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Mike Newberry

Mike Newberry

Salt Lake City, UT

Mike Newberry's Passions

Snow Skiing
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Mike Newberry's Bio

I'm a transplant from the Sunshine State..been here almost 20 years now. I began riding/racing in the mid-80's and continue my hand at it, racing sporadically, to this day.

Mike Newberry

Mike Newberrywrote a review of on June 22, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've tried Mad Alchemy products in the past and like the results. This creme is cool on the skin, smells good, seems to provide skin care to some extent (not a scientific result, just my opinion), lasts just fine for the ride times I put in these days (2-3 hrs) and most importantly, it works. The old adage, "a little dab will do ya" seems apropos for me meaning, I don't smear it on all over my chamois....I just apply it to where I need it applied....just my personal choice.

My only complaint was in the shipping....the jar was open in the packaging and some product (maybe 1/4 of the contents) was spilled out inside the bag. I'm not sure what happened but that was a downer.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on May 18, 2018

5 5

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

Sportful has been around the cycling world for a long time...just not very popular in the States. These bibs (for the price) are of great quality, fit and function. Ergo'd to fit best while on the bike, you'll find these bibs will work just fine....and they look good too.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on May 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've owned a Blackburn mini pumps for a LONG time now...bought this one (my 3rd) to outfit my gravel bike. These don't wear out, are easy to maintain (if needed), can be mounted under a bottle cage or in place of one or carried in a pack....and they flat out work.

The only 'con' I can think of with this particular pump is that it doesn't have a tee handle.

If you're going to ride a bike (either on/off road), you have to be prepared with a pump/tube/flat repair kit at the minimum (regardless of a tubeless set up or not).

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on May 7, 2018

4 5

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

I needed a new lid for this season and after everything I've heard (a few of my friends have this helmet), decided on Lazer. Fit is great, lots of venting..color is ok. Works like a helmet should.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on May 7, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Shifting poorly?....inspect your cables and housing (depending on how much you ride), at a minimum, twice a riding season. Poor shifting may be a result of your cable and housing being old and worn out.

One sure fire way to check this is to look at the end of your cable housing to see if the plastic sheath has been pushed back exposing the inner strands. If this is the case, you need to replace these parts.

This kit is everything you need (for ROAD bikes) to get this done. If you are replacing MTB cables, you'll need more housing than what's provided in this kit.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on May 6, 2018

4 5

These do what a sock is supposed to....6" high, very comfortable, looks good too....Castelli quality all the way. Sometimes the photos don't reflect the true color of the item but in this case the 'grey' color shown is spot on (very light grey). I bought the pink stripe to just to mix it up. I wear an 8.5 shoe and bought the L/XL, fits great.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on May 6, 2018

3 5

Runs just a touch small. Fit didn't work for my body type, my opinion is that they're probably more made for a thinner/lankier rider. Chamois is pretty rudimentary but would probably work for a season of moderate riding. These would be a great purchase as an entry level bib for a youth rider but not a mid to upper level cyclist.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on April 14, 2018

4 5

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

I got clued in to Mad Alchemy when I was racing on the road and used their embrocation (warning, the 'medium' is HOT). I have used a lot of different chamois cremes in the past ranging from Assos to A&D ointment and wanted to give this product a try....

Very good texture (and smell), not too greasy which is important because I want it to wash out of my chamois. I'm pretty stoked so far.....

Chamois creme (just like a saddle) is a very personal thing so give this a try at least...you might just like it.

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Mike Newberrywrote a review of on April 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've ridden bikes since '85, my first pair of cycling shorts were wool and had a leather chamois....things have advanced some since then and I've ridden in a lot of the major manufacturers over the years (Assos, Castelli, Garneau, Giordana, Craft) and Giordana has always been my go to kit for riding.

The chamois is perfect and cushions in all the right places. The leg length isn't too long or short (I don't have long femurs so this is important to me). The grippers stay in place and hold leg/knee warmers up just fine. The fit/finish of the bibs work well. The suspenders and back mesh are very comfortable.

I'm not a trade team 'fan-boy', it was the quality of the product coupled with the sale price that drove me to buy these. All in all...you really can't go wrong.

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