With gran fondo season kicking off around the country and glorious spring already giving way to premature summer heat, it's time to get kitted up for riding season. We've been testing stacks of gear for the past few months and will bring you a series of head-to-head reviews in coming weeks, starting with road bike cleats.
Though we tend to obsess about saddles and shorts when considering comfort on the bike (and those things are imminently important), a great-fitting shoe is nearly as critical. Here are our top picks of the dozen or so we've tried this year.
Sidi Ergo 3, Liquigas Special Edition ($500)
Debuted at the Giro d’Italia by Ivan Basso and team Liqiugas-Cannondale, these new Ergo 3s are sure to polarize with their flashy looks. If you like them (I do!), get ‘em quick as Sidi will only sell 50 pairs in the United States and you'll be relegated to the standard Ergo 3s (the same shoe in different colorways) when these are gone. But this is much more than just a fashion-forward race cleat.