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James C.

James C.

Dallas, Texas

James C.'s Passions

Road Biking

James C.'s Bio

Avid recreational road cyclist

James C.

James C.wrote a review of on October 13, 2018

5 5

I purchased this helmet to use with sunglasses and it works very well in this manner. I had not used a helmet with a shield before and thought it looked funky. One ride, I decided to put the shield on and what a revelation - the shield works great, a marked improvement over sunglasses for 3 reasons:
1. Visibility is much better, especially looking up at the road from the drops.
2. When wearing a cap under the helmet to cover my ears, there is no need to keep pushing sunglasses back as the normal ear perch is covered.
3. The optics of the shield are excellent, magnifying every detail in the texture of the road.

Aside from the shield, this helmet is very comfortable and includes MIPS, a great plus as most aero road helmets do not.

I can not measure the aero but it is very quiet, usually an indicator of less drag causing air turbulence.

I have a Giro Valegro helmet I use in the very hot Texas summer but I use this helmet for everything else and love it.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on May 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was very critical of the discontinued Giordana Sahara bibs and the replacement, the ProLyte bibs, fixed all the shortcomings and more.

The Pro Lyte bibs are cool and wick well without being almost see through like the Sahara. The Pro Lytes are more comfortable, shocking considering the Sahara bibs were very comfortable already.

Giordana's best bibs ever, and that is saying a lot since Giordana bibs are already at the top.

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James C.wrote a review of on January 21, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pros - This jacket is very well made and the hi vis orange stands out on the road.

Concerns - I realize perceived performance of winter apparel is very subjective. Depending on the individual, topography, and exertion level, needs vary widely. The issue with this piece is the ventilation is way out of balance for me. The front panels allow very little ventilation, even for a membrane fabric, reminding me of the old time impermeable rain jackets. The back panel ventilates very well. The result is a cold back and a soggy clammy front, regardless of which base I try to mitigate the problem.

The newer membrane fabrics by other manufactures seem to solve this issue by promoting a better balance of ventilation, front to rear.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on January 15, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have owned Garmins for a long time, including 520, 820, and a 1000, and previously found their support very helpful on the few occasions I needed it. However, recently I purchased the 1030 which is a good unit, much improved over the 1000, except that my 1030 began to not connect with my Garmin (ant) speed/cadence sensor and my Wahoo (ant and Bluetooth) heart rate sensor. I called Garmin and they suggested changing both sensor batteries which I did. Both sensors continued to only sporadically connect with the 1030 but both sensors connected with the 1000 perfectly. I called Garmin again and they told me that since my hearth rate sensor was not Garmin, they would not address that problem. Additionally, since my Garmin speed and cadence sensor was not the latest model, they would not address that problem either. That both sensors connected perfectly with my Garmin 1000 was not relevant according to them.

I have multiple bicycles and also have multiple sensors. All the sensors work with my Garmin 1000 and Stages computers but not the Garmin 1030. In my mind, being required to buy new Garmin heart rate and speed/cadence sensors before Garmin would address my 1030 problem was an unacceptably expensive run around.

I called Competitive Cyclist and they immediately refunded my 1030 money. My learning is buy a cycling computer from Competitive Cyclist that supports and works with all sensor brands (appropriately ant/Bluetooth) and be wary of Garmin support which is no longer reliable.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on December 30, 2017

5 5

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

As the first Stages cycling computer, there was no implicit need to pile improvements on improvements but rather take a fresh look at what cyclists really need. Tired of bells and whistles on top of bells, finally Stages Dash provides what I really want if I am to spend money on upgrading.
1. The horizontal display is very easy to read with multiple data windows that can be sized individually. It can be flipped vertically for traditionalists.
2. There is complete control of what data is shown and where it is displayed. This lets the focus be on what is most important to you, not what the manufacturer thinks is important to the most people.
3. There are buttons for everything. I thought touch sensitive screens were an improvement but I have not been able to get any Garmin touch screens to work with any winter touch enabled glove. Having to remove a glove to operate a cycling computer in the winter is a true pain.
4. The Stages Dash is astonishingly easy to set up. It is intuitive, almost to a fault. The only time I had a problem was when I over thought it and did not follow the easy to understand instructions. Every cycling computer I have owned always took a few trial runs to get everything to work. The Stages Dash worked flawlessly right out of the box.
5. For anyone who thinks this is only for Power users, it works great without a power meter too. Power is a plus with this cycling computer, not really the only reason to get it.
6. The price is right. The Dash is a great value given its' cost compared to other computers that offer much less, especially considering the robust Stages Link analytical tools.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on November 23, 2017

