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Published on June 3rd, 2012 | by Greg

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Chrome Kursk Shoes: Pedal Faster

Se­ri­ous bik­ers know that reg­u­lar street footwear can on­ly take you so far. Ten­nis shoes and sneak­ers look great and feel fine, un­til you’re try­ing to trav­el dozens of miles with max­i­mum ef­fi­cien­cy. Pret­ty quick­ly, you start won­der­ing if there are oth­er op­tions that can help the nat­u­ral mo­tion of your feet, and we’ve got good news: the an­swer is yes.

As with many en­thu­si­ast prod­ucts, to­day’s gear is not for ev­ery­one. If your pre­ferred method of cy­cling is a few mile jaunt, then you’re un­like­ly to need oth­er footwear op­tions. For the rest of you, Chrome of­fers a range of shoes to com­ple­ment their fa­mous mes­sen­ger bags. We’ve been us­ing the Chrome Kursk Pro shoes for the past month or so, which has been enough time to trav­el quite a dis­tance on our bikes.

Fea­tur­ing SPD-com­pat­i­ble cleat plates, they’re avail­able in black (like ours) and grey. If you don’t know the acronym, it’s for Shi­mano’s spe­cial ped­al sys­tem, which hooks in­to the shoes and al­lows great­ly im­proved ped­al­ing dy­nam­ics. They are al­so ap­par­ent­ly com­pat­i­ble with oth­er cli­p­less sys­tems as well. The look is clas­sic low-top, with stan­dard laces. These aren’t re­al­ly street shoes- they are pret­ty heavy, and the weight bal­ance is un­usu­al (thanks to a foot rock­er), plus the cleat plate does change the feel. They’re fine for some walk­ing though! And when bik­ing, the feel­ing is miles away from ‘reg­u­lar’ shoes- stiffer pres­sure and more nat­u­ral move­ments made us faster and def­i­nite­ly re­duced strain.

It’s not all ros­es. These aren’t su­per-breath­able, and we did find them a lit­tle awk­ward in the rain. All told, the Giro shoes we checked out re­cent­ly of­fered a bit more com­fort and a tighter, more se­cure feel, but def­i­nite­ly com­pro­mised on the style and street-wor­thi­ness. If you don’t want to look like you’re wear­ing weird shoes, and want a bit more mo­bil­i­ty, the Chrome Kursk Pros look great and are avail­able now for around $95. As their site warns, re­mem­ber to or­der them about 1/2 size small­er than your nor­mal­ly would! And they of­fer non-pro mod­els for those who like the look, but don’t need the built-in SPD-com­pat­i­bil­i­ty.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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