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Stuart Pechter

Stuart Pechter

Stuart Pechter

Stuart Pechterwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a believer in the benefits of compression clothing for several years. First noticed the added support and comfort with cycling shorts. Last year I tried the 2xu compression T-shirt to help with shoulder and back issues, and now, I wouldn't ride without one as a base layer. Even in Florida heat and humidity, the wicking effect keeps me at least as cool as I would be with just a light jersey. Now, having developed an elbow pain for no known reason, I decided to add these arm compression sleeves to the mix. Totally met with my expectations. I feel like my body is encased in a flexible exoskeleton, taking much of the strain away from my muscles and joints.
As an added bonus, they have a UPF rating of 50+ for sun protection. Like the T-shirt, they are not thermal. They wick well, so they actually keep me cooler and more comfortable by eliminating sweat. I used them this year for skiing, too, and enjoyed the extra protection from twists and strains. To maintain fabric compression, I always wash in cold water with Woolite. Delicate cycle, slow spin. Hang dry.

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Stuart Pechter

Stuart Pechterwrote a review of on April 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Needed a new bike computer, and expected to get a new wireless with fork sensor and wheel magnet. Then I discovered that the newest thing seems to be these GPS units. I was excited to no longer need the fork sensor, which always got in the way of bike cleaning, and periodically needed adjustment and battery changing. My first experience with a different unit I got on sale from Competitive cyclist was disappointing. Even with an extra wheel hub sensor, speed readings were inaccurate. I returned it within the allowable 30 days to Competitive, and purchased the Edge 20. This unit was noticeably better from the start. Much more accurate speed readings, and very easy to use screens. Fits nicely on my aero bars, where it's easy to see.
Two minor complaints: 1) Although the description states it receives GPS signals even through dense tree cover, that is definitely not the case, where I ride. Even with light tree cover on just one side of the road, signal is lost, and I can see the speed reading going down, even though I know it is not. When I emerge from the tree areas, the speed jumps right up again, and the slight glitch does not seem to affect overall average speed, which I guess the unit calculates by GPS, based on how long it actually took to get from point a to point b.
The second issue is battery life. The unit has a battery in it that has to be recharged before every ride. They say it will run continuously for 8 hours. I haven't tried a ride that long. My typical rides are about 2 hours. I first tried two 2 hr rides on two consecutive days without recharging, and the power ran out before completion of the second ride. I tried it again, turning the power off during my rest stop where I reverse direction, but that prevented me from adding the return data to the first half of the ride. I had to start the recording as a new ride, and do my own calculations with the combined results. In the summer, I will be doing 4 hr rides, so we'll see how well it retains power.

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