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bakasterwrote a review of on December 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently signed up for, and completed an Ironman 70.3. Through the training and race I got more and more passionate about (read "obsessed with") cycling. It was the training I enjoyed most and still love.

After the completion of the triathlon, I decided my 20 year old Selle Italia Flite saddle, while comfortable, was so slick and flexible that it really worked better on my commuter/touring bike than on my dedicated road bike. Thus, the hunt for a new saddle began.

In the last year i've tried all sorts of different saddles, and this is the one that finally made my seat and my rides the happiest. It's light weight, the perfect shape, and a wonderful compromise of stiffness and comfort for longer days in the saddle.

I will say that I like fizik's animal spine concept, however there are limitations. According to them I am a snake, however my sit bones are too wide to work with any of the snake specific saddles (unless I totally missed something, that's bit of a hole in their lineup).

As the days have been getting shorter I've started putting saddle time into turbotrainers/zwift, and have noticed that not only do I move around on my saddle a LOT when I'm riding outdoors, the comfort level/fit required for long indoor rides is quite a bit more exacting than when moving around in the saddle a lot on outdoor rides. I highly recommend spending a chunk of time on a turbo trainer to get the best feel for your saddle fit.

It took a few tries and some false starts, however this saddle is the one that made my butt the most happy and am looking forward to putting a lot more miles under it in the coming years. (oh by the way, it's light weight, but seems surprisingly bomb proof considering that)

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bakasterwrote a review of on November 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There really isn't much you can say. I've got spd pedals on my touring bike and (until i upgraded to spd-sl) road bike.

Lots of miles, even holding up to some decent walking. One caviat, my older set of spd pedals the spring started to get worn and I was able to pull my foot out of them straight up (not normal release) on some climbs... however that has nothing to do with these cleats.

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bakasterwrote a review of on October 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a moment of questionable sanity, and a lot of training, I found myself in the last few weeks before my first 70.3 Ironman... which was also my first race of any kind. The part of the world where I live has been experiencing an uncharacteristic level dry heat making training runs past 6 miles a bit of a miserable endeavor.

A few weeks before the event i got this bottle and gave it a test. needless to say it made my long runs much more pleasant. However I will say that I was stumped for a solid few minutes trying to figure out the top/mouthpiece system. (Here's a hint, you have to pull the mouth piece significantly harder than you probably expect.. )

When it came to race day I was stoked to have it. It's a lot easier to drink from while running than a paper cup, gives you a great way to organize nutrition in transition, and is surprisingly comfortable in the hand for a long run.

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bakasterwrote a review of on September 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Over the last year i've finally been putting a lot of miles on my road bike (fun rides, training rides and commuting), and decided it was time to do some cockpit rework to fit my body a bit better. For a bit of background i got my bike used and just adjusted things to get as close a fit as possible.

One of the best upgrades I've made thus far was these handlebars. If nothing else, the number of sizing options you have available is incredible and makes finding the right setup (or at least a good starting point) much easier.

These are awesome. the one thing that was hard to get used to was changing from an ergo to classic bend in the drops.

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