We try stuff out.
My TCX boots have been with me now for nine years. They really are my ‘sole’ mate, but despite my best attempts to ignore the fact they’re nearing the end of their natural life, I still pull them on my trotters on a daily basis. They are so comfortable I’d often slip them on to nip to the shops even when I wasn’t taking the bike! They aren’t the lairiest looking boots in the world, and that’s another reason why we get on so well. They offer me weather protection in winter months yet cause me no discomfort on those rare hot and balmy days: they’ve been the perfect all-rounder. The black leather uppers have lasted well, and despite me never treating them to the array of weather protective products out there, they’ve always looked smart. In the last few weeks though I’ve become aware of the odd crack in the leather, and I’ve had the odd soggy sock as a result when out riding in the rain. There’s a part of my brain that wants to blank it out, but I have to face facts, my boots are dying. The soles are still good despite the many miles I’ve walked on them. The moulded pattern on the oil and petrol resistant sole is now smooth to the touch in places, and it’s only a matter of time before another leak zone emerges. I must have yanked the zips a zillion times over the last seven years, which is often a weak spot on any biking kit. These zips still operate perfectly; likewise the velcro still clings together. I’ve worn these boots in all weathers and have ridden all sorts of bikes in them. From the thousands of miles me and my CBR1000F clocked up to riding exotic bikes like the Honda NR750, or more recently the Kawasaki supercharged H2 for magazine articles, it’s always been my TCX footwear resting on the pegs and tapping away on the gear lever. I might be able to get the rest of the summer from them, but when autumn arrives I know I’ll have to retire them. It’s a no brainer on what I’ll get to replace them, and I look forward to writing a review in 2023 about how bootiful my new boots were.