Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50
Casey K.

Casey K.

Casey K.'s Passions

Biking

Casey K.'s Bio

Road and fat cyclist, trail runner, product specialist in IT. And two parrots.

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on April 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I originally bought two of these and scored a nice sale price on them. I hadn't worn Castelli bibs before, but these sounded like top-of-the-line, and I was willing to give them a try.

I am so pleased with them, I quickly bought another pair. I've been suffering - yes, suffering on the trainer all winter, and found out that some of my bibs that are great outside are NOT good inside. These are great for both.

I was first concerned that the straps seemed to be so short, but that is because they are designed for riding, not standing up. And they are PERFECT for riding.
The leg grippers stay secure, and no sausage legs. It will be interesting to see what kind of effect the semi-sheer leg bands produce for tan lines this summer.

Re the chamois. It is not thick, but it is thicker where it needs to be. SO comfortable, you put it on and then forget about it - which is how it should be.

Give these a try - they are as comfortable on my cross bike as on my race bike. I highly recommend them.

(0)

 

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ah yes. Chamois cream. Necessary, and lots and lots of choices. I've tried many. This has moved to the top of my favorite list, displacing my previous pick, Assos (regular version, not the women's-specific version, which I hated).
Muc-Off Luxury Chamois Cream smells great, applies easily, doesn't get all runny, has a bit of a cooling effect, and WORKS. It is about the same consistency as Assos, but perhaps a bit creamier. Hard to describe.
The smell is nice - clean, not medicinal or floral. It washes off skin and out of clothes well. I don't do super long rides, but five or six hours in the saddle are no problem with this product. No saddle sores, chafing, etc.
The larger size is quite economical, especially if you can find it on sale.
I highly recommend this product and have a couple of tubs stocked up so I don't run out.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on March 8, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

While doing maintenance on my Sidi's, I noticed my pads were quite worn. Ordered a couple pairs of these. Received them super quick. Installed in a matter of a minute or two. Ah - fresh heel pads. I had to trim off the little plastic spike, but other than that, these were good to go right out of the bag. Highly recommend these for your premium Sidi shoes!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on March 6, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

This was my first experience with this brand, and the jacket was beautifully made. I love the reflective material.

If I planned on using it for commuting, I would probably have kept it. As it was, it was too heavy of a rain jacket for training. It had cool features, like LED lights you attach to the back and the cuffs for even more visibility.

It ran a little large, which is probably good for adding layers. I'm still looking for the perfect rain jacket, and if this one was lighter and more breathable, it would have been perfect!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on February 20, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I bought these due to a recommendation from my Gearhead, Katie Harker. She hasn't steered me wrong yet!

I wore these several days at a training camp in Tucson. They were perfect for the cool, dry conditions.

When you put them on, you need to be aware that there is a left leg and right leg due to the way they are sewn. If you get that right (there is a little R or L near the top of the back of the leg), you are good to go.

They stay up fine, but when I was putting them on, the material at the top liked to fold over on itself. This is easy to remedy, and did not detract from my happiness with these.

I had to retire my knicker bibs recently, but I don't need to purchase a new pair because these will work great with all my existing bibs. Thus, in addition to working well, these saved me $$!

I highly recommend these and thank you Katie for telling me about them!

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on February 8, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have used other Mad Alchemy products and liked them. When I needed embro, the brand was recommended to me so I went with it. I love how it smells - brings me back to my teenage years and mixing Tang with iced tea mix and spices for "Russian Tea."
It applies well, though I swear there are pieces of orange peel in it, so it is not smooth.
As for heat - I get none from this product. Zero! I have sensitive skin, so before I used it, I worried (needlessly) I would blister from it.
Based on my experience with the product, I do not recommend it.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on January 29, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Thank you for the recommendation, Katie Harker!

These gloves are wonderful for cold weather biking when I don't have pogies on my fat bike or for road riding when it's nice enough (no ice). The first time I wore them, my hands sweated a little, but it was not annoying. In colder temps, I have less of this. I've worn them in temps in the 40s to around 15 degrees.

The gloves have a curve built in so you are not fighting them to grip your hoods or bars or brakes. This is good, because they are fairly thick.

Despite this, they are comfortable and not restrictive. The Velcro at the cuff makes it easy to get them on and off. They have something in the tip of the finger so you can use your touchscreen too.

As a Minnesotan who loves to be outside in the winter - I highly recommend these if you want full fingered-gloves.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on October 17, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I had purchased a jacket version of this in 2016. I use that more as a jersey, as it is nicely form-fitting. With cross season starting, I found I needed more long-sleeved jerseys. I liked the jacket so much, I ordered this.

I wore it first on a cool, windy day (around 46 degrees F) for cyclocross drills. I used a sleeveless base layer underneath (I wore thin fleece gloves for the first half of the session, just to give you an idea of how cool it was). I was cool, but comfortable and eventually built up some sweat, but I never got clammy. It fits well, without a lot of extra slack, and doesn't impede movement.

It laundered well, dried fast, and is ready for my next adventure. It's nice to have several options from which to choose. I recommend this and look forward to wearing it and adding thicker/ long sleeved base layers as the weather changes.

