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Byron D.wrote a review of on April 24, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these since they first came out and have found them to be pretty much as expected. Are they light? Yes. Are the walls thin? Well yes, that's how they made them light. I have found that after a few months of use I've experienced the leaking issues that others have mentioned, but by that point these bottles are pretty much scraped up and shot from being taken in and out of the cage and being out in the sun, etc. If you purchase these, know that you'll probably get a few good months out of them and then toss them. I don't tend to keep water bottles for too long in some giant collection, so I don't mind. I haven't had any issues with the top closing of its own accord during a race or anything. The top is designed to pop up to a certain level and remain there, and it has done just that for me anyways. If you only open it a bit and not to the full open point, maybe that is when it will slide back towards closed. I feel that I got what I wanted in purchasing these...A light bottle that did its duty for several months and then was binned. For $7 that was worth it in my book.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on February 13, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had previously been riding a Specialized Tarmac and then a couple of Scott Foils. Both of those bikes were/are super solid, and I have zero complaints with either. The premium Foil, especially, was a killer ride when racing as it was super responsive. I found this Wilier to be a tad less responsive/stiff than the Foil, yet it is more comfortable on longer rides. I race road races and crits on the bike and it handles really well even when shoulder to shoulder leaning on other riders and praying your line holds. Smooth is how I would best characterize this bike. If you wanted one bike to ride and race on, plus have it look just plain awesome, your search is over. The copper color on this bike is so cool in the sunlight and stands out from the crowd of black bikes at your local group ride or race event. Is it expensive? Why yes, it is. Do I feel it was worth the price? Yes, considering the design aspect going hand in hand with the performance. Have been riding it for over a year at this point with zero complaints and a smile on my face the entire time!

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Byron D.wrote a review of on February 11, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used Speedplays for over 3 years and really love them. They allow a great deal of float options which is healthy for the knees and they are awesome racing and clicking in and out constantly on a group ride through town, as you don't need to look down or worry about which side is up.

The walkable covers don't come off if installed correctly (you have to really push them down on and make sure they interface with the screws on the side). If they do come off when properly installed, it may mean yours are old and worn and need replacement, which is pretty cheap.

As for the 3 screws that hold the base plate onto your shoe, make sure to use some Loctite when mounting them. This keeps them from eventually loosening. For the four positioning screws that mount the cleat to the base plate, make sure not to tighten one too much before you get all of the others threaded and in as well. Then spread the tightening around until you get them all nice and firm. The tolerance on these is pretty tight. I like the design, however, as a quick loosening of them allows me to adjust the cleat inward or outward a good amount should that be necessary when putting them on a new pair of shoes.

I find the color options to be fun for the aero/walkable covers and haven't slipped on my arse once in these at the coffee shop or otherwise. I also bought those little strips that make the cleat even more aero for an extra $10. Maybe I'm dumb, but then again, maybe I'm saving 1 watt in my cat 3 race! Look out now!!!

The only caution I would give is that you should never use the road version of these for a non-hard pack gravel ride or a ride in the snow. You'll get mud/ice packed in that cleat hole faster than Mary Poppins can open her umbrella. Learned that the hard way on a prep ride for the BWR, having to climb Double Peak with only one foot able to clip in. Not fun!

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Byron D.wrote a review of on May 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really light material and fits really well. Keeps your head from getting sun on it through the helmet vents and helps the sweat dry off faster when you're putting the hammer down. Would buy again in a heartbeat.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on March 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a big head, and this thing fit just fine. It is nice to have one that is black because it doesn't show like a white one does through my helmet vents. I suppose in the summer it might retain heat from the sun, so I'll go back to my white ones exclusively for those months. I've owned previous versions of this brand and they've lasted through countless washings. Solid value and performance.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on March 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had a bout of plantar fasciitis a few years back and bought one of these to roll out my feet. It was recommended by my physical therapist. Flash forward to now and I still keep one under my desk at work and one at home. I roll my feet on them after I ride and they help keep my feet really nice and loose. With loose feet I've noticed less stiffness in my calves, upper legs and lower back as well. If you keep your feet happy, your whole body just stays in better form/alignment.

The ridge on this ball is the key. It works better than a lacrosse ball because the ridge can dig into very specific areas. I also use a tennis ball occasionally to warm up my feet for a go on the more intense TP ball. The soft nature of the tennis ball helps get the blood flowing in the foot and provides a gentle overall massage before the real work begins.

I know this ball appears relatively expensive, but it is worth the price.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this hat. I wear it when the temp shoots below 50 and if I get warm I can always just flip the ear flaps up. Having the wide brim on the hat helps when riding in the rain and also provides a nice shade from the sun on the face on those sunny but cold days. I machine wash it with the rest of my kit and it does just fine. Have used it for a few rainy months here in Southern California and it has held up brilliantly. Plus, the black hat looks pretty cool under the helmet, and it's never a bad thing to look good, right?

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Byron D.wrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This stuff is the bomb! The first time you use it you will think the consistency to be somewhat curious. It is kind of like a watery gel. I much prefer this consistency as it goes down easily and you don't have to have a water bottle chaser to get the normal gel stickiness out of your mouth. It also isn't as sickeningly sweet as most other gels. I've tried all of the flavors and like them all.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for something to take with me to warm up before races. The carrying case provided with the trainer is well made and makes the trainer very easy to toss in the car with the rest of my gear. It barely takes up any space and yet, when unfolded for use, feels very solid and substantial. The rollers give a very good level of resistance that lets me hit the effort zones that I want to hit in warming up by simply changing gears.

