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Rivak H.

Rivak H.

Mesa, AZ

Rivak H.'s Passions

Road Biking
Triathlon

Rivak H.'s Bio

Personal Fitness Trainer, Sports Conditioning Coach living in Mesa AZ. Former Ironman Hawaii Triathlon competitor 1983-1889.
Now competitive cyclist and can be found on Strava riding at last 235 miles per week.

Dream bikes Cipolini NK1000 and Argon 18 Nitrogen Pro

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on May 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This Spanish made cycling jersey exudes high quality workmanship and originality. This jersey will turn heads, that is if you have the athletic build to match. Yes, it is form fitting like a glove so if you have muffin tops or a belly bulge you won't wear this. Be warned. This jersey fits me perfectly and i feel like a pro cyclist when I wear it. It is ideal for warm weather cycling and have worn this in 115F Arizona heat and felt super comfortable without itching or salt depositions coming through the fabric. I am 5-8" 152lbs with a 42" chest and a 31" waist. I chose the size XXL and it fits me just perfectly without loose material around the mid section. I thinks the colors of this particular jersey look amazing. I am waiting for more Etxeondo jerseys to go on sale. They are pricey at full cost. But then again cycling is an expensive sport and you get what you pay for things.

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on March 26, 2017

5 5

This Assos jersey fits me perfectly. Very form fitting and looks really nice on an athletic toned physique. Great functional pockets and the high quality material breathes well in the warm Arizona heat. I will be purchasing more Assos products in the future. Like I said, a considerable investment, but Im sure this jersey will last a very long time

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on March 26, 2017

3 5

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

I just purchased these and was excited to try these out. The quality of the shorts is outstanding. Well made dense chamois made for long distance cycling , hence why I purchased them. I had much difficulty getting this over my thighs/ quads. Like most serious cyclist my quads are nicely developed from riding over 250 miles per week. Each thigh measures approx. 20" where the end of the shorts would end. My waistline measures 30" and i am 5-8" tall. according the the sizing chart A size Large shorts should fit me perfectly. They did except in the distal thigh area. If you have well developed thighs, I would highly advise you to look elsewhere for a better fitting short. Unless you enjoy having a very tight torniquet around your thighs. An obvious oversight from Sugoi.

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on February 10, 2017

Lightning Fast and Beautiful!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Campagnola make such a high quality product that does what they claim. These Ultra 50s have been ideal on both hill and time trials. So smooth and so quiet. Its almost effortless to maintain speeds at 30 mph on flats. If you have the $ you won't be sorry.
PS also the perfect match for my Cipollini! Italian bikes love Italian wheels!

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on January 17, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These shorts are made very well with no seams to cause rub irritation. The synthetic chamois pad is decent enough to take you on rides between 3-4 hours or 65 miles. Compared to my more expense Castilli shorts these are a win for the price! So far have put in approx. 200 miles without any problems. Love the quality and Craftsmenship of Gore products! My waist size is 32" I ordered the size large which fits well.

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on January 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm 5-8, 160lbs. Chest 42,Waist 31
I chose a size XXL according to size charts. The fit is good in the chest, but baggy in the arms and waist line. I would have preferred a more form fitting jacket, but I'm still satisfied.
On the plus side. Kept me warm on a 3 hour ride in 52F yesterday. Just a Gore base layer underneath. This is a very nice looking jacket with great visibility. My other jacket in a Castelli Gabba 2 Convertible which keeps me fairly warm but doesn't wick the sweat away from my skin. This new jacket does wick the sweat away.

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on January 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used these sunglasses for my last 4 rides and impressed how well they remain fog fee and repel forehead sweat which is a common occurrence if you wear a Mask Kask Mojito or Vertigo helmet.
They are pretty cool looking and provide a super clear field of vision without the usual aberrations. My only complaint would be that I would like to see the lens adjust to a darker gradient in the brighter sunlight. I live in Arizona and our sun is fierce! On the plus side they adjust to an almost clear gradient which is important for my early AM rides. Hence the primary reason I made the purchase. For a $165.00 investment, these Uvex glasses are phenomenal and outperform both my Oakly Radarlock photochromic and Smith Pivlock V2 photochromic eye wear.

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on December 24, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was searching for an extra training helmet. I currently wear a Kask Vertigo II. As soon as I received this helmet it was quite apparent that the quality is very poor and I would return it as I have. Instead I have ordered another Kask, which costs twice as much but is well worth it!

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Although I only have 120 miles on this tires, I can enthusiastically say I love this tires! My previous tires cost twice as much (Zipp Tangente Course 25mm) They would inherently acquire small lacerations in the mid tread after any ride. Since they were light 200 gram tires I simply expected this consequence. I would typically go through 1 set a month at a tune of $110.00 . I have been through 6 sets during the 7 month racing season so far. Anyway, I found an article on line discussing light weight durable tires and Michelin Pro 4 came up as a smooth rolling light weight tire than cyclist love. And reviews on Amazon and numerous web sites backed up these positive claims. So I purchased a pair and everything seems to be perfect thus far. I will write update when I hit the 500 mile milestone. Our roads are super nasty here in NE Mesa Arizona. Chipped concrete, steel splinter shards from blown out truck tires are hard on tires, and cactus balls than inevitable get blown in your path. Compared to SoCal where I lived for 22 years the cycling paths are tough to navigate. With these tires, so far so good!

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have gone though 8 of these tires in the past 10 months. cannot withstand chipped asphalt on Arizona highways. They are fast and roll well, hence why I stay with them. I average 220 miles per week of training so I am tough on my tires. My endurance tire of choice is the Vittoria Diamante Pro III which is a heavier tire but is tougher than the roughs I ride on.

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on December 1, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this helmet for several months now and deal with so much sweating from the forehead area that my glasses become useless due to blocked viability. Not what i expected from an expensive helmet. I have a Smith helmet with the honeycomb protection which has been my go to helmet for long distance warm rides. Its much more comfortable and there is ZERO problems with sweat. I average about 240 miles a week on my bike, so comfort is really important. Ask could do better. I'm not pleased!

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Rivak H.wrote a review of on July 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own the 2015 version of this bike. identical looking except Silver and Yellow color scheme. As of todays ride I have 7600 on it in less than 1 year. Its a great climbing bike and I rode it up 2 HC Cols in the French Pyrenees during 2 weeks vacation. I of course changed out the Mavic wheels and substituted Zipp 202 Firecrest clinchers at 1300 grams and also have a full SRAM Red 22 group on my Boardman Air 9.0. Loaded its now a 14.50 lb bike and is so aero fast and nimble on the hills. For the price you get so much value in this bike. And, BTW this bike turns heads. There are very few Boardmans out on the road.

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