5 5

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

An awesome jacket because the new membrane and insulation technologies are amazing. On a 3 hour ride that started at 35 degrees and ended at 60 degrees, I was warm at 35 and fine at 60. All I did was to unzip a few inches as the temperature climbed. There was absolutely no moisture (sweat) build up during the ride. I have never owned a jacket before that had such a wide comfort range. I did not wear a base layer as the jacket lining is soft, comfortable, and very capable.

Sizing is typical Giordana, very similar to Castelli. Size up if you are not sure.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on June 3, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The new "Copa Mondiale" shape of the chamois does not provide adequate coverage and room to perform properly. I understand the idea of cooling airflow but a swift breeze around certain parts of my anatomy does not offset given the coarse and irritating surface of the fabric covering what is normally covered by a soft chamois in other bib shorts. More chamois coverage please.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on May 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the most comfortable gloves I have ever used. I have had Assos, Giro, Castelli, and Sportful gloves and these LG Course Elite gloves are the winners. They fit great, have the right amount of padding in the right places to eliminate numbness both on the hoods as well as the drops, while breathing very well to minimize heat. The closure is "mini velcro" so it does not catch in the wash but I always close it before washing anyhow. I have used these gloves a lot and they show no signs of wear anywhere. Well made.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on May 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased a 44.5, the same size I wear in Sidi and Mavic and the fit is perfect. There is a bit more room in the forefoot than Sidi but about the same as Mavic. The way the BOA closures are located provide a very even foot pressure with no hot spots. These shoes are light but seem to be well made. The hot and cold weather footbeds are a meaningful plus.

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James C.wrote a review of on February 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an excellent road shoe. The Dial closures adjust the fit very precisely. The shoe is very stiff. Compared to similar shoes, they are light. The padding is just about perfect thus this stiff shoe is also comfortable.

The zipper aero cover is unique. While I can not attest to an aero benefit absent a wind tunnel test, it does smooth the part of the shoe that sees the most wind. The cover also firms up the top closure of the shoe making the fit more consistent. Additionally, it covers the Dial closures so they do not catch on warmers or rain covers. The Dial closures and the zipper cover have seen a lot of use and have been durable and reliable.

Mavic yellow is high visibility, a benefit on crowded streets.

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James C.wrote a review of on October 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a good cycling computer that could be great with a couple of software improvements. The display is well sized and easy to read. The website is excellent. The functions are easy to understand and use. The battery life is amazing.

The key issues I see are in comparing the results of this computer to the results of say a Garmin. For example, the Cadence function includes time spent when coasting and averages this into the summary as zero cadence. The result is when a Garmin will show an average cadence for a ride as 80, this shows the average to be 40. Another software improvement would be to allow users to not count speed below, say 3 mph, into the overall average so a route with a number of traffic lights does not result in an apparently very slow average speed.

Otherwise, a nice unit at a good price.

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James C.

James C.wrote a review of on May 21, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These bibs use the excellent TC Pro chamois which I like because its' padding favors a forward riding position, is sized just right, and thus is very comfortable on fast rides. Of course, chamois fit is very personal. The main fabric of the short is light but compressive and it may have an aero benefit but I have no way to measure it other than the shorts feel fast. The upper part of the shorts is very supportive but breathes well. Overall, these shorts feel great and have been durable. I can see why the pros reportably like these.

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James C.wrote a review of on May 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My experience with Craft Tech bibs is excellent. The pad is a bit thicker and denser than the excellent Giordana Cirro OF pad allowing more comfort over longer rides and rougher pavement. The pad is the same size overall as the Giordana pad so it does not bunch up and chafe as is the case with larger pads such as Assos. The main short fabric breathes well but is not see through, and is moderately compressive. The tops of the shorts breathe well and are very supportive.

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