Kevin K

Kevin K

Gearhead

SLC, UT

Kevin K's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Snowshoeing

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this lock more and more I use it. Much easier to carry around than a medium ulock. I like to wrap it around my handle bar while commuting. Good length to tie up and comes with plenty of extra keys. Every once in awhile the shank has trouble getting hung up on the edge of the pad lock housing when relocking but overall its my go to when out around town for errands.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 28, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great build quality is well worth the higher price over other rear lights. Running strong after 2yrs of commuting. Really like battery life and that can charge at my desk after riding into work. Holds a long charge and small lights on the side show how much battery is remaining. Previously purchased the Niterider cherry bomb which was brighter but broke after only a few months of use. Only complaint is the rubber around the usb outlet puts pressure on the cord which makes charging finicky.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was hesitant to try a cable actuated dropper post due to a harsh lever feel. For this reason, I always preferred the Rockshox Reverb as I felt it had the best lever feel. That being said, I've been blown away by the Fox Transfer post so far.

At first I was slightly disappointed that I could not rotate the lever closer to the bars, but after installing, I realized Fox definitely did their homework and got it dialed (at least for me). The aesthetics of the lever is very clean and minimalist. The cable tucks in neatly behind the paddle. The lever length offers good leverage to not only offers a smooth, consistent lever feel when engaging the dropper, but also the ability to feather how quickly the dropper responds since the speed is not adjustable on the Transfer. Lastly a barrel adjuster is present on the lever assembly to help remove any cable slack and get the perfect lever feel.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While I use a XTR 1x11 drivetrain, I prefer this Sram cassette since it offers lighter weight and better range than the Shimano offerings. Additionally, I prefer this model over the cheaper Sram options as this raw finish does not show wear nearly as fast as the black options.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This kit is basically everything you need to install a solid drivetrain and brake package on your bike. The shifting is buttery smooth and the brakes offer loads of power for when the trail takes an unexpected turn. The shifter/brake combo is I-spec B making a really clean look on your bars. Keep in mind you will need the necessary bottom bracket, brake adapters, and derailleur housing for this kit.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I must be cheap since I feel like plastic cleats should be closer to the price of a tube. That being said I try not to walk in these too much. Whereas other brands tend to slide around more on slick surfaces, these tend to grip a bit better. If you're unsure of which ones you need, you're likely looking for the yellow version with more float.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These cleats last a long, long time. I don't usually move them between shoes so when I get a new pair of shoes it's time to get a new pair of cleats. Be sure to use grease when installing them, and don't over torque them. Doesn't hurt to carry a spare one in your tube wrap or hydration pack in case you lose a bolt or entire cleat on your ride.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

While I haven't worn these shorts riding, they are awesome for casual use. The material has good stretch, lightweight and breathable. There are lots of pockets, including a zippered front pocket and rear pocket. I don't have a preference either way for the drawstring, but it's sewn preventing it from moving around or getting lost in your laundry machine. Waist also has a zipper and button closure in addition to the drawstring. Sizing is true to size in my opinion, maybe slightly large though so if you are in between sizes I would size down.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I'm pretty careless when it comes to working on my bike in clothes I don't want getting dirty. For take reason I got this apron to quickly put on when I start wrenching, cleaning, degreasing, and greasing. The material is sturdy to keep grease from coming through the fabric. Pockets are well thought out, hold tools securely, and allow easy access.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on June 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

After struggling to remove gorilla tape and the left over adhesive on a set of wheels, a friend mentioned using Stan's tape. It was great advice as it was just as easy to install, but WAY easier when it needs to be removed compared to gorilla tape. The only note I would say on this tape is that you need to apply a fair amount of tension when installing and to be careful when cutting the hole for the valve. All in all a bit more expensive than gorilla tape, but easier to use in my opinion.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 26, 2016

Unique Design, Seem Durable
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: Medium

Quality seems good, as well as the fit. In my experience the gloves felt ever so slightly larger than others I’ve tried so I went with a size Medium in the Kingdom glove, whereas most others I get a size Large. That being said, after riding in them, I could tell the medium had shorter fingers than I am used to. While still comfortable, I think I would have stuck with my standard size Large if I had to repurchase. Like Peter stated, the palm and top sheet are a bit thicker so they work well in cooler temps or if durability is what you are after. If a minimalist glove is what you are after, the Zion glove from Celtek is the most minimalist I’ve ever seen.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 26, 2016

Keeps Bikes and Trucks Happy
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've been using the size Small on my older (2003) Toyota Tundra. As with most tailgate covers, on/off is super easy and quick in case you have a cover or only get rides in on the weekend. The inside material facing the truck is super plush to limit scratches on your tailgate. The size small has velcro holds for 5 bikes to keep them from moving around in the back of the truck. Additionally, the flap for the latch has velcro to hold up in case you have a backup camera.

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Kevin Kwrote a review of on April 19, 2016

Impressive Ventilation
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

While I haven't been able to spend much time on the Rex helmet, it was apparent that they took ques from their road helmets to bring good ventilation over to a MTB helmet. As far as comfort, the padding on the Rex is thicker than most making it quite plush and comfortable. I found the Go Pro mount to actually be quite slick with this helmet. It sits low in the helmet making it not stick up as high, and be secure. The downside is that I had to have the bolt tension tight prior to snapping the mount in since I could not adjust it once installed on the helmet. It certainly wasn't a deal breaker though. All in all the Rex seemed like a good helmet providing ample protection in a lightweight, comfortable package.

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