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Fort Myers, Florida

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  • Road Biking,
  • Mountain Biking.
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pcmountainwrote a review of on April 21, 2020

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

-I love the concept of this vest but it doesn’t work out as well as I’d hoped. The cutout doesn’t always line up with your jersey pockets so sometimes fetching stuff from your jersey pockets is problematic. Along these same lines is that if you’re wearing full-fingered gloves it’s harder to get things out of the pockets because you can’t feel where the different fabrics start and end. And typically, if it’s cold enough to need this vest it’s most likely cold enough that I need full fingered gloves. In warmer weather I wear a lighter vest. So what happens a lot when I wear this vest is that I end up having to pull the vest up to get to my jersey pockets just like I with other “normal”-style vests so the purpose of the back opening is defeated. I’m also not a fan of the single, elastic band that’s used on the bottom-back of the vest. It’s tight and feels weird.
-What I do like about this vest is that it’s really well ventilated. You’ll stay warm in it without overheating. I’ve worn it with arm warmers or a long sleeve jersey down to 45 degrees and felt fine. I haven’t had any issues with the zipper. It zips and unzips easily and it’s never caught on the fabric or come undone. I had to size up. Usually I wear a medium in cycling clothes (except Castelli and some other Italian brands) but had to go large with this. I’m 5’9” and 150 pounds.
-My reason for the low rating goes back to the fact that the access port in back doesn’t really work for me and if I’m not going to use it then what’s the point of getting a vest like this. What I’ve ended up using more often is a vest with a small pocket in back to hold nutrition for quick access.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on April 21, 2020

2 5

This jersey is great in so many ways but falls short of being a keeper. And by falls short I mean it literally. It’s about an inch too short for me in the front. I understand that it’s designed for the on-bike position but I don’t want people to see my belly-button when I’m standing up. I’m a medium in every piece of PI kit that I own, often with a bit of room to spare, but this shirt in a medium was comically small on me. So I tried on a large and the problem was still there. I’m 5’9” and 154 pounds so there’s no way I’m wearing an XL. The fabric is fantastic. It’s super lightweight and breathable but not see-through. This is a great jersey for the hottest weather. I’m also a fan of the longer sleeves and the color and paisleys pops. It's too bad that I had to send this back but it’s simply not wearable.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on February 7, 2020

