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Bill Brown

Bill Brown

Savannah, GA

Bill Brown's Passions

Road Biking

Bill Brown's Bio

Retired business exec. Ride 4-5,000 miles per year. Not as fast as I used to be, but I can still crank out 30-40 miles at 18+. Keeps me healthy. Just bought a new Cervelo R3 Ultegra-what a hot rod!!

Bill Brown

Bill Brownwrote a review of on February 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought these last summer while on a super sale at CC. I have a wider than normal forefoot but not wide enough to need wide sized shoes. These have a roomy toebox and the fit is perfect for me The carbon sole is super stiff and the ventilation is superb (needed in Savannah, GA summers). BOA system is simple to use and laces fit snugly over top of foot without any tight spots. First class design, great materials, good construction. I wear 45 in Giro Factor and 45 in this shoe. Rotate two pair of shoes and have ridden about 5,000 miles since purchase-they still look like new.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on February 26, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought two pair of these bibs last season. Initially impressed by fit and finish and really like the Formula FX chamois. Within 8-10 washings the decals began peeling. A few months later I noticed the seat contact area becoming shinny. Now after almost a year of use the seat contact area shows extreme wear. I use these in a six pair rotation so they are used only 2-3 times per month. Wash in cold water and air dry. I've got Giordana Silverline and Castelli Free Aero that are twice as old and still look like new. Can't recommend.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on February 25, 2016

This thing is magical!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't understand all the engineering behind this-I just know it has improved my biking. Installed on my Cervelo R3 which came with the Rotor 3D crank setup. Cadence is improved over standard round ring. My acceleration in sprints is improved. All my cycling buddies keep asking me what I am doing to get the recent improvements-the only change has been this chain ring. Only downside is after installing (which only takes a few minutes) I worked for days to get the best compromise setup of the front derailleur. Still, I'm a believer...

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on February 25, 2016

My new favorite saddle!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been riding a Fizik Aliante gamma for some time and recently purchased the equivalent Kurve model, the Bull. First, it has oval rails so make sure your seatpost can accomodate before buying. I was skeptical of a saddle with no padding-relying on the stretch between the unique rail structure for support and cushioning-but it works. I only have a few hundred miles on it so far in 35-50 mile increments but it is looking like a keeper! I'm not quite sure why this saddle has to be $100 more than regular Aliante-I;m sure that you would see more of them if not for the steep price. Be aware that due to unique shape of rails at back of saddle, a lot of saddle bags will not work (ex. Topeak DX systems don't work)

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on May 20, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I always wonder when I see dramatically different reviews on a product how they might have been used under different conditions or is the product that inconsistent. My experience with Mavic is that they are very consistent in their products. I have owned several sets of their wheels and found them bulletproof. I have owned two sets of these tires and had really good results. The first set yielded about 3500 miles and the set I just took off had 3900 miles on them. Never had a flat on either set. They are as lightweight as any you will find in this price range, ride is very good, handling is superb, and they last. I'll be the first to admit that the roads I bike are better than average and I'll also throw in that I check pressures before EVERY ride-105 psi in front and 110 psi in rear. I use Continental race tubes and run them on Mavic Ksyrium Elite S wheelset on my Cervelo R3.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on March 8, 2015

Great fit, awesome style
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Since there is little information on safety to compare helmets and they all meet certain safety requirements, choosing a helmet comes down to fit, comfort , and style. This helmet ticked off all the boxes for me. First, a helmet has to fit comfortably and this one had a wide range of adjustment. I particularly like the way the retention system moves up and down behind the head-positioned properly, the helmet fits snugly on your head even without the chin strap clasped. There is great airflow and the rear vents seem to pull air through the helmet providing excellent cooling. Materials are great and craftsmanship first class. Lots of colors to choose from and replacement pads are readily available. I like the smaller size of the overall helmet-some look huge on your head but this one looks great. All together a good package. To address the weight issue mentioned in other reviews-I think it is simply a case of a corporate boo-boo on the part of Kask. Their website lists the helmet at 220 g in size M (as does CC in their description), however the label in my size M states a weight of 275 g. Makes sense when you see a pic of one on a scale showing a weight of 276 g. I tried to make contact to Kask through their website about this but no response. Bottom line, for me I'm not sure I can tell the difference in 30-40 g on my rides of 30-50 miles. I try not to get bound up in the numbers-this helmet fits me great, is comfortable, has good airflow, and looks great.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on February 26, 2015

Good shoe cover-note cautions
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Like everything I own from Capo, it is well made, uses excellent materials and is stylish. Most importantly, these work great. I've biked in temps around the low 40's in them and the toes are nice and warm. Much better than my Castellis. A couple of cautions. A friend bought same time as I and had same problem-they have excess black dye in fabric that will stain your shoes-not a problem with black shoes, but I used the covers over a pair of white shoes and they got stained pretty badly. I was able to get most of the stain off and found that washing the covers remedied the problem. Another caution-CC's size chart is wrong and that is probably why some are complaining about these running small. I wear a size 45 shoe, so using their chart, I ordered a Large. Couldn't get them on the shoes. Of course, those great guys at CC remedied the issue by exchanging for a size XL which fits perfectly. Note picture of Capo tag that came with the covers and see that Large is 43-44 (not 43-45) and XL is 45-46 (not 46-48). You are now correctly informed on sizing!!

