Thanks for posting both of those. I like the looks of the Mavic shoes and was eyeing the Tempo and the Chasm (which seems to be pretty much a slightly upgraded Tempo with a carbon sole...probably not worth the price difference, though) for if/when my Nikes die. How do they seem in terms of durability, stiffness and walkability? Those are my main concerns and I've been spoiled: the uppers on my Nike Carnersos are crazy-durable, the sole is carbon, but they have a full rubber tread which is pretty rare. I hadn't heard of those socks, but they look really nice- may be worth a try sometime. My favorite socks are Smartwool Adrenalines (think I have about 4 or 5 pairs) and I just ordered a pair of these to try: http://www.realcyclist.com/roadbike/SWL0288/SmartWool-PhD-Cycling-Light-3-4-Crew-Sock-Mens.html I really like Merino wool socks for cycling as they give a bit more padding than standard ultra-thin cycling socks, they never seem to stretch, stink or wear out and they work well in a much bigger temperature range than most cycling socks. It's also nice that I can use the Smartwools for work/class, hiking, backpacking, mountain and road riding. In other news, I ordered a set of Capo bibs and a jersey a few days ago. I'll post here when I get some time on them.