Blder Sevenwrote a question about SRAM Red GXP Crankset on July 4, 2017
Can you get these in 177.5 mm with a 50/34 set up ?
Can you get these in 177.5 mm with a 50/34 set up ?
Over the past 10 years I've pretty much used Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels. I'll get about 3 seasons (over 10,000 miles) on one set before the rear hub/free hub interface fails or the rim gets a crack in the spoke. I got a little bit tired of the rims cracking at the spoke/nipple and had given up on Mavic until a friend recommended the Exalith wheel set.
I'm now on my 2nd season and so far I am very impressed. They seem very durable, incredibly stiff, and roll very easily. The benefit of the braking surface for wet weather was not a selling point for me, as I live in the high desert. I mainly got these wheels due to the Exalith treatment of the rim surface for durability. I ride about 50/50 dirt/gravel and pavement and find they are holding up very well and still look brand new after about 2,500 miles on them. Due to the price, I swap them out for less expensive Mavic wheels in the winter in hopes I can get a lot of miles out of them.
I'm still on the original brake pad.
I would give them 5 stars but the model I have for 2016 has a 15 mm inner rim width. I would have liked the 17 mm inner rim width on the newer model to gain some extra tire width, but then again the new model has yellow accents and the model I purchased has white accents, which makes them look so much better.
If I had to get another set of wheels, I'd consider a custom build, but then probably get the Exaliths due to how much I like them so far.
Lastly, I got rid of the Mavic tires before my first ride and put on some Clement Strada LGG 25s.
Purchased these tires in 25 mm width and am very happy with them. I ride 50/50 dirt/gravel and pavement and I find these tires do well in both conditions. If I solely rode on pavement, I probably would not use these tires. The last pair I had lasted just over 3,000 miles and I only had one flat. I've used Michelins and Continentals and the Clements do well for me on mixed terrain. They are very easy to mount and remove and I couldn't ask for a tire to provide more durability for the price.
Picked up the white/red/black to replace my 10 y/o Sidi road bike shoes. I loved my old pair because they had the 3 velcro straps, for easy adjustment.
I found this model to be lighter and stiffer than my previous pair of Sidis. I don't know if the stiffer feeling is a good thing yet, but certainly each time I wear them, they soften up and seem to mold to my feet.
This model seems to have less material and is better fitting than my previous model.
I wear a size 12 or 12.5 in regular shoes and got the Sidis in a 46.5. I can barely fit an index finger behind my heel when the shoes are on and don't find my toes are crunched.
I've worn these on long climbs, on long rolling rides, and find they get more and more comfortable the more I wear them. i have about 500 miles on them now and am very happy with the purchase. The white/red/black looks awesome and will match any kit. I contemplated the Yellow fluo also. I definitely would not recommend the all black color because that is simply too boring.
When I saw these chukkas in briar oil slick, it was love at first sight! The color, the contrast stitching, and the crepe sole were very easy on my eyes. What I did not realize until I tried them on was the top notch quality of how they were constructed - this is high quality leather, materials, and craftsmanship, which go hand in hand with Red Wing shoes.
Size-wise I am normally a 12 or 12.5 and I have a custom orthotic footbed that I put inside my shoes. The perfect fit for me in this boot was the 11.5 - the 12 was too big. I got these shoes for the office as well as walking around town.
The shoes fit like a glove. Firm on the sides with room for my toes to wiggle. For the first week, I wore them around the house to break them in. I cannot express how comfortable they are! I would rank these as comfortable, if not more, than my favorite running shoes.
They break in with each wear and somehow get more and more comfortable. Some tips for first time buyers:
- check the made on date on the tag inside the tongue of the boot. This will tell you when they were made.
- Buy a shoe horn to simplify getting the shoes on and also preserve the heal of the boots
- I personally prefer to wear thin merino wool socks with these boots, not thick socks
- I can pull off wearing these boots in a nice suit or a pair of sweats
After this purchase, I'm now sold and mildly obsessed with Red Wing boots. Next purchase is a pair of Red Wing Heritage 6
Picked these up recently in the Bear Brown color. I'm fairly thin, as well as tall, and appreciate that Patagonia now makes pants with a 34" inseam. At 6'3" and 195 lbs, the 34/34 fit me perfectly and the straight fight, as my wife would say, "shows off my booty." The straight fit is a thinner fit and is the look I prefer.
Quality and materials are top notch with these pants. First of all, if anything goes wrong with the stitching or material, I can get them fixed. Next, they are made with organic cotton so I don't have to worry about harmful chemicals coming into contact with my skin while I wear these.
From the minute I took these out of the box and put them on, I've worn them every day for about 12 consecutive days and they are now my favorite pants. Also like the little details such as the Patagonia tag on the inside of the pant leg when I roll up the cuffs.
I've owned may cords over my lifetime, and these are by far the best and my favorite. I look forward to getting the Patagonia jeans soon as well.
After my wife broke my 15 year old stand by using it all summer as an accessory to her sprinkler system for the garden, I opted for the pro-elite bike stand. I was initially leaning towards the Park Tool stand at a similar price point, but found the Park Tool Stands are too heavy to carry around and move. I have a bad back (herniated disc) and the 25 lb Park Tool stand was too heavy for me to be lugging around.
I am very pleased with the weight/lightness of the pro-elite stand as well as how easily it folds up and opens up. I'm 6'4" and this stand really allows me to set my bike up in the clamp quite high to work on! I also find the stand is very stable with by assortment of mtn/road/commuter bikes on it. I did not get the stand to tip over even though I was applying a lot of torque and pressure to the bikes.
