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Michael Kosta

Michael Kosta

Colorado

Michael Kosta's Passions

Road Biking
Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking

Michael Kosta's Bio

My passion is Time Trial. I road bike a lot to stay in shape for racing season, in the neighborhood of 3-4.000 miles a year. My most productive year was over 5.000; not bad for an amateur. I am a cancer survivor and staying fit keeps me ALIVE! I downhill ski, "bike" in the basement, use the elliptical and weight lift in the off season. Racing: I find I can't train as hard as I ride when I race! Our season in Colorado starts early March: the Frost Bite Time Trial: I'll be there!

Michael Kosta

Michael Kostawrote a review of on February 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For years I have used the Pearl Izumi Elite Arm/Leg Warmers and still use them. I needed a bit more protection and got a pair of these. Amazing in the difference. The Soft Shell panels block the cold air as it hits the front of your arms or legs. Did I mention it is an amazing difference? They block the cold without building up moisture under the garment. I usually run a small on the leggings and, like the Elite, are a perfect fit but I also like my leggings tight. They tend to get baggy if you wear them loose; loose, baggy clothing when cycling drives me nuts! If you are used to the Elite, you might find these a little tight, especially in the area of the red securing band. But they are great for blocking the cold if you don't like long-leg bibs. These you can use with your regular bibs and still be warm. I like 'em!

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Michael Kosta

Michael Kostawrote a review of on February 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For years I have used the Pearl Izumi Elite Arm/Leg Warmers and still use them. I needed a bit more protection and got a pair of these. Amazing the difference. The Soft Shell panels block the cold air as it hits the front of your arms or legs. Did I mention it is an amazing difference? They block the cold without building up moisture under the garment. I usually run a small on the leggings and large on the armings. The leggings are a perfect fit. I thought the armings were a little tight and restrictive at first but don't think I would like the fit of a size up. If you are used to the Elite, you might find these a little tight, especially in the area of the red securing band. But they are great for blocking the cold if you don't want to be burdened by a jacket. I like 'em!

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Michael Kostawrote a review of on September 14, 2011

4 5

Can you cycle in the cold without these? I wouldn't. Maybe the bib tights are better but I can wear these with my familiar bibs and still stay warm. If the temp is below 50, these go on. They are a good fit but I initally ordered a large as I have muscular legs. The problem is they start to get saggy after you ride for a while. I tried the medium and they fit much better without being too tight but even the smaller size are a little saggy after a long ride. I don't think there is a solution for this. These are still a must-have for cold weather riding. With the arm warmers, of course....

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Michael Kostawrote a review of on September 14, 2011

5 5

First of all, don't get excited about these gloves having "Cervelo" across the back like the picture. I race a Cervelo and thought it would be cool to have the name on my gloves. They say "Castelli" across the back. Which is still cool. I lreally like these gloves. I am a Time Trialist and have several pair of tight-fitting, slick gloves. These are by far my favorite. Many riders think no gloves is best for air flow. These gloves are nearly like having bare hands.....except if you go down (how do you crash time trialing?) it's your gloves that hit the pavement first.These gloves feel great, fit great (see "sizing" below) and, I think, make me go faster. They look like they do anyway. The long cuff fits right over a long-sleve skin suit. They are about as easy to get on and off as a skin suit (tight like they should be). If you have a speed hat, skin suit and shoe covers, this will complete your gear. Sizing: I don't know where they came up with the size/measurements. I have a large hand and usually wear a large/extra large glove. My hand measures 7.5 in (19cm) from wrist crease to end of long finger. That would put me in the bottom end of the Medium glove on their chart. Not happenin'. I ordered the large and it fits tight/just right. I'm not sure I want to see the person that wears the XXL with a 12 inch (30.5cm) hand. Order your usual glove size and they will fit great. And Realcyclist will let you send them back if they don't. Race these gloves.

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Michael Kostawrote a review of on July 13, 2011

4 5

This is a great entry-level pedal as it has a wide base for good power transfer and is easy to clip into and out of without the hassel of adjusting the tension: there is no adjustment. That said, I did not pop out when I did NOT want to and always clipped out when I WANTED to. Get the rubber cleat covers (that's the thing that screws to your shoes) as you will wear them out quickly walking without them. I used these for 2 years of hard riding (4000 miles) before I upgraded. Not used a "clipless" pedal before? Get this one. You'll like it.

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Michael Kostawrote a review of on July 13, 2011

5 5

I have ridden quite a few other tires, thinking I could find something better than these. There is nothing better. Durable, hold the road on the fastest descents and at speed; I NEVER worry about how my tires are doing. Iron Horse Road Race: there is so much to be aware of roaring down Molas pass; I'm not worried about my tires. I KNOW how they are doing. I put on 4-5000 training miles a year and these will last most of the season: 3000 miles is not unusual. Really. And they take the grief from the road. The KELVAR belt is amazing and the side walls chuck away most everything I don't see. I check my tires after each ride and pull out all the junk that gets stuck in them so it doesn't advance. This has to be one of the best all-around tires out there. No alligator skin; just great tires!!

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Michael Kostawrote a review of on July 13, 2011

5 5

This is my go-to RACE tire. There is NOTHING that compares to it on the course, be it road or crit (Attack/Force tires for time trial). I push/pedal through most corners of a crit, even riding fast through a turn at the bottom of a HILL; these tires GRIP! I don't need to be worrying about them "letting go" at the apex of the turn. I have never had one even hint it is not sticking to the road. Durable and easy rolling during a road race. I have never flatted during a race. I love this tire. One set usually last me one season of racing. I get a new set at the beginning of the year but not because they are worn out. I just feel better on a new set.

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