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Chris McDemus

Chris McDemus

Chris McDemus

Chris McDemuswrote a review of on October 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It's probably been over 10 years since I've upgraded my bike computer. For the past 10 years I've been riding with a Garmin Edge 705. (Disclaimer: I am a Garmin fiend. I've rarely tried other brands for GPS and I have multiple products from them). The Edge 705 performed like a champ but only recently started showing signs of slowing up on me. So I pulled the trigger and bought the new 1030. I have to say, I am very happy with it so far.

First off, I really like that you can put something like 10 data screens on a single page. I am not a huge fan of swiping left or right to get to another data screen while I am riding. I can get all my data on one screen for the entire ride. Second, I love how bright and colorful the new screen is, and how big it is as well. Much easier to read while riding. Third, Garmin is really upping its game with all the new products with their compatibility with Training Peaks and Strava as well as tracking power meters, thresholds and training recovery periods.

I have had a few problems with the phone disconnecting from its pairing with my phone such that after a ride it doesn't just automatically download my ride. I've had to re-pair the 1030 a number of times. I am thinking though that this is more likely due to some IOS upgrades on my iPhone.

Would highly recommend this bike computer if you are logging heavy miles each week and like to have the latest bells and whistles.

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on January 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a quiver of helmets that I use for road riding - both triathlon training as well as competitions. If I am on my road bike, and not on my tri bike, then I am using my Kask Vertigo (mine flies the Italian colors). Overall, I really like the helmet. If you could try on road cycling helmets before purchasing, this is one you'd want to try on. Problem is, you don't find many Kask helmets in shops. You mostly find them online. So trying this one on really isn't an option.

Why do I raise the issue about trying on this helmet? You are going to see in many comments that most people focus on the retention system in the back of the helmet. This retention system is a set of sticky pads that sit on a skeletal framework that grip the back, lower portion of your skull. Once you have the pads properly positioned, you then twist the knob to cinch it down. If you've got a big noggin like me, getting the sticky pads over the back of your head can be difficult. If you wear a headband under your helmet, then you are going to have even more of an issue getting these pads in the right spot. But if you can get it on, I've found the fit to be terrific. Honestly, I love the helmet and it is terrificly ventilated for hot, summer riding.

Overall, I really liked the purchase.

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on January 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'll admit, the Giro Air Attack Shield is not my only helmet. I also have a Kask Vertigo and a Rudy Project Wing 57. I use my helmets for both triathlon training as well as triathlon competitions. The Giro Air Attack Shield claims to have great aerodynamics, but so does the Wing 57. The Giro Air Attack Shield, however, is great for very hot weather. Too have great aerodynamics, but also have great ventilation is quite an accomplishment. I've used the Air Attack in triathlons when the weather was incredibly hot, and I never felt like I was over-heating (all while using a helmet with great aerodynamics). I also really like how you can flip the shield upside down and get it out of the way while riding if you decide you no longer want to use the shield. The shield attaches to the front of the helmet using magnets. Most helmets with shields have no mechanism for moving the shield while riding, without removing it completely and stashing it somewhere on your person. So the design of the shield is great.

One downside of the helmet is the the mechanism in the back used to cinch the helmet onto your head. It's a very small, serrated dial and, to be honest, it's hard to operate particularly during a competition.

In the end, you can't go wrong with this helmet.

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on January 1, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using the Garmin 910XT for the past three years. It's been through multiple Sprint and Olympic Triathlon competitions, numerous 5k, 10k and half marathon races, and probably a few thousand miles of training. I've been using Garmin products now since the original Forerunner 305. I've been through the 305 and the 610 products. The 305 had its obvious faults, mostly based on early technology and design limitations. The 610 was an improvement but I found the user interface (the touchscreen) difficult to use (particularly during races).

The 910XT is a huge improvement over the 305 and the 610. The design is slimmer than the 305 because the GPS technology improved over the years. The 910XT ditched the touchscreen and went back to buttons, which I thought was a smart design decision. What I really liked was the ability of the 910XT to go into the water. Amazingly, the 305 and 610 could not be used during swimming.

So the 910XT was really designed for triathletes. In addition to being able to get very wet, the 910XT has built-in transition tracking capabilities. Plus, if you do Aquabike or Duathlon categories, you can tweak the racing setup so that it tracks exactly for that competition with built-in transition tracking.

I've also used this watch for hiking in the White Mountains in New Hampshire and so I've really tested the battery life. I've found the watch to have decent battery life - they 20 hour predicted battery life is an accurate estimate.

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on June 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These were the first Tri shoes I bought and they do the job, but I am sure there are better ones out there. If you don't know what you want in a Tri shoe but you are looking for something decent that you can wear barefoot and that is lightweight and decently drains - then it's a good shoe. I would imagine higher end shoes have a more contoured fit. I am a size 10 with a double EE width. I bought my typical euro size 43 but felt they were a little small which I chalk up to the width issue. All that said, I used them about 20 times now and they work well enough that I'll wear them out to the end.

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on June 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a road bike and a Tri bike. For years I've been just repurposing my mountain biking shoes for road shoes, which means all my bikes (road included) had SPD pedals. I was starting to feel like the SPD was too small of a platform for long road rides. Someone recommended the Look Keo Carbon pedals and I bought a single pair first. I really liked them. Honestly, it's been a shift trying to adjust to clipping into these pedals, but once you get it down it's second nature. Definitely a better platform for a road bike setup.

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on June 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As I've mentioned in some of my other reviews, I am built like a rugby player turned triathlete. Plus I am short. Most tri shorts (or any shorts for that matter) tend to have really long inseams. I like these shorts for their 6" inseam. It's a perfect length for me for swimming, then hopping on the bike then running. The shorts have a compression feel to them, fit really well and stay in place. The have a handy little mesh pocket on both hips that could hold a GU or two. I've notice when I fall in love with certain gear, the manufacturers end up changing something so I actually just bought two more pairs of these while they are still around.

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on March 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried lots of saddles for my go-to road bike. None have been as comfortable as this saddle for everyday riding. Granted, my buns are probably slightly bigger than the average biker (I'm built more like a rugby player), so the curve and the wide of the saddle are just awesome. There are so many saddles out there, and so many styles that it's really hard to choose. I lucked out to find a local shop that let people use loaner saddles for a week. That really helped me find the right fit without wasting tons of money. I went with the braided carbon just because I thought it would give me some extra strength given my rugby buns!

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Chris McDemuswrote a review of on March 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lots of negative reviews of this product, but I have to say, it's worked well for me so far. I would agree that the plastic insert that attaches the bag to the saddle is designed in a way that could easily snap if pulled on in the wrong direction once inserted into the saddle. But so far so good. I do like how easily it attaches to the saddle - literally snap and click. I've bought the small bag and the next size up. Like all good products, maybe Version 2 of this will solve the problem for everyone.

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