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setp333098wrote a review of on May 30, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I heard cycling with the wrong saddle can shrink some things, but unless cycling shrinks your head there is no way this cap will fit anyone but a small child! Yes it looks cool but you won't when you take off this tight cap to reveal a lovely red band wrapping your forehead where it crushed your scalp. I wear a small/medium helmet, FWIW...

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setp333098wrote a review of on February 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Duh, you will say, but let me reiterate: don't wear these off road. I crashed in a CX race (not a major crash) and they shredded to useless nothing. Made me very sad. They still get 4 stars from me, as they are excellent road bibs, with good compression and good heat modulation. But they are apparently made of fragile materials that make these shorts a notch below Assos (which have crashed and survived).

So buy these shorts, they're really great, look great, work great. Just don't crash. But you probably knew that already.

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setp333098wrote a review of on February 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Unless you live in Florida, Arizona, Texas or Southern California, you need this undershirt. It will save you from freezing on chilly rides, it's amazingly versatile, it feels great, dries quick and is truly windproof. They're re-designed it since the last model I wore so it doesn't turn into a beating wet sail against your skin, instead the two-layer construction is comfortable. It's a bit tight, but think of it as a reminder to keep your beer consumption to a modest level, buy, ride, enjoy and repeat. Stay warm out there.

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setp333098wrote a review of on February 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So you want the best? Buy these and stop reading. If you don't have infinity dollars, however, ask whether you really need the best. Do you need glasses that instantly de-fog when you get moving, no matter the conditions? Do you need lenses that don't scratch, repel water and even sawdust? Do you really need flexible frames and full coverage lenses? Or can you get by with less for way less moolah. They definately get 5 stars the same way Maclaren gets 5 stars but honestly you don't have to spend quite this much to keep your eyeballs comfy on most night rides.

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setp333098wrote a review of on January 31, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This soft, fleecy, stretchy fabric feels great, but if you happen to brush against concrete, touch some Velcro or catch a hangnail, this material will snag. It also tends to get a little sweaty. On the plus side it is very high visibility with yellow color and red cuffs.

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setp333098wrote a review of on January 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This excellent long sleeve jersey has features galore, and while they're well done, if you prefer to avoid pit zippers than can catch and arm zippers that can pull, keep looking. However if you want maximum versatility in a relatively affordable jersey (that happens to come in safety yellow) then you will be delighted by the quality, durability and feature of this vest. I give it 5 starts but if you don't like do-dads you should move on.

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setp333098wrote a review of on January 31, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a warm, comfortable, highly visible glove - but when you sweat and take it off, the double-layer design become contorted and nearly impossible to put back on. My route of riding to a climb, taking gloves off to climb and putting them back on to descend proved annoying at best, impossible at worst. I'm returning and going back to my Craft gloves until I can find a high-vis solution that can be put on, removed and put back on with ease.

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setp333098wrote a review of on November 15, 2013

5 5

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

Warm and neon yellow, this jacket is now my go-to top for after-dark rides. I feel more visible and safe, plus my core stays warm in temps down to about 55F and dry. Below that I would probably add the Gore longsleeve windstopper baselayer. I tend not to overheat in this either, making it really excellent.

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setp333098wrote a review of on November 5, 2013

3 5

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

I have a small head. I wear size Small or Medium helmets. So when I saw this cool cap on sale in Size I, I thought, that will be perfect! But Size I in Assos is another world of small. I really wanted this hat to fit because it has such great materials, but it is just too tiny. I would love to get the Size II but they are old sold out. Also I'll mention that the overall appear of the hat is more feminine than shows in the pictures. It is a bit glittery and cursive for a guy to wear. But because of the dragon I'd still wear it if it fit.

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setp333098wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you like rubber pants you will love these! They feel like a wetsuit. GROSS! The material is stretchy but that's about it. It's not compressive, doesn't wick, has an itchy tag in the middle of the back and FEEL LIKE RUBBER PANTS. While these are not terrible, they are close to terrible. 1.5 stars at full price, 2 stars on sale.

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setp333098wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jersey looks good, and if you are a casual cyclist who is very fashion conscious as well as cheap then you might like it. But compares to my Assos shirts this is not even a bike jersey, it's a jersey-shaped object. The material does not wick sweat well, and the seams on the inside can abrade. It's a bit stretch and the cut is OK. I paid about $55 and I guess that it was OK for the price, but the short are not worth it (see my other review) and so I am returning both.

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setp333098wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

The celeste is a beautiful color and the material is really nice, too, and while the fit was a bit tight for my giftee she would have kept them if the matching shorts were OK, but the logo on the shorts peeled off right away which gave the whole package a cheep feel. I would hesitate before considering this brand again, but in fairness I didn't use the clothes and the review of this top lost a few points for the defect in the bottoms.

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setp333098wrote a review of on January 7, 2013

1 5

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

There shoes are dangerous! CAUTION DO NOT BUY THESE SHOES. There is not enough rubber around the cleat so the slippery metal cleat - whether your ride Shimano SPD or Crank Brothers - pokes out especially when you walk! I hurt myself badly walking in these shoes across a smooth concrete slab, suddenly I lost traction and did a split! OUCH!
This upset me particularily because the salesperson in the Chrome store swore up and down that the cleat would not click. This turned out to be the first of many times Chrome was casual with the truth.
I tried to return the shoes but the online "Customer Service" told me they're un-returnable once the cleat was installed! Furthermore, she said, I can't mail the shoes back, have to return to the store in person. (This was hard because I bought them on a visit to SF.) After the return period, I went to the store to complain, and they were beyond rude. The salesperson said he'd ask a manager, then he walked around the store ignoring me for fifteen minutes. I asked him, did you get a manager, and he said, "yeah, she can't help you." WTF? I asked to see the manager who told me their shoes are fine and quoted policy, said she'd need an inventory number to do a swap. I complained about the crummy return/exchange policy, and the manager said most stores only do 10 days returns so I shouldn't complaint? WTF x2?? REI and Patagonia have LIFETIME returns, and Macy's etc. does at least 30. So yeah the shoes suck and if you complain a 20-year-old ornery manager (if you can find her) makes up fake store policies and lies about the competition. I left the shoes in the store, they are worse than nothing, and dealing with the Chrome company is worse than going to the dentist. F MINUS.

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