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Staxxx McClusky

Staxxx McClusky

Clarksville, tn

Staxxx McClusky's Passions

Road Biking
Cyclocross
Mountain Biking

Staxxx McClusky's Bio

Mostly road. Cross in the offseason. Some mountain biking all year long.

Staxxx McClusky

Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve had this light and the vis 180 for over 4 years now and it is still putting out great light every time I use it. In the past I’ve used it mostly during winter base miles, but now that I’m able to commute I’ve used it almost daily in conditions from perfect spring nights to muggy summers, freezing winters, and torrential rains. The rubber protector still fits snugly in the charge port to keep water out and the buttons are still firm, intact, and work perfectly. The rubber mounting strap still locks the light in place to keep it from moving on rough roads. It’s always up to the task and can often be the difference between being seen and being run over, especially on busy roads and five o’clock traffic with drivers that want nothing more than to insta-chat while they run a red light on their way home. The steady pulse mode is plenty bright, and if you need to get someone’s attention just turn it onto high and you’ll have it in a hurry. After over 4 years and all the charges involved, the battery is finally starting to show its age and isn’t holding a charge quite as long. Even so, I only have to charge it once or twice a week even though I use it on pulse day and night for visibility. But now if I use it on high or medium, it will drain the battery pretty quick and I’ll have to charge it as soon as I finish riding. Like one of the other reviewers, I wish I could detach it from the mount but it isn’t a big issue on a road bike even with shifter and brake cables. If you run a slammed -17 degree stem that’s over 120mm long, you can also mount it directly on the stem and it will be horizontal to the road at all times. I can’t say enough good things about this light and the tail light, and L&M in general. For a long time I didn’t want to pay the high price of a quality set of lights, but once I finally did the investment paid for itself a hundred times over in terms of reliability and safety.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When it comes to working on pedals with 15mm flats I love this tool. It gives you all the leverage you need to crank it down or take it back off. But now most of my pedals have a 6 or 8 mm hex key so it would be nice if this tool had those attachments as well. I know the BBQ tool is out there, but it’s firmly out of my price range even though I do love Abbey Tools. But when it comes to the Lezyne, it’s a great tool. I just wish more pedals would still have the wrench flats so I could use it. It is pretty big, but that gives lots of leverage. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy a good beverage while they work in the shop?

