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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Pete OBrien's Bio

Originally from Vermont, I moved to Utah in 1991. I like to Snowboard, Ski, Mountain Bike, Cyclocross Race and Motocross.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

Flimsy locking mechanism
3 5

My day of shooting ended early because the small plastic locking mechanism on the case broke with my stock housing. I ordered the black out because I needed to replace the broken case and I figured I'd go for something a little different. It has the same flimsy lock, but I'm just more careful when snapping it shut now.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

Add it to the list
5 5

When I got into fat biking I didn't really anticipate all of the specialized equipment I would need to buy. After purchasing all of the clothing and extra tools, this pump was the last thing on my list. It has a very sturdy construction as well as a comfortable grip and a precise gauge. It's noticeably more efficient than my older Joe Blow bike pump.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on April 25, 2016

Excellent camera, flimsy case
3 5

I've owned all of the GoPro models from 1 - 4. This camera is awesome and with the GoPro App I can control all the functions from my iPhone while the camera is mounted on my helmet.
The plastic locking mechanism broke after about the 10th time I used it. Be sure the camera fits well in the case before you try and lock it shut otherwise you will be stuck with an unmountable camera.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on April 21, 2016

Shrinkage
4 5

Here is a side by side comparison of a 7 month old XA Pro 3D and a brand new one. You can see that there was some shrinkage which lead to pressure points on the outsides of my little toes.
I have a pair of the Speedcross 3s and the same thing happened, only I can barely even put them on now. I like the venting especially on hot summer days, so I went with the non GTX shoes.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on April 12, 2016

LG favorite apparel brand
4 5

I try and get a new pair of cycling gloves every year when they start to get crusty. LG has been my choice for the last 3 years. These have a thicker gel padding on the palm than I'm used to. After a few rides they will hopefully press out a little more. The tag was ridiculously large and when I cut it with scissors it left a sharp edge.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on March 15, 2016

mmm Lobster
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these gloves last season and since then the amount of winter bike gloves and apparel choices have grown considerably. I think there are better options out there. These fit pretty tight around the wrists so taking them off and putting them back on can be a process. If you haven't ridden lobster claw gloves before there is a learning curve to get comfortable in your position. The main problem I had with these gloves is, there's no padding on the palm and I've never owned a pair of cycling gloves that didn't offer that.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on February 2, 2016

Keeps the feet toasty
5 5

I researched a bunch of different boots before buying these and many of the reviews were saying to size up. I believe they fit true to size after they are broken in. If you do size up you get the added toe room for warmth. However, in time the boots will get pressed out and the boa tightening mech will become ineffective at giving the correct amount of support which will cause your heels to slip. Sizing up will add more material and weight as well. I had to slide my cleats a little towards the inside of my feet because the boots are thicker and I was getting slight crank rub. With winter MTB boots there aren't really that many options out there, these keep my feet warm but I might look into getting gaiters for them.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

Perfect for fat biking
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't usually ride in temperatures under 20F degrees so I'm not sure how these would perform in temperatures below that. I like these pants because they don't have a chamois and my day to day riding shorts fit underneath them. I've used bib pants that have a chamois before and they didn't fit right. Unless you get them custom tailored there are just too many variables with different body types to make a piece that fits correctly from shoulder to toes while standing and sitting in the saddle. The fit of the Stockholms is perfect and they keep me comfortable in cold weather. I gave them 4 stars because the drawstring didn't come with a cinch mechanism so I had to tie a knot to keep them on.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on January 27, 2016

It's the future, for now.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I run this with a 26T chainring on my fat bike in the winter. I will probably change that to a 28T in the summer for a little harder gearing when the climbing becomes easier. I've never spun out going downhill on the trails around here so I went lighter just in case I ever need it. It's great having the extra real estate on your handlebars since there is no front shifter. Where this cassette shines is when you have to suddenly shift three gears really fast, just extend the thumb push and it smoothly changes gears.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

For the price, get two and throw one in your pack for back up. I had two of the Urban 800s and loved them but gave them to my Wife and upgraded to the fast charge 850. The light is noticeably whiter and brighter than the 800. They are both lightweight and feature a small green/ red light to let you know when they're done charging. I also got the helmet mount designed specifically for the Smith Forefront helmet.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I dare anyone who has ridden one of these to give it less than 5 stars. If you have fun riding a mountain bike, you will have an absolute blast riding a lightweight carbon fat bike. I have mine built up with Hed Big Deal wheels, Next SL cranks, a dropper post and Vanhelga tires. With a large frame the build comes in at under 25 pounds. I have a Santa Cruz Tallboy and my Echo climbs significantly easier than it. The wide footprint gives you more power to the ground and the tall tire pretty much morphs the 26" wheel into close to a 29er. I use the Echo on long steep gravel roads in Utah as well as smooth single track like the Bobsled.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I'm pretty obsessed with getting the right single speed gear for cross racing. I use Chris King cogs and am constantly battling my brake pad alignment, chain tension and tire clearance. I use two Surly tug nuts since I don't have a dedicated single speed hub and have to use a DT Swiss RWS QR. Two tools you will need in addition to the Surly Single Speed kit are a chain whip and a crombie tool. Here is a link to instructions on how to achieve a proper chain line: http://www.velodromeshop.net/index.php?p=page&page_id=chainline
This kit comes complete with a lock ring.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

Just as the name suggests the Vanhelgas are a force to be reckoned with. I have a set of these wrapped around some insanely lightweight Hed Big Deal wheels on a Borealis Echo. The bike climbs noticeably better than my 29er MTB. I use a relatively high tire pressure, around 20 PSI in the summer and only ride on gravel roads or the smoothest of single track.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I am used to using a turkey syringe to squirt Stan's into my removable valve cores. The orange seal technique is way faster and cleaner. Stan's has been an awesome product and I was reluctant to switch because it's been so reliable, but it dries up quickly in Utah's dry heat and has to be re applied every month and a half or so. I use Orange Seal in my latex tubes for cross racing and in my tubeless MTB tires with carbon rims.

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