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Paul G.

Paul G.wrote a review of on September 17, 2019

5 5

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

In the event you, as I, have girlish-figured hands, and, of a normal routine, would figure for a size Large, you may find the XLs dang-close to the - allowing for liner gloves - perfect fit. They do Velcro secure at wrist, so silk no-go; As planned, these Sealskinz cover my Giro Large fingerless gel gloves - which run some smaller than sized - with no Tom foolery fit falderal, whatsoever.

Somewhat surprisingly, blimey, I say the Lime green don't come across of a fashion-challenged, as some may have supposed.

Off hand [insert pun there], post-purchase, keep the gloves on to freely applaud your wise consumer cycling gear wherewithal, so as to soften the blows of the racket you'd be otherwise making with the gloves off.

Hope they wear well over time, and will update review if any troubles present in future.

It behooves one to pedal softly,
Swan

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Paul G.wrote a review of on September 17, 2019

5 5

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

+s:
1.) Hands are usually L size, but since I've previously found Giro gloves run some smaller than sized, I went with the XL, and, boy howdy, with their ever so nice fit and feel, am I glad I did.
2.) XLs seem also cut nicely to fit fingers length, palm size and snug, without being too snug, around wrist.
3.) Giro eschews Velcro on these, for a small stretch band: Am thinkin' the elastic's fantastic, and these gloves will allow for silk liners - as you know, Velcro's a silk no-go.
4.) Thumb high side's got right material for brow sweat swipe, for perspiring readers.
5.) Touch screen tech cover on index and middle fingers, and thumb pad.

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride" Neutralies:
1..) Don't figure for lots of pad; the "heel crash pad" is well placed for prospective purposes - makes sense, where you'd place hand during fall - but I'd rather not plan for that bother, and have the pad on the thumb side for some extra Ulna nerve protection...still, Giro (aka, The Tao) may know what they're doing(?).

-s:
I'll update review in future, if any real downsides rears their ugly heads. For now, don't see how you can beat the price for what these gloves offer. I really hope the stitching holds up, and the highly improbable to clean suede doesn't get too lived-in-lookin' over time.

Watch out for holier than thouites, too,
Swan

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Paul G.wrote a review of on September 10, 2019

5 5

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

If you reside in one of them mild winter zones, then this deal can't be Beat with a fistfull of early '60s Bohemian poetry. For your decision-making considerations, here's some itemized scuttlebutt:

a.) I purchased the large, and the sizing appears relatively true, at least length-wise; They do fit a bit tight around the wrist, which figures to better keep in the warmth in and block the Mystery Wind [Hear: Richard Thompson].

b.) Note: They do have less gel padding than you may have had hopes for, so, go figure for that as need be.

c.) I tried them covering fingerless Giros (also Large, but they run smaller than sized) - as a sort of liner - they fit, but only barely, so if you have such designs, or plan to go with more serious glove liners, then you'd be better off going up a size...I'm thinking about getting a pair of XLs as well.

d.) They have four small-strike real fluorescent stripes across each finger knuckles; And the neon yellow color isn't really so bad, if you close your eyes while pedaling.

And, if you want to, you can pay lots more.

Try not to slip and slide so much,
Swan


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Paul G.wrote a review of on September 7, 2019

5 5

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

As you may know, inflatory is a whole other kettle of fish, to flattery getting one nowhere.

I read all the reviews, worth reading, that I could find - and not just the goatworthy one's - and, in the end, for me, it came down to this Innovations and the Blackburn; Being quite innovative, myself, I went that way because:

1.) The Innovations came with the two CO2s, and, being new to the game, I was curious about that 16 v. 20 gram thing, and

2.) I've been regarded, in the past, as a cheapskate, a lable I wouldn't bother to debate, even if I may not shtumpulate to the charge, in no small measure because I, personally, find the term cheapskate no little pejoratively bent, and

3.) It accepts both French and Schrader valves, and, as French is the language of love, I thought perhaps I may find another someone desirious of being helped out of the distress they find themselves in, and wouldn't that be the nicest way thinkable of passing gass? and

4.) I noticed that it's little thingy had a little hue of both a little green and a little blue, and jeepers creepers, what more could one ask for?

I was sorry to read about wserlopz's dire straights, and do hope he was able to straighten the situation out via contacting Innovations, or our Backcountry friends.

It looks to mine eyes to be truly well machined, which I figure plays well in the high pressure work-a-day world it was made to be a player in.

