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I bought this case to protect my bike while traveling overseas. There is no doubt that this case will survive extreme abuse. The other great thing is that the biggest preparation for traveling is to remove and secure your wheel set inside the built in protective wheel wells. So if you are not interesting in loosening or removing seats, handlebars, derailleur and pedals this offers a big advantage over many of the other cases on the market. The other thing I really like are the TSA approved locks. They without a doubt will keep this case secure and locked protecting your bike and valuables. Speaking of valuables there is definitely room in this case to stuff in all your extras like helmets, bags etc.

So with all the positives there is always a few negatives. The downside is the size of the case. Once you arrive at your destination you will need to move this case around and additionally you will need to get it inside a vehicle that is large enough to accept it with room left over for your other luggage. Cars in most foreign countries outside the USA are usually on the small side so keep this in mind when traveling with this case abroad.

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I see many riders on my daily rides without lights I think the more visibility you provide to drivers the more chance you have of preventing either a close encounter, an accident or worse a fatality. Bikes with the proper lights installed also seem to get drivers attention. My experience is that drivers have a higher respect for those that are doing everything possible to be seen, thus the reason I am a big proponent of strong emitting lights on bikes.

So I have chosen a CatEye Volt 1200 Headlight on the handlebars (this light is so awesome and so important when you are passing by side streets at 30 mph). I have a CatEye Rapid X Light on each seat stay. They really illuminate/ You have a choice of various lighting modes so depending on your lighting requirement experiment. The mounting is so easy/simple and each charge provides hours of riding time. You can also purchase one for your seatpost but I would instead recommend purchasing a stronger emitting rear center light for the seat post.

Install on on Seat Stay

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5 5

I have been riding a Pinarello Dogma Hydro (disc brake version) for the last year with a Zipp Firecrest 303 disc wheelset. What I realized early on when riding on windy days that I was being blown around on the road. Kind of scary on fast descents! I wasn't sure if it was the windage caused by having disc brakes or it was the deep dish wheels. A few times the wind almost caused me to have a serious accident. So this caused me to start looking for possible ways to solve this problem. As luck may have it, I came across the ENVE Smart System 3.4 Disc Wheelset . Based on the product description and after talking to Competitive I decided though very pricey to take a chance and went ahead and purchased the wheelset. After two rides I can say that the stability is incredible in windy conditions. No more being blow around! Also to my amazement I actually picked up an extra 1 mp/h of speed due to reduced drag which I was not expecting. I thought at first this increase in speed was an anomaly so I decided to ride the exact route twice and then compare the results with previous recent rides of the same route while using the Zipp Firecrests. All data was collected using a Garmin 810 computer. The results was a 1 MPH increase.

The final analysis: VERY STABLE AND VERY FAST!

Quality: My rear wheel on the first wheelset was not true. I sent the whole set back to Competitive and they quickly replaced with a new one. I think the quality otherwise is very high.

To complete the set you might consider the following:

Clinchers:
Vittoria Open Pave EVO CG III, Black/Green, 700c x 25mm

Tubes:
Vittoria Latex Road Tube, size: 700x25/28

Disc Rotors:
Shimano XTR SM-RT99 Rotor - Centerlock SM-RT99, 140mm

Note: See my review on TRP/HYRD disc brakes and what you need to do to eliminate brake squeal and get maximum braking power.

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/trp-hy-rd-cable-actuated-hydraulic-disc-brake?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6dHJwIGh5cmQ6MToxOnRycCBoeXJk&skid=TRP000A

Stability and Extra Speed

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3 5

When the call arises and you think you have air in your HYRD brakes you should have on hand a bleed kit with TRP approved mineral oil whcih is compatible with these brakes. Note: Do not use DOT 5.1 brake fluid with these brakes.

As of this review Competitive Cyclist did not sell Tektro bleed kits so here is the link to where you can purchase one

http://tektro-usa.com/category.php?catid=188&productid=1108.

You will also find a helpful instructional video from TRP on:
"How To Bleed TRP HY/RD Brakes"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0i4aQ8S34w

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3 5

I just found there is a Technical Bulletin on the TRP HYRD Disc Brakes.
http://www.trpbrakes.com/category.php?productid=1198&catid=206&subcat=0

HYRD TRP owners who received and have these installed on their bikes starting from June 01, 2013 to the current date should check the adjustment of their brakes! Brakes improperly adjusted are potentially dangerous.

