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Wally Phillips

Wally Phillips

Salt lake City, Utah and ANYWHERE there is snow

Wally Phillips's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

Wally Phillips's Bio

As a Pittsburghian at birth, I began my outdoor foray on skis at age 2 1/2. Since then, the pursuit of the best turns has consumed me. I am willing to go the extra mile to get to places people only shake their head at (Utah provides many). I also bike, run and have as much fun as I can in this short life.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on February 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So, yeah. I like waffles. Who doesn't? I've been going on the Honey Stinger waffles that most cyclists originally turned me on to, but a few of my homies got me on these interestingly named natural waffles and I have to admit that I'm pretty impressed.

The initial wrapping is a little tough to open in a pinch, but once you get there things get pretty blissful. The waffle itself is pretty stable and doesn't break apart terribly easily. In breaking the waffle in two, there was a bit of a soft center like those crazy good energy waffles from MT but on a smaller scale. The taste is a good balance between cocoa and coffee while not being overly sugary and I did dip it in coffee with pretty good results.

I wish it left me slightly more filling at times and as an energy snack it does well in regular intervals but doesn't quite supply enough kapow taste and weight for those really hard days when you want to find a reason to keep going. The packaging has a nice color design though. I would definitely recommend this waffle to anyone looking for a bit more than the standard offers.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on October 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

"26", 27.5", 29", starting to feel a bit crowded in the MTB wheel size format." This was my thought when deciding to upgrade my rig before my disposable income goes kaput. I had a Blur LTc and while I loved the feel of the frame and the suspension was the perfect amount, the smaller wheelsize made things a little squirrely for some reason (I'm all legs - 33.5" inseam at 5'11" - might be part of it). When I saw that SC made the Solo (now the 5010, clever) with a very similar geometry as the Blur with the 27.5" wheelsize, it seemed to make enough sense for me.
(-side note- no 29er for me, for a do it all bike I don't like to get that tactical with my descents)

And I was right. This is a very capable do it all bike, especially in this particular build. The rolling resistance of the wheel size feels easy and it takes much less energy to maintain speed. Climbing comes very easily here with the three ring crankset and the fact that the Solo/5010's best quality is the rolling resistance on the small stuff when climbing. Descending feels almost as much at home as it is a harmonious blend of stability and nimbleness due to the Blur's geometry being instilled.

The build is fantastic as well with Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes, a RockShox Reverb seat dropper, Fox Float front and back and a nice wide Easton bar. Liked the tires (HighRoller 2s) and don't love the wheels for the weight, but gives me something to upgrade and can't afford that ENVE goodness yet.

Enough with the gushing, time for the down-points. Not many here as it feels like nitpicking, but while there is not much that the Solo/5010 doesn't do, I feel that there is no real bright spots either other than that rolling resistance I mentioned earlier. I also don't see the need for the triple crankset as I'm not using the granny or the biggest gears much.

Overall, a great do everything bike for those who loves the new 27.5 wheel size.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on October 8, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was able to score an M-Frame frameset with a broken lens so I decided to hop on a couple of these replacement frames. The vision is the usual better than most Oakley quality while the nose piece is good at hugging the shnoz without cutting off the air. The array of tints is endless (a good thing) and the shape is a good medium between wind protection while remaining low profile.

The lens is a bit strange to put on the frame itself. I'm a bit afraid of breaking the tip corner off of the lens each time I try, but that is the only complaint.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bike Computers are something that I have skimped on a bit. Since my rides are getting longer and rigs more sophisticated, I decided to plunge in to the Edge 500 from Garmin and I wasn't disappointed. A plethora of information awaits those who take the time, study the manual and plan out the display system that is right for them. The unit it self is very small and feels sturdy and most of the extra gadgets are pretty easy to install. This unit does come with a Heart Rate strap and while I feel that it could be easier taking on and off, it does the job well.
I want to revisit the earlier statement of "plethora of information awaits those who take the time" etc. etc. If you are the kind of person who doesn't mind digging in to the manual and experimenting with all the settings, then the Edge 500 will reward those people with a streamlined display of all the stats needed. If you are more of a "plug and play" type of person, the Edge 500 will be a little lost as it will be set to the factory pages of stats and that isn't necessarily what people need. Also to mount is good in a pinch, but if you want something that extends the unit further out then I would start checking Bar Flys out as I feel like I have to crane my neck down further than comfortable at times.
Overall, a great training tool for those who are willing to take the time to unleash it.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 15, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When i started road riding, I found out real quick that a lighter, more ventilated helmet made for an easier ride temperature wise. So, I started out with the Giro Atmos Helmet and was glad I did. The 26 vents almost keep my head too cool and the roc-loc 5 keeps the Atmos snug on top of my head after a bit of adjusting.
Sizing can get a little tough if you are right at the 55cm (common) head size. I went with a medium and had to play with the adjustments a bit, but was able to get a snug fit.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 25, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming off of my rare 5-star review of the Louis Garneau Classico Bib Short
(read here: http://beta.competitivecyclist.com/louis-garneau-classico-bib-short?_requestid=2908969)
you're probably looking for me to gush over the matching jersey. While I won't be gushing (ew), I will be placing heavy praise as the Classico Jersey complements the awesome bib shorts perfectly.
The Diamond Fabric definitely works as longer rides in the hot Utah summer aren't really fazing me as much as when I wear other jerseys. The pocket layout of smaller on both sides and bigger in the middle works very well for during-ride organization. The style is also really cool (okay, gushing here a bit).
If I'm going to harp on anything, it may as well be the fit. I went with a large and while I am 5' 11", 180 with a shorter torso and shorter arms, I have a smallish waist and shoulders of a 6' 3" person. The Large fit the waist well, the shoulders are a little tight than I would like and the negative I'm trying to bring across is that it doesn't feel consistent with the bibs as the jersey runs a bit smaller.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on June 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The story behind me getting the Louis Garneau Classico Bib Short was partly for looks, which are awesome as it looks like a team issue without a ton of logos spread throughout. After putting it on, I felt the Powerband keep the inseam where it was supposed to be and the Lycra Power, Pro and Power Mesh combination made the positive blood flow evident before the first pedal stroke.
Things got even better after starting to ride as my legs felt more efficient in pushing straightaways and climbs. This material even dries quickly as I once wore the Classico bibs before proper drying after wash and I couldn't tell after the first ten miles. The Airzone Chamois is another large plus as 40 miles garnered no ill feelings from down there.
Going on to the fit, I am 5' 11", 180 lbs with bulky upper legs, a 32.5" inseam and a thinner hip/waist. The medium fit pretty well to a bit tight, but not too constricting. The height of the bib straps were perfect as well.
I know you are looking for the downside to this bib, guess what? There isn't one. It is the best bib short I've ever had the pleasure of using a bike seat with. If I can nitpick, a casual rider that only goes 1 hour per week won't be doing this bib justice as it begs to be ridden on long and difficult courses.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on August 17, 2012

