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Pretty damn good...
4 5

OK...we all know white tape is the way to go. Clean white tape is just so fresh and so clean (props to OutKast). And yes, it gets dirty, but that dirt is the sweat and suffering that one has amassed in the pursuit of this thing we call cycling. It's a badge of honor.
I don't worry about the guy with the clean tape. I worry about the guy with the dirty, worn tape.
This ProLogo stuff is good because :
It's easy to wrap. Plenty stretchy without feeling like it could tear/break at any moment.
It's plenty long for wide bars, and big hooks. Hell, I do the figure eight around the levers, AND have my tops double wrapped on 46cm Deda deeps. Still plenty of tape left over.
The "Double Touch" set up is pretty ingenious. It's normal tape at the bottom...up thru the hooks, but when the tape reached the levers, the "gel" begins. It does nothing to affect how the tape is wrapped, unlike some thicker tapes. Still stretchy...still wraps evenly.
It's damn grippy, even when wet...and without gloves. And the tape FEELS good in the hands. Some tape just doesn't "feel" right. If you ride enough, you know what I'm talking about.
For the regular price, it's better than it's "cork" competitors. At the $12 sale price, there's really no need to consider anything else.
As for the wear question, we'll see...it'll be changed out far before it's "worn" out.
Which brings us to a "Pro-Tip" :
Change your bar tape people. Sweat runs down your arms, to your hands, and is absorbed by your tape. Then it sits on your bars, doing it's salty best to eat a hole thru the aluminum. Oh yes, it happens...a lot...

And there we are...

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5 5

Defeet changed my beloved Levitator Lites. Change doesn't always mean moving forward however. Look at Selle Italia, and the changes they made to the Flite saddle a few years ago. They ruined it...and forced many of us to become de facto hoarders of pre-06 Flite Ti saddles. No, I will not sell you one of mine!!
Ok, back to the socks.
The foot section of the Levitator Lites remains unchanged. Form fitting, plenty stretchy and light weight. They aren't padded, and are cool on the foot. No volume issues in tight shoes, which is a good thing.
The change came in the collar of the sock. You know, the tall part that covers your ankle?
The old Levitator socks had the problem of the collar stretching out, and becoming a bit droopy. It wasn't an immediate issue, as it only occurred after several dozen wears and washings.
The new collar is the same as the Cyclismo socks. Sort of a waffle fabric affair. Still light, still tall, but a bit tighter weave on the fabric, which leads to them staying where one put them.
They are also a bit more compressive too.
The 5" cuff is still profi, unless you have short legs. Let's face it...socks that touch the bottom of your calf are too tall!!
Defeet is the standard for cycling socks, regardless of the sock, or the manner in which one rides a bicycle.
And the fact that the socks are simple in both the design, and graphics, is also appealing.
I don't know if you are like me, but I don't own any socks other than cycling socks. Hell, I wore black cycling socks with my tux when I got married!
The fact that wearing the Levitator Lites with sneakers doesn't make one look like a goof is much appreciated!

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So so flouro...
5 5

Admittedly, I'm a Diadora fan boy. I've strayed in the past, but always come back. At the moment, there are three pair of Diadora carbon soled shoes lined up under my dresser.
I've been in the Pro Racers for about a year, and love them. The difference between the PR and the Jets is pretty wide. Like my children, one isn't necessarily better than the other, but they are very different.
The PRs are a Sidi fit. Narrow toe box, tight thru the forefoot. They fit great, but you know they are there.
The Jets fit like my ProTrail 2 MTB shoes. Roomy toebox, yet still very secure on the foot. No slipping, and the tried and true two strap/one buckle set up.
They're LIGHT and STIFF. No flex at all.
Plenty of volume as well. I have insoles, and wedges inside the shoes. No issue. And the soles are dead ass flat, so if you need wedges under your cleats, you can rock them. If not, they don't force your feet into an unnatural position, like certain shoes from a company that starts with S. (Don't want to mention them...might get sued!)
And let's be frank, the flouro yellow is #sopro. Sure, it might be a fad, but for what I paid for these shoes, I'll ride the wave for a while.
We'll see how they wear, but if they are at all like the Diadoras I've owned in the past, I can't see premature failure being an issue.

