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spychica

Alexandria, VA

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spychicawrote a review of on May 30, 2019

best of the bells
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

i have the cowbell on my steel CX bike. i have this on my converted carbon hybrid which was a flat bar triple but i morphed it into a compact double drop bar gravel bike. i mostly joy ride and commute on both. i also have the woodchipper on a plus mtb drop bar bike. all three are really great but have come to fall madly in love with the 24 degree flair that allows climbing, sprinting, cruising in the drops but in total comfort. the cowbell is a great roadie bar, and i find i'm most comfy in the hoods with it. but when you hit some single track, it's not wide enough and the front end can wiggle out from under you. this helps keep you moving at speed in corners and is easy to move between hoods, to tops to drops. i believe the drops themselves, b/c of the flair, have a front and rear position. i like the rear for cruising at speed and at the start of hills but then easily grab the curves in transition when the hill gets tough. i used to climb in the hoods, but this bar made me a better climber. swear.

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spychicawrote a review of on November 11, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

contacted OS after attempting to use this kit to convert Surly HD fat rims mated to 45N VHelgas using fatty stripper and the tape kept coming unstuck from sides. complete waste of $60 and am assuming b/c i am a woman, he figured i did it wrong so why reimburse? i will say if it were to seal, it seamed less mucky than stans which gets gooey rather fast. and the valves were nice. but the kit without sticky tape is useless really. money back plz???

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spychicawrote a question about on May 31, 2018

what would you recommend for a commuter 29+ which has cement after a mile in woods? so roots, mud, hardpack all in the same trail, then the cement jungle the rest of the way. using Knards now which no longer hold sealant. massive sealant weap, but otherwise performance is fine for my multi surface use. and i have a fat bike so not needing snow performance, but wouldn't hate if it went well in sand and snow as mentioned above.

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spychicawrote a review of on March 16, 2018

Brightest Sleekest Light.....But
3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

at the sale price, this light was a great addition to my commuting bits and necessary the times I worked past dark or left in the dark when the days were especially short. it's the absolute brightest light i ever had in either headlamp, flashlight, and even work lamps. and the side lights probably will catch some drivers attention, and they look cool. however there is no flashing mode, which most definitely needed when commuting in traffic. the only way some drivers were able to see me was the existence of heavy duty flashing, which my former Cygolight 350 did extremely well with 2 flashing modes (fast/slow). at the brightest, every driver knew to look out for something. this light has just a dimmer setting where the light literally dims-brightens-dims but it's barely distinguishable while moving at speed.

the other peeve of this lamp is the strap. i have 4 bikes in the commuter rotation and the thing is impossible for my 54 yo fingers to remove and reattach. i am bewildered that no other reviewers noted this. AND - if using a Salsa bar (thicker) with Salsa cork bar wrap, you will be affixing to the very last notch, meaning you have literally no strap left to grab onto when trying to remove it. you have to pinch at it, and it was so stiff, i though of using a wrench...seriously. if not for the fact my Cygolight had stopped holding a charge (after just a year), that alone would be cause for return as i am often deciding in a matter of seconds which bike to take and don't have 5 minutes to mess with removing and installing a light before heading out.
the only thing that saves this fact is the light swivels 360 degrees on the strap and you can get a better angle to grab. BUT it also swivels while you're riding so the light basically goes left and right of where you need it constantly. this is such a ridiculous discovery and there is no way to keep it pointing where you want as every bump causes it to move. the only relief is one side i have my bell mounted and so it only can swivel so far. this is a major fail for me in dark commute.
I did not try the helmet attachmentbut thanks L&M, nice add, but I'd rather you saved money on that and the bulletproof packaging and directions sans words.
the only other critique is weight. YES it is it the brightest, but it weighs in with enough heft to feel like an infant dumbbell. like heavy. not kidding. like, if installed near a bar end it could artificially steer the bars to that side.
lastly, the charger cover would not stay put and eventually flung off when the thing moved causing the flapping cover to catch under my bell then be torn off when i tried rotating the lamp to point back onto the road.
as for charging, it will charge fast, meaning 10-30 minutes, but i found that green light fast charge means 10-15 minutes use time. it needs several hours solid charging after battery discharge and if you keep it plugged in at both the destination and home, it won't fail. i found that use of other micro USB chargers did not adequately charge as well as the OEM.
with so many caveats, i honestly can't recommend it, even if it had a flashing feature, i don't know if i could overlook the major fails. i'll report back should my opinion change, but as of now, i'm saving for another cygolite and this will be the woods and night riding lamp.

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spychicawrote a review of on April 1, 2017

2 5

who knows whether these will be awesome if i can't mount them. they look nice, feel sticky, but the sidewall is extremely pliable and fluid. these were picked up for use to convert my salsa mukluk (which i built up in the basement) from fat to 27.5+ nimbleness. i love my fat bike, but want to see how it handles a smaller profile. but unfortunately these tires will not mount on my Easton Arc i40 rim. and while attempting, using everything you can imagine, the side wall is rippling, as if super stressed by the effort. it seems too small for this rim. sorry. but i have never seen a tire ripple this way during an install. even if i could somehow get them on, or pay the LBS to do it, they only measure out to 2.5" and that's without any air. this is not the footprint i hoped for, and won't enhance the bike geometry to go that narrow. lastly, this is not what the width they are advertised as. i am going to continue my search and return these for a REAL plus tire.

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spychicawrote a review of on January 19, 2016

FYI - SRAM lock nut is silver not black
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the way these cassettes fit together and install with ease. This is well crafted and solid but light. Built up a fat bike in my basement with an SRAM X9/X7 drive train to better mimic the 2014 OEM. Decided to have the shop run the cables so to be sure it will look as good as it shifts although most of the build has been super straightforward. A little nervous leaving it there after babying it the past 2 weeks. UPDATE: after 2 years in snow, mud, rain, and slop, this cassette is going strong, never skips, and is easy to keep clean.

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spychicawrote a question about on December 15, 2014

Anyone around who can verify whether the REDs match? I have a Charge Filter cyclocross bike and just went with a red seat to bring out the red bits and wanted to compliment the red hoods with matching red bar tape. The Charge red didn't come close to matching the red hoods. I'd prefer all one color drops and hoods and thought if the reds match, great, if not, I will swap out the hoods for black. Thanks!

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