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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 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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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

5 5

I bought this for my kid when he was about 2 1/2 years old. He loved walking with it, but it took a little longer than I expected until he would sit on the seat and start to "Stride". Once it clicked he couldn't get enough. Now he's 3 1/2 and rides it over a mile per day. The tires are bald and the front wheel is tacoed because he left it behind my car in the driveway and I accidentally backed over it.
I can't believe it took this long for someone to come up with such a simple idea. I didn't start riding a 2 wheeled bike until I was 6.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

2 5

I don't use bib shorts because my hips and butt are big enough to keep my shorts up without suspenders. The shape of the chamois is perfect but it feels like these were designed as bib shorts and they just got rid of the suspenders. These http://www.backcountry.com/louis-garneau-fit-sensor-3d-short-mens-lgn0646
are my new go - to shorts.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 23, 2015

5 5

I could probably live a whole summer in these shorts. They remind me of some comfortable old Gramiccis I used to wear all the time. I'm still not sure how you pronounce Zoic, but these shorts have the pockets in the right places and all the features you need to shred hard on your bike. I'd say they do run a little large and I find myself sometimes getting caught up when I swing my leg over the saddle. There are a bunch of brands out there now making products that function as active wear but can be used as lifestyle wear. These shorts nail it.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 23, 2015

5 5

These skewers are sold individually. I have either these or the steel version on my road and cross bikes. The ratcheting lever is the coolest feature, but you have to be careful not to over tighten them. One of my bikes has a slotted rear drop out and I think these skewers and the bulky old shimano ones are the only skewers burly enough to hold my rear wheel in place. Checking the tightness of my skewers and seeing if my wheels are sitting square in the drop outs has become a pre ride ritual for me.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's sometimes easy to forget how exposed your fingers are while clenching the grips in winter weather. It's always a good idea to opt for the more insulated glove if there's any question. I've raced in snowy cyclocross races as well as riding my fat bike on groomers with these. They are plenty insulated. I prefer the 2 and 2 finger glove for riding on the hoods of road bike bars, I think a 1 and 3 finger glove might be better for mountain biking though.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't do a whole lot of trail running. I use these shoes to walk the dog on gravel and mud, as well as for pre and post shred sessions on the hill. I'd say out of the box they have a true to size fit. Mine seem like they got tighter the more times they experienced wet/dry cycles though. Walking on the tall tread is a unique experience. It feels like you're floating on rubber.

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