The technical BULLETIN READS AS FOLLOWS:
"The HYRD brake system is an open hydraulic brake designed for use on single rider bicycles. The purpose of the open hydraulic system is to allow the pistons to compensate for pad wear. Each time the brake is released, the piston opens up the reservoir, allowing more oil into the caliper if needed. Only a properly set-up brake will allow the piston to retract fully ensuring that your brakes can account for worn pads.

To check if your brakes have been set-up and are operating correctly, examine the Lock Knob feature next to the cable actuator arm. If the Lock Knob can be threaded into arm, then this means the actuator arm is in the correct position and the hydraulic system is open. If the Lock Knob will NOT thread into the actuator arm or is very difficult, this means that the actuator arm is preventing the piston
from returning fully and has closed off the reservoir port. This prevents the brake to compensate for pad wear.

To remedy this - follow the cable installation and adjustment instructions in the HYRD Owner?s Manual. DO NOT RIDE A BIKE WITH A BRAKE IN THIS CONDITION IT COULD CREATE A POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION, PARTICULARLY WITH WORN PADS. The barrel adjuster is intended to fine tune cable tension to take up cable slack that some people find difficult to remove when installing the cable. The barrel adjuster has a 1.5 turn limit before the system is closed off. When using the barrel adjuster, check that the Lock Knob will still thread into the actuator arm (with a brake lever in the released state.)"

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4 5

August 2014 Update:
Replace TRP disc Pads with SwissStop 15 disc pads.
Purchase SwissStop Brake Silencer at Amazon
(Competitive does not sell this.)
Results: All squealing eliminated in all conditions, and maximum braking power realized.)
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I just recently moved from traditional road bike brakes to the TRP cable acutated hydraulic brakes. I like the disc brakes but I was unaware that disc brakes tend to squeal and lose their effectiveness when wet or if they get contaminated with dirt or other foreign substances. The remedy is to first clean both the rotors and the disc pads themselves with isopropyl alcohol and then use a paste called Squealout to minimize and delay future squealing. You can purchase Squealout directly from Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=squeal+out&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=30908801901&hvpos=1t1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3893263816579430544&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&ref=pd_sl_1l3xs9i44l_b

(Competitive unfortunately does not carry this product as of this review), or you can go directly to www.squealout.com

For instructions as to how to clean and apply this paste to disc brakes go to this Youtube instructional video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2eMCgIlnlI

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4 5

I have been riding on ProLogo Saddles for the last 3 years. I recently purchased a new high end carbon fiber bike and outfitted it with this new saddle from Prologo. It was really incredible. You absolutely are solidly anchored (no movement) onto the saddle thereby increasing your overall ability to apply all the power in your legs down to your pedals. By eliminating movement around your seat, this saddle has the real potential to also prevent certain medical conditions due to various forces and pressures being applied as your riding. If you want more stability and more power being directed in the right places consider trying the Prologo Scratch Pro Nack CPC Saddle

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5 5

If you decide to purchase an expensive carbon bike like the Pinarello Dogma Think2, you spend a little more money and invest in the right tools for tightening down components as specified by the bike manufacturer. Without the proper torque tools you have the potential to damage and destroy your bike and components that are made out of carbon. Over and under tightening components on your bike poses serious safety risks to the rider while on the road.

To guarantee that your stem, handle bars, seatpost, shoe cleats etc.. and whatever else will need torquing are tightened to manufacturers specs, I would highly recommend the following tools. They both come with various sockets, hex and Torx heads needed to tighten down various components on your bike.

Topeak D-Torq Wrench DX (digital) $215
Torque from 4 to 80 Nm, can configure for NM, ft/lb, or kg/cm
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/topeak-d-torq-wrench-dx

Shimano PRO Torque Wrench (mechanical) $99
This is a very versatile tool and has an adjustable range from 0-15 Nm in 0.4Nm increments.
http://www.artscyclery.com/Shimano_PRO_Torque_Wrench/descpage-SHTW.html

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5 5

I have been looking at this product for sometime but just couldn't justify the cost for a rain jacket. But recently with 40% off I decided to go for it. I wanted something very light weight, highly breathable and with Assos reputation I was hoping for a home run.

