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Michael D.

Michael D.

Michael D.

Michael D.wrote a review of on June 2, 2017

5 5

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

I just received these and although I haven't had much time with them I can share my first impressions. The quality of construction and the material is on an entirely different level. The breathable panels; the stitching - it's all excellent. Yes they are slightly transparent on the sides, but it's not noticeable to the point where it would be awkward and besides, who cares if the side of your leg is very slightly visible under the white panel? What really impresses me is the use of different material to address functionality on different panels. It's lighter and has maximum breathability in the areas that receive the least contact, more compression where the shorts need to stay put and super comfortable and smooth material around the crotch and chamois. The chamois by the way is excellent. I don't think I've ever felt better leg gripper material on any bib short. It's as though they've integrated the gripping compound within the fabric. No bulging rubber nubs or rubbery lines - just a very soft band that holds perfectly in place with light compression. This section is also made from yet another type of material and is very breathable. I have about 10 different brands of bib shorts and these are among my most favorite.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this all the time with the Park Tool chain cleaner tool. It's worth using every few rides or so especially if you're running a titanium cassette. Even if you're not running a titanium cassette it's great stuff for cleaning all the crud out prior to re-lubing. It smells kinda good too, so you can use it in the living room and there's less chance of getting nagged if you splatter chain grease all over the place since it has the added benefit of making the room smell nice, so that's a plus.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not only is the quality top-notch and not only is this a perfect fit, but they've done something here that I don't think anyone else has done. They've made the pockets side-entry on the back. All my other jerseys have pockets that you've got to reach into from the top. I know that this is the way 99.9% of all jerseys are designed but having side entry pockets is really nice. The pockets are deep enough that everything stays in there, so that's not an issue but just reaching back and straight into the side of the pockets on either side while riding is a nice convenience that I really wish I had with all my other jerseys. I'm typically a small in everything and because Castelli tend to run small I got a medium. It does fit like a small in most other brands. I'm not sure if I could have fit into a small but I may order one and see. It would definitely be the most snug fitting jersey if I did. The medium fits like a race fit small in another brand anyhow so I'm very happy with it. This jersey is my new go to jersey for most rides now.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought one of every cap just to finally decide what caps I like best. I shave my head so I was looking for something very comfortable with minimal to no seams. Of all the caps I tired this one is the most minimalistic, softest and fits non-noticeably under my helmet. It comes down just above my ears so there's no extra material to deal with bunching up around my helmet straps or around the temples on my shades. I've bought a couple of these since I wear and wash one every day. It's well made and so far shows no signs of wear. The label is attached with separate stitching so if you're carful you can take a razor blade or a stitch remover and just remove the stitching that holds the label in and it leaves the other stitching intact, then you don't even have a label inside of it and it feels practically invisible. Of all the brands, at least for someone who shaves his head, this one is the best. If you have lots of lumpy puffy hair maybe the other brands would work for you but I don't like stitches and design elements imprinted into my skull so I stick with Sugoi.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love Attaquer's stuff. They've got great designs and it's all very well made. I wear a small in just about everything and this is closer to a race fit jersey. Where a Giordana would have a little bit of room, this is snug, but not quite as snug as Castelli. It looks great, is very comfortable and breathable and is definitely one of my favorite jerseys.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on June 1, 2017

5 5

This tape is amazing. It has great cushion but it's not too thick. It reduces fatigue, which is especially noticeable on longer rides. I'm onto my second purchase of it and I only changed it because I had a light color for the past year and wanted to go to all black. Otherwise it would have lasted because even after a year it didn't really show any signs of wear. Definitely one of my favorite products and certainly worth the money.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on June 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have the K-Edge front derailleur braze-on adapter which is basically the same clamp as used for the chain catcher. It's the most minimalistic and well designed clamp that I've found. The problem is, it has a smaller contact area than Shimano's clamp and even following the frame manufacturer's spec of 2.5nm torque, it has caused a crack in my downtime. K-Edge recommends no more than 2nm, but I don't think .5nm additional would be enough to cause a crack in the carbon frame. There isn't any relief designed into the clamp around where it comes to gather and there is additional force inward onto the downtube as the clamp closes where it splits. You may want to take a small piece of sandpaper and just remove about .5mm of material where the clamp edges meet to be safe. I would still use the chain catcher clamp shown here but be very careful. Even 2.5nm is too much force on a carbon downtube. Use a small amount of carbon grip and tighten only until snug. It's not going anywhere and there's no real force on it so it will be fine. The front derailleur needs a bit more torque and I'm not sure that there's enough contact area to safely use the K-Edge braze on adapter clamp for certain carbon frames. It caused a crack in my Bianchi so I'd recommend against using it on that frame. Otherwise I think K-Edge makes some of the nicest products out there.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 20, 2017

5 5

I've had good luck with these and really enjoyed them. Then, during the past two weeks the sidewall tore on two of them after riding over some debris on the road. Brand new ones too. I'm thinking that I may have just been unlucky enough to ride over some sharp junk in the road but that's two too many so I'm going to give the Grand Prix 4Season a try for now.

