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tharyn's Passions

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tharyn's Bio

Life long artist/photographer and spend as much scrambling and bike touring the rest of the world- generally very rural and via mountain bike.
20 years guiding back country, last 15 as a mountain bike guide for various companies, now private.
When THAT doesn't fill my time I teach art media at the local community college.
There really is no education equal to putting oneself on that less traveled road or trail on the other side of The World.

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mr. T wrote a review of on July 5, 2013

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have ordered the Vigo before, from BC; the SLT model w Titanium rails.
Great mtb saddle for me, nice relief & channel in padding, easy mtb saddle to muscle as you maneuver. Love it.
BUT while ordering another SLT, they keep sending me the lower level Vigo w the nicro (steel) rails. Calling back to inform of the mix-up, I very gracefully suggested they check out what box they're pulling the stock from, so it wouldn't happen again. They said they were going to send the right one, along w a call-tag to return the 1st saddle.
Well, neither happened. BC sent the same lower saddle, and no call tag either.
If you are trying to buy this excellent saddle, make DOUBLY sure it is the titanium rail SLT. I think the packaging may be mislabeled also.

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mr. T wrote a review of on March 19, 2013

2 5

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

Leyzene tends to pride themselves on the ultra-design execution of their products, so I was interested w their light offerings. I got one of their XL series lights, mostly because it takes a non-proprietary battery. So if your light starts to dim, throw another in. Most systems require you hustle home quickly if that happens, but I just have to carry a relatively small extra battery in the caddy they provide, and I am set!
All well and good, but a couple of immediate hiccups: the batteries provided must be from a bad batch -one wouldn't take a charge, and the other only a partial (and I metered and charged w various source methods when the first wouldn't take). Bummer, because I called both BC, and sister-site Competitive Cyclist to see if they had the newer versions shown at last year's interbike show. No one could give me a specific answer, but if you look at the copy photo -they are the newer versions (w a spring behind the battery for better performance). The pictures here show a silver and black option, but the silver pic is actually the Super Drive. Okay, batteries suck, 2400 maH too (could be higher capacity for the price, availability!). So I have sent them back, and have yet to receive new ones!!! They were apologetic, yes, but confirming bad batts was like pulling teeth. I had to put one of my own 18650 battery in just to test the light! Anyway, nice beam, button bit hard to push (if on bike this would present a problem) between the modes. I have 502b flashlights that are almost identical in architecture, and the mode switching is MUCH better. The 'Loaded' kit comes with that awesome extra battery, helmet mount, and an extra bar mount w/o cinch bolt -now that's just cutting too many corners. The threading for the cap is so fine, that taking it on and off is a skill all its own. Cross-threading could become a problem if not careful. So, all added up: Leyzene did not live up to its ultra-design self-title. This is its 2nd gen of these lights also!

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mr. T wrote a question about on March 8, 2013

Seeing these on sale - the super, & power drive lights.
I am guessing these are from 2012 model run?
Or is there a 2013 shipment coming in @ similar price?
I know the shape of light is different but powered by the same 18650 batt.
Is the circuitry, or some other fundamental changes between the two years besides body shape?

Thanks a TON in advance folks!

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mr. T wrote a question about on December 26, 2011

Somebody straighten this out: this fork for sale is a 2010 model, and the 2011 has 150mm of travel. But it's stated as 150mm capable. So what year is it? Did Marzoch refurbish the 2010 lot as previously answered by somebody here?

Or is the travel really 130mm, with the extra 20mm stuffed into the negative Ti spring; the a2c really the length of a lower travel fork?

Please give me the real skinny here- it would be most appreciated! Thank You!

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mr. T wrote a review of on January 11, 2011

4 5

It does its job. I am usually large in Endura Products, but I ended up with an Xlarge for the fabric is stiff, though cut for a snug fit; I like it with a bit more room and ended up XL. The construction is top notch, two side zips to vent with waterproof zippers and brushed inner lining. A light base layer and I am set up basic cold wind- Colder the temps (below freezing) and I would wear a good midweight merino wool layer and do fine. I am sure it would "defend a light rain, but it does not purport to be a rain jacket.