I'll try to update review in the event of other info rearing its ugly head in the future; For now I give it thumbs' up, and not just the one less affected by that Ulna nerve repetitive motion disorderliness, and

Have you noticed that, unless you're on a Zen bike, backpedaling doesn't, really, get you very far? and

Do take due care of yourself, you being so special to everyone and everything, and all,
Swan

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Paul G.wrote a review of on September 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My guess is that young bucks, and young does alike, MTBers will be happy with these, but you'll have to get that sorta snort directly from the horse's mouth.

I bought Stamp 3s for my road bike switch out, because of their large flat pedal platform - the goal being to get as close as possible to bridging my foot arch footbed, as a pre-emptive lower extremities injuries prevention move. - so far, so good for the ol' fart, there.

The size Large is indeed big boned; And the blue matches my mysteriously beautiful eyes. If I had my druthers, I'd druther more oomph on the length than the width side, however, the Crankbrothers'n'sisters were smart enough to know that my druthets woulda killed-off the mountain bike applications not like a forested clear-cut.

One supposes you will probable strike sizeable rocks, now and again, and maybe pedal-shovel some minor landscaping here and there, 'cause I've scraped curbs a couple/few times [Note: I have, ever so gracefully, avoided all kerbs, to date, by way of not surviving under any British Mandates illusions.].

Their grip impresses as if a wouldbe jilted lover refusing to be jilted.

In point of fact, I only have one real grip-gripe about my Stamp3s, and it's pretty much industry-wide with all the better quality flat pedals, which is:

None of them welcome strapless toe clips, such as Zefal's or Delta's, without major surgery - which I'm considering, or thinking about a move down to lesser quality flat pedals, because I want the toe clips as a guide for my feet, which are constantly traffickng on and off the pedals and seldom finding themselves - feet have souls, you know - back footing the same place without some readjustment hassles.

Still, I have very serious doubts about your regreting getting them'n'thar stick-to-it-if-fitness.

Take care,
Swan
p.s. I also bought a sonic deer whistle, for a song, at a hardware store going out of business sale - great for downhillers, since the dang thing only starts hummin' along at 35mph.

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Paul G.wrote a review of on August 16, 2019

5 5

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

Hurray, my new Rieseling seat rails fender thing arrived today, so these are just initialized impressions, Or, as the kids trapped in an ol' fart body exclaim, "Way cool beans!."

1. Cutting to the lead, she's worth the spend, no doubt there; Recommend going with the KTMorange cover, rather than the Kawasakigreen, unless you're of the 🎼only have green eyes for Ewe🎶 goatworthy ilk.

2. She's a wee bit shorter in length than you may have come to imagine; A thing that the faithful hold centric to their belief-systemics as further evidence of a.) Size being somewhat something other than everything, and 2.) Why it was that the Creator invented Powerade bottles for extension purposes, need be, the perfect template for trademark violation.

3.) Terms of how she's made for it: Her, of 100% recyclable plastics are foldable,, not unlike, it would seem, the Portland Design's Origami fenders, albeit the jury's still out on the made in Germany Rie•sel Design being first to that finish line, or not - with a guaranteed 3-year warranty, so they say.

Ride like the authorities are after you.
In the spirit of more mojo,
Swan Viaduct

p.s. Shoulda been clearer: My Skalliwag's frame oddity - non-double triangle, w/ no seat post - and her seat clamp ain't messin' 'round, either, so Riesel's fender properly mating with Skalli's rails is a cross-species disaster waiting to happen, which is all ok, because, once you get to know my Skalliwag, her pretty-much retro-fit-me in all ways demands, are fully compensated by her rewarding riding.
We like the Riesel - Hope to even conceptually bridge the design for Skalli's frontal nether regions too - so, despite our cloudy troubles, we've got a silver lining diy plan to fit the situation(s).
Will try to post a photo upon completion of Skalliwag's surgery/recovery, but, being no little high-tech-phobic, -
We're a match made in heaven - so, we'll just have to see how that time will tell eventuation.

v.p.s. Observer training cultivates an understanding of the program's iffyness regarding emoticons and cyber-diddles; Prompting the wonderment of someone having been previously inappropriate?

