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Doug-Owrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I haven't worn baggie shorts in nearly two decades. But after overhauling my old Stumpjumper to tool around town I needed a pair of shorts that could bridge the gap between casual wear and technical performance. The Sportful Giara Over Short ticks all the boxes and then some. Perfect inseam length. Great stretch fabric and breathable mesh on the upper back side. Fabric dries quickly if you get caught in a storm. I ordered Black and the color leans slightly more to a really dark charcoal grey. It has adjustable velcro straps that works well, but for a greater lifespan I think the adjustment system could have been upgraded a bit to an internal adjustable belt. Pair this short with the Pearl Izumi Select Liner Short and you have a winning combo for comfort. This was a great recommendation from my Competitive Cyclist sales rep. Otherwise I would have overlooked this combo and lost out.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on July 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I recently got a set of unlined MTB shorts just to tool around on my old Stumpjumper. The Pearl Izumi liner was recommended and I'm very pleased with its comfort and performance. Very well made and a solid option when you don't want to wear your road bib shorts on a ride but you want the comfort of a chamois with unlined shorts. Great solution.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on June 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just overhauled my 1995 Stumpjumper and wanted to upgrade the rat trap pedals with toe straps that came with it. Debated about using a pair of overhauled/serviced 25-year-old Shimano PD-530 pedals we pulled off of our tandem, but opted instead to go with a new set of XT PD-8000 pedals. These are silky smooth new generation SPD pedals that work flawlessly, even with the older SH-50 cleats. My Stumpjumper is set up with semi slicks and I use it as an alternate road bike for tooling around and riding with my family when I'm not on my road bike. Great pedals that I wouldn't hesitate to put on a MTN bike or commuter bike. Solid investment.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on June 24, 2018

