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Gary B.

Gary B.

Atlanta, GA

Gary B.'s Passions

Triathlon

Gary B.'s Bio

Fat kid turned iron-distance triathlete.

Gary B.

Gary B.wrote a review of on August 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my second Quarq. The Riken got moved to my roadie when the new tri bike came and I needed to switch to a BB30 format and after years of solid service I decided to stick with Quarq and do a mild upgrade to the Elsa. These products are simple, elegant, and they just work. Yes, this product is being discontinued in favor of the new DZero/DFour line but this is a great example of the quality of what Quarq continues to put out. It just works, which when you train and race based on power you just need to know that when you turn the pedals it is going to transmit accurate data to the head unit. 5+ stars for this and based on my experience over the years, anything they put out.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on August 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

SRAM continues to provide exactly what you want in drive train components, parts that impress you on the first ride that you never think about again because they just work the way they are supposed to day after day. Smooth operation with minimal deflection under load. Comes with a pin installed for the chain catch for either hidden or non-hidden bolt setups so there is something to be desired with instructions on how to remove the second unnecessary pin but the product is bulletproof.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on August 11, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I run RED on my race bike and when you compare this to a RED cassette there are definite differences, but one of those is also the price. I have run 4 different configurations of this same cassette on various road bikes and tfor the price they deliver great value. The variety in gear ratios (now running an 11-32 on a climber) make this a great addition at a reasonable price point.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on August 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Needed to run new cables so decided to update housings as well and this is a solid addition. Everything runs clean, smooth, and predictably which is exactly what you want with your shift cables. Take the 5 minutes to read the instructions because it isn't as straightforward as a standard cable kit but well worth the extra few bucks.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on December 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am a diehard Garmin fan but after returning several HR straps over several years (the standard one, premium one x2) because of transmission and connectivity issues it was time for another option. The TICKR is simple, consistent, and works every time you put it on. A big plus, if you are one of the guys that gets the chafing from the bottom lip of the Garmin HR strap on your sternum (battled for YEARS) this solves that problem.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on December 3, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great trainer, but beware based on the software you intend to use. It works well with Zwift, check that one off the list. VirtualTraining is still operating on Windows only so Mac users look elsewhere. I ran dual operating systems to make it work and with last year's redesign of the software found too many bugs resulting in mid-ride software crashes to continue paying for the service. On top of that, no-matter how much calibration you do VT makes a 5% grade feel like 10% so riding their routes can be a frustrating endeavor. The big downer on the list is that TrainerRoad confirmed this week they will no longer be supporting the ANT+ version of the PowerBeam Pro (Bluetooth users you are fine) so if you intend to use this with TR you need to opt for the bluetooth option.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I upgraded my crankset last year and thought, "why not" when it came to upgrading the bottom bracket. To be clear, the BB does exactly what you would expect : it is smooth, serviceable, fits well. I can't knock the product, after a year of racing it is solid. However, in terms of value, there are comparable products that offer better value for the money. I'm happy with it, wouldn't get rid of it, but given the opportunity to do it all over again would probably stick with the Hawk Racing BB that I swapped it out for and save the extra money I likely paid for the name.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sometimes what makes a great product is the absence of surprises. I researched power meters extensively before buying this last year and was extremely wary of adding tech to my drive train. Needless to say I have been impressed with the consistency and ease of use. The unit is durable and the convenience of the CR2032 coin cell batteries (and the location on the outside of the crank making changing them simple) is fantastic. Last year I showed up at a race, did a pre-check on the bike and realized the batteries were dead. A quick trip to Walgreen's and we were good to go. Very, very pleased with the data accuracy and the overall durability.

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Gary B.wrote a review of on December 4, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm really surprised to see the negative reviews for this. I've had the mat for 3 years under my trainer and it does what you would expect : keeps sweat off of the floor and adds a bit of padding. It has survived being moved, rolled up, and generally abused over the years. I have this and the Cycleops version and would say they are comparable depending on what you want. The Kinetic is longer with a bit more padding, which is why it is now under our treadmill. Overall, it does what it was designed to do.

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