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Paul G.wrote a review of on August 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

In all frankness (nudge nudge, wink wink), I don't know a damn thing about these rims, but I can tell you this fact, which I hold to be true, unequivocally:

I'm on a pair of Mavic rims, on my way-back machine from the 90s, I had a technical question, so I wrote the Mavic customer service reps. Those folks at Mavic got back to me, in a few number of hours, and with the necessary information.
As far as I'm concerned Mavic is fly - godsends from the cycling gods and goddesses!
Ride safely, look out for each other and everything else,
Swan Viaduct

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Paul G.wrote a question about on August 6, 2019

Question for GearHydras [Note: A quick search of classics - read Greek mythology - will confirm that's an exceptional double entendre, 'specially for a single bottle cage...I'm gonna have to insist upon extra credit points, there too]
1st, the double bottle holder appears to be the only product photo show; A fact I view as an outrage, very goatworthy of a class action lawsuit ��
2ndly, I sincerely hope someone responded to Jen's reasonable inquiries - I would say cogent, but having never met Jen, I believe it inappropriate to shtumpulate so far Beyond The Pale.
3rdly, it appears as of the single, as well as the double shown, embraces something of a tight fit on the bars? For purposes of discussion, let us suppose that an older-schooled drop-out has a hankering to project a diy leather bar tape performance, mind you, with gel bar inserts underneath the tape for added pre-arthritic and early onset dementia comfort. What say you to this bottle cage's fit-worthiness for such an eventuality?
My multiple personalities are unanimous in their pre-emptive thankfulness for your responsiveness in this important matter.
Yours in dubiousness,
Swan Viaduct
p.s. Historically, there's no chocolate in mocha coffee; Mocha being, among other things another western marketed linguistic corruption of Mecca.

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Paul G.wrote a question about on August 6, 2019

Really, Grand Prix virtuosity?
Dear friends, and marginals,
I'm desperate, and will also be requiring your gear-headedness:
Background: Being a curious fellow, I've a nominally used, circa 90s, curious conveyance - Softride PowerWing 700 - still sporting, in Francophilia when not francophobia, her Mavic CXP14 rims. Tires, one hope have seen better days - my local bike shop informs they are too brittle to rotate safely, without the writing of an additional Insurance rider, & no interest there. So I'm left to wonder, unfulfilled, exactly how long can an Armadillo Technology, Turbo 700 × 26c survive in captivity?
As you may note from my shopping cart, you peeping Tom you, I'm considering Conti Grand Prix 4 Seasons - for reasons I'd rather keep to myself - and wonder if you have the expertease to know if said rims can embrace 700 × 28c - In that regard, when asked "How wide can I go?", my bike shop professionals unequivocally advised "28, maybe."
Fyi: As you may know, some www chattel chatterers chatter of Conti tight fits; Granted, they may be Conti haters, themselves fit to be tied(?).
Also, I'm very pro-tube, and would favor knowing if you've a feeling for a good match there, or, in the alternative, if you figure they're all pretty much the same.
Do take care of yourselves - what the Hey? Anxiously awaiting your responsiveness, also,
Your humble savant,
Swan Viaduct

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Paul G.wrote a question about on August 5, 2019

Dear Gastrocnemius of Geniuses,
Background: My, oh my soon to be crisis of faithful steed, Skalliwag, is well past time for the cobbler, and a good shoeing. For the present, she's still riding on all twos due to be reined in, since, to say, her twos tread lightly would be to overstate her footing the bill. She's saddled with Mavic CXP14 rims (circa late 90s; Frankly, Skalli's Francophylic when not Francophobic, with tires, soon to be creative lawn ornaments, called "Turbo 700 × 26c Armadillo Technology - which I expect has a bloodline relationship to the sub-species Specialized Armadillo, but could not, of good conscience, shtumpate to that, as biological fact, if called to give witness.
I inquired of my local bike shop, whom I dearly love, I love them to pieces, especially when I need parts, "How wide a tire can my rims embrace (being more comfort zoned-in girth of body, than with spirited quickness of mind), to which I was informed, unequivocally, "28s, maybe". So, what say you?:
1.) Might you be selling me a set of those Conti Grand Prix 4-Season, 28c, I've read so favorably much about, for near immediate future purposes, secure in the knowledge that it will be as good for me as it was for you? If not, knowing full-well we gallop caliperless, 26s would be the inside lane dark horse safer bet. Or, if so,
2.) What tubes would you favor as the affordable perfect in every way match with the Conti Grand Prix 4 Seasons?
Skalliwag and I await your considered response on feedbagged baited breath.
Respectfully,
Swan

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Paul G.wrote a review of on July 28, 2019

5 5

So, your checking reviews, to protect that fancy-schmancy, big two-wheeler of yours, are you, my, are you always so heady?

