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Christopher T.

Christopher T.

marstons mills, ma

Christopher T.'s Passions

Road Biking

Christopher T.'s Bio

Bicycle and Snowboard addict

Christopher T.

Christopher T.wrote a review of on April 22, 2019

Used Properly, the 11-32 is a Weapon!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have an 11-32 WiFi Red Casette, and I love it. While it's not an ideal everyday cassette for me, it is perfect for more situations that I thought it would. I initially bought it to use with a CeramicSpeed OSPW set up for 150 mile ride with 12,000 feet of Cat 1 and 2 climbs. With this set up, you need every single link of chain that comes in a new Sram chain! While riding this set up on flatter terrain where I live, I found myself using my bike almost like a 1X, hardly ever using the inner ring to hammer up short, punchy climbs. Being able to use your big ring, (I have a 34) and not needing to double shift after smaller climbs is a HUGE bonus when it comes to regaining your momentum and gapping others.

For a 32 tooth, it's quite light. Like my 11-28 Red cassette, it hasn't chewed up my freehub. Your friends might give you some crap about how big it looks, but you'll get the last laugh! Make sure you've got a medium cage or an OSPW set up and you'll be golden!

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on July 10, 2018

3 5

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

This is a very handy lock. But it is easily picked with a shim to push the teeth back that look into place on the strap. Similar to opening a zip tie without cutting it. There's a video on YouTube of it being done. The manufacturer likes to focus on the strength of the strap in their advertising, which is cleverly directing you away from it's flaw. Use the lock, but don't go very far for very long.

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on July 10, 2018

3 5

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

It hols the lock, but bounces a little. Also, the pegs that the strap secures to protrude out too much. If improperly placed they could destroy your bibs!

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on January 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this mat initially to help keep my Wahoo from sliding around on the hardwood floors of my paincave. I always used a cheap carpet runner under whatever trainer I was on, but after switching to a Wahoo, I was unable to find a cheap runner wide enough for the feet of the Wahoo. So I relented and bought the mat. I'm so glad I did! It's thick, but soft so it really deadens the vibrations that drive your family crazy. My girlfriend can actually sleep while I'm cranking out watts in the room below our bedroom. Plus you won't slip around when you drop the hammer on Zwift.

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on December 22, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this saddle bag for about a season and a half and it's toast. I loaded it with 2 race tubes, 2 CO2 cartridges, levers, and multi tool, and found it would jiggle itself loose. There's no loop on the bag to keep the strap from riding up (toward the back of your bike) and sliding off. The bag never fell off the bike, but it was unnerving to have it come loose at 45MPH going down Bear Mtn. I bought it because of the reviews and it's better than many bags I've used, but it doesn't live up to the 5 star reviews that sold me on it. With tweaks, or some customization, it could be perfect.

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on December 11, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like all other Michelin tire's I've used, these are great tires. They're very puncture resistant and corner very, very nicely. They're certainly not the fastest rolling tires out there, so if you're looking for raw speed and free watts, look elsewhere. I use them as training tires and they go the distance, plus their puncture resistance factor is piece of mind when I'm on a long solo ride. The only flats I have gotten on these tires are pinch flats, and I have worn through two sets now.

But like all Michelins I've used, they fit VERY tight on your wheel. Be VERY careful putting them on your carbon clinchers. You'll need levers to get them on, trust me. Take your time, be sure your tube isn't pinched, and the only time you'll take them off is when you wear them out!

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on November 21, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These covers do exactly as they should. They're essentially a wind breaker for your feet. Coupled with some good Merino Wool socks I've used them when the temperatures plunge into the mind 40's comfortably. I'm yet to really use them in the rain, but I suspect they'll keep me nice and dry. I wear Bont Vaypors in a size 10 with Speedplay Zeros and got XL's. They fit snuggly but are fairly stretchy. Take your time putting them on and you won't have an issue with tearing them.

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have three bikes, and after trying a few different pedals over the years, my primary two have a set of these on them. When coupled with a well fitting, stiff shoe, these pedals will make you feel like your crank is directly hooked to your ankle. Dialing in float takes a bit of trial and error, so ride with a mini screwdriver for the first couple rides on them. Invest in a set of cleat covers! They will last longer and you'll be less likely to slip and fall if you're not on your bike. Lube the bearings and the cleats and they will last a long, long time. Enjoy!

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on November 30, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am yet to find a bar tape that I am obsessed with. Deda's tape is great though! It has just enough stretch to wrap nicely, and just enough cushion. I usually will wrap it so the logo doesn't show. It makes for a cleaner look on the bars I think. I've also used Sram Super Suede, and Specialized's products as well.

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Christopher T.wrote a review of on November 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I absolutely love this product. It is my go-to base layer, so much so I feel naked without it. I'm hoping santa brings me a few more for Christmas this year. It runs true to size, you definitely want it to fit snugly in order to function properly. Once you wear it, you'll never want to ride without it.

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