Fresh Goods Friday 575 – Tah Dah! All the Fuzzy Feels

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This is a warm and fuzzy Fresh Goods Friday – good vibes all round, as you lot kindly donated over £1000 to World Bicycle Relief last weekend, which will get match funded and turn into something like 20 more kids on bikes in countries where they really need them to get around. Whoop! If you’re keen to keep supporting World Bicycle Relief, they’ve got a virtual Christmas card option for this year.

We’ve also got more warm fuzzies in the shape of this week’s thread of the week, and cold fuzzies thanks to Hannah’s fake commute injury. She could try and claim it was all part of a rad effort to learn crank flips, but the truth is she foolishly paused to take a photo with her foot on the pedal and the cargo bike in turbo.

Despite the leg egg, it was good to get outside. Before you all dash off to ride and gather your own leg eggs, here’s this week’s Fresh Goods Friday…

Specialized 2FO Cliplite

The newest addition to the Specialized shoe rack, the 2FO Cliplite. Featuring micro-adjustable BOA Li2 dials combined with a welded upper for a comfortable fit, cushioned EVA foam and SlipNot™ FG rubber sole.

Gloworm X2 1700

A neat little light that comes with more attachments and accessories than you can shake a stick at. Luckily there’s a tidy drawstring bag to keep the smaller items together. Note to light designers: all lights should come in drawstring bags so you can keep all the bits together! Charger, cables, attachments – how long have you spent rummaging trying to match up all the right bit from a box of various bike light accessories? Anyway. This particular light comes with a bar switch so you can alter the light on the go, and an app so you can modify the standard light settings. With a maximum 1700 lumens for 3 hours, you can cycle through the default brightness and flash settings, or use the app to customise them.

Wera Bicycle Set 4 – Colour Coded Hexagonal Socket & Torx L-Keys Set 9pcs

Very nice tools, not made of cheese, or chicken, now available from Chicken CycleKit. These L-Keys feature Wera’s Hex-Plus technology, which means the tool has a greater contact area with the head to prevent it being rounded out over time. This kit is designed to tackle all the bolt heads you might expect to find on a bike:

  • 2 x Hex-Plus 950 SPKL L-Keys (2mm, 2.5mm)
  • 5 x Hex-Plus 950 SPKL HF L-Keys (3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm)
  • 2 x TORX 967 SXL HF L-Keys (TX10, TX25)

Wera Bicycle Set 9 – Zyklop Ratchet Screwdriver Mini Case Set 10pcs

This mini kit is designed to be small enough to carry on the trail but to provide you with garage quality repair options. The slim design and fine-tooth mechanism of the ratchet, with its small return angle of only 6 degrees, makes it ideal reaching confined spaces on your bike. In the kit you get:

  • 1 x Zyklop 8001 A Mini Ratchet
  • 1 x Philips Head (PH) Bit 2 x 25mm
  • 6 x Hex-Plus Bits (2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm)
  • 2 x TORX Bits (TX25, TX10)

Wera Bicycle Set 3 – Kraftform Ratchet, Screwdriver & Socket Set 39pcs

This might be the ultimate portable kit. Not only do you get an extensive range of tools – ideal for storing in the car or van perhaps – but you also get an extra plastic sleeve so you can choose the tools you need to carry on the trail, much like the Bicycle Set 9 above. In it you’ll find:

  • 1 x Kraftform bit hand holder with Rapidaptor quick release chuck
  • 1 x Zyklop Ratchet
  • 1 x K Rapidaptor Universal bit holder
  • 1 x Nut spinner socket adaptor
  • 7 x HMA Zyklop ¼” Socket (5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, 8mm, 10mm, 13mm, 15mm)
  • 3 x TZ Philips Head Bits (PH 1, PH 2, PH 3)
  • 7 x TZ TORX Bits (TX10, TX15, TX20, TX25, TX27, TX30, TX40)
  • 3 x TZ Flat Head Screwdriver Bits (4mm, 4.5mm, 5.5mm)
  • 7 x Hex-Plus 89mm long Bits (2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm)
  • 5 x Hexagon Ball Head Bit (2.5mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm)
  • 2 x Tyre Lever

It’s a long Fresh Goods Friday this week. Have a musical interlude, for no particular reason other than the video contains blue sky.

