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Mike B

Mike B

New England

Mike B's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Mike B's Bio

Deep-thinking road rider, cyclocross racing pack-fodder, mountain biking singer, over-thinking mechanic, bike trailer-towing dad.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on April 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had good luck with Hincapie Sportswear gloves, booties and clothing. In this case, the gloves fit true to (my) size. I could see these and a layering glove in the deep winter, or as a glove during cool mornings. Minimal padding, but I normally don't wear gloves when the weather is warm. 4 stars, as a 5 star product would need to really amaze me and show long-term wear, not there with these yet.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on April 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered the white/red and got white bar tape and white hoods, which is what I wanted, but isn't that white/white? Either way, My original Sram hoods (one of them) tore the first year, and these went on just fine. I used a bit of detergent water on the levers and they slid on okay, I really pulled on them, uniformly, and they slid on securely and fit snug on the mechanicals. Bar tape is fine, and goes on predictably. White bar tape and white hoods look perfect for one day, and after that, well, it looks like you ride your bike.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on April 5, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I read the reviews on how small these fit, and ordered up, from a Large to an XL. The fingers are still a little bit short, they could use just a bit more room. The gloves are quite warm. When they get sweaty, the material does make it difficult to put back on. I'd recommend going up x2 sizes and hope they accommodate your fingers w/o getting too wide. They are good gloves, though.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on April 5, 2015

5 5

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

I'm 5'11" and 160lbs, purchased the medium. The fit is good in the shoulders and slim enough in the torso area. One thing that is amazing is that the sleeves are very long, even when you are leaning over on the bike, where many jerseys tend to ride up your arms. I've a tough time finding sleeves that are long enough, this time, I say, these may be a bit too long, but it allows the user to size down and get a slimmer fit. The model on the website says it's 5'11" and 155 wearing the small....seems like that person is quite slim to fit in the small, my shoulders do not allow a smaller size. I think that jersey quality depends just as much on fit as it does on quality.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on April 5, 2015

3 5

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

I want to like De Marchi more, but their sizing and sometimes their construction is a miss. This time, the way the material is assembled, with a large flat seam in side along the arms and back, is noticeable and distracting. Not as comfortable as it could/should be.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm happy with this....shiny finish, holds the seat very securely. Easy to adjust the to & fro, tip and tilt with the two seatpost bolts. Your seat design pending, the seatpost bolts are long'ish, and could ride near the underside of your seat. Color options are a great touch with their products. I'm not running this seatpost extended very far, so the compliance is probably minimal. This component goes un-noticed, perhaps that is a sign it is well done. Four stars, as it is very pricey, did not come with carbon assembly grease (for that price, should have) and no stickers...

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Mike Bwrote a review of on November 17, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looks nice, bolts are painted, surface is shiny. Color options are great. Compliments the RDO seatpost very well. Fours stars because, really, what does a 5-star stem feel like? This one is as good as any out there.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on November 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The fit is great. It has fewer vents, and while they claim it vents really well, it vents way less, which is great for winter riding. It is also a more quiet helmet, I feel. Four stars, only because it is really good, not great. I'm happy with "good" though.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on November 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ridden this bike for many thousands of miles this year. I built this up with SRAM Force 22. The frame fits me wonderfully. I find it to be very stiff and predictable. Well built, good design, etc. I'd def. recommend to anyone if it fits them. My experience with Competitive Cyclist was superb during the purchasing process. You have lighter frame options, but there comes a point, very quickly, where you cannot buy yourself any fitness. Get a well-fitting, well tuned bicycle and ride, lots. Training and a good breakfast will make you faster.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on November 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

As a vest, you have no sleeve length issues, thus driving me to get a Medium. The Large was too baggy. Normally, Castelli gear demands I order a Large. I'm 5'11", 155lbs.

It is a light-duty vest, you'd not get hot in it, but will help keep your core temp up, and visibility high if you get the orange.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on November 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My review is actually for the 1700, but the designs are exactly the same. I think the 1700 is being discontinued. The construction of the head unit cabling battery and accouterments that secure the light to your bicycle and helmet work very well. The rubber strap for the light hooks onto a piece that extends from the light like a straight hook, I will say that I am worried that design is asking to be snapped off. It seems to me something could have been done that is a more stout design resistant to crash failures. But this is a hypothesis of mine and not something that has materialized as an issue. The light spreads across in front of you in a very smooth manner that does not have stark transitions between light and dark. The battery Velcro system secures quite well to your frame. The helmet Velcro system for a headmounted configuration secures very well also. The whole thing comes with a little canvas zipper bag with the company logo on it, but in the heat of packing quickly it's a little too small for daily use. I give it four stars only because I have not put it through the ringer yet.

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Mike Bwrote a review of on November 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a very bright light with several options for blinking. It is very bright and seems to get the job done. As part of the overall structure, it also has a passive reflector, I'm not sure if this is necessary but it's there as part of the overall design. Also, in order to access the batteries you have to unscrew the compartment, which to me isn't as convenient as it could be. The rubber strap that connects the unit to your seat post has worked very well and is a clever secure design that is easy to use.

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