Rob Wykoffposted an image about Patagonia Dirt Roamer Bike Short - Men's on September 17, 2018
John's Trail Park City, UT
John's Trail Park City, UT
Yup, these are still my favorite mtb shorts. I really appreciate how light and stretchy they are - once they're on, I barely notice they're there. While I haven't measured my quads recently, they are not small and I have plenty of room in these shorts. I ran knee pads for the first time yesterday and the Dirt Roamer shorts felt great - no hang-ups, etc.
The waist adjustment is solid (pull hard if it doesn't move at first, it will). I use the leg pocket more pre and post ride to carry my keys, wallet or phone - during rides, I prefer to have all that stuff in my pack. This material dries quickly and the DWR has stuck with them better than expected.
The Sram Centerline Rotors have been great for their first 600 miles - they hold up well to abuse and get the job done well.
Personally, I go with Metallic, as they do a bit better in the wet and tend to last a bit longer. That said, if you want to get the most stopping power, the organics are a great option as well.
I've been a fan of the DHF tire for years, and now that I have a bike with 30mm internal rims, I wanted to check out the new Maxxis DHF WT 2.5. After about 100 miles on it, I'm very pleased with the performance - it definitely appears to setup better on the rim and doesn't feel as though it's creating any more rolling resistance. The DHF is a great option for riders who like a solid tire up front when the trail tilts down - it's great in a wide range of conditions as well. I have this tire on the front of my Yeti SB4.5c and am running a 2.3 Maxxis Aggressor on the rear.
I got the Patagonia Nine Trails 14L mountain bike hydration pack about 10 days ago and have roughly 80 miles with it so far. I am really happy with the way the L/XL fits my 6'2" frame, and stays secure on the trail. The zippered pockets on each hip are key for me - phone in the left and Gels/Bites in the right. The stash pockets just behind them are great for stuffing a lightweight windbreaker or vest. The hydration bladder is good so far and the internal pocketing is solid. I like the simplistic nature of this pack, as it has everything you need, but nothing you don't, so it's relatively light compared to other bags this size. Highly recommended.
When I need a boost during a ride, the Salted Caramel GU delivers! Faster to "take" while riding than chews and easier on the stomach for me.
I've used the Scicon Aero Comfort 3.0 MTB bag twice now to ship a Bonson CC XO1 via bike flights. I got this particular case because it requires the least amount of tear-down of the bike to get it into the bag AND the solid frame that the bike attaches to inside the bag. The fact that you only have to remove wheels and pedals is amazing - I would also recommend removing discs from wheels to ensure they don't get bent (this takes about 5 extra minutes).
As you can see from the video below, once you remove your wheels, you then use the thru axle to connect the fork and rear triangle to the frame - this creates a very secure base and limits vibration during transit. once you've done that, loosen your stem bolts and turn your bars 90 degrees - it is important to re-tighten those bolts, as your bar will provide structure to the case once it's zipped up. Drop your wheels in the pockets on each side, and boom you're done. *I use some bubble wrap to protect the most delicate parts of the bike, but it's not really required. The bag comes with a smaller bag for your helmet and shoes, etc that fits nicely under the downtube. The bag rolls very well and hasn't shown any signs of wear and tear at this point.
Bike Flights lists this travel bag in their dropdown, so it is easy to get a quote - for me, it was $53 each way for 3-day shipping from San Francisco to Denver (pretty awesome if you ask me). For someone like me who may use the bag a few times a year, this is a fantastic investment that will accommodate my mtb for years to come, regardless of what model/size I get next.
I've had the Smith Session MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet for about a month now and have ridden in it for a bit over 100 miles so far. I must say that for me, Smith helmets fit the shape of my head very well - just like all of the other snow & mtb helmets I own from Smith, size Large fits great (I wear a 7 1/2-7 5/8 fitted hat). The helmet breathes well on hot days, and I like how the visor can move up and out of the way or down to block direct sun easily, but doesn't move around when the trail is rough. This helmet just replaced my original Smith Vantage, and it's been great so far!
I've tried Rock N' Roll, White Lightning, Boeshield, and others, but I keep coming back to Dumonde Tech Lite. You do have to keep your drivetrain pretty clean in order to get the best performance out of it, but for Utah's moon dust, nothing in my experience keeps things running quieter. It also smells pretty great, if, like me, you like somewhat strange smells...
This is feedback from the friend I gifted these to earlier this month:
As all-around lighter gloves go, POC has a winner on its hands here—no pun intended. Fully ventilated palms are a must to avoid clammy, stinky gloves (and hands) in hot weather, and thankfully POC gets it. The only lighter, cooler glove I've tried is the 100% Celium Glove, but 100% can't seem to make anything that doesn't look like you're trying out for Nitro Circus. My only gripes with this glove would be that they take a little longer to put on because of the wrap-over fingertips (gotta pull each fingertip down), the conductive thread on the thumb doesn't unlock my phone every time (so occasionally I use the tip of my nose), and POC could ditch the old fastener and adopt the new low-profile Velcro. But overall, I'm a fan.
These are brake pads, so there's not much to say other than the resin pads wear out much faster so these are what to buy. In fact, when I go to replace mine (a very easy task, by the way), I'm almost always surprised by how much material is left on the pad. If you're hoping the Ice Tech fins are going to make your rotors frost up like the Coors Lite Silver Bullet train just went by, I have some bad news for you. But they do look pretty bionic, so that's a bonus.
Turns out a shock pump that bleeds air is almost worse than no shock pump at all. My old Fox pump lasted ~10 years; hoping this one will do the same. Seems to function almost identically, except now it folds up to fit in my toolbox. The only thing I wish they'd do to improve it is to make the valve section a little longer for better grip when you're pumping up a fork or a seatpost