Ion BD-Shin Pad Socks

  • Price: £39.99
  • From: Ion

These socks have memory foam protection in the shins and ankles to help with bashes and bangs. There can be fewer injuries that cause so much pain for so little actual injury than a bashed ankle bone. Hannah is thinking these might be very handy for a spot of BMX foam pit action.

Ion Logo and Scrub Gloves

  • Price: £19.99 (Logo, blue), £24.99 (Scrub)
  • From: Ion

Thin gloves for plenty of feel on the bars.You get a flexible mesh upper, and synthetic leather palm with silicone grippers. The slightly jazzier Scrubs come in a variety of outfit matching patterns and colours.

Ion Seek Amp Shoes

  • Price: £109.99
  • From: Ion

These might look like casual skate style shoes, but they include toe protection and some subtle padding around the ankle to help prevent crank strikes. Toes and heels have positive tread for more grip while walking, and Ion’s SUPTraction_Rubbercompound for grip on the pedals. Don’t confuse them with the ‘Seek’ version – it’s this Seek Amp that has the extra cushioning around the ankle.

Ion Scrub LS Tee

  • Price: £64.99
  • From: Ion

Made with an S.Café finish, which combines coffee grounds onto the yarn surface to offer up to 200% faster drying time compared to cotton, and also controls odour and gives UV protection. Mesh panels give ventilation, and there’s an integrated goggles/glasses wipe and lift pass pocket.

Ion Logo Shorts

  • Price: £64.99
  • From: Ion

Slightly shorter than some of their other shorts, the Logo women are lightweight and flexible thanks to its 2 way stretch fabric. Two zip pockets allow you to store away small stuff and an adjustable velcro waistband ensures a good fit.

Singletrack Sub In A Box – Member deal.

  • Price: £45.00 (Members price £22.50)
  • From: Singletrack

Christmas is almost upon us, and as part of our Singletrack member services…  we have come up with a mind blowing gift deal for full Singletrack members (that is print and/or digital subscribers, and Lifetime members).

Member Offer: Give a Singletrack “Sub In A Box” this Christmas, and it will not only be half price, but we will also throw in a Singletrack Birthday Tea Towel worth £11.99

In our famous Sub-in-a-Box package is a gift card with a unique voucher code for a year’s membership and full instructions on how to redeem this code. There’s also a copy of the latest issue of Singletrack magazine to get them reading straight away (no waiting weeks for the first issue to arrive). Plus in this offer there is also a tea towel.

Now, while this fine organic and rather cool tea towel would make a great gift, you don’t have to give it away. Keep it… sod them, they have just got a Sub In A Box. Consider it your reward for being so damned generous, whilst also helping out Singletrack a little.

To take advantage of this offer:

  1. Make sure you are logged in to get the member discount.
  2. Follow this link The Sub-In-A-Box – Singletrack Magazine (singletrackworld.com)
  3. Then, at checkout, add this discount code “Iamsobloodynice” to trigger the tea towel offer.
  4. Addresses: If you use your own address as the billing and delivery address, both the tea towel and Sub In A Box will be delivered to you, and you will need to pass the Sub In A Box on to your friend. If you use the gift receiver’s address for delivery, they will receive both the tea towel and Sub In A Box. There is only one parcel going out. We can’t send the Sub In A Box to one address, and the tea towel to another… got it?
  5. Terms and conditions apply. Offer ends 15/12/21. Discounted Sub In A Box offer is available to full Singletrack members only. We will be posting via untracked Royal mail. If we run out of Birthday Tea Towels, we may substitute for a free gift of equal or higher (not lower) value. If this happens, we will update this news story.

The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive volume 2.

The Rough-Stuff Fellowship Archive Volume 2 is another incredible 200+ page book of classic off road cycling photography. It is split into four sections covering England, Wales, Scotland, and elsewhere. It’s so much more than people pushing bikes in rain capes – but if you are into that scene then you are in rough stuff heaven. In the last chapter you will find some early days mountain biking with an account of the 1981 Rocky Mountain Cross Country with Joe Breeze, Charlie Kelly and Gary Fisher.

Whilst you may not relate to the old drop bar bikes that are being used, you must certainly be able to share the frustration of knee deep mud and cold river crossings. It is an incredible window into the genesis mountain biking, and is only a bobble hat and tartan thermos flask away from what we now call gravel biking.

EVOC FR Trail E-Ride 20 Backpack

It seems that everything these days can be made to be e-bike specific and this new bag from EVOC is no exception.