The clamp has a lot of adjustability and I don't see any risk of damaging my carbon seat posts. This stand really makes my bikes a pleasure to work on and I highly recommend it. The minimal weight makes it effortless for me to carry the stand out of my garage into the driveway and not worry about hurting my back. Great product!
Picked up this helmet in pink for my wife due to the added safety provided by the coverage and visibility from the bright color. She is amazed how well it fits and how light it is. She says it feels like the helmet is not even there and she appreciates how cool the vents keep her head on hot summer rides. While this helmet is more expensive than most other options out there, she feels it is a worthy investment.
After doing much research, I decided on this helmet in the orange for the following reasons:
- Fit: This helmet fits my head very well, is very, very lightweight and I hardly know I'm wearing a helmet
- Vents: The ventilation of this helmet definitely makes a difference and keeps my head cool on hot days. This is a huge benefit! I also wear a cap to protect my head from the sun through the vents, to shade my face, and to keep the sweat out of my eyes from my forehead.
- Safety: The protection this helmet offers as well as the visibility the orange provides is a huge bonus and the biggest factor in my purchase. Being visible on the road is a huge concern of my due to the large amount of distracted drivers on the road these days texting and driving.
Sure, the white helmet may match my kits better, but the orange seems to match well, while providing a huge safety benefit due to visibility. Some people find this helmet ugly, but I don't find that to be the case.
Also, POC uses higher quality materials that are better for the environment. For example they state in the packaging that they could have used harmful chemicals to keep the helmet color from fading, but opted to use more environmentally friendly chemicals at the cost of having the helmet not be as fade resistant.
Bottom line is this helmet is very comfortable and provides added safety due to it's fit/coverage and visibility. The price is well worth it!
Straight to the point: This stuff rocks! I love the consistency, the smell is awesome, and it does the trick of keeping my taint free from chaffing. The smell is what I love about it, as it has a very strong and pleasant minty scent that cleans up my nostrils and gets me ready to ride. It's not strong as say "Ben Gay" but I do enjoy the smell as well as the feeling when I put it on. Seems like this company makes everything by hand with real ingredients and my seat area thanks it for me after very long rides in the summer heat. I mix it up between the Euro Pro and Pro models as they both are fabulous products.
Wanted to branch out and try something other than Assos due to my inability to even pronounce several of the ingredients of the Assos chamois creme. As soon as I opened the container of the Mad Alchemy product, I could tell this was high quality stuff. The creme smells of citrus and pretty much did what it was supposed to during my 60 mile ride. I've been using this product on my taint after showering after my ride and it provides a nice cooling and healing sensation that allows me to ride comfortably all summer long. I highly recommend this stuff and it seems like a great company as well.
I concur with the other positive reviews on this site regarding this base layer. The fit is just as described - I went with a large and I have a 40 inch chest - and it fits close to my body, but not like a sausage casing. For the price, this base layer performs quite well. I would not wear it on a day over 70 degrees, but anything at or below that temp and this is perfect. Yes, you have to treat it with care, but no different than your cycling jerseys. The item holds up well in the wash and I expect to use this for years to come.
I usually don't stray from anything other than Honey Stinger, Bonk Breaker, or Skratch products due to the quality ingredients they use and of course the appealing taste. These fruit drops by Skratch Labs are off the hook! I find them easy to chew, swallow, and digest. The flavor and texture is spot on also. In actuality, I have to force myself to wait an eat them when I put them in my jersey pocket during a ride. Nothing like another product to make you want to go out and exercise just so you can eat it!
Got these for cycling on cool days and they meet my needs. I love the taller height and they have solid construction. Should get many seasons out of these. My shoe size is 12 and I went with XXL. Perfect fit!
I'm normally committed to Asics Nimbus running shoes, but the price has gotten out of control. So I strayed and went with these PI running shoes. My podiatrist also recommended them for me. I'm normally a 12.5 and these fit just like other 12.5 shoes I wear (Asics, Nike, etc). Out of the box, these felt very light and as if I was walking on air! The fit is similar to wearing a sock, and they are very well made and constructed. Time will tell how durable they are and how long they last, but I would recommend these to anyone who wants a cool looking shoe with great support and comfort.
Purchased these socks to add some flair to my work wardrobe. Icebreaker is a company I'm loyal to and find they always make a high quality product. I went with the orange and red, which looks really cool and easy on the eyes. These socks are thin, but I find they have been durable and their wool fabric makes them comfortable and odor free on long days.
Tried on many a pair of goggles and only found on pair that fit with my helmet and face, which was the POC Lobes. I opted for the orange since I find the color enhances to variability of the terrain in all conditions. Sure, it may be a bit bright on blue bird conditions, but it does not bother me. I'm not a big fan of having to spend extra money on replacement goggles.
The Lobes are well made and well designed. I like the big, spherical lenses that almost make me look like a fighter pilot. The strap has a rubbery/sticky material on the inside the prevent slippage on your helmet. The orange color of the strap does not match the image on the website. In person the strap is more orange flouro in color, which was fine by me. I find having this piece of equipment improves and enhances my performance on the slopes due to comfort, fit, and by providing clear vision.
I love the espresso chip bars and buy them by the box. I find them to be a treat on long days on the slopes or long road rides in the mountains. These bars work miracles and give me a surge of energy to keep pushing myself hard. Non-GMO ingredients and seems like a great company I don't mind supporting and giving my hard earned money to.
Would this be a good all-mountain ski (90-100 mm waist) for an intermediate skier looking for a ski that's easy to turn and good for groomers as well as some fun during a powder day out west?