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Mike Newberry

Mike Newberry

Salt Lake City, UT

Mike Newberry's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Mike Newberry's Bio

I'm a transplant from the Sunshine State..been here almost 20 years now. I began riding/racing in the mid-80's and continue my hand at it, racing sporadically, to this day.

Mike Newberry

Mike Newberrywrote a review of on November 14, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Neoprene is great. I used to surf and the function of the product, as I understand it, is once I got in the water...the neoprene worked to use my body temp to warm the water between me and the suit.

So, these gloves are great but....for me, only great for a short time (like a CX race). Starting out warm but soon sweaty isn't warm....for long. Don't get me wrong, I like these gloves and use them for my intended purpose...Cross Racing! 40 mins/5 laps is just long enough to fend off wet/cold but any longer, for me, means sweaty hands/cold hands. I don't intend to use these for "long" rides.

Sizing, I have a size 8 glove so the smalls fit great. The fingers are curved just perfect. The cuff isn't too long and it fits tight around my wrist. The gloves are made well, IMHO...stitching is burly. The graphics are cool but I don't expect them to last long due to repeated off and on. I'm hoping they last a couple of seasons but it depends, like everything, how well I take care of them/use them.

All in all, a pretty decent glove for wet/cold riding.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on August 21, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm not a runner per se (10 -15 miles a week) but have started back trail running recently and bought these on a recommendation from a friend that does run quite a bit. Bottom line for me is I love these shoes. Very comfortable right out of the box (no hot spots, chaffing, etc.). Minimal drop makes them great for my flat stride. The lacing system is perfect (easily adjustable), cushioning in all the right spots, sole is sturdy. I sized up and the fit is perfect. I'm hoping these shoes will last me a season at least.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on April 24, 2014

Holy Venting, Batman!
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I finally got a new lid. After years of riding in Giro helmets, I saw the POC Octal at Interbike last year and was pretty impressed. When I got a chance to buy one, I bit the bullet.... Initial impressions are favorable. Two words: Air.flow.

Pros:
Lightweight (very light), fit is great (I have a 5 7/8 size head and the medium fits great), no pressure points at all, great color (blue), not "ugly" as has been described in some corners of the review world.

Cons:
Retention system isn't that adjustable compared to Giro/Bell. The yoke system doesn't allow for that much adjust-ability. The upside, for me, is that right out of the box the fit worked fine. The second problem is that the back of the helmet (just behind the ears) interferes with the arms of sunglasses....I've found that the arms of my Tifosi glasses bend downward which keeps them clear of that part of the helmet.

All in all...fairly happy with it.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on November 14, 2013

Deceptively Warm and BRIGHT!
5 5

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

I bought these gloves for an upcoming CX race to see how they'd perform. I wore them on a 1 hr ride in moderate temps (55 deg). First off, the fit is great. I bought a size small and the gloves fit...well, like a glove. The fingers aren't bulky and are just the perfect length on all four fingers/thumb. Secondly, the material is minimal for the warmth provided....still am shaking my head about it. Third, Fluoro....fluoro is the new black. Very visible...visible is good.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on November 1, 2013

Solid Product
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just bought these knee warmers and have these initial impressions.

I've owned a number of brands of knee warmers (Assos, Pearl Azumi, Giordana, Castelli) and these are a real solid product for the price. Sugoi, unfortunately, isn't on a lot of peoples radar but they should be...they make pretty nice stuff at a good price.

The details on these warmers (seams, length, grippers) work well. My inseam is about 28 inches and at mid thigh, the bottom of the warmer hits just below my calf. What I like about the bottom of the warmer is that it fits tight around my lower leg. The seams, although minimal, are flat lock-ish and are sewn with knee bend articulation in mind. The thigh grippers keep the warmers up. Everything about this product is simple...it's a knee warmer....not "tube sock" simple but just enough frills.

The weight of the material is just thick enough to work well in the 50 deg (and warmer) range coupled with your favorite embrocation (my choice is either Mad Alchemy Warming Pre-Ride Oil or DZs Nuts medium heat) and you're good to go.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on September 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought the A.I.R. 9 in August (size Small) and cobbled together as a SS: 32x20T drivetrain (EThirteen guidering/Surly cog), Fox Float CTD fork (100mm travel), Shimano XT brakes, Shimano XT crank set (revived for this purpose), XT hubs laced to WTB rims (TL), SRAM 9 speed chain, Easton EA70 stem, Niner carbon bars/seat post, Selle Italia saddle, ESI chunky grips, XTR pedals and finally GEAX Saguaro tires.