Before I purchased, I carefully reviewed the size chart. I am a size 38" chest and according to the chart I should be in their small size (37.8in chest). I was hesitant but thought this would offer a good fit over a cycling jersey since I am closer to a 38" chest than a medium which indicates a (39.4" chest size). Well needless to say it was way too small. So I returned it for a medium. I had to pay for the return and for the new shipping so be very careful to go up at least one chest size if you are thinking of purchasing this product. As an update the medium (39.4" chest) was delivered and it fit perfectly.

As the title says: "SO GOOD YOU'LL BEG FOR RAIN." We will definitely test it and see just how well it performs against the high cost of this rain jacket. Who knows it might just be worth it!

As an update I can already tell that the Assos RS.SturmPrinz Jacket is a very different type of rain jacket. The material is incredible, the fit is snug and well formed to your body. I haven't verified this yet but Asso claims that this jacket will not build up moisture inside even under high rates of physical exertion. This means a lot of comfort and dryness during very wet conditions, which ultimately means you are less apt to stay at home due to concerns of incoming clouds and rain. This equals more cycling and more adventures!

I am really glad I now have this in my arsenal of weather protecting gear.

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5 5

It works great in terms of breathing warm air through the mask. Your lungs are really protected from the direct cold air. It also protects the cheeks and goes down around the neck slightly which offers some protection there as well. It is attached via velcro so is adjustable. It doesn't really cover the ears but this is solved by wearing an ear band to solve that problem. One last comment, I did experience a slight problem in that when I breathed out through the masks it would tend to fog up my road glasses. This was very annoying. So I would suggest glasses that really have good vents to prevent fogging.

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5 5

I bought this jacket to extend my riding season and I am very happy to report it delivered. In November in Maine we had temperatures in the low 40's going down into the high 30's. In the 40's you can get away with a good base layer and the Giordana Forma Red Zero Jacket. In the high 30's I wore a Patagonia long sleave base layer, the jacket and for more wind protection, I also added as my final layer the Louis Garneau Course Race Jacket http://www.backcountry.com/Store/catalog/search.jsp?q=Louis+Garneau+Course+Race+Jacket&s=u For the price at $129 the Course Race Jacket offers great permeability, fits and contours well to the body plus has very good breathability. I actually at times was a little hot when cranking up the hills but on the flats and going down the hills I am glad I had it on.
Remarkably with this jacket and the layers I described above, my core always stayed warm even when I made a few stops along the way.

Size: All Giordana clothing I have purchased tends to run a size small (learned the hardway). I usually wear a medium for jerseys, bibs and jackets but with Giordana you really need to go up by one size. So being a medium I ordered a large. A perfect fit! For the Race Course Jacket a medium was perfect.

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4 5

The Giordana FormaRed Carbon Men's Bib Tights run on the small size so if you are normally a medium I would suggest going up one size to a large. I am a 32 waist and a 38 chest and the medium worked but going to the large was perfect.

On my first ride using these bib tights the temperature was 35 degrees F with no sun. The wind was coming out of the west at 19mph. With my average speed down to 14mph due to strong head winds, I later calculated with the wind chill that it felt more like in the low 20's. Honestly my legs were not cold but at times they felt a little cool. A few times during the ride the sun came out and my legs got warmer. My conclusion is that on a sunny day with little to no wind with the temperature even in the mid 20's you would be pretty happy just wearing the bib tights. If not, I would suggest an extra layer to keep your legs a lot warmer.

Here is a link: to Louis Garneau Plasma Pants.
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/louis-garneau-plasma-pants-mens

I have used these pants for the last two seasons and you will love them. They do not hinder your riding in the least, the material is of real high quality and they offer that extra insulation and warmth needed if you are a fanatic like me who needs to keep riding until the snow flies.

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5 5

Ok I have to admit, I have purchased a wide array of cycling jerseys from various manufacturers to accommodate varying outside temperatures I cycle in. I have spent hundreds of dollars to achieve this. Then comes the Assos Competitive Cyclist SS Jersey Equipe. I had been looking at it because of the claims of temperature control in varying outside ambient temperatures and moisture management control which keeps you warm when outside temperatures are cool and cool when it is hot out. It seemed to good to be true but I tested it and it actually works. During the summer and now in the fall in Maine I have cycled in the high 50's right into the high 80's and this jersey was comfortable throughout the temperature range. I am so impressed I am mothballing most of my other jerseys except the very best ones. Going forward I plan to add more Assos clothing to my cycling wardrobe. Yes their prodcuts are considerably more expensive but if you only need to buy one versus many to cover the temperature ranges from the 50's to the 80's it's actually a bargain. I typically wear a medium but the size chart indicated that I choose a small. I was a little concerned but the fit is really good forming and snug and is important for temperature and moisture regulation.

