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Daniel

Daniel

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Gravel, bikepacking, dirt riding in Salt Lake.

Daniel

Danielwrote a review of on February 17, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this tape on many bikes over the years. It's not fancy but it gets the job done. Being so affordable it's not a big deal to re-wrap it once or twice a season when it tears. It's decently cushy (the gel cork version is quite cushy), has a tape backing for easy install, and looks good on most bikes. These days I've on grippier Lizard Skins but I feel I'll find my way back to Cinelli cork one day.

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Danielwrote a review of on February 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love these tires. I wish they were tubeless ready or I'd still be running them. They measure out more or less true to width, mount up easily, roll fast on pavement, and bit decently on gravel. The 120 tpi sidewalls are supple and provide an amazing quality. They're not overly tough so I found them better suited to midwest than west terrain.

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Danielwrote a review of on February 17, 2018

4 5

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

I picked these up for my partner's RLT 9 gravel bike and so far she's been happy with them. They roll quickly on pavement yet have enough tread on the sides to bite in on looser terrain. The hexagonal center tread is angled forward to reduce rolling resistance but to provide some braking grip on the backside - hard to tell if that braking grip does much. Have yet to set these up tubeless but they mount up on Stan's rims with a snug fit without putting up a fight.

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Danielwrote a review of on January 20, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not sure if it's hit or miss whether you get a leaky one or not but mine leaks every time. I was excited about this because it is larger than my other bladders, and I keep trying it over and over, but it always leaks. Not a fan of a non-locking bite valve either. Always get water everywhere while trying to feed it out of backpacks.

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Danielwrote a review of on January 6, 2018

5 5

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

A derailleur adapter is a derailleur adapter, right? Functionally maybe, but this adapter is much higher quality than more basic cast aluminum options. It has a cleaner look and the tolerances are better, and it matches Shimano's current groupsets far better than the shiny silver models. Using this with an Ultegra 6800 braze on front derailleur.

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Danielwrote a review of on January 5, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a solid jacket for everyday casual riding but doesn't have the tech features to stand out from the crowd. The jacket has a loose cut which allows for layering on cold days but with this in mind it fits true to size. The arms are long enough for most but a little on the short side for those like me with lenghty arms. The drop tail isn't that long but works well enough.

The Versa Barrier jacket primarily blocks the wind and a little water but it's not a rain jacket. It also isn't especially breathable for use in long hard efforts and isn't packable to keep in your bag for emergencies. The jacket's features are minimal but are for the most part well done and seem durable. The hood doesn't flap around when riding, reflective accents are present but unobtrusive, The lining is comfortable, not clammy on bare skin, hand pockets are large, and the zipper is two-way for ventilation.

My biggest complaints are the lack of velcro or elastic at the wrist and lack of drawstring at the bottom hem, both of which allow cold air in. There are no pit zips or chest vents for ventilation and the minimal gloves seem gimmicky but I'll probably appreciate them when I loose my main gloves and have to ride home. A black back would be better for hiding road spray on damp days.

Overall for the price the jacket is decent and reliable, not frilly but it's a commuting jacket that can easily be used off the bike.

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Danielwrote a review of on December 28, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This star nut setter isn't great but is affordable and gets the job done. A nicer setter will have a guide to make sure the star nut goes in straight, on this you you have to be careful in your tapping. If you're just doing this once in a while the affordability of this tool makes it worthwhile to have in your toolbox.

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Danielwrote a review of on December 28, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This frame and fork alignment gauge is a fantastic tool to have for both checking for alignment issues on dropouts after a crash and for pulling steel forks (and occasionally rear triangles) back into alignment. It comes as a pair of the pictured gauge as is very quick to attach and use. Be warned, this doesn't work with thru axles. Be sure you know what you're doing before you try to use these to realign a bike.

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Danielwrote a review of on December 21, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are tasty. They are very edible and they're soft, not crunchy so I can eat them on the bike on long rides. They don't seem to fill me up like a Clif bar does but they do add variety and flavor to my mid-ride snacks. They are certainly not overly sweet but could use brighter flavors (at least the Caramel, Gingersnap, and Honey flavors).

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Danielwrote a review of on December 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes, I still have a 10 speed drivetrain. This chain is affordable and readily available and works great with Shimano and Sram drivetrains. The pins aren't hollow which makes it a few grams heavier than the 1071 and 1091 but if you're still running 10 speed you probably don't care. Shifting is fine, it's durable, and it comes with a quick link.

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Danielwrote a review of on December 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are some of my favorite socks. Merino wool is always comfy but can be delicate, these have synthetic reinforcement at the heel and toe to reduce wear and it genuinely works. I haven't blown them out after a year of riding like I do most of my socks. In addition merino wool socks can often be geared more towards fall or winter riding, these are lighter weight, not quite as light as some summer socks but perfectly comfortable on warm days. The material on the bottom is a bit heavier than the top to combine under-foot comfort and breathability. They have a tiny bit of compression and don't slide around like some looser wool socks can. Plus they come in some great bright colors or good old black.

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Danielwrote a review of on December 8, 2017

4 5

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

Just picked this up and I'm happy with selection of tools (especially the full range of allen wrenches and it's always nice to have a knife around). I don't much care for integrated chain tools but this one looks decent. The tool is wider than the image makes it look which is my biggest issue, Lezyne could have designed this to be more space efficient. We'll see if the pivot bolts stay tight, that's often a problem on this style tool.

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Danielwrote a review of on October 3, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Choosing a saddle is very personal but this is an excellent option to consider. I had the chance to try the Selle SMP Plus saddle for a few weeks and despite it being to wide for me, I found the shape and padding relatively comfortable for my body. I did get some chafing with the width but will be trying a narrower model. The saddle's odd shape takes a lot of fiddling to find the right position but the dropped nose makes getting down in the drops easier and the dip in the center provides a supportive perch. This may not be the best saddle for riders who move around on the saddle a lot. This is a fairly heavily padded saddle although I wouldn't put it in the comfort saddle category.

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Danielwrote a review of on October 3, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Coming from a hardtail I was surprised with how much I have enjoyed this bike. It was very capable going downhill as expected but it also climbed efficiently, lacking pedal bob and handling well despite a slacker headtube angle than I'm used to.

The components spec is solid and reliable - the Reverb performed smoothly, Eagle gearing provided an incredible range, and and the Guide brakes had very good modulation. With plus tires you don't worry about choosing the perfect line.

At 6'1" I'm often between a large and XL in mountain bikes and fit an XL in the Hightower. I choose this as a go-to trail bike for all but the smoothest trails.

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Danielwrote a review of on August 30, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is solid tape. I've used it many a time and it seals well. Care in application is important - make sure the rim is clean and dry, make sure it goes bead to bead, use a couple layers. I've had it move around on me when pulling the tire off the rim which is frustrating, but I haven't found a stickier option yet and it doesn't leave residue like Gorilla Tape.

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Danielwrote a review of on August 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These were very soft without falling apart and had great flavor, perfect for eating on a ride or hike. The chipmunk who got into them loved them too. Cherries and chocolate chips are my top pick for additions.

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