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Lindsay Wetzel Polin

Lindsay Wetzel Polin

Salt Lake City, UT

Lindsay Wetzel Polin's Passions

Road Biking
Cyclocross

Lindsay Wetzel Polin's Bio

Resident bike nerd.

Lindsay Wetzel Polin

Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on March 21, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It’s not surprising that a brand born out of frustration at the lack of quality, functional, appropriately fitting women’s kit delivers on the promise of comfort, breathability, and weather protection in a way that leaves even revered options like Castelli’s Gabba in the proverbial dust. Made from lightweight, stretchy material and featuring MFF’s impeccable attention to patterning and fit, this jacket wears like a jersey with the versatility to comfortably manage the unpredictable weather of springtime epics in bright, eye-catching style. When other kit options would leave you cold, clammy, disappointed, and racing for home, this jacket keeps the ride dry and comfortable to extend the miles, enjoy the views, and stop for a delicious coffee and pastry (or two) along the way.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The only thing that really matters is how comfy this jersey is. So comfy. The fabric is super soft and lightweight without being so light that you risk getting sunburn through your jersey, and the non-elastic hems just add to that comfort. And the colorways look even better in person than in the photos.

On fit, the cut falls somewhere between what I'd consider race fit and club fit - it's streamlined enough to not bunch or obviously catch wind but at the same time not tight or restrictive anywhere. It sits comfortably without any stretch when standing, and the fabric has just the right amount of stretch that it doesn't pinch at all when riding.

Pockets usually aren't worth mentioning, but these are - they're deep enough to hold a Plus-sized phone and have enough space to carry arms warmers, snacks, ID, a small toolkit, and anything else necessary for an afternoon of riding. Women's kit is notoriously devoid of useful pocket space, so this jersey definitely stands out on this spec alone. Giro opts for a horizontal zipper on the fourth pocket (also, a fourth pocket!), which I prefer over the usual vertical zippers b/c I don't have to worry about it accidentally unzipping (or me forgetting to zip it) and dropping keys and such out on the road.

Overall, a versatile jersey that'll comfortably handle anything from easy neighborhood coffee spins to double centuries in the mountains.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We ride in the 20s-30s in SLC here. It used to be that you needed a second, larger pair of winter cycling shoes to accommodate the larger wool socks needed to fend off winter. These socks are thin enough to fit into your summer shoes, go under your leg warmers, and provide much needed winter warmth! Just add your favorite shoe cover and maybe line the inside of your shoe with some tinfoil if the temps go below 20.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This lens has one purpose: nighttime cross racing! With the hinge design of the jawbreaker, the lens are easily swapped for the daytime lenses. Although the lens doesn't offer the trail highlighting benefits of some amber lenses, these are still a great choice for eye protection after dark.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First off, these aren't bibs in the traditional sense, but more of a hybrid between shorts and bibs that's easy to remove at mid-ride stops and eliminates the uncomfortable stomach pinching that you get with non-bib shorts.

In the absence of the traditional rear bib strap, Giro uses a high back to help hold everything in place. It's a bit more fabric coverage than you might want in the summer, but is perfect for fall and spring riding. It also adds an extra pocket, which means more carrying space for snacks and other important items. The front "halter' is a lightweight mesh that pretty much just disappears as soon as it's in place, and is the only alternative to traditional bibs I've seen that actually does make it possible to take off the bibs without also removing your jersey. Many kudos to Giro for that.

The shorts themselves are, as expected from Giro, impeccably constructed with fabrics that hit the balance between stretchy and compressive. And last, but by far not least, the chamois is super comfy. These shorts have definitely taken a spot high in the rotation of springtime kit choices, and hold their own against some much higher priced options.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on April 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Red Iridium Lenses: Add some flair to your face with these multicolor replacement lenses. From straight-on the look is a muted maroon, which then shifts through varying shades of reds to yellows from the profile. They look fantastic housed in the jawbreaker framework and will add style points to any outdoor activity.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The chamois is the star of these shorts and is, as expected from Assos, incredible. I could wax poetic about it for a while, but suffice to say it's really, really comfortable and right there with some of the best chamois I've ever worn. Attached to that chamois, the shorts' fabric is an ideal blend of stretch and compression, with enough breathability to handle summer days without feeling like you're falling short on cool spring mornings when paired with knee warmers.

That said, the bib strap design is just awful. It's difficult (and super awkward) to stretch overhead to actually get on, and still requires removal of all the top layers at mid-ride rest stops (it would take some extreme shoulder flexibility otherwise). Once on, the plastic clasp sits uncomfortably against the skin, so a baselayer is a must with these shorts. The straps also sit close in at the neck, so they show if you unzip your jersey at all.

Overall, if Assos would make these shorts with a traditional bib setup, they'd be my top choice for any day on the bike. The leg length is on point, the hems stay in place comfortably, and the chamois is really as amazing as Assos says it is. They're still my go-to in baselayer/knee warmer weather b/c of the shorts construction, and are definitely worth a try to see if you can get past the bibs.