4 5

I definitely like my protein as I am an active individual and try to recover as best I can, even sacrificing taste more often than not. I don't have to do that with the Powerbar ProteinPlus Protein Powder Drink Mix - Canister. The Vanilla flavor is straight up awesome, even when mixing with water where most Protein mixes turn powdery.

I'll admit that it isn't the most efficient protein to calorie ratio out there, but if you're looking for a simple protein powder mix that does the job and tastes great, look here.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on August 17, 2012

3 5

I gave the VeloShine Wipes a shot as I know how important it is to keep the rigs clean and it met with positive results and a few complaints. The wipes did a really good job of cleaning away dirt and grime and even took off heavy grease with a bit of work.

I was surpirsed at how quickly the cleaning agent wore off though. I understand that when a bike has been left for a few rides for it to take a few wipes to get clean again. But even after one ride I was using at least 2 1/2 to get a full clean in. I've seen a few kitchen surface wipes that last longer.

I'll try re-wetting the parts that don't have grease in the future and see how long they last. Overall, a good solution to taking out the bucket and hose all the time, but could improve over time.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 23, 2012

3 5

The Louis Garneau Mini Race 2 Bag has its ups and downs. The size of the bag is perfect for race day to fit a spare tube, hand pump and even keys. The design is sleek and light as well. Through I do find that the bag installation is hard to conceptualize at first, the drawcord is a nice touch.

That being said, some problems arise. The zipper is a bit too stiff for a small bag that you'll be stuffing a lot into. The velcro used to attach the bag to the rails of the saddle is not great either as you need to double check on its security. It is a nice starter bag or small bag to throw a minimal amount into, but you'll be wanting more of the design later on.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 23, 2012

4 5

For the Shimano 105 PD-5700 SPD SL Pedal, the focus is more toward a casual road biker and someone on a budget, yet the performance outweighs the price. The pedals give a fantastic noise when engaged and the adjust ability of the tightness is a no-brainer. You'll eventually want to upgrade to something lighter, but for those looking to get out for less $$ or not worried about the weight, you'll be happy with the 105s.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 23, 2012

4 5

I went looking for a Continental tyre with a bit less rolling resistance, so I came from the Mountain King Supersonic 26x2.4s to the Continental Race King Black Chili ProTection Tire - 26in and was pretty stoked. I didn't feel a whole ton of grip difference on slightly rocky to tacky dirt while getting that extra push from less of an area of tyre on the ground.

The grip even extended to some of the more rocky areas, which was a joy for me. But, it did seem to get bogged down a bit in slightly sandy areas and where the super dry dirt has turned to dust. Will update once mud has been brought into the mix.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 23, 2012

4 5

I like Twin Six. Their style gives a representation all its own and they always have good quality fabrics. The same could be said for the Twin Six Allez Sock where the Coolmax blend definitely keeps the feet dry and the fit is around what is stated. My favorite part of this sock is that it isn't almost all the way up to the knee like most of the other socks that Twin Six makes. Also, the "Allez" on the sock gives me a reason to go faster.

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Wally Phillipswrote a review of on July 23, 2012

4 5

Was looking to get a couple of middle of the road bottle cages to fit the bill on a new road rig and the Lezyne Flow Cage more than does the trick. The Composite Matrix material is stronger than it first seems while staying on the light side. There is a bit of a lack of color (white and black only) and the seat tube position needs a bit more prying to get the bottle out at times. But, for $10, you'll get a great cage that is light and does what it is supposed to.

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