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Lexi Dowdall

Lexi Dowdall

Salt Lake City, Utah

Lexi Dowdall 's Passions

Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Lexi Dowdall 's Bio

I'm a fairly fresh mountain biker. I spend my time wheezing behind my friends on the climbs, but relish the wind in my face. I bike because someone once told me it would make me a better skier. I also enjoy trail running in the glorious mountains just moments from my front door.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on October 9, 2014

Love this Rack SO HARD

In comparing the performance of this rack to the Thule T2 - the design, quality of componants and functionaliy of the T2 is laughable. We use the T2 on the Backcountry.com vans for our van pool, and they are just garbage - TOTALLY trashed after 1.5 years of use. They are clumsy, klunky and unstable compared to this Kuat I have on my own car.
I will never go back to Thule after having used this Kuat rack.
It's slick, easy to use and made of much better materials.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on October 6, 2014

Terradura
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the ladies below in that these shoes seem to run narrow. I suggest sizing up on these.
I find they are a bit tight in the toebox and have experienced some numbness on bigger rides with long descents (20+ miles). I'm hoping these pack out a little bit, since I've only used them for about 10 rides. The shoes feel comfy on nearly all rides but I have experienced discomfort on those real crushing rides.

I agree with Re below in that the tongue on this shoe is kinda odd. It's a little pokey and scratchy, so I only pair these shoes with socks that come above the ankle. If you prefer minimalist socks, I wouldn't recommend this shoe. With tall socks, the tongue has not bothered me.

These shoes are fairly stiff and I've appreciated the support they've given me while learning to use clip in pedals for the first time. The soles are very grippy and tacky, as I discovered when down-climbing some slickrock in Moab.

I was pretty nervous about learning how to clip in, but I would absolutely recommend these for those looking to switch over.
They are easy to clip in and out, and I've been quickly gaining confidence with these kicks.

I would not want to use these for any hike-a-bike type adventures, since they would be uncomfortable for extended walking.

I really like the Velcro and clasp closure - they have been far easier to use than my last lace up pair of mtb shoes. They are easier to put on and take off.

Pretty happy with these. Wish the toebox was a bit wider, but they work for me!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 25, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have child-sized hands, so I really appreciate the small diameter of these bars on my Juliana Primerio bike.
They were weird to get used to at first, they made my hands fall asleep, but after a few rides I found them more comfortable and I wouldn't swap 'em.

I like the many color choices offered by Julian for grips, which keeps it fun.

My only complaint is that I can't move the shifters any further out because the bars become too narrow for the collars, which is unfortunate. This is my only complaint. Otherwise the bars are holding up beautifully and I do like the smaller diameter.

Some women may not need this, but I found it helpful since my hands are so small. Other ladies I've talked to found them to be too small and too narrow for their liking. I'm not a freerider, so I don't want honkin wide DH-bars - they work for me.

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Lexi Dowdall posted an image about on August 22, 2014

Goat Drinks!

Goat Drinks!
Boys in the band ordered GOAT DRINKS!

GOAT DRINKS !!!
Waitress, I need two more GOAT drinks.
Then I'm headin south 'fore my dream shrinks.
I gotta where it's warm.

I gotta go where it's warm.
I gotta go where it's warm.
I gotta go where there ain't any snow,
where there ain't any blow,
'cause my fin sinks so low.
I gotta go where it's warm.

(Jimmy Buffet is straight cray' - I gotta go where it SNOWS)!

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 22, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I know very little about bikes.
In fact, it's rather embarrassing. Seriously.

And while I am taking small strides to change this terrible dearth of basic knowledge, I consult folks around the Backcountry / Competitive Cyclist office in the meantime.

In asking our most knowledgeable, experienced and veteran bike nerd employees - 4 out of 4 agreed.
THIS IS THE BEST LUBE. THIS IS IT. THERE IS NOTHING ELSE.
I didn't even say anything...all 4 recommended it independently of each other.

What do I know about bike lube? Nothing.
But these strong recommendations were enough to convince me that this was the only option for lube.

My nO_Ob observations:

*It's a nice yellow color.

*The texture is viscous without being nasty - I kept hearing how the 'lite' part is sposto be really nifty. Sure. It's great. I think?

*I don't mind the smell - It's a weird combo of sweet, candy (smarties maybe?) with the acrid scent of a rubber tire. Interesting but not offensive.

* Pretty easy to clean up, though I have nothing else to compare it to....what do I know?

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on August 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I randomly stumbled upon these while surfing the backcountry and was immediately intrigued. I LOVE meat, like... a LOT.

So this could be the next best thing since PRO-Bar! (For culinary reference I HATE...I mean loathe cliff bars, I have a problem with both the texture and the way they freeze when I go skiing and I find the flavor flat and boring).

