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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 Kuhnswrote a review of on May 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Terraduro is a simple, stylish, and comfortable shoe for whatever the trail throws your way. The sole is nice and grippy when you need to clip out of the pedals and the shoe provides a good platform to apply power to the drivetrain.

The velcro straps are great for dialing the right fit through the front of the shoe. The ratcheted buckle is easy to use and seems to hold up well.

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Ben Kuhnswrote a review of on April 5, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Easy installation and fantastic stopping power make these a pretty no-brainer purchase.

Obviously the rotor is only one half of the braking equation, but if you stay on top of your maintenance and make sure your brake pads are in good shape you will get plenty of use out of these rotors.

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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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