Offering 20 litres of storage, it is worthy of the term “feature-packed”. Starting with an inbuilt removable back protector and ventilated back system, the bag also comprises a proper hip belt with zipped storage pocket making it ideal for carrying heavier loads…..such as a spare e-bike battery! Yes, you read that right, there is an internal pocket sleeve in the main body of the bag that is designed to do just that. If that is you then this might just be the perfect bag for your next two battery adventure. Throw in more storage pockets than you can shake a stick at as well as a rain cover and emergency whistle and you have the makings of Ray Mear’s new favourite bag. Well, you would if it came in duck twill cotton and looked like it came out of the Ark.


Sanny is planning to do a future review but has already noted that the pocket is just the right size to hold a bottle of “ginger” (Irn Bru for those south of Gretna) or a tube of Lidl Pringle copies. 

Marin Tidy Trails Bag

This natty little bag is going to be part of an online feature coming very soon and forms the centrepiece of Marin’s global Tidy Trails initative. Made in Scotland by Montrose bags, it is the perfect little off the shoulder number for giving a little back and keeping your local trails tidy. Sanny has already nabbed this one and reckons he may have his work cut out for him given the recent bin strike in Glasgow which coincided with COP 26. 

Specialized Tactic helmet

The Tactic 4 is the latest addition to Specialized’s helmet collection. This one is designed for Trail and Enduro riders but with a big nod to the potentially higher impact speeds for those riding e-bikes. As such, it meets the NTA-8776 standard for e-bike certification. Compared to a regular XC helmet, there is quite a bit more coverage. The visor is fixed in one position and has been designed to work well with a wide range of glasses and goggles. There are even two larger vents at the front under the visor designed for placing the legs of sunglasses when not wearing them. The helmet comes with the anti-rotational MIPS safety system as standard and is available in a range of colours.

Forum Topic Of The Week

Each week we pick a forum topic that we think is amazing and give the author a prize. ‘Amazing’ can be defined in many ways and there are a lot of subsets, like funny, ridiculous, heart-warming, informative etc. In short, the criteria is wide and the winners will undoubtedly be varied and possibly arbitrary. But hey ho. A prize is a prize right?

In Charlie’s absence this week it has fallen to me, Mark, to pick our winner. Most weeks I’ll listen to a podcast called Freakonomics and this week’s winning topic reminds me of the sign-off that the host, Stephen Dubner uses at the end of each episode.

“Take care of yourself, and if you can, someone else.”

Freakonomics

This week we have a topic that we think falls in to the heartwarming subset. A tale of a forum user and rider who just went out to ride his bike and ended up in trouble and in need of help. That help came and the story, despite its painful beginning, is one of humanity and caring. So this week’s winner of a prize from Charlie’s merch shelf is user masterdabber.

Have a read of this…

And if Scott, Phil and Dean are listening, we have something for you too. If you know who they are, tell them to get in touch!

That’s all folks! Thanks for being here, have wonderful weekends, and we’ll see you all next week. Have yourselves a sad but sweet outro…

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  • Fresh Goods Friday 575 – Tah Dah! All the Fuzzy Feels
  • Premier Icon kelvin
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    I need those socks just for walking around the house.

    Premier Icon willard
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    Hmmmmm. I need a new pair of commuting SPDs and those Spec ones look like they might even be useable as normal shoes when I go to the office without normal shoes.

    Premier Icon desperatebicycle
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    Has that Specialized helmet got MIPS? I couldn’t tell 😀

    Premier Icon zerocool
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    Can anyone comment on whether they have found the Wera Hex Plus to be any better than a decent set of regular ones?

    Also what actually makes the EVOC bag ‘E-bike specific’?

    Premier Icon IHN
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    Specialized 2FO Cliplite
    Price: £175.00

    Mental

    Also what actually makes the EVOC bag ‘E-bike specific’?

    The price.

    I fully appreciate that this will come across as a miserable-middle-aged-man-moan, but the cost of this stuff is just crazy.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Can anyone comment on whether they have found the Wera Hex Plus to be any better than a decent set of regular ones?

    From 4mm upwards, yes. The smaller ones are worse than normal though (in my experience). I’d just buy 4, 5 & 6mm stainless Wera, and stick to your normal ones for sizes above and below.

    Oh look, more “things were cheaper than I were a lad” comments. Never gets old (I lie, it has).

    EDIT : that Wera little set in the wallet looks lovely though… drop Xmas present hints.

