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Tingri

Kansas City MO

Tingri

Tingriwrote a question about on May 21, 2019

I have a rather large noggin, circumference 23 1/4 inches or 7 1/2 hat size. Does the Assos cap run large? Will it comfortably fit me. I don't like snug fitting headwear, especially when working out.

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Tingriwrote a review of on February 14, 2018

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Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've used Park Tools almost exclusively in the past but I think competition is driving them to cheapen their products. That's a bad business decision that guarantees failure. I purchased this set since torx is becoming more common on bikes and I wanted a separate set for my bike workbench from my other garage roll-away.
These just plain look cheap from the get-go. Worse, the wrench size markings are almost impossible to read. The embossing is shallow. They look like the cheapest Chinese tools one can buy. Pitiful. How difficult would it be to mold large and easily read numbers in the handles? Furthermore, it doesn't come with a holder with the sizes displayed either. I checked and buying a holder from Park Tool is ridiculously priced. Park Tool will no longer be my default selection for tools. The German company SKS is now offering tools and I'll give them a try next time. I've also found Tacx tools to be quite good.
Time will tell how well these hold up but I'm initially very disappointed and again, will look elsewhere in the future.

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Tingriwrote a question about on June 13, 2017

I've not yet shipped any of my bikes via airline so I'm something of a newbie. In my mind, the hardshell case should be the only option. I read a lot of positive reviews of soft cases but if they're so good, why do bike manufacturers and retailers ship bikes in solidly made cardboard boxes and not padded bags? There seem to be some contradictory practices. Any thoughts? While I might ship via an airline, given the problems airlines have created for themselves, I'm more inclined to ship via a 3rd party freight company. I have several friends who travel lots overseas and almost always ship their luggage that way and have had no issues.

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Tingriwrote a review of on April 6, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have a couple of bikes with a few years on them and they had Look Keo pedals. While a good pedal, I always had a little difficulty clicking in, having to fumble around to find the mechanism (I didn't have this issue with older Shimano SL pedals). It was time to again replace the cleats and I read an excellent article in my favorite cycling magazine, Cycling Plus. It's a British magazine that excels over any other magazine, especially when it comes to equipment reviews. Their March issue tested modestly priced pedals and Mavic's Zxellium blew away the competition. It's actually a Time pedal, having been designed by Time for Mavic and uses Time's iClick cleat. The magazine praised the pedals for their ease of entry and exit, excellent float, and quality of build.
While shopping on this site, I saw two versions of the Zxellium were on sale. I decided to purchase 3 pairs; two for my bikes and one for my girlfriend's new bike (I'm getting her away from platform pedals).
First, the good points. easy install but if you're not familiar with Time/Mavic road pedals, you'll want to read the instructions regarding the installation of the cleats. Next, the pedals click-in much easier and smoother than my Keo's, something mentioned in the magazine article. It almost feels like the pedal is eagerly jumping onto the cleats. Disengagement was also extremely smooth and easy.
On the downside, the pedals don't spin very freely on the axle so one has to fiddle with the orientation a little bit. That is, the front of the pedals don't easily spin upward. I'll have to install the other pedals to see if this is a universal problem or just this first pair. I'm hoping that the pedal's grease is a little stiff and with time the pedals will spin much easier. I'll report back in a couple of months to update on this issue.
In a nutshell, I think I'm going to love these pedals and for the price, I concur with Cycling Plus, it's a helluva deal.

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