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astrawhacker

astrawhacker

Des Moines, Iowa

astrawhacker's Passions

Road Biking
Triathlon

astrawhacker's Bio

Fell in love with Cycling after a brief collegiate track and field career

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astrawhackerwrote a review of on October 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These socks are awesome. They are very light and comfortable. you need to make sure that you have proper fitting shoes and insoles if you are going to wear socks this thin as they can cause more frequent hot spots. As long as your shoes and insoles are fitted correctly, these are the best socks out there.

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astrawhackerwrote a review of on October 3, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I typically just use cheap LBS water bottles as a i have a tendency to loose them often. I thought i would try one of these after seeing several ads during the TDF. They are very easy to clean since both end are removable. You need to make sure both ends are screwed on tighter than you think you need to make sure that it doesn't leak. After several months of use (and somehow not loosing it) i've found that these bottles actually smell worse and need cleaned way more often than most water bottles. It's just a water bottle, i probably wouldn't buy another one.

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astrawhackerwrote a review of on October 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Little different perspective here than other reviews. I bought these to replace CB egg beaters on my CX bike. I got tired of always missing the pedal while mounting and destroying my shins. These solved that problem by adding a small platform around essentially the same pedal. I would not recommend these for a road pedal or a beginner pedal. However, for cyclocross, they are PERFECT!

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astrawhackerwrote a review of on October 3, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I typically don't use a cream when i ride, but when i do, this is the best stuff out there. It has just the right amount of tingle when you apply. Only downside is it tends to wear off on long rides (50+ mi). Applying more than you think tends to solve this problem. Recommend!

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astrawhackerwrote a review of on October 1, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet overall is awesome. It is very light, vents incredibly well and the fit adjustment system is far superior to most other helmets i have ridden. There are however two small details that drive me nuts. 1. the padding that come in the helmet is way to thin in the front to the point that the velcro actually digs into your forehead. Not a huge deal to fix it, but for a high $ helmet, one i expect not to have to do. Also should be noted that this is only an issue if you do not wear a cap underneath your helmet 2. the way the vents are set up i cannot for the life of me find a comfortable and sturdy place to store my glasses. I have tried with multiple pairs (Oakley flak jackets and Rudy Project radar) and they still wont stay. I typically wear my Rudy projects with photochromic lenses, so i usually don't have to take them off and worry about it. Overall, this is one of the best helmets i have owned and would recommend it to anyone.

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astrawhackerwrote a review of on January 30, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fantastic wind resistance in the front and plenty breathable on the back. My favorite part however, it the waterproof portion that covers you rear pockets. Brilliant! Not to mention great color options. Fits as anything from Castelli does, one size small.

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