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Daniel

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Gravel, bikepacking, dirt riding in Salt Lake.

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Danielwrote a review of on October 5, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gloves work. My 7 mile commute is just enough to soak me thoroughly in the rain and when I peeled these gloves off, my hands were 100% dry. I was comfortable at 50 degree temperatures but they felt like they will breathe well enough to work in warmer rain too. I'd probably even ride these down around freezing if it's dry but if it's sleeting I'd opt for a warmer Sealskinz model.

Grip was quite good on the bars - the palm is a nice suede that holds onto grips. We'll see how durability is by they feel comparable to other proven mtb gloves. The velcro strap at the wrist was out of the way and secure.

My only complaint is fit - these do run a bit small. If you're between sizes, definitely size up. I have relatively small hands and usually take a medium (in Pearl Izumi, Bontrager, Craft, etc) and a medium in these was perfect in finger length and width across the palm but the wrist is tight and a struggle to slip into.

If you ride a bike in the rain at all, you will love this glove.

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Danielwrote a review of on October 5, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The temptation to drive into work is strong on those dark 50 degree rainy mornings. These socks give you one more argument to ride. I've worn waterproof socks in the past and have been unimpressed by their fit and lack of true waterproofness, but these actually work. When you pull them out of the package and slip them on they don't look like they're going to fit well but slip them into a shoe and go ride and the fit improves. Sealskinz sandwiches a waterproof membrane between layers in such a way that these definitely fit like a sock (kind of like a hiking sock). The top has a non-silicone gripper that keeps them in place and keeps water from dripping in.

My 7 mile commute give me just enough time to warm up and get soaked from road spray even in light rain. When I pulled these socks off at work, my feet 100% dry. I even wore these with Tevas and no water came through.

This model is thick enough to keep you warm when wet by not overly thick - I imagine I'd start sweating in 80 degree rain but that's to be expected. At 50 degrees my feet were just starting to get cold after 7 miles of constant spray in Tevas. The lining is merino to keep you comfortable and there are thicker versions available.

On sizing a size medium fit my US 9-9.5 feet well. If your feet are a 10, go with large, the toe to heel length will fit you better.

If you commute to work by bike you deserve a pair of these.

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Danielwrote a review of on October 4, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great jersey. The fit is slim as all Italian jerseys but not a second-skin feel. The material is light and comfortable without being super fancy and bringing the price up. The sleeves are a good length and not too long, not too short. The body is a touch short for taller skinny riders but works fine if you're wearing bibs.

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Danielwrote a review of on October 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Flat pedals are about all I ride. These are some of the best. They're nice and slim, have a wide platform, are nice and tough, have great bearings, the pins are quite grippy, pins are replaceable and replacements are included, and there are some great colors to choose from. What else could you want in a pedal?

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I really like this addition to my tool kit. It's an all-in-one tool that's not gimmicky and very well made. Tire lever, quick link holder, master link pliers, valve core tool - these are all things I like to have along on rides. My only complaint is it's a bit rattly as the chainring bolt holds the 2 halves loosely. My tool kit is packed pretty tight so that hasn't bothered me but I could see it being an issue for some.

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Nice and light, and available in long 400mm lengths. It's very simple and looks good on any bike, road or mountain. The clamp is easy to use and not too difficult to swap saddles. However it is a bit annoying to do this on the fly as your typical multitool doesn't fit nicely up against the post to access the bolts, you need to use an L-shaped wrench.

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice and simple. This has the most commonly used bit sizes (although who really uses a flathead screwdriver regularly?) in a compact package. It's well made, although the bits aren't quite up to the standards of Silca. My only concern is that the pivots will loosen up, although that hasn't happened yet.

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a decent light but I don't care for the mount. The light is bright, has good settings and a solid battery life, it's also easy to charge. It clicks into the plastic mount quite securely, but it stick straight out from the seatpost in such a way that it wobbles around a fair bit. Maybe on smooth pavement it would be fine but on rough roads it can bounce around. The vertical angle isn't really adjustable either, so with some seattube angles it end up pointing down towards just behind the rear tire.

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Light, tough, and won't drop your bottle. I've seen reviews stating these have withstood thousands of miles of bikepacking and I believe it - they're sturdy. Aesthetically I prefer a cage that's more "classic" looking with thinner tubing but that's just personal preference. Get these if you want strong and affordable!

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to wait to use this lube a bit before reviewing. After hundreds of miles of commuting and pavement and gravel I would recommend it. It's a great all around product, quite durable and something I trust to not wear off fast in dusty conditions or in rain. While being relatively thick it doesn't attract dirt too badly either and my drivetrain seems to be running cleaner. If you're using your bike in all conditions, get this!

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the best carbon paste you'll find. As other reviewers have said it's not abrasive like other carbon pastes. Motorex has put a lot of thought and research in their chemicals like this. A bottle this size will last you a good long while.

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Danielwrote a review of on September 9, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are affordable and quite nice for the price! I've hit some rough gravel roads with them and they've been solid, holding liter Nalgenes quite securely. The straps are rubberized and hold things securely, they're sufficiently long so you can strap on a lot. I've recently replaced the straps with Voile straps which are even more secure. If you're bikepacking you should get a set of these!

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Danielwrote a review of on May 26, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got this computer primarily for routing on long rides. Setup is annoying but once you are following a course it is great to have on a ride. My routes typically include unfamiliar gravel road with unmarked turns so keeping a close eye on a map is essential. The Garmin does all the work for you.

With simple training and route recording this is a great option with a lot of features. However for my type of riding I find the computer fairly unintuitive with lots of menus and button presses to navigate. Getting routes onto the device my plugging it in is straightforward but paring with Bluetooth and using Garmin's apps is something I still haven't completely figured out.

Lastly battery life could be a lot better. They improved this on the new 1030 but this gets pretty low after an 8 hour ride.

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Danielwrote a review of on May 26, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After getting used to a dynamo light on my commuter I had to go back to a battery light with a new wheelset. This one has been excellent. Battery life is good where I don't need to recharge it every day (more like every week). It throws a lot of light and the status light gives a good indication of charge level. It has a bunch of modes but I only use the high, medium, low settings. My favorite part is the mount. This loaded kit includes a hard mount rather than the rubber strap (which I never trust) which is secure and easy to swap between bikes. The loaded kit also includes a helmet mount which is a bonus.

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