I didn't want to dish out a ton of money on a carbon seat post.. so this was a great buy for me. It's not the lightest carbon seat post out there, but it gets the job done. It's well built (I have over 1000 miles on it) and carbon very noticeably dampens your ride. Also, There's one screw on the seat clamp which adjusts the angle of the seat so adjustment is super easy! Overall: a great buy for a noticeably smoother ride.
Great crank! I have over 1000 miles on this crank. I upgraded to this guy from some cheap SRAM one that came stock with my bike. I love the thick, carbon crank arms. There's no flex whatsoever, even when I'm sprinting the bike at ~30mph. Additionally, as with all carbon parts, it dampens the ride making it much smoother. Also, it looks pretty sweet! Definitely an eye-catcher on the road. Only downside I can think of is weight. I have a full SRAM Red set up except for the crank. I went with this guy because I found this one for a lower price (that was the deal breaker for me), although I think the Red crank is lighter weight (still wayyyy lighter than the aluminum crank I used to have). Overall: I can't recommend this crank enough! No flex with great power transfer! Well worth the money!
I was going to purchase a pair of cold weather tights and just throw them on under my shorts but I decided to go with a full tight set up - bibs and all. These bibs have fit the bill perfectly. The tights don't restrict my motion at all. They are quite warm and have a soft lining on the inside which hasn't chafed me yet. They're the perfect weight for Seattle's winter weather (~low-high 40s). Additionally, I have yet to try a chamois better than Castelli's Progetto X2 Air (although I haven't tried an Assos chamois yet). I have a very bony butt and need a really good chamois in my bibs/tights. This chamois stays in place and holds well on the seat and on your butt. The only thing I would change about these is that I wish they had the little foot-wrap to help keep the tights down. They do ride up like half an inch or so when riding, but its really not much. Overall: these seemed a little pricey to me first.. but they are well worth the money!
PS: Castelli has a European fit. As a general rule, go up one size from your regular size!
I was originally planning on going with some Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL wheels but when I saw these on sale and noticed they were lighter by almost 100 grams, I went with these guys. These wheels are lightweight and accelerate in a snap. The wheels are stiff but not harsh; they are still forgiving and absorb a fair bit of road vibrations. They're also quite durable and I've had no problems so far (~400 miles). With a 23mm tire, the tire had no bulge over the sides and looks like it's integrated with the wheel. As far as aero goes, once you reach about 19+mph, you can really notice the difference the aero wheel makes. The spokes aren't bladed, but the wheel is still plenty aero. I also liked that fact that these guys were 42mm deep, as opposed to the 52mm deep Mavics (a little too deep for me).
Overall, they've been a great all-purpose wheel so far.
Awesome sunglasses for active-wear. They fit snug, but they're not uncomfortable. They really stay in place and I don't have to constantly shift them like I have to with other sunglasses. The lenses are extremely easy to swap out even on the go. When the trail turns to snow, I can swap out to a darker lens in just a few seconds right on the trail. The vented lenses don't fog up but still block the wind which is nice when you're riding at a steady 20mph pace while cycling. If you're looking for one pair of sunglasses that does it all, this is it.