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couchathletewrote a review of on December 13, 2016

4 5

There hasn't been a review for this in years on here. Also, description of BC is out-dated. I don't think there are 4 resistance curves and quick-lock cam lever.

Decided to get a trainer for winter training/overall exercise during the winter in SLC versus a cold weather kit (add up to be the same price). This is my initial impression of the unit, which is the basis for keeping the trainer or not.

Unboxed, the unit is 99% ready to use. Unfold the legs, switch the skewers and mount the bike. The trainer spins nicely and very stable on old-rickety 1920s original wood floor without a mat. The resistance is just wonderful, smooth with no lag, but I won't call it 'road like feel'. Noise generated while spinning will wake a sleeping baby in the same room, a combination of the resistance unit's whirring and bike gears. I'm putting this in the basement to minimize noise for the duplex neighbor, but the trainer is stable enough to be use in upper level of newer apartments where the flooring is well insulated. Once done, it folds up nicely for under-bed storage.

Also, use an old tire on the trainer to save your nice tire for the pavement.

PS: It's a keeper, pending weird chucking noise as indicated by some users on Youtube.

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couchathletewrote a review of on July 22, 2016

5 5

Riding on stock tires? Upgrade ASAP, especially if you're thinking about upgrading wheels. Tire upgrade may just get you through another season and give you time save for those Chicago style deep dish wheels. At a sale price, these tires are fantastic buy. The 25mm rolls smooth and grip the road --- aka power at the pedal, no slippage, excellent power transfer for climbing and acceleration.

Don't forget the chevron pattern >>>> points forward

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couchathletewrote a review of on July 22, 2016

Simple and it works
5 5

Cache = medium size. I'v made it hold 2x standard 700c inner tubes, 1x CO2, 1x multitool. Loosen the saddle rail straps and pack from the bottom up.

And my actual review...This may be a keeper, and I've gone through a lot of saddle bags to find one that's aesthetically cool and function properly. The Lizard Skins Cache fit both criteria, it's simple elegant with strong velcro to secure the bag to the bike with no noise going through rough roads.

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couchathletewrote a review of on August 2, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I never had issue with my chain dropping on my alum road bike, but brought this product to protect my new carbon bike. Installing was a bit tricky - hint - hold the chain catcher & derailleur cage while tightening the bolt to the keep correct spacing of the chain catcher & derailleur position.

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couchathletewrote a review of on July 29, 2014

5 5

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

Important: Ridley sizing is definitely larger (Ridley small = medium in most brand) - base your purchase size on effective top tube measurement and you'll be happy.

There are some error in the tech specs in terms of components used for this bike build. The major misprint was the wheelset - but that has been corrected.

I had the bike shipped - So I'll start with how well BC/CC packed and shipped the bike. Out-of-the box, there is a little bit of installation (cockpit & wheels) and adjustment (mainly the front derailleur as other reviewers remarked). The bike is essential ready to ride after installing pedals.

What I changed right away - The "saddle"...4AZ saddle is really heavy, did feel comfy, but definitely something you'd want to upgrade ASAP. The rest of the components are good for training/recreational rides - upgrade as you go.

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