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

For gravel riding and short mountain bike rides I’ve been using a Camelbak Rogue for years. I wanted another one as a backup but the Rogue has been re-done since I first bought one and some of the reviews on the new model gave me pause. The EVOC CC 2L Plus looked very similar to my older Rogue so I thought I’d give it a try. Since I’ve so thoroughly tested the original Rogue I can’t help but compare the two. The EVOC has slightly less storage than the already minimalist Rogue so that’s a notch against it. However, I love the way the bladder on the Evoc opens for filling. It’s essentially a giant and very secure zip-lock. It’s much easier to use than the bladder in my Rogue. The EVOC bladder attaches to the pack with a small, flimsy loop of velcro that so far hasn’t been a problem but I view it as a potential weak point. The EVOC is comfortable, lightweight, and breathable. The hose and mouthpiece works great. I like this item and I do recommend it but that being said, if I ever need another one I’ll probably go back to the Rogue just for the tiny bit of extra space that it provides.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on November 23, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first experience with knee pads but as I’m getting older it seemed like a smart idea. I did a lot of research before choosing the POC Joint VPD Airs and I made a good choice. These strike the right balance between comfort, protection and breathability. I live in SW Florida where it’s almost always hot and humid so the coolness and comfort factor were at the top of my list. I figured if I don’t want to wear the pads then it doesn’t matter how protective they are. I did a 15 mile loop on singletrack wearing these on sunny, hot and humid day where it got up to 90 and I did not overheat under the pads. Of course I got sweaty but nothing unbearable. Wearing them takes some getting used to and I always could always feel that I was wearing them but it wasn’t distracting and didn’t affect my riding. I’m to the point now where I barely even think about them. Getting them on and off is easy and they stay in place. I never had to adjust them. I’m 5’9” and 148 pounds with very skinny legs and the size medium is perfect. I haven’t cashed in these yet so I can’t attest to how protective they are but I thought I’d do a review to comment on the other traits.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on November 21, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I paid $60 for these bibs from Steep & Cheap and at that price I wish I had bought two. The reason I bought these bibs is because of the grippers which are a single strip of silicone around the bottom edge. They’re simple and plain looking but these old-school grippers don’t irritate my skin the way the new “pro-style” wide-band elastic grippers do in hot humid conditions. I’m frustrated by how hard it is to find grippers like this, especially on higher end bibs. The fabric used in the lowers is thin, comfortable and slightly meshed on the sides making these bibs great for hot weather. Also making them good for hot weather is that the front doesn’t come up too high. They sit about even with my navel. The final feature that makes these a hot-weather bib is that the inseam is a little shorter than some brands. There’s about 4” between my knee and the bottoms whereas my Capos or Giordanas come down almost to my knees. The chamois in these bibs in one of the best I’ve ever felt. I did an 80 mile ride on my trainer and had zero issues in the chamois area. The only negative of these bibs is the straps. They’re thin and short, making them cut into my skin slightly. I bought a size large and at 5’9” it doesn’t seem like the straps should be this short. The straps are also spaced too close together which exacerbates this problem. Lastly, the straps have a small stretchy segment that’s lined with silicone right where they sit on top of your shoulders. I assume this is to hold the straps in place but it’s totally unnecessary and only serves to irritate my skin and cause the straps to get twisted up when you put them on. The straps of these bibs is why I would have considered returning these bibs had they not been $60. But I’m glad I didn’t return them because after using these bibs for six months including some rides in extremely hot weather I bought another pair for $105. The fact that the grippers don’t irritate my thighs makes them priceless to me. I recommend sizing up with Sportful since they run small like most Italian brands. At 5’9” and 152 pounds I had to go with a large whereas I’m a medium in American and British brands.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on June 26, 2019

