Robert L

Robert L

Wasatch and Uintah mountains, lakes and streams

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used this U lock alot on my Nishiki Olympic 12 and it has worked good. The included frame mount allows you to stow your lock on the bike itself, although it does rattle around audibly when you are on rougher surfaces. The lock is easy to use and includes two keys so you arent up a creek if you lose one. Other then the rattling there isnt anything I would change about the Buffo

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

3 5

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

I have used these poles a couple times and have been happy with them overall. The aluminum construction is a bit cheap feeling, and I managed to torque the bottom part hard enough to bend it a little bit so it scraped when I stowed them up. They pack up very well and are a bit trick to get into the spot where they collapse, you have to undo a screw lock then loosen the fitting in the pole to allow it to collapse. All around decent, going on a longer backpacking trip this weekend and will follow up once I use them more

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Clif bars have been my go to snack for a few years now, opting for a quick dose of granola and organic ingredients rather then a candy bar or a bag of chips. I have tried many many different flavors and have yet to find one that I do not like, and eat them while hiking, biking, snowboarding, working, anytime really.

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

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

I used this Machete for the first time the other day when my roommate and I went hiking up City Creek Canyon in Salt Lake City, and was very happy to have it with me. It slices through small overgrowth that blocks your path, and the toothed end chews through branches with ease. We hiked until there was not set trail, and ended up chopping our way up to a peak that overlooked the entire valley before dropping down the opposite side and traversing game trails on the way down. Dont let the fact that an established trail ends and leaves you in a thicket of growth, slick your way through it with the Gerber Gator

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have had nagging knee issues since I was 21 and tore my miniscus, and have used many different knee braces and patella straps, and the Pro Tech Gel Force has worked very well for me. I have used it biking and hiking and felt like it helped me stay on the trail longer without nagging pain or loose cartilage floating around my knee. If you have knee issues and dont like doctors, get yourself a Pro Tec Force Knee Brace

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Since beginning my experience as a daily bicycle commuter, I have realized how well the riding specific clothing works and invested in some chamois shorts. These Club Ride Gunslinger shorts work very well, so that urban commuters like myself that dont feel like sporting spandex can roll their bike dressed in jeans and a tee shirt without feeling sore in the saddle. Pair these with some chamois cream and ride in comfort!

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using these tubes since I started commuting daily, and I am very happy with how well they work. The stem is very sturdy and does not torque and break under pressure like cheaper tubes, and the powder coating ensures that you are experiencing minimal tubular resistance due to the tube getting stuck.

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 19, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have recently decided to start bike commuting full time, which means saddle soreness if I dont take proper precautions. Luckily, chamois shorts and cream reduce the friction on my saddle area and allow me to ride for hour and hours without feeling sore. One jar last surprisingly long and the value of more ride time is well worth investing in some chamois.

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

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

I tried this oatmeal when I was visiting St.George recently, I went a little hard on the booze and was absolutely rough timed the next morning. After I gathered myself, I cooked up the Backpackers Pantry Organic Blueberry Walnut Oats and Quinoa for breakfast, the wholesome taste and nutrients provided my body with the vitamins and minerals that had been displaced, and I managed to pull myself together and have an awesome day kayaking and cliff jumping

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Robert L wrote a review of on June 13, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using these Powerbar Gels for my commute to and from work, typically downing one right before I leave and I am very happy with the results. I have been doing research into cycling and the metabolic response, and muscle glycogen is the fuel that powers your motor(your body) on your bike, once your body is sapped of muscle glycogen you start to feel the slight burning sensation in your quads, and eventually you end up with sore legs and low energy levels. Enter the Powerbar gel, before you feel the symptoms of low glycogen levels the idea is to supply your body with quick digesting carbs and caffeine, which actually helps your lungs expand more, and take in more oxygen, allowing your body to push more blood to your muscles, supplying them with the quick glucose uptick that will keep you from crashing and burning. I like the taste of the Strawberry Banana, and these are the perfect fuel for a morning commute

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Robert L posted an image about on May 9, 2014

Taking a break riding up City Creek

I decided to ride up City Creek Canyon this Tuesday afternoon, it was mad rainy and cold in the city, so I was sporting my softshell riding pants, Levis Commuter jacket and Stoic Hardshell jacket, ended up packing those all into the Fourteener, and rode up the canyon in a cycling bib and jersey, then added the layers back for the descent. I snapped this picture after I had passed a guy with a kid carrier and his buddy about half a mile back because I felt way too overheated, I spent about 20 minutes taking it easy and sipping water, then finished the ride up. The descent was a run ride down thanks to the brake pads I picked up from the Salt Lake City Bike Collective, they werent new but my old ones were down to the metal after taking a run down City Creek, I ended up stopping because the shell flew off of the helmet I was sporting, luckily bike stroller guy had dropped the canyon at roughly the same time and was probably within a hundred feet of me, he handed me the shell which then was secured on the outside of the pack using the little elastic fastener used to hold the outer pocket closed. It was a very fun ride all in all, and I have the hydration sleeve design, versatility and storage space of the Fourteener to credit for at least part of it