I wasn't, however, ready to commit to 12 EPIC bars and wanted to try each bar in its natural habitat prior to investing in a 12-pack. I was also really curious about what they would look like?
Here are my findings.

Beef : SMOKEY, couldn't really taste much of the spice but the cherries added a nice balancing flavor with a pleasant aftertaste.

Bison: I would say this one was my least favorite as I didn't love the aftertaste. Couldn't really separate the taste of bacon or cranberries and found the smoky taste a little overwhelming. I found this one a bit too salty for my liking. Probably wouldn't buy a 12 pack, but lean meat bison lovers may feel a little differently.

Lamb: 10/10! I bought a 12-pack, if that tells you anything! This was my favorite flava-flav. Really loved the savory taste of the mint and immediately wanted a bigger portion after devouring the bar while fly fishing on the Weber river.

Turkey: 2nd fav. Such a great aftertaste that I immediately wished I had more.. This will be the 2nd box I buy.

NOTE: In my findings, MEAT bars should not be consumed for very active endeavors such as mountain biking or running. It's really a much better slow-sport kind of meal replacement. I developed my own MEAT SWEAT rule continuum. If you are sweating, as in wiping moisture from your brow, it's probably not best to consume a meat bar. I don't like meat sweats, so...

...It worked best when I was paddleboarding, hiking or fly fishing. My boyfriend was able to gobble a lamb bar at the top of our bike ascent, but I declined as it would most likely give me meat burps...

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

4 5

I needed to grab a rear light for my circa 1995 ex-mountain turned commuter whip. This would require something that functions and cost me fewer than 20 bones.

Enter the Lezyne Femto!
It works, and it hasn't let me down yet. It took me a hot minute to figure out that you depress the actual light for 3+ seconds to turn the light on. But I never claimed to be good at bikes, so I eventually figured it out.

For a cheap light, this does the job and it's a cinch to install - which I like. Simply snap the rubber around the bicycle part of your choice and pedal into the dusky horizon.

Wear a helmet too. Helmets are cool.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 28, 2014

Great Value
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a commuter light for my circa 1995 commuter whip.
Obviously, I'm not going to spend a fortune on that.
I just need something that flashes.

At first I was puzzled because I could not get this thing to work.
Then I realized I was an idiot, and you actually have to press the light in for 3+ seconds before it will activate.

There are 3 different modes - I've been using this frequently with no issues for a month now. Good enough that I grabbed a set for my roommate as well.

We are stylin and the bank is not broken.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I LOVE the thoughtful name and simple aesthetic PDW put into this piece. I highly recommend it for commuting applications, but it wasn't what I was looking for on my mountain bike - I should have known better. This was a classic case of wishful thinking.

This bell was a bit bigger than I was expecting (see photo below). So much so that I ended up returning it.
I was looking for something smaller, a little lighter and more streamlined for my mountain bike.

That being said, this is a really cool commuter tool. The ding is loud, clear and tuneful. Cool product, even though it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 11, 2014

Wellp, that was NEAT.
5 5

2 weeks ago I was rear-ended in my Subaru by a very distracted driver. Imagine my terror when I recovered from the whiplash as it dawned on me that my 10 day old Kuat rack was on the back.

Spewing expletives as I pulled over, I prepared myself for an unpleasant confrontation...

The result: SHOCK. KUAT IS THE BEST THING EVER INVENTED!

The offender's bumper had split the plastic knob used to tighten the rack and prevent sway. All things considered this miniscule amount of damage was both shocking, and pleasantly amazing.

If anything....KUAT IS DURABLE.

I contacted the rep to get the part replaced, and had a new one sitting on my porch within 3 days. The replacement took 6 minutes, and as you can see, the rear-ender broke the plastic knob and bent the metal rod that supports the knob and tightens the chassis.

I'm SOLD on Kuat. NEVER going back to Thule or Yakima.
YES. It's expensive. YES. It's heavy.
YES, It's DURABLE. YES. It's smooth operating. YES I LOVE THIS THING SOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!

As you can see from my photo, it's pretty remarkable this was the only damage sustained from a rear ending. Kuat had me a new part in 3 days that took less than 10 minutes to install.

*** CLAP *** CLAP ****CLAP***

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Lexi Dowdall wrote a review of on July 9, 2014

SADDLE UP!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

You always dread those first rides of the season where you need to toughen up them booty muscles and break your riding buns in again. This only took about 3 rides with this women's specific saddle by Juliana. This was significantly less time than required to become accustomed to the stock saddle that came with both my Rocky Mountain Altitude and my Intense Tracer.

Comfy for both long and short rides, I'm completely satisfied with this saddle. Never experienced chafing, discomfort, etc.
Juliana is putting solid thought and effort into this women's specific saddle and I'm stoked it's mine.

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