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Michael D.

Michael D.wrote a review of on April 18, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

For the cost I'm surprised with the lack of quality. The chamois felt very good and seriously padded but then I noticed the stitching.. sloppy and coming apart with threads hanging. The material isn't very soft.. probably the roughest feeling material I've ever felt on any kit. Ok, so I decided to try them on anyway - and I couldn't get them up past my knees. I'm 139 lbs. and I wear a small in just about any brand, but not with these. They were very tiny. It didn't really matter since the overall quality, poor stitching and rough material wouldn't have worked for my anyhow.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

You could clobber someone with this thing, which I guess is a good feature to have in a shop tool. Plus, it's 1/2 the price of the Shimano chainwhip. When you're working on delicate parts such as carbon wheels and hubs it's nice to be able to apply gentle leverage and this tool is heavy enough to permit a gentle turn to unlock any cassette.

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Michael D.

Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

The Ultegra was good, but this derailleur is just awesome. Not only is it an improvement aesthetically, but it's lighter and shifts a bit more smoothly. It has one less mechanical set screw and relies on the Di2 micro adjustment for more of the fine tuning, which is the way it should be. I've set it one time and haven't had to adjust it since. I'm definitely a big fan of the Dura Ace components. This is just one more component that has impressed me and reinforced my appreciation for Shimano.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

I'm a big fan of Shimano's products. I started with 105, went to Ultegra and have upgraded to the latest Dura Ace. Just like with all the other remarkable enhancements between the Ultegra and Dura Ace, the chain is every bit the same - perfect. It's lighter and seems to aid in even smoother shifting. It's designed to turn in one direction so follow the instructions so you can experience the benefits of Shimano's shapely little engineering features that make this chain perform the way it should. I'm very happy with it.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This base layer is simply ridiculous. I may just get a bunch of them and wear them all the time under my regular clothes. I'm really fussy about fabrics and comfort and I've never felt anything quite so remarkable as this for a base layer. It's super form-fitting but not tight. I think I've just become a Giordana fan for life.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are the best shoes I've owned. They are a perfect fit, and the wire tightening system is amazing. The entire upper part of the shoe becomes form-fitting with a slight turn of the dial, which can easily be done on the ride. The tongue is somewhat customizable on these, so you've got to follow the instructions and trim a small portion. That's not a big deal, and in fact I liked it because if it wasn't designed that way I'd never take a blade to a $300. pair of shoes and would have just lived with however the tongue felt against my leg. I'd highly recommend these and would definitely buy them again.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is worth every penny. It feels great, keeps the wind on the outside and it breathes well. It fits perfectly and looks good with any kit. It's still chilly where I live and I've been wearing this every day. The little pocket on the inside by the front zipper seems like such a little thing but it's a really nice feature too. Finally I can put my iPod nano and a little bit of cash in a protected area and not on my back with the snacks.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the first power meter that I've owned. I read several reviews and talked to many people using other power meters. I decided on the Pioneer for a number of reasons. I love the Shimano groupset and I wanted to stay with it. I didn't want to swap out the beautifully designed Dura Ace crankset for a utilitarian looking design. Even if you could keep your chainrings, the spiders that come with other power meters aren't as atheistically integrated as Shimano or Campagnolo's own in my opinion. I also didn't want to have to use proprietary pedal pods since I'm running Look titanium carbon pedals.

The Pioneer is a minimalistic little unit that is integrated beautifully into the crankset and it's also very light. It even comes with a black cover to replace the red one if you'd prefer that. As for the performance of the unit, it does exactly what it's supposed to do. It calibrates in seconds, automatically, and is very easy to use. The readings are consistent and I've not had any issues with it and I'm using it with my Garmin 820.

The only thing is that Pioneer only permits typical power meter functionality with non-Pioneer head units. One of the advantages of the Pioneer is that it records more data than any other power meter but all of this additional data is only available with a Pioneer head unit. Without the Pioneer computer you get all the ordinary functionality of a power meter, which means that apples for apples, this power meter is still at the top of the list. You would only need a Pioneer computer for firmware updates and error checking, or this can easily be done at a Pioneer dealer.

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Michael D.

Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After 20+ years of burning through various helmets and never actually loving any of them, I've finally found the Smith Overtake. It's got a perfect fit, and doesn't look like a big goofy unproportional piece of foam and plastic. Instead, it's low profile, stylish, aero, and even has a design that allows you to clip your Smith sunglasses on it, which is quite easy to do while you're riding if you want to take them off.

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Michael D.wrote a review of on April 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

One might think that latex is all about weight or better puncture resistance - which of course, it partially is - but the really amazing thing is how much more comfortable the ride is. The difference between ordinary tubes and latex is amazing. I've got these running with my Continental 4000 Grand Prix tires. The first time I switched to latex it felt like I was on riding on a brand new asphalt road. I was amazed at how much more comfortable the ride was and how much vibration is softened compared to ordinary rubber tubes.

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