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Robert L wrote a review of on May 8, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Recently, I decided to ditch my car to embrace bicycle commuting, and I learned pretty quickly that my old plastic seat was not cutting it, it would leave me sore and did not provide me with enough support in the lower back and hips. My commute from work is about 6 miles on a very busy road that is full of potholes and is under construction, so being able to ride hard requires being comfortable. All my saddle problems have been officially solved now that I picked up the B33, the triple sprung design is simply beautiful, this saddle looks like a piece of art and performs like a dream. I am a big guy- 6'6 and about 230 with wide hips, the B33 has plenty of room to prop me up without having my cheeks hang over the seat, and the suspension keeps me saddle sore free. I havent applied any proofide just yet, but have spend a few weeks breaking the saddle in and just stretched the leather a bit tighter the other day- the B33 will last me all of my life if I take care of it. Thus far I could not be happier with this saddle, it does add a significant amount of weight to your ride, but since it is installed on my 80's chromo frame with Reynolds Solitude wheels the bike is really light as it is, and the trade off is well worth it in my opinion. If you are a big person, and are just sick of feeling sore and unsupported do yourself a favor and invest in a Brooks B33

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Robert L wrote a review of on May 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I use this pack for near daily bike commuting, I have a smaller biking specific Camelbak I use for shorter trips, but since I work early in the morning I tend to have a couple layers and this holds the bulk alot better. I easily hold a hoodie, denim jacket, multi tool, tire levers and patch kit,spare tube, stash shell pants and poncho, digital camera, gloves, shoe covers and energy bars. The suspension system lends itself to the rear back padding to place the load weight on the hips rather then the middle of the back while keeping your back ventilated and unclammy. I have used this pack for a few shorter hikes and have a longer weekend trip planned, so I will elaborate further, but this pack has allowed me to commute to and from work without having to struggle packing gear, I would highly recommend this pack

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Robert L wrote a review of on May 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I eat a builders bar after I ride my bike, during hikes, as a snack in the office; pretty much anytime I need to raise my blood sugar I try to make sure I have one of these nearby. I have a stash of bars in my desk drawer and toss a few in my pack after the working day is done. My favorite thing about these is that they are not super chewy like other bars that have 20 grams of protein, so you spend less time jawing and more time having fun.

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Robert L wrote a review of on May 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Ive been sporting toe socks for awhile now, I have always had problems with my toes crowding due to a very wide and large size 14 EE foot, and wearing toe socks has greatly improved how my feet feel after wearing shoes, no longer do I have to deal with cramped piggies. The design allows your toes to splay out naturally across the footbed of your shoe, and the supportive design helps keep things comfortable and cool. I was skeptical when I first started wearing toe socks, but now most of my socks are injinjiis since they are so reliable and comfortable

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Robert L wrote a review of on May 2, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

These are a tried and true design used since 1966 with minimal changes, and for good reason. Jeff Spiccoli sported the black checked design back in the 80's and they have been a favorite of pro bikers and skaters all over the world. I take a size 14 and have to typically go through a really uncomfortable "break in" period where the material stretches out, but thanks to the elastic along the sides of the tongue these fit right out of the box. All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, my Vans classic slip ons and Im fine!

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Robert L wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

R for Rad
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been using this headlamp for bicycle commuting for the last few weeks and have been very impressed with the performance of the Tikka R+. Firstly, the rechargeable battery is removable and very easy to take out and reinsert, which means that packing around extra AA or AAA batteries is a thing of the past. The strap is very adjustable and worked over a helmet as well as below a helmet on my forehead, then across the helmet on the back, settings are very easy to switch through thanks to button design. I have dropped this headlamp from a height of about 5-6 feet a handful of times onto cement and the headlamp has kept on ticking just fine. The reactive light is very very useful when riding at night since I could be lit up by streetlamps one moment and on a completely dark trail the next, so rather then finnickying with the settings everything is automatic-very very cool feature. All in all I honestly could not ask for more in a headlamp, the R+ has been a very worthy addition to my gear collection and I expect it to work well for a very long time

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Robert L wrote a review of on April 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Riding at night is sketchy, and often times illegal if you do not have front and rear lights, so I picked up a Femto Drive rear light to pair up with my front one and it has worked out really well, I swap them between my two bikes and they are quickly off my bike and stored safely in my backpack when I lock up my ride, and ready to keep my ride lit up in seconds.

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