4 5

I’ve been using the regular Mad Alchemy Pro chamois cream for quite some time now and love it. It’s got a smooth, creamy, non-greasy texture. It doesn’t stain, it works, and it smells great. The Euro style is exactly the same except it has menthol in it so you get a touch of that tingly feeling. To me it’s not bad or good, it just doesn’t add anything for me so I’m going back to the Pro.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on December 13, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I used these on a sunny day that started at 53 and ended up closer to 80. They were probably warmer than I needed by the end of the ride but I wasn’t overly hot. What I most enjoyed is that when it was cool at the start of my ride my crotch wasn’t chilly. These are a perfect bib for those days where you don’t need knee warmers but still want something warmer than standard bibs which are almost all quite thin. The straps are comfy and the waist is low which I strongly prefer. The grippers are narrow but they work. I paid $75 which is a great deal although they’re worth the regular $100 price. As usual with Castelli I had to size up to a large. I’m 5’9” and 145 pounds.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on August 10, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear a size medium in Giro, LG, and POC helmets and a size large in Lazer so for the Kask Mojito I tried on both a medium and a large. It turns out that the large is a much better fit in Kask. I can fit into a medium but it looked too small on my head. Also, in the large I’m able to wear a cycling cap underneath it which I appreciate during the winter. The plush padding on the Mojito is a step up from other helmets I’ve worn. The padding on the Mojito is thick, soft and appears more durable. In spite of the plush padding the Mojito sits low on my head. It’s one of the more stylish helmets and love the way it looks. No mushroom head with the Mojito. The chin strap is fake leather and the rest of the strap is a thicker and sturdier than the fabric used in other helmets. That might be part of the reason that the strap lays flat and comfortably around my ears which is an issue with my Atmos. The helmet weighs 311 grams which is heavier than my POC Octal (245 grams) and my Giro Atmos (264 grams). That being said, it still feels very light and the ventilation is fantastic and I’ve worn it during the unbearably hot summer of Fort Myers, Florida. Last but not least, my Oakley Radars lock in tightly. I got this helmet on sale for $150 and at that price it’s a steal. UPDATE - I still think this a great helmet but I’ve had problems with it riding up on me, a problem I also have with my Atmos but to a lesser extent with my Octal. Also, I’ve fallen out of love with the pleather chin strap. It hasn’t softened up at all and it bothers me when I get really sweaty. I’ve since removed a star and I now mostly wear my POC Octal.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on December 22, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I also own a pair of Nalini Integra bibs and I liked those so much that I thought I’d try another model from Nalini. The Mavone 2’s did not disappoint. I’m 5’9” and 155 and the large is great although the fabric in front comes up a little too high making them not a great option for hot weather. Also, the cuffs fall a little higher on my leg than some of my other bibs from American brands and I do prefer a slightly longer inseam..Nalini sizing is similar to Castelli where I also wear a large although I’d say Nalini runs maybe a hair larger than Castelli. In every other brand I’ve worn I’m a medium (Capo, LG, Giordana, PI, Gore, and Hincapie). I’ve worn them on a variety of rides and I haven’t had any problems or discomfort with them although like I said, I don’t like them for really hot weather. Overall, these bibs look sharp and feel great. At $113 they’re a tremendous value.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on October 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Once you go Boa you can’t go back. It’s super fast and easy to put on, adjust, and remove your shoes. And with the Boa system they stay tight. Now I don’t want to use anything else. These shoes are VERY stiff and you will notice especially if you’re coming from a less stiff shoe as I was. The power transfer is excellent but the stiffness might take some getting used to. On my first ride they were comfy until around mile 40 and then my dogs start barking. Loosening the shoes helped a lot. After a couple more rides I didn’t have any soreness. Maybe my feet just needed to HTFU or maybe the shoes wore in a bit. The shoes are minimalist and very light. Inside on the trainer my feet get a little warm but on the bike they’re well-vented and cool even in the extremely hot and humid weather of SW Florida. I bought these during a TDF sale for $150 and at that price they are an absolute steal. I would pay much more for them. I bought a size 42 and wear an 8 ½ or a 9 in all my shoes.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on March 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these bib shorts like I buy most of my bibs; on sale at the end of the season. I know little about the Nalini brand but what attracted me aside from the price is that they are all black which for some reason is difficult to find nowadays. Yes there’s a Nalini logo down the side but it’s charcoal-colored and very subtle. I’m tired of different colored panels and flashy logos. But aside from that, yes, the fact that they were 60% off was the draw. However, I can’t imagine anyone paying $279.95 for these bibs, or any bib shorts for that matter. $150 is typically the range I go for. While $279 seems crazy to me, I have to say that these Nalinis are top-shelf quality in every way. First of all, the leg grippers are fantastic. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the shaped grippers but they feel and work great. The bib material is also amazing. It’s called Hot Moa light and it’s compressive without being uncomfortable. It has an interesting honeycombed texture inside and out and I love it. I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s hard to explain it but just know that in addition to being compressive, it’s soft, lightweight, and breathes really well making it perfect for hot weather. But it’s not so light that you can’t wear it in cooler weather too. The panels of the bibs come together to form a great, aerodynamic, race fit.