Side note - I've talked to a few riders on the shorter end of the height spectrum who are completely fine with the bib design, so it may have something to do with height. The bibs may be less obtrusive if they don't have to be stretched as much.

On sizing - I'm 5'8", 115lbs and have a size small, which is a little bigger than I'd like in the shorts, but they work. An extra-small would be ideal if the bibs were normal or a little longer.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

Shiny.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I originally got the Grinduro purple VR90's to replace a pair of Sidi Dominator 5 Women's shoes, and love them so much that I couldn't resist getting a second pair when this colorway went live on the site. The combo of matte silver and CC red looks fantastic in person, and the reflective logos add a pop of bright on dark cloudy days and evening races. They're a rare blend of ridiculously comfortable, highly functional, and durable enough to handle all the running and general mayhem that is cyclocross.

The sole is super stiff, which isn't always ideal for 'cross, but Giro rockered the lugs just enough that running in the VR90's feels surprisingly natural and comfortable. And the power transfer is amazing. I didn't think I'd be able to feel that much of a difference from the Sidis, but it it's massively apparent, especially for short, punchy climbs and sprints.

The Vibram rubber grips well, which is a huge plus compared to the plastic lugs found on Sidis and a few other brands. The grippiness means no more worries about losing your footing when dismounting/running/remounting on pavement or other hard packed surfaces. The rubber surfacing also spans under the midfoot, adding much needed grip for coasting before a dismount and minimizing losses if you miss a clip in off the start or after a remount.

The overall fit on these is just so, so comfy. Both pairs I have were soft and comfortable from the first wear and continue to be the comfiest cycling shoes I've ever worn. The upper stretched a tiny bit during the first couple of rides - just enough to form to my foot and be even comfier, and has held its shape perfectly ever since.

Specific to sizing, I sized down from a 42 in Sidi to a 41.5 in Giro. They do fit a bit on the narrow side for a men's shoe (which is awesome for me), but the laces are so adjustable that these shoes should accommodate a wide range of foot widths.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on December 5, 2016

Delicious energy.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Race nutrition is a finicky thing, and for me, gels have traditionally been one of those "have to deal with" things, what with banking on the peloton to hold off attacks long enough to grab some water and trying to ignore the gross, sticky aftertaste for the next few miles. Not so with these gels. The consistency does take a little getting used to if you're riding at a social pace, but it's amazing when you're at tempo or higher and need to get some calories. They're a little bigger than other gels, but the thinner consistency that volume allows is SO MUCH easier to take on no matter what intensity you're riding. And it means you don't need to add water for it to absorb. All in all, at least for me, these gels make for a happier stomach while riding and lets me keep on top of my ride nutrition without all the side effects found with some of the other options out there.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on November 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these as a gift for the hubs. Here's what he has to say:

A great addition to the shoe rack! They're lightweight and highly vented, making your warmer weather running miles amazingly comfortable. The padding is minimal and doesn’t get in the way, so you can really feel the road or dirt beneath your feet. The shoes did run a bit small, so you may want to size up a half to full size and see how it feels.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on October 20, 2016

5 5

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

If you need to fit post-mount calipers onto a flat-mount frameset, these little adapters are the way to go. The end result might not look as clean as using a flat-mount caliper, but I'm more than happy to make that compromise if it lets me save the few hundred dollars a new brake system would cost.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on August 31, 2016

Wicked fast.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After spending a few days demoing a set of 58 Aeros, I sent in an order for two pairs of these. Check out my review on the 58s over on that product page for more info on those (spoiler, they're also great), but in short, I opted for the 46 because I live in the mountains and the slightly shallower profile was a better fit for daily riding with lots of elevation changes. Two pairs because having only one pair of these wasn't going to fly in a household of two cyclists.

These are pretty much the perfect all-around wheelset, with the added bonus that Reynolds' rim shape is just ridiculously fast and stable in the wind. I really can't overstate that - the 46s and 58s handle crosswinds better than any other wheelset I've ridden. In a nutshell, the 46 Aeros hit that sweet spot of light enough for big climbs and aero enough to roll the flats, with sharp handling to deal with twisty descents and technical crit courses. They also snap up to speed even a little bit faster than the 58s.

I took them to the Midwest for some punchy, technical crits and rolling farmland road races, and they were amazing through it all. Super responsive, smooth on the descents, cornered on rails, and just made it that much easier to do what I needed to do on the bike. I paired them with 25mm Vittoria Corsa G+ tires, which just add to the fast, smooth ride - even on some wicked brick roads.

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Lindsay Wetzel Polinwrote a review of on August 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got these as a gift for the hubs - here's what he has to say:

The Giro Rivet II gloves are perfect for the late spring to early fall riding conditions. The backing is very breathable, which keep the hands quite cool. I chose the orange version, mostly to match my orange Giro Prolights, but also for additional visibility. A small note is that this glove has no padding, which may make longer rides a bit uncomfortable for your hands.

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