Brian Bernard

Brian Bernard

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Brian's Passions

Nordic Skiing
Camping
Mountain Biking
Paddling
Road Cycling

Brian's Bio

Bikes, Words, Coffee, and Whiskey. Not necessarily in that order.

Brian Bernard

Brian Bernard wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using one of these pumps for about four years now --it's the original version, with the bamboo handle. There's simply nothing better out there. The convenience of being able to use CO2, but also pump when necessary is unbeatable. To have it all in a relatively small package just sweetens the deal. The valve-engagement is spot on, and has never failed me, and the barrel acquires a nice worn-in patina over time. The bamboo handle is starting to crack a bit from sweat and water (likely why they switched to plastic for this piece), but is still perfectly functional. I use it for both mountain and road tires. The size of your CO2 canister will determine its effectiveness for the tire you're fixing, but a couple flats will help you develop a bit of a routine. I typically get the new tube inserted and the tire remounted, pump until I don't feel like pumping anymore, then blast with CO2. I usually end up bleeding a little off at this point, but it's better than trying to make a mini-pump deal with 105psi or 2.4-inch 29er tires. You won't regret it.

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Brian Bernard wrote a review of on January 5, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a couple of these and love them. The lid seals very well, and I've never had it leak whatsorever. I was concerned at first about the lack of a full-closing top, but I haven't had any trouble keeping coffee in it --just can't throw it in a backpack.

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Brian Bernard wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

I typically take this with me when I'm car camping to charge my phone. My phone gets used as a GPS tracker, map, camera, and occasionally call maker when I'm camping/on a road trip, and this can be easier than trying to charge it through the car when I won't be in the car for long. You can hang it up in the morning while you're making breakfast and get an iphone 5 from dead to about 30% in an hour or two, and then leave it on the seat or something to build up the battery during the day, then finish off the charge when you get back to the car.

Use is very simple, just hang it in the sun and leave it there. It has a USB output as well as a 12-volt output, so you can charge most anything.

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Brian Bernard wrote a review of on October 18, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This stuff is great. The chocolate flavor, in particular, is really nice. I typically loathe chocolate-flavored nutrition shakes because they mostly suck, but this blends really nicely in just a shaker bottle, and has a tolerable consistency. I like the number of vitamins and minerals and the relatively low calorie count in a single serving.

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Brian Bernard wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smooth, light consistency, and solid protection. I've used Assos, DZnuts, Doc's, Mad Alchemy, and a handful of others with generally good results. This stuff seems just as good, if not better than most, and doesn't have anything more than a light, lotion-esque smell to it. The light consistency means it goes on really easily, and the jar has a secondary cap built into it to keep the cream from getting on the lid, which is a nice touch I didn't know I needed until it was there.

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Brian Bernard wrote a review of on September 24, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Keeps coffee hot, and comes with two different lids. One you turn to pour, the other you click to pour. Both work nicely and keep coffee where it's supposed to be. The bottle seems to hold most of a '10 cup' pot, and I love that it doesn't have a handle so I can jam it into my pack.

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Brian Bernard wrote a review of on September 6, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like this light a lot for the simplicity it offers. There's one button and two modes --solid and flash. I prefer the flash for almost everything, because this isn't necessarily the brightest light out there. That said, on the steady mode, it'll throw enough light to get you home safely, and help you miss the potholes along the way.

The bar mounting system is simple enough that I don't mind moving it between bikes, and once you get to your destination, the main light slides off the mounting bracket really easily, so you don't have to worry about installing/uninstalling it just to keep it from getting stolen.

I've had this light on my bikes for nearly two years now, riding in all kinds of weather, and it hasn't failed me at all, and I don't think I've even changed the battery yet.

Great, simple, solid light.

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Brian Bernard wrote an answer about on August 21, 2013

I can't speak to this shoe, specifically, but I have the R3s, and I think they fit just a touch bigger, both in length and width, than a Sidi shoe. Width is similar to Shimano, and length is probably close as well, if not a bit longer.

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Brian Bernard wrote a review of on June 9, 2013

5 5

This is a fantastic paddling hat, and a good all around shade hat. Not the most stylish thing, but it kept my head and face from getting burned during a week in the desert, which I didn't think was possible. It dries quickly, and if you get it wet, you can mold the brim shape a little bit. It packs down easily into a pack or dry bag, and retention string has a neoprene slider that is much more secure than I would have thought. A great hat for the fair skinned.

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