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Courtney Dean

Courtney Dean

Arlington, MA

Courtney Dean's Passions

Road Biking
Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking

Courtney Dean's Bio

New to biking. Though I have had a mountain bike for several years, I never quite got into it. But I recently started bike commuting to work and it's made me a roadie. Got my first road worthy ride and am thrilled.

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Courtney Dean

Courtney Deanwrote a review of on June 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was the smartest move I made last summer. Pity it came in mid August. I can't believe the difference a carbon frame and 29" wheels make. Buddy describes my climbing as billy goating. That's a great feeling. Now, if I could just assert some downhill speed!
I've taken this bike on good terrain and the limited travel doesn't seem to be too much of a problem. No shocking bottomouts. The rubber marker is usually at the end after a ride though so I am definitely using all of the suspension. But it's perfect for XC exploits and more mileage.

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Courtney Deanwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't care one way or another. It's better than the alternative. Add a little chamois cream to these and you're set for a few hours of riding hard. I've done 20+ miles on singletrack with these on and walked away feeling fine. The fit is generous in the waist, but they're tight in the thighs. The thigh band keeps them in place, but it's designed for a someone with less mass than i carry. Maybe this keeps them from riding up. In that case, i'll take a few more pairs.

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Courtney Deanwrote a review of on October 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Before I bought this helmet, I was struggling up the singletrack, falling at every turn, and being laughed at by all the real riders blowing by me. My silly road helmet was a disgrace. I hid in shame, only riding at night, with no lights, in the hopes of avoiding the cat calls and looks of disdain from other riders. Then, this helmet came. Suddenly I was flying up the track. I passed casual riders, hard core riders, pros gaped as I forced them to the side and cruised past at breakneck speed. I passed EVERYONE. and I did it in style.

Fox makes good kit. The helmet has a nice range of fit options within the S/M, or L/XL size options. Comes with additional padding pieces for a more precise fit.
The sun visor is a necessity in the dessert.
Good coverage over the important parts of the cranium.

My only complaint might be the chin strap. I'm having a little difficulty getting it exactly where I want it to go around my ears, not rub with a pair of sunglasses and sit tight on the chin. Seems there's 2x as much strap as needed flopping around and hitting my handlebars as i ride. OK, not THAT much extra strap...

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Courtney Deanwrote a review of on August 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Why pay 200+ for pedals? These are lightweight and rigid enough to handle trail riding. I've got em on my road bike. I found them to be ver satisfactory and the consistency between road and MTN is pretty nice. I like the Candy platform better than a mallet, and much more secure than an egg beater. I suppose the weight weenies on the roadie side might scoff, but my red pedals are baller on my bike. And I can shave pounds off my love handles if I need an advantage without spending $1000s on carbon and titanium.

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Courtney Deanwrote a review of on December 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bright light! significantly brighter than other tail lights I've used. it's got a really nice 180* visibility ring and various settings for flashes and fixed lights. I got this for my wife to avoid death on Massachusetts Avenue downtown Boston. It's key that she have a ton of visibility so that even the most obnoxious mass**** will take notice and think twice before smashing her with his BMW.
I don't like the USB rechargable battery only because i think it allows for some complacency. The 7 hour run time is great. but my wife cannot be bothered with such things as power. A few spare batteries in her pack seems to work better to keep her illuminated.

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Courtney Deanwrote a review of on December 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As long as your helmet has vents, you can rig up a helmet mounted light... or camera, or other device that has a handlebar/pole mount.
It's velcro is long enough to fit a variety of helmet vent shapes and configurations so you can get it centered, positions relatively easily.
The light mount is oblong, which i find kind of nice because it fits well with the rubber strap mounts that most lights come with. The oblong shape kind of reduces the likeliness that the light will shift on your head as you bob and weave in traffic.

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Courtney Deanwrote a review of on November 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

They keep my toes warm on cold rides with ordinary athletic socks.
THey keep my feet dry in wet, sub downpour conditions.
The neoprene is just thick enough to provide insulation and water resistance . They don't cover your ankles though, so lots of rain do require full covers.
They're super cheap. At $20, you can afford to grab a pair and not worry too much about them getting beat up.
They're super easy to put on and take off. Love that. Love it WAY more than my full booties.
They won't last too many seasons. The sticky, rubber bottoms aren't super durable. But I'm willing to take that in exchange for the ease of use. Plus, a little duct tape will probably help the situation out.

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Courtney Deanwrote a review of on November 25, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The 500 lumens are awesome. I get a super safe feeling operating with such a high beam on my ride home from wok. That is, when the light works... it's died on me twice on my ride home. THe first time, after three rides (approx 35mins each). So I felt confident it had a 100 minute burn time. The second time it died was after one ride home. That has me concerned.
My wife has been using it for shorter rides and hasn't complained of failure yet. I've swapped hers and mine to make sure she keeps a good charge so I don't think we have a lemon. It could've just been operator error on my part. I may not have charged it as long as needed.

Will keep using it, but just need to be more diligent about keeping a good charge. Excellent light with wide field of view and powerful.

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