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Larry H.

Larry H.

Kenmore, WA

Larry H.'s Passions

Road Biking
Cyclocross
Mountain Biking
Snow Skiing

Larry H.

Larry H.wrote a review of on September 11, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I accept some of the shortcomings of this from other users. I'm pretty happy with it actually as it fits snug under my seat and transfers from bike to bike pretty easily. It is limited in capacity, I keep the "heavy stuff" , 2-3 CO₂ cartridges, inflator, multi-tool in this and it's compact. I also use a strip of velcro below the BOA wrapped around the roll and seat rails to keep it totally tight, I hate stuff moving around under my saddle when climbing or sprinting. Spare tube and mini-pump still go in the jersey. I've had no issues with durability. So for me it's been a good solution to keep some weight out of the jersey without having a massive bag under the seat. As others have said, if you want to stuff everything in here then this one is too small and you need to go for the larger version.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on September 11, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I mounted these on Zipp 404 Firestrikes, have not tried on 202's or 303's yet. No tire is going to get 5 stars in all dimensions. My favorite is still the Schwalbe One but unfortunately Competitive Cyclist doesn't keep a reliable supply in stock.

I ride high miles over a wide range of road quality and have found that 28's are as fast or faster than 25's, ride better on chip seal and broken tarmac/occasional gravel, and I like the extra rubber on the road, especially in the wet. These R28's seem to be what they are advertised to be, as fast as the Schwalbe One, grip is excellent, ride quality is excellent, durability we'll see after I've put a couple thousand km on them. Handling is just as precise as with 25's if you've got them inflated properly and they are very predictable, no issues there, 5 stars. They mounted up well on my Zipp's without levers.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on September 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have "frankenfeet", the SIDI "Mega" platform, on which both their ERGO Carbon road shoe and the Dragon 4 Mega are based I believe works better for me than any other. I have a narrow heel, high instep, wide forefoot ... tough feet to fit. My go to road shoe is the SIDI Ergo Carbon, I've also got the Wire Carbon Vent, which is excellent but I have to use a shoe stretcher to deform the upper in the right spots to fit my foot properly which can work but the Ergo Carbon is more comfortable for long days in the saddle. I went with a 46 in the Dragon 4 Mega vs. the 45.5 in the Mega Carbon road shoe to have room for a heavier sock, works perfectly without being sloppy.

So I needed new MTB shoes and bought the Dragon 4 Mega, fantastic right out of the box. I use these on my gravel bike for road rides in the cold and wet as well as on gravel & XC single track, and with my MTB though the majority of the time it's on the gravel bike. They are out of the box all day comfortable, the heel adjustment system is a big plus, and you can dial in the Techno 3 BOA retention system however you like with the velcro front strap a great addition for getting the toe box adjusted properly. 6 stars for fit.

I've pounded my current MEGA Carbons for 3 seasons and about 50,000km of riding, they just get more comfortable and no worse for wear. I expect similar durability from the Dragon 4 MEGA. Heel protection is good, side and toe protection is essentially the same as the road shoe. For me it is perfect but if you are hammering through rock gardens you might want a bit more protection.

Power transfer is excellent, the carbon soles are very stiff but comfortable with just the right amount of flex when you are really standing on them though you probably need to be 90kg and pushing upwards of 600 watts to feel much flex.

Definitely worth the money, best MTB shoes I've owned. Highly recommended.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on February 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The only thing worse than cold fingers is wet and cold fingers. Don't get me wrong, these are great gloves, warm without being bulky and no road feel but almost too warm. At anything much above freezing my hands sweat in these, especially on long climbs and then they get cold. So as a cold weather glove, awesome. The only major niggle is that then can be a bit fussy to get on and off, particularly when your hands are sweaty or wet. As usual with Castelli go up 1 or 2 sizes. I got the XXL which fits great vs. my non-Castelli L to XL in gloves.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on February 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As usual with Castelli go up at least one size. I went with an XXL which is one to two sizes larger than usual for me. I find these to be very good in the 4C-10C (~40-50F) range. Too cold for a normal full fingered cycling glove but too warm for a heavier glove. They are surprisingly warm for such a thin glove, though I must admit I don't like sweaty hands any more than frozen ones so I'm ok with being on the cool side. I also like to be able to feel my brakes, shifters, and bars so I know what is going on and can feel the road which is pretty important when the road conditions get dodgey. I'll opt on the thinner side for "feel". They block wind well and are good in drizzle but not a rain glove. The grip is surprisingly good, and although unpadded are very comfortable for long rides, even on chip seal. For the price, pretty hard to beat.