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve had this tool for a few years now and I use it and the awesome Abbey dual crombie tool every time I change a cassette for myself or my wife. Overall it works well whether I’m changing 11 speed Campagnolo road, 10 speed Shimano mountain, or 11 speed SRAM on the cross bike. I did not have the problem the other reviewer had when it came to fitting the tool onto the cassette. The issue I have is with the chain on the chain whip, as it is a 10 speed chain which is thicker than my Campagnolo 11 speed. It still works, you just have to wrap around one of the smaller cogs closer to the lock ring or the chain whip will jam in between the cogs and be difficult to get out. I also busted one of the chain pins about a year ago. It hasn’t affected the use, but next time I replace a chain I will likely save it and replace the 10 speed whip with the old 11 speed chain.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 18, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I’ve worn these for the past few summers, and they always get the job done. The white color will stay pretty clean as long as you wash any stains the same day that you ride them. Some people complain about thin padding, but I feel like it gives me more control. I value the fact that the palms are very grippy, even in wet weather or if I’ve been sweating a lot. They also don’t stretch or get bogged down by sweat, but they will hold in water if you get caught in the rain. The biggest complaint I have is that the backing on the velcro came unglued and it’s been annoying to try and fix it without either putting a few stitches in or using shoe glue but trying not to make a mess all over the glove. Overall it’s minor; I still ride them regularly.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 18, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Just like Peter mentioned below, I finally have a valve extender that threads to my mini pump. Plus, they’re a little more narrow so they fit into the valve hole better. And to top it all off, they come with tiny o-rings so that I don’t have to put plumber’s tape around the threads to make the connection air tight. I have a set of Rovals that my Zipp and other extenders don’t fit, but these are no problem and they add a bit of flare. Just be sure to place some electrical tape over them to keep them from rattling as you ride.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 20, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this when I bought a new truck to replace my old truck bed mount. It's simple to build up, easy to use, and locks your bike securely. It also locks securely to the pickup bed so that someone can't just take the whole setup if you stop somewhere for coffee during your drive. The only reason I subtract a star may seem counterintuitive to some people, but I do not like the round base bar. The reason is this: with a round base bar I've found that even when torqued down to specs, it's possible for the Boa bike mounts to rotate down towards the pickup bed as you drive. This is due to the extra weight of some bikes and the extra leverage of a thru-axle adapter. They are particularly susceptible to this if you drive on the highway, have a relatively heavy bike, or mount the thru-axle adapter for mountain bikes. Case in point: a buddy and me did a 1500 mile cross country mountain biking and climbing trip. Through it all both bikes were secure, never came loose, and were not scratched or damaged. However, over the course of the trip, my mountain bike, which was mounted on an adapter, gradually twisted until the adapter was almost 180 degrees from its starting point. His bike, which was mounted via a standard quick release, never budged. I was able to loosen and then remount the Boa for my bike, but it will continue to be an issue due to the circular design. It's a small complaint, but one I've noticed in every truck bed mount I've seen.
But overall, this is one of the easiest and most secure ways to transport bikes in a pickup I've ever used. Just mount the bike on the bar, lock it and throw the front wheel in the cab, and everything is secure.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 20, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jersey has the understated look of a classic jersey from before the color explosion of the 90's. Every time I wear it--paired with all black shorts as per The Rules--I get numerous comments about how great the whole kit looks. And that's the key: as long as you don't want to be flashy this jersey will work for you. It has a racing fit, nice and tight but it doesn't make you look like you've squeezed into a sausage skin. Three basic pockets, a wide, durable full zip to make donning and doffing simple. It breathes, it shields you from the sun, it holds enough supplies to allow for day long rides. You really can't ask for much more. It's a great jersey for training and getting big miles in. It's also a great jersey for the unattached racer who doesn't want to look like that tool who shows up to the local B race or group ride in the Swiss Pro National Champion Jersey. And all for the price of a normal name-brand athletic shirt.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 20, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are decent bibs for sub $100 but you should know up front that they will not wow you. The fit is not as forgiving or flattering as with more expensive bibs from Castelli, even though the chamois is still very good. It felt a little small compared to the other castelli bibs in my closet. As one guy mentioned, you are prone to the mamal--or moose knuckle--when you wear these bibs, as well as a tendency for it to ride up in the rear. They also do not breathe as well as a more expensive and better designed bib such as a velocissimo level piece of kit. That being said, on the bike they are comfortable--if still a little rough--and have proven more durable for me than for some of the other reviewers. washing on cold/gentle and air drying has gone a long way to preserving them. And for the price, I can have a couple in my riding rotation and save my good chamois for the long days. I tend to use this bib for commuting and sub 3 hour rides. With a quality chamois, the only thing limiting these bibs is the less breathable and less comfortable fabric of the shorts.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 17, 2016

4 5

This is a great winter tight, but it is best for full winter days with cold temps, wind, and/or rain. The wind blocking fabric also blocks a little breathability, but it's a fair trade for how warm the tights are. They are not as stretchy, and may take some wiggling to get them to fit, but once on they conform to the riding position well.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 17, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've purchased a 2nd pair of these just in case, as they are truely amazing. I've used my 1st pair for 2 winters, and they are still going strong with no holes in them. I've been comfortable in every weather condition from the low 60's to the high 30's. I've ridden through wind, drizzle, and full rain with these gloves. Despite the very thin fabric, they are windproof and very water resistant so they block the two worst things I deal with weather-wise. Because they are thin, especially at the palm and fingers, I always have positive control of my levers and the bar when I wear them. The have a narrow cuff to avoid using velcro, but stretch enough to get over my hand and fit comfortably whether I am doing a sprint drill or just base miles. The bad? Once they are soaked through, they're too thin to provide much warmth. But it does take quite a bit of rain to reach that point.

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Staxxx McCluskywrote a review of on December 17, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used them heavily over the past 2 winters, and this is my 2nd pair in order to have a backup. They fit true to size, and are very warm. However, they don't breathe well so its easy for moisture to build up and make your feet clammy by the end of the ride. But they keep the rain out of your shoes until you've been soaked, and once everything is wet the neoprene still managed to keep me warm even on the coldest and wettest of rides. The only knock is that the brushed interior gets stuck on the velcro of my shoes and it has created a pilling/fuzzing effect. It hasn't affected function yet, but I can see it eventually wearing through the cover. That said, my first pair has been going strong for 2+ years now.

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