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John McKone

John McKone

park city, utah

John McKone's Passions

Road Biking
Snow Skiing
Cyclocross
Mountain Biking

John McKone's Bio

Passionate outdoor athlete with a concentration in all things cycling and skiing. Competitive cyclist since 1975.

John McKone

John McKonewrote a review of on December 29, 2017

4 5

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

Bought these for my 10-year old to complete his kits for cooler weather. He had tried other hand me downs from mom and dad, but the size XS was perfect for him. The brushed, fleece "roubaix" works well for in-between weather and the fit is spot in size XS for his arms.

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John McKonewrote a review of on November 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Couldn't be happier with the overall performance from this Stan's Crest wheels. Purchased this wheel as a replacement for a previous version that wasn't 11 speed compatible and . Set up was seamless and so far the wheel has been stellar on my cyclocross bike. The internal 23mm rim bed width really allows a higher tire volume to be achieved and allows those lower width cx tires to gain a bit more precious overall volume. For an aluminum hoop, weight is respectable compared to it's price and overall durability is always high.

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John McKonewrote a review of on November 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

When temps rise above 50 or so and exertions are a bit stiffer I reach for knee warmers for protection. This newest version of the Thermoflex warmer family uses a very soft and smooth material that is not as stiff as Nano Flex, but lacks the water resistance. The cross-wrap cuff is a nice feature, although I have to check that they do not fold up during rides as it is a very thin cuff. Overall fit is true to size, bought a large for my 34 inseam and are long enough for my legs, don't ride up or slip down with the upper silicone leg gripper either.

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John McKonewrote a review of on November 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upgraded to these as my go to road arm warmers and fulfilled my Castelli expectations. Thermoflex is super soft and flexible while moving with you during rides, etc. The new cross cut cuff offers a nice smooth and unrestricted closure. As opposed to the Nano Flex version, these are much more elastic and conform to your arms much closer. This can be attributed to the lack of the water-resistance treatment that the Nano Flex versions receive. Fit is Castelli- race fit as expected. My arms are somewhat long without bulk and I opted for medium for a 6'2" rider.

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John McKonewrote a review of on November 13, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these for my 10 year old as his first clipless shoe/pedal system. Fit is good and functionality is great- easy to put on/off with the triple velcro closure. Cleat install was easy and pedal engagement is a "snap", as he was off and riding on first day out on the trails. The sizing ran small, had to exchange for next full size up for size 5.0 mens, this could be expected as both his mom and dad ride Giro and sized up one full size.

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John McKonewrote a review of on October 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What I really like about Time Xpresso 12 pedals is the combination of a larger pedaling platform and wide flotation. This combination gives riders a greater area of distribution for power, comfort (reduction of hot spots), and easier engagement with more flotation that allows for a more natural knee tracking while riding. Retention under exertion is good, as I have never pulled out of my Titan 12's during sprints and entry/exit is super easy and smooth. Set up and cleat installation is easy and walking on smooth surfaces is not a limb threatening exercise with the I-Clic cleats. Another bonus is the virtual maintenance free design, simply scrub them with soap and water while washing your bike will keep them happy.

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John McKonewrote a review of on October 23, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Upgraded to the mid cage version to gain precious additional cog teeth. My previous version would only allow a 28t max rear cog while the mid version allow up to a 32t rear cog, which is more. And better if your bike likes to climb. Seamless installation, plug in, adjust limit screws and you are good to go. Shimano reliability is always appreciated.

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John McKonewrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

One of the features I look for in my winter cycling gloves is the ability feel my brakes, shifters, and grab a bottle without fumbling about. The grip on the palm and fingers allows grip without bulk and touchscreen compatibilty is a nice feature. The protection from wind and lower temps is good, but I wouldn't rate these as a deep winter glove with temps dropping below 40, for that I would highly recommend the Estremo glove. My takeaway from the Scalda glove is that is a very nimble glove that offers great dexterity and feel with adequate wind and temp protection, great for fall and spring rides.

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John McKonewrote a review of on October 18, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I purchased this shell for mountain bike rides, specifically due to the slightly thicker nylon used in the jacket. The fit is a bit boxy compared to my Velo Jacket (which is a dedicated road shell), but not by much. The louvered vents may add to some ventilation, but this is not a breathable jacket, so be warned. I primarily use this either the weather looks iffy or during Spring/Fall when temps can really vary. Overall, I do like the simplicity of this jacket and fit is just roomy enough to cowboy a bit on my mtb.

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John McKonewrote a review of on October 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Living in a region that demands cold weather gear to ride in the Fall and Winter I have found the LW TIghts to fulfill the requirements of a versatile tight . The chamois is the same as you will find in Castelli's Free Aero Race, while the Thermoflex upper and Nano Light on the lower leg offer a great combination of insulation and protection. I have ridden these down to the mid 30's and up to the mid 50's without being uncomfortable. Fit is unmistakably Castelli with a very close, yet mobile feel, even on a mtb or cx ride.

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