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Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith

Salt Lake City

Derrick Smith's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Derrick Smith's Bio

Originally from Texas, moved to Utah for more downhill oriented mountain biking. I have a background in moto but an injury forced me off my 450 and pushed me to cycling. Prior to my move to Utah, I worked as a bike mechanic in various shops doing all types of suspension service and mountain bike overhauls.

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Derrick Smith

Derrick Smithwrote a review of on May 4, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have both. The guide pin works great for QR wheels but that is quickly becoming dated so I picked up the non-pin version for the extra versatility. A little extra care is needed to make sure it is perfectly flush without a guide but works like a champ. The 12mm pin version is also on my wishlist as soon as they come back in stock as XD cassettes can sometimes be a bear. Another great tool from Park, will last a lifetime plus some and absolutely required for any home mechanic's box.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So the downtube water bottle cage you had high hopes for on your mountain bike......turns out your front tire kicks dirt on your bottle so your teeth get a big sand blasting when you take a swig. Put that cage to use with this little tool keg perfect for most of your trailside needs.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've ridden 5.10 Freeriders for years but on long descents, I start feeling my pedal pins a bit to much for comfort. In the search for a thicker sole, I picked up the GR7 from Shimano. This is a stiff sole indeed, so much so I cannot feel the pedal underfoot. I've replaced my pedal pins with longer versions and we are getting along at the moment but the search for the perfect flat pedal shoe continues. I love the hard toe cap which is a no brainer but the neoprene debris sleeve surprised me. Out of the box I wasn't stoked on it but they work great and you don't notice them. Pebbles in your shoe are a thing of the past! They are way more durable than the 5.10 sole, I usually tear through the rubber on 5.10 in a season but I'm going on season 2 with these and no signs of wear on the bottom. For sizing, I wear an 8.5US and went with the 42 which fit great. If you want to talk about my flat pedal journey, where I'm going next, and how you can skip the trial and error process of finding a great flat shoe, give me a call at extension 2348.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this shirt so much I ordered just about every color they offer. It's my new favorite shoulder season riding shirt and snazzy enough to wear off the bike and out on the town. The fit is spot on, I have a 40" chest and went with a medium and it's perfect.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on April 17, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used other brands, but nothing stays in place yet is easily removable for accessing internal nipples with no mess. Get your tubeless setup done right with the proper tool for the job.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you do any home wrenching, these are a must have. Any old school cup and cone hubs, your little ones 12", even new wheels like e13 require them for basic maintenance. Get the right tool for the job and it's a breeze. Not only at home, I've used this set professionally for years and they hold up to anything you can throw at them.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Typically my mountain bike kit consists of a "road chamois" tucked under my baggies and I don't stray from the usual big players who know how to make a great fitting, highly absorbent chamois. I just haven't had much luck with the popular MTB companies trying to put out liner shorts but I'm not one to throw in the towel and give up. Owning a few other 7Mesh pieces and realizing the thoughtful design and premium materials, I thought I would try their liner short. I am 6', 170lbs, true 31" waist and I don't wear a "small" anything so was super nervous ordering the small as per the size chart. The fit is snug, as I would expect, to the point of compressive. They are comfortable, everything stays where it should on the body, and I was able to put in a 4 hour ride comfortably. This is the first "liner short" to ever make my regular chamois rotation and one I would buy again.

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Derrick Smithwrote a review of on March 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Man I love these shorts! 4 pockets, 2 traditional and 2 zippered having your items comfortable and secure while pedaling. They also double as ventilation when empty and open. The adjustable waist makes for a perfect fit. I am 6', 34" inseam, 170lbs, true size 31 waist and the small fits perfect. I usually wear medium shorts so check the size chart! The length is perfect for me but some may find them to be a tad long. They sit right at the bottom of my knee cap but don't get caught up on knee pads. Crotch is the right cut, not getting hung up on the saddle when hanging off the back. I can't imagine a better designed MTB short.

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