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Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonau

Park City, UT

Hannah Dhonau's Passions

Road Biking
Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Hannah Dhonau's Bio

I can often be found on the trail, with a snack in my pocket and a song in my head.

I've spent six years as an expeditionary backpacking leader, leading trips across North America, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. My days in civilization are punctuated with long rides, runs, and summit-top dance parties.

Feel free to give me a shout for recommendations on gear or tunes! hdhonau@backcountry.com

Hannah Dhonau

Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on February 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using this light for the last couple weeks of early pre-work rides. I like how fast it is to mount to my bike, and swap between bikes, while being super secure across a lot of terrain. It charges quickly and simply with the included cord. So far, no issues and am really pleased with it's weight and performance.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I wanted to love this shoe after reading all the reviews on it! Not being able to find a women's version in stock, I went with the smallest size in the men's offering. Sadly, it was toooo big for me in a 39. They are wicked comfortable and do run wider in the toe than the majority of shoes, making them a great option for folks who find Giro too snug.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am *stoked* about these shoes. After something of a quest, I went with the Pearl Izumi X-Project Elite shoe for my mountain bike/bikepacking racing shoe. It has great stiffness to the sole, without feeling too unnatural for hike-a-bike sections. I really like the ability to fine-tune the arch fit, too--there are included arch supports for high/average/low arches. I also love the BOA dial system, allowing me to snug up the fit as the day goes on, and also pop off real fast at the end of a long ride.

Sizing is true--I went with a 38.5. For reference: I wear a 39 in Giro and 38 in Lake.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

5 5

The Ergon SR Gel Sport Saddle is quickly climbing my power rankings for road+gravel saddles. I tried out this saddle over a few days riding in southern Utah, with lots of climbing, lots of descending and a fair bit of chip-seal pavement just to keep things interesting.
I really like the relief channel in the saddle, it felt much better to me than my current saddle without. As mentioned a lot, saddles are *very* personal, but I find this one to be worth a go!
I went with the medium/large, after feeling like the small/medium had my butt bones just a bit over the edge.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jersey rules for those just-crisp-enough riding days. Paired with a jacket, the windstopper material kept me comfortable down to 35 degrees, and without would be great to 50+ degrees or so. I was initially skeptical of the design, but I really like how well I could regulate heat without another layer on my forearms.

The fit is true for Castelli. I'm 5'6" 148lbs and wear a large in Castelli, Giordana, XL in Assos and Medium in Machines for Freedom.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 26, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So. About the straps, let's just address that off the bat, eh? I'm sure some folks like it, but oy, I am not a fan. After a couple decades of playing bikes, I have perfected the strap-scoot-through of the shirt sleeve, and feel fine about that situation. The snap thing in the front of these bibs I find a bit cumbersome and weird to put on.

Moving on, the chamois itself is *very* good. Like wear-for-many-hours-right-away comfortable. I tested these out over three days of riding in Southern Utah and was stoked about the comfort over many long miles of canyon rides. The length felt just right to me, and they wick perfectly.

Assos does run small. I wear an XL in these bib shorts, but a large in Castelli, Giordana, a medium in Machines for Freedom. I am 5'6" and 148lbs (ish).

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Castelli Alpha RoS Light jacket makes riding on any day a possibility. The jacket layers well over a baselayer or a jersey and gives you even more pockets-for-snacks.

I've worn the jacket in temps down to about 35, paired with a windstopper jersey, and been quite comfortable. The cuff fits well underneath gloves, helping to avoid the all-too-common discomfort of cuff/sleeve/glove. I was initially skeptical of the liner vest situation, but let me tell you: gamechanger! It makes this jacket even more versatile for temperature ranges of 32-55 degrees Fahrenheit or so.

I'm 5'6" 145lbs, and the large fit well with plenty of room to layer beneath it. A medium also fit, but less ideal for wearing a jersey underneath.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 24, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Castelli Climber's Jersey is a tangible upgrade from heavier jerseys on hot days and long climbs. The first thing I noticed was just how comfortable the jersey is! Though slim fitting, it lays well and at no point felt constricting. The sleeves are a longer-than-average short sleeve, coming to just above my elbow, which I really liked for coverage from the sun.
The 3/4 zip in the front allows me the jersey to vent well. The liner situation (not pictured) is a layer beneath the jersey's zip. This is apparently for "modesty." I found it nice to vent well, but wasn't too keen on another layer on the hottest days.

I'd recommend this jersey to anyone riding in hot weather or doing serious efforts on not-so-hot days. At 5'6" and 145lbs, the large fit me well--the jersey is true to size for Castelli.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 20, 2019

5 5

The CycleOps H2 Smart Trainer has been crucial for my training this winter. Between travelling a lot for work and the limited daylight, this trainer has made getting in miles way easy and, dare I say, enjoyable through the winter months.

It is easy to get set and simply compatible with my road bike. It works flawlessly with Zwift, my preferred virtual training situation, allowing me to use Training Peaks workouts or Zwift's programs. It pairs quickly and is much quieter than many trainers I've used (sorry, former housemates!).
Yes, it is expensive, but for the hours you can spend on it and make winter training waaaayy more delightful, I've found it well worth the price tag for how smooth and reliable the H2 has been.

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Hannah Dhonauwrote a review of on January 19, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I tend to really like Rapha, and this long sleeve jersey is no exception. It fits well, trim where it needs to be, roomier in the pockets so I can stow gloves or extra snacks or the like. The color and reflective hits are perfect for winter and shoulder season, when light gets a bit tricky on those early rides. The weight of this jersey I've found to be great right around 35-45 degrees.
It is true to size for Rapha--I went with a large, and am 5'6" 145lbs

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