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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on January 29, 2018

Many years of service
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great little light from Exposure. Unfortunately, after many years of use, and some over-tightening, mine broke. I'm a little hesitant to buy another because of the twist on/off, but it's proving difficult to find something of similar micro size that incorporates a CR123 (rechargeable) with a strobe function at around the 100lm level so that the battery last many hours. Just enough light to get you through the first twenty minutes of a predawn mtb race, or convince check point officials to let you pass after the no-lights time cutoff of an ultraendurance because you haven't trained when you have a new kid. ("They didn't say what kind of light. Go!"€)

Slight increase in lumens since I bought mine. There are a lot of other offerings out there with multiple times the lumens, but this one is really great for its balanced size, output, and life. Also, since the Flash sits flush with the handle bars, there is no knee bumping when out of the saddle.
The Flare is also a really nice taillight, but expect the same issue with the plastic twist head after years. Also, if you have an aero seat post, you may want to wrap a small piece of bike tube to keep it steady.
(both Flare and Flash pictured)

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ktimmmtbwrote a question about on October 24, 2017

First off, it's interesting that this GPS enabled bike computer isn't included in the 'GPS cycling computers' section. Instead it's listed under Men's Sport Watches.
Now...is it compatible with Wahoo Fitness cadence sensors?
Doesn't appear to have auto sync to Strava, but any users have feedback on compatibility?

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ktimmmtbwrote a question about on October 24, 2017

Given the frustrations with the live segments, I have to believe that you can have that turned off and it will still record Strava segments once uploaded, correct?
Any s/w updates from Garmin that have alleviated the Live Segments issue? Or with having to clear out messages (having to manually do that actually makes things unnecessarily dangerous)
Thanks

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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on October 2, 2017

Don't pass because of lower price
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this to replace a Scott Vanish Evo which saved my head in a severe impact with the road. For $130 (less on sale), this is a pretty nice helmet. It's got MIPS, is pretty lightweight, and nice looking. Breathes as well as any other more expensive helmet I've had.
Couple of strikes. It doesn't work so well with sliding your glasses into the vents. Also, for cold weather riders the strap is not long enough so that when you have on skull cap and have to adjust the buckle, it's right near the edge, and it's come off a few times. That's bad planning. I don't have a huge head.

(picture is of Scott Vanish EVO, not ARX)

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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on March 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Kept me toes warm for rides starting at 30 degrees (despite what the Garmin said), without any real added bulk. Can get about two hours in cold weather before toes get nippy. Read the complaints here about the zippers failing/breaking. I think some care in putting these on will help them last, like pinching the zipper together as you pull up. I put a couple dozen+/- rides on them over the past two NY winters without trouble. I like the sole design. Covers the whole sole underneath except for the cleat and heal pad. One thing I didn’t like about the Gore Thermo (which I returned) is that it’s only an elastic strap so if it isn’t tight around the sole, there’s a lot of space for cold air to come through. If you’re on the higher side of Gores sizing and get cold feet, then I would expect the fit to be better and would gladly pay the extra $40-$50 for what I think would be a warmer cover (but can’t confirm). But for the $30 sale price I paid for these, I am very happy with the purchase.

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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on March 11, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Kept me toes warm for rides starting at 30 degrees (despite what the Garmin said), without any real added bulk. Can get about two hours in cold weather before toes get nippy. Read the complaints here about the zippers failing/breaking. I think some care in putting these on will help them last, like pinching the zipper together as you pull up. I put a couple dozen+/- rides on them over the past two NY winters without trouble. I like the sole design. Covers the whole sole underneath except for the cleat and heal pad. One thing I didn’t like about the Gore Thermo (which I returned) is that it’s only an elastic strap so if it isn’t tight around the sole, there’s a lot of space for cold air to come through. If you’re on the higher side of Gores sizing and get cold feet, then I would expect the fit to be better and would gladly pay the extra $40-$50 for what I think would be a warmer cover (but can’t confirm). But for the $30 sale price I paid for these, I am very happy with the purchase.

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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on December 2, 2013

Disappointed
2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Expected so much more from these, especially considering the pinky/ring finger combo. Gives the impression that they are for cold weather. I wouldn't use these on the road below 42(F). The back of the glove has Windstopper, but if you blow between the fingers you'll see that the sides of the fingers let's the cold breeze right through. I still like the feel and construction though, and make a good cool weather mountain bike glove. Generous terry cloth area for whiping the snot away.
As much as I like Gore apparel (love my Gore Fusion gloves for extreme temps) there are just too many better winter road glove offerings for the price.
Like most, I had to one size up

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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on July 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

And the purpose is being able to look down at the Garmin unit without tucking my head down. Relatively expensive for a piece of plastic, yes. But economies of scale and all that, and it's still a worthy buy.
I don't think I would put this thing on my mountain bike due to exposure in a crash .

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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on December 29, 2011

5 5

While some southern riders feel the need for full tights when it drops to 60, we here in the NE have to deal with a little more. And these knickers are great for rides that can dip into the low 40s. The compression is pretty good and the exterior fabric smooth so it doesn't get caught on a lot of things creating pulls. The inner micro fleece is soft and comfortable, providing just the right amount of warmth for rides ~41-55 degrees. I still haven't busted out my Forma Red Super Roubaix bibs as it's been unseasonably warm so far this late fall/early winter.

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ktimmmtbwrote a review of on November 7, 2011

5 5

If you're willing to suffer a little, you can actually go lower, like to 40. Have used these in 3 hr rides starting at 35 and finishing at 39, and though my toes were cold, they weren't dead frozen.
Sucks when you have to play a guessing game as temps start to fall, but you can have some reasonable confidence that these will provide some comfort,even if you chose wrong.
Bottoms and stitching have held up after years of use.

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