Archive | June, 2016

Next Door Brewing: Kaleidospoke APA

19 Jun
beer review from appleton

Beer in a bidon cage!

Could there be a more fitting name for an APA for me to review? I don’t think so. I’ve seen a few of Next Door’s beers at the store, but this is the first time I’ve tried one and once again, Wisconsin beers continue to bring a strong front. Continue reading

Product Review: Giant Surge

15 Jun

Hello beer cyclist followers! It’s been a long time! How were things for you while I was away? I’m happy to announce that I have finally emerged from the ‘let’s be depressed and hate ourself’ rock that I crawled under like 2 years ago. Whew, about damn time folks!

Anyway, more on that sprinkled into future posts, today I am going to talk to you about shoes! Yes shoes! Don’t worry, it’s apropos to the site, I’m talking about my new cycling shoes.

I was recently given the opportunity to try out a pair of Giant Surge race shoes from my wonderful bike shop, theRecyclist. For the past 3 years, I’d been riding a pair of the most basic Body Geometry shoes from Specialized. Not bad shoes, but I was in for a shock.

It really shouldn’t come as a surprise at this point, but often times when I get new gear I am surprised at how much of a difference it makes. Shoes are most assuredly no exception.

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The first thing I noticed about these shoes is the fit and the comfort. I kind of expected racing shoes to be uncomfortable, but these fit wonderfully. They way the BOAs are set up makes the tightening of the shoes holistic and balanced. I do have fairly wide feet, so finding shoes that fit me well is difficult when not considering performance. The one thing I have noticed after putting about 500+ miles on these shoes is that my big toes do get scrunched. To the point that I don’t think I would wear these on a century or anything, but I totally think that’s okay, the comfort up to the 50-70 mile range is great for this style of shoe.

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Giant is working with a sort of new technology with this shoe, and it’s the part I cant really speak much about as I don’t have much with which to compare. The bar on the bottom is supposed to provide torsional flex and improve pedal efficiency. I can’t say how much of a difference it makes, but the shoes are certainly stiff, yet move enough to not be painful to wear. At high speeds and while racing it’s good to not even think about what’s on my feet. The power transfer compared to my old Body Geometry shoes is staggering.

I would definitely recommend these shoes to other racers. Again, I don’t have a lot to compare, but the performance I’ve experienced is substantial.

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