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adam R.

adam R.

Richmond, VA

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adam R.wrote a review of on May 30, 2019

4 5

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

Not mentioned anywhere in description so wanted to add. It also is my least favorite of the 3 purist tops. Also, as with many insulated bottles, in person the colors are not as vibrant because the color comes from the inner sleeve, while the outer sleeve of the bottle isn't perfectly clear. Haven't tried them yet, so will report back on how well they keep drinks cold. But one of few bottles that are 25 oz, insulated, and not ugly.

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adam R.wrote a review of on May 11, 2018

Not really well-ventilated
2 5

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

First the good. It is super comfortable, the Boa dial works fantastic, and I feel I have a more secure fit than my other helmets. Truly no interference with my regular and riding glasses, which was key. Super comfortable, no pinch points. I also really like the looks alot. Today was my first ride with it, and while it was cool, in the mid-50s, humidity was 93% and was sunny once the sun rose. As a bald guy who sweats a lot from his head, I hoped this would cool off my dome through the large vents and supposed good aero-ish ventilation. Instead, I felt early on the heat of the brow pad, and could feel it filling up with sweat. While it didn't drip in my eyes, it felt like the dam was getting ready to burst by the time my ride ended. Some sweat went down my temples, so maybe it will be directed there, but when I came inside, by brow was covered in sweat and I could squeeze sweat out of the pad. Not what I wanted. I have a problem in the summer with salt in my eyes, an hoped this would work. It also isn't particularly light. My old $50 Giro Transfer helmet was slightly lighter and had the same/more vented surface area. Is it aero? No idea. This may be caught in the middle - not quite aero, not quite light, not quite cool. Sizing-wise, a medium fit as expected.

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adam R.wrote a review of on October 22, 2017

Nice looking, classy tire, grippy, tough
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought in 32c and with brown side walls. Super classy looking and well engineered. Nice, strong/tight bead. Excellent grippy pattern, and has survived about 25 miles of some really tough fire roads with fist sized rocks, sharp bedrock, sand, etc. I do feel they may be a bit slower on the road, compared to the Compass tires I had, and the specialized roubaixs. Call it 5% slower. Maybe it is just me though. But the build is much sturdier than the Compass tires, which suffered flats from minor stuff on the road (though they were more supple. And I didn't love the bead/rim connection on them).

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adam R.wrote a review of on May 10, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It works to keep salty sweat out of my eyes, which is particularly a problem for me, since I have a shaved head. Fits flat under the helmet. Worked well on a recent grueling 6K climbing, 65 miler in 90 degree heat. Only near the end was it saturated. Works well on my indoor trainer rides too. I do feel it adds a slight bit of heat, but worth it for the drip protection

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adam R.wrote a review of on December 31, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

To begin, this is my first trainer. I had taken a few classes with a computrainer and thought it was cool. Recovering from an extended illness and winter coming, I thought it would be a good choice. I have had it for about 2 months now, though it has only been working as envisioned for the past week (more on this in a sec). I have used it with TrainerRoad and Zwift. I have found it easy to use, the ERG mode changes smoothly. It just works and you don't have to think about it. Build is very solid. Some wobble with intense sessions, but all in all, pretty good. Easy to get the bike in/out as the axle clamping is really robust and intuitive. Takes up a small footprint as well. And it is QUIET!

The bad is that this is my second unit and from all I can gather, there may have been a defective batch of SNAPs. I had very regular power spikes, that would only last 1-3 pedal strokes, but would interrupt smooth pedaling, or could blow you up during an intense session. Happened randomly, but often. Drove me crazy. Wahoo and CC were AMAZING with their support. CC sent me a new one quickly, and offered to work with Wahoo. Wahoo replied to emails multiple times a day. Unfortunately I tried 10 different fixes, lots of research, troubleshooting, but no avail. Finally, Wahoo released a beta firmware that fixed it completely. I believe the issue was with the speed sensor. I found many people with the same issue with recent units - there is a fb group wahoo Kickr / snap support that had many people on it with the issue. And if you google kickr snap power spikes you will find a youtube video of a guy fixing it, manually.

