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Michael Ashton

Michael Ashton

Somersworth, NH

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Road Biking

Michael Ashton

Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on July 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This jersey has become one of my favs! I bought it on a whim and I'm glad I did! The fit is typical Castelli (runs small - buy 1 size up) but it's a great fit. I'll be back to buy another to add to my collection. If you up-size, then buy with confidence. The only thing I'd like to see is a small zipper pocket for cash, but by no means a deal breaker.

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on February 28, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered these bib shorts to replace an older pair, and seeing that they're listed as 'an entry level' bib I didn't have my hopes high. I've now worn these bibs a few times and I'm very pleased with their performance. The design and overall fit are more than what I expected. If you're considering these bibs for a replacement or as a pair to add to the arsenal then go for it - I don't believe you'll be disappointed. BTW - The fit (in my case, a Large) is true to size.

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on April 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The Pro Leader III shoes are unbelievable! This is now my 3rd pair of Pro Leader's and I love them all! The construction, size (true) and weight make this shoe a must have for all cyclists. The price point is a tad bit high, but you do get what you pay for - quality.

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on March 20, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve been using the CycleOps Magnus for 2 weeks now and I’m pleasantly surprised by it! I had some reservations regarding the Magnus because I researched the trainer and some reviewers were not finding the trainer worthy of the price point. After receiving & setting up the trainer (fairly easy), connecting the unit via Ant+ and/or Bluetooth, I found the trainer as I had hoped! The resistance, road like feel, sound (very quiet), and overall quality are great. I’ve put the trainer through its paces: regular ride, ERG workout mode, sprints, Zwift (with gradient changes), and interval sessions 100w – 1000w. The Magnus is a worthy competitor when it comes to mid-level smart trainers. I'll admit, I was aiming for the Wahoo KickR Snap, but now riding the Magnus I'm very happy with the unit. There doesn't seem to be much love for the Magnus, but if you're considering a smart trainer give this bad-boy a try! I doubt you'll send it back!

**UPDATE** - after using the Magnus for 3 weeks things started to happen. 1 - The power cord kept coming out after a solid (2+ hour) ride. The connection would disappear, then I'd have to get off the bike and fiddle with the power connection and all would be well until it happened again. Poor hardware/power cord. 2 - The 'L' screw that is used to tighten the wheel to the unit bent! Apparently after several uses (3 weeks actually) the torque was too overwhelming for the construction of the housing which bent the frame, then changed the angle of the 'L' screw and allowed a gap - then the screw would shift when tightening causing the screw to bend, then make the tightening knob useless because it wouldn't have the proper torque. Both issues were obviously caused by inferior hardware - or, lowest bidder. When the Magnus worked properly, it was great! If CycleOps can improve the design and hardware issues I believe they'd have a great product. But until that time, the Magnus is a buyer beware purchase. And yes, I sent the unit back...

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on March 3, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using a 'dumb' trainer for several years and finally convinced myself to pony up and go 'smart' so I could ramp up my off-season training. I certainly did my homework regarding smart trainers and ended up with 2 caveats to my purchase: 1. Don't break the bank, 2. A wheel-on trainer was a must (vs. direct drive). I settled with the KK smart unit control add-on because I already owned the KK Rock & Roll dumb trainer; the purchase seemed logical even tho the reviews were not glowing (I was hoping for the best).
The trainer: The setup, firmware update, calibration, and the initial ride were very easy (good job Kinetic!). Pairing with Zwift was very easy as well (Bluetooth only tho).
The problems: The ERG mode was poor! The KK smart unit was fine at the beginning, but after riding for 20 min the resistance would stick at the last resistance % you were at - which is not good! I had to reset the connection each time after segments of the training mode. And yes KK if you're reading this, I did update my firmware to the latest and greatest. Next the power readings (watts): after the pre-ride calibration the power was very close to being real, but then after riding for 20-30 min the watts would slowly creep up. The consistency was not there which made it difficult to keep riding at the same perceived effort from start to finish. Next the 'road feel': The giant 14+lb flywheel was nice at the beginning, but coasting down took forever - not road like at all! The giant flywheel also made the quick ramp-ups very difficult when in a training mode. If the mode called for a quick 500w effort for 20 sec., by the time you got it to 500w the 20 sec. were over.

Kurt Kinetic makes some great products, but unfortunately they have not dialed it in enough with their smart trainer product line, at least in my experience.

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on May 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own many road shoes from Sidi, Scott, Specialized, & Pearl iZumi, and the Pearl iZumi Pro Leader III is the best power transfer shoe on the market under $325. The overall construction of the toe box, heal drop and included inserts (to fine tune if needed) adds to the high quality shoe. The shoe isn't cheap, but it's well worth the investment!

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on April 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves are fantastic! I've purchased 2 pair because the orignial was so good. The palm and inner fingers are lined with a great 'sticky' material that helps a lot when reaching for the water bottle in the winter. I use the gloves in temps between 25 - 45 degrees; the warmth holds well for a good 2 hour ride.

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on April 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was in the need for a new bib and I went with the Sugoi Evo - AND love it! I've since purchased another Sugoi Evo (in white/red) because the fit is great and the chamois is excellent. The bib size is close to being true, but slightly on the smaller side - I usually wear a L but ended up buying the XL due to reviews and don't regret it.

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Michael Ashtonwrote a review of on November 11, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Background: I'm an avid cyclist and have many helmets, shoes, kits for different uses. I purchased the Pearl iZumi Race Rd III shoe for an extra back up pair & trainer bike shoes. I've used these shoes several times and put 300+ miles on them. I'm blown away by their performance, comfort, stiffness, fit/size (true) and boa system. Needless to say, these Pearl iZumi's have moved quickly up my shoe list (past 2 pair of Sidi's & a Specialized mind you), to my new go-to road shoe.

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