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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on August 2, 2017

5 5

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

I picked up a bunch of these bottles to tote around on river trips in lieu of glass liquor bottles. I've been very pleased so far. I also really enjoy the soft touch aspect... feels good on the hands and they are quiet as a field mouse. Note that these are single wall containers so they don't really keep things too hot or too cold. The booze is going to be whatever the air temp is.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 8, 2017

5 5

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

These saddle is actually really killer... especially for how inexpensive it is. I picked this up to put on my bike that I have inside on a trainer. The previous one (I think from the 70's) was killing me. This seat is really comfy and seems like it's going to stand the test of time.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This trainer block holds my bike tire just fine. It is very stable and secure. Fits my 700x25 tire just fine. It could accommodate a little bit wider tire, maybe up to 32mm or so. Wouldn't recommend for mtn bike tires.

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801.736.5363
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

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

This chuck worked out great on my Alloy Drive floor pump. The red is for high pressure pumps (generally road bikes) and the orange is for high volume (generally mountain bike) pumps. Innovative design allows you to use the chuck with a Presta or Schrader valves easily.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up to go under me and my new Tech Mag 5. Really accomplishes two things. Keeps your floor safe from your trainer as well as your sweat. I have my setup on carpet and although I think this would fit a little better on concrete or hardwood it actually lays really flat underneath the bike. If you do have your trainer set up on a hard surface, this will help dampen the noise a little bit as well.

Matthew Pizza
Customer Account Manager
801.736.5363
mpizza@backcountry.com

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Keeping your bike clean will for sure make it perform better. These brushes really go a long way in getting your whip clean, there is a brush here to clean every part of your bike. All you need is some Simply Green, water, and a cold oat soda and you're good to go. These are durable, easy to clean, and best of all effective.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on March 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The chain is definitely the dirties, grimiest part of my bike. Fill this bad boy up with some chain cleaner, clamp it on and start crankin! Does an excellent job of cleaning not only the chain but the cassette and the chainring as well. Something to note... you will get a lot of nasty liquid coming out the bottom of this thing as you run your chain through, make sure nothing of importance awaits below.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on December 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are great platform pedals for the MTB. Nice big platform and generous traction pins ensure that your foot isn't going to slide off these bad boys. The Chester uses a nylon composite instead of aluminum which is what makes them cheaper than some of the other pedals out there on the market. Best thing about these is that they come in a bunch of different colors. No problem matching these up to your bike. Look good, feel good, ride good.

Matthew Pizza
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801.736.5363
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

4 5

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

If you like a soft squishy grip on your mountain bike, look no further. These large grips cut down on hand fatigue on a long day of riding and seem to be built to last. Especially good for those that don't wear gloves as these are tacky enough to hold your grip but not sticky.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

5 5

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

These wipes are a great addition to your toolbox or bike bag that you keep in your car. After your ride give your bike a wipe down with one of these and you're good to go. They don't replace cleaning your bike thoroughly with the hose and some heavy duty cleaner but this will make it so you have to do that less frequently. These are really durable, had no problems with them ripping and shredding when cleaning the bike, especially on the chainring and cassette.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have three bikes so naturally I had to pick three of these up, one in each color. These pumps were great weather you have a presta or shraeder valve on your tubes. I feel like you get a good amount of air with each pump, more than you do with some of the other small hand pumps that are out there. This easy to use and best of all efficient. I've mounted all mine underneath my water bottle cages.

Matthew Pizza
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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on July 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Everyone should have a little tool like this when you head out on a ride. This tool has everything you need in a nice tight package. My favorite part is that it comes with a neoprene case, great for keeping in your pocket on a short ride when you're not taking a pack.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These panniers are great for the average commute. My 15in laptop fits in here no problem, along with a change of clothes, shoes, lunch, and whatever else I think I might need for the day. Much easier to ride a bike with all your gear not on your back.

The pockets/organization is really well thought out as is the case with any Timbuk2 product that I have ever owned. Waterproof material and large overlap of the lid ensure that your gear doesn't get wet if you get caught in a storm.

These are my first panniers and they are great. I would however like some that have a little more reliable rack attachment than the velcro that is on here. I had a mishap where the velcro came undone and the pannier flew into my spokes and now has a big hole in the bottom.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

Matthew Pizza
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mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These things are genius! I don't know why no one thought of this before. Nite Ize really knocked it out of the park with these. The strength and versatility that the Gear Ties offer is incredible. The longer ones are definitely strong enough to hold a bicycle (I've done it). Smaller ones are great for organizing cords and whatnot. Latching things closed. Holding things together.

The rubber exterior ensures no damage to whatever your twisting as well as providing grip so that the tie doesn't slip off.

Once you twist them up once they will never be straight again so don't expect that. Not a big deal though, you're just going to twist them up again!

Worth every penny.

Matthew Pizza
Expert Gearhead
mpizza@backcountry.com
801.736.5363

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 31, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Crank Brothers kills it in the bike accessory game, this tool is no different. This is a well thought out tool with pretty much anything you would ever need while out on a ride and a bunch of stuff most people will probably never use.

I have a couple of different Crank Bros tools, I use this one when mtn biking and might be out quite far from the car where my tool box is.

If I was forced to say one negative thing about this tool it would be the case. Great case, tough to open though.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

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

This is one of those things that you don't know you need until you need it, and you really need this specific one, then you might never use it again. This tool is for ISIS/Octalink Cranks only so make sure that you get the right one. Does a good job of getting the crank off there which is something you don't have to do to often. Nice and small so it won't take up a lot of room in your tool box until one of your buddies needs to borrow it.

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Matthew Pizzawrote a review of on May 13, 2016

5 5

These are great mtn bike pedals, I picked these up and put them on my first ever mountain bike and I couldn't be any happier. These things are huge. Plenty of landing zone for your foot to come down on. The nice wide pedal base makes for a really stable ride, and if you do get a little squirrely, there is plenty of room to get your foot back on there before you go careening into a grove of trees.

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