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Christy J

Christy J

Salt Lake City, Wasatch Front, The mountains of Utah and surrounding states

Christy J's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Christy J's Bio

I was raised in Yokosuka, Japan as a military brat. Bikes were always part of my life since your mamachari is how you get around. I moved to Northern Utah for college and discovered this magical thing called 'mountain biking'. I was hooked and began teaching myself how to work on my bike. One thing lead to another and pretty soon road biking, cyclocross, and wrenching in shops became my thing.

I'm a wheel nerd at heart, and have worked as wheel builder and tester and love all things involving wheels. So call me if you have questions about a potential wheel build or just want a rad set of hoops under your whip.

I am also passionate about helping women get on bikes and love helping ladies find frames, saddles, bars, and apparel that work for their life style.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 3-10pm
E-mail: chjensen@backcountry.com
Chat: Request Christy on LiveChat

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Christy Jwrote a review of on January 15, 2016

5 5

I have so much excitement about these pants because they fit SO WELL. Move over Levi's, these pants are the pants every active lady needs! The fit is true to size. The stretch qualities of the pants make them perfect for everyday use but especially great for riding to work in. I love these pants so much I bought two pairs. I'll wear these till Giro stops making them. They are the only pants I ever want on my body.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on November 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have strong feelings regarding lights. A rear light needs to have multiple ways to mount it, because you never know what bike you might be putting it on. The Zecto Driver rear light mounts on your clothing, backpack, and bike. It is easy to remove, fits nicely in a pocket or bag, and is rechargeable at your computer while you are in the office or at home. Multiple flash modes are also really great. Definitely worth the money.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Small adjustments at the trailhead? It can handle that. Building a bike at home? It can handle that. If you own a bike, you should own this tool for emergencies and general needs if your budget doesn't allow for you to deck your garage out to look like you're building NASCAR worthy bikes.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wish more clothing companies would take the approach Giro has taken to active women's fashion; make things practical. I don't commute to work in this shirt (because my commute is long) however, I do wear it in my office, where I tend to be moving around all day. The last thing I want to wear is something I can't swing kettle bells in, when the mood strikes. It fits really well, doesn't hold wrinkles, and doesn't hold smells either. I've purchased two I love this shirt so much

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Christy Jwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this bag for several reasons; you never now when you need extra space on your commuter, to hold all my commuting tools, and as a place for snacks when I'm doing long rides. It fits well on both flat and drop bars and has enough room for snacks, tools, and even a flask. The waterproofness is an added bonus since I don't have to worry about bringing a plastic bag for my phone.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on November 27, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a textures person, so if a shirt doesn't have a nice feel to it, I can't wear it. The mobility polo is the shirt every active lady needs. It hangs nicely on your figure, flows with your movements, and for gods sake, it's merino wool! It's the four seasons basic polo shirt you want in your closet. I bought one in the fall, love it so much a bought a second one in the same color. In cooler months I layer it with a sweater and it looks great in the office and on the bike.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on September 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wasn't really sure what I was getting into with these pants, but they were on sale, so I bought a pair. These pants are so comfortable! Both on and off the bike. No need to roll a pant leg with these guys when you hop on the bike. They aren't so casual you look like you just rolled out of bed, but they might make you think you did based off of the comfort factor alone.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on April 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these for myself (yeah, androgynous female, WTF) and a pair for my boyfriend. As a small hipped woman, these fit great and aren't weird in the hip and butt region. My BF has Keirin racer thighs and shorter legs, these pants fit him great. It should be said, the fit is a little weird. Go one size up from what you typically wear.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on April 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Most women's shorts make me cringe a little. Terrible construction, tight waist, a loose baggy legs. I'm shaped like 12 year-old boy, so finding women's clothing that isn't tailored to a small waisted, large hipped woman is hard for me (though I find women shaped as such to be incredibly beautiful). I was expecting these shorts to have the usual baggy crotch where my thighs should fit, but to my surprise, they fit really well! Great stretch, and the slight water repellant is nice for when you spill water from your water bottle on yourself. I mostly use these shorts for daily use wearing, but will take them to the trails soon enough. I definitely dig these shorts and will buy another pair.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on March 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are very few jackets for women that really hit the mark on wind protection, fit, and not looking like polly pocket vomited color patterns all over it. A surprise win for Mavic since their specialty has always been wheels, but not a departure from the quality they are known for.

