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3 5

The good - very much waterproof. I've worn this in a driving, 48-degree rain and stayed very dry under.

The less good - I'd hesitate to wear this in anything but a steady, all day rain. It heats up fast, and one you get above mid- upper 50s and the rain tapers off, you're getting steamy underneath. But, when it's raining and miserable, it's great at keeping your core dry and thus warmer.

The real negative tho is something I notice about all Gore bike products - the fit is just not great. The jackets are all oversized, causing a ton of flapping in the wind. Sizing down works, but even then It's just not a tailored fit like a cyclist would want. I want to love this jacket, but I just like it.

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4 5

I am moving to a pump after years of co2 use. Pump seems solid and well made. Maybe a little heavier than I expected. Seems tough to get tires (road) up to 90psi, but it should get me home just fine. Hoping in many ways to never know how well it works!

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5 5

Obvious a great choice in wet weather, as evidenced by their near-ubiquitous use in the pro peloton during the 2013 spring campaign, in spite of team clothing commitments. But what is often not said about this piece is that it is a fantastic cool/cold weather shell. It is quite wind proof, but has no lining, making it very flexible in regards to layering - I wore mine with various base layers and jerseys from the upper 40s way down into the 20s. And of course, the wet weather performance is really incredible, comfortable for me into the upper 50s while raining (I haven't tried to wear it any warmer than that). What really makes this piece work is its fit - it fits like a race day jersey, but has the qualities of a great jacket - no flapping or extra bulk. Highly recommended!

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5 5

After many years of using another brand of saddle, I developed some serious recurring ouchies in a bad place. I tried creams, lotions and potions to no avail. I finally took the leap and tried a different saddle shape (and brand). Loo and behold, saddle sores be gone! Great comfort even up to my longest ride of over 100 miles. The Scratch now sits atop both my road bikes.

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4 5

I purchased 2 pair of replacement lenses for my Oakley Radars - Gold Iridium and Persimmon. First, I rode less expensive glasses for many years, and was skeptical that these glasses would be worth the spend... Happy to report I was wrong.. Fit is great, optics are clear... Really worth it.

The Gold are my go to lens for year round, average conditions. I prefer the gold/brown color and find that these have a good balance of opacity and clarity. No eye strain.

The persimmon were bought just as I do a lot of early morning riding and these are great at dawn, but don't blow your eyes out the way hi via yellow does. I also wear these on really overcast or rainy days... And since I'm riding year round in all weather, that counts for a lot.

My only beef with these is with the hydrophobic lens coating. It works on the outside, which is great. But - its not on the inside, which, if you are like me, is not great as sweat hits the inside of the lens and can create some not great visibility. A squirt from the bottle fixes that along with a few minutes of drying time, but it still is a drag.

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3 5

The good - makes drivetrain quiet, keeps chain (relatively) clean, really seems to clean the drivetrain as advertised.

The bad - the way you are supposed to apply it. It feels very wasteful to just drench the chain. In spite of all it's good qualities - Im not sure I can get over this part of it.

Also - as an aside, before using "Gold", I used the Absolute Dry (red). It also worked as advertised, but what a total mess to apply....

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4 5

I purchased this when I couldn't source my go-to stuff locally (it's also in a green tube, with the initials PW on it...). It seems to have a little more viscosity than the P-Dub, but so far, it's holding up. We will see how well it does in the muck of a cyclocross season and long winter miles... The color is fun though - a bright, florescent green!

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5 5

...do not talk about Flats. This is one of those products that I hesitate to give a review on, or even think about, out of a total sense of fear that acknowledging it's use in my wheels might result in an instant flat. That being said - so far, so good in my tubulars. I had two very distinct experiences in installing this sealant though - it absolutely would not move through a set of Topeak extenders that I was trying to use (the extenders eventually COMPLETELY fell apart as a result of having the liquid in them) - a total complete mess. But, I switched to a set of Conti extenders, and the stuff just squirted right in, no problem, as advertised. Good stuff - but I hope I never find out !

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4 5

This is an item you don't think much about until you use one that sucks... which I did recently... and it made me appreciate these guys a little more. Work beautifully with HED Stinger 4s. Mine get a little goopy when using sealant, but I'm not sure that it's the extender's fault so much as it is the Caffeelatex...

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4 5

I bought this to serve as a fall/winter jacket more so than a jersey. Jackets always fit too loose and flappy. This fit on this piece is right on, it almost feels custom tailored. I'm considering buying a 2nd!

I wear this with just a short sleeve base in the low 50's, add a ss jersey in the low 40's, just a long sleeve base down to 30 and below 30 add a 2nd base. It's very versatile and warm, not hot. I can't see wearing this much above the mid 50s, but haven't tried, either.

The one thing I'd change is to make the full sleeve wind proof. The wind stopper material ends at the elbow. You can feel the cold air on the forearms, and on high speeds/ big descents you can feel the cold air rushing up the sleeves to your torso. Not terrible, but full wind stopper would be great.

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1 5

I own alot of Craft clothing, and love it. The quality, materials and fit are always above par. I figured these would be the same.

These bibs look nice, but the fit is positively terrible. Baggy knees, baggy abdomen and a loose fitting chamois/crotch area. The last thing you want in a set of cycling bottoms is something that fits poorly in the crotch. I think that the poor fit is in large part to the windproof fabric - it just doesn't have the stretch to it that allows the material to conform to the body contours.

So, I still love Craft, but these bibs are going back.

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5 5

A truing stand was the last piece of bike repair equipment I needed to avoid taking my bike to the LBS for service.

I've had an issue this summer with a few broken spokes, and at $30ea for spoke, labor and truing - it made sense to get a stand, and fast.

This was the most reasonably priced stand I could find, and reviews were positive.

In short- it does as advertised - it allows you to true a bicycle wheel. Quality is fine and its quite functional.

I don't build wheels, so I can't comment if it would be a good choice for that or not. But if truing your wheels and being self-sufficient is your goal - this is a great stand.

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5 5

About 200 miles on a pair so far.

Fit is good. Quality of materials and construction is good.

Understated (black) look is good. Small logos are good.

These socks stay out of the way - I don't notice them - which is good.

They don't stink when I take them off. Good.

Feet feel comfortable in 90 degree heat or in 48 degree cool.

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3 5

Pro - gloves are nice - no padding and well constructed. Nice materials. On and off is easy with the pull tabs on the fingers.

Cons - The lower palms bunched up after about 15 miles - and stayed that way. I guess there was either some extra leather in the palm or the gloves stretched a bit with use.

It drives me crazy - I can feel the "ridge" in the leather against my palms when on the hoods. No amount of pulling on the tab at the wrist will remove the "slack".

I may try to reshrink them to see if they will form to my hands. but as it is now, the extra material is a distraction.

Would be 5 stars but for the stretching!

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