The only niggle is they don't "give" much so can be a bit fussy to get on and off. If they had a bit more insulation in the fingers without effecting feel they would be 5 star.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on February 12, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 190cm, 95kg so a bit of mass to slow down. I run these on Zipp 202's and 303's, non "showstopper" braking surface. I ride in the wet a lot and have got lots of fast descents to deal with as well as the normal "urban warfare". I'm running them with both Avid Shorty Ultimate's on my 'cross bike and Shimano Dura-Ace Dual Post on my Trek Domane. I'm a pretty aggressive rider and I'll say that if you are running Zipp Rim Brake wheels you want these pads. Wet or dry they offer great feel and consistent braking performance. I've not had a situation yet where I was wanting for more stopping power in the wet, they sweep the water on the rim away very quickly. You can get right into them without worrying about a sudden "grab" and loss of control.

In the dry I can go 10,000km on a set, especially in the rear, may have to change the front if I'm doing a lot of elevation change where you really need to scrub speed a lot. Winter riding on the 'cross bike tends to wear them more quickly but I like my Zipps so I'm ok with that.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on February 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is for the Scoop Ultimate, Shallow, 142mm. I've put about 1,000km on it on my 'cross bike under winter riding conditions and so far am loving it. I'm 190cm, 95kg. I typically run a "flat" saddle and my saddle to bar drop is ~13cm on my 'cross bike and ~19cm on my road race bike. I've tried many many different saddles, virtually all of the high end saddles out there and my favorite in terms of comfort for long 150km+ rides has been the fizik kurve but I've never had one last more than about 10,000km which is less than a year. The kevlar fabric that suspends the seat cracks under the sit bones and it's game over.

The first ride on the Scoop was 90km right out of the box with the same set up as the Prologo I've been running and it felt great. It's winter so all my rides are in the 2-10C range but even with the low temp it is very comfortable and after the first 300km or so and some minor position tweaking has pretty much "disappeared" which is a good thing. Seems to be very well made and probably the most comfortable saddle I've had. I'm reserving the 5th star for after I've had a chance to do a couple of 200 km rides on my road bike to see how it feels and after I've got a few thousand more kilometers on it to see how it holds up. At this point it's looking like a real winner. I'll update the review in a few months.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on December 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've tried all manner of options under my helmet for the 0° - 10°C range with varied success. This thing is pricey, like most Assos kit, but as usual they don't disappoint. Somehow this manages to be warm without being sweaty, keeps the ears comfy, has a brim that keeps the low angle sun at bay, fits nicely under your helmet. Fantastic.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on December 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had several pair of these and the S7 is my go to bib for cool/cold weather riding. I don't generally road ride at below freezing temperatures so I put leg warmers under these for winter rides down to 0°C and they are plenty warm enough. The comfort and performance of Assos is tough to beat, pricey they are but worth it. Assos bibs are the only ones I ride.

They run true to size. I'm 190cm/95kg and the XL is perfect.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on December 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At 190cm/95kg and 1,000 km/month average I tend to be hard on tires. Toss in the mix of smooth, chip seal, back roads, and occasional gravel with winter wet/cold condtions that I ride in NorthWest Washington State and you end up with high requirements for grip and toughness.

My "go to" tire for most of the year is the Schwalbe One in 25C for racing and 28C the rest of the time. I put the G-One Speed on Zipp 202's, with Schwalbe extra light tubes. These are tubeless ready but frankly, I've experienced the benefits of tubeless, I ride solo on "roads less travelled" most of the time and I've decided to stick with running tubes.

