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Ben Cook

Ben Cook wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

Great invention
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got 6 of these for me and my family to store our bikes. They are amazing. I mounted them on typical stud width(16" on center) and with some up and down adjustment for each bike I was able to get the bikes really tight to the wall without them banging into each other or getting scratched. Put 6 bikes on the wall and can now park in the garage again. The furthest any of the bikes are from the wall is 28". Basically the width of the bar on my Highball. Installation was a breeze. Way easier than your typical bike hook. If wall space wasn't a premium putting them at every other stud as seem in the pics above could make things easier. In order to get my bikes as tight as I did I had to make some adjustments.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

I bought this bike when it first came out. It has been a blast. The bike rides like a dream. It is spec'd with quality components. I have made a few modifications that make this bike stand toe to toe with bikes costing much more. The first modification was to go to a lighter tire and convert to tubeless. I went with the GEAX Saguaro's. I also flipped the stem and dropped it down. This helped put my weight a bit further forward that helped the bike be more agile. I also added some ESI Chunky Grips(super comfortable). I am 6 feet tall and went with the size large. It is a great fit. The 1X10 gearing is ideal for most of the riding I have done. On long climbs I am sometime wanting for easier gears but being locked into the 1X10 just forces me to go faster and become a better rider quicker. I had shopped 29er bikes for awhile before making this purchase. There simply is not a better deal out there. Great components, Great Shock, Good Wheels, and a nice double butted frame. Besides the bike and colors look awesome.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

This has been the perfect addition to the saddle bag on my commuter. Tire levers are tough enough for my Continental City trekker tires. The patches work well. This little kit has suited me well through 8 or so roadside issues. I am on my second set of patches but am using the same case and levers.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

4 5

I bought this as a last ditch effort to keep my commuter bike using Schrader valves. The tube runs small. My tire size was on the larger limits of the tube sizing. It didn't last very long and patching it didn't really take. For the money I am going to go for cheaper tubes in the future. I have now made the move to presta.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

This is a great no frills pump. I bought it for use on my commuterized mountain bike. It is very lightweight and still pumps mountain tires really quickly. I am running 1.5" touring tires that have a max inflation of 80psi. This pump has been ideal for this use as I can pump a tire up quickly and still can get the PSI to a high pressure level. The under bottle cage bracket works perfectly.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

I went with the non TNT version of the tire for the weight savings and I hear that TNT's can be hard to mount. I have these mounted up tubeless to Stan's Arch Rims. They fit just right. Tire pressure is key with these tires. You'll need to play around with them to find your sweet spot. Once you find and maintain the sweet spot you will love these tires. For me that is around 25 psi. Much less pressure and they feel squishy bouncy and unstable. Any more pressure and they spin out on tough climbs and wash out in braking and cornering. I have never had any problems with leaks or burping with these mounted on Stan's Arch rims. There is a bit of a learning curve but for those willing to try the reward is an amazing tire that rides like a dream and wears very well.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

I was pleasantly surprised when i got the tray. It is larger that I expected based on the photo. The dimensions of 2.75 x 10 x 14.5in are spot on. This tray is well constructed and is very durable. One of the best features of the Feedback Sports stands is how portable they are. I was please to see that the tray unhooks from the stand with ease. It takes seconds to attach and remove the tray so portability is practically unaffected.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

I bought this for a friend training for his first marathon. He was constantly struggling with hydration and this ended up being just what he needed. It is nice having three bottles as you can take just the amount of bottles/water you need for your particular run. Bottles fit securely in their holders but are easily removed when you need a drink.

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Ben Cook wrote an answer about on September 16, 2012

I lost my Factor Max glasses and was in the same boat hoping to find a replacement that works as well for me. The Parallel Max was the ticket. The fit and feel is very similar and they have worked well for me. I have since found my Factor Max glasses so i was able to make a good side by side comparison. I actually favor the Parallel Max now. I broke one of the lenses and had to buy a replacement.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

This is my second pair of Fox Reflex gloves. I bought a previous model a few years back. I still use them as my everyday commuting gloves. They are holding strong with what I would consider normal wear and tear. I am really impressed with this new model. The gel pads are more strategically placed a shaped for greater comfort. The styling has been updated and improved as well. The faux leather is awesome. It is great at moisture management, wears well, is easily cleaned, and stays flexible. After using and abusing my first pair and now trying the new version, I can't imagine getting a better deal than these gloves.They are a great value.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

Full disclosure. I have not used the other sealants on the market other than Slime(Meh). I used this based on the recommendation of some industry professionals I work with. This is all they use. I love this product. I have not had a flat in the 6 months I have used it. I likely would have had three with the tube setup I was running before. I have put this in my kids bike tubes as well with great success. Our neighbor runs a goat head farm(not on purpose). The kids tires were flat more than they were full. Since using Stan's sealant we have not had any flats. I will continue to recommend this product.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

These are delicious. It is amazing how many calories are packed into such a lightweight product. They are 160 calories and weigh about as much as a 80-90 degree energy gel. They are much more palatable than the energy gels as well. They taste great and are easy on the digestive system. I take some of these on every long ride.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

I have several of these. They are my go to bottle for biking and everyday use. They keep cold drinks colder for longer that typical bottles. The positive of jet valve keeps them leak free in a bag or pack. The jet valve flows very quickly which is ideal during exercise. These things last a long time as well. I just use mine for water and occasionally sports drinks. Be sure to wash after sports drinks or the plastic will hold onto the flavor for a while.

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Ben Cook wrote a review of on September 16, 2012

5 5

Picture a Laptop sleeve with room for all laptop accessories and a small binder. It is very functional and works perfect for me. Big enough to carry all I need yet small enough to prevent me from brining along items I don't. I drop this bag in a pannier on the back of my bike. Works great for my commute. I have had no problems with this setup.

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