Let’s face it: you add a bicycle to an outfit and you’re already miles ahead in the style department. Plus, it’s good exercise, and no other form of transportation has quite the array of snazzy (and functional!) accessories to trick out your trip to work or weekend jaunt down the beach boardwalk. While I’ll admit that the idea of swerving through city traffic terrifies me, finally buying a bike to pedal around the park is right at the top of my summer to-do list.
That said, there are some things to think about before hopping on: What kind of shoes should you wear? Are dresses out of the question? How do you store your bike in a tiny apartment?
Click through the slideshow for the best buys for your summer rides—no boring gear allowed.