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Same heat as the medium M.A. embro I've used for years. Smells the same, but yet just a little different. I little clove scent, and maybe a little black tea smell.
Same high quality embro from M.A. as one would expect. Peter has it figured. Just buy the best...
Pro-tip : Latex gloves. Thank me later.
So yeah, this is my 4th pair of Capo bibs over the last few years. And any more, Capo are by far the best bibs in rotation.
They fit perfectly (the size chart is dead on), and the materials are high quality, and very compressive. Bib straps are also the correct length. @ 6'1" and 180-ish, with a 34" inch waist, the XLs fit as they should.
And as an aside, stop being proud people. There seems to be some stigma attached to buying cycling clothing that fits properly. Buy what fits PROPERLY, not what your false pride tells you to buy, whether it's a medium, or a 2XL. Your ride partners, and your taint, will thank you later.
And as usual w/Capo bibs, the chamois is great. The correct size and thickness...no bunching. 4 hour rides are no issue.
And the wide leg bands are perfect. No grabby silicone, nor thin bands that feel like tourniquets.
And the other upshot of Capo clothing is that it seems to last a bit longer than other stuff. Higher quality materials, fit, and manufacturing processes tend to outlive cheap clothing.
And the graphics/design of the CC Rosa bibs is outstanding. The kit just looks SoPro. I'm waiting for someone else in town to jump on the bandwagon...as they usually do...
Just come off the extra coin, and buy Capo. Thank me later.
When one compares Capo clothing, especially higher end/custom kit, it's easy to see (and feel) why it's just better.
This jersey fits as cycling jerseys should. It's not skinsuit tight, nor is it a flappy mess in the breeze. The size chart is dead on as well. I'm 6'1" and 180-ish (more on the "ish" side of 180 at the moment, but let's not talk about that...), and the large fits perfectly. The body length is spot on, as are the sleeves. I have zero complaints.
The material is thin and breathable, and soft against the skin. Yeah...I'm a dude...that stuff matters to us too!
Another way to really tell if a jersey is high quality? The zipper.
And if you think that a zipper isn't a big deal, you don't ride enough, and should stop reading right now.
For those of you who stayed, the zipper is weighty, but never moves/makes noise. And it's easy to adjust with either hand.
The same cannot be said of some lesser jerseys...
And the graphics are great, as always from CC's design team. My wife snickered at me in pink, but I'm man enough to wear it. It's called style dear, look into it.
I'm quickly becoming a Capo convert...
Super light material. This would be a go-to jersey in a warm climate...and likely will be for me.
Great graphics. The design team at Backcountry did a great job with this kit.
Sizing is off a bit. The large sizes out big on me. I'm 6'1" and 180-ish, and it's a bit blousey. I probably could wear a medium without difficulty, and will likely order a medium in the near future.
We'll see about durability....
The material, construction, and fit are all better than the Competitive bibs I've reviewed previously.
The chamois is WORLDS better. They figured it out with the little vented cutouts that prevent bunching. Pretty smart.
And LG doubled up the material across the butt, because, well...ain't nobody got time for crack..
Sizing is different, again, than other LG offerings. I could have probably sized down, and may if I order another kit. No complaints thus far though.
Hoping these last a little longer than the CC kit from Garneau. We'll re-visit down the road.
Like butter on a bald monkey! Yeah, I don't know what the hell that means either...
I put these on my carbon wheel because they are a bit wider @ 24mm, and I've gotten quite used to riding my wide rim wheels with 23mm OC CX rubber.
--They're fast. They just roll.
--They're comfy. Wider = a bit less pressure. I'm 180-ish and ride then with 105 in front and 108 in back. Paired with Vitt latex tubes, the ride is sublime.
--Worried about your tires washing out in a turn. You won't be with these.
People ask why I ride top-shelf tires every day. I do it for the same reason a dog licks himself...because I can.
Seriously though, if you spend thousands on wheels, why bother with crap tires?
Sure, they won't wear as well as a set of Gatorskins, but they also don't ride like re-tread tractor trailer tires.
And yes, I date parts, and you should too. It lets one know when the part went into service, and the part's lifespan.
Already done a review. I love mine, and this deal is almost too good to pass up!!
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...
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!
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.
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".
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!
Rotor crankset with 7800 chainrings.
Is there enough volume in the shoe for orthotics?
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...
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.
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.
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...
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!!!
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.
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.
4 CX tubes for $6 bucks. Uh, OK. They work as tubes should. They hold air, and fit inside the tire. For the money, they're unbeatable...
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...