2 5

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

I bought these pedals to install on my wife's overhauled Trek 1200. She was excited to have these brand new pedals until she went for her first ride on them. I'm going to take the OREO approach on the remainder of this review and sandwich the criticism in-between some positive comments. FINISH: absolutely beautiful one-sided entry SPD pedal in what appears to be an anodized gunmetal blue grey finish. FIT: here comes the criticism. Shimano is really good about informing buyers which cleats are compatible with the newer generation SPD pedals. We have the older SM-SH50 cleats and I called Shimano and several other sources to see if our cleats would work or not. Shimano said they would work, which for all practical purposes is true. The problem is you have absolutely no latitude for error in entry with the SH50 cleats: it has to be precisely spot on in both position and angle, but the shoulders of the SH50 cleat get hung up just shy of entry. Be prepared to spend several or more minutes and a lot of frustration trying to clip in with these older cleats. It can be done if you have the patience of Job. My wife gave up after 10 minutes and rode the opposite side of the pedal without ever clipping in. I tried to clip in the following day and got one shoe in after several minutes but gave up after 10 minutes trying to get the other shoe clipped in. We would have simply upgraded to the newer cleats to resolve this issue but we suspect our old cleats were mounted using Red Loctite and there's no way we can remove them without damaging our existing shoes. The good news is that our older cleats work fine with the new generation XT PD-M8000 pedals (plenty of leeway and a breeze to clip in) and all the prior generation models, but for now we pulled our old PD-525 pedals off of our tandem and put one set on my wife's Trek. OTHER: The PD-A600 is well built and features nice adjustability. Easy to install and easy to adjust. BOTTOM LINE: We really wanted to like this pedal and if we ever upgrade to new shoes with the newer cleats, I'm sure everything will be fine. My wife prefers the SPD shoes so she can walk flat footed in public. If you're a commuter and want a light weight one-sided entry SPD pedal, this is likely a good option (provided you use the newer recommended cleats). However, if you want ease of clipping in and out quickly with no hassle, and can live with a little less "real estate" platform contact with your shoe, I would opt for a two-sided SPD pedal instead.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on June 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife and I have been long time Bell helmet fans since 1993 when we purchased a matching set for our tandem. We wore those helmets for years but they finally "aged out" and for safety reasons we considered other options. We have owned several other helmet brands in the interim. After returning to cycling this year I considered a number of high end helmets but in the end the Bell Z-20 won out . . . . . hands down. The amount of ventilation, comfort, and the MIPS system were top priority. But the one thing I noticed is that the fit and finish of the Bell Z-20 was consistently superior to all the other helmets I looked at. I don't know if other brands have persistent quality control issues or random bad batches, but nothing compared with the finish quality of the Bell Z-20. Hands down this is the best cycling helmet I have ever owned. My first Z-20 I purchased is matte black. I was so impressed with it that I immediately purchased a second Z-20 (Ghost matte silver) for late night or early morning rides with its fully reflective graphics to gain an edge on safety. My wife was due for another helmet so I just purchased her a matte black/neon pink Z-20 and she absolutely loves it. I'm a firm believer you get what you pay for, and for me the Z-20 is an exceptional value for the technology, comfort, ventilation and safety. That being said, we don't store our sunglasses in the front vents as some of the other reviewers have noted, so I can't address that issue. If that is a deal breaker for you then go try one on and see if your sunglasses will fit or not. As far as I'm concerned Bell nailed it. Fantastic helmet.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on June 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a huge GORE fan from my backpacking days with fit, function and quality. I'm glad to say that tradition holds true with the GORE Element 2.0 Jersey. I predominantly wear it for training. This is the only brand jersey I've purchased that actually runs true to size. The fit and feel of the fabric is first rate. Super comfortable. Great wicking. I'm also a huge fan of simple color palettes and the Grey Melange is understated and classy. I don't need a lot of flash and this jersey looks as good as it performs. Absolutely glad I snagged this one. I've added on a number of other GORE products--gloves, jacket, vest--based on the quality and performance. My wife was so impressed with my GORE jersey that she decided to upgrade her shorts and jerseys with all GORE products. You just can't go wrong with GORE Bike Wear.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on June 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Out of all my jerseys the Lungo is my favorite for fit, cut and comfort. Giordana sizing says I should wear a Large, but the 2XL is a perfect balance of a relaxed fit that is still on the snug side. I like the longer cut of this jersey and pocket volume as well. This is an unfair comparison but to me it's like a well broken in pair of 501 jeans; it just feels comfortable. A really, really nice fabric. Great long distance jersey or ideal for club rides when you're stuffing more items than you normally carry in the rear pockets. I bought the prior generation of the Lungo and liked it so much that I purchased two more of the current generation Lungo jerseys. The prior generation Lungo has five rear pockets with an additional open pocket sewn onto the outside of the second pocket from the right hand side. The current generation Lungo also has five rear pockets but with a small diagonal zippered pocket in the same location. The small pocket is a great pocket to secure your keys or Driver's License in. Having five pockets keeps everything in its place, more organized and feels better balanced to me. This is really a well designed and executed jersey that makes cycling a pleasure and can haul the goods in style.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on June 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I live in the south where it is hot and humid. On really humid days, this jersey has slowly climbed the pecking order of my summer jerseys. It's ultra light and with the mesh pit panels I've noticed enough of a difference over many of my other jerseys that it has a performance edge in keeping me cooler. Sahara is an aptly named jersey.

Two things to note. Even though Giordana sizing claims I should wear a Large, most of my Giordano jerseys I purchase are 2XL and are snug. I had to go with a 3XL on the Sahara and it's almost a race fit-- really tight. But it works so well. If you're a "tight ain't right" sort of rider, then this might not be the jersey for you unless you can upsize significantly.

The only thing I'm concerned with about this jersey is the lifespan of the mesh armpit vents. I'm not inferring that they are fragile, but I'm honestly not sure how many years to expect out of this jersey. I take really good care of my gear but I find myself handling this jersey a bit with kid gloves, especially when laundering it.

That being said when the humidity is high this is my "go to" jersey for extremely hot rides.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on December 12, 2017

