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John F

John Fwrote a review of on March 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The other reviewers pretty much nailed it: this is a REALLY comfortable shoe. Get them, you won't regret it! I used them for several training sessions on the trainer to get the cleats positioned and then wore them on a 2.5 hour ride yesterday. I thought my other shoes (Pearl Izumi Race Road IV) were comfy but these fit like a glove. The Pearl have BOA with a toe velcro strap yet feel loose by comparison. A few thoughts:
(1) Sizing is maybe 0.5 small if you go by the chart. My feet measure just under 11 1/2 on the metal gauge at a shoe store, which would be 45.5 according to the chart here. I got them in both 45.5 and 46.0. My toes just brushed the ends of the 45.5's, so I kept the 46's. I have needed 46.0's for various Pearls, so maybe it's a cycling shoe thing.
(2) Couldn't see the point of the included set of arch support insoles until I tried them, and boy do they make my feet feel at home! The medium ones work for me.
(3) The laces cleverly "stick" just enough that they don't loosen as you are doing them up. I leave the lower ones slightly loose for extra room in the toe box, and make the upper ones slightly tighter. Double knot the loops and they won't loosen as you ride.
(4) The material is thin and has lots of holes, which is great on hot days, not so much in chilly conditions. Yesterday was only mid-50's yet my toes got a bit cold. So with these shoes you may want shoe covers at temperatures where you would not need them with other cycling shoes.
The only problem with these shoes is that you have to figure out what you will do with the shoes you had before (assuming they are not worn out yet).

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John F

John Fwrote a review of on February 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Seems like a really nice shoe but unfortunately it runs small even by Pearl Izumi's standards, so I need a 46.5 - which is out of stock. I measured my feet on one of those metal gauges at a shoe store: left = 11 3/8, right 11 1/8. Based on the chart on this website I would need a 46 in Pearl Izumi's. I already had two sets of Pearl Izumi shoes in size 46 and they fit perfectly: X-Alp Seek VII's and Road Race IV's. So I ordered these in 46. Unfortunately, in these my toes just touch the ends. Looking at these and the Road Race IV's side by side, I can see that these are just a tad shorter. So back they go! A pity because I like them.

EDIT: Oops! Now I see that Bill S. had the same experience with the sizing of these shoes. I should have read his review before I ordered a set!

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John F

John Fwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After >10 years, the lever chuck on my alloy Specialized pump, always fussy to use, was getting even more finicky. Getting a rebuild kit seemed complicated, so I decided to just get a new pump. Given my nearsightedness, I wanted a large gauge. There is a confusing myriad of floor pumps available (why so many? Lezyne's alloy pump is produced with CNC, and their CNC pumps are alloy?) to this one, which I think cost less than my old Specialized one did. And works far better. I was looking for a Presta-only chuck, but Lezyne's ABS2 works great on Presta. The how-to-use video is here: http://www.lezyne.com/product-fpumps-hp-alloyY9.php#.V_9jCaOZNE4 . The long hose is also really appreciated.
The only possible improvement that comes to mind is a moveable red arrow on the gauge face that one could set to the desired pressure. Shoppers should be aware that the large gauge this pump has is available on only certain Lezyne pumps, not all of them.
This thing has a wonderful retro-tool look, nice because it lives with my bikes in my LR.

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John Fwrote a question about on October 10, 2016

Something is screwy with the weight listing here. It says "250g claimed" without specifying whether that is for the 23mm or the 25mm. In fact the Continental website lists 220g for the 23mm and 240g for the 25mm (folding versions of both, same as for the listing here). What's up? And Conti's weights for both versions are about the same as the weights they list for the All Season: 230g and 240g for the 23 and 25mm.

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John F

John Fwrote a review of on September 18, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm so glad that I gulped and bought these wheels after reading the comments here! I can feel the improved acceleration from their lighter weight, I think I roll along faster on them, they run perfectly true out of the box, zero issues with the brake pads. Two very minor niggles: (1) I got the same 10-speed Shimano cluster that is on my other set of wheels, and the spacer provided with these wheels puts the cluster slightly further outboard, so I have to adjust the rear derailleur cable a tad when I'm switching rear wheels, and (2) I think my other wheels (black Shimano WH-R-501A's) look better - but appearance is not the goal here!
According to Shimano's specs, the weight difference between the two wheelsets is 536g, or 1.1 lbs!! Adding 160g for folding vs wire bead 23mm Conti Gatorskins and 80g for Conti Race Light tubes vs standard ones gives me a total weight saving of 776g or 1.7lbs. And that's all at the rim, where one saves doubly: not only less mass to move down the road, but less rotating mass to accelerate (and for rotational inertia the weight at the rim multiplies by the radius of the wheel).

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