    Premier Icon oldnick
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    Was the designer of those Spesh shoes looking at an old transistor radio for inspiration?

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    Also what actually makes the EVOC bag ‘E-bike specific’?

    I did some research on this, by which I mean I read the article. It has a shaped pocket to fit ebike batteries in.

    Premier Icon duncancallum
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    What a tune by the pumpkins

    Premier Icon IHN
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    So it’s a bag that will carry stuff? That’s pretty groundbreaking.

    Premier Icon Vincent Gregory
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    Also what actually makes the EVOC bag ‘E-bike specific’?

    GF got one of those Evoc bags bundled with her Merida ebike – it’s just the internal compartment (that takes her spare battery she also got with the bike) that makes it “ebike specific”.

    One issue is the bag only comes in one size – unlike the normal FR bags with the back protector.

    Premier Icon jimmyt
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    As above comments, I also found the smaller Wera Hex plus to be a loose fit in the smaller sizes, the bigger are OK but overall, disappointing. The large ones live in the car for doing no more than fitting and removing front wheel axles now.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    So it’s a bag that will carry stuff? That’s pretty groundbreaking.

    If I’m carrying a bag with say, 6kg of stuff in it, I’d prefer a bag that kept the oddly shaped, 4kg lump in a fixed position, which this claims to. Others don’t. YMMV.

    Premier Icon kiwijohn
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    I kind of miss the 90’s…

    Premier Icon salad_dodger
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    So it’s a bag with an internal compartment? As IHN said, ground breaking.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    So it’s a bag with an internal compartment? As IHN said, ground breaking.

    Has anyone else made one where the compartment is designed for ebike batteries? I’m not saying it’s ground breaking, but it is better than not having one no?

    Premier Icon IHN
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    but it is better than not having one no?

    Yeah, probably, although I’m pretty sure you could just put the battery in the bottom of a ‘normal’ bag, and it wouldn’t move around much as it’s 4kg. £200 does seem steep though, and I fully admit that I’m getting increasingly intolerant of marketing horseshit, and it was the price of the Spesh pumps that initially raised my ire.

    On the latter point, I do get the feeling that STW Towers is accepting it more blindly than it used to. I remember back in the day that Chipps’ review of a Rapha jacket was, essentially, “come on Rapha, you’re just taking the piss”, I can’t imagine anything like that being done now.

    Premier Icon trailrunner
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    “This one is designed for Trail and Enduro riders but with a big nod to the potentially higher impact speeds for those riding e-bikes.” ?!?!?

    so I’ll need one on my pedal power only cross bike the next time I overtake an e-bike on the flat ??? or doing 40mph plus downhill on the road bike ???

    only time I see e-bikes going faster is uphill……

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    “come on Rapha, you’re just talking the piss”

    Wasn’t that the rubbish bin bag gilet? And a long time ago. Things cost more now. We don’t live back then. Today things cost more than many years ago non-shocker.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    Most integrated batteries are the length of a downtube so wouldn’t sit flat at the bottom of a rucksack, hence the need to have them in upright, where they would flop from side to side if not restrained.

    Nice to have rather than essential, but still worth doing, and very much ebike specific.

    Premier Icon IHN
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    Most integrated batteries are the length of a downtube so wouldn’t sit flat at the bottom of a rucksack, hence the need to have them in upright, where they would flop from side to side if not restrained.

    Ah, fair enough.

    Wasn’t that the rubbish bin bag gilet? And a long time ago. Things cost more now. We don’t live back then. Today things cost more than many years ago non-shocker.

    That was it, yeah. And I get things cost more now, and I get that, to a point, you get what you pay for. But it’s still possible to take the piss price-wise like, for example, a pair of pumps that are definitely in no way groundbreaking, for £175.

    Premier Icon Mark Alker
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    I bought a pair of walking boots for £195 last year.
    The Vans I’m wearing now cost £100 2 years ago.
    £175 for a pair of technical riding shoes is indeed a lot of cash but it’s a pair of shoes designed for a dedicated purpose, with specialist sole and twin Boa fastenings.

    Also, I remember reviewing shoes 20 years ago that cost £200.

