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5 5

Simply put, the Edge 500 rocks. You can move it from bike to bike, or even throw it in your pocket for a run or hike, without any fuss over speed sensors or wiring. It's excellent motivation to push it on a ride to reach your goals for speed, distance, or elevation gain (yep, it tracks total elevation gain).

I upload my data to the free Garmin Connect service (see http://connect.garmin.com/features) about once a week. From there you can map your ride, analyze performance mile by mile, and even post it to Facebook so your riding buddies can view it.

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5 5

I bought a pair during Spring 2011 and they quickly became my go-to short for hard rides in Arkansas's summertime heat. The compression keeps you feeling fresh, the fabric breathes well, and the contoured chamois pays off when rides stretch into the 2-3 hour range.

They're definitely cut for a performance (European style) fit, and the medium gave me just the right amount of compression at the legs without being overtight at the waste (I'm 5'10", 31" waste, 150 lbs). If you're used to wearing an American brand like Pearl Izumi, expect these to be quite a bit more snug and consider sizing up.

My only complaint (and this is entirely my fault) is that I bought the white-paneled ones and they were a bear to keep clean. They do make you feel fast, but be super careful changing a flat because any contact with chain lube or brake grime and they'll never be the same.

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3 5

Quality of the lock is good, but the size S/Small is nearly unusable for locking to anything but a narrow-railed bike rack. If you ever find yourself needing to improvise a locking strategy at a crowded rack or less than ideal railing, you'll be glad to have the size Large instead.

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4 5

I have worn these with both mountain and road bike setups with good results. The Nordic AV is breathable and wind stopping, but not heavily insulated. I've still experienced chilly toes during rides around freezing (that said, my toes are always the first part of my body to get cold, regardless of footwear.) The cleat cutout is a generous size, and I was surprised how well it fit over my cleated mountain bike shoes, and even stood up well to hiking through some of the steep stuff.

I consider this shoe cover ideal for temps in the 35-50 degree range. At colder temps it might stave off frostbite, but there are warmer booties out there. But for a shoe cover you won't find yourself tearing off as soon as the sun crests the ridgeline, this would be a great choice.

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5 5

I can't believe how well these tights cut through a headwind or frigid downhill. The windblocking/insulating ThermaShield extends up the front of the legs, across the crotch, and up the front of the bibs to provide more protection than most competitors. In fact, the bib front (which extends up to my solar plexus) includes a zipper for easier entry/exit, and I've found myself zipping it down during hard rides near freezing to keep from overheating my core. The legs breathe well, but I wouldn't wear these if I expected the temperature to rise above 45 degrees.

The fit is pretty tight. I'm 5'9", 150 lbs, 31" waist and the medium is a tight fit. I like them snug, but they require a some tugging to get on and I wouldn't want them any millimeter tighter.

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