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Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklin

Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on December 15, 2017

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I went with this model because I've heard great things about Tacx products. However, I ended up returning this after 3 sessions for a few reasons, which I'll detail below.

One major piece of feedback for Tacx: Improve your instruction manual! I realize there aren't that many pieces/moving parts to assemble this, but I found the instructions to be unhelpful and ended up YouTubing how to assemble it, and I saw where numerous people complained in the video comments about Tacx's poor instructions.

The method for adjusting the length of the rollers so that I could ride on them using both my road bike and my MTB was difficult enough that I knew almost immediately that it would strongly deter me from using multiple bikes. Let's just say that to adjust the length, you're going to need to sit down with it and spend a good 5-10min to get it right (or maybe I'm just super slow).

As far as the locking mechanism, once you set the size there are pin locks that pop into their circular pockets to keep the desired length. The issue I had was that the pins barely made their way into the pockets so that if you manipulated the rollers with any force, the setting would pop open and the rollers would need to be re-adjusted and locked again. This wasn't reassuring given that I was riding my bicycle on them with potential for a fall.

The rollers themselves are tapered, which is helpful for keeping you from riding off of them, although that's still entirely possible. One thing that I didn't expect was how quickly the blue rollers were marked up by my tires (and they wouldn't clean off easily)--granted this isn't a big deal, but still, worth noting. Also, I found these rollers maybe a bit too easy, it took me 5-6 tries to get the hang of riding on them (10min or so). I've heard that the smaller diameter rollers are much more challenging, and if I were to get rollers again I think I'd spring for something with narrower rollers.

Overall, and for this price point, I was disappointed with the plastic molded pieces, poor locking ability, difficult adjustment requirements, and incomplete instructions. I did like the tapered roller shape, the lightweight construction, and the small footprint for storage purposes.

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Ryan Conklinposted an image about on November 15, 2016

Trunk Access w/ Push of a Lever

It's so easy to use this rack! Kuat's 2.0 improves upon all the areas of weakness of the very popular and successful 1.0, which wakes the 2.0 a friggin dream! From the front-accessible cable locking point, to the easy-to-access lever for folding up or tilting back, and collapsible wheel cages, the Sherpa 2.0 will make you very happy. Pictured here on my '09 Honda CRV.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these for cold-weather rides (below 55F) because they are really warm, while staying pretty slim on your foot (read: not beefy). The problem with wearing most merino wool socks in cycling shoes is that they're usually far to thick on your foot, which compromises the shoe's fit and that makes your feet both uncomfortable and cold. Ouch!

I like that these are fairly plain socks, and since my kit is red, I ordered the black ones with the red tab on the back for a touch of fantz.

The construction seems really solid on mine so far. I own Darn Tough, Smart Wool, Swiftwick, and these seem just as solid as those.

I wear a size 13 shoe (47 cycling) and the XL is perfect.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Picked this up last week and have used it for a road ride and a MTB ride. The installation to handlebars is easy: the strap feeds through this light's mount is more secure since it wraps around and feeds up and through the mounting bracket. This may require an extra 10 seconds of fiddling to get it strapped to your bars, but you'll be glad you did when your light stays fixed in place as you barrel around a dark turn on the neighborhood trails.

I haven't tried the helmet mount since it doesn't come with it, but my current setup with a 250 lumen helmet-mounted light and this guy on my handlebars makes nighttime riding much safer, particularly on single track. If this were my only light, I would definitely prefer mounting it to my helmet, instead of on my handlebars, that way I see where I look, rather than only seeing where my handlebars are facing.

The weight is about 50 grams heavier than comparable Light and Motion models, but again, I think the protective casing on this light is more robust and having a burlier case when mountain biking will protect the light more effectively if you do happen to take a tumble.

The boost effect on this is also really handy because no matter where I am on the lighting cycle, I can hit the button twice and crank out 950 lumens in an instant.

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Ryan Conklinwrote a question about on November 10, 2016

Hello, I just inquired on Powertap's website, and they said that this hub (GS) is now compatible with Ant+ and Bluetooth out of the box. The description here however says Ant+ only. Is this GS hub on Backcountry the current model sold by Powertap that is comptaible with Ant+ or Bluetooth out of the box, or is your description accurate and this GS is a previous model that is only compatible with Ant+ out of the box? THANKS!

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