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5 5

So I ordered a pair of these, and as the other review stated, LG's size chart is overly optimistic. The issue is that taking a dump on the product because the size chart is off isn't really a review now, is it?
Fortunately, the large bibs I ordered fit one of my ride buddies, so he ordered a XL, and we traded. See...easy peasy.
Whatever size you normally ride, go up one. I wear large in Pactimo and Hincapie, and the XL Garneau bibs fit me perfectly.
The Good :
Super nice material. Holy compression Batman. They aren't tight for the sake of it, or because they're too small. The material is designed to be compressive in order to help your muscles. And it does just that. They felt odd at first, but after an hour, you just forget them. It honestly feels like you aren't wearing bibs. There's ZERO adjustment needed mid-ride.
They look great. Simple colors. Simple logos.
The pad is big...bigger than some (Giordana), but in NO way does it give you the damp diaper feeling that some other bibs with 3D pads can give. And the nature of the bib material keeps it where it needs to be...on your important bits. Again...ZERO adjustments needed.
Strap length is perfect, and the front of the bib is a good length. It doesn't come up to your nipples, nor does it push your stomach out the opening, a la Castelli.
Inseam length is spot on as well. And speaking off, the lycra band at the bottom is great. Didn't think I'd like it, but it never creeped up, and didn't give the much feared and hated "sausage legs".
The bad?
Haven't found anything bad about them yet. Hell, in all honesty, as soon as I got home from the ride, I ordered another pair.
For reference, I'm 6'1" and 180. XLs fit me perfectly. My aforementioned ride partner? He's 5'7" and 165. The large bib fit him well. Go by weight on these, as the lengths aren't that different. 170-ish is about as big as will fit into the large.
Time will tell about wear and tear, but for now, these are the best I own!

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5 5

I'm a DeFeet fanboy. I probably have more DeFeet socks (all models) than most people. It's a problem. I'm not getting help, SO STOP PUSHING ME MAN!
Sorry for the outburst...
Anyway...
These seem to fit a bit better, and are slightly more compressive, and that's a good thing. Plus the 5" cuffs. Sh*t just looks pro, which is half the battle anyway, right?
And they are thin! No issue wearing them with the tight road shoes. You listening Hincapie?
I'm amassing another CC order right now, and a couple more pair of Cyclismo socks will be on that order.

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Huh...a week? Don't know where you got that info. I actually get FEWER flats with latex, as when paired with a high tpi tire, the combination is MORE supple, and tends to run over road debris, rather than having the debris get forced thru the tire, into the tube.
I actually DID have a flat a couple of weeks ago, and the latex tube leaked about half of it's air, then stopped. I rode 5 miles to the store stop on 50-60psi without issue. Never had a butyl tube do that. (Veloflex tire. It had a cut THRU the tread and casing)
And honestly, if one invests $5000 on a bike, and rides $1000+ wheels, and $75 tires, why would one use a $4 butyl tube?

George, I am disappoint...
2 5

These socks are made here, and they honestly look a bit like DeFeet is doing them.
Let's start with the + :
They look good. Simple. Plain. Clean. I like that.
They're tall. 5 inch cuffs. I have size 46 feet, and they fit just fine.
That's about it for the pluseseses....
Now for where Hincapie fell down :
They're too damn thick. The tops/cuffs are perfect. The foot part of the sock is rather tube sock-esque. I simply cannot wear them with my road shoes.
Sure, I wear narrow Italian shoes...Diadora...cough...cough...but DAMN. One shouldn't be forced into a higher volume shoe because their socks are thick. Even loosening the straps didn't help!
Hell, even in my Nike running shoes, the socks just FEEL thick. The soles just squirm under foot.
And they don't breathe. As I'm sitting here typing this, my feet are hot. I cannot imagine trying to wear these on a 90 degree, South Carolina, July day.
BRB...
OK...changed socks...much better.
If Defeet makes these, and again, I suspect they do, just order a run of Levitator Lites, and slap the "H" logo on them. Easy peasy...
I like Hincapie clothing. I know Richie. Gotta go all Grumpy Cat on this one and say...
NO!

