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Kate Cronin

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Kate Cronin

Kate Croninwrote a review of on August 31, 2017

Now you can be both lazy and hydrated
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Why walk all the way to the office water cooler every time your puny water bottle runs dry, when you can just fill this bad boy up once in the morning and stay hydrated all day long! It's a little annoying to carry around, so definitely meant for more sedentary activities. Probably works great with beer, too, but I haven't tested that, yet.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got these for my husband, who says: I got these tires after the set of Mavics I had on my bike were shredded by the roads around Park City. The 4 Seasons are perfect for the variable conditions I ride in (unsealed roads, gravel trails, general rocks/gravel/whatever leftover from winter) and I’ve had zero cuts, tears or punctures over the course of about 1000 miles. They’re not as supple or comfy as something like a Vittoria Corsa but you know that going in with these tires and while you give up a little bit of comfort, you get durability and grip in pretty much all conditions you can throw at a road bike. Definitely a great tire.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

He says: I love this saddle! My previous Selle Italia was really beating up my undercarriage so I decided that it was probably time for something new. I have always loved Brooks saddles (I have a B17 on my commuter bike) and once I discovered they had released a lightweight carbon saddle for road bikes, I knew immediately that this was the one for my backside. I’ve done a series of rides with this saddle, usually in the 20 - 40 mile range and I’m extremely happy with the comfort and performance. It also looks bad ass on my bike.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband and I both got this chain as part of the SRAM Red eTap Road GXP Groupset. This review is for the entire group.

Hubby says: I purchased two SRAM Etap groups to upgrade both my wife’s and my road bikes. Both bikes had relatively old drivetrains (hers 10+ year old Ultegra and me 15 year old Campy Record) so we figured it was definitely time for an upgrade and because our bikes have S&S couplers the wireless aspect of Etap made a lot of sense for breaking down the bikes for travel.

Installation: Etap was far easier to install than any other build I have done. After removing all the old parts and degreasing the frame and giving it a good scrub, I had everything installed in about an hour and a half, the most time consuming part being the brakes. SRAM has some excellent YouTube videos explaining how to install the parts and after viewing them a couple times, it was pretty straightforward. One thing to watch out for is the braze-on adapter. We have titanium bikes which require this adapter and I tried using the Shimano one that was on my wife’s bike from her previous group. With this adapter, adjusting the front derailleur was impossible, but once I switched to the SRAM adapter everything worked normally. I know, it’s probably obvious but I just figured there was some cross compatibility between SRAM and Shimano but it appears that’s not the case. Minus points for the braze-on adapter being a separate component that we needed to buy to complete the install.

Adjustment: this part was surprisingly easy, especially compared to mechanical groups I have worked with in the past. SRAM’s video instruction was clear and concise and the front derailleur has little marks on it showing where it needed to be mounted in reference to the large chainring. The rear derailleur was equally easy as well, just use the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters to line it up with the large and small cogs of the cassette respectively. Once that was done, I fine tuned the adjustment by putting the bike on the trainer and riding it, adjusting as needed with the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters while shifting into every gear.

Riding: The first ride felt like I had a brand new bike. The difference between this and my old group (granted it was pretty old) was a revelation. The first week or so of riding I was getting Strava PRs all over the place and at my age, I ain’t getting any faster so it definitely has to be the drivetrain. The new method of shifting (left shifter easier gear, right harder, both change front chainring) took a little getting used to but now that I have, I love it. Shifts are quick and concise with no delays, clicking or grinding, even under heavy pedaling load. The brakes are also nice, with good modulation and stopping power, even on carbon rims. One final point about this setup is it’s seriously quiet - almost zero noise out of this drivetrain which is one of my favorite features.

I was a bit nervous about dropping so much money on electric shifting but once I had it on the bike those nerves disappeared. The components are high quality (as is the packaging - it seems SRAM has taken a page out of Apple’s book), the installation is really easy and the performance of the group is outstanding. I highly recommend this setup for anyone wanting to upgrade their bike.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband and I both got this bottom bracket as part of the whole SRAM Red eTap Road GXP Groupset. This review is for the entire group.

