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j_amess2184846wrote a review of on November 20, 2018

5 5

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

I'm writing this as a first blush review. Size wise my opinion is that these run a bit small. I ordered my normal size 44 (street shoe size 9.5 US) and found them to be short and narrow. I sized up to a 45 wide (which is a US size 11) and they fit perfect with a mid weight wool sock. The workmanship of these boots is superb and the leather material looks and feels great. The toe piece is reinforced rubberized plastic and looks as though it could take a beating. There is a warning note at the cleat mounting points on both boots advising Crank Brothers pedal users to use shim/shoe shield provided by pedal manufacturer or risk invalidating warranty. I mounted Shimano SPD cleats, this shoe/cleat combo fits my pedals nicely and clicks in and out easily. There is a small "D" ring on the top of the shoe which I assume is for a gaiter attachment point. These shoes are very well insulated and there is a reflective sole liner for what I hope to be extra warmth on the sole of my foot. At 1 lb 10 oz per shoe they are a bit heavy but I expected that. I'm looking forward to riding without shoe covers and hot hands chem packs in my shoes! I'll write a followup after I get some miles on these. For now, I'm very impressed!

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j_amess2184846wrote a review of on October 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride a Salsa Marrakesh for touring. According to the FAQ on the Salsa website this bar was designed for gravel and cyclocross however, the Marrakesh (Salsa's full up touring bike) comes equipped with a Cowchipper handlebar; it is perfect for touring with loaded panniers. I've ridden a little over 6000 miles with this bar and absolutely love it. In contrast, my Specialized Roubaix Expert came with a Specialized Hover bar which was great riding on the hoods or cross bar but very unstable on the hooks and drops. Consequently I very seldom rode on the drops. I just replaced the Specialized bar with a Cowchipper and believe me, the 24 degree flare in the drops makes the Roubaix a lot more stable and comfortable. Its also kinda cool to look down and see nothing but road under your bars and it does add a flare (pun intended) to my Roubaix. This is not just a touring or gravel bike bar. Get one - you're gonna love it. I'd recommend the exact same width bar as you are currently using. The geometry is pretty much the same as the road bars drop angle (reach, drop), it just has the 24 degree flare with the bar ends about 14 cm wider than a normal bar.

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j_amess2184846wrote a review of on October 1, 2018

The. Best. Saddle. Period!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Mine came with my Salsa Marrakesh and I couldn't be happier. I "cheated" a bit on the break in (http://www.randorichard.com/saddle-break-in) and was riding it comfortably on day two. I rode it from Washington to Colorado and had absolutely no problems. I like it so much I'm adding one to my Carbon Fiber Roubaix. The extra bit of weight is a penalty I'm willing to pay for all day comfort!

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j_amess2184846wrote a review of on August 4, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered this jacket through Competitive Cyclist but noted that it was shipped by Back Country so I'm putting the review here. First things first - I'm not a big guy I have a 33 inch waist and I believe a 40" chest. In 95% of my clothes a medium fits me to a "T." I suspected that this might be a bit smallish so I ordered up to a size large and it fits like a condom. Kinda like it that way as it doesn't flap in the wind. You do have to take your gloves off to get it off your hands. Has a nice long tail to keep your butt dry and a big reflector on the back to keep cars from smashing you. I wouldn't even consider mountain biking with this coat unless it was on a nice wide double track where a crash could not happen or a snag on a tree branch.
I have a couple other Gortex "Shake Dry" coats and let me say that Gortex finally, after thirty years of trying, got it right. The membrane is on the outside and water always, always beads up like water on a duck's back. Give it a little shake and the water is gone. It DOES NOT WET OUT. Ever. Also no condensation builds up on the inside of the jacket. Your jersey may get damp but not excessively so. No rubber bag effect here.
Since the membrane is on the outside I highly recommend that when you stow this jacket you roll it up with the membrane on the inside to give it a little added protection in your jersey pocket or whereever else you may stow it. It rolls up to about the size of a hot dog (bun included) and easily stows just about anywhere. It is also light as a feather - mine weighs 4.0 ounces including the rubber band that keeps it rolled.

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