Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheeler

Brighton, PCMR, Lands of Utah

Rich Wheeler's Bio

My name is Rich. I am an east coast transplant, living in downtown Salt Lake City. When I'm not working here at Backcountry.com, I'm out snowboarding, skating, or enjoying the outdoors in some other fashion. I've spent numerous summers boarding on Mt Hood at HCSC, as well.

Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After viewing a few videos about the difference between soft foam vs hard foam helmets, I decided my days in a Hard Hat snowboarding were over. The science is out that EPS is much safer. Previously I've been rocking a Macon Hard Hat for the last 7 years. I always wore XL in that helmet. Switching to the EPS, with adjustable band, I would say the following. Yes, the Hard Hat is slightly more comfortable, but I found the sizes comparable. I don't think this fit "small" in comparison to what I was expecting. I'd say it was more true to size. The way the EPS feels it almost seems slightly higher on my head, but I think that is due to the lighter weight construction. The top of my goggle still aligns well with the bottom of the helmet. My favorite new feature is the adjustable band. You really get an exact fit.

I'm glad I made the switch. I use this helmet for snowboarding and biking. When boarding, I wear a balaclava under it.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on March 5, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like these for snowboarding more than anything else. If you're looking for a pair of shades that is almost a pair of goggles, these are hard to beat. I especially like them on warm days where you'd otherwise be sweating it out in your goggles. Since these are not fully enclosed fogging issues are kept to a minimum. In addition, their wind coverage is adequate. All in all if you're looking for something retro that still offers unique functionality, you should seriously give these a try.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on July 9, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I put these on a single speed road bike and they work great. They are incredibly light weight and the install was pretty easy. You can install them for easy on/off, or do a more permanent install with zip ties.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on May 15, 2011

5 5

If you've ever searched for hooded merino wool shirts, you probably know by now that they are almost impossible to find. The Cutter hoodlum fills this void. One unique feature, worth noting, is that the hood opening on this jacket is designed such that the fabric covers your neck, almost in a ninja fashion. I am personally psyched on this, because the way to hood is shaped, I could slip this up over my helmet and end up with a secure holding on top and protection below the chin.

Size wise, this fits slim like most bike clothing. I am 5'11", 165lbs and I felt the L was perfect.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on March 30, 2010

Cool style.  Cool ride
5 5

I've got about 10 miles on the freewheel and 10 miles on the fixed cog, with my bones so far. Bike operates great in both circumstances. I agree with Mark that it does seem slightly big. I am 5' 11" and went with the 56cm. I am glad I didn't go 58.

As far as bike feel, the 18t seems great with the cog, but I might beef up the free wheel with a 16t in the future. Brake works great, as does everything else on the bike.

I personally ended up customizing mine, aesthetically. I made the following mods:

Cutter Racing Saddle (white) - Real Cyclist Item #CUT0038
Vittoria Rubino Pro 3 Tire (1 white, 1 lime) - 23 - Real Cyclist Item #VIT0033
Fi'zi:k Bar Tape (apple green) - Real Cyclist Item #FIZ0055
Blackburn Flea Front USB Light (green) - Item #BLB0037

All of these greens seemed to match the cutter logo real well.

I also added a few other items (chrome toe clips, white straps, top tube pad)

Overall, I enjoy this bike a lot. Weight is decent, it looks cool, and it is everything I need to cruise around town.

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Rich Wheeler

Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on March 24, 2010

Easy to use and works great
5 5

When looking for a light, I had 4 objectives in mind, and this light was amazing for all of them.

1) Small, and unobtrusive - this light is called the flea for a reason. It blends into the shape of bike and fits well in your pocket, when you are not using it.

2) Easy to take on and off - The strap system on these takes about 3 seconds to put on or off your bike. Great for tour de bar or any place that you may be afraid of theft.

3) Easy to charge - the USB charging dock works great. It is also Flea size and easy to use.

4) Decent light output - Cruising around at night, I am able to spot potholes, cracks, and other objects I want to avoid. I am also confident cars will see me.

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