In For Review: Diadora Speedracer Carbon R Cycling Shoes

I’ve needed a new pair of cycling shoes for a while. My old pair was several years old and had seen better days. They were truly a ‘beginners’ pair of cycling shoes as the outer sole was plastic, they weren’t stiff, and only had velcro as the closure system. So, as part of my ongoing bicycle fit I’m doing with @Victor at Bicycle Lab, I went ahead and bought a new pair of shoes. Diadora Speedracer Carbon R Specifications The Speedracer features a synthetic upper and a three closure system. The two lower closures are velcro while the top one is a four position micro-metric buckle. The upper is bonded to a stretch resistant outer cage for added support. It features a dual sole that has a carbon spine inside a fiberglass outer sole for stiffness. The shoe has full SPD and Look-type (three bolt) compatibility and is well ventilated with over 15 vent holes per shoe. First Impression I picked these cycling shoes up at a local bicycle store and had the opportunity to try them on before buying. I read some online reviews that indicated they ran a little small in size and I found that to be the case as I went with a size 45. They come with their own removable insole but I pulled them out so I could use my own. I have wide feet but found the fit to be very good. They are stiff. I knew I was losing a lot of power in my old shoes as they were almost as flimsy as a fish. There is no give in...

Shiverswear Lightweight Long Underwear Review

Several weeks ago I was contacted by Mary at Shiverswear and was asked if I’d like to review some of their long lightweight underwear. At first I was a little skeptical because long underwear wasn’t something I saw a cyclist being able to use. After looking at their website and seeing some of the applications I agreed and she shipped me three pairs. Detailed Product Information on Shiverswear From Shiverswear.com: Shivers are made of 5% Polyester (mostly in the sock and hip area to due its wear qualities), 10% spandex for elastic qualities, and 85% Nylon for strength and comfort. They’re cold-weather tested to keep you warm between 15F and 50F(-9.4C and 10C). Their unique design incorporates an attached sock that helps isolate your lower body from the waist to the feet from the cold. They also use a unique knitting process with special fibers that will keep you warm while out in the cold but will not cause you to sweat if you go indoors because your body is able to “breathe”. Shivers are 100% Made in the USA in Asheboro, North Carolina. Available Types: Mens, Womens, Boys, Girls Available Sizes: Small-XX Large based on gender, height, and weight Available Colors: Navy, Black, Grey, Ivory, Green, Pink (Womens and Girls only) Price: $14.99 (Boys and Girls); $17.99 (Mens and Womens) Related links: Shiverswear FAQs Shiverswear Lightweight Long Underwear Review My Shivers arrived in the mail and contained one pair of XL blue and one pair of XXL black (I also received an additional pair of XL black a couple of weeks later). When opening an individual package of...