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Pete OBrien

Pete OBrien

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Wasatch Mountains, Utah

Pete OBrien's Passions

Biking
Snowboarding
Skiing

Pete OBrien's Bio

I moved from Vermont to Utah for the snow. I like to snowboard, ski, mountain bike, motocross and race cyclocross.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on February 3, 2016

Balance
5 5

Santa got my 3 year old this board for Christmas. It came wrapped up with the Burton Grom bindings mounted duck stance because we didn't know if he was goofy or regular. My son has been playing around with a balance board on the carpet for about a year. This snowboard has taught him better balance forward and back, where the balance board is more side to side. There is a retractable dog leash that is permanently attached to the board. We use it on the front to tow him around flat areas but it could also be used in the back if you don't want your kid to get away from you on steeper slopes.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on February 2, 2016

Keeps the feet toasty
5 5

I researched a bunch of different boots before buying these and many of the reviews were saying to size up. I believe they fit true to size after they are broken in. If you do size up you get the added toe room for warmth. However, in time the boots will get pressed out and the boa tightening mech will become ineffective at giving the correct amount of support which will cause your heels to slip. Sizing up will add more material and weight as well. I had to slide my cleats a little towards the inside of my feet because the boots are thicker and I was getting slight crank rub. With winter MTB boots there aren't really that many options out there, these keep my feet warm but I might look into getting gaiters for them.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on February 1, 2016

Perfect for fat biking
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I don't usually ride in temperatures under 20F degrees so I'm not sure how these would perform in temperatures below that. I like these pants because they don't have a chamois and my day to day riding shorts fit underneath them. I've used bib pants that have a chamois before and they didn't fit right. Unless you get them custom tailored there are just too many variables with different body types to make a piece that fits correctly from shoulder to toes while standing and sitting in the saddle. The fit of the Stockholms is perfect and they keep me comfortable in cold weather. I gave them 4 stars because the drawstring didn't come with a cinch mechanism so I had to tie a knot to keep them on.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on January 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had about 10 days on the 168, and it's finally starting to feel broken in. It's extremely stable on rough conditions, and I think the burley edges contribute to the torsional stiffness. It's the 1st board I've ridden that I don't get toe drag when carving or riding steeps. One thing I would change is the flared out tail. It was hooking up at first but then I got used to it. Great board, insanely fast on groomers.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on January 27, 2016

It's the future, for now.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I run this with a 26T chainring on my fat bike in the winter. I will probably change that to a 28T in the summer for a little harder gearing when the climbing becomes easier. I've never spun out going downhill on the trails around here so I went lighter just in case I ever need it. It's great having the extra real estate on your handlebars since there is no front shifter. Where this cassette shines is when you have to suddenly shift three gears really fast, just extend the thumb push and it smoothly changes gears.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on October 11, 2015

In my Cart
5 5

I demoed the 168 last year at Brighton. After riding a handful of boards that suited my size and style, I would have to say this board was the winner. It's super playful for the size and conditions I tested it in. Not too stiff and very responsive edge to edge. I was a huge fan of the Burton Supermodel series and since that became extinct I've been on the search for a similar experience. The Barracuda was too soft and rockery, the Juicewagon was too stiff and heavy. The Tough Cat is as close to riding a Supermodel as I've had since the good old days.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on October 11, 2015

Requires break in
5 5

I have about 20 days on the 168 Weston Big Chief. I'd say the first 5 days it was noticeably stiffer torsionally than it is now.
It has really good feel to it and it flies across the flats compared to my Nitro Slash. The size is perfect for my powder board, while the traditional camber and stiffness has a solid bite on hardpack days, which makes it a reliable workhorse. Almost every chairlift ride I get comments about how unique the graphics are.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I've bought tons of gear from Backcountry.com and this has got to be one of my best purchases of all time. It uses a pretty standard USB to charge, so you never have to use the iphone cable again. One of my favorite features is the balanced weight. Previous to having this case, I would constantly thumb type my phone right out of my hand because my phone was so light and my big clumsy fingers are too powerful.
This case feels and handles like a nicely balanced 1911.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

For the price, get two and throw one in your pack for back up. I had two of the Urban 800s and loved them but gave them to my Wife and upgraded to the fast charge 850. The light is noticeably whiter and brighter than the 800. They are both lightweight and feature a small green/ red light to let you know when they're done charging. I also got the helmet mount designed specifically for the Smith Forefront helmet.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I dare anyone who has ridden one of these to give it less than 5 stars. If you have fun riding a mountain bike, you will have an absolute blast riding a lightweight carbon fat bike. I have mine built up with Hed Big Deal wheels, Next SL cranks, a dropper post and Vanhelga tires. With a large frame the build comes in at under 25 pounds. I have a Santa Cruz Tallboy and my Echo climbs significantly easier than it. The wide footprint gives you more power to the ground and the tall tire pretty much morphs the 26" wheel into close to a 29er. I use the Echo on long steep gravel roads in Utah as well as smooth single track like the Bobsled.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I'm pretty obsessed with getting the right single speed gear for cross racing. I use Chris King cogs and am constantly battling my brake pad alignment, chain tension and tire clearance. I use two Surly tug nuts since I don't have a dedicated single speed hub and have to use a DT Swiss RWS QR. Two tools you will need in addition to the Surly Single Speed kit are a chain whip and a crombie tool. Here is a link to instructions on how to achieve a proper chain line: http://www.velodromeshop.net/index.php?p=page&page_id=chainline
This kit comes complete with a lock ring.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

Just as the name suggests the Vanhelgas are a force to be reckoned with. I have a set of these wrapped around some insanely lightweight Hed Big Deal wheels on a Borealis Echo. The bike climbs noticeably better than my 29er MTB. I use a relatively high tire pressure, around 20 PSI in the summer and only ride on gravel roads or the smoothest of single track.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 29, 2015

5 5

I am used to using a turkey syringe to squirt Stan's into my removable valve cores. The orange seal technique is way faster and cleaner. Stan's has been an awesome product and I was reluctant to switch because it's been so reliable, but it dries up quickly in Utah's dry heat and has to be re applied every month and a half or so. I use Orange Seal in my latex tubes for cross racing and in my tubeless MTB tires with carbon rims.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

5 5

I bought this for my kid when he was about 2 1/2 years old. He loved walking with it, but it took a little longer than I expected until he would sit on the seat and start to "Stride". Once it clicked he couldn't get enough. Now he's 3 1/2 and rides it over a mile per day. The tires are bald and the front wheel is tacoed because he left it behind my car in the driveway and I accidentally backed over it.
I can't believe it took this long for someone to come up with such a simple idea. I didn't start riding a 2 wheeled bike until I was 6.

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Pete OBrienwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

2 5

I don't use bib shorts because my hips and butt are big enough to keep my shorts up without suspenders. The shape of the chamois is perfect but it feels like these were designed as bib shorts and they just got rid of the suspenders. These http://www.backcountry.com/louis-garneau-fit-sensor-3d-short-mens-lgn0646
are my new go - to shorts.

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