Archive for December, 2011

Worst Purchase of 2011: Shimano Sh M310 MTB Shoes

December 19, 2011

They don't look like instruments of torture....

But they are….I had almost resigned myself to not writing a worst purchase this year, because I had put these out of my mind….I did better than some. I “only” paid around $200 for my pair. I have worn Shimano MTB shoes since I bought my first MTB in 2000, the first generation was an awesome shoe (remember the neon Blue?) and the second generation shoes were simply the best things ever made, at least for me. But, after several years on two pair I needed new ones. I ordered these….It took about 30 minutes to figure out that these were the worst fucking shoes ever made. I can’t do 2 hours without having numb feet. I’m still riding them! Anytime I have a suck ass ride to do, I use these. I have to get something out of them, since I wasted $200 and a Time cleat. But, don’t be fooled. Obviously, everyone has figured this out and they are banging these out for 75% off all around the globe. It doesn’t matter that you can get a $400 pair of shoes for $82.50, don’t buy them.

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Best Purchase of 2011: Kool-Stop Brake Blocks—and the end of the season….

December 12, 2011

The Solution to Campy Brake Pads....

Wow, what a season finale. I did Jefferson Barracks for only my second Bubba of the year. Normally, that’s a great course for me, and it should have been. I did a practice lap with Mike Weiss and we were marveling at how well the course had handled the rain. But, when I got going the Fango’s were clogged and I was WAY overdressed. I probably had about 8psi too much in the tires, as well. Another finish in the bottom third….

But, the next week was my mom’s 81st birthday and there was a cross race in Tulsa. Unfortunately, I wound up meeting up with some old friends and partying until the wee hours of the morning. After 3 hours of sleep, I was seriously considering blowing off the race. But, I warmed up, cramped, stretched, and toed the line thinking I’d be lapped and left for dead, or would cramp out in 10 minutes. Instead, I was in the top ten with 2 laps down and decided to make sure I stayed that way. After a slugfest with a junior kid (which I won), I ended it 8th in the 3-4 race. Probably my best cross result in f0ur years. I’m still not doing nationals or worlds, unless it’s really warm and sunny that week….

As promised, my best purchase of 2011—Kool Stop Brake Blocks.

I’m a Campy guy, so notice which ones are posted. They’re the Shimano style blocks, and they work. You may have to shim them out with a washer from your campy brakes, but you’ll never have to change out the Campy Brake pads (an absolute nightmare, as any Campy person can attest). With these, you can also slide in and out carbon specific pads (I bought two sets this year, and one is onĀ  my R-33 stainless race bike), and change out pads just like Shimano people do….Best yet, the entire brake block set comes with two sets of pads, and costs the same as a set of Campy pads…..

Next up….Worst purchase of 2011…..