    Premier Icon IHN
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    technical riding shoes…designed for a dedicated purpose

    Are they though? Let’s unpack..

    micro-adjustable BOA Li2 dials

    BOA’s not exactly bleeding edge, it’s been around for ages, so they can’t claim the ‘new, expensive tooling” angle (unlike, possibly, the £200 pair from 20 years ago that possibly had it)

    a welded upper

    and

    cushioned EVA foam

    Absolutely bog-standard outdoor-type shoe stuff, as featured on, for example, my Decathlon approach shoes that cost a third of the price

    SlipNot™ FG rubber sole.

    Come on now, it’s a rubber sole.

    Premier Icon Blackflag
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    Also what actually makes the EVOC bag ‘E-bike specific’?

    It has a waterproof side pocket to carry 20 fags and a lighter.

    Premier Icon doomanic
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    So where does the pork pie go?

    Premier Icon Brendan Meehan
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    Great Musical Interlude by the Pumpkins. Today from Siamese Dream.
    The Video owes an Artistic Debt to Antonioni’s Zabriskie Point

    B

    Premier Icon Calamity James
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    I’ve had a few pairs of Specialized 2FO’s over the years, great shoes and last well, but they’re not as nice looking/ value for money as they once were (is anything?!). Shame.

    And masterdabber, hope you’re in reasonably good health, and kudos to the guys that helped out. The world needs more people like that.

    Premier Icon 5plusn8
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    Massively ironic that a concept such as trail clearing, with the environment in mind, produces more consumerism in the form of a posh plastic bag to clean up the mess.

    Premier Icon Mark Alker
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    So IHN lets take this from another angle… What would you say would be a reasonable price for those shoes?

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Or alternatively… yes Decathlon make cheaper shoes… should Singletrack only cover cheaper shoes from retailers like them, or also more expensive ones from other brands that you might see in your bike shop?

    Premier Icon Kendo
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    £200 for a backpack is excessive to me personally, but seemingly not uncommon in the world of e-bike backpacks:
    group test
    I was more surprised at the cost of some fancy hex keys 🙂

    Premier Icon IHN
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    So IHN lets take this from another angle… What would you say would be a reasonable price for those shoes?

    Well, if they were about £100 quid, like the Ion ones, I’d be less of a miserable get.

    But to take it from another, another angle, what is it about those shoes that means they cost £100 more than these shoes? (I know they’re not cycling shoes, but using it as an example of a ‘specialist’ shoe from a known, quality, brand, with a similar amount of techno-waffle so one would assuming similar production costs)

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    Decathlon shoes are great value. More expensive shoes should still appear in FGF… why shouldn’t they?

    Premier Icon IHN
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    The ones I linked to are Merrells, but yeah, Decathlon’s own would cost even less (and probably be better quality).

    More expensive shoes should still appear in FGF… why shouldn’t they?

    I’m not saying they shouldn’t, people can obviously spend their money how they wish, but the reason people look to sites/magazines like STW is for honest, knowledgeable, advice and reviews.

    So, if Spesh want to charge £175 for shoes by spinning the line that they’re “technical riding shoes … designed for a dedicated purpose”, whereas, really, they’re pretty obviously a fairly bog-standard trainer with a mounting plate in the sole, why are STW buying the spin?

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    What’s your price limit for shoes that Singletrack should feature in FGF? Perhaps you could supply them with a list of max prices for all items.

    [ also remember that FGF features the RRP of new products, so not really fair to compare with shop prices for old products ]

    Premier Icon IHN
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    As above, I don’t care if FGF has £2000 shoes, my beef is the lack of critical appraisal by STW of whether they’re worth it. If they are, great. If they’re not, say so.

    Premier Icon kelvin
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    FGF isn’t reviews, it’s new stuff that that’s just landed with them to start trying out.

    Premier Icon IHN
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    I suppose that’s fair enough, although if I can just look at them and think “blimey, £175 is a bit punchy”, I don’t see why they can’t, and say so.

    Premier Icon idlejon
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    that they’re “technical riding shoes … designed for a dedicated purpose”, whereas, really, they’re pretty obviously a fairly bog-standard trainer with a mounting plate in the sole, why are STW buying the spin?

    I thought that any sensible debate would have finished after that got posted. A trainer made to look like a bike shoe? 😀

    Premier Icon IHN
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    I thought that any sensible debate would have finished after that got posted. A trainer made to look like a bike shoe?

    You’ve lost me, are you saying they’re not very similar in design and construction to a normal pump/trainer/walking shoe? I mean, if they’re not, and there’s more to it than I realise then fair enough, but I’m intrigued as to what it is.

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