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Blder Seven wrote a review of on February 27, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

?but when I do, I use Assos.

I would say on average my taint is more sensitive than most. So if I'm going out for a century or all day ride, I take extra precautions by putting some of this stuff to reduce the friction. I invest in shorts with a good chamois and find the Assos chamois cream makes the ride a bit more comfortable.

I've never had an allergic reaction, but after reading one of the other reviews I may pass on using chamois cream in the future do reduce the amount of chemicals put on my skin.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Kudos to Honey Stinger for making USDA Organic products such as this energy gel! Have you looked at the crappy ingredients that are in Gu, Hammer, Powerbar, and other products? I've been using Honey Stinger products for my on the bike food and have never had any problems with stomach issues or taste - and this gel is by far the best I've tried.

I have gone to a strict only USDA organic and Non GMO certified diet and the results are astounding - more energy, faster recovery, better overall mood, and pretty much a happier person. I'm amazed how much of a difference the food we put in our bodies makes!

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Blder Seven

Blder Seven wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have gone to a struck USDA organic and Non GMO diet and have noticed huge differences in my life. I have more energy that stays constant through the day, I recover more quickly, and am generally in a better mood. When it comes to what to eat on the bike, I mainly stick with Honey Stinger (USDA Organic) and Skratch Labs products. I'm amazed at all the crap that is out there that elite athletes put in their bodies without paying attention to the ingredients!

I enjoy the Skratch Labs Daily Electrolyte Drink Mix on days when I'm traveling or not exercising and want something other than water. So far I've tried the lemons and limes and enjoy that flavor, but will branch out and try the raspberries soon. I refuse to poison my body with soda, Gatorade, or other crap that is being sold out there.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on February 23, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these brake pads exclusively on my sram red brakes. I pretty much get 1 season, ~ 3,500 miles out of each set of pads. They are easy to swap out.

I tend to be a maintenance freak with my bike and keep things very clean and well lubed. About once a month I clean the brake pads with rubbing alcohol and make sure there are no pieces of metal embedded in the pads. About halfway through the season I will rotate the front pads to the rear, and rear pads to the front to get more life out of them.

Most of my rides involve long climbs (2-3 hours up) and then turn around and come down. I also ride in a dry, high desert climate and only ride in rainy conditions in the event I am stuck out in a passing shower. I feel these brake pads modulate well and do their job - if there is something that does a better job out there, I have not used it yet.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on February 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked up this tire in 25 mm width for winter training. The County I live is does a terrible job picking up and sweeping the sand and gravel they out down during snap storms. So instead of dodging this material when it ends up on the shoulders, I picked up these durable tires so I can ride through it.

I experimented with the 25 mm width and confess I notice a difference in comfort and traction. I herniated a disc in my lower back 3 years ago and any advantage I can get in comfort without losing marks in looks (ie having to have some high rise stem of obnoxiously padded saddle) is great for me. I am going to use 25 mm tires when I buy my summer tires.

As always timely shipping and great service from Competitive Cyclist.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on February 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Debated between the Thermoflex and Nanoflex leg warmers and went with the Thermos. First on size I went with XL which is the same size I wear in Castelli bibshorts, tights, and jerseys. I am 6'4" and 190 lbs. I have a 34" inseam and the warmers are perfect in length. I have used these in 40 - 58 degree rides and they have provided the warmth I've needed. I have 1 pair of tights and 1 pair of knickers. So the leg warmers give me another option on colder days.

The warmers have grippers on the inside of the top and I did not experience any slippage. I would highly recommend these for someone searching for leg warmers. In conclusion they are comfy and I don't notice them when riding.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this jersey extensively last season and like the following things about it:
1) Simplicity - no logos, simple color scheme
2) Great fabric - wicking, keeps me cool in heat, as warm as can expect on winter rides
3) Full zipper - open up the jersey in the summer on a long climb when it's hot
4) Easily matches Castelli shorts, socks, gloves, etc
5) Quick drying - can wash after ride an be dry for riding the next day
7) Durable - jersey and fabric have held up very well after many uses and many washes

Can't ask too much else from a jersey!