All in all, it took up way too much time to get it working right, but CC and Wahoo were great, and there is now a fix for the issue. Just be aware if you have this issue, there is a fix.

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adam R.wrote a review of on December 8, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These couldn't fit me any better - tight, but not constricting, and doesn't pinch the back of my knees. Doesn't droop out back either. Have used down to 30 degrees including some fast descents. Chamois seems decent - I haven ridden it up to 2 hours and it has been fine. The windstopping works well for me. They also seem to adapt well to rising body temp. They don't overheat my legs as the ride goes on. Good visibility accents. Liking the Craft stuff!

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adam R.wrote a review of on November 28, 2016

5 5

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

I tried this jacket out for the first time this weekend. Day started at sunrise, 30 degrees, and ride ended at 44 degrees in full sun. Over 30 miles of moderate effort 65-75% FTP. Morning was frigidly cold, and every ride from home starts with a 1 mile descent. A good test for the jacket and it performed perfectly. Wind protection and warmth were great - Craft recommends a base layer or jersey underneath. I had on a short sleeve jersey and arm warmers. My face was frozen and my mid-weight gloves were too thin at the start. But my torso was warm. As the day warmed up, the jacket didn't get too hot, even on climbs (unlike my light rain/wind jacket), and seemed to vent well. The most I had to do was unzip the front a few inches.

Fit is good - trim - not quite aero, but not baggy at all. Much less wind resistance than my light wind/rain jacket. For my body, it is a bit snug at the chest and a tad short in the front when standing up, but on the bike it was perfect and made for a more streamlined fit. I also have a long torso.

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adam R.wrote a review of on May 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I use this connected to my cleat and it has worked great over my first few rides. For the second ride it didn't connect correctly, and had to forget it and reconnect. All fine since then. It seemed like it could have been the app/phone's issue as the included Wahoo app was able to recognize it. Using with Iphone 6S and mapmyride

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adam R.wrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These fit true to size, if not a little snug. Medium, 31" waist with pretty thin legs. If I had huge quads, it would be tight. The chamois is much more comfortable than my REI biking shorts. If they had Medium in my size on sale again, I would definitely buy additional pairs.

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adam R.wrote a review of on March 30, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

On sale this is a fantastic deal. I really like the jersey. It seems more sturdy than the De Marchi jersey I also purchased. Medium fits perfectly on my 5' 11" 160 frame, with long torso. I don't go for the super busy designs of most kits, so this works well for me. Pockets work well, and seems to be comfortable in both on the cooler side and hotter side. Plus it makes me feel like a bad a$$ (just kidding, mostly).

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adam R.wrote a review of on February 21, 2016

5 5

I originally purchased a Medium - I am Medium in just about everything. However, the M was just too small. It was tight in the shoulders and it was short for my longish torso. I returned and went with a Large. It may be slightly big for me, but length is good and allows room for layers underneath. Love the look as I am not a graphic jersey sort of guy. Nice feel, functionality.

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adam R.wrote a review of on February 18, 2016

3 5

I bought this for the windstopper protection and what looks like good ventilation. I tried it as an alternative to a windstopping jacket on a few days in the lower 30s. With this, armwarmers, and a jersey it was not warm enough on the descents, in comparison to non-windstopping baselayer with windstopping jacket. It does say on the box that it is for "cool" not "cold" temps (which it doesn't say on the web site). It functions well as a standard baselayer and probably has better ventilation than my others. However, for the price, and the compromise of fit/comfort (windstopper is not flexible) I would just use my normal Target/C9 baselayers. A little bit tight in size M on me, but good for a baselayer.

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adam R.wrote a review of on February 18, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Have the Italy version. Really like it. Good visibility, good fit, warmth, and easy to clean. I have a longer torso, and this has adequate length. Fantastic look. -- UPDATE: I agree with the reviewer who mentioned the zipper. After maybe 6 wears the first tooth is misaligned, requiring me to carefully start the zipper with the jersey off and then put it on. After two more uses, it broke completely. CC customer service was great and willing to return, but they didn't have the same style/color. I opted to get a new zipper installed locally.

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