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Garson Fields

Garson Fields

Park City

Garson Fields's Bio

Grew up in Western Mass, then spent a few years in Vermont before relocating to Utah. Between family, swimming holes, and the mountain biking, my heart will forever be in New England. I love to pedal, despite growing up racing Downhill. When I'm not writing copy for Competitive Cyclist, I'm usually riding bikes, snowboarding, drinking coffee, or some combination thereof.

Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on October 2, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's a useful tool, especially if you're dealing with a questionable tubeless setup. Seat your tire first, then add sealant, and pretty much eliminate the chance of making a pneumatically-powered mess. It's a staple of my travel tool kit.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go-to rear tire. The tread pattern rolls fairly fast and offers plenty of braking traction. As you lean over, the tire transitions smoothly to the side knobs, which bite hard and slide predictably. The rubber compound strikes a nice balance of being grippy without wearing at an excessive rate. The Double Down casing is significantly more supportive than the EXO casing, and it's far more tear and puncture-resistant as well. Well worth the weight penalty, ATMO.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Big fan of the material-- stretchy, stays dry, and has proven to be durable despite having a very lightweight feel. The shorter length is ideal if you're not wearing pads. Not sure if the buckle is necessary? The fit works well for me. Just enough room to move, without flapping. They haven't knocked the Livewire Pro shorts off the top of my list, but they're quite nice none the less.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are sweet. They're grippy on dirt, roll fairly fast on pavement, and they'll shrug off some serious hits without flatting. It was painless setting them up tubeless on WTB i19 Asym rims with one layer of Gorilla tape. They're not the longest lasting tire, and the 40mm size will be too big for most race-focused 'cross bikes, but they're absolutely worth running if they suit your intended use.

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Garson Fields

Garson Fieldswrote a review of on November 29, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

SPD mountain cleats seem to last forever, or at least a few seasons, but they'll wear out before a set of pedals. That's where these come in. These singe-release cleats are what come stock with your pedals, so you won't be in for any surprises.

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Garson Fieldswrote a review of on July 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The only thing the M8000 cassettes give up to their XTR brethren is weight. Otherwise, you're looking at excellent shifts, surprising durability, and a wide range of gearing options. Not the first choice for obsessive gram counters, but probably the best choice for anyone else running a Shimano drivetrain.

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