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ANDREW G.

ANDREW G.

ANDREW G.

ANDREW G.wrote a review of on November 30, 2018

Comfortable, Elegant Tape
4 5

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

I'm a 62 year old recreational cyclist, and I've done all of my own bicycle assembly and maintenance for the last 42 years. I generally do rides of 80-100 miles during the summer. For years I've been using older style handlebar tape like Bike Ribbon "Pro" tape, which is fairly stretchy but only provides a moderate amount of padding. My purchase of the Selle SMP Grip tape is my first use of a modern tape. I've been using the Selle SMP Glider seat since 2007, so I expect high quality from SMP products. The SMP Grip tape did not disappoint; it is a very nice product.

I think that the SMP tape is similar to the Lizard Skin and Supacaz tapes. Like those other tapes, the SMP tape is a 2-layer product, and is not very stretchy. Based on Competitive Cyclist reviews on those other tapes, during installation I avoided stretching the SMP tape to prevent tearing the outside layer and thus degrading the tape's service life. So, for the longer parts of the wrap, I had to fold the excess tape flat so that it would lie smooth and then be easily covered by the next turn of the wrap. I can still see some hints (dimples / shadows) of those creases in a few locations along the bars. Nonetheless, the appearance of the installed tape is attractive.

I've ridden a couple of 50 mile rides on the SMP tape. Overall, the tape is quite comfortable and grippy. It's a distinct improvement over my older tape. The stamped pattern in the SMP tape is evocative of car tire tread and provides a good grip. The SMP logos are small and discreet.

I was able to wrap my 42 cm c-c long reach handlebars well enough. For long reach bars of 44 cm c-c or wider, some additional tape length might help, but for standard reach bars up to 44 cm c-c the tape length is adequate.

I would buy the SMP tape again. The SMP performance (comfort and grip) is quite good, and is a distinct improvement over the Bike Ribbon tape I've been using.

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ANDREW G.

ANDREW G.wrote a review of on August 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I'm 60 years old and I've been cycling for 42 years. I ride centuries on a fairly regular basis. I'm of slim build, with a USA 10C, maybe 10.25C foot. I'm absolutely delighted with the Lake CX332 shoe. The size 44.5 is an excellent fit for me, in both width and volume. The carbon soles are nice and stiff, surprisingly effective, and perfectly comfortable. I've previously used the standard Sidi Genius shoe in size 44, which was a D width and was too wide and too large in volume for me. I've also test fit the narrow Sidi Genius shoe, which was about a B width and was too narrow and too small in volume. The Lake shoe's more square toe box was a better fit for me than the Sidi shoe, too. I'm now doing 70-80 miles rides regularly in the Lake CX332 shoes, with happy results. Andrew G.

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