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Paul Holden

Paul Holden

Paul Holden

Paul Holdenwrote a review of on January 29, 2017

5 5

This post is beautiful. The 0mm or 15mm setback is a nice option to have. Though once you set it, it is unlikely you will ever have to change it. This is a nice option to have when your dialing in your saddle height and set back.
The clamping mechanism for the saddle is real nice compared to standard clamp. FSA really did their homework on this design.
I was pleasantly surprised the FSA included paste as well!

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on January 29, 2017

4 5

I bought the small version so that it would fit inside of a large sticky pod. It does this nicely.
The pump hose is nice and flexible. It also lets you use it as a slip on or screw on the valve stem. When using it as a slip on I could only go up to around 50 psi before it popped itself off. You will have to hold it in place or use the screw on end to get the high pressure for a road tire.
The pump works great for going to higher pressures. It will take some patience but you will get there.

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

4 5

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

Thought I would try this on the leather gasket instead of the usual 30 weight. The leather seemed to really have a thirst for this stuff. It's nice and odorless and hopefully will be a bit cleaner in the long run. Also, the pump definitely felt like it was sealing tighter after it was reassembled.

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on January 25, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Nobody wants to stop mid ride for a flat. Changing a punctured tube on a ride just isn't fun. This little guy will make your like so much easier. It's less fun if your inflator's valve is stuck open. This inflator is simple to use. With no moving parts there is no chance of a valve being stuck open. Trust me, I've discovered this with the spring loaded type inflators. Once punctured and your precious CO2 is blasting away, all you can do is drop it to the ground and hope you have more CO2.
Go easy when you untwist to release the CO2 and you have more than enough control of the flow. I know you're rushed but you don't want to slip a bead on that tire after your hard work.

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

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

The pack is a little boxy but that translates into room for your stuff. The top, bottom, and back organizer is all rubberized to keep stuff dry. The canvas is a nice heavy weight and also has a water shedding coating. It has lots of little touches that adds to the niceness the pandora has offer. You will definitely appreciate the high quality zippers that are used through out the pack. There's a stash pocket up near the top for your phone that keeps it close enough to hear that important call come in. In the organizer section there's a key tether to keep them on top of all the little things you might pack in there. There are also lots of little pockets for what ever small items you might need through out the day. The straps and padded back are comfortable and keep the pack in place as you ride. The two water bottle pockets are deep enough to keep your bottle in place.
This pack it roomy enough to hold everything you might need for the day. As a commuting pack there is room enough for work boots, jeans, shirt, and your lunch if need be. You could even toss a light jacket in just in case the weather turns before it's time to head home. As a race day pack there's plenty of room for food, extra bits of kit, rain gear or clothes for hanging out after your big day.

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on November 27, 2016

5 5

The 105 group is the known as the mechanics group for a reason. Dependable, reliable, and wears well. This chain lives up to its family heritage too!
You shouldn't have to think too much about your chain beyond keeping it clean and lubed. Easy to install with a decent chain tool. I've had great luck with the Shimano pin as well. In my experience the pin will last the life of the chain.

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had stuck with another popular brand but after about 4 gels my stomach would start to complain. I would switch to something else and gut the rest of the ride out. I decided to try EFS Liquid Shot after a nutritionist said that it was her only source of calories during a road race. Pretty strong words.
I tried the Vanilla and the taste is awesome! On 70+ mile rides the gel is easy on the stomach and I actually have to slow my self down so I don't over consume before the end of the ride.
I've also noticed that I don't feel cooked after a long ride. I'm guessing it could be from the electrolytes that are mixed in. Or since I'm still wanting more right up to when I get off the bike I'm actually fueled up to keep going. Either way, you will love this gel!

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on November 3, 2016

5 5

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

My mom had been complaining about how the stock saddle on her new road bike was a better torture implement than a saddle. So I thought I would surprise her with this saddle. The first ride on the saddle she went for a century around Cache Valley. When she came back she was all smiles. I don't think anyone would suggest that long of a ride on a new saddle but it really worked for her.

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Paul Holdenwrote a review of on September 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The fit on this helmet is awesome. It literally fits like a second skin.
I was a little freaked out with the lighter gauge material on the straps. However, after using the helmet for a few rides the straps just disappear. I completely forget there’s a helmet on my head. Once adjusted properly they are very comfortable.
Other people have commented that the helmet is a little warm. I don’t find that to be the case. Perhaps it’s because I use Headsweats under my helmet to keep the sun off of my scalp. The cooling seems to be about the same or better than my previous Giro Ionos helment.

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