I've run these on my Trek Domane SLR9 and also on my Trek Cronus CX Ultimate 'cross bike. Back to back vs. the Schwalbe One they may be a wee bit slower on smooth fast roads but for "normal" riding conditions over regular routes at typical power output the difference is minimal. I typically run 90/85 F/R in the Ones vs. 77/69 on the road in the G-One Speed though I could go lower. The G-One Speeds are smooth riding as you would expect, soak up all manner of lousy tarmac, and so far have proven to be really tough in the face of a lot of hard riding and copious road detritus. Flatting on a wet winter ride at near freezing temperatures after dark ... let's avoid that shall we.

The best part for me though is the grip. As a big guy, for a cyclist, I tend to make up time on the descents after getting distanced by the skinny guys on the climbs. I tend to be a pretty aggressive descender whilst managing to stay out of the trees most of the time. I've ridden the "Ones" tens of thousands of kilometers, trust them, and know their limits pretty well. I like the Durano a LOT for a winter/training tire but the G-One Speed gives me much higher wet/winter riding grip confidence. Sure, push it too hard in dodgy conditions and you are in for some "excitement" but the G-One Speed gives levels of grip and confidence that I didn't have with the One or Durano even in a 28C. I've got some routes with "walls" of 18+° with chip that can be a bit slimy in the wet where I would break traction with the One. With the G-One Speed I'm able to get the power to the road without spinning out. Sure, you still have to be smooth but the climbing grip is really good and wet braking is excellent. From an overall handling perspective I push these just as hard and fast on twisty descents on dry roads as I do the One, the cornering grip is there for sure, especially on chip, and the road feel is excellent for a high volume tire.

So I'm a real fan of these as a wet/winter tire and a great all rounder when you just want to go explore, they'll handle about anything. Don't plan on getting 5,000 km on a set unless maybe you are one of those "skinny guys" but I'll trade tread life for keeping the rubber side on the road every day of the week!

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Larry H.wrote a review of on November 8, 2017

4 5

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

Just got these. I normally wear an XL glove, true to form go up a size with Castelli. I got the XXL and it fits perfectly. These seem like they will be warm and relatively rain proof, will follow up after I've had a chance to put them through the wringer. Not too bulky, feel like brake/shifter control will be pretty good. Touch pads on fingers will allow me to operate my phone but it's a little clunky, we'll see after they are broken in.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 190cm (~6'3), 95kg (~210#), 11.5EEE feet with one foot about a half size larger than the other. For race day I've got the Sidi Wire Vent Carbon in a 46, top performance but not my favorite shoe for 100k+ rides. I went to the Ergo 4 Carbon Mega in a 46 for those 4-8 hour days in the saddle to get more comfort. Very happy with that decision but the 46's were a bit too roomy. Got the 45.5 and it is spot on. The silver lining is I use the 46's as a winter/foul weather shoe as the extra room allows heavier socks and more "wiggle room" to keep the toes from freezing. If you've got "frankenfeet" like I do, wide forefoot, narrow heel, high instep, hammer toes, heel spurs you'll probably like the Mega. I did 160k in the 45.5's right out of the box and was comfy from start to finish. These are not quite as stiff as the Wire Vent Carbon but for training, long days in the saddle, and long road races these are the trick for me. I prefer the "Techno 3 Push" buckle of the Wire Vent Carbons to the Techno 3's on these but there is an easy solution for that. I've bought spare buckles and will convert them over. Best shoes I've had in 25 years.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a lifetime of skiing, ice hockey, tramping, cycling, and time in the outdoors my feet have been "frozen" more times than I can count. Booties are good but I tend to end up with warm and toasty to sweaty and toasty to sweaty and cold, to "frozen. These things provide just enough insulation and block the wind to keep my toes comfortable down to freezing with Castelli Merino Wool socks. Easy to put on, stay put nicely with my speedplay cleats. I have size 45.5, 46 road shoes and these are easy on/off. I average around 300k/week, even through the Winter, if you take a bit of care and aren't a complete klutz you can get a season or two out of a pair. For 20 bucks, that's a good deal in my book.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 190cm (~6'3), 95kg (~210#). With Castelli I typically go with XXL tops which gives me a snug, just short of race, fit. I really like this jersey in cool conditions under the Perfetto vest and when the temperatures start to drop I layer the Flanders warm base layer under it.