The thing I love most about this jacket is the sleeve length. I'm tall and lanky, so smalls are usually where I find myself, but they always lack in ample wrist coverage. Not so with the Bellissima. The zippered stash pocket with a wallet and attached leash make it easy to stuff all the goods you need in one place, without the worry of losing your credit card or cash for that much needed post ride Americano.

Despite the jacket being white, it doesn't hold onto dirt and hasn't turned that odd yellow color whites tend to turn after a few washes.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love tall socks while cross racing, everyday riding and mountain biking. I guess I just like tall socks... Any way, the HighTower socks are great quality and are pretty tall, so if you have legs that resemble those of a bulldog, they might be thigh highs on you (just kidding). They definitely reach right below the knee, making them great for wearing when riding in knickers or adding a bit of warmth to your lower leg during a cold cross race.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are wanting a comfortable pair of shorts to ride to work in or around town during the summer, these are definitely the jam. The oil blue looks pretty bright in the photo but in person is more muted. I wear a 30 and the 30 fits, but my boyfriend has thighs like a Keirin racer, so the waist is a little big but the thighs fit. Be weary if you rival Chris Hoy with your thigh mass.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are lots of stainless steel cages out there. Hell, I'm sure your LBS sells $8 cages that might hold your bottle well, but add about as much steez to your ride as your tassles do. If you bothered to spend a chunk of change on a new bike, your water bottles better add to your build, not take away from it, which is why the Arundel Stainless Steel cages are a perfect option. Classy, stainless, and worth every penny.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on January 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Chrono was outlawed by the UCI ages ago, but when you are taking your road bike on a wine tour, the only governing body is your conscience. The carbon Chrono cage is light weight and stylish, so you never have to hem and haw over extra grams your stainless cage has and worry about them holding you back as you teeter up the hills in Sonoma, your mind a little glazed over from "tasting" too many wines. Was it the Chardonnay or the Sauvignon Blanc that set you over the edge? Were those hints of lavender or rose? As you reach for your Chrono water bottle to refresh your palette you can rest assured you'll find it securely held in it's cage.

If you are just a Triathlete looking to save a few grams, it does alright too.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on January 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I won this bag in an ally cat and was so stoked about it. The two front pockets hold everything from a few bananas to your U-lock and small daily necessities. The main compartments is slim, it should be said. If you want to put more than a change of clothes, a pair of shoes, or just a computer, it is going to be a bit tight. The only thing I don't like about this pack is the fit. I'm a tiny shouldered, small torso female, which means the straps don't fit well over my shoulders since I have to cinch the bag down so tight for it to fit. That is the only downside, everything else about it is great.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on January 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The thing that makes these lights great is if they are stolen by some jackass at the bar, you won't care too much. The lights are reasonably water proof, bright, and will keep you visible to motorists and pedestrians as you teeter home from a night of laughs and libations.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Chrome might be known for their incredible US made messenger bags, but their socks are worth shaking a chainwhip at. They are actually really warm and durable. Word on the street is they are made in the same factory as Defeet. Who knows if this is true, but if it is, it would explain their great quality, soft fabric, and warmth. I would definitely recommend getting your feet in a pair of these socks.

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Christy Jwrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't let the 'lightweight' name of this jacket fool you, it will definitely keep you warm well into the mid 30's. I've had this jacket for two winters and every time I wear it I am suprised at just how warm it is. If you plan on wearing it in 40-50 degree weather, you'll need a tank top under it. Yeah, it is that warm. Water resistance is great(it really isn't made to be waterproof) and the wind resistance is purrrrfect. I wore this jacket on a cold, rainy-ish day riding up Empire Pass and found it to be adequate for the job, with just a summer baselayer under it. I've worn it on days in the 20's with a winter jersey under it and still found it to be incredibly warm and comfortable. Get your body in this jacket, you will love it.

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