The upper is a very light mesh material with straps that are like stretchy silk ribbons. You can’t even feel them. I’m 5’9” and 155 lbs. and got the large. In bib shorts, I typically wear medium in American sizing (Capo, Hincapie, Pearl Izumi, etc.) and large in Italian (Castelli, Giordana) due to my height. The inseam length is good although I’d appreciate about 3/4” more. However, I have longer legs and tend to like a longer inseam. They’re comparable in length to my Castelli bibs but not as long as Capos. My only complaint about these bibs, and unfortunately it’s in a crucial area, is that I’m not a fan of the unique chamois. Nalini calls it their Integra chamois which is “integrated into the center fabric panels”. Basically, the chamois looks like it was attached inside out. The ridges and channels are on the outside (and the inside). All my other bibs are smooth on the outside. On my first ride in these bibs I could feel the ridges and it was annoying and caused a bit of discomfort. The fact that the chamois is thin probably also exacerbates the problem. Also, I’m the type of rider who moves around a lot on the saddle and the Integra chamois is supposed to “provide stabilization and promote correct positioning over the saddle” so it’s probably designed to work best with someone who’s locked in place. On subsequent rides the chamois felt better. Maybe it softened up from use and the wash or maybe I just got used to it. Nonetheless, it still feels thin and I won’t be doing any centuries in these bibs. The outside-front portion of the chamois is shaped almost like a cod-piece which I like. Nalini also says that the chamois “boasts hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties” and that part is definitely true. This chamois stays dry. If I could get these shorts with a thicker/softer chamois they would easily be my favorite bibs but because the thinness I went with a lower rating. In spite of the less than 5-star rating (4 ½ stars would be my choice if possible), I still highly recommend them if you can get them for $150 or less.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on September 25, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I bought this helmet from Backcountry and returned it. Thank you Backcountry for making returns easy! I would have kept it if I didn’t already have two helmets but since this was a somewhat frivolous purchase I sent it back. It’s fairly low profile, round, light, and well vented. The rear blinky is an awesome bonus feature but the retention system seemed cheap and not very comfortable. Overall I didn’t like the helmet enough to replace my Giro Atmos and since it’s expensive I had to really like it to keep it. I ended up getting a Kask Mojito instead which I love.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on September 19, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When my Kickr is working it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread but when it quits working 6 months after purchase it’s frustrating. Yes I had a problem with mine. Overnight the power meter component quit working and without that this trainer isn’t useful. Fortunately, Wahoo customer service is fantastic. They’re quick to respond via email and their phone is quickly answered by one of their friendly employees in Atlanta. For my first issue they sent me a new part (a top cap) to fix the problem and that worked for a month and then it quit working again. After that they sent me a whole new unit with absolutely no hassle. They shipped me a box to return the broken Kickr and shipped me a new Kickr as soon as my old one hit the mail. There was no charge for anything. That’s good service and there’s something to be said for that. In spite of this, I’m leary of long term durability. The warranty is only a year and it did not re-up when I got a new unit. If my Kickr breaks again and it’s outside of the warranty I’ll have to pay for shipping, parts, and labor. Shipping alone will be very expensive since this thing weighs 50 lbs. For the price the warranty should be longer. Maybe my situation was a fluke. Maybe I got a lemon. I really hope that’s the case because to get your money’s worth this Kickr needs to last a long time. Five years from now if I haven’t had another problem I’ll retract this. Please note that as of 2016 Wahoo has released a new version of the Kickr and my comments pertain to the previous model.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on September 14, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Castelli Tempo V gloves are lightweight, breathable and so comfortable that I can barely tell that I’m wearing them. They’re perfect for the summers here in Florida. They have small pull tabs that make removal easier. The velcro closure is delicate and isn’t exactly lock-tight but it does stay closed. I wash them on delicate/hand wash after most rides and one of the gloves fell apart at one of the closures after three months of use. I was able to glue it back together and I bought them on sale for $16 so I’m not too upset. I’m 5’9” and 152 pounds with thin hands and the size medium was a perfect fit. If you can get them for $16 I would buy them, otherwise it’s not worth it.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on July 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This are some high-quality, pro-style bibs. The upper is minimalist. The straps are thin (1.75”) and fine mesh. The straps/upper is nothing special although I greatly appreciate that the waist falls right at or below my navel. This is better for warm weather and makes going to bathroom easier. I don’t want to buy bibs that come up any higher. The bottom section is what really impresses me. The fabric is compressive, super-soft, and comfortable. They’re perfect for hot weather. It looks great too. It’s finished with some very effective pro-type leg grippers that do not budge. I’m 5’9” and 152 pounds and in most bibs I wear a medium (Capo, Hincapie, Craft, Gore, Bontrager, PI,) but in these I’m definitely a large. And even in the large the crotch is a little tight. I have no choice but to “dress up” if you know what I mean. Nonetheless, the tight fit in that area keeps your junk in place which is nice. You’ll need to squeeze into these bibs a bit regardless of what size you get but once on they feel like a second skin. They’re designed with aerodynamics and compression in mind. The chamois is fantastic. It might be the best I’ve ever felt. I like the inseam length of these bibs although I wouldn’t want them any shorter. However, I have long legs and often like longish bibs like my Capos. These bibs often sell for $200 but you should be able to find them for $150 which is a more appropriate price. I like these so much that I will be buying another.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on July 25, 2016

