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Rob Ware

Rob Ware

Salt Lake City, UT

Rob Ware's Passions

Road Biking

Rob Ware's Bio

An average 30-something who found cycling after his athletic heyday was already long gone. While not producing copy for Competitive, he can be found struggling at the back of a race or chatting at the front of a group ride.

Rob Ware

Rob Warewrote a review of on November 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Posting another review to update on a second full year of Gabba ownership. My experience with the long-sleeve Gabba is that it's a winter shell. Yesterday, I wore it in the low-40s with wind and light rain wearing nothing but a summer-weight baselayer underneath. I was chilly at first, but warmed up after 10 minutes. In the mid- to low-30s, I wear it with a long-sleeve merino baselayer. Any additional insulation and I end up sweaty and overheating once I've warmed up.

Disclaimer: I do tend to run hot, so your experience may vary, but the beauty of the Gabba is it lets you tailor your insulation as appropriate. I sized up to XXL for just that reason. An XL would give me a nicely tailored race fit, but I wanted the layering versatility and longer sleeves. (I'm a 36in sleeve, so eliminating that cuff/glove gap is tricky. The XXL lets me pull the sleeve cuff over my glove's cuff.)

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Rob Warewrote a review of on October 1, 2016

4 5

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

I9 proves that there's still a place for alloy in high-end cycling wheels, at least for those of us who ride for pleasure 90% of the time and competition 10%.

The rim width is the right balance between clearance and comfort. I find that profiles like the Ardennes+ tend to engender clearance issues with framesets more than a few years old, so 17-19mm internally is my target width for 25mm tires. Any wider, and you have to run tires of 28mm or wider in order to get any noticeable difference. Also, I think the Torch hubs are the best pawl mechanism freehub on the market.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on September 19, 2016

4 5

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

This is a jersey for going fast, and it makes me feel fast just putting it on. As with other reviewers, I'm fairly broad shouldered, so it fits tight up top and i sized up from my usual Giordana size. (Large to x-large.) I was worried about the kind of aggressive aesthetics, but it's actually very subtle in person. I got the white, and it looks sharp with a pair of black bibs.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on September 8, 2016

4 5

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

The gloves are well made and represent a luxury take on the basic knit staple. The logo is fully embroidered and the cuff is nice and long.

Note that these run small, which is standard for Castelli stuff. I wear an XL in the DeFeet equivalent and got the XXL here. They were still too short in the digits, but they do fit my partner well, so I gave them to her. Don't be shy about sizing up.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on September 2, 2016

4 5

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

Blocks wind, wards against water, doesn't sit fat like most cold-weather kit. It also breathes a lot better than the Gabba because of its lighter Windstopper and the rear Nano panel. In fact, I'd argue that the Perfetto Light is a better option than the full-on Gabba because it gives you more versatility. For spring and fall riding, it works fine with a lightweight base layer; for temperatures in the 40s and high 30s, thermal base layers do the trick. If it's below 35, I'm usually inside drinking whiskey, so the Perfetto fits my seasonal cycling requirements well.

When considering my temperature recommendations, be warned that I do run kinda hot. To me, the long-sleeve Gabba is a winter jacket.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on August 31, 2016

3 5

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

Protects against sleet and cold, and if you're in the hot-hand camp you can wear these well into the 30s--or so my partner tells me. She tends to handle cold better than most cyclists I know, though, so you may be better off sticking to Castelli's recommendation of a lowe rlimit of 41 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on August 29, 2016

3 5

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

This helmet just saw my partner through a windy, relatively climb-heavy bike leg at Ironman Ceour d'Alene. She beat her target splits and entered T2 feeling a lot fresher than other competitors. I'm not sure how much the helmet actually helped, but every little bit can make the difference over 112 miles.

She also uses it for everyday road riding and training. The relative lack of vents hasn't given her any issues in Northern Utah's 100 degree summer.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on August 29, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The taste isn't overwhelming, which is a definite plus on long days in high temperatures. Plus, rooting out gummy bits stuck between teeth and in molars gives you something to do for those two hour climbs.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on August 2, 2016

3 5

If you're after something that wards off saddle sores and provides an effervescent tingle, this is it. I also prefer the tub to the squeeze tube.

I used this stuff for a 450-mile month. No saddle sores, no chaffing, no complaints. The only issue I can see is that the cooling tingle might not be as pleasant under 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on July 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Though I'm aware that I'm long past my best days of cycling, sometimes it takes jerseys like this to hammer the point home. This is a race jersey, for race-bodied cyclists. It fits very small and contours to the body like it's painted on. The finishing details and construction quality are outstanding (hence the four stars), but I returned it in favor of something with a more forgiving fit.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on July 19, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stem's stealth looks set it apart by helping it blend in. I've got a 2003 Italian frameset, and there's a lot of branding and aesthetic flourishes on it. The 3T Stealth lets the frame do the talking without clashing.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on July 19, 2016

4 5

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

These are my partner's training wheels. She switches to 60mm carbon hoops for races, but the Ultegras are more than capable on base mile rides and during early spring canyon climbs. I'm actually a little jealous of their low weight, smooth hubs, and reasonable price, but I'll never admit it to her b/c I'm a Campy guy.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on July 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I lost a side wall to a round-ass rock the other day. It wasn't sharp, nor was it particularly large. It was just slightly larger than gravel with apparent litho-super powers.

Fortunately, these tubes are affordable enough that losing one to a brush with a very harmless-looking rock isn't too big of a hit, economically.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on July 19, 2016

3 5

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

Got this for my partner's Ironman training. She doesn't mind that it's huge--in fact, she likes it, as that gives her extra space for multiple spare tubes and CO2 cartridges on 100-mile rides. It also means that, when we ride together, I can eschew saddle bags and don't have to carry tubes or CO2 in my jersey pockets because she's got it all. Who says chivalry is dead?

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Rob Warewrote a review of on July 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a confession to make. Though I initially bought this for my girlfriend, I found myself without chamois cream one morning, so I dipped into the Bliss without her knowledge. It felt... right. And I may never go back.

The cool tingling is a nice boost when it's already 82 degrees even though you're setting out at dawn, and I haven't had any saddle sores while using it.

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Rob Warewrote a review of on July 19, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These waffles have taken over my home and are ruining my relationship. I'm a cyclist, and my partner is training for an Ironman. Stingers are hands-down the best endurance food we've tried, and my only regret in purchasing them is that I want them to be bigger. Like pizza-sized.

We're an endurance athlete household. These things are all my partner and I ever talk about anymore, and we have begun to fight over flavors. I believe she's begun hoarding the chocolate waffles, hiding them from me so I'm stuck with the fruit flavors. I haven't figured out where. But I will find them.

I will.

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