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Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhns

Salt Lake City, UT

Ben Kuhns's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Ben Kuhns's Bio

I photograph as a profession and a passion - a rarity and privilege that is not lost on me.

I am the lead photographer for the online retailer Competitive Cyclist and a partner with small creative firm Lunar / Solar. On top of my professional pursuits, I find time to do personal work and occasionally volunteer to teach others in the field.

Bio:

A flatlander from the heartland turned alpine convert. He's heard every ginger joke you can think of, but invites you to try all the same. Rooted in visual pursuits since his earliest days the camera has become the driving creative force in his life.

With any hope of a normal life long ago cast aside he thrives on the pressures and demands of the modern photographer. Pre-dawn set calls, blaring rock concerts and red-eye editing sessions are the only drugs he needs. He hates talking about which camera brand is the best; but for the record its Nikon. He does not shoot weddings.

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Ben Kuhns

Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 10, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

With three seemingly very similar winter jacket options from De Marchi, I admit to some confusion about which to buy initially.

The 3-Season won out for its use of Schoeller's C-Change technology and the addition of a small zippered chest pocket. The fit proved to be this piece's undoing though; whether it is the cut or the fabric selection the jacket billows out in the stomach. While a wafer thin roadie I am not, I also don't pack around the paunch that this jacket appears to give me.

I returned the 3-season and swapped for the De Marchi Hardshell, a piece I am VERY happy with. My review of the hardshell is here: http://bit.ly/1bvhn1b

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on December 10, 2013

My go-to winter piece.
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

De Marchi - The unsung hero of the cycling apparel world.

This Italian thoroughbred of thermal regulation is a nearly perfect weapon of choice for cold season riding. Fabric selection, killer fit, and minimalist styling are the loaded bases with this piece with competitive price delivering the grand-slam.

The Schoeller fabric works some serious "feel it to believe it" voodoo - retaining or dumping heat as needed throughout my ride. I'm rethinking how I layer for winter riding in Utah with this jacket; a solid base layer and the hardshell may be all I need on many days.

I'm 6'3 and 190 lbs, the XL proves to be a solid, tailored fit for me. I could probably wear a large in the body, but my long arms typically push me to XL to get the sleeve length I need. Styling definitely shares the stage with pieces from brands like Search & State, no beating you over the head with branding.

My sole complaint comes from the back pocket. Generously sized and accessible from either side of the back, the pocket would be perfect if I could get it open while wearing the jacket. The mesh that lines the pocket interior catches and jams the zippers frequently requiring that I remove the jacket completely to free the mechanism. I've docked a star for this unfortunate problem, but with a jersey underneath to carry whatever I need, it is hardly a deal breaker for me.

And while I'm convinced it's more for vanity than anything else, that snap collar is oh so good.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What could be said that hasn't already been complimented below?

In short, this stuff makes for the perfect introduction to what you've been missing in the world of cork bar tape. Color selection is superb (I went with Celeste, mandatory color selection for my Bianchi). Tape feels great under the hands and you get more than enough tape to do a solid wrap job.

If I'm paying for it, this is my go-to tape.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Who would have thought?

My biggest regret was waiting until the tail end of summer to pick one of these up. The jersey is fantastically light weight and breathes very well. For 90+ degree rides I have a hard time reaching for any other jersey now.

This is the first piece from Craft that I have owned. Construction seems right up there with best from other big name brands. Being very fair skinned, and echoing previous reviews, sunscreen under this thing is mandatory - it's that thin. If you're one to get self conscious when you kit up, this may not be the jersey for you as it is more or less see through.

But if staying cool is the priority, you really can't go wrong with this one.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I admittedly agonized over which OF mount to purchase for my Edge 510. So far, I am beyond happy with the BarFly 2.0.

Installation was beyond simple, though users should be careful when mounting to your handlebars - I imagine you could bend or break the plastic if you apply to much force.

Once installed, I've found it to be nothing short of perfect in use. The Garmin attaches with ease and feels 100% secure. The dual mounting positions on the BarFly seems elegant, but with the size of the Edge 510 only the front mounting point works.

Can't beat this bad boy for the price.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 3, 2013

5 5

About says it all doesn't it?

The light is about the size of a cigarette light in your car (if your car still has one of those). The multiple light modes are handy and all seem to work very well. The light mounted easily to my seat post under my saddle bag and has stayed secure even on poorly maintained city roads.

The built in male USB plug makes charging a breeze - no need to remember where you put the cable. Charging port is well protected when the rear cap is on.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 3, 2013

5 5

Small size, lightweight, and more than enough power make this a pretty ideal commuting light.

Construction is rugged and I have no doubts as to the weatherproofing. Charging port is covered by a tight sealing rubber cover (also, USB charging is rad). The beam is nicely focused and provides more than enough forward visibility while catching the attention of oncoming traffic.

Very solid purchase and worth the slightly higher price. Buy it once and enjoy it for years.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 3, 2013

5 5

GORE was not messing around with this one. These are made for the coldest winter rides only - take these out on an early spring spin and your feet will be roasting.

But when the temps hit the 20s and below, these are one hell of an asset. Wind does not get through and interior insulation is left to do its job of keeping those pedaling digits toasty warm.

Reflective details are a nice touch, you can never be too visible on the road.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 3, 2013

4 5

What can you really say about a bike pump? Perhaps you have some questions I could answer.

You might wonder, does it pump air?
Why yes it does, and quite well in fact. It even sports a pressure gauge so you know how much air you've pumped.

Is it easy to connect to the valve?
Incredibly so. That threaded chuck works a charm and ensures a tight seal while airing up. The built in pressure bleeder is a great addition as well.

Can I run it over with my car?
Probably not. While the build is by no means to be considered cheap, it isn't the burliest pump money can buy. Treat it well and it will keep the tires on favorite whip happy for years to come.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 3, 2013

5 5

I loathe the trainer. Not even sipping on a cold brew during an indoor spin could make me enjoy the experience of pedaling on that stupid fluid roller.

So out into the cold Utah I went to spin on some real roads, snow be damned. I searched and purchased several gloves before wiser minds steered me towards the lobster style for the coldest of riding days. This is clearly the way to go for winter riding; leaving fingers to fend for themselves in standard gloves simply does not do the trick.

With these babies, I could easily tackle temps in the 20s. Low teens probably merit the use of an additional liner to keep those digits toasty, but still doable. The lobster style does take some getting used to when operating your brakes/shifters, however the benefits of warmth will make this an easy adjustment for you. Highly recommended.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on June 3, 2013

5 5

This has to be one of the most versatile pieces of cycling clothing I own.

I can wear it short-sleeve, long-sleeve, in the wind, in the rain, and it takes it all in stride. The fabric is heavy enough and protective enough to negate the need for a dedicated jacket or wind vest in early spring or fall conditions. It is definitely too heavy to wear in the heat of a Utah summer, but that is not what it was made for.

The removable sleeves are a wonderful feature and definitely beat a pair of arm warmers when it comes to comfort. The previous reviewer is right to mention the difficulty of removing or installing the sleeves. I can take them off without assistance, but to put them back on I need to remove the jersey or have someone help.

That minor grip aside, show me a more versatile cycling top for early season riding and I'll happily switch. Until then, I'll be rocking the Gabba with a big grin on my face.

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