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Steve Tam

Steve Tam

Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on June 3, 2015

TLD Quality for the Wee Ones
4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I purchased a pair of these for my daughter (because there are maybe two brands that make girls riding shorts...Dakine and LG) and they are well made. My daughter says they don't get as hot as some of her other shorts (regular street shorts). After measuring her waist size and comparing it to the sizing chart the shorts were one size too large so she required the next size down (this may be different for boys). While the shorts are well made, the price is bit steep for kids shorts but you get the quality you pay for.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 18, 2015

Good for the family car
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Putting this rack together was simple. I was concerned about the adaptor for the 2 inch hitch but has not been an issue. The cam system that tightens the rack in the hitch works well and is secure. While tightening the knob it helped to gently rock the rack so the corners of the adaptor found the corners of the hitch. (Compared to the Yakima Swingdaddy, the Swingdaddy would not secure itself in the hitch despite cranking down on the knob to the point it wouldn't even turn or loosen). There is also a lever that clicks into the hole in the side of the hitch for added security.

Swinging the bikes aside is easy and there are some locking pins to prevent it from swinging back on you (one is semi- automatic and one needs to be put in place by hand).

A lock for the hitch and a lock for a small cable in the rack are included. If you want further security purchase a long cable and u lock.

I haven't had any issues with the adaptor as the previous reviewer.

This rack is good for the family bikes....like lower end kid bikes and adult hardtails. Full suspension bikes have a difficult time being mounted on these style racks and a lot of the high end carbon bikes do not recommend using a rack like this.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 14, 2015

Great Shorts
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Club Ride Cargo Away shorts are very comfortable to ride in. These are great shorts if you're not into the "Bro" look of super long shorts, retina searing colors, and huge look at me logos. Fabulous black color hides mud stains and looks good on and off the bike for those post ride meals.

The waist adjust buckles are my favorite and least favorite features of these shorts. Huge props to Club Ride for not using velcro here (which snags jerseys and so forth). The buckles are easy to use but unfortunately are also easy to unlock and loosen. The buckles have unlocked while riding on downhills and climbs that have caused the shorts to sag and get caught on the seat. I've become more aware of it and constantly check the buckles but would rather think about riding.

All in all these are a great pair of shorts. Lots of pockets and zippers can secure gear without any worries of snagging while riding.

These shorts do not come with any liner/inner shorts so you can wear your favorite chamois.

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Steve Tam

Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 9, 2015

Traction Found
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been a long time user of the Schwalbe Nobby Nic and finally tried out the Magic Mary. Holy traction finders! The knobs are huge and grip on to the dirt tighter than that creepy Gollum thing (from Lord of the Rings) gripped on to that pesky ring. With the severe drought affecting us out West, the trails have been dusty and blown out even through winter. With the Magic Mary there is hope for traction to be found.

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Steve Tamwrote a review of on May 9, 2015

Fantastic!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Climbing:

Subjectively this is hands down the best climbing bike in this category of mountain bikes. In fact this bike climbs almost as well as the Ripley (which is mind blowing). It climbs very efficiently (even with the rear shock in descend mode). I keep the lever in descend mode and never have to touch it even on hour long climbs. There is no hint of any loss of forward motion when pedaling. The DW Link works like magic allowing this bike to scoot up hills with less effort. My last bike was a Yeti SB-66c and it took significantly more effort to climb up steep hills and tight switchbacks. This bike climbs so well I find myself reaching for this bike more than my hardtail.

Descending:

The HD3 is well balanced at high speed and also in tight technical situations. Point the bike and it goes there without complaining. The HD3 is so well mannered it does not overwhelm but rather encourages the rider to improve and progress. If you are looking for a bike closer to a DH sled you may consider other options.

Favorite things about this bike: How well it climbs and descends. In fact this bike is fantastic everywhere. Another bonus is the ability to ride the bike without flipping any lockout levers, switches, and so forth?its nice to just go out and ride and only think about riding.

Thoughts:

If you are looking for a bike that is a complete joy to ride anywhere on any type of terrain don?t look anywhere else. The mixture or the HD3?s climbing prowess and descending capabilities are downright impressive. Back in the early 90?s, when full suspension was starting to evolve, we wished for a bike like this. I remember at Norba Nationals we all rode Amps (with different stickers) which looking back were more like pogo sticks with cantilevers. I?m glad a bike like this was created during my lifetime. Well done Ibis.

Who would like this bike:

Anyone who loves to mountain bike, road racers, and even equestrians. If the last two groups rode it they would convert to mountain biking.

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