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mr. T wrote a review of on September 28, 2010

2 5

I read the review which stated "size-up...size chart accurate though". Well, I did measure my fairly regular type, muscular hands, checked chart and moved a size up and got an extra pair a size up from that even. BOTH failed miserably to fit; I generally run a large to xlarge in full finger gloves for biking and I could not even get these things on. Do I have to run under hot water and then milk the teets of goats for hours to get them to?
Sorry, but Knog designers and their hand models outdid the Euro size up rule by ruling out my hands all together. I'd even consider it a mistake more than mismatch. If you don't work in the garden, but on a computer all day with bony lithesome hands, you'll like these, proud to be skinny...or European.

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mr. T wrote a review of on April 10, 2010

2 5

...all the material and time was put into this. Quite a hefty softshell. And if it wasn't for the flappy cuffs, there would be no reason to point this toward a cycling specific use (actually if BC/Cutter hadn't put the wrist flaps on, this garment would sell MUCH faster on SAC). As one poster put it; for the amount of zipper used, it would would serve far better as a two way- top to bottom- and you would still have zip left over for pit venting. It is long enough but not really a cycle specific hem: short to drop in back. I put it on, and even though all a good "fit" generally, I started to overheat- be well-damn below freezing for me to ride with this.
Also, to note, if you have any forearm muscle, the sleeves are too tight. Overall sorta bizarre for the good reviews. I guess everybody has to have at least one relationship with an Anorak before moving on.

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mr. T wrote a question about on January 5, 2010

You have a choice of Argyle (grey/pink) pictured, and Magnum (which won't picture up). I imagine it may be a very cool look, but I am afraid it may just have a pic of Zoolander on the sides. Seriously, gotta know before pulling trigger. I am glad it does state the material makeup/percentage where other "wool" socks here don't even qualify to use the word.

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mr. T wrote a review of on July 7, 2009

4 5

This is a pick your favorite day glove. Not for cold actually since I don't find them too hot middle of summer. That said, if you have a wide hand you'll need the next size up, or at least L to XL like me. Now even, one glove's wrist tab reaches only half velcro contact (could be bigger). Now I wouldn't want to sew these things. I can hear the whole sweatshop moan when it's tasked for a run of theses gloves. To make from scratch it'd cost you time-wise hundreds of dollars. Still, the :"wavy fitting" ordeal was dealt swiftly by BC but cost a star.

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mr. T wrote an answer about on June 23, 2009

Since it is made of wool, size up if anything. Ibex runs pretty much true though; skinny legs stay on chart. Otherwise, I am 36" heavy waist and xl is fine, NOT too loose. Also if they seem a little large when you get hem, just subsequent sweating and drying tightens the wool, and this can be done similarly by putting in hot dryer, slightly damp at five minutes a run. This will shrink wool garments.

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mr. T wrote an answer about on May 16, 2009

With entropy? Yea, we all do!

Try and find the older model Mars 3 I think, More lens (why they decreased this, I don't know), doesn't suck batteries nor prone to break its tab. It is has been waterproof all winter- my 24 Hr team use them exclusively, and the last race was ALL water.

Tweak: Yes it is the Mars 3, and my input does not help you tolano, sorry. I'd go to blackburn via your place of purchase for a replacement light; doubt seriously that just the clip could be replaced.
As for -what i would think- the evolution of this particular line of light could be, I don't know. A change to a main 1 watt LED, plus two lesser ambers doesn't improve anything, and it might lower its run capacity. Remember, the Mars 3 with a total of seven led's was already incredibly bright because of great optic design. In the pit many people would ask to please turn it off cuz it caused near epileptic distraction. As a commute light I never worry about the batt's- it is very conservative, and the visibility range is far out. Dude.
A rear light is always a "cheap" purchase as bike accessories go, but don't be frugal. If the Mars 4 runs long- great, and many here already declare how bright it is. It is a perfect size for what it does, and to the price of a safety item is comparatively super cheap. I have drawer full of tailights that failed in one way or another. When I found the Mars, I bought a handful to cover my many bikes, to prevent forgetting just "one", and be able to leave the attachment when switching around.

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