Hubby says: I purchased two SRAM Etap groups to upgrade both my wife’s and my road bikes. Both bikes had relatively old drivetrains (hers 10+ year old Ultegra and me 15 year old Campy Record) so we figured it was definitely time for an upgrade and because our bikes have S&S couplers the wireless aspect of Etap made a lot of sense for breaking down the bikes for travel.

Installation: Etap was far easier to install than any other build I have done. After removing all the old parts and degreasing the frame and giving it a good scrub, I had everything installed in about an hour and a half, the most time consuming part being the brakes. SRAM has some excellent YouTube videos explaining how to install the parts and after viewing them a couple times, it was pretty straightforward. One thing to watch out for is the braze-on adapter. We have titanium bikes which require this adapter and I tried using the Shimano one that was on my wife’s bike from her previous group. With this adapter, adjusting the front derailleur was impossible, but once I switched to the SRAM adapter everything worked normally. I know, it’s probably obvious but I just figured there was some cross compatibility between SRAM and Shimano but it appears that’s not the case. Minus points for the braze-on adapter being a separate component that we needed to buy to complete the install.

Adjustment: this part was surprisingly easy, especially compared to mechanical groups I have worked with in the past. SRAM’s video instruction was clear and concise and the front derailleur has little marks on it showing where it needed to be mounted in reference to the large chainring. The rear derailleur was equally easy as well, just use the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters to line it up with the large and small cogs of the cassette respectively. Once that was done, I fine tuned the adjustment by putting the bike on the trainer and riding it, adjusting as needed with the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters while shifting into every gear.

Riding: The first ride felt like I had a brand new bike. The difference between this and my old group (granted it was pretty old) was a revelation. The first week or so of riding I was getting Strava PRs all over the place and at my age, I ain’t getting any faster so it definitely has to be the drivetrain. The new method of shifting (left shifter easier gear, right harder, both change front chainring) took a little getting used to but now that I have, I love it. Shifts are quick and concise with no delays, clicking or grinding, even under heavy pedaling load. The brakes are also nice, with good modulation and stopping power, even on carbon rims. One final point about this setup is it’s seriously quiet - almost zero noise out of this drivetrain which is one of my favorite features.

I was a bit nervous about dropping so much money on electric shifting but once I had it on the bike those nerves disappeared. The components are high quality (as is the packaging - it seems SRAM has taken a page out of Apple’s book), the installation is really easy and the performance of the group is outstanding. I highly recommend this setup for anyone wanting to upgrade their bike.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on June 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My husband and I each got this crankset as part of the SRAM Red eTap Road GXP Groupset. This review is for the entire group.

Hubby says: I purchased two SRAM Etap groups to upgrade both my wife’s and my road bikes. Both bikes had relatively old drivetrains (hers 10+ year old Ultegra and me 15 year old Campy Record) so we figured it was definitely time for an upgrade and because our bikes have S&S couplers the wireless aspect of Etap made a lot of sense for breaking down the bikes for travel.

Installation: Etap was far easier to install than any other build I have done. After removing all the old parts and degreasing the frame and giving it a good scrub, I had everything installed in about an hour and a half, the most time consuming part being the brakes. SRAM has some excellent YouTube videos explaining how to install the parts and after viewing them a couple times, it was pretty straightforward. One thing to watch out for is the braze-on adapter. We have titanium bikes which require this adapter and I tried using the Shimano one that was on my wife’s bike from her previous group. With this adapter, adjusting the front derailleur was impossible, but once I switched to the SRAM adapter everything worked normally. I know, it’s probably obvious but I just figured there was some cross compatibility between SRAM and Shimano but it appears that’s not the case. Minus points for the braze-on adapter being a separate component that we needed to buy to complete the install.

