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Shane R

Shane R

Hazleton, PA (USA)

Shane R's Passions

Road Biking

Shane R's Bio

I am a university professor who teaches philosophy, rides my bikes and thinks. I ride a Dura-Ace 9070 Di2 equipped 2016 Orbea Orca OMR and a Dura-Ace 9000 Mechanical equipped 2015 Orbea Orca OMP anywhere between 100-300 miles per week, when I'm not grading papers or taking care of my kids. My cycling hero is Chris Horner (we are the same age and height, though he is substantially slimmer than I am) who became the oldest GT winner with his 2013 victory in the Vuelta a Espana. After a 20-year lapse, I just renewed my USAC license and will race this year at the Masters 45+ Cat 3 level.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on March 25, 2017

5 5

I don't know about you but I dislike having my feet or my hands wet on a long rain ride. I could care less if my shorts are soaked through. That's just about being a hardcore Eurotrash rider. My legs are moving, so that part of my body stays warm enough. But the extremities tend to freeze up in the cold rain. These gloves keep every drop of water off your hands. I take them with me if the forecast says rain, just in case. And they're Assos, so they are the best quality cycling attire money can buy. Buy 'em. Use 'em. You won't regret it.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on March 16, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was using a Velocio vest for the past season on cold, wet rides, but it would get damp all the way through after an hour of riding. This vest is a great improvement. It is superb for those rides where you don't want to wear the full Gabba jersey (which I also own, but it sometimes gets clammy on long rides with changing weather conditions), but you still want your core to stay warm and dry. It does not get damp on the inside, unless you're in a full downpour. It also packs away small. I bought it in the blue with red stripe. Nice sharp look. Not too flashy. It runs a bit small. I wear a Medium in Assos, but Large in Castelli.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on August 15, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I absolutely love these shorts. Cool Mercedes logo. Chamois keeps your rear comfy on long rides. Flat straps that don't chafe your nips. The chamois is also very friendly to the male genitalia, giving it room to move and breathe (in comparison, my Castellis feel like they compress my family jewels up into my stomach). Probably the only down-side is that you have to handwash and air-dry these delicate shorts if you want them to last. It's entirely worth it though. Now that I have these beauties in my closet, I never want to reach for another pair of shorts.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on July 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm 5'10" 165 lbs and the medium fits me perfectly. At first I thought the leg grippers were too loose, but then realized the they should ride up higher on your quad, not down by the knee, as some other shorts do (e.g. Castelli). The chamois -- as most reviewers have mentioned -- is what makes these shorts feel amazing, both on and off the bike. The flat straps also stop that annoying nipple rub that happens with many shorts (including Castelli). A Competitive Cyclist salesperson tried to convince me to switch from Castelli to Assos several years ago and I resisted. Now I only regret that I did not make the switch sooner. They are well worth the money!