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Just like Quizno's...Mmmmm...toasty...
4 5

Open note to other embro makers :
In the wise words of Ric Flair, "If you wanna be the best, you gotta beat the best...WHOOOOOO...!"
Mad Alchemy embro is the best, period, and unless you live in the frozen tundra, somewhere North of say...Tennessee, anything stronger than medium heat level isn't necessary.
Above say, 55 degrees, put on a light layer, and head out the door.
45-55, go a little heavier, and you'll be all good. No knee warmers required.
The guns are protected from the cold, the breeze, and the wet. Actually, the wet makes the embro WARMER, which is always good. Better than rolling around in wet knee warmers...
It also opens the legs a bit by drawing blood to the surface skin of the legs. Yeah, it does. It's been proven. It's science.
Now for your warning(s)/tips :
Wear surgical gloves when applying. Trust me, it just makes the job easier, cleaner, and will save you trouble down the road.
Trouble you say? Yeah...
If you choose NOT to wear gloves, wash your hands like you just handled nuclear fuel rods. I mean a 'Silkwood' scrub down.
And once you're out, be VERY aware of touching your legs.
Should you decide to rub your nose, lips, or eyes, you will experience a feeling akin to being maced. Also be aware of it when making adjustments to the privatest of areas.
The burn...THE BUUUUURRRRNNNNNN!
A simple scrub in the shower, with a soapy washcloth, will remove the embro. The heat will linger for a while, keeping you plenty warm after returning from a chilly ride.
It takes a little more time, and discipline, to rock to embro, but it's worth it.
Plus, it's just flipping SO EURO!!!

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So, I've used the M.A. "pro" chamois cream for a long while. M.A. was out of it, so I ordered the La Femme. Same stuff, but with more essential oils, and antibacterial properties. Okay.
Jump forward a couple of years...
Still using the La Femme. It's thinner, lighter, and smells oh-so-good.
It's chock full of good stuff that will keep your under-carriage in top operating condition, regardless of internal, or external plumbing.
I'm a big M.A. fanboy, and use ONLY M.A. chamois creams and embros. Peter knows what he's doing, and he does it well.

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Hey man, I don't know what they mean by "contoured", but the fit is more on the American side than the full-on Italian/Euro super skinny dude cut. I'm 6'1 and 180. The large fits me pretty well. Hell, the sleeves are actually a little long, and a little loose for my taste. Nothing my sewing machine can't fix...
I'd say the size chart is dead on....

5 5

If one has a multi-thousand dollar bike, that rolls on high dollar wheels, shod with tires that cost more than those on your car, why would one run a cheap-ass butyl tubes? Seriously. I never understood it. Still don't...
If you run crap tires, again...why?, then a butyl tube is largely peeing into the breeze. If you are running a high TPI, performance oriented tire (Vitt OC, Conti 4000S, Veloflex, Challenge, etc.), then there's little reason NOT to run latex.
They improve ride quality, and lower rolling resistance. Don't shake your head, it's been proven...
As for the cost, swing by your LBS, and check out how much a lightweight, long valve butyl tube is going for. Yeah...$12-15. At that point, just spend the extra couple of bucks, and get Latex. Just buy a smaller cup of coffee for a few days to make up the difference!
I run these things in my Vitt OC CX, and OC SC tires. Like butter on a bald monkey....smoooooth.
And (knocks on wood), I seem to get less punctures, as the supple tire, mated with a supple tube, inflated to the correct pressure, just seems to roll OVER road debris, instead of picking it up. Yes, this has been proven too...
Sure, have a crappy butyl tube in your saddle bag, but only to get you home.