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on February 12, 2015

5 5

I've been riding 'flat' saddles all my biking life but was encouraged to try one of these by a friend who rides a Dynamic model. In the 'Forma' series you have the Forma which is essentially the shell with a leather cover, then three additional models using the same shell with increasing amounts (thicknesses) of padding, the Dynamic, the Drakon, and the Lite 209. I test rode a Dynamic and liked very much. I decided to order the Drakon and get a little more padding. What I found is that as you increase padding you increase the size of the saddle. As I have ridden the saddle a few times, I cannot return for the Dynamic which is what I prefer. My mistake. Yet, it is still so much more comfortable than any of my previous saddles which include models of Prologo, and Fizik. Takes a little more work to set up than most. I would suggest that this saddle is one you should test before buying. Quality of materials and craftsmanship look very good. Black is covered with real leather.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on November 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are what you would expect from George-utilitarian without any unnecessary frills. They are held up nicely by silicone band and further have another silicone band on the outside to prevent your shorts from riding up on your thigh. They are a little longer than others I have used by about 2"-but that's OK-if it's cold enough for warmers it's OK that they go down below mid calf. Materials are excellent and construction is good-every thing you need in a knee warmer is here. What else could you possibly get from those that cost more than twice as much? I highly recommend.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on October 31, 2014

Smooth shifting...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My new Cervelo came equipped with the Ultegra 6800 11-speed drivetrain and is noticably smoother shifting than the old 6700 10-speed. First thing you will notice is the redesigned hoods are smaller and more comfortable. Then you'll notice the shift stroke is shorter and more crisp. Combined with the PTFE cables and 6800 group derailleurs it is a smooth system-rapid shifts with distinct stops. All this and a new sexy shape to the brake levers-good looks and great performance!

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on October 31, 2014

Shimano just keeps getting better!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I decided to replace my 105 pedals after 12,000 miles of trouble free service. I had planned to replace with the new carbon 105 but could not believe my good fortune-CC has the Ultegra's on sale for about fifteen bucks less that the 105's. So, instant decision to upgrade! Like most of Shimano components they spend the research and engineering funds on the Dura-Ace line the the benefits trickle down to Ultegra, 105, etc. These are as smooth as a Dura-Ace set I rode a couple of years ago-so why would you spend almost $80 more for the Dura-Ace-NO!-buy these and put the $80 toward new wheels where it would really make a difference. They are within 35 grams (1.2 ounces) of the Dura-Ace which is insignificant to most amateur cyclists. Buy these!!

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on October 29, 2014

Average at best
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First, the SL-K Carbon stem is mostly aluminum-just the face plate is carbon. It does it's job and seems stiff enough but I think there are a lot of choices in this price range. And note the rust in the bolts-the only thing rusted or corroded on my bike-cheap materials??

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on October 27, 2014

Great lightweight shoe
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am a big fan of my Giro Factors but these are a close second. They are priced great right now as a close out, so if they have your size, you should consider. And on the issue of size, I suggest going up 1/2 to 1 size from chart. If you read other reviews you will see similar recommendation. The forefoot is slightly roomier than most Italian shoes and the heel cup is great-snugs your heel and prevents any unwanted slippage. Carbon sole is stiff and lightweight. Lot's of vents in sole which is great for our hot Savannah summers. If there is any shortcoming in these shoes it is the insoles provided-there is a thin and thicker set to accomodate fit-they offer very little support in the arch area. That's OK with me since I use the yellow Superfeet insoles in all my cycling shoes. I'v put about 500 miles on them so far and highly recommend.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on September 12, 2014

Another great Mavic wheelset
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ran a set of Mavic Aksiums on my CAAD10 for more than 10k miles without any problems, and when I decided to upgrade the wheels on my Cervelo R3 my first choice was something in the Mavic line. I chose these because of their reputation, my previous experience with Mavic, it checked off all the boxes that I needed and was a reasonable mid-price choice. I shed over 200 grams from the Fulcrum Racing 5.5's that came on the bike and it is apparent when you accelerate. The bearings are silky smooth. It's early yet but I think they are going to be a winning choice.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on September 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought a pair of these for my wife and she loves them! Very comfortable and very light weight. Black/Titanium is unique color combo. Comes with multiple arch inserts which is good for her since she has high arches. First pair of shoes she has ever had with adequate arch support. Size runs true. Highly recommend.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on August 26, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this as an upgrade for a friend's bike that had it's original Apex long cage. I had already replaced the cassette with a 12-25 since he did not need the 29 and 32 that came on the bike. Thought replacing the long cage with a short cage would improve shifting. And it did. The combo of the closer ratio cogs, the short cage, and the Rival engineering over the Apex has resulted in super fast and smoother shifting. And, look at the great price CC has on it-it's a no brainer!

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on August 26, 2014

Like all Park tools-works great
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've tried repairing chains with the chain tool on my multi-tool and on a small unit by another manufacturer-always struggled. Finally broke down and bought this baby-no struggles any more-drives a pin out effortlessly. I've used on both 10 and 11 speed Sram and Shimano. Hard to go wrong with Park tools.

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Bill Brownwrote a review of on August 26, 2014

You want them!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought a pair of Castelli Garmin Team socks and said in my review I would buy them all over again even in plain white. Well, here they are and available in white, black and red. They fit great, have a porous panel on top of foot for cooling, and wick moisture away from skin very nicely. These are the 6 cm which is the height cuff I like-don't like the 'footies' and don't like the high tops. I wear a 45 shoe and the L/XL fits perfectly.

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