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Shane Rwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I already have a Tanita scale, which integrates with Garmin via Ant+ but is not Wi-Fi connected. So I decided to get this one to have a second in the house, something more convenient that did not require me to hold the Garmin computer in my hand to record my weight on the Garmin app. It connected easily to Wi-Fi after following the instructions. It's a beautiful looking scale. The screen is extremely easy to read. It seems to weigh me in at a lb or two heavier than my Tanita. Not sure why there is this discrepancy. Otherwise it is an excellent product, helping me to chart my weight decline as I get fitter, not fatter.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on November 20, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this trainer, especially for using it with Zwift. I still have to try it on TrainerRoad. It has a very realistic feel while seated, though I wouldn't put all your weight on the front wheel (it's a bit scary). The only concern I had was its compatibility with some of the Garmin products, especially the new Edge 520 computer. It seems that Garmin is using a new Ant+ protocol that the trainer could not communicate with. The people at Wahoo said that a patch would come out in a few months to fix this incompatibility. It came out, but I found that it was too irritating to use the small buttons on the 520 to change the trainer resistance. Instead I got a Wahoo ELEMNT computer, which integrates with the trainer perfectly. Amazing trainer. Well worth the money. And I don't notice the noise so many people complain about.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on October 22, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a really nice-looking seat bag, perfect size for a tube, multi-tool, and two CO2 cartridges. Plus it has a special pouch for a mini-pump. It reminds me of the Blackburn bags since it is made of a similar waterproof material. It replaced an Arundel bag, which I liked, but wore out pretty fast. This one has been holding up nicely. One little quip is that the mini-pump will easily come out of the pouch if you don't figure out a way to affix it. The fix I designed for it was two linked zip-ties that catch around either end, so that it won't slip out when I hit the next pot-hole. I had to reduce the rating on this item because after just one rain ride the velcro closures were ruined. I'm back to my tried and trusted Blackburn bag. Not as slick looking, but it withstands more punishment than this fancy bag.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on August 31, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are the second pair of Castelli's new Free Aero shorts I've owned. I was a convert to the previous version, but was skeptical when I tried the new ones on (size Large) and felt like my privates were up inside my stomach. However, after a few rides they stretch out and feel more comfortable. The tightness is great when you do back-to-back long, hard rides and the second day you want a more compressed feel on your tired legs. They have a terrific look and for those who prefer a thinner chamois they are the best shorts out there.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on August 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I own a Giro Aeon and a Lazer Z1. The Giro is light-weight and well-ventilated, but fits poorly. The Lazer Z1 is also light-weight and well-ventilated, fits so well you forget it's there, but looks like a WWII German army helmet (it can't be very aero). The Kask Protone is heavier than the Aeon and Z1, but is aero and well-ventilated, and fits perfectly. I owned the Kask Vertigo before this and found it was so poorly ventilated it felt like my head was in an oven on hot summer rides. What I missed about the Kask though was the leather strap and flashy Italian design. Still, I see why Chris Froome looks down a lot on those long Alpine climbs. The helmet is heavy enough that it puts more stress on your neck than other helmets, such as the Z1 and Aeon.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on August 11, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been running Arundel Mandible bottle cages both front and rear, but found it too difficult to pull the rear bottle (the cages really hold the bottle tight). I kept the front Arundel cage, but decided to replace the rear with this one from Enve (love that the company is Utah-based, and I already own a set of their wheels and handlebars). This cage allows for easier removal and replacement of the bottle. Still, the bottle is held securely, so that I do not worry about it flying out when the roads turn bumpy. The only thing that worries me is the thinness of the material. Hopefully it holds up in the long run.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on July 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far the best jersey I own. The drop neckline looks great. The zippered key pocket is a nice touch. It is super-cool on hot, humid days. The only slight complaint I have is that the strip on the one sleeve looks like it's pink. The strip on the other sleeve is almost a zebra print. So, at first I thought it might be a woman's jersey. But I can overlook its feminine aesthetic (perhaps a selling point for the metrosexual male consumer) given the jersey's excellent quality and performance. After about 6 months of use I've noticed some of the seams are coming out. It's a shame because this is a really nice jersey. I checked on Velocio's website and they only have a 30-day warranty.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I am a big fan of Castelli shorts. The chamois is comfortable and they fit nicely. However, the leg grippers on the Inferno shorts were very loose, causing them to ride up on my legs. I did not even wear them on a ride. Just trying them on I could already tell that they would become short-shorts within only a few pedal strokes. In contrast, I've found that the grippers on Castelli's other similarly-priced shorts are nice and snug. So, I still ride Castelli shorts, but avoid this specific model.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like so many others, I have experienced the BB30 blues: a squeaky, creaky, snap-crackle-pop bottom bracket, so poorly designed that it must be cleaned and re-lubed every 300 miles of use. Rotor's converter solves the problem. The only criticisms I have of it are that there is a slight weight penalty compared to the original BB30 and the pretty anodized surface mars easily upon first installation and removal. Using an aluminum removal tool (e.g. the one made by Chris King) helps minimize the marring. Otherwise, a great product. One correction to the above description: the bearing are 6905s, not 6906s.

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Shane Rwrote a review of on November 28, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I waited all model year for these shoes to come into stock, in great anticipation of the kind of performance they would deliver. I expected them to be similar to last year's Extreme Tech shoe, but better, given that they have the twin Boa-like closures. However, after only two-and-a-half weeks of riding the Boa ratchets started sticking and I experienced terrible hot spots. The shoes are very slick looking, but unfortunately they did not work for me.

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