I'd not previously ridden a carbon bike (other than my road bike) so I was really psyched the first time I took it on the trail. Very stiff (climbing), responsive handling (cornering), and overall comfortable in the saddle. At 5'-7"ish, the fit on the size small was spot on (saddle a touch forward from center with a 90mm stem). The carbon bits (bar/seat post) made riding in the saddle a pleasure.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on September 27, 2013

4 5

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

I just got these and tried them out on a 1 1/2 hr. ride in 55deg weather (not rainy). Initial impressions are favorable. This minimal shoe cover is easy to slip on, keeps the wind out and my feet warmer than without them on. The size medium fits a 42.5 shoe just fine (size 9-ish).

The only con is that I found the zipper to auto-lower itself a bit...this may be a bother. I had to keep "checking" to make sure it was zipped all the way to the top. Most of the time, yes...depending how many times I had to put my foot down. Seems like the zipper can rub/pull on socks and that's what pulls it down some.

This product is good for mild to chilly temps, dry weather to spotty rain. If you get caught in the downpour, your shoes may get wet but at least they may stay clean.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on September 27, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used some form of embrocation since I started racing in the mid-80's be it a homemade recipe brought back from Belgium to Cramer Atomic Balm. This concoction works. I use it in the 50 deg temperature range (I don't have to ride in the cold anymore) either on bare legs or with knee/leg warmers on top. The directions say to "apply 8 to 10 pumps to each leg"....be careful. This stuff is HOT. 8-10 pumps, in my opinion, is way to much to use unless you don't want to sleep at night for the next week due to the heat emanating from your legs. It's the truth. I used a generous amount once last fall and even after washing it off, it lasted into the night. By generous, I mean 2 pumps (at most) on each leg.

Don't get me wrong, I like the stuff...but like anything, you just have to test a little at a time to get the correct dose. I've found that, like all embrocation, it takes a bit for it to start working...like a 1/2 hour or more into the ride. The longer the ride...the more this heats up. Post ride clean up, for me, is achieved by cleaning up first with alcohol, then soap.

Give it a try.....just use caution. Muy Caliente!

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on September 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Assos has always been associated with top shelf quality and this chamois creme is no exception. Easily applied (big mouth container) to either the subject area or on the chamois itself, easily washed off/out of chamois, great "feel" on the bike (i.e., cooling). Depending on how much you apply, it'll last throughout a normal 3-4 hour ride. Great (essential) product for not a ton of "scrillas".

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on September 3, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't say enough good about these tires. I've ridden Maxis, Continental, Michelin, Kenda, Intense (yes, they made some tires awhile ago), WTB, etc. over the years but these tires, made by Vittoria, seem to work the best for me.

I ride XC in the Wasatch (PC) and some in Idaho (SV) and these tires are great for the conditions seen in these two locations. The tread pattern is just burly enough, they hook up when needed, roll fast and are durable. I will say that the tires are pressure sensitive so if you choose to ride them, fiddle around with the pressure until you find the sweet spot. If you do that, you won't be dissapointed. I run speed-front, traction-rear on my 29r SS at about 25 psi (tubeless) and I've found this combination to be a winner.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on July 10, 2013

3 5

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

Bought these to replace some Fox gloves I've had forever. The gloves are very comfortable/supple/breathable with good 'grip-tion' on the index/middle finger and padding on the palm. One con (other than the cost) is the wrist enclosure...not tight enough around my wrist for my liking but I'll deal.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on July 8, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love these shoes. I was reluctant to buy based on what I've heard about the durability but I have not found any issues so far and I've put them through a half a dozen rides that include some hike-a-bike. That said, I tend to be easy on my gear as things are expensive these days....

I had to size up as these run small but the fit is great once I got the correct size. The insoles have 3 options for low/med/high instep that are easily changed....the insoles are decent enough not to immediately swap to a Superfeet type insole.

The enclosure system works great and holds your feet in the shoe perfectly.

I bought the "white/black" and the white is really "pearl"...an unexpected surprise as that keeps the dirt at bay somewhat.

All in all...great shoe, expensive but worth it.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on April 10, 2013

5 5

I've been a big fan of glueless patch kits for a while but have been disappointed with the quality of what was available until now. The patches are a ripstop variety and are very, very sticky and are super easy to use. The boot that's included will be very useful if you need it (better than a GU wrapper). Plus, the container everything comes in could have alternate uses.

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