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This base layer is must have for riding in warmer temps. Anything 80 degrees and above and this thing is on under my jersey. Essentially it's like having air conditioning during the ride because it creates room for air to flow between your jersey and your skin. The faster you ride, the cooler you feel. I own this model and the seamless version and prefer the seamless, but they both work great.

I wash this base layer by hand in the sink and air dry - do not put in the dryer. Also size down for a close to skin feel. You don't want this to fit lose on you. And be prepared for your wife to laugh at you and make fun of you if she sees you walking around the house with this on.

Quality Castelli construction too. I end up washing my right after my ride so I can have it ready again to ride the next day.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Put 900 miles on these tires so far and can't really say anything negative about them. I'm very hesitant to put 145 psi in these, as I have had problems with tire blowouts in the past. I stick around 115 psi and that seems fine by me.

I've ridden these on dirt, gravel, sandy winter roads and knock on wood have not gotten any flats. They handle well descending. I've tried Michelins and Continentals and I would rate the Michelins 1st, Vredesteins 2nd, and Contis 3rd.

I am estimating that I will probably get between 1,500 and 2,000 miles out of these tires. I'm 6'3" and 195 lbs. The red matches the color scheme on my rig also.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have about 7,500 miles on these wheels and can't imagine buying a different wheel to meet my needs. I'm 6'3" and 195 lbs and ride about 3,500 miles per year. I have only had to true them once, but that was very minimal work and more of a "hey, can you true my wheels while I have my bike" in the shop. The only negative thing I can say about these wheels is the rear free hub requires maintenance about 2 times per year to clean and re-lube the free hub. I live in a very dry climate where it is recommended to do this 2x per year if you ride a lot.

Another minor complaint is that the bladed spokes get caught in the cross winds more so than a set of wheels with standard spokes. I ride these on gravel roads, up long mountainous climbs, down long mountainous descents, and hardly notice any flex either. I've had the Aksiums as well and there is a very noticeable difference between the Ksyrium Elite's and the Askiums (weight, flex, rolling resistance).

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put almost 10,000 miles on this bottom bracket with my SRAM Red cranks and have not had any problems. 2x a year I will remove the BB, clean it, grease the threads, and put it back together. I don't ride in the rain very often, but I do ride through the winter when the BB is exposed all the sand and other crap.
I'm not sure how often you are supposed to replace a BB, but I can see getting another year out of this one (at least) and if I have to replace it, I know it won't hit my wallet hard at all.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a must have if you are using an indoor trainer. I like that it has plenty of different settings to adjust the front wheel height. I have a mat that I place my trainer and riser block on - so it does not move while I ride. I rotate the block after every ride so I'm not always riding at the same setting.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on January 12, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Purchased the KK Fluid 2 trainer to keep my cycling fitness up through the winter and to be able to ride on summer days if it's raining or too windy (for example we had 85 mph winds here yesterday). Prior to this purchase I borrowed 2 different trainers from friends: 1) A magnetic trainer, which was not enjoyable to use at all. 2) Cycleops Fluid2 Trainer, which was nice and convinced me I wanted a Fluid trainer, but did not seem very durable and I did not care for the way you secured and removed the bike from the trainer.

I went for the KK trainer because it was more stout and the online reviews raved about this model. I can concur that the KK Fluid 2 is very stout and easy to mount your bike onto and quickly remove. I also purchased the riser block and mat and went to the extent of purchasing a cheap rear wheel and trainer specific tire so I'm not using my good wheels or wearing out good tires.

This trainer is IMO quiet, provides a near road like feel, and is very sturdy even when I'm up out of the saddle cranking away. I've used it for almost a year now and cannot find any faults with it.

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Blder Seven wrote a review of on December 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Comfortable, supportive bib shorts. I've used these for 100 mile rides and the chamois lived up to the test. I went for the solid black and the materials are very comfortable against my skin. The chamois is very simple in appearance, but you can tell a lot of thought went into the design. Simple straps that are very comfortable as well. I'm 6'3"/195 lbs and the shorts in XL fit me perfectly. These are my "go to" shorts when I'm heading out for a long ride.

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