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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 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 October 16, 2012

5 5

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

I've used a lot of Oakley's lifestyle glasses and was looking for something with a more active inclination. I settled on the jawbone for the quick ability to swap lens and the fact it had two lenses and not a shield. The airflow through the lens is also nice. These are great for active shades that you can wear otherwise, as well.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on April 5, 2011

5 5

I love this sunblock. It is hard to find an effective all natural sunblock like this one. I have tried many other brands, and this is the stuff for me. You do need to reapply many times to keep it effective, and it does make your face stubble look funny, but who cares right? I'd rather have a little ghost face going on than be putting toxic chemicals on my face. Yay for Beyond Coastal!

I have used this snowboarding for the most part. Haven't tested it swimming, but I bet with the right amount of reapplication, it will rock.

Oh yeah, it smells good too. Makes my nose tingle.

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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on March 30, 2010

The little light that could
5 5

I bought this light, in conjunction with the flea headlight. Overall you can't ask for much more.

- It is easy to charge on the USB dock
- It is small
- It is easy to take on and off your bike, to avoid theft
- It has 4 LEDS with 3 modes. I personally like the disco, cause it makes me happy
- It is bright. I have used a few other tail lights and this is the brightest. You will be seen.

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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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Rich Wheelerwrote a review of on January 19, 2010

5 5

Many people pick up a pair of frogs and automatically comment that they feel cheap. This comment seems to be due to how light these are. Since the Frogskin is more slim lined than a pair of Rayban Wayfarers, it is lighter. This is a good thing though. It feels like you have nothing on your face. Couple this with high end Oakley optics, and you have a super light, high end pair of shades. Of course these have good style too. Some people have said that these can't be used for active use. I've snowboarded with them plenty of times and never had a problem with them flying off or getting heavy wind drafts, across my eyes. I am sure there are other Oakleys that wrap better, but they probably weigh more than these.

Fit wise, I think these are similar to a size L rayban wayfarer frame. If you have a bigger head, these rule.

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