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effp612411

Southern Indiana

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Road Biking

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Over 50 year old road biker who wishes he had more time to partake of his favorite leisure activities. Not the fastest in the bunch, but possibly the best looking, Always looking for another hill.

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effp612411wrote a review of on May 3, 2014

5 5

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

In case you were wondering, I've just installed this on my Park stand. It took a moment to get the shim to set in to my satisfaction, but other than that tweak it was a whole lot easier than the actual work done on the bikes. Highly recommended based on first impressions.

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effp612411wrote a review of on May 3, 2014

3 5

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

And fit (and maybe looks) are pretty much what it's all about with a helmet. Well, of course it's nice to have it be light, with a good number of air vents for cooling. But for me and my small knobby head, it all comes down to fit. This is a beautiful helmet, it just looks fast sitting on the shelf. Unfortunately, I found it too tight in the sides, and worst of all the foam hit the back of my head in just the wrong spot. The Louis Garneau that I also bought (see it in my reviews) just worked out to be a better fit. Lesson learned, buy a bunch of different helmets and try them on to see which fits your head best.

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effp612411wrote a review of on May 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this helmet to replace an older Giro; and was particularly looking for something more comfortable. Let's face it, all helmets meet the same safety standard, so I think you buy one for fit (it won't protect you if it doesn't stay in place) and style. I have two issues with my head: it's small, and it's a bit knobby in the back. This is where I really hope my kids don't see this review, as I can anticipate the comments that I'd get for that statement. But seriously, I have generally had a difficult time finding a helmet that didn't require lots of additional pads to sit firmly, and I also had a hard time finding one that didn't put the hard plastic right at the back of my knobby head - and it really is uncomfortable. This helmet has none of those issues, in fact I have to generally remind myself that it's still there. The vents are all sizable, you won't overheat on a hot day any more than you will with any other helmet I've seen and worn. I got it in white (that's what happens when you go with the item on sale), and I'm good with the looks (even though I'm usually in black kit, black shoes, and on a carbon black bike). My wife also wears this helmet (in a medium - yes she has more to keep in her head than I do), and finds it comfortable as well.

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effp612411wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought two of these (built up with SRAM Force) - one for me and one for my wife - about 3 years ago from CC. These bikes were a wonderful value - coming in around $2400. Prior to this, I rode a steel Torelli with Campy Daytona components. A wonderful bike, but at 20 pounds just too heavy to keep up with the faster weekend club riders. This bike is perfect for someone who wants to do those group rides but isn't ready to make the investment on a $5000 (or more) dream bike. It's fast, it's responsive, climbing was a dream after the older steel bike, and it's a respectable bike in the bunch.

My wife is still riding hers, and it's everything she's looking for in a bike. I've admittedly traded up (see my "Ride Like Jens" review); but unless you're ready for a TdF bike you'll have no regrets with this bike.

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effp612411wrote a review of on January 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I'm into my second cold weather season with these tights, and they are the foundation for my cold weather riding. First of all a comment on the size, I'm 5'9", 145 - 150 pounds, and 32.5 inches in the waist. In general, I wear size L Castelli's, but in this case the mediums are a perfect fit. As JDHP437112 said, these are like a skin suit so don't get them if you don't want that effect and feel. I've worn them down to 28 degrees, at which point I felt the cold but was not affected by it, through the 30's where they excel, and into the mid-40's where I still don't feel overheated by them. I love the straps - the smooth lycra is comfortable, and has plenty of flex to move when I do. It can feel a little tight when I first put them on, but once I get into riding position I don't notice them at all.

So far these have been very durable. All my bike clothing goes through a delicate cycle with a little detergent, then hangs to dry, and these still look new as they move into season 2.

And best of all, my wife likes how I look in them, although maybe that's not the bibs.... :-)

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effp612411wrote a review of on December 22, 2013

Ride like Jens
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes, that Jens! This review is for a Cento 1 SL (not the SR), but the differences will be minimal. Shortly after I had CC build up my C1SL with Campy Chorus/Shamal wheels, I did get to ride with Jens (along with my son who is in the picture), and it was no trouble riding at his pace. OK, so it wasn't a race, just a Gran Fondo in TN; but this bike (I was upgrading from a Wilier Izoard w/Force) was an easy pedal for a metric century on the hills of southern TN with this 50 year old body. The major difference I've noticed is the stiffness of the BB, so much more of the power is transmitted with this bike than any other bike I've owned or ridden; especially when riding up the hills in TN or on the Hilly Hundred. But don't worry about the ride being harsh - it's a very comfortable ride for long distances. I've now ridden this bike over two thousand miles, and still haven't found anything I'd change. Can't recommend it enough. My only recommendation is to get a professional fit before cutting the integrated seat mast - I did the full Specialized Body Geometry fit and the results have been spectacular.

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effp612411wrote a review of on November 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One thing I've learned with Castelli from CC is to order the size you think, plus 1 size up. Yes, I spend a little on returns; but I get to make sure the fit is just right. I seem to be 50:50 with Castelli; I usually wear a medium, but for these I found a large was the perfect fit. They are my main summer bibs - comfortable over all of the longest rides. I can't speak to the aerodynamic benefits of these shorts, I still haven't added a wind tunnel to the bike gear in the garage, but I will say that the bib straps are a big reason that these bibs are so comfortable (my winter bibs have the same straps). These straps have just the right balance of tension and stretch. As an aside, my wife also loves her woman's version of these bibs. So far, they've also been very durable - I can't see any wear after 1.5 seasons of use.

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