BeefCake

BeefCake

BeefCake's Passions

Biking
Paddling
Skiing
Climbing

BeefCake's Bio

Specialist in Performance Nutrition and Fitness.
CrossFit level 1 instructor. Mountain Bike Guide.
Alpine/Backcountry skier-hack. Skate Ski Neanderthal, Climber, Moto enthusiast, Beer League Hockey Thug!
I'm 6'2" 225 lbs and I'm not happy unless I'm scaring the shit out of myself on the bike, skis, skate skis, KTM 530 or my hockey skates!

Life's like a fish, ya gotta spear it in the head!
Hoping to share as much info about gear I use, because I sure wish I had somebody my size giving me feedback about what works, what breaks, what fits & doesn't.
Hope to see you out there "putting it in the wind!"

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BeefCake wrote a review of on October 16, 2014

To be determined
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I tried these on at Go Ride in SLC (cheaper on BC.Com). At the behest of the cat at the shop, I went with my foot size 11.5, not my street show size. He recommended a snug fit, not street/running shoe fit. I'm an 11.5 d(Medium) width foot. My first ride I was sorry I went with the smaller size as the widest part of my foot was protesting after about 3 hours. After ride 4 they feel like they're starting to loosen up a bit. I still wish I grabbed a 12. We'll see.
Love the lace covering, love the traction on the flat pedal. Not a huge fan of the 80's Reebok Nursing Shoe look...

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BeefCake wrote a review of on October 4, 2014

Minor Design Flaw...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Was so happy to find out this was an idiosyncrasy and not my considerable girth (239 ish with hydration pack-"Mom says I'm husky!")
Got one of these on a Willmont Labs FU Edition 2015 Nomad C I'm testing. It was creeping on me a bit so I called KS. They said they're happy to provide the Retro-Upgrade gratis. I plan on doing just that as soon as it's too wet to kick up dust in Park City. Another issue I had initially was after adjusting the seat post height to compensate for the 3/4 inch creep I was experiencing, next thing I know, the damn thing wouldn't stay compressed, or when I tried to sit on it at full height, it wouldn't stay up. I called KS again and they explained that with with any height changes, you have to make sure the cable housing from the frame to the bars is taught. I gave it a pull, and it was good to go. KS also explained that with the Retro Upgrade, no housing foreplay was necessary with seat height adjustments. I happened to be hauling down DropKick at the Canyons, hit a jump, double ejected out of both Crank Bros DH pedals (think accidental heel clicker) and landed 225 lbs right on the seat and this thing still works great!
Minor creep, and the cable tension notwithstanding. As soon as the snow flies I'm sending it in for the upgrade. Keep you posted. ALL PUNS!

Link for "Retro-Upgrade". http://kssuspension.com/support/service-and-rmas/

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BeefCake posted an image about on October 1, 2014

Good Action!

While these aren't quite the compression socks that the Fox DH's are, they work great and they run higher up the leg than the Fox's so I really like em. The weave isn't quite as tight as the Fox, but so far they're holding up. Been using them for Ice Hockey to give them the double down eval. The high-vis cuff is an added bonus. Anything that keeps people on the trail in their "Lily Fields" (not paying attention) from putting you in a cast is good action!
Keep you posted...

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BeefCake posted an image about on September 30, 2014

The Mountain Gods are clearly not happy

It wasn't design flaw, at all, it was human error. These pedails were working so well I decided to use them in the bike park. It was on that fateful day I unclipped unintentionally & threw a David Lee Roth off of a jump. It's moments like that when you appreciate the simple things in life, like not picking your teeth out of a pine tree. I'll use these for general XC, and DH, but it's time to get some flat pedals. As much as I love the man (early Van Halen days of course) I don't want to be impersonating David Lee Roth on my bike at the Canyons...

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BeefCake wrote a review of on September 28, 2014

Got this fork in July, have to return it
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's been working, however, to get my sag % I'm using almost half the amount of air recommended for my weight and unfortunately, am not getting any compression damping with the adjuster as a result. Raining this week so gonna rush it back to Fox. Can't wait to have this thing working at Full Tilt Boogie!

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BeefCake wrote a review of on September 28, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked this up just in case I was gonna go down the "Freeride, DH" wormhole when I got the 2015 Nomad. I'm using it all the time and it's so light, so well vented and a great bonus is putting it on and taking it off with gloves on is no problem. I keep thinking about getting a better helmet that costs more, however, this thing is working great. I have yet to bounce it off anything with me in it.
I went with a L my head is 23 inches around.
Great that it has 12 EXTERIOR VENTS & COMPLIES TO STANDARDS: CPSC, CE: 1078, AS/NZS 2063.

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BeefCake wrote a review of on September 28, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

At my size Waist (at hip joint level) 38 inches &
Quad at largest point (halfway between hip & knee) 24 inches
I went with the XL's and they fit great. As pau4850917 mentioned below, these do not have a chamois and that's why I got them, despite pedaling for 2+ hours at both Canyons bike park, and Trailside in Park City, I had no friction issues with no chamois or seam. I do however, hear stitches protesting and fracturing if I try to pull these on too quickly. The trade off for light, moisture wicking and reasonable price is not having bombproof manufacturing and finish. Keep you posted on how long these last...

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BeefCake wrote a review of on September 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Been wearing these with Full Face helmet. I have a 23 inch circumference melon and the arms JUST reach my ears. They seem a bit short as I wear large in all my brain buckets. They work great and keep dust & debris off your eyes & face better than glasses while allowing great ventilation in typically hot situations.

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BeefCake wrote a review of on September 24, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Being a "BeefCake, Clydesdale, Lunker, Hunk o Burnin Luv" it ain't easy finding gear large enough to fit correctly.
Height 6'2"
Weight 225 lbs.
Arm #'s
Lower Forearm (2 inches below elbow) 14 in.
Elbow 13 in.
Upper Arm (1/2 way elbow/shoulder) 15 in.
The XL's fit so good I forget they're on. Once in place, I haven't had to readjust. I haven't however, had a Get Off and put them to the true test. Been DH'ing with em and hitting the bike park. It's only a matter of time before I " Fall Down Go Boom". I tried everyone else's XL's and my hands woulda fallen asleep, which tends to put too much stress on a man's helmet.
Keep you posted.

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BeefCake wrote a review of on September 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Being a "BeefCake, Clydesdale, Lunker, Hunk o Burnin Luv" it ain't easy finding gear large enough to fit correctly.
My leg #'s are
Calf 16 1/4 in.
Knee 17 1/2 in.
Lower Quad 40 1/2 in.
I tried Fox Xl, 661 Xl, and G-Form Knee Shin Xl. None of em fit.
Riding downhill and bike park is tough enough without my feet and calves falling asleep. These pads fit great, stay up with no problem, DO NOT make my calves or feet fall asleep. When I forget I'm using gear, I know it's working.
I give these babies 5 Meatloaves !( Gold Stars)

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BeefCake wrote a review of on July 31, 2012

5 5

About a minute after starting the first ride using this pack, I completely forgot I had it on! My barometer of whether gear is worth using is if I forget about it.
Took a second to figure out where everything went in this pack. Once I did it made perfect sense. Love the roll down tool pack at the bottom. Great place to keep the weight. The hydration mouthpiece magnet didn't work at first (hose was new & stiff) but after a while it stayed in place. I actually felt a breeze on my back where normal packs were turning my back into soup because of the tight fit. If you're due for a new hydration pack, I highly recommend this pack.

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