Adjustment: this part was surprisingly easy, especially compared to mechanical groups I have worked with in the past. SRAM’s video instruction was clear and concise and the front derailleur has little marks on it showing where it needed to be mounted in reference to the large chainring. The rear derailleur was equally easy as well, just use the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters to line it up with the large and small cogs of the cassette respectively. Once that was done, I fine tuned the adjustment by putting the bike on the trainer and riding it, adjusting as needed with the micro-adjustment buttons on the shifters while shifting into every gear.

Riding: The first ride felt like I had a brand new bike. The difference between this and my old group (granted it was pretty old) was a revelation. The first week or so of riding I was getting Strava PRs all over the place and at my age, I ain’t getting any faster so it definitely has to be the drivetrain. The new method of shifting (left shifter easier gear, right harder, both change front chainring) took a little getting used to but now that I have, I love it. Shifts are quick and concise with no delays, clicking or grinding, even under heavy pedaling load. The brakes are also nice, with good modulation and stopping power, even on carbon rims. One final point about this setup is it’s seriously quiet - almost zero noise out of this drivetrain which is one of my favorite features.

I was a bit nervous about dropping so much money on electric shifting but once I had it on the bike those nerves disappeared. The components are high quality (as is the packaging - it seems SRAM has taken a page out of Apple’s book), the installation is really easy and the performance of the group is outstanding. I highly recommend this setup for anyone wanting to upgrade their bike.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on May 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

before SRAM Red? I'd been on the same clunky old group for about a decade - noisy cables, unreliable derailleurs that only shifted when they felt like it and would drop my chain more often than not. Even tune-ups didn't really help. Cue eTap, and I am in heaven. It took me about 2 minutes to get used to the new school of shifting, and after that, it was cake. Smooth shifting every time. And with fewer cables and a new bottom bracket, my bike is so quiet! It's like having a brand new bike that I actually want to get out and ride.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on May 7, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you're looking for a compact, no-frills bike computer that still collects useful data, this is the one. Connects to your ant+ heartrate monitor, and comes with a cadence sensor included. I wish there were more than two data screens, but at least you can customize what you see on each one (to an extent).

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on May 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this for use with Zwift, as well as my Garmin Edge 25 bike computer, and it works great. For some reason, Zwift didn't detect it the first time I tried, but it has been completely fine on subsequent attempts. That first time, I did not wet the strap ahead of time, but have always done so since; it seems to be necessary to really get a good reading. Overall, works great.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on April 23, 2017

4 5

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

Took these on a pretty head-windy spin yesterday and was really impressed with how they kept that wind out of my eyes. Now if they could only keep it from slowing me down.... I also really love the visibility they provide - great peripheral vision, and I don't feel like I have to crane my neck to see under their upper rim, if that makes sense.

I will say that I ordered the "hydrogen white/navy black, brown/bronze mirror" option, and while the description is correct, the photo (as of this writing) is not; the blue on the rims is much darker than in the photo, and the lenses are definitely bronze/amber, not light blue. Just FYI if you are thinking of ordering the same ones.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on March 2, 2017

5 5

I bought this trainer because I wanted to start using Zwift during the winter without dropping tons of cash for a high end trainer. I'm really happy with how this trainer interacts with Zwift and it totally transforms winter trainer workouts from a banal chore into something truly interesting. I highly recommend this trainer for someone looking to do winter cycling workouts without breaking the bank.

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Kate Croninwrote a review of on November 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Overall, I like it - great for tracking runs/hikes/bike rides. There are many apps available for it, but I ran into some problems trying to add some of them - the app store kept telling me I needed to update my watch's software, but the watch (and Garmin Connect) kept telling me it was all up to date. And I find it too large to wear 24/7 - certainly not while sleeping. So I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to replace your fitbit, but it's perfect for recording and keeping track of workouts - and I like that it automatically detects and pairs with the ANT+ chest strap that I already owned, which I feel is probably more accurate than the wrist sensor.

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