Alex Pina

Alex Pina

Alex Pina

Alex Pina wrote a review of on May 4, 2012

5 5

I HATE saddle bags and I've been looking for a product like the Caddy Sack for a few years now. LOVE this thing! I switch between road and mtb and it's really nice to have a stocked kit that lives in the gear bag and is able to hold everything I need for both bikes - just grab and go. I used to use ziplock sandwich bags to hold my essentials, but once packed, they would always feel bulky and never had the right proportions to fit nicely in my jersey pocket. My Caddy Sack is stocked with a road tube (an mtb tube might be a bit too big to fit), tire levers, a patch kit, compact multi-tool, 2 CO2 cartridges & CO2 chuck - you have to get a little creative with how you pack it, but it all fits with ease with a little room left to spare. Once packed, it fits in the middle pocket of all my jerseys comfortably and with ease - I've got stuff from Capo, Craft, Performance and LG. On my euro jerseys the top of the bag does poke out a bit, but it's maybe a quarter inch, if that. No big deal. The Caddy Sack is not bulky or obtrusive, it sits comfortably on my back and I really don't notice it's there. Big plus that it is well sealed and water resistant - you kit doesn't get soggy when you start sweating. 5 stars - beats a saddle pack any day of the week.

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Alex Pina wrote a review of on December 9, 2011

5 5

Just snagged this on Chainlove for 50 bucks, great value. Can't say how it performs, it's winter in Michigan and my Stumpy won't be rolling until spring. However, it's SRAM and it's better than my current Shimano HG cassette - I run SRAM cassettes on all my other bikes and they perform great, this one should be no different. Great looking cassette, great price, SRAM quality. Can't go wrong!

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Alex Pina wrote a review of on November 10, 2011

4 5

I had a pair of 10 year old 3-strap Sidis - pre Giau/Bullet, that needed replaced and I went for these, got a great deal on Chainlove. This is my 3rd pair of Sidi's and I feel like the brand is the gold-standard for shoes, road & mountain. Keep in mind that these are SDS (Sidi Design Series) shoes: they have the Sidi logo, fit great, are comfortable, designed by Sidi but construction is farmed out to Asia. I didn't know what was up with the SDS deal until after I purchased and I'm a a little disappointed by that. That said, they are very comfortable but don't have the Sidi fit that I'm accustomed to. I'm flat footed and use a Specialized BG footbed, I like to run it on top of the cheapo insoles and the shoe's fit is money. I also run EggBeaters, I use the plastic shim and the Crank Brothers steel sole protector underneath the cleat and I didn't have pedal clearance issues - it was close though. Out of the box I wore these around the office to break in, raced in them the next day and they felt great. No complaints. 4 stars because construction is farmed out to Asia and they lack the Sidi feel, but I would give them 5 stars because they're still a great value and a solid shoe.

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Alex Pina wrote a review of on June 22, 2011

5 5

Previous packs used included the Camelback Mule and Lobo. If I don't have to, I'd rather not use a pack on XC rides. The Mule was way too big, Lobo not bad, but it was too long and it obscured jersey pockets and made retrieving food difficult. Enter the Shuttle. I bought because I needed a hydration pack that would allow access to my jersey pockets and this fits the bill. It's short enough and the straps are out of the way allowing easy access to my jersey pockets. First use was during a 100 mile mtb race and it performed flawlessly. Pack is low profile and comfortable throughout the day. I easily stashed my emergency kit (CO2 cartriges, tube, patch kit, tire levers) and a multi-tool in the main zippered pocket. Plenty of room in the open pocket for a tube and/or food stash. Didn't use it yet, but the lined pocket is nice for the sunnies or ipod. Loved the Hydrapack 70oz bladder - I like the fold-to-close feature (makes for easy cleaning) and the capacity is big enough to hold 3-3.5 hrs worth of water. Love the quick-disconnect hose, but I prefer the skinnier Camelback hose and the Camelback 90 degree bite-valve (this is 45 degree). Pack is super comfortable, straps breathe well and it is easily adjustable - I disconnected it, but this pack does come with a waist belt. Once adjusted, there is a lot of loose strapping, but I rolled them all up and zip-tied them out of the way. Great pack that looks as good as it performs. Winner.

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Alex Pina wrote a review of on May 15, 2011

5 5

Love this tape. Like the previous reviewer mentioned, it's some chubby tape indeed. I prefer to ride without gloves and I like cushy tape and this stuff fits the bill - and at $6 on Bonktown, you can't go wrong. Bought the black and wrapped my bars to cover the Cutter logo and it looks sharp, really dig the subtle diamond pattern in the tape. I was running some cushy Sram tape on before that I really liked and this stuff is just as good. Only have about a month on the bike with this tape, still looks great, but I don't know how durable it's going to be for the season, but at $6 a pop, I'm not too worried about it. Great tape, great bargain, I'm a fan.

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Alex Pina wrote a review of on February 19, 2011

5 5

Bought this stem for my SS commuter bike project. Frame is a mid-90s mtb frame and the geometry has always been a bit goofy - low and long. Bought this stem in a 90mm length and combining this with a new rigid fork from Nashbar plus a few spacers did a great job of tightening up the cockpit and raising the front up to a comfortable position. Love Easton stuff, it looks great and at 10 bucks, you can't go wrong.

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Alex Pina wrote a review of on January 27, 2011

5 5

Wore these for a season and loved em! I'm a size 12 and the L/XL fits great. They kept my feet dry in all conditions on all my rides - no swamp foot! Forgot I was wearing em during rides which is how a good piece of equipment should work. I like the low height - they fit beneath my ankles and just above the cuff on my Sidi's.

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Alex Pina wrote a review of on December 7, 2010

5 5

The Volt is as good as it gets! Light weight - wear it and forget it. Superb ventilation - I've had cheaper Bell Helmets and had issues with sweat dripping down my forehead and all over my glasses - not so with the Volt. Fit is stupid-money. Got a funny shaped head and Giro's always fit like crap - Bells are spot on for me. Retention system on this is easily adjustable and holds the lid to your head without any uncomfortable pressure points. Really dig the removable visor as this helmet does road and MTB duty - looks sweet both ways. Great colors too - I've got the Saxo replica and it's sweet having a helmet that all the other Fred's don't have. The silver Carbon fiber trim is silly, but looks cool. Great helmet all around.

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