Very comfortable, breathes well but good warmth. Nice high neck and long sleeves with tapered cuffs. Well designed, great piece of kit.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 190cm (~6'3), 95kg (~210#). With Castelli I typically go with XXL tops which gives me a snug, just short of race, fit. But this thing stretches like crazy, I have the L/XL and it works great. I use this from sub-zero on the MTB up through summer heat. As the temperatures drop it puts air pockets next to your skin that keep you warmer and help with transporting moisture away from your skin so you don't get cold. When the temperatures go up it aids in moisture transfer as well and keeps your jersey from sticking to you. I sweat a lot so I really find this an essential piece of kit for every ride.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on November 6, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 190cm (~6'3), 95kg (~210#). With Castelli I typically go with XXL tops which gives me a snug, just short of race, fit. I sweat a lot and prefer a vest vs. jacket as the temperatures drop as the ventilation is better. The Perfetto vest paired with the Castelli base layer, the Flanders Warm Base Layer, and Puro 2 long sleeve jersey is perfect for 0-8C (32-45F) riding in the dry. I can do a 3.5 - 4 hour, 1,200-1,500 meters of climbing, 100k ride in 0-8C weather and be warm without turning into a sweat ball and then getting cold. The front panel does a great job of blocking cold wind while being very breathable and the back panel really breathes well. For above freezing weather this thing is great. I use the 3 pockets in the Puro 2 Jersey for gear and the 2 pockets in the vest are perfect for ride fuel. The back panel material is pretty stretchy and lightweight, I wouldn't recommend trying to stash your ride tool kit, pump/CO2 inflator, spare tube, phone, etc. into the vest pockets.

The neck is high and nicely lined for keeping out nasty drafts on descents, zipper pull, though small, is easy to find and zipper is very easy to adjust while riding.

I've got a Perfetto long sleeve jersey for when things get damp, although it breathes really well, I like the vest option better in the dry. I've also got a Gabba 3 short sleeve jersey which is good as the temperatures drop and in the damp but for dry conditions I prefer layering the Perfetto vest over a jersey and whatever base layers the conditions call for.

Really great, highly versatile piece of kit. A bit bulky to roll up and stuff in a jersey pocket, though you can, better as a versatile top layer.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on August 16, 2017

5 5

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

I have the Sidi Wire Vent Carbon, also in a 46, great race day shoe but not so comfortable for long days in the saddle. I've got "Frankenfeet", narrow heel, wide forefoot, high instep, high arches, hammer toes, ... really hard to fit. These Ergo 4 Carbon Mega's, out of the box, 100k ride, comfortable, roomy in the toe box but not sloppy, no hot spots, no pain, no numbness, ... dancing shoes. I pulled the stock innersoles and have put a set of my trusty SuperFeet Yellow innersoles in and expect that will be even better, will let you know!

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Larry H.wrote a review of on August 15, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 190cm, 92kg, and ride 12,000+ km/yr. I've been using Speedplay for years after trying everything else out there. These cleats are, as advertised, easier to walk in, though I don't do much of that. The plugs are useless, I bin those automatically on installation. The soft plastic cover takes a little work to get snapped on completely, otherwise it will fall off. They also don't stay on if you do much twisting or turning while walking. I've had the cover come off a few times.

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Larry H.wrote a review of on September 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The covers are a good improvement from a walk ability standpoint and work as advertised. The biggest benefit however is protecting screw heads so you don't have to drill them out to replace the cleats if you walk a lot on pavement. As indicated by others the covers do have a tendency to not stay on as well as I'd like. The plugs are a nice idea but I never use them. I'm a high mileage rider so I go through at least a couple sets of cleats a year, if I loose a cover I just pop one from an old pair on. Speedplay need to do some work on a more secure mounting of the cover but even with that they are worth it vs. the V2's

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Larry H.wrote a review of on September 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you have carbon soled shoes these are essential. They are very durable and are good for probably 10 cleat changes, maybe more. I've used these on 3 pairs of Specialized S-Works and they've outlasted one set of shoes & just mounted them on some new Sidi's.

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