Of the three most prominent lock reviews web sites, 2 rate it #1 of the "...Unite, You Have Nothing To Lose With That Chain" type, while the 3rd, inexplicably, rates it #2.

It is said to be the most stout Anti-Theft protection device still backpackable - of course, that depends on one's tugable horsepower quotient, since some could when the tractor pull, while others are more-like in the famous Francis the Talking Mule movies, w/ Donald O'Connor.

While I must shtumpulate to being no metallurgy engineer, the only potential fault that I find in it, is that Kryptonite's Marketing Department, product naming division, could have come up with a more touchy-feely-friendly name for it, "New York Noose" being somewhat heavy-handed, especially in light of the poorly targeted Civil War Era Draft Resistance Riots, thereof.

I say, "Pedal like you meant to do it",
Swan Viaduct

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Paul G.wrote a review of on July 27, 2019

If The Spirit Green Moves You
5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Well, I guess I wonder what Norm expected from his Castelli Velocissimo cap, and if he paid the full msrp, as tagged, of 15smackeroos, because I grabbed it for the, I took it to be, pretty reasonable 6smackeroos, that our friends @ backcountry wanted for it?

This is, quite simply, an old-school-like riding cap, of a kind of quality one is going to get with an old-school riding cap - as the kids say, "it is what it is" - if they're even still around to be found. I believe, with all my heart, in a more perfect world, we'd all have a collectors bag filled to the brim of this type of cap, with the gamut of colors, sponsorship, etc., (read: as OMG is my witness, OMG do I sure wish I had a Faema*) none offering any better quality and some, probably worse.

The only thing wrong with it, that I've noticed so far, is that I wasn't able to grab it for 4smackeroos.

I say, ride like you don't care how you look,
Swan Viaduct
* link below offers much historic overview regarding Eddy Merckx, irrefutably the greatest racer of his era, multiple-time winner of, pretty much, every race he entered, which was, pretty much, every competition that mattered; Please feel encouraged to view the photos closely.
http://www.bikeraceinfo.com/photo-galleries/rider-gallery/merckx-eddy.html

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Paul G.wrote a review of on July 26, 2019

5 5

I bought this helmet size S - I'd say that I'm a S-M head-case, with lots of room for improvement - in no small measure, due to price point and the look of quality construction, so a more experienced bike consumer may offer more functional consumables, but I can tell you after strapping her on at the get-go, and only using her only 5-6 times, so far, boy howdy does she please me, no end.

She fits like a glove to a digited head, sallies right up there like she was made for the moment. She appears, by all accounts, to be uber-quality constructed, with a Jena se qua like no others. I didn't want the molded in-motion look, and I didn't get it; I didn't want the hard case bowl, and I didn't get it; I wanted something along these lines, and I have no regret about getting it.

I imagine her forehead concentration lines could be a tweak higher, or her brow a twerk lower, than what you may be more familiar with; And, further imagine that if you have a problem with that, it may be because the helmet has designs on being more serious about the job spectrum, than the helmeted.

A few words of caution: Always look both ways, twice, before crossing the road; And take care of each other,
Swan Viaduct

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Paul G.wrote a review of on July 26, 2019

5 5

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

This look-see's comin' from a novice, products comparison experienced-wise, so take take it with the appropriate number of grains of salt sweated:

Bravissimo re: Giro Bravo Gel gloves, Both hands sound like one hand clapping. Two Opposable Thumbs Up.

I purchased these gloves mainly because of the price point and color - Olive greens make me feel warm and tingly all over - and the Giro brand name.

I don't know if they're still made in Italy, but I do know of at least one case when Italian laborers walked off the job rather than sign their name to inferior quality, they don't sign off on their work, unless they're satisfied with long-term quality, and the best Italian leather works leaves the Peloton of sub-leather workers in the dust.
These gloves appear to be stitched well and padded nicely, with sweet spots right where you want them.

I'd call my hand size more medium large, so I got the Large, which fit very snugly. My only thought about hedging on ordering them, would be to think about getting the next full size larger than you think you may need, in that Italian anatomy may be somewhat overstated?

Other than that, I don't see one going wrong in the purchase of them...granted, I must shtumpulate to being something of a green rider.

Be safe, and keep a Hawkeye out for the Loony drivers,
Swan Viaduct

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