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Kevin K

Kevin K

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kevin K's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Kevin K's Bio

Growing up in Wisconsin, being outdoors was commonplace. I started mountain biking at Kettle Moraine at an early age, had a hiatus for a bit, then hit it hard and haven’t stopped since. While XC is my background, all mountain riding is what I strive for. My typical rides are long climbs being rewarded by long, technical descents. I enjoy road riding as well, but use it more as a training method to go faster on the trails. When the snow’s falling, you can find me snowboarding or hiking.

Kevin K

Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These tubes are pretty standard. They are durable, yet pack up relatively small to not take up much space in a pack or on your frame. My favorite part of these is that they have longer valves so they will work with deeper carbon rims such as Enve M60's. It's no fun finding out that the tube you left in your pack doesn't stick out of your rim enough to pump it up when sitting on the side of the trail.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This was one of the first cycling specific tools I got that felt it was worth its weight in gold. If you've tried cutting housing or cables with anything other than a dedicated tool, you've probably been disappointed and heading back to your LBS for a new cable. For simple basic maintenance of replacing your housing every year or so, these are mandatory. They pay for themselves quickly and will last for years and years to come.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like using the hacksaw guide as I think it leaves a better cut than a pipe cutter. In the past when I've used a pipe cutter I've gotten a raised edge that needed to be filed down, and was more of a hassle than cleaning up the edge the hacksaw left. It does take a bit more to make sure you line up your cut correctly, but some care this should be the last guide you need to purchase.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Every so often I add a tool to my toolbox that I really appreciate. First was either a cable/housing cutter or a bottom bracket tool. Eventually as I began building my bikes myself, this tool has become a big help. I don't have to use it often, but it definitely makes the job quick and painless. It only takes one uneven or set-too-deep starnut to realize the headaches this tool prevents.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Actually I did crack one of the links on mine within the first or second time using this chainwhip. I was able to pop the pin back in so I could continue to use it though and have used it at least a dozen more times since. I'm pretty sure there's a lifetime warranty on Park tools, but since I've been able to still make it work, I've been too lazy to take them up on a warranty claim.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This chain checker is easy to use to check your chain stretch. While I don't use it very often, it's nice to have to be sure I replace an inexpensive chain prior to needing to add a cassette or chainrings to the bill. Easily pays for itself in time when considering some 11 speed cassettes are upwards of $500. Construction is solid and like Ben said, will be the last one you ever need.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

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

I purchased this tool to keep in my toolbox as I have a chain tool on my multitool for when I'm stuck on the side of the trail. Without a doubt this tool would certainly be trail worthy with it's rugged construction in a small package. While I haven't busted a pin, it's nice to know that replacements are available just in case.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's not that these levers don't work well...They do, but they have some flex to them which concerns me when wrestling a tight tire bead. I prefer the Pedro's levers for their solid construction and confidence in using them over the years that the tire bead won't slip off. The Pedro's are a bit larger though, and these fit better in a saddle bag or emergency pack.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Either you've been biking way too long or you're a picky son-of-a if you have a go-to tire lever. These are hands down the best levers available. I have tons of other levers that I've gotten and they either get passed off to friends or thrown into a tool box. If I'm ever going to mess with a tire, I go for these levers because I know they will not slip or break when trying to wrestle the tights tire beads on or off a stubborn rim. Once you try them you won't go back to anything else, trust me.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Granted I haven't met many cookies I haven't enjoyed, this cookie mix from Skratch is sooo good. I'd like to think that since it says Skratch on it that they are healthy, negative-calories...probably not the case, but still a great reason to pig out. Word to the wise, don't share with friends.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've only tried the blueberry flavor of SOS, but it packs a good punch of flavor for the size of the packet. The flavor is definitely there, but not overpowering and easy on my stomach. The only part I didn't like of the times I've tried SOS is that it doesn't freeze and thaw well.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gummies are a great size to pack when you know you won't need much energy and just want something to snack on. Can't say I feel like I get much 'energy' out of them, but the bite size pieces are fun to eat and share with friends on the trail, and healthier than most anything else I'd pack otherwise.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I haven't had to use much of this grease as you don't really want to overload your freehub body. It clings well and doesn't seem to break down quickly. I've been using it in place of the DT special grease in my 240S with 36T ratchet without any issues.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Anytime Oakley is in the conversation, price always comes up, for understandable reasons. Personally, the other more price-conscious options out there just don't do it for me, mainly for the optics. They will give me headaches. When I'm out doing what I love I want to focus as much as I can on everything around me, not my sunglasses affecting my vision. Needless to say, these shades stand up to Oakley's consistent quality and give you the option of many different lenses to give you the best vision for whatever you are doing. The fit has been great, even with many different cycling helmets, and they stay put even when doing mind-numbing descents on my mountain bike. I love that an additional lens is included with the Radar locks, but don't really use the semi-hard case. The only issue I've found with these is that it can be tough to get the lock option to unlock to change lenses, however it is definitely not a deal breaker.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on August 7, 2015

Ditch the B.....
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Show your B-Link the door with this new slender, more attractive hanger. This direct mount hanger will stiffen the mounting for your derailleur to help you shift gears when your timing couldn't have been worse. Supposedly it makes the wheel easier to remove as well, but I don't notice much of a difference. Only compatible with Shimano rear derailleurs.

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