One tip I've found helpful for faster setup. I used a paint pen to make a line on the sliding track so that I simply slide it to the line, tighten the knob, and the rollers are then at the repeatable perfect distance for me to just toss the bike on. Once you spend the few minutes the first time to get the exact distance right so that the rear tire's weight is spread equally between the rollers, you never then have to do it again if you've marked it.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this bag. It fits up under my seat really well. I have an aero seat post and Velcro straps that go around the post on most other brands tend to stick out. This baby is all safe and sound out of the way and has enough room to carry two tubes, a tire boot (a must if you ride solo out beyond civilization and cell service), two CO2's and the related nozzle, tire levers and a small patch kit. I carry a multi tool in my jersey pocket. I have not experienced the falling off that others have talked about, and I have used this bag on the 2017 Belgian Waffle Ride course (40 miles of dirt and single track/rock gardens/washboard to go with 100 miles of road). Yes, like any bag with a metal zipper, you will eventually experience reduced performance riding with it in the rain, dirt and wet conditions. Nobody expects a bag to last forever, do they? The last bag I had before this one (another quality brand) was retired due to a zipper that finally gave up the ghost after a marathon four days of riding in the rain and dirt, and that was after a good solid year of riding.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on July 22, 2016

3 5

Beta-alanine is the proven workhorse in this product. So let's then compare the pricing of that ingredient. Here we are receiving 45 grams (1500 mg x 30 servings) for $75. A tub of 1,000 grams (22 times more) of beta-alanine can be purchased for $30. So at this comparison pricing, the beta-alanine in this product should be worth about $1.35. That means you are paying $73.65 for the rest of the ingredients and packaging.

Speaking of the other mentioned main ingredient, rhodiola, you can pick up 30 grams for $8. In this bottle, you are getting 9 grams, which if priced out according to what this is widely available on the internet for should amount to $2.40. So now you are at $71.25 for the other ingredients like eleuthero and ginseng (both adaptogens like rhodiola) calcium, potassium, chromium and some other ingredients.

I take beta-alanine and like using it. I'm not saying that this product won't work either, because it will. I'm just suggesting that there is a more economical way to supplement with beta-alanine if that is what you would like to accomplish. I have no opinion on the efficacy of the adaptogens or other ingredients.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on July 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is one of those "less lathering" shave creams that comes out more like toothpaste and goes on in a thin layer that makes it a bit hard to see where your last shaving pass went. However, I do like the feel of them and they tend not to dry your skin out as much.

This stuff is similar to Cremo shave cream that can be purchased at the local drug store. Given that the Cremo tube is identical to the tube that this stuff comes in, I have half a suspicion that this comes from the same factory and is perhaps the same stuff (maybe they just put a red lid on the Cremo tubes?). It certainly looks, smells and feels similar. Given as much, the sale price here is in line with what you can buy the same size Cremo tube for at the store, which is around six or seven bucks.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on June 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had these on my bike for over a year now and ridden them in all kinds of conditions. They are the preferred wheel for most people in my riding group and the group is filled with big climbers, crit racers, and everyone in between. These wheels are durable, fast, and solid. There is quite a bit of wind where I ride and these wheels handle it brilliantly. I tend to be someone who likes products that just simply work and don't cause me headaches, and these fit that description to a tee. You will not be disappointed with them.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on June 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've got the 46's and love the shape and feel of these bars. The top portion is flat enough to give your hands a nice rest but not too wide that the tops don't fit nicely in the hand while gripped. The drops are at a very comfortable level and comfortable on the hands in extended use. The porting for the wiring of the brakes and shifters is excellent, as they dive out of the way of your grip. For the price, they are an excellent value.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on June 24, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ape shoulders and arms and use size 46 bars, so length of the roll is an issue for me. But honestly this roll is probably right at the limit for those of you with more standard bars like 40's. I managed to wrap up far enough that the only time I'm not on the tape is when my hands are dead center next to the stem like Froome-dog, but I have a flat portion of my bars there that makes for a comfortable hold nonetheless. As to feel of the product and durability, I've no issues. Feels soft underhand without being too mushy. I like to use gloves with minimal padding in them and I've done all day rides with no discomfort in my hands. They clean right off with a hose and look good still after some time in use. I'd have given 5 stars if the roll was simply a bit longer. The mechanic at my local bike shop who has wrapped more bars than I ever could in a lifetime told me that he knows Arundel rolls are on the short side, so it isn't just my imagination.

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Byron D.wrote a review of on June 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride in a desert climate, so it is dry and dusty most of the year. This stuff is the best I've found for my riding conditions. A simple wipe of the chain with a rag when coming back from a ride is enough to keep my chain clean for several rides between cleanings. This stuff doesn't attract too much gunk (the blue version attracts a little too much gunk, which is why I use the yellow) and it smells good, too. A clean chain means a prettier bike, a more efficient drive train (more power), longer lasting components and less likelihood of chain marks on the leg! What are you waiting for?

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Byron D.wrote a review of on June 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like many riders, I've tried many different brands of crème. After wandering through the crème forest I eventually settled back on the Assos stuff. Yes it is expensive, but in my estimation it is truly the best stuff. The thicker consistency is ideal in that it lasts on longer rides and stays where you put it. I ride in really hot summers and freezing winters due to a desert climate, and this stuff works in all seasons to keep my undercarriage fresh. I am worth the extra money darn it!

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