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Eric K.

Eric K.

Eric K.

Eric K.wrote a review of on April 22, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought in early on the graphene hype, and I'm really glad I did. I get thousands of miles out of these tires, and the cornering is unbelievable. When I've had a flat, I come to find out that I've run that back tire just a little too long (where the bead is totally flattened out). They're so reliable and durable that the main risk is forgetting how long you've had them on (I've run a couple down to the threads!). The combo of 200g +/-, 180 TPI, and 30-ish dollars is too much to pass up, for me.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on December 25, 2018

4 5

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

I got this at nearly half-price and think it's an insane deal. This is nicely constructed with beautiful colors (got the light blue / vis yellow) and is reasonably form fitting. It definitely does the job on the wind and cold, though I haven't tested the water resistance yet.

I rolled this out on one of the colder days we'll see here in my state of SC, and it was great (about 45 with a stiff N wind). But, it may be a bit of overkill if you don't get below 40F much. That's no knock on the product, though.

One knock I do have is there is only one small zip pocket. So, unless you're going for a very short ride, sporting a fanny pack, or wearing a traditional jersey underneath, there is no storage.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on November 4, 2018

4 5

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

I liked the look of this, put it on my saved items, and bought it at a real steal price. This piece is really well-made. I wore it on a breezy 50-degree day with a long sleeve base layer and it was perfect (I tend to be colder than the usual person).

I ordered an XL based off the size chart and frankly, this thing could be just a tad longer. It's cut for cycling position, and it still works on my 5'11", 175 lb boxer-type frame. But, I can't help but wish it was just .5 or an inch longer, and a XXL would almost certainly be too large. Hence, 4 instead of 5 stars.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on July 30, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

See my review on the Flow HR sensor. These Lezyne sensors are the worst in what is, IMO, a terrible product category all around. For speed, cadence, and HR - the old $25 Cateye computers and such just dust all this junk on durability measures. I get the planned obsolescence thing, but this is out of hand.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on July 30, 2018

1 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have gone through two of these since March 2018 - one that came with my Lezyne GPS bundle, and another that Lezyne sent on warranty after the first one failed totally in four months. The second one didn't last a month. That is just straight-up ridiculous - prior to this, I had a Nashbar Tempo unit I paid $40 for.. in 2003. Lasted 14 hot, sweaty summers until the head unit died. All those years, I may have burned 5-6 batteries. This one ate about 10-15... easy to lose count.

To add to it, their speed sensor just took a dump, too. That's why I'm here right now... buying (non-Lezyne) replacements.

All the GPS and sensor folks need to study some of the old tech for its durability. None of them have any excuse for products that last 6, 9, or 12 months like I commonly see reported for all brands. That said, the Lezyne takes the cake for the worst.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on July 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't bring myself to spend a lot on sunglasses, but then I'm often disappointed with the quality. What to do?
Buy these... I have a pretty regularly shaped head, and these fit great (so I report "true to size" even though its a one-size deal). The air holes actually work, the quick-release is a great feature, and it comes with a nice case. A great deal at the on-sale price point.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on March 22, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my first GPS / power meter, and I couldn't get myself to spring the extra for the Garmin units. I'm very satisfied with it after 6 weeks of 4-5X weekly use in some nasty winter conditions. Set-up was fairly easy, though you need to actually ride your bike to get the speed and cadence to pair. The battery lasts forever, the GPS locks in right away, and it's very weather resistant. You can line up a lot of data with the multiple pages and data lines. It's great for customizing pages for various types of workouts you might do. There are a lot of functions I haven't had a chance to exploit yet like the Navigation, so I can't comment on these.

I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars as I had one bug: I left it in "pause" for about 20 minutes once, and it lost contact with all the sensors - I had to re-pair everything. That shouldn't happen. Also, some of the data lines aren't well thought out. Example: %FTP. The unit just estimates this off your personal data; there's no easy way to enter your actual FTP as a basis. I queried Lezyne on this, and they sent me this absurdly complicated process to do it. That's just dumb in these days of FTP-based training.

A number of reviews out there claim you need Strava Premium to upload Lezyne files to Strava. Wrong. Just select the "Garmin" tab, and select "upload files directly". That is also part of my "4 stars, not 5" review, as the Lezyne link on Strava is in fact unnecessarily complex, but there's an easy work-around. There may in fact be issues with active syncing with Strava - can't comment on that as I have no plan to use it.

All in all, I think this is a fantastic value so far.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on January 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this to extend my winter gear down a few degrees, and for an easily packable backup when that winter sun goes down really fast. This is nicely made and well fitting - no flapping or air catch on downhills. It's easily compressed into a standard jersey pocket. I'm 5'11, 185 with a thick build, and the XXL fits me perfect - I know from other Santini pieces I've gotten that XXL is the mark for me.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on December 20, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought the Silverline bibs in large, and they were almost too small. I bought the shirt in XL, based on that and the size chart, and it's just annoyingly close to being too big. I like a slim aero fit, myself.

But all that aside, this is a very nicely designed shirt with great fitting sleeves and a sturdy zipper (that many much-more-expensive shirts don't have). It's great for my fat season, at least.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on September 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these based on other reviews, and the fact that the light blue leg trim gels with a bunch of other gear I have. And, I'd like to find a "go to" set of bibs in a product line that doesn't disappear every season.

Very comfortable chamois; I don't notice any see-thru issues like others report (I asked my wife specifically about this). I rarely ride beyond 60 miles in a crack, but definitely feel like I could go a whole lot longer before any comfort issues would arise. I'm 5'10"; 185 lbs with a little bit of beer belly, and the L was almost too small. But, I think an XL would be too loose, which is what I take in Giordana shirts. Dropping those 10 extra pounds would totally dial in the fit, I think. In any case, it's completely fine in the riding position, so I'm calling it "true to size".

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Eric K.wrote a review of on September 30, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well, pumps are pretty simple, but the chuck is super-secure and clamps on very smooth and fast - so, very little air loss and saves you strokes. The dial numbers are large and easy to see. I've had this thing for awhile and it's still out-of-the-box fresh.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on May 15, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rarely ride in true dark, but often in dusky conditions. I also just like the visibility for safety at any time. These things really cut the mustard on the visibility side, but I find the battery life shorter than advertised. I'll set them on a 4-hour setting, and finish a 3-hour ride and find the light (particularly the rear) has cut back automatically to a very dim power save mode. Nonetheless, I still think these are great lights, as many sets I see out there really don't put out enough light to really increase your safety.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on October 15, 2015

5 5

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

This is an absolutely beautiful and well-fitting shirt. I followed others' advice and went up TWO sizes to an XXL (I'm 5'11" and 180). This fits an American body very well if you up-size.

The fabric weight is great when it's 40-55 degrees with the right underlayers and accessories.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on October 15, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Excellent fit; I'm 5'11" and 180, and the L fits perfect. These bibs really fall into perfect place on the body, and never make you feel pinched or like you have to pull at something or shift around after getting out of the saddle.

My only little quibble is that, as nice as the chamois is overall for fit, there's no way I could stand over 60-70 miles in these things. Some of that may be me, but I wouldn't call these long-distance bibs.

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Eric K.wrote a review of on September 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these when I bought my 2010 Tarmac Elite and have about 20,000 miles on them. They've been trued once, and didn't really need it then. Very stiff and responsive. I finally killed them by hitting a gigantic pothole, which cracked one of the spoke nipples, and jammed it in place on the rim. Zero issues up to that event.

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