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North K.

North K.

North K.wrote a review of on August 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the most comfortable, best-fitting jersey I own. I tried several other jerseys and none of them fit well -- too big, too small, sleeves too long or too tight...but this one is just right. Also the orange color is highly visible. I will be buying more soon. I'm 5'5" and 142 lbs and I bought a Medium. Hope this helps.

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North K.wrote a question about on April 9, 2018

Would this crankset work well (shift well, not have any compatibility issues) with the rest of the drivetrain being the new Campy Potenza Disc 11 speed group? Campy doesn't make a 165mm crank so if I want Potenza, I'll have to get a crankset from a different manufacturer.

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North K.wrote a review of on March 29, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use the HEDs as my every day road wheels and so far they have been great. They're much lighter than stock, the bearings are smooth, and the wide rims combined with 28mm tires is very comfortable and sure-footed.

With such wide rims and big tires HED recommends a much lower pressure than you might be used to -- I use 70 PSI (I weigh 145 lbs) which is on the high side and I might go lower (see HED video on recommended pressure). I have hundreds rather than thousands of miles on them so I can't talk about durability yet, but these wheels have a good reputation for quality.

There is one drawback preventing me from giving the wheelset five stars -- it was extremely difficult to get the tires onto the rims. You have to use HED's thin rim tape (included) and follow HED's instructions (watch their video) but even then it was very hard to get the tire stretched over the rim. You might want to consider a tire mounting tool such as the Kool-Stop tire mounting jack (I bought one for next time). I've read that tires stretch with use so I hope it's easier to get on and off, if and when I have a flat on the road. To be fair, I had another set of wheels with Velocity A23 rims (also a wide rimmed-design) and it was even harder to get the tires onto those wheels. So it may be just the way it is with modern tubeless-compatible wide/high-volume rims.

All in all, I'm very happy with the upgrade and while wheels this good are expensive, you could spend a lot more and you probably wouldn't get as much value for the money.

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North K.wrote a review of on January 22, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First the good -- it's very windproof, has a comfortable fit and it's warm on cold, wind-gusty rides. Even though I'm not very big (I use 42cm bars), I bought a large and the fit is about right. Now the bad -- the material doesn't breath at all for me. I wear a thin Craft base layer underneath and the fleece layer of the jacket gets soaked on the inside -- there's nowhere for the perspiration to go. Since the jacket is so warm the soggy-ness doesn't make me cold but it's not very comfortable over longer rides. It's OK for 1 to 1.5 hour rides but I think I'll look for something more breathable for longer rides.

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North K.wrote a review of on July 16, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Not sure what the deal is with the Arundel bag...it kept falling off my bike, bouncing off the tire, then onto the road into traffic. Actually tried it on two bikes and it came off both. I tried both cinching the straps tight and alternatively letting them be a little loose, made sure the velcro was well-attached both ways...the bag came off anyway. There's only one way to thread the straps as far as I can tell, so I'm at a loss why this bag is getting such great reviews from other people. Didn't work at all for me. Going to give it away and try something else.

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North K.wrote a review of on April 28, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have two other traditional Park variable torque wrenches (high and low torque ranges), but I really like these fixed-torque drivers and use them most of the time. I have all three (4, 5, and 6). They are clearly labeled, make a obvious and clear "clack" when you tighten up to the torque value, are comfortable to hold, and it's really nice that it comes with the driver bits stored right in the handle so you don't have to hunt for them. I feel confident using them on carbon fiber components; there isn't much you can screw up. I think it's one of Park's best tools. I only wish they made them in higher torque values, but they would have to change the design so it used a longer handle. The only time I use my older TW-5 and TW-6 variable torque wrenches is if I have a higher torque setting. The older variable wrenches are a lot harder to set to the correct torque value because the scale is hard to read and not very precise. These are far superior.

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North K.wrote a review of on April 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted a small, lightweight but powerful light for improved visibility on daytime road rides. I use it as a headlight in daytime flashing mode. I have a separate, more powerful but much heavier light for night rides. This is a great little light so far, with one downside: if you tape your handlebars too close to the stem, the brake/shifter cables will get in the way of setting the angle of the light exactly as you want it. I will be re-taping my bars with thicker tape and when I do, I will leave a little more bar unwrapped.

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North K.wrote a review of on August 8, 2015

2 5

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

The unit acquired a satellite right away and worked great on the open road. But as soon as I got into the forest, the speedometer fluctuated wildly even though I was riding a steady pace. I am guessing this means it lost its satellite lock and if so then it probably wasn't tracking my position. But um, I bought it to keep from getting lost on mountain bike rides so if it doesn't work in the trees, it's useless. I contacted Garmin tech support and am awaiting a response. I suspect this is just the way the unit works. Do all GPS cyclocomputers have this problem?

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North K.wrote a review of on August 6, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for my ten year old Specialized Langster set up as a single-speed commuter. I wanted to upgrade it to good quality dual-pivots. Shimano 105 calipers didn't have enough clearance between caliper arms and the seatstays, but these fit pretty well. I got to try them out on the first ride since a big SUV almost cut me off and I had to do an emergency stop. These are much more powerful stoppers than my old side-pulls and possibly saved my behind! Good modulation too.

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North K.wrote a review of on June 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an expensive gauge so I was expecting a lot. At first, I was disappointed. I was getting poor engagement with the valve, sporadic readings or no reading at all and losing lots of air from my MTB tires. I was about to return it but reread the instructions first -- "If it's difficult to engage the tire valve, slide the Presta/Schrader selector button back from side to side a few times to reset the function. 'Re-engage' the tire valve after gauge is reset." Presto! Problem solved. The gauge has worked great ever since and I can get exactly the pressure I want, very important for my MTB as I ride as low a pressure as I think I can get away with.

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North K.wrote a review of on June 26, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I measured carefully for size before ordering, but these didn't fit me at all. Too tight in some places and too loose in others. Uncomfortable from the moment I put them on. Didn't seem to articulate with the knee joint. Fitting elbow and knee guards is very particular to the shape of your body.

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