5 5

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

This is the second jersey I purchased after a much too long hiatus from cycling. My favorite vintage jerseys from the early 1980's were both Girodanas because of their build quality first and foremost followed by their great design. So--just to be up front--I came with a bias when looking for new jerseys and it did not take long after shopping around that I returned to my roots with Giordana. On my very first Silverline Classic jersey order I went strictly by the sizing chart and ordered an XL. Big mistake on my part. It felt like a race fit and ended up binding my chest just below the arms pits. Not just uncomfortable; borderline painful uncomfortable. I returned the XL and ordered an XXL along with a 3XL to do a side-by-side size comparison. While the 3XL was a true relaxed fit, I didn't care for how long and loose the sleeves were so it went back. The XXL was a great modern "relaxed" snug fit for both torso and arms with perfect length of the sleeves. Because of purchasing so late in the season and with winter rolling in I haven't been able to put it through the wringer yet, but with what little time I've spent with it I was impressed enough that I realized this would be my "go to" Spring/Summer jersey for all around riding and training. I ordered two more XL Silverline Classics soon after in different colors and am contemplating adding a fourth Silverline Classic. My rule of thumb is if you find something that you really like, and you know you'll want to wear it, and they have it in your size, you better grab it before it is gone. This I have found to be especially true in my size range. If I don't like it then I'll never be inclined to wear it regardless of the price. I really, really like the Silverline Classic for its technology and its simplistic design. I have a simple palette preference: white, black and grey. The white/black Silverline Classic is as good as it gets for me: a minimalist, simple design of white, black and grey that looks as good as it functions. I like the Silverline Classic line so much that I ended up purchasing three total jerseys in different colors. I know a lot of people often confuse low price with value. For me, the Silverline offers incredible value regardless of the price you pay for it.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on December 10, 2017

5 5

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

For the most part I'm a fairly conservative consumer preferring simple, clean designs in a neutral color palette: white, grey or black. Mostly black. So I've got a good friend back in Texas telling me about his jersey collection over the years. He mentions one of his favorites is a high vis yellow "Don't Tread on Me" jersey. And with that the proverbial gauntlet had been thrown down. So that prompts me to start looking for a jersey that will hold its own against his Don't Tread On Me attitude and I stumbled across the Giordana Tenax Pro Jersey. Perfect. Never bring a knife to a gun fight . . . . . bring a Samurai. This will likely be my most brazen jersey reserved for special club and event rides with my buddy. Knowing that Giordana jerseys run on the small side I determined the perfect fit by upping my size and ordering both a XXL and 3XL. The 3XL was more of a relaxed fit on my torso, but too relaxed in the arms (loose) and too long of sleeves (past the Antecubital Space where the arms bend in the riding position). I returned the 3XL but kept the XXL which is a snug but otherwise proper fit. I predict it will likely rack up a fair amount of mileage once Spring and Summer roll around. Back in the early 80's and 90's my favorite vintage jerseys were Giordanas and almost three decades later Giordana jerseys are still my favorite. Great quality & technology as well as being an incredible value. As a side note, for those of you who have always wanted a tattoo but you have an aversion to needles and pain; here ya' go. Check out the ink on the back of this jersey.

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Doug-Owrote a review of on December 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just returned to cycling after an 18-year hiatus. To say that cycling technology has changed in that time period would be an understatement. My wife threw out our massive vintage water bottle collection on our last move so I ordered a few new bottles. I couldn't believe when I received the Camelbak Podium Chill that I would never ever have to open another water bottle with my teeth. Thanks Mr. Technology! The 21 oz Podium Chill is my new "go to" water bottle. Perfect size for most rides. Keeps water much colder a lot longer than my vintage bottles. Fits absolutely snug in my old school bottle cages with no rattle. Did I mention that I don't have to use my teeth to open this bottle? Thanks Camelback for 21 ounces of awesome!

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Doug-Owrote a review of on December 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just returned to cycling after an 18-year hiatus. To say that cycling technology has changed in that time period would be an understatement. I was a serious rider from 1983 through 1999 and now in 2017 I found myself definitely in need of some new jerseys. This Pearl Izumi Select Pursuit Jersey was my first purchase for my modern riding attire and I am thrilled with all aspects of it: fit, comfort, and function. First, I'll address fit: for me at 5'10" and a 44" chest (I ordered an XXL) this is the only jersey that I own that I would call true to fit for a nice, comfortable Relaxed Fit. Not near as snug as any of my other jerseys, but not loose--it is an ideal fit that I will compare all other jerseys to in the fit department. Top quality and a great value, especially when compared to some of my vintage jerseys. Because I've just started riding again this Fall I haven't been able to put it through the wringer in hot and humid riding conditions yet, but I have absolutely no regrets purchasing it. I prefer jerseys with simple, classic designs and the Select Pursuit Jersey ticks all of my boxes. I like the quality of Pearl Izumi so much I immediately purchased three pairs of Pearl Izumi bib shorts as well as one of their thermal long sleeve jerseys for some late Fall, early winter riding. Great stuff!

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