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Sheldon T

Sheldon T

Salt Lake City

Sheldon T's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Sheldon T's Bio

Love hammering the roads and trails of the Wasatch. No, I'm not a racer but I enjoy the goods and ride hard. Good bikes and good rides - not much else is there?

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on March 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Like most of us, I have a small quiver of bikes and as such, had a wide assortment of bottle cages - whatever was available and inexpensive at the time of the build up. Not sure why it never occurred to me, but "you get what you pay for" also applies to bottle cages. After having these on one of my bikes for a year, I have gradually replaced all of my cages with the side loader/other side loader combo. I ride a smallish frame and these allow easy access to the bottle even on the mtn bike where there is little room. Overall, a great product and well designed with improved ease of access and better water bottle retention.

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on November 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Buying a new wheelset of this quality is a commitment in money and requires the confidence that you're getting exactly what you want. These wheels continue to blow my mind! Every ride is a completely new experience on the same frame that I've ridden now for more than 10 years. These wheels are simply faster on the flats and on the climbs - both subjectively and objectively on Strava. Not only that, they brake, handle and roll better than any wheel I've ever ridden (apologies to Easton, Mavic and Zipp). The achilles heel of carbon rims has historically been stopping power and on these wheels (coupled with Enve gray, carbon pads) I have better braking ability and modulation than I ever did with my Mavic aluminum rims. Ditch the belief that carbon rims can't brake! Best wheels I have ever ridden in more than 20 years of riding experience. Period. Buy em!

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on November 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jersey simply rocks. For transition weather like we have here in UT during the spring and fall this jersey is perfect. The wind protection keeps the core warm and the fabric sheds moisture quickly. Yes, it's pricey but this is the finest technical jersey I have ever tried. Other brands I frequently purchase are Rapha and Giordanna.
Like all of Castelli's clothing this is cut for thin, racer body types but this is particularly form fitting. I'm a bit more muscular and the large fits perfectly snug (5'8" 160lbs). No flap in the wind, absolutely perfect comfortable fit.
I use this with a base layer around 50-60 degrees. Then layer this under a heavier, insulating winter jacket for rides under 35 degrees so it gets a bunch of use and is very versatile. The long sleeve version would likely rock the in-between temps (i.e. 35-45 degree range).
All around the best Castelli product I've purchased in a long long time. Get it.

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on October 16, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well not if it's exceptional. I thought that this would be an addition to the garage so I could throw a pump in the car for trailhead. Now I just want to throw all of the my other pumps to the curb (or donation center, cause I'm all that eco-friendly) and buy a couple of these for every possible location. Yes, the difference between 20 psi and 22 psi is possible to appreciate on the trail. Get the best and then ride that sh*t. And put it through the wringer!

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know there are curmudgeons out there that wouldn't get caught dead with a Garmin (and that might have been me for awhile) but I absolutely love this device. I wouldn't ride without it now. I love being able to keep track of my rides, miles and elevation. The Edge 510 was a gift and upgrade from my first Garmin (the 500). This is a big jump up in performance but is also pretty significantly increased in size over the prior model. That said, I think it's worth it. I love the LiveTrack feature which allows my wife and family to follow my ride real-time on the web. If my wife wants to know where I am or when I will be home for dinner, she just pulls up my ride and checks out where I am rather than calling or texting. This also helps prevent them from worrying about me. Really, this is one of my favorite cycling accessories!
The 510 is larger but has much better gps tracking and battery life compared with the 500. Also the 510 uploads your ride automatically to the Garmin website after your ride using the bluetooth connection with your phone. The LiveTrack function also requires paring with your phone. I have only had the ride info not upload by bluetooth a few times because of a poor connection and if that happens I just cycle the 510 off/on for an upload while it boots up.
As one reviewer mentioned, the Garmin site is a bit antiquated and limited but it's slowly getting better with time. It keeps track of basic ride data and has a training calendar but is pretty lame compared to Strava. But, files can be automatically transferred from Garmin
In summary, great device. Love it! Wouldn't ride without it anymore.

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Dead sexy in appearance. Great post. I have one on a road bike and one on my mtn bike. Easy to setup and adjust. Yes, it's true that you typically set up your post once and leave it but, if you curse your life and existence during that setup it's a lasting memory. So enjoy an ease filled setup and simply enjoy the ride with the beauty of a masterpiece.
Now that is a concept I can get behind!
P.S. If you have questions on setup, Enve has a great video on their website taking you through it step by step.

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Pretty awesome glove. Love the feel of the leather and have been awesome for the spring and early summer. When the days are warm they can be quite hot. Will change to something lighter for the summer.
P.S. If you use a touch screen phone, you will need to remove the glove prior to use. Screen will not pick up finger input with these gloves. Garmin screen is also a bit difficult but can occasionally pick up the input.

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My favorite, go to lube for road and mtn bike. Lasts much longer on the road and do not have to reapply very often. Keeps the chain quiet, clean and well functioning. Mtn bike rides in UT and CO are dry and dusty so I have to reapply about every ride. During a long 7 hr dusty mtn bike ride I started to hear some chain noise but I'm not surprised given the amount of grit. Follow the directions for application and it works great. Much cleaner to work with than oil based lubes.

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on June 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Saddles are such a personal item that a review seems superfluous. But that said, if you like a flat saddle profile and the SLR shape this is an awesome saddle. I have tried a huge number of styles - mostly out of curiosity - and always come back to the SLR profile and shape. I have been on these saddles for more than 15 years. It's the only thing I will ride for any length of time. Recently, started feeling some numbness on longer rides and on the mtn bike. Changed to the SLR Flow with great success. Love it!

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Sheldon Twrote a review of on June 18, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

So these look awesome on your feet and perform well as wind socks. They are really tight and a pain to put on even with the zipper. Also they are so tight that each time I ride for an extended period I get blisters on the top of my ankle. So, I like 'em but not sure I would get them again - and if I did I would upsize in hopes that these issues were alleviated.

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