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Virginia Dickinson

Virginia Dickinson

Virginia Dickinson's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Cyclocross

Virginia Dickinson's Bio

Living life in motion!

I love bikes and the places they take me. You can find me on the trails, commuting to work or even lining up at the occasional cyclocross race. When I'm not riding, I am out training for my next ultra marathon.

Running or cycling questions? Contact me!

801-736-6396 ext. 4756
vdickinson@backcountry.com

Virginia Dickinson

Virginia Dickinsonwrote a review of on August 19, 2016

Beti is a blast!
5 5

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

Beti could very well be my new bestie. I had a chance to spend some time with her last weekend and was nothing but impressed. I love lists, so here's a list of all the things I love about this playful gal:
1. Beti climbs with awesome efficiency and almost zero pedal bob.
2. When she hits the rock gardens, the suspension opens up and clears technical terrain like it's no big deal.
3. Beti is no heifer! She is lightweight and super playful.
4. The geometry is all right with this girl; she's got snap, she inspires confidence, and you could hang out with her all day.
5. She knows us gals like nice things. A girl can argue that XT brakes are some of the best brakes on the market, and the 1x11 X01 drivetrain let's you focus on riding, not shifting 30 gears that you simply don't need.
6. The switch infinity looked confusing at first, but suspension set up is as easy as any other full suspension ride.

Questions about Beti? Hit me up!
vdickinson@backcountry.com

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Virginia Dickinsonwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

4 5

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

I admit it. I was super skeptical about plus sized tires on a full suspension set up. I held out. Then I finally had a chance to ride the Switchblade+ (a week after I rode the Hightower 27.5+) and had a serious change of heart.

Here's a list of my preconceived notions and how they changed:
1. Plus tires are going to be more work: I was very pleasantly surprised that there was no real difference in pedaling efficiency between a "normal" 2.3 and a plus tire.
2. There isn't going to be enough of a tangible improvement in ride quality to justify the higher cost of + tires: there is definitely a difference!
3. The bike is going to feel too plush: I was worried that I wouldn't be "in tune" with the trail. While the ride is definitely plush, it actually rolls over rocks, roots, etc with ease, making up for any disconnect there might be to the trail.

Here are my take aways:
1. If you like the monster truck, roll over anything attitude of the 29er but want something a bit more huck-able, the 27.5+ will be right up your alley.
2. With so much tire in contact with the ground, how could you not power through rock gardens and corner with serious confidence?
3. For those of us with ham calves, the super boosty mc-boost face hub spacing used on the bike means you will need to make a conscious effort to adjust your pedal stroke to avoid hitting the seat stays (after about an hour of riding I didn't have to think about the change).

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Virginia Dickinsonwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

4 5

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

I admit it. I was super skeptical about plus sized tires on a full suspension set up. I held out. Then I finally had a chance to ride the Switchblade+ (a week after I rode the Hightower 27.5+) and had a serious change of heart.

Here's a list of my preconceived notions and how they changed:
1. Plus tires are going to be more work: I was very pleasantly surprised that there was no real difference in pedaling efficiency between a "normal" 2.3 and a plus tire.
2. There isn't going to be enough of a tangible improvement in ride quality to justify the higher cost of + tires: there is definitely a difference!
3. The bike is going to feel too plush: I was worried that I wouldn't be "in tune" with the trail. While the ride is definitely plush, it actually rolls over rocks, roots, etc with ease, making up for any disconnect there might be to the trail.

Here are my take aways:
1. If you like the monster truck, roll over anything attitude of the 29er but want something a bit more huck-able, the 27.5+ will be right up your alley.
2. With so much tire in contact with the ground, how could you not power through rock gardens and corner with serious confidence?
3. For those of us with ham calves, the super boosty mc-boost face hub spacing used on the bike means you will need to make a conscious effort to adjust your pedal stroke to avoid hitting the seat stays (after about an hour of riding I didn't have to think about the change).

vdickinson@backcountry.com

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Virginia Dickinsonwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Giordana knocked it out of the park on these. Here's a list of everything I love about the Lungo short:
- yoga waistband. say no to bike short muffin top.
- wide band leg grippers. also say no to the dreaded sausage leg!
- reflective accents for added visibility
- fun color options!
- material is lightweight and breathes well

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Virginia Dickinsonwrote a review of on August 1, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The first time I saw this jersey online, I was far from impressed; however, I am borderline obsessed with all things yellow, so I decided to give it a try. Pleasant surprise! It's pretty darn flattering (and fits true to size).

A few things to note:
- it's not the longest jersey out there and can potentially leave a lower back gap.
- the built in bra is probably better for the well endowed and may not be super supportive for smaller chests.
- this is going to sound strange, but the shoulder straps are a bit wider than expected. Or rather, they sit a little farther away from the neck, but I never had issue with them staying in place.
- The material is super light weight and seems to be very good quality too.

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Virginia Dickinsonwrote a review of on June 2, 2016

Meaty Thighs? Say Yes to PeggyM.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I know I'm not the only gal out there who struggles to find shorts that are small enough in the waist but big enough in the thighs. Well, these shorts were made for quadzillas. Say goodbye to too tight baggies that ride up past your liners. These shorts are a dream.

Fit aside, I love, love, love these shorts for multiple reasons:
- the material is light weight and super silky, but at the same time they feel incredibly durable.
- one cargo pocket, two rear pockets and two zippy pockets means plenty of room to stash your stuff.
- there is an extra two inch panel that runs up the inside of each leg so you aren't sitting on any bulky seam crossings, but it also helps prevent twisting/bunching as you pedal.
- and let's not fail to mention the playful prints!

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