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Troy Rutherford

Troy Rutherford

Troy Rutherford

Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on February 28, 2014

5 5

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

Looks like this may become my go to coupled with a light baselayer for rides from 35degrees and up. very impressed. Initially it looks to light but the wind proofing on the chest is perfect with a baselayer, easy to unzipp and dump a little heat if needed.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on January 18, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Picked this little guy up needing something better than my cateye good enough to be seen front light. this provides plenty of light for when my commute home turns pitch black. battery life is ok 2hr, if you need more pick up the extra battery pack for it. The mount is not bad, follow the directions and it is as secure as any other strap on style light. initial install I put the mount on wrong and it was not secure re-read the directions and its been great.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Favorite thing to eat on the bike after banana's. Powerbars are weird, either its to cold and they are like trying to eat frozen silly putty or its hot and they are like a semi solid gel that still requires chewing. And I've never met a clif bar that didnt require 2 watter bottles and a refil to wash down. Stinger waffles seem to almost melt in my mouth and dont leave me feeling like I have cotton mouth. Also feel like they work quicker, had a low glycogen moment between races this year that was quickly solved with a banana and honey waffle.

Just stick with honey. The other flavors dont seem to work so well, at least for me.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love it for cold rides. By cold I mean anything under 45. Over 45 and I'm stopping after a while to pull it off because its simply to much for that temp. Keeps the top of my head and my ears warm, fits nice and tight to my head and only requires loosening my helmet about 2-3 clicks on the adjuster wheel.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great upgrade over cheapish entery level shoe's without breaking the bank. Defenitly feel stiffer than cheap shoes, fit is nice, comfortable. The sidi retention system is nice very adjustable and simple. strap's buckles and heel pad are replacable all nice features when you put down alot of miles. Remember contact points are worth not beaing cheap, get good stuff for your feet.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Hated using my regular drive around town shades to ride. always seemed like the top rim acted like a gutter funneling sweat right into my eyes. I actually started using tinted safetly glasses from work until I was lucky enough to win a set of these a couple seasons ago. Typically use the platinum lense for most riding and tuck the clear into my bag for commutes. Started using the Rose lenses recently and they are awesome one overcast days so they are my new go to is overcast to slightly rainy. Just replaced the ear pieces with new one's supplied directly from smith and need to pick up a new platinum lens after an opps tossing my mini pump into my helmet on top of them and made a small scratch in theo worst possible place. Have had no issues that were not my fault. Highly recomended.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Love the teflon cleats over the grip cleats that come with look's now. The rubber on the grip cleats wear off quickly if you walk on them much and then your left with what you have hear something relatively slippery, but you dont have the teflon whre the cleat is engaged. the teflon seems to really help the cleat float as intended compared to my last set of grips which honestly felt like they had no float.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

picked up a set to replace my classics which have searved me well for 1000's of miles. First clip in was great, very positive engagement. Ridden a few times since picking them up and havent pulled out of them once in a hard effort climbing or sprinting. The increased contact pad is nice, time will tell if it really makes a difference.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on November 7, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Basically built off a SRAM Red crank. Power measured where its made, doesnt do left right power but physiologically most people should be balanced relatively well and with a little creativity you can test left right without spending a ton more.

More versatility in wheel choice than a powertap. And unless your afraid of tools it can be swapped between bikes quickly if needed.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on October 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Made the upgrade to Tubular's this year and have been very happy, I ran GP4000's for the first half of the season and needed to replace the rear after wearing it out. Bought a pair of sprinters and couldn't be happier. I currently have more miles on the sprinter and the rear looks like its still ready for more.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on October 30, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Put it in your pocket and stop worrying about if you brought enough CO2 cartridges to get home. I bought mine after an unfortunate incident halfway up a climb fumbling around with my less than useful CO2 inflater; 2 CO2's later and finally borrowing a pump and I knew I needed a hand pump.

Fits in your pocket fine or pick up the sweet lezyne bottle cage which doubles as a pump cradle and leave it on your bike. The flex hose is an excellent feature helping both connecting to your valve stem but saving it from damage.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Yes its expensive compared to cork tapes but it will outlast it by far. Have it on both my bikes, excellent grip and damping without overdoing it. I have about 3k on both this season and the tape is still holding up well but will be due to be replaced for next season mostly just to stay looking fresh.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My first bike had Shimano shifters and I never liked the little lever big lever thing. Yes you can get used to it and have it becomes second nature I just didnt like it and trying to explain it to a new rider was never simple and straight forward. not to mention grabbing the breaks and having the break lever flop around since its also a shift lever.

None of these problems exist with SRAM, the nice integration of an inteligent ratchet system within the shifter cuts down the levers to just 1, very easy to learn, 1 click opps wrong way keep going. I upgraded to rival and after several seasons went with force on my new bike.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on October 29, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

16g's is the advertised weight difference between the 1091 and 1051 chain.Same Ni plated inner and outer plates and no hollow link. The slight increase in price over the 1031 to get better wear and corrosion resistance thanks to the Ni platting and a very small weight penalty over the 1091, thats a no brainer.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on October 20, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is currently my only winter Jacket. The Fleecy inside is great and very warm, so warm I really cant wear it unless its 40-45deg or less and is good without a base layer down to the mid 30's. I wore this all winter last season and with the right base layer I was able to ride comfortably in the 20's and high teen's. Wish I could find the equivalent model from this yea'r collection as I would like to add another so when I get cought out in the slush I can wash one and have another dry and ready to go.

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Troy Rutherford wrote a review of on October 20, 2013

5 5

I have these on both my bikes. just the right combination of drop and reach so transitions between hood's and drops is quick and seemless, very comfortable in both positions. the continuous curve through the drop is perfect, I've had ergo shaped pars and found they put to much load in all the wrong places on my palms when in the drops, no problems since switching to these bars. The wing shape is great, I have mine wrapped fully and find the flatter shape feals better on the hands when you want to take it easy and sit upright with your hands on the top's. Unlike the other reviewer I was able to mount a light to them, there is a short section of round bar on either side of the stem providing just enough room to mount accesories to the bar like a light or clip on aerobars. there is a little finagling depending on how you have your cables routed but it is doable. I dont see myself using another bar unless these end up discontinued, in which case I might stock up on several pair's.

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