Ivan Valdivia

Ivan Valdivia

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Ivan Valdivia

Ivan Valdivia wrote a review of on September 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I saw some videos in Youtube showing how to used this kit because I was intimidated. It was easier than I thought, but having the right equipment was 99% of the battle. If you want to bleed or flash your hydrolic brakes, all you need is this kit, and a bottle of DOT brake fluid. You don't even have to be a mechanic. My brakes were not responding to my hard squeezes of the levers, after I bleeded them using this kit, the feel is SOLID and the stopping power is SOLID as well.

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Ivan Valdivia wrote a review of on September 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have just replace my camelback blowfish with this backpack because I heard good reviews on it. I have only taken it mountain biking twice, and several times hiking. This backup is great. I love its separate tool pouch, its pump pockets inside, and the mesh pockets for small electronics and keys.
The hard surface that helps it keep its shape and the bag close to one's body is outstanding. At times, after I have drank about half the water in the reservoir, I felt like I was not even carrying a backpak. Unlike my camelback that bounces around even when the straps are pulled all the way. It is smaller than the camelback blowfish, but I didn't need all that space anyway. This is a great design for mountain biking, but the using it for hiking did not pose any problems, so I recommend it for both uses.
I liked this pack so much (Raptor 6), that I got the Raven 6 for my wife. She has only used it hiking and reports with big grinning smile that she loves it. She was replacing a northface day pack. Once again, we like the fact that it stays close to your body and feels almost like a vest. The side hip pockets are a brilliant addition for quick access to snacks and even small electronics. HOWEVER, if it rains, the hip pockets are not a good place for anything that can get wet, as they are made of mesh that is exposed to the elements. I give it a 5 stars!

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Ivan Valdivia

Ivan Valdivia wrote a review of on August 19, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great bag. I consider it an upgrade for my camelback blowfish which I have had for a few years. I like the size of the Raptor 6, I like the hydration bladder which stays flatter than any of the camelback's that I have used. Also, I love the tool (removable) pouch and the extra pockets around the waist band. I have only taken it on a couple of rides, but it seems solidly built so I imagine I will be using it for years.
I liked this so much, I bought the Viper 6 for my wife and she loves it as well. It is definitely a well made backpack. I use it for mountain biking, but my wife uses it for hiking, it works fine for either activity.

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Ivan Valdivia

Ivan Valdivia wrote a review of on August 19, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gloves work fine, it does give extra protection to the little finger and provides semi adequate "cushion" to the palm of the hands. The material seems durable, but it is not as light as other gloves. All in all, it does the job, but for summer cross country riding I would recommend something with lighter thinner materials. One more thing, the glove doesn't have an adjustment and it is not very elastic, at least for me, I like the ones with more elastic or velcro to adjust any slack on the back of one's hand.

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Ivan Valdivia wrote a review of on April 19, 2013

5 5

I started using KAYANO 13 a few years ago, and I have loved these shoes. I just purchased the KAYANO 19 (GEL's) a few weeks ago and I have put about 80 miles on them already, they give excellent support for my slightly pronating stride. This shoes have been great specially on long runs at the start the season when I'm carrying extra pounds. The shoes are heavier than a lot of other shoes out there, but the extra weight is worth it if you want to protect your knees from road pounding.

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Ivan Valdivia wrote a review of on February 26, 2013

5 5

I'm not a professional or competitive cyclist, more of a recreational one that likes to be in shape during the winter months and I have been pleased with this trainer. It does the job and keeps me using my bike on stormy days when it was not safe to go out on the road. It is not fancy, but its simplicity is a plus for me. Easy to use, and at my level, it is more than adequate. It feels sturdy and well built.
I don't like exercising indoors so I just needed something inexpensive that does the job in harsh winter nights or mornings. I use it as little as possible, if I had to stay indoors more often and for longer sessions, I'd get a stationary bike instead, but for me this trainer is the perfect combination of price and value.

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