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Brett F.

Brett F.

Brett F.

Brett F.wrote a review of on July 15, 2019

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With some components, you really have to wonder if anyone at the manufacturer actually every test rode them for more than a few miles! If anyone at Time did, it would be apparent to them that the cleats on these pedals, for whatever reason, squeak 'n creak incessantly and annoyingly! Grease, wax, dry lube, lightly sanding, different shoes, whatever -- it works for a few rides but then the noise is back. And, the new cleat version squeaks worse than the old! A few friends of mine have Xpressos as well and report the same issue. I gave these pedals an entire season to work but this is a dealbreaker for me. Back to the usual brands.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on December 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let's face it, riding indoors is nasty, brutish, and short, but a smart trainer and the right app can make it almost tolerable -- almost! I decided on the Direto vs. the Wahoo Kicker, Cycleops H2, or Tacx Neo -- I just couldn't see that much difference to justify their significantly higher price. The Direto is very good once you get it up and running. It syncs up to various online apps and performs as advertised and expected. Build quality seems to be good. But -- the manual is truly horrible and lacks any useful detail so you have to rely upon what you find on the net if you have any trouble or questions. I hate that -- is it that difficult to produce a decent manual? On the plus side, you don't need it after the initial setup so the pain is limited. Myetraining, Elite's training and calibration program, is pretty basic and has some annoying dead ends but is easy to navigate (and, most important, free). So far, the power readings seem accurate compared to other power meters. Regarding road feel, I tried out all the other mid to high end trainers available and couldn't feel much difference between them.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on November 13, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Have you ever owned a product that you really wanted to like but just couldn't? Well, here it is. First, and despite the instructional videos, they are a royal pain to put on. After a few minutes of tugging, stretching, and cursing, they finally snap into place. Second, the material (rubber) is designed to stretch tight over your shoes but eventually gets punctured or rips on the boa, levers, or velcro straps present on all cycling shoes. I've had a few pairs of these, thinking it was me. It's not -- they are just not fit for purpose. Too bad, a thin, short shoe cover would be perfect for Fall and Spring.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on July 7, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really wanted to like these shoes (the colors are cool, retro) but concluded at the end that they're just not for me. Three issues : 1) they run narrow and just wouldn't adapt to my foot shape. 2) the cleat holes are too far forward. Other manufacturers of high end shoes are beginning to get the memo to move the holes back and have provided a degree of back and forth movement. These are fixed and I just couldn't get them to work for me. 3) The laces are a great idea but are, honestly, a pain. Giro provides an elastic strap to tuck them in but they still bounce around on the top of your shoes. After using them a few times, you start getting nostalgic for BOAs and velcro. So -- if you have wide feet, like your cleats back, and appreciate the convenience of modern fastening systems, move on.

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Brett F.

Brett F.wrote a review of on July 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Suppleness equals speed and comfort and these have exactly that. Unlike most clinchers, they don't ride harshly and don't bang around. With latex tubes, they approach (but do NOT equal) tubular like ride quality. Yes, they wear faster than most and are a little susceptible to cuts, but that is the price one pays for ride quality. In my opinion, well worth it. Very similar, if not the same, to the Veloflex offerings. Interestingly, I prefer the Corsa Evo to the newer Corsa G + -- they feel more supple. I've been using these as my standard clincher tire for a few years, with some forays into Conti, Vredestein, Veloflex, and Challenge, and I consider these the best in performance, quality, and value.

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Brett F.

Brett F.wrote a review of on March 8, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Beautiful LS jersey, light to medium weight, perfect for early Fall or Spring. Classic roadie look, great colors, but not over the top or fussy. Fits well without bunching, pockets sized correctly, Italian sizing akin to Castelli, Assos, or Giordana. Nice product.

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Brett F.

Brett F.wrote a review of on July 31, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used most brands of pedals since the original "white" Looks of the mid-80's. Speedplay, Look, Time i-Click, Sampson: you name it and it's been under my shoe. These are probably the best. Easy to get in and out, tenacious grip, good float, light, nice workmanship, and huge platform. Like any race pedal, you're not walking too much so I don't mind the cleat (and not as slippery or easy to foul as Speedplay's). Yes, the titanium version is overpriced, but the lesser models all work the same and are about the same weight. Are they better than the equivalent Look? Not sure, honestly, but these do have an exclusivity factor that the Looks just don't have.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on March 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are great for 40 - 60 degrees; you can even get away with mid-30s if you're not out for long. It's hard to find gloves designed for this temperature range -- either they're too heavy or too thin. These are just right. As to other reviewers' comments on the construction, I haven't had any problems and I've used them on the road for most of the winter. Then again, I fully expect cycling gloves to last only a season or two so my expectations are low. On sale in the high $30 region, these are a great deal; at $60, I'm not so sure. Still, they're fit for purpose and that's what you're paying for in the first place.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on January 26, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A great winter glove down to about 32 degrees. With a thin liner, you can go even lower, but it's not for rides in the 20s. The Fugu has a lot to recommend: great dexterity, side zippers that allow easy on and off, and great workmanship that will last more than a few seasons. I've ridden them in all sorts of horrid conditions and they've never let me down. My go-to glove if it's anything less than frigid out.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great tire for late Fall and Winter. Enough volume and TPI so it feels supple and responsive. Resistant to puncture, but it will flat (this IS a performance tire, after all). Wears well, similar to other CX models. If you want a bullet proof tire that won't flat easily, move on; if you want a tire that feels like something, even in gross conditions, this is your tire.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on January 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this when it's in the 40s, layered with a mock turtleneck base layer. It's kind of a cross between a heavy weight jersey and a light jacket. Like all Assos stuff, the quality is first rate, the performance is excellent, and it's a bit over engineered. As for the style, either you buy into the Assos look or you don't. At full price, honestly not worth it, but a great deal when discounted. Standard Assos Euro fit, similar to Castelli.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One of my favorite winter jackets. Not a "boil 'n bag." Innovative thermal layer configuration allows easy venting. Great for climbing. Fits well, don't have to wear a million layers.

Standard Castelli sizing, runs Euro small -- either Castelli fits you or it doesn't. So far, no seam blow outs or quality issues.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on January 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been through lots of sub 35 degree winter gloves -- Assos, Castelli, Giordana, Gore, Giro, Pearl, etc. These are by far the best. They seem to have been designed by someone who actually rides in the winter. Semi-lobster configuration means you can actually shift and the cuff is wide enough to slide over your jacket cuff. Plus, they don't give up if you get them wet. I've used them down to 25 degrees and they kept me warm but not ski glove sweaty. Buy these if you can!

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Brett F.wrote a review of on July 23, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros: small, light, simple information. Not flying to Mars.
Cons: set-up and operation are not intuitive and downright user unfriendly. I realize the best software engineers in the world don't work on stuff like this, but c'mon, working the thing gives me 1998 cel phone vibes.

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Brett F.wrote a review of on December 31, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great winter/fall shorts. Medium is roughly the equivalent of an Assos medium so be ready for a tight fit off the bike; once on the bike, they fit perfectly. Can get them wet (within reason) and they won't get soaked. With medium embrocation, an alternative to knickers above 45 degrees.

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