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Jeffrey P.

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Jeffrey P.

Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on August 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's one of the few zero degree rise stems available, so it's nice that it exists if you need one to dial in your fit. Clamps well, no issue with flexing. Seems a bit heavy, though. Went with the EA70 over the EA90 because the EA 70 is, quite frankly, the better looking of the two.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on August 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These brake pads are pretty grippy compared to stock, or the older Swiss Stop compound. Need a lot less force on the lever to get the same braking. They are a bit grabby right out of the package, but seem to get better after a bit of use. Cool dark blue/purple color.

Update: got caught in the rain and learned that the wet weather braking of these pads is exceptionally good.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on August 5, 2019

2 5

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

From the description: "includes everything you'll need to perform professional-grade bleed maintenance on your hydraulic braking system." Except it doesn't. No mention in the description of needing an additional part (adapter funnel) to make this work with R7020/R8020/R9120 shifters.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on July 9, 2019

5 5

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

First the sizing stuff. I have a pair of Giro Factors in 43, bought these in a 43. The last is exactly the same size (and also the same size as my Specialized size 43 foot beds). However, Empire SLX's have slightly less volume, especially around the ankle. This is perfect for someone like me that has a low arch, but normal width feet. With my Factors, I always had the straps tightened as far as they would go. With the Empires, i still have about 1" of space at the ankle.

The last is dead flat. Again, perfect for people with flat feet. If you need arch support, it can be added via the foot bed (included, or aftermarket).

While laces seem "old school," they work pretty well. Very adjustable (pre-ride...), with the added benefit of no hard plastic bits on the upper to dig into your ankle.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on August 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nice beam pattern and good battery life. Works very well for early morning road rides in the dark. Smaller/lighter, but brighter light and longer lasting battery than the previous iteration. The only negative is that the rubber strap clamp is horrible. Only works if one is riding on glass smooth roads. Any bumps and the light rotates around the bars towards the ground. Ended up spending another $12 to get the Niterider screw-clamp style handlebar mount to solve the problem.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on August 10, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I spent years suffering with my Silca. Replaced all of the guts, gaskets, etc. Adjusted the pump head. Sure it lasted "forever", but it was a PITA to use. After that, the Arundel is like a revelation. The chuck is super easy to use and always stays secure on the value. Giant pressure gauge is easy to read. Nice wooden handle. Well worth the $$ spent on it.

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Jeffrey P.

Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on August 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an awesome tail light for being seen by cars. Has a number of different modes from normal to insanity. Some of the higher power flash modes are practically seizure inducing. Hard to be missed by a car day or night. The only negative is that even on its lowest power mode it's a bit much for group rides at night.

Battery life in low-power mode is very good. Rubber strap connection is pretty simple to use, but the light doesn't center well on the seatpost. Those with a non-round seatpost are going to have issues.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on July 23, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

These are a beautifully made shoe. Very adjustable and one of the few shoes where I did not have to tighten everything to the max for a snug fit on my normal width flat feet. That said, the shoe has a built in arch that is just too much for me, and no amount of messing around with insoles seemed to change that. Sizing is very similar to the older Giro Factor, which btw, has a flat last. I wear a 43 in that, and a 43 in the Sidi was just a hair smaller.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on November 17, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these to use on 5:30am training rides in the fall/winter. They run a bit small. If one is close to the limit of a size, definitely move to the bigger size. My hand measures 8.5" and the large is a tight fit.
Fingers are a little long. The have a non-adjustable thin cuff around the wrist that was designed to go under a jacket. It's a tight fit and I find I have to do some messing around to get it to lay flat under my jersey (Gabba 2) or jacket. Palm is grippy and bar feel is good.

The temperature range given by Castelli is accurate. Riding tempo on the road, these are good to the mid to upper 30's. I've ridden them down to 28F, but the tips of my middle and ring fingers got pretty cold.

Overall, good, but not great. If they could have taken the CW3.1 (the ultimate cycling glove) and come up with something that worked at lower temperatures, that would have been perfect.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on July 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There simply is no better tire for training. I got 6000 miles out of my last set and I probably would have gotten a few more if I had not used them on my trainer over the winter. Sidewalls are very durable. Extremely resistant to punctures by road debris, but not impervious. They can be punctured by wires, but seem to be pretty resistant to glass.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on December 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like other Castelli baselayers, this seems like some thin fabric and you wonder if it's really going to work. Despite its light weight, this is a fantastic base layer. I just got back from a 2.5 hour ride at 31 F and it was perfect. Not too hot or cold, and not wet. As for sizing, it runs true to Castelli sizing. I'm 5' 6", 40" chest, 155 lbs, and normally wear a large in Castelli. A large in this is a perfect fit.

Update: Two years later, this base layer is still going strong.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have about 10,000 miles on a set of these. They are pretty good, although I've had a broken spoke and had bearings go bad in the rear wheel. These wheels are great when it's nice out. Not so good in the rain. They fill up with water and don't drain unless you pull the tube and tire. Cartridge bearings seem great, but mine didn't hold up well at all.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on December 14, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Really bummed about these bibs. I have the free aero kit version, and thought the sizing would be the same on these. Not quite. These are very high compression and try as I might, I just can't make them work. Too small in the groin area, fine everywhere else. At 5'6" and 155 lbs, I would need a large in these, not the medium the size chart says would fit. Unfortunately already ridden in and not returnable.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on September 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a number of $200 bibs from Capo, Giordana and Garneau, and these are the best of them all. The best thing I can say is that I don't think about my shorts while I'm riding. The chamois is amazing. Thinner than one might expect, but with amazing dampening of road vibrations. The fit is perfect. 5' 6", 155 lbs = medium. Any heavier and you probably want to size up.

These are the only bibs I bought, and then immediately bought another pair. They are that good. I would even buy them in the lime green color, if I had to.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on September 15, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is the ultimate in technology, but this is hard to imagine it as an everyday jersey. The material is so thin, I would be leery of using it on race day and putting pins through it. The jersey is tiny out of the package, but does stretch to fit. No need to size up. My biggest complaint is that the white jersey is see through. It's about as close to riding without a jersey as one can get while still wearing a jersey. To some that is a bonus, but I just don't have the body to pull that one off. I sent it back.

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Jeffrey P.wrote a review of on July 18, 2014

4 5

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

This is one really good looking jersey, but the sizing is weird. It fits fine through the shoulders, but it is loose in the stomach. I'm 5'6" and 155 lbs. and normally wear a large in Castelli. This is the first time I've ever gotten a Castelli jersey that didn't remind me I needed to loose 5 lbs. in the midsection.

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