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Dana Holmes

Dana Holmes

Salt Lake City

Dana Holmes's Bio

"Go West, young man." I'm not actually sure who said this (maybe you can tell me?) but I took the advice anyways. Left Maine after college and went to Wyoming, then Alaska, then California, then... you get the picture. Currently calling Salt Lake City home and working on exploring the Wasatch.

I believe in getting into the mountains and moving through them. With friends. Alone. When it's sunny. When it's raining. In the dark. Before Work. After Work. I prefer skis in the winter and a pair of running shoes when there's no snow on the ground, but sometimes I also roll through the hills on two wheels. My climbing friends take me along when they need to feel better about themselves.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on August 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I get anxiety just thinking about setting up front derailleurs, but thankfully this one is very, very easy to install. The Yaw technology is the real deal. In about 20 minutes I was up and running with clean shifts and no rubbing across my whole cassette in either chaining. Can't ask for more than that.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on August 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Clean, precise shifting. Easy action and a perfect level of tactile feedback so you know when you've completed a shift. The double-tap shifting sounds counter-intuitive, but turns into second nature after a few shifts and I appreciate how clean it keeps the look of the levers. Pre-installed shift cables, sensible brake cable installation, and multiple cable routing options make them a snap to set up if you're a DIY mechanic.

In short - these don't look, feel, or perform cheap. Excellent choice for adventure rigs, commuters, or upgrades to older bikes. If you care about great shifting performance but aren't too concerned about weight, these are the ticket!

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on August 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this because it was cheap, but I've been surprised with how nice it feels and the level of padding it offers. It was also very easy to install and get a clean looking wrap job thanks to a quality 3M adhesive strip and an easy-to-work with amount of stretch in the tape itself. A definite step up from your basic cheapo foam tape.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on June 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was skeptical of the cult-like following these things have before I got a pair. I mean, we all ditched grips like this and started using lock-ons for a reason, right?

However, I was amazed at how much less hand fatigue and pain I had after my first ride with these. Since they're made out of silicone, the grip is also fantastic if you wear gloves that also have silicone grips. Between the padding/vibration damping and the added grip, I felt like I had much better control of my cockpit with these than my last pair of (considerably more expensive) lock-ons. Also nice that they come in a rainbow of colors to match your build.

I didn't have any rubbing alcohol handy, so I used a little windex to lubricate things while I was installing them and it was pretty easy to get them on, probably 5min to install both.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on May 18, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a basic bike tool that has all the bits you need for quick-maintenance and repairs on most modern bikes, as well as integrated tire levers that don't suck. Unlike the other reviewer, I haven't had any issues with rusting, although I do live in Utah where we don't really have such problems.

My favorite thing about this tool is that the bits are very high quality hardened steel - no issues with them deforming or rounding when trying to unscrew a stubborn bolt like you'll get on cheap multi tools. I also like that you get a full size allen wrench, which makes it much easier to get into tight places and get enough torque for the job. The obvious negative is that the bits are not attached, so there's a lot of small pieces to lose when doing trail side repairs.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on May 15, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't used this extensively but it seems like a great little light. It's quite bright and the flash pattern seems well thought out to get drivers' attention. It fits into the mount on your bike like a key, so it's quick and easy to pull off if you live in a high theft area where people will steal your bike lights outside the grocery store... not that I have any experience with that. I also like that it doesn't need a charge cable and you can just plug it right in to any USB port to charge.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on May 7, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These don't work as well as the vulcanized rubber patches that you glue on with rubber cement, but they will take care of small holes and get you rolling quickly so you can get back to the house or the car. The whole kit is about the size and weight of a quarter, so they're a nice emergency fix to have on hand. I always carry a spare tube on longer rides, but I like having these in my pocket as well in case I have REALLY terrible luck and get two flats on the same ride.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After the tubes on your commuter bike get turned in to swiss cheese by a nasty patch of goat heads, don't toss them - save them and patch them up with this kit. Take your time and make sure you rough the surface up and let the glue partially cure before applying the patch. If you do it right, the patch will be permanently bonded to the rubber and the tube is good as new, saving you a few bucks and the landfill some unneeded waste. I'd recommend carrying a good tube to get rolling again quickly when you get a flat and saving the patching for the couch at home - it's not difficult, but not something I want to be doing in the shoulder of the road either.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Ride quality seems good so far; they feel glued to the road and they corner well. They aren't particularly thick and the rubber is soft, but they do have some sort of puncture resistant strip and I haven't had any flats so far. I mostly use my road bike for commuting and zipping around town, which tends to involve a lot of rough roads, sidewalks, alleys, train track crossings, and other surfaces that are hell on tires. I find the ride quality on thick puncture-proof tires to be pretty awful, so I prefer to use cheap training tires like this and just replace them when they get torn up. I don't expect these to be a particularly long lasting tire but they were cheap enough that I won't be upset if they're shredded after a few months of city riding.

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Dana Holmeswrote a review of on April 30, 2018

Heavy and hard to install, but solid
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Cargo racks and panniers are great for serious long-distance touring, but are often overkill for quick neighborhood trips and can be difficult to load evenly. This cargo rack is an excellent, easy-carrying solution for your run-around town bike. It's generously sized, easy to load and secure with the included cargo net, and perfect for carrying oddly shaped items like takeout food containers or a six pack of beer. I love that it can be mounted front or rear - throwing it on the front is excellent for quick around town trips and allows you to keep an eye on any precious cargo, like the aforementioned six pack.

The welds are all of excellent quality on mine which is reassuring as cheaper racks often fail due to poor welding. The rack seems somewhat over engineered which bodes well for long-term durability carrying heavy loads, but does make it quite heavy - even unloaded, you'll notice the extra weight on your rig.

Once installed this the rack is reassuringly solid, but the installation is surprisingly tricky and not aided by the vague, poorly written directions. There are a myriad of different options to mount and this should be compatible with almost any frame, but figuring out how exactly it attaches and getting it adjusted may be quite frustrating depending on your mechanical aptitude. Important side note - if you do not have rack mount eyelets down by your drop outs, you'll need to purchase an extra long quick release skewer separately in order to install this rack.

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