"I bought my Giant Defy 1 a few months ago and had endless troubles with the stock tires that came with the bike. In four days of cycling I suffered five different punctures.
I have had the Gatorskins for about a month now and they have been outstanding. I've not even had a sign of a puncture coming.
If there's one thing you should be aware of when buying these, it is that you'll probably have some difficulty fitting the tyre to the rim -- I bruised my thumb trying to do it!"
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, High Quality, Rugged
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Shimano R078 SPD-SL Road Shoes
Competition level SPD-SL road shoes with Shimano Dynalast ergonomic shaping and sole technology for optimum energy transfer. The R078 features 3 off-set straps, a lightweight glass fibre reinforced-polyamide sole and a breathable mesh/synthetic upper.
"With the adjustable straps, this shoe will fit whatever foot it's intended for. The only major complaint that I would have is the mesh at the front of the toe (intended to make the shoe breathable, I assume) which doesn't do a great job at keeping water out during wet weather or the cold out during the cooler winter months. Other than that, it's a recommended purchase."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, Adjustable, Good Fit