In summary:

Body temperature regulation works. Check

- Transfers moisture at varying temperature rates. Check

- Uses body moisture as a means of retaining warmth and cooling. Check.

- Great range of motion and enhanced breathability. Check

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4 5


Ok I was really excited to upgrade to Speedplay Road Pedals due to their light weight and the ability to adjust up to 15 degrees of float. So I called and ordered them directly from the customer service rep. Well she didn't tell me all the other things I would need to get to go along with these pedals.

Go to the Speedplay website and watch the installation and maintenance videos to learn what this all entails. http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cg.ultimatefit

Here is the list of things you will want to purchase along with your new pedals:

- SP Lubricant http://www.competitivecyclist.com/speedplay-sp-lube
- Speedplay Grease Gun and Grease: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/speedplay-speedplay-grease-gun
- Speedplay Coffee Shop Covers: You should get these shoe covers in order to protect the speedplay plate mechanism from dirt and grime. http://www.competitivecyclist.com/speedplay-speedplay-coffee-shop-cap

** Lastly you will need a torgue screw driver when installing the speedplay plates to your shoes. The torque pressure for applying the plate is 35 inch pounds. Over tightening the screws can damage the plates. Attaching the assembly to the base plate also requires the screws be tightened to no more than 20 inch pounds. If you over tighten these screws it can bind the cleat springs and prevent them from properly working. So I did a little homework for you and for $104 you can get a torque screw driver from Pro Torque Tools with TORQUE RANGE from: 0-50 in. lbs.: http://www.protorquetools.com/prod-18-1-1008/seekonk_sl-50_left_vertical_torque_gauge_screwdriver_0-50_in_lbs.htm
You can also find various torque wrenches for around $35 at Amazon.com

One Last Note: Make sure that the road shoe you are using or planning to purchase offers a speedplay plate or comes with your speed play pedals. The last thing you want to do is to find out that the plates that come in the speedplay package are not compatible with your shoe brand.

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Ok I was really excited to upgrade to Speedplay Road Pedals due to their light weight and the ability to adjust up to 15 degrees of float. So I called and ordered them directly from the customer service rep. Well she didn't tell me all the other things I would need to go along with these pedals. Go to the Speedplay website and watch the installation and maintenance videos to learn what this all entails. http://www.speedplay.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=cg.ultimatefit

Here is the list of things you will want to buy with your pedals:

- SP Lubricant http://www.competitivecyclist.com/speedplay-sp-lube
- Speedplay Grease Gun and Grease: http://www.competitivecyclist.com/speedplay-speedplay-grease-gun
- Speedplay Coffee Shop Covers: You should get these shoe covers in order to protect the speedplay plate mechanism from dirt and grime. http://www.competitivecyclist.com/speedplay-speedplay-coffee-shop-cap

** Lastly you will need a torgue screw driver when installing the speedplay plates to your shoes. The torque pressure for applying the plate is 35 inch pounds. Over tightening the screws can damage the plates. Attaching the assembly to the base plate also requires the screws be tightened to no more than 20 inch pounds. If you over tighten these screws it can bind the cleat springs and prevent them from properly working. So I did a little homework for you and for $104 you can get a torque screw driver from Pro Torque Tools with TORQUE RANGE from: 0-50 in. lbs.: http://www.protorquetools.com/prod-18-1-1008/seekonk_sl-50_left_vertical_torque_gauge_screwdriver_0-50_in_lbs.htm

Note: make sure if the road shoe you are using offers a speedplay plate be sure to buy it. The last thing you want is to find out the plates that came in the speedplay package are not exactly compatible with your shoe brand.

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I wear a US size 10 so I ordered according to the conversion size chart a EU size 42.5. When I tried the shoe on it was way too small. I called and then ordered a EU 43 and 43.5 just to be sure. Even the 43.5 was too small so I talked to Kyle at Competitive who was very helpful and he said that he wore the same size shoe and that I would need a size 44.5. Wow! According to the size table that would be a US size 11 1/2. So before you order this shoe or the Northwave brand make sure you talk to someone who has your same size foot so that you can verify it will be a perfect fit. This was a very annoying process and literally took a few weeks to sort through so don't be mislead and do your due diligence up front! I can't comment on the shoe but will do so once I have the right size and can get out on the road to put them to the test.

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