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Introducing the New Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Road Shoes

Introducing the New Shimano S-Phyre RC902 Road Shoes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Shimano has a reputation for putting out reliable equipment, be in apparel or bicycle components alike. They may not always be on the cutting edge, but they'll always be well-considered. This extends to Shimano's top shoe, the S-Phyre. New for this fall is the Shimano S-Phyre RC902 road shoe, a...
Understanding the Meaning of Lotoja

Understanding the Meaning of Lotoja

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Photos by Cody Wignall, et al. I moved to Salt Lake City late August 2016 and started working at Contender Bicycles at the beginning of September of that year. I wasn’t new to working in bike shops, but one phrase consistently befuddled me because it wasn’t a real word. As...
Bringing the Heat: Shimano S-Phyre RC901 Shoe in Review

Bringing the Heat: Shimano S-Phyre RC901 Shoe in Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Shimano S-Phyre shoe line is still relatively new, but it has been a revelation within the Shimano shoe line. Past Shimano shoes have given the brand a bit of a reputation as a purveyor of shoes that were clunky but comfy, unpleasant to look at yet effortlessly comfortable on...
One Year in Review: Shimano S-Phyre Bib Shorts and Jersey

One Year in Review: Shimano S-Phyre Bib Shorts and Jersey

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

A year of consistent partnership can tell you a lot about a person, but a year of consistent use with a pair of bib shorts and jersey means you know everything about the kit short of their social security number. After a year of wearing the recently-released second generation Shimano...
Kask Valegro, the Airhead's Helmet

Kask Valegro, the Airhead's Helmet

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Helmets like the Giro Synthe and Kask Protone are among the most popular road helmets on the market (and at our shop), thanks largely to their combination of technology and good looks. However, if there’s anything that is immediately apparent with these helmets, it's that they’re chosen for their comfort...