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Brian Chin

Brian Chin

Portland, ME

Brian Chin's Passions

Road Biking

Brian Chin's Bio

Second year cyclist.

Brian Chin

Brian Chinwrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

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

I really like these so far. They're not a perfect fit over my size 10.5 shoe (I bought the L), but it's not a size thing, more of a contour thing. I suspect they're smooth out over time as I leave them on. They're warm, and prevent wind from freezing my toes during colder rides. I will be buying full shoe covers for more extreme riding, but these are great for the interim.

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Brian Chinwrote a review of on November 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great gloves. I have relatively big hands (I can palm a basketball) and the XL fits great, but maybe a little roomy in the palm area. The gel inserts are low profile and they are comfortable with good feel for the road. Shifting/braking is no problem with these either. They also register on my iPhone's touchscreen and bezel on my Garmin Forerunner 410, which are important things as well. They are warm too: I've had to take them off after a few hours in 40° temps with sun shining and no wind. I feel like anything down to 30° should be fine with these.

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Brian Chinwrote a review of on July 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So Zeros are a great pedal. We know many pros use the Ti versions, but stainless is still great. The one downside for riders who are used to having the spring mech on the pedal and not the shoe is that the cleats on the shoes are thicker and they're susceptible to damage. I definitely recommend getting Kool Kovers or Coffee Shop Covers for walking around in. If you put one foot down more than the other at stops you'll notice a pretty huge difference in wear. Sometimes the screws get loose and fall out too.

I haven't had any problems with clipping in or out of these pedals, nor have I ever slipped out of lock once being clipped in.

You need to buy Speedplay dry lube for the cleats as well as the a grease gun to replace the dirty grease in the pedal body. I've ridden 1000km with these so far and I have regreased them once, I dry lube the cleats every couple of times, and I wear Kool Kovers the moment I get back from my ride (sometimes I even bring the Kool Kovers in my jersey if I know I'm going to stop somewhere).

I plan on getting some Cromoly Zeros to put on a fixed gear project bike, that way I'll get a second set of cleats and just keep using my same pair of shoes.

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Brian Chinwrote a review of on July 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For a little over $100, these are/were an amazing find. Good ventilation, lightweight, and comfortable. My speedplay cleats worked flawlessly with these shoes. They soles do get a little scuffed up if you miss a perfect clip-in, but that's to be expected.

I have found issues with numbness in my toes on my left foot, but it's happened with other shoes, so I don't blame this model. I think I just need to actively wiggle my toes a bit to keep them interested...

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Brian Chinwrote a review of on July 23, 2014

4 5

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

Yes you can find a grease gun for less at a hardware store, but the convenience of these, knowing that they're going to work with your Speedplays is worth the little bit extra. I've replaced the grease only once after about 1000km of mixed riding, and the old grease was definitely soiled. Once you unscrew the grease cap screw, you definitely need to apply a bit of pressure so that the grease doesn't leak out the cap, but you can definitely take your time and if the cap starts to pop out, just push it back in, which helps facilitate the new grease going through to the other side. The grease tube was a little messy on installation, but, hey, when you're wrenchin' you're gonna get a little dirty. This is definitely not a living room operation.

And hey - now you've got a grease gun.

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Brian Chinwrote a review of on July 23, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a solid helmet from LG. The quick dial tightening system is always appreciated, and it makes fitting the helmet on very easy, and you can adjust quickly during a ride. My helmet shipped with a red flashing taillight button that velcros to the adjustment knob at the back. I always use this when riding around rush hours and have definitely noticed cars paying more attention to me because of the light - which has virtually no weight impact whatsoever. I always keep the light on there even when I don't turn it on, and the velcro is strong enough that it feels like the light is built into the dial. I've rode with the light blinking for a combined 1000km and it's still going strong.

The straps are fairly easy to adjust, but with my particular head shape, there is some extra webbing that seems to slap me in the face on descents. I could cut it, but it's not that big of a deal.

I've never crashed with it, so I can't talk about safety, and let's hope I don't have to update this post with new info on that front...

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Brian Chinwrote a review of on July 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great floor pump. I'm a big fan of Lezyne products: I carry the Road Drive mini pump on rides and have just about all of their tools. The combination between form and function is what always draws me to this brand. This pump specifically has a thread-on connector, which takes a little bit longer than a typical lever-locking connector, but I always feel better about the connection at the valve with this screw-on connector. Plus, it doesn't feel like it's torquing the valve sideways the way that most lever-locking pumps do. The gauge is fairly easy to read, but it is on the floor, so if if you're pumping in a not-so-well-lit area, you may not be able to read the numbers exactly, but you'll soon learn exactly where 120psi is and you'll be fine. (Maybe I just have bad eyes.) I've used pumps that tell you what psi is in the tire right when you connect the hose to the valve, but this pump does not do that. I don't think it's a huge draw-back because I always bleed a little air out of the tires before pumping up anyway, so the initial psi reading wouldn't be any more helpful then the reading after the first pump. The gauge is accurate and there is no needle float at all. The wooden handles are nice and secure, and they feel good in the hands. It takes me no time at all to make sure both my tires are at 120 before each ride - remember to bleed the hose before unscrewing. The hose secures by looping around the top handle and locks into a hook at the base of the unit. This secures the handle down and keeps everything tidy, though it does put some stretch onto the hose, which so far hasn't been an issue whatsoever. Buy with confidence.

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