Seth C O.wrote a review of Serfas Spyre Carbon Cage on July 12, 2019
These are too small and do not fit standard size water bottles. #fail
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These are too small and do not fit standard size water bottles. #fail
The Prizm Daily Polarized color lens is not recommended for cycling use. It has 14% light transmission and a neutral gray tint. This decreases contrast and is too dark for most cycling situations. It obscures potholes and tree roots on cloudy days and other low light conditions. Additionally the polarization makes it hard to read my Garmin. This might be a fine lens for other things, but the Radar is generally a cycling specific frame, so I would have to say that the Radar Path EV with Prizm Daily Polarized lens is overall a not recommended lens.
Please note that this review does NOT apply to the “Road” and “Trail” color options. I imagine that those lenses — which have 20% and 36% light transmission, respectively, and have higher contrast “rose” base lense colors — could be much better for cycling conditions.
This CO2 pump is missing a key feature: threading to lock the pump onto the presta valve stem. Instead it is totally smooth and slippery on the inside. As a result, the pump pops off the valve stem unless you hold it down. As you know, CO2 pumps get very cold, so it is hard to hold without getting cold burn on your fingers. This is a serious oversight especially for such an expensive product. Better products (which have that threading) are available on Amazon for 35% less.
I heard cycling with the wrong saddle can shrink some things, but unless cycling shrinks your head there is no way this cap will fit anyone but a small child! Yes it looks cool but you won't when you take off this tight cap to reveal a lovely red band wrapping your forehead where it crushed your scalp. I wear a small/medium helmet, FWIW...
Duh, you will say, but let me reiterate: don't wear these off road. I crashed in a CX race (not a major crash) and they shredded to useless nothing. Made me very sad. They still get 4 stars from me, as they are excellent road bibs, with good compression and good heat modulation. But they are apparently made of fragile materials that make these shorts a notch below Assos (which have crashed and survived).
So buy these shorts, they're really great, look great, work great. Just don't crash. But you probably knew that already.
Unless you live in Florida, Arizona, Texas or Southern California, you need this undershirt. It will save you from freezing on chilly rides, it's amazingly versatile, it feels great, dries quick and is truly windproof. They're re-designed it since the last model I wore so it doesn't turn into a beating wet sail against your skin, instead the two-layer construction is comfortable. It's a bit tight, but think of it as a reminder to keep your beer consumption to a modest level, buy, ride, enjoy and repeat. Stay warm out there.
So you want the best? Buy these and stop reading. If you don't have infinity dollars, however, ask whether you really need the best. Do you need glasses that instantly de-fog when you get moving, no matter the conditions? Do you need lenses that don't scratch, repel water and even sawdust? Do you really need flexible frames and full coverage lenses? Or can you get by with less for way less moolah. They definately get 5 stars the same way Maclaren gets 5 stars but honestly you don't have to spend quite this much to keep your eyeballs comfy on most night rides.
This soft, fleecy, stretchy fabric feels great, but if you happen to brush against concrete, touch some Velcro or catch a hangnail, this material will snag. It also tends to get a little sweaty. On the plus side it is very high visibility with yellow color and red cuffs.
This excellent long sleeve jersey has features galore, and while they're well done, if you prefer to avoid pit zippers than can catch and arm zippers that can pull, keep looking. However if you want maximum versatility in a relatively affordable jersey (that happens to come in safety yellow) then you will be delighted by the quality, durability and feature of this vest. I give it 5 starts but if you don't like do-dads you should move on.
This is a warm, comfortable, highly visible glove - but when you sweat and take it off, the double-layer design become contorted and nearly impossible to put back on. My route of riding to a climb, taking gloves off to climb and putting them back on to descend proved annoying at best, impossible at worst. I'm returning and going back to my Craft gloves until I can find a high-vis solution that can be put on, removed and put back on with ease.
Warm and neon yellow, this jacket is now my go-to top for after-dark rides. I feel more visible and safe, plus my core stays warm in temps down to about 55F and dry. Below that I would probably add the Gore longsleeve windstopper baselayer. I tend not to overheat in this either, making it really excellent.
I have a small head. I wear size Small or Medium helmets. So when I saw this cool cap on sale in Size I, I thought, that will be perfect! But Size I in Assos is another world of small. I really wanted this hat to fit because it has such great materials, but it is just too tiny. I would love to get the Size II but they are old sold out. Also I'll mention that the overall appear of the hat is more feminine than shows in the pictures. It is a bit glittery and cursive for a guy to wear. But because of the dragon I'd still wear it if it fit.
You should eat these, they are very tasty. I like lemon, honey and vanilla but the chocolate is gross.
If you like rubber pants you will love these! They feel like a wetsuit. GROSS! The material is stretchy but that's about it. It's not compressive, doesn't wick, has an itchy tag in the middle of the back and FEEL LIKE RUBBER PANTS. While these are not terrible, they are close to terrible. 1.5 stars at full price, 2 stars on sale.
This jersey looks good, and if you are a casual cyclist who is very fashion conscious as well as cheap then you might like it. But compares to my Assos shirts this is not even a bike jersey, it's a jersey-shaped object. The material does not wick sweat well, and the seams on the inside can abrade. It's a bit stretch and the cut is OK. I paid about $55 and I guess that it was OK for the price, but the short are not worth it (see my other review) and so I am returning both.
The celeste is a beautiful color and the material is really nice, too, and while the fit was a bit tight for my giftee she would have kept them if the matching shorts were OK, but the logo on the shorts peeled off right away which gave the whole package a cheep feel. I would hesitate before considering this brand again, but in fairness I didn't use the clothes and the review of this top lost a few points for the defect in the bottoms.
Bought this for my girlfriend. We had just taken them out of the bag and already the logo peeled off. Apparently it was just a piece of tape? The shorts themselves seems to be good quality but the lack of fit an finish was a reason for an immediate return.
I didn't wear it out on the bike because I didn't fit in it -- too fat! And I'm only 155 lbs 5' 8". I guess that's a little chunky for an Italian cyclist! Decided not to order a large because the sleeves would likely be too long.
There shoes are dangerous! CAUTION DO NOT BUY THESE SHOES. There is not enough rubber around the cleat so the slippery metal cleat - whether your ride Shimano SPD or Crank Brothers - pokes out especially when you walk! I hurt myself badly walking in these shoes across a smooth concrete slab, suddenly I lost traction and did a split! OUCH!
This upset me particularily because the salesperson in the Chrome store swore up and down that the cleat would not click. This turned out to be the first of many times Chrome was casual with the truth.
I tried to return the shoes but the online "Customer Service" told me they're un-returnable once the cleat was installed! Furthermore, she said, I can't mail the shoes back, have to return to the store in person. (This was hard because I bought them on a visit to SF.) After the return period, I went to the store to complain, and they were beyond rude. The salesperson said he'd ask a manager, then he walked around the store ignoring me for fifteen minutes. I asked him, did you get a manager, and he said, "yeah, she can't help you." WTF? I asked to see the manager who told me their shoes are fine and quoted policy, said she'd need an inventory number to do a swap. I complained about the crummy return/exchange policy, and the manager said most stores only do 10 days returns so I shouldn't complaint? WTF x2?? REI and Patagonia have LIFETIME returns, and Macy's etc. does at least 30. So yeah the shoes suck and if you complain a 20-year-old ornery manager (if you can find her) makes up fake store policies and lies about the competition. I left the shoes in the store, they are worse than nothing, and dealing with the Chrome company is worse than going to the dentist. F MINUS.