UnfilteredDregs

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on February 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well,

I don't want to come into the Spring a fat-ass because of lack of riding during the Winter. I don't do well with ice. Concussion, collar bone, various sprains, etc..

and, I've become more serious/regimented about training. You simply can't go out and hold your LTHR for one hour on the road around here, or do intervals without interruption, like lights, cars, dogs, people...

I bought the Overdrive set and an inertia roller. This is a very flexible mechanical unit. If I want to just spin along in Z2/Z3 I remove the overdrive drum and install the spare regular drum. So, no resistance and you really get to work technique...It's a bit like riding on ice actually!

When I want to do a sustained Z4 workout I put the Overdrive drum in with the red side on the left, it stays at a moderate resistance that way and I can spin up to a real world speed and hold my Z4 for an hour and just sweat out the calories.

If I want to do intervals I flip the Overdrive drum into it's normal position, red on the right, and the resistance scales exponentially depending upon the power you're putting into it...

I do cadence drills where I spin up to 120+ rpm and hold it for 45-60 seconds and then drop it off and recover...

Overall a very flexible training tool that is utterly mechanical requiring no electricity, etc.. they easily fold up for compact storage as well.

Dollar for dollar I'd say these are about the most bang for buck you can get out of a set of rollers considering the flexibility and ease of configuration.

I can work purely on form at low Z HR with no resistance, I can work out at moderate resistance for sustained high Z efforts, and I can kill myself on intervals with the overdrive drum in the regular position where the resistance scales exponentially versus your effort.

...and, rollers keep you engaged. I'm still "in the doorway..." it's going to be a while before I'm riding hands free and such, but I already notice a difference when I hit the road...far more graceful, cadence is purposeful...you'll hold a far straighter line.

I've put 500 miles on them in the last three weeks, I'm actually losing weight...I ended the season at 195, I'm 191 today, and hopefully I'll get below 190# before my Spring training with my cycling club kicks in in March...versus 216# last year after not riding for the Winter.

I'm going to be a much stronger & faster cyclist this year...

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on February 11, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like the chamois, just enough, stays exactly in place.

Will keep you warm down to 32 degrees...windchill may make you a bit uncomfortable, so, I'd call these a good Late Fall/Early Winter set of bib tights.

I don't like how restrictive they seem to be with regards to the kneecap, almost as if they may prevent proper motion, so, it's critical to get these hiked up your legs and placed properly.

For $115 pretty decent...I've since begun to drink the Assos Kool Aid though...

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on January 16, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The interface, chuck, whatever you want to call it does not seat and lock easily onto the valve stem. I'm using Presta with valve extenders. It just plain up sucks, pops off inconveniently, etc..

Once you finally get the thing to lock up right...the pump certainly pumps. Seems well made but the chuck just sucks.

I'm returning and purchasing something else...

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on November 14, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So...The camo speaks to me. Puts me in my element. lmao. Quality Jersey, 3 pockets and a zipper side pocket for your electronics- a key feature for me ever since my iPhone went flying on a descent and smashed wit the sound of a dozen light bulbs... 3 back pockets, the usual drill, a steal at less than $40.00. I own 3...

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on November 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I jumped on the sale...perfect for high 40s to 50s riding. I paid attention to the sizing chart and these fit perfectly. Good compression. I'm 5'10" and went with the XXL, spec'd at 36" for the waist, my size... The fit is race, the leg grippers stay where I put them. Happy so far, I've ridden a century with them and a few 40-60 milers. Comfort is good.

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...and

It's already done it's job. I just bought the damned thing less than 2 months ago and I smashed my Calabasa against the pavement today. The shell and foam buckled and delaminated but my head is in one piece!!!!

Thank you Kask for preventing additional loss of my already sorry IQ.

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great cleat, my first clipless experience. Frankly, everyone psyched me out about falling with these. So much drama over nothing!

I became instantly acclimated.

Then again on my first trip I went over the Brooklyn Bridge on a Saturday morning with gobs of crowds of people...I must have had to clip in and out at least 100 time each way...So, I gotta a lot of practice done on my first day with them.

A flick of the ankle, without even thinking about it, and I'm out. If I spaz out in some mud or on ice I pop right out as well.

1000 miles since November.

Some people talk about popping out with these when pulling through the pedal upstroke...I don't think you'd ever have that problem if you're feet have been properly aligned via cleat position/fitting.

Does what they should and they're cheap.

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UnfilteredDregswrote a review of on March 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

And comfortable. The chamois is understated but definitely does the job, it's nice not to feel like I'm wearing a pair of Depends... I don't know why there are gripes here regarding construction, no one has offered up any description of damage/tears, etc.. The stitching looks more than adequate upon inspection.

A good fit for me in large. I'm 5'10" @ 205#, my thighs measure 23" around.

You can't do better for $45.00

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