the standout features of the Oakley ARO3 helmet is its 360-degree BOA closure system. The system snugs comfortably around your head and feels like you almost don’t need the chin strap. The MIPS liner provides another level of protection from angled impacts and at 295g it’s the lightest helmet in Oakley’s line-up of cycling helmets.