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billy mcmahon

billy mcmahon

Little Rock, AR

billy mcmahon's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing
Skiing

billy mcmahon's Bio

I am a preacher man who loves triathlons, rock climbing, backpacking, skiing, and whitewater kayaking.

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billy mcmahonwrote a review of on November 22, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: 10.5

I really wanted to like these shoes, but Hoka's design simply gave me nothing but painful blisters on my outer toes. These shoes are essentially cone-shaped around the front of the foot and very narrow at your arch, thereby creating a terrible shoe shape for distance running. I've used multiple shoe brands before (Saucony, New Balance, Newton, + other Hoka's) and have never experienced anything like the bad design of the Tracer. I switched to the Clifton 3 and have no problems... that model makes for a much better fit!

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billy mcmahonwrote a review of on April 7, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 165 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a good jersey. I especially like the zippered pocket on the right back side. My biggest problem with it is that it seems to be bell-shaped (tight at the top but looser by the torso). I don't have too broad of shoulders, but I've noticed this while running--you're better off wearing a water belt or tucking the jersey into your tri shorts.

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billy mcmahonwrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm nearly 1,000 miles into riding this bike and absolutely love it so far. This is a great price to get a carbon fiber bike with decent components. Given the specs and testimonies of friends, I think it would actually outperform other bikes a few hundred dollars more expensive. If you want something substantially better, you'll have to pay quite a bit more. This bargain price-point is great because it frees up additional money to get aero bars, repair kit, etc.
This bike provides a smooth ride. I've noticed such a difference from my previous aluminum bike. It handles well and is pretty light weight. The farthest I've ridden has been just over 50 miles and I was pleased with the comfort level for a continuous amount of time.
The Shimano 105 components are great, but not the best for aggressive shifting, so it's important to keep this in mind and go easy at times.

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billy mcmahonwrote a review of on October 15, 2012

4 5

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

i've read a lot of reviews that kind of bash this rope. yeah it's on the inexpensive side, but I would not necessarily assume that this is crap. i've used it a couple of times and have not had any problems with it. i've even taken a decent sized fall on it and it stretches nicely

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billy mcmahonwrote a review of on June 7, 2012

3 5

Pros:
I got this for my fiancee and we both like it. We got the large sized one. It's very spacious! We have travelled with this bag and it is pretty secure (haven't worried about anyone trying to open it while we are crammed onto a bus or anything). The laptop sleeve is nice and wide as well. It can hold a laptop, couple books, two water bottles, and a couple small jackets with no room to spare (ha!).

Cons:
No water bottle holder on the outside. Not too many interior pockets. Probably my biggest criticism of this bag is that the material is super stiff. The shoulder strap has actually scraped my neck a couple times because of how stiff it is. It definitely is not seat-belt soft/bendable.

Summary:
Good bag for the money. There are little things that I would change about this, but there are also some noteworthy benefits. Overall I'd say it's average. Not awful, not stunning.

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