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SHIMANO SH-R320 Top-of-the-Line Road Cycling Shoe

Posted on Sep 7, 2013

    OVERVIEW I have been wearing Shimano cycling shoes for almost a dozen years now. I have tried others, but, always went back to Shimano since they seemed to fit me the best. Shimano’s cycling shoes vary from year to year, and with the past several pairs, I have noticed that they seem to be getting a little tighter in the toe box height. My last pair, SH-R220, have been rubbing the top of my toes causing small calluses to appear. I had been sticking to their ‘200’ series line since they seemed to have more air vents than their ‘300’ series line. They weren’t heat formable and were a little less money. Since my R220’s are about worn out, I was looking to go with the latest and greatest, the R320’s. Opening the box, you can tell something is different with these shoes. They are incredibly light and well thought out, incredibly well built and comfortable. The R320’s are a brand new design, not a “re-do” of the R315. What first got my attention were the new...

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G8 PERFORMANCE 2600 PRO Orthotics

Posted on Sep 3, 2013

  OVERVIEW I was still looking for that perfect Podiatry-grade Orthotic at an off-the-shelf price. I was hoping to find that “perfect –for high arches” Orthotic that would relieve the Sesamoiditis I sometimes feel on a high mileage day. I have high arches and, what the Podiatrists say is that the higher the arch of the foot, the more pressure there is on the Sesamoid bones. This is what causes the pain around the balls of the feet. Cycling shoes are, by definition, low-volume shoes and some are even very-low-volume. For men, most cycling shoes come in a standard narrow ‘D’ width. Only a very few come in a ‘Wide’ version being an E or 2E so I am limited as to what shoes I can wear. Most of these wider shoes I have tried and most of these have little to no arch support. Introducing the Best-of-the-Best… the 2600 PRO from G8 Performance. Opening the box, they looked like any other orthotic, until I looked closer. Underneath the 2600 PROs were 5 sets of arch supports (ARCHTECH™) in...

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G8 Performance IGNITE Orthotic Insoles

Posted on Aug 22, 2013

  IGNITE HEAT MOLDABLE ORTHOTIC http://g8performance.com Rating: 5/5 Price: $77.32 MSRP Source: Bike shops, websites Made in: Australia Features: Fully custom, ultra supportive and comfortable. On your feet all day or exploring the back country. IGNITE is the best of the best. How obtained: Sample from company Summary: Fully customized via heat mold-able that shapes to the contours of your foot. Very easy to heat and mold offering a very comfortable and secure feel! FEATURES Molds to the exact shape of your foot and shoe Fully customizable Fully supportive Provides Podiatry level support while still allowing foot to flex Can be reheated multiple times Absorbs shock for preventing injuries Standard sizing Fits most hiking and running shoes HOT! Fully customized $77 insole offering equivalent support of $600 podiatry grade insoles. Heat moldable via hair dryer, no expensive equipment needed. Machine washable on cold. Easy to understand video instructions available on the G8 website. NOT! Even though very comfortable in cycling shoes (although not specifically made for cycling shoes), the lack of any air vents/holes makes the IGNITE orthotic very...

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BTR – Best Small Product of the Year Award 2013...

Posted on Aug 15, 2013

Bike Test Reviews (BTR) is proud to announce their pick for Best Small Product of the Year for 2013. This classification of product is something that is inexpensive, easy to use, highly versatile, and highly useful. This is a product that everyone should have in their toolbox. The Winner Is….. PROGOLD PROLINK LUBER PEN LUBER PEN is a MUST HAVE PRODUCT! You can use the needle point of the oiler to reach into the smallest of areas such as the front derailleur pivot pins, rear derailleur pivot pins, front and rear brake caliper pivot bolts and even the chain. FEATURES: Easy to use No wasted over-spray or oil running down the sides of your components Non-staining Compact Easily Refillable Protects against rust & corrosion when using Prolink This is the best   $5.75   (MSRP) you could ever spend! This thing is great! Pick one up now....

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Initial Look – SHIMANO CN-9000 : 11-speed chain on a 10-speed group...

Posted on Aug 13, 2013

*** UPDATE – 8/17/2014 below *** BACKGROUND After completing a chain test for TAYA chain, a brand new Dura-Ace 9000 chain showed up in the mail from Shimano. Great timing since my bike had no chain! The instructions said to run the chain on my current Dura Ace 7900 group and provide weekly feedback as to how the chain shifts, wears, and how smooth and quiet it is. I read all of the information I could find on the chain. I pulled information from Shimano.com, as well as several of their major distributors and added the information in the summary table. One feature that these sites had listed that my chain did not have is slotted inner-links for additional weight savings. The picture attached is exactly how my chain looked out of the box and after close inspection, I could find no slots. This was probably preliminary information to the suppliers before the chains went into final production. The CN-9000 is symmetrical, meaning that you can put the chain on either way. I am guessing that Shimano went back to...

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Saddles Part 8 – SHIMANO PRO new TURNIX

Posted on Aug 12, 2013

**This is in response to my body type and riding style. These results may vary with others riding the same saddle. Any rating below a 3 is a great score PICKING THE RIGHT PRO SADDLE Once you navigate to the pro-bikegear.com website and navigate to the NEW SADDLES section, you are shown their 3 new models; Falcon, TURNIX and Griffon. You then get a chance to run the SADDLE SELECTOR, which guides you in selecting the right saddle for you, well, sort of – more on this later. When you click on the Saddle Selector, you are asked about your riding style, flexibility and saddle preferences, such as carbon or titanium rails, white or black, etc. When going through this section, I was asked if I am a Flyer, a Neutral or a Worker. By their definitions, my style is NEUTRAL because sometimes I sit in one place on the flats, and sometimes I move around when climbing. Continuing on, I was asked about my flexibility followed by me having to enter my sit bone width. Finally, after selecting...

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