I own a roadie w 700x25 tires, and a mountain bike on which I periodically change tire sizes. The roadie tires are a cinch - a gentle swipe with just one of these will do fine. But if your considering these for a mtn. bike bike tire size above 2.1", you probably want to get something more substantial. I had no problem getting 1.9" tires off the rim when needed, can just about manage on the 2.1", but these are absolutely hopeless on the 2.3" Kendas - can't get more than one lever secured. I am going to try some quality metal levers to see if that does the trick.
This was my first cycling jacket. Being 6'1, 220 lbs. with broad shoulders, I was pretty indecisive initially because many of the major cycling apparel brands design their clothes with pro cyclists in minds (i.e. horse jockeys with powerful legs!) I went with North Face knowing they understand the concept of a larger build. Tried both the L & XL, ended up keeping the XL. This jacket has a "medium" fit - not skin tight but also not too flappy in the wind, making it a great option for both road or mtn biking. It's feather-lite and rolls up into the back pocket if desired. The front chest pocket is perfect for an iPod or whatever. Good venting in back and sides. I would say it's adequate over a jersey alone down to 45F (for say a commuting/touring pace of cycling), below that additional layering would be advised Finally, the "Sulphur Spring Green" color (who thinks up these names? Honestly....) is bright and visible.
Haven't really given it a proper trial yet since it just so happens to be the dry season, but I can say that it's light and comfortable, and a steal at the sale price. Sizing: I'm 6'1, 220 lbs. and broad shoulders. Got an XL, but probably could have managed with just a L for when wearing minimal base layers. But I'm happy with the extra room as it allows more air flow / breathing during the warmer temps (so you don't get soaked in your own sweat while blocking out the rain!) and room for more layers in colder temps. Overall - simple, functional, stylish.
Waterproof, warm, comfortable, and not too heavy - the right combination for walking around in inclement WX when Wellie's or other high H2O proof boots become impractical. Perfectly good in an urban environment as well, as long as you put sensibility over style when it comes to personal fashion (which I anyone that is shopping here does!) The green ones are great - match the fleece I bought at same time...so I guess I have both style and sensibility!
Great fleece, don't need say much since it's reputation preceeds it. Got the Anchorage green color or half the retail price which is a steal!