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billy mcmahon

billy mcmahon

Texas

billy mcmahon's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking
Paddling
Climbing

billy mcmahon's Bio

I am a grad student who loves to rock climb, road bike, backpack, ski, and whitewater kayak. I have been skiing consistently for 18 years, climbing (off and on) for 10, and kayaking for 15. I've worked in recreation for the past 4ish years as a trip guide and campus recreation employee. I'm engaged to my best friend in the entire world and we have an 80lb labratriever mix who doesn't like to swim.
Future dreams: write several books, work in Africa for several years, become a pastor, and continue to develop outdoor adventure skills.

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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 used it several times

I'm about 200 miles into this bike and absolutely love it so far. This is a great price to get a carbon fiber bike with pretty nice components. Given the specs and testimonies of friends, I think it would 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 bike provides a smooth ride. I've noticed such a difference from my old aluminum bike. It handles well and is pretty light weight. The farthest I've ridden has been just over 40 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 it easy at times. Needless to say, this bike would probably be the best for more intense racing.
I did have some trouble with Backcountry on their shipping--it ended up arriving a few days later than expected, despite expedited shipping. This was the first issue I've had with shipping over the past several, so I'm not too worried about ordering more stuff from Backcountry.

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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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