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Mark F.

Mark F.

Eau Claire, WI

Mark F.'s Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Mark F.'s Bio

If I'm not out riding I'm probably hitting golf balls at the driving range or playing guitar.

Mark F.

Mark F.wrote a review of on August 14, 2018

Great grips, but hard to install
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I like simple and smooth grips, so I had to try these. They come in simple packaging with ESI plugs for the end of the bars.

I first watched the install video on the ESI website a couple times, which made things look quick and easy. I then did the same as the guy in the video, but mine did not install as simple as the demo. One grip is now a bit deformed and feels weird by my thumb. I tried taking a photo of it (below), but it's difficult to see how weird that spot really is. It's only in that one spot on that one grip, so I'm not sure if it's something with that grip or if it's the way I put it on.

Other than installation the grips are really nice. I like them much better than the Bontragers I have on another bike that are a similar material/style. These are softer and more grippy. These are also the chunky size and I prefer the bigger grip.

I didn't use the include plugs because I use Cane Creek bar ends. The combination of these grips and the bar ends is quite nice. I got the black ones; they're more of a grayish black, which is fine with me.

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Mark F.wrote a review of on August 14, 2018

Comfy at a great price
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a new saddle to replace the one that came on my Raleigh Tripper. After debating between a few on sale I decided to try this one and I'm glad I did. Some might see the 151 width and immediately look elsewhere, but give it a second look first.

This saddle is supportive but yet comfortable. I'm on the big side (6'0, 230lbs.) and this works well for me. Using the at-home damp paper method my sit bones actually measure out to me using a saddle in the 140 width range.

I hate putting saddles on bikes. As a side benefit the cutout in the middle of the saddle made installing it much easier as I was able to see the bolts from the top and hold things in place better while tightening everything down.

Other saddles that I like, and use on my other bikes, are the WTB Rocket and Specialized Rival 143. So far I like this one the best of the three.

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Mark F.wrote a review of on August 14, 2018

Works with my setup
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed a new light. With some L&M lights being on sale I ended up getting this one and the Urban 800. This comes in the usual L&M tube packaging, but with the addition of the Barfly.

The light is nice. The beam pattern is good. It's very similar to the Urban 800 that I also bought. The light comes with the regular rubber strap mount as well, so if you end up not liking the Barfly there are other ways to mount the light. The USB port protector hasn't broke off yet (like it did on my Urban 800 first day I got it) but I'm sure it will soon. I will simply use a piece of electrical tape over the USB jack when it does

I do like the Barfly. I have a Banjo Brothers bag on my stem for my phone and wallet, but I wanted the light centered. The Barfly allows me to do this. I do not use a computer, so I have nothing that needs to mount to the top of the Barfly. That's ok though because my phone bag blocks it anyways.

The light is upside down when mounted on the Barfly. Some L&M lights (like the white Urban 800) have the battery indicator in the power button. But, with this light the battery indicator is a small dot on the back of light, so you can still see the battery indicator if the light is mounted upside down on the barfly.

I ride at night, so I use this light to see in the dark rather than to be seen in daylight. I use the middle setting most of the time as I've found 850 lumens is more than I need. Being that I use the middle setting the battery life is pretty good. Brightest setting I can't tell much difference, if any, between this 850 and the Urban 800 that I also bought.

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Mark F.

Mark F.wrote a review of on August 14, 2018

fantastic bar ends
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use flat bars on my single-speed bike I ride around the city, but wanted more options for hand placement. I recently decided to give these a try as they looked nice. I'm really glad I decided to try them.

Unlike the old-school mtb bike bar ends, these don't stick way out in front of your bars. Also, the rubber is comfortable and grippy. I'm not sure how Cane Creek managed to do it, but the shape fits the hands quite well.

These are very easy to install. They also look quite nice with my ESI Chunky grips. Packaging is minimal, but I wasn't left wishing they included anything, so all good. I want these for all my bikes now.

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Mark F.wrote a review of on August 14, 2018

Decent light
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this while on sale. Couldn't be happier for the price. The dinky USB cover fell off and broke within 5 minutes. If it's raining I'll put a small piece of electrical tape over the USB plug.

I like to ride at night as there's less traffic and cooler temps. After almost crashing due to not seeing potholes and debris I decided to get a better light, but I had no idea how powerful I really needed. I ride through neighborhoods in my city of 67,000. If you're in a big city imagine suburban neighborhoods where there's maybe one street light per block.

I decided on this light mainly because of the sale price. Turns out I didn't need 800 lumens as that's quite bright. The middle setting works great for me. I like the spread of light this puts out. Being that I always use the middle setting the light lasts awhile for me before needing to be charged. I'm not completely sold on the bar mount as I always worry the plastic piece is going to break off when I secure it with the rubber strap, but no problems as of yet. Important to me so I'll note it here: you can turn the light left and right when it's mounted on the bars. So, if you can't mount it at the center of your bars, you can turn it to aim it. If you mount this light upside down (bottom of your bars) you won't be able to see the power button, which doubles as the battery indicator light.

Light comes with a couple mounting options and a cord for charging it. L&M got a bit artsy with the instructions by using various drawings with text scattered all over in random places on the tube that the light comes in. It's a fairly basic light, but when first opening it a manual or thorough info sheet would have been nice.

Overall it's great for what I need.

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