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Christy J wrote an answer about on January 31, 2014

These shoes generally do not fit tight in the toe box. If you have a wider forefoot but normal heel width, these will fit you just fine. The boa system also helps dial in the right fit so you won't need to worry about fussing with straps.

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Christy J wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love tall socks while cross racing, everyday riding and mountain biking. I guess I just like tall socks... Any way, the HighTower socks are great quality and are pretty tall, so if you have legs that resemble those of a bulldog, they might be thigh highs on you (just kidding). They definitely reach right below the knee, making them great for wearing when riding in knickers or adding a bit of warmth to your lower leg during a cold cross race.

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Christy J wrote a review of on January 29, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

If you are wanting a comfortable pair of shorts to ride to work in or around town during the summer, these are definitely the jam. The oil blue looks pretty bright in the photo but in person is more muted. I wear a 30 and the 30 fits, but my boyfriend has thighs like a Keirin racer, so the waist is a little big but the thighs fit. Be weary if you rival Chris Hoy with your thigh mass.

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Christy J wrote a review of on January 24, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are lots of stainless steel cages out there. Hell, I'm sure your LBS sells $8 cages that might hold your bottle well, but add about as much steez to your ride as your tassles do. If you bothered to spend a chunk of change on a new bike, your water bottles better add to your build, not take away from it, which is why the Arundel Stainless Steel cages are a perfect option. Classy, stainless, and worth every penny.

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Christy J wrote a review of on January 17, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Chrono was outlawed by the UCI ages ago, but when you are taking your road bike on a wine tour, the only governing body is your conscience. The carbon Chrono cage is light weight and stylish, so you never have to hem and haw over extra grams your stainless cage has and worry about them holding you back as you teeter up the hills in Sonoma, your mind a little glazed over from "tasting" too many wines. Was it the Chardonnay or the Sauvignon Blanc that set you over the edge? Were those hints of lavender or rose? As you reach for your Chrono water bottle to refresh your palette you can rest assured you'll find it securely held in it's cage.

If you are just a Triathlete looking to save a few grams, it does alright too.

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Christy J wrote a review of on January 16, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I won this bag in an ally cat and was so stoked about it. The two front pockets hold everything from a few bananas to your U-lock and small daily necessities. The main compartments is slim, it should be said. If you want to put more than a change of clothes, a pair of shoes, or just a computer, it is going to be a bit tight. The only thing I don't like about this pack is the fit. I'm a tiny shouldered, small torso female, which means the straps don't fit well over my shoulders since I have to cinch the bag down so tight for it to fit. That is the only downside, everything else about it is great.

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Christy J wrote a review of on January 10, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The thing that makes these lights great is if they are stolen by some jackass at the bar, you won't care too much. The lights are reasonably water proof, bright, and will keep you visible to motorists and pedestrians as you teeter home from a night of laughs and libations.

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Christy J wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Chrome might be known for their incredible US made messenger bags, but their socks are worth shaking a chainwhip at. They are actually really warm and durable. Word on the street is they are made in the same factory as Defeet. Who knows if this is true, but if it is, it would explain their great quality, soft fabric, and warmth. I would definitely recommend getting your feet in a pair of these socks.

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Christy J wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Don't let the 'lightweight' name of this jacket fool you, it will definitely keep you warm well into the mid 30's. I've had this jacket for two winters and every time I wear it I am suprised at just how warm it is. If you plan on wearing it in 40-50 degree weather, you'll need a tank top under it. Yeah, it is that warm. Water resistance is great(it really isn't made to be waterproof) and the wind resistance is purrrrfect. I wore this jacket on a cold, rainy-ish day riding up Empire Pass and found it to be adequate for the job, with just a summer baselayer under it. I've worn it on days in the 20's with a winter jersey under it and still found it to be incredibly warm and comfortable. Get your body in this jacket, you will love it.

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Christy J wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I rode two different butterfly saddles for a while and came to the conclusion after my first 20+ mile ride that the only good use for this saddle is commuting. If you want a women's saddle that works great for city riding and you plan on putting it on a bike that isn't upright, you will likely love this saddle. If you plan on touring with it, I HIGHLY suggest you find a different saddle to use. Heck, shoot me an e-mail and I will personally find you a saddle that keeps your lady parts happy over the long haul. Definitely would not recommend for racing, training, or long bike tours.

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Christy J wrote a review of on December 17, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used a number of Terry saddles and haven't been impressed with the majority of them. The butterfly is great, if you ride about four blocks a day. But if you are wanting a saddle that works and works well on your road bike, when you plan on being in the saddle for 2-6 hours, the FLX is fantastic. I usually ride saddles with a wider channel to support the lady parts, so I was skeptical of the FLX not having one. Being that my road bike has fairly aggressive geometry, I found that a larger cutout wasn't needed since my hips are rotated fairly far forward. I've done some pretty long rides on this saddle and haven't felt any numbness or discomfort I've often felt with other saddles. the width is wide enough to support my sitbones and not feel like I've got a piece of wood between my legs. If you want a decent race saddle and don't have $200+ to drop on it, definitely check out the FLX.

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Christy J wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is no doubt in my mind that this embro cream is made for cold weather. Cool? HAH! If you like your legs feeling like two pieces of bacon under a heat lamp. Great quality, but I thought I smelled more like a Russian truck driver than Russian tea.

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Christy J wrote a review of on November 11, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

No one likes Embro that feels like you've just put bacon grease on and asked the sun to fry your skin to a nice Gucci purse patina. Alchemy got it right with the gentleman's blend. Sure, I'm a gentlelady, but who doesn't enjoy the scent of Texas white cedar and Rosemary oil?

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Christy J wrote a review of on October 28, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ben said it all with being drawn to the "simple, classic lines of the steel cage". These cages hold any normal sized water bottle and look sexy on your bike. Who doesn't want a sexy bike? I have these cages on my touring bike and townie. They look great and hold the bottles well.

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