5 5

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

I’d been admiring this jersey online for several months and when it came up on sale for $80 I jumped on it. I’m glad I did because it truly is a fantastic jersey. The material is super soft and lightweight. It’s perfect for very hot weather and it really wicks the sweat away. The zipper is top-notch and the sleeves are cut slightly longer which I love. Also, the sleeves are finished off with a very nice pro-style gripper. The gripper at the bottom is contoured and nice too. The collar is super-soft and comes up just a tiny bit. There’s also a small bonus pocket that zips. The fit of this jersey is 100% pro. I bought a medium and a large intent on returning one of them. It was a tough decision. I normally wear a medium except in my Castelli Aero Race jersey which is a large. I went with the large in this jersey too. The medium fit okay but it felt just a little too tight in the chest and arms. The downside of the large is there is some bunching in the chest when on-bike. A guy with a bigger or more muscular chest probably wouldn’t have this problem. I’m 5’9” and 152 lbs. I was expecting the red color to be brighter but it’s more of rusty-red instead. I prefer bright red but the muted red is cool too so no biggie. If you can get this jersey for $100 or less buy it now.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on July 25, 2016

5 5

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

At $70 these are 5 stars (or 4 ½ if that was an option). At their regular price ($150) I’d know them down a star. Structurally they are very similar to the Capo Pursuit bibs. I have a 2014 or 2015 pair of Pursuits and the uppers are identical. They’re a very fine mesh and about 1.75” wide. I prefer a wider, softer mesh similar to what’s usually on the Hincapie hot weather jerseys but Capo bib straps are better than the straps on my Castelli Free Aero Race bibs and these Castellis are more than twice the price. I love that the waist of the Capos cut just below my navel. That’s great for warm weather and makes going to the bathroom easier too. The inseam is just a tad bit longer than some bibs and I prefer it like that because of my long legs. The gripper is a wide, soft, pro-style elastic. I like the polka dots on the grippers but my wife said it looks feminine. I disregarded her opinion because I think the dots look interesting. The lower material is all the same type and slightly thicker/more durable than some fabrics. But it’s certainly soft, very comfortable, and suitable for hot weather. The only weakness of these bibs is the chamois which is thin and not very well padded. However, it’s enough to keep me comfortable on 60 mile rides but for anything longer I’d wear something else. I bought a small and a medium even though in all my other bibs I’m either a medium or large. The reason being that some of the reviews and the sizing chart suggested that I’m a small or between a small and medium. The small fit me good, especially in the leg grippers but the straps were just a hair too short so I kept the medium and returned the smalls. My Capo Pursuit bibs are also a medium. I’m 5’9” and 152 pounds. The bottom line is that the Capo Royal Street bibs shorts are a steal for $70 and at that price I might buy two of them.

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pcmountainwrote a review of on January 16, 2016

4 5

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

This is my first experience with embrocation. It’s not something I need very often living in Southwest Florida. However, I’m glad to have it because it is useful once in awhile when the temp dips below 70. I use latex gloves to apply it. It goes on easily and smoothly and it has a great scent. At first you’ll feel a slight warmth and tingling sensation and then it kicks in more as you ride. You’ll feel it during and after a shower too. It gets hot but nothing unbearable although the mellow heat was plenty hot for me. I wouldn’t want to use anything stronger than this. It definitely keeps my legs warmer and more protected than they’d would be bare and it’s more comfortable than knee or leg warmers. The only downside aside from the high price is that your legs will attract lots of grime and you need to cautious not to touch them and then your eyes.

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