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Shield your eyes...
5 5

Glowing is a bit of an understatement for the orange. Flouro on EPO? Hi-Vis on hi-test? In all honesty, it's just as all Deda tape is...pretty good. Plenty long enough, even for double wrapped tops, and big hooks.
As appearances go, it's insane.
When I wrapped the bars, I tried to get a picture to illustrate the color to some riding friends.
I used THREE different cameras. Two point and shoot, and our digital SLR. None took a shot worth a damn. The orange just KILLED the metering.
I guess I'm an early adopter in this town, as three of my ride partners have ordered it since seeing mine. Bandwagon jumpers...
Wish there was a hi-vis red, so I could throw it on the road bike too.
Between this tape, and my hi-vis socks, armwarmers, shoe covers, and helmet, I should be ok on the night rides.
If I get hit, they were trying...

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So flouro...
5 5

Great gloves. Not terribly heavy in weight, so they can be worn in Summer while on the CX or MTB. Hell, I'd probably race a crit in them in we didn't live in the most humid place on the damn planet.
They fit great, and are lightly padded, so one doesn't wadded up feeling when holding the bars. The little grippy silicone bits on the fingertips are a nice touch as well.
And for the $, you really cannot beat them. My last pair of Giro gloves just gave up after almost three years...myriad rides...and the construction of a pirate ship. Yes, you read that correctly!
The flouro is easily seen as well. If you point to where you are turning, cagers can damn sure your hands. If they can't, well...

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A comfort bike, it ain't....
5 5

Built up pretty nicely. Not as light as my old Helium, but DEFINITELY has more aero properties. Crazy tube shapes, tucked in rear wheel, and internal cable routing. Speaking of internal routing, I understand it, but what a pain in the ass. The rear brake is full housing, through the top tube, and it was pretty easy, which lulled me into a false sense of security.
The gear cables were the old 'push-pull-until-you-find-the-hole' exercise. It was cool though, as I had a lot of practice with this through high school and college...wink, wink!
It's a race bike. It's not a "comfort" road bike, a la the Roubaix, or Domane, or even the old Helium.
It's comfortable, and smooth, as long as the road is the same. On rough, pot-holed, choppy pavement, the ride is not what one would call compliant. And I'm running 25c Vittorias @ 100-ish PSI.
It's tolerable for a rider that weighs more than 170 pounds, or doesn't mind the harshness. Fortunately, I'm both.
If you want a comfy, plush, cushy ride, look elsewhere.
That being said, yesterday was the first time I put an anger to the pedals, and I can assure you, it JUMPS forward when given the whip. No wasted motion or energy, AT ALL!

Turn in is quick, yet very predictable, like all Ridley frames. No drama in a hard turn. Lean it in, and the Noah rails through.
Outputs occur quickly. There's little need for big efforts to make it change line. Small inputs are all that is needed to get around holes in the road, or drop it into a corner.
It's not twitchy...no way. I rode it no-handed without issue. Let's say...it's direct.
It's a hard-edged sports car in a World filled with Camrys.
The aero thing is truly odd too. At lower speeds, it rides like a normal, really stiff bike. Once the speeds climb into the mid-high 20s, I liken it to a speedboat getting up on plane. It smoothes out, and feels like it wants to go forward. Ridley says it's fast, and it is!

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Really nice jersey. Great material and great fit and finish. The colors also really pop, and will be noticeable in traffic. My only issue is the sizing. The large I got is definitely somewhere between race and club cut. It's not horribly tight, but then again, most folks don't want to look like they're wrapped in sausage casing!
I may pro-dog it, and take the jersey to my seamstress to get it taken in a bit. Then again, I may just eat more cookies and fill it out!! :)

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