Shimano R132 shoes review£119.99

Carbon-soled road kicks

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Over the past few years carbon fibre has infiltrated just about every area of cycling. The qualities that make it so good for bike design – the ability to work it into different forms, lightness and strength – make it ideal for products like this.

After all, if you’re making the bike as stiff and efficient as possible, you don’t want your shoes to be flexing every which way as you pedal.

The R132s are a stiff pair of SPD and Look-compatible road shoes. There are small treads front and rear to help when walking, and the double buckle and ratchet make sure they stay snug.

Overall, this is a good quality pair of road shoes at a not unreasonable price – but check the sizing as they do come up quite small.

Simon has been cycling for as long as he can remember, and more seriously since his time at university in the Dark Ages (the 1980s). This has taken in time trialling, duathlon and triathlon and he has toured extensively in Asia and Australasia, including riding solo 2900km from Cairns to Melbourne. He now mainly rides as a long-distance commuter and leisure/fitness rider. He has been testing bikes and working for Cycling Plus in various capacities for nearly 20 years.
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 175cm / 5'9
  • Weight: 75kg /165lb
  • Waist: 33in
  • Discipline: Road, touring, commuting
  • Current Bikes: Rose SL3000, Hewitt steel tourer
  • Beer of Choice: Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • Location: Bath, UK

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