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BJ Platte

BJ Platte

Park City, UT

BJ Platte

BJ Plattewrote a review of on April 4, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall I have been very satisfied with the bag, but just as others have said there needs to be slightly more Velcro on the strips that attach the bag to your saddle. It makes it difficult to get the bag tight to your seat while having enough Velcro overlap so that you are not scared of losing it. I also had the strap that attaches the bag to the seatpost tear off during a ride the other day. So maybe not the best bag to use on a mountain bike.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on February 21, 2018

Used daily for 2 years and just like new
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this lockring tool for two years now and am very pleased with it. Unlike a lot of other cassette and freewheel tools, having an attached handle means you are not dealing with having to use multiple wrenches or tools just to tighten things down. This helps keep the work station nice and tidy. The finish is also quite impressive. I have been using this almost daily for 2 years now and it looks and feel brand new. No marring or marks anywhere to be found.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on February 21, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

What I like aobut this kit is the size. Super small and compact, and being that the patches are pre-glued you do not need to have glue with you as well. The only downside is that I have had a few of these patches not stick as well as the patches you glue on your self. Fortunately there are several patches in the kit so if one fails you are not stranded.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on February 21, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got these pedals to use them as a backup pair for a set of Shimano XT pedals. The overall shape and feel is very similar to a Shimano trail pedal like the XT or the XTR so if you are used to one of those shapes, using the M530 will feel very natural. The drawback is the pedals are heavy and do not spin nearly as smooth as the nicer offerings from Shimano. For the price though, these are worth buying to just throw in your car so that you always have a set of pedals around if like me you tend to transfer pedals between bikes a lot and have gotten to the trail head before sans pedals.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on February 6, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought these rings to be nice budget rings on a cross bike. The shifting performance is not the best, and you have to make sure that you use Sram's recommended ring combos. There are certain sizes that are specifically designed to be used together so that shift ramps line up correctly. Even when you have the appropriate set up, it seems these rings still do not shift quite as well as the new 11 speed groups out there.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on February 6, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great way to help carry some more gear without stuffing jersey pockets, and without the saddle bags that can harm carbon seatposts. The included divider has small slots for multi tools, inflators, and tire levers. There is enough space in the bottle for a tube as well, however, it has to be on the smaller side. No way a full size 29er tube is fitting in there.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on February 6, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This tape feels great for those of us that ride gloveless. Offers great vibration dampening as well as good grip especially on rougher roads. I prefer this significantly more than so many of the synthetic options that keep popping up.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on November 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The new Shimano side swing derailleurs shift extremely well and the set up is a piece of cake. I just installed this derailleur for someone looking for a little more gear range than a standard 11 speed drive train can provide. I have to say with how effortless the new front derailleurs shift Shimano now has a legitimate reason for sticking to their guns about the range of a 2X drive train.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on November 9, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ended up returning this ring after finding out it would not work on my bike. It is very important to make sure that this ring fits your frame. The 49mm chainline listed in the product description means this ring will not work on most frames with boost rear axle spacing. Also worth noting, because of the oval shape the size of the ring changes as you pedal. I had a 34 tooth ring and at the tallest point it fits like a 36 tooth ring and on the smaller portion it fits like a 32. This could make running some chain guides very difficult to get fit correctly.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on October 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are a great pair of liner shorts, I would say the material is a bit too thin to wear as a solo short. The additional pockets are really great to have. On a shorter ride you can fit tube tools and phone in the pockets and not need to carry a pack. On the longer rides you can stash some food in the extra pockets and even carry some extra water back there. The chamois is even quite comfortable when i have spent 5 plus hours in the saddle. Over all the liner is a super solid option for anyone looking for some additional storage. My only gripes would be Yeti Sizing and the leg pockets. Yeti clothing seems to always run on the small side, so if you are in between sizes definitely size up. The problem with the leg pockets is that the outseam on these bibs is quite short so when wearing under your baggies it can be difficult to access nutrition and other items in the leg pockets. I had to access them from the top and that makes you look a bit odd as you stand on the side of the trail with your hands in your shorts.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on October 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The construction and materials of the Asper short seem to be top notch. It looks as if it would be a great short that would last for a long time. I would have kept them but the sizing did not seem to work for me. The waist fits true to size and I like that they fit a little higher in the back so you don't get plumbers crack while you try and pedal. The problem I ran into was with the legs of the shorts. They seemed to fit a little to snug around the thigh.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on October 9, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far one of the most versatile long travel bikes I have ever owned. This bike pedals well enough to be an all day bike but can still handle super rough and burly trails. The shorter top tube and wheelbase make super tight trails and steep switchbacks a breeze. The only downside is that it is not quite as downhill capable as some of the other long travel bikes out there, however, I think it more than makes up for this in how well it climbs and how nimble it rides.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on September 18, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used numerous WTB saddles over the years, and have enjoyed all of them until this one. I have put approximatly 300 miles on my Silverado Saddle hoping I would get used to it, however, I never did. I think my biggest issue with the saddle is the relatively flat top that does not have a lot of curve on the sides. On longer rides this flat shape would cause some thigh rub as opposed to the Volt of the Hightail which has a slightly sloping shape. If you are looking for a relatively flat saddle then this one could be perfect for you.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on August 21, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Guide RS brakes install and setup very easily. While at first it may not feel as if there is much power on tap, there definitely is plenty. The brakes offer great modulation with a slightly softer bight point that allows for you to really control how much brake you are using and prevents you from skidding down the trail. The only issue I have run into is that on long rides in very hot temperatures, the brake seems to lose a lot of the modulation that makes these brakes so good.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on July 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased these the swap out the stock sintered pads on a much older set of brakes that pads seem to be a little hard to find. The first thing I noticed was how much quieter the pads were, no more squeaky brakes! The power on hand was also pretty impressive ones the pads bedded in.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on July 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After hearing the bold claims made by Smith about Chromapop lenses actually being able to enhance your vision I was skeptical, however, after having ridden with them I am shocked at how well they actually work. Even while using the full sun lenses in the woods I still had great trail definition and could see all of the little roots and rocks. The fit on these glasses can be the one drawback I have experienced; the large lens which allow for great unobstructed vision can interfere with some helmets and does not give you the most comfortable fit.

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BJ Plattewrote a review of on July 17, 2017

4 5

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

These are certainly not the lightest shoes that are available, however, they are not really intended to be. The vibram soles add a good bit of heft but this is what makes them so comfortable to ride in all day. The sole has some flex built in as well as good traction; this makes any hike a bike sections much more tolerable than wearing ultra stiff carbon soled ultra light shoes.

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