(1)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on October 11, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Having recently started cyclocross, I have learned a new vocabulary, new techniques, and new ways to filthy up my bike. My old way of cleaning (sans brush) was not getting all the dirt off.

Adding this brush to my cleaning routine has made my bike happy and shiny. It's soft enough so it doesn't scratch anything, and the long bristles can get into the little crannies where mud likes to make a home. The rubber handle doesn't slip out of your hand, and since it's not a skinny handle, it's easy to hold onto.

Hoping diligent cleaning will give my bike components longer life and happier riding.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on April 29, 2018

1 5

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

I love Assos Chamois Creme. I decided to try the women's version, as I am a woman. I figured the company knows what it's doing, as the normal Chamois Creme is so great. I was wrong.
The only thing this stuff has going for it is a nice, light, pleasant smell.
It looks like the normal version, but when you apply it, that's where the the difference becomes apparent. The normal variety glides on but doesn't really melt. This one turns liquid and runs. It also doesn't do much good in the protection arena. I did less than a two hour ride and I was in pain.
Stick to the normal version - this is more expensive dollar-wise and not worth it.
I hate to write such a negative review, but maybe it will help someone else not make the mistake I did.

(3)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on April 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

OK. Two batteries for the eTap bike, but comes with one charger? Hooray - the power supply has two USB ports. Add this charger to the original charger and charge both batteries at once. Convenient and time-saving for those long double days.

Though I don't know why a single charger can't have the ability to charge two batteries. Something to muse about.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on December 15, 2017

5 5

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

I bought this so I could capture my heart rate while using Zwift. Here's my setup:
Tacx Neo - use this for power, speed, cadence
Mac Mini - I mirror the monitor using AirPlay (through Apple TV)
Ant+ USB stick - plugged into a USB slot on my Mac Mini, it captures my HR from my Garmin strap
46" TV - displays Zwift
iPhone - for Mobile Link
It took me longer to open the package than it did to be up and running with my HR. I don't enjoy having to "mess with" stuff, so this was perfect.

(1)

 

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on December 12, 2017

Why did I wait so long?
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am new to indoor cycling, though I have wanted to get started for quite awhile. This Tacx Neo is the perfect introduction, because I won't have to bemoan a system with better features and capabilities that comes out in the future.

It was easy to set up. My LBS was kind enough to put the cassette on and check that it would work the way I wanted. BTW - they do not sell this brand.

Anyway, after second-guessing myself on attaching the bike, I was up and running. I needed to update the firmware. Believe Tacx when they tell you to shut off all other applications running Bluetooth while you are updating. I figured they were just saying that, like applications tell you to shut down other applications while installing. Well, you actually need to. After a couple of false starts, I was updated.

Then Zwift. WOW - so easy. It found the Neo and we were good to go. Well, the equipment was. I quickly discovered that indoor cycling is a whole different animal. I decided to build up my strength and endurance by gradually increasing my ride time.

It is quiet. So quiet that I decided to rethink my plan of having to ride it in the garage.

It is easy, especially the software part.

This experience is, as others have said, a video game that is actually GOOD FOR YOU! Looking forward to many happy hours with my bike and Neo.

Almost forgot - I'm using this with a 2012 Ruby Comp. She's happy to be indoors.

Treat yourself!

(2)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on July 20, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

UPDATE: I have now tried all seven flavors - add Passion Fruit and Strawberries to the list. Passion Fruit is my favorite, though I will drink any of them very happily. Matcha + lemons is the fifth flavor of Skratch Labs Hydration Mix I have tried. The others are Raspberry, Pineapple, Apples & Cinnamon, and Orange. I like them all and am perfectly happy switching between them as my mood suits.
I prefer all of them cold (except Apples & Cinnamon in the winter), so I use an insulated bottle and freeze it. By the time I'm ready for my first drink, it has melted sufficiently. No stomach upset, a little boost from the sugars, and a nice taste. And no cramps.
In the winter, I use a much more insulated bottle and drink the Apples & Cinnamon hot. What a treat.
Love this product and highly recommend it. BTW - the only complaint, and this is small, is that there are tiny pieces of raspberry seeds in the raspberry flavor. Sometimes they gunk up my water bottle spout. A tiny complaint, to be sure.

(0)

 

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on July 18, 2017

Different colors
3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small

This jersey is not as soft and stylish as the color-blocked Protagonista jersey, but does the job. It has pink banding on the armholes - see the picture.
This jersey does not have a full zipper - I missed that in the description, my fault. It also does not have a zippered pocket on the back - just the usual three pockets. They are deep enough so stuff doesn't fall out, but I like the security of being able to zip my ID and keys.
On the bike, feels good - it's so humid right now, even sweat is sweating, so riding cool is not possible. Not the jersey's fault.
As I mentioned before, the material is not as soft as the Protagonista. Therefore, it doesn't stretch quite as much and seems to run a bit small. Still fits adequately, though.
Based on the average rating I am giving this, I would not recommend this product unless you want to grab a good deal from a good manufacturer. There are better available.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on July 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

I was worried about the fit, knowing Castelli sometimes runs small, but it fits great. The color blocking is flattering (I got the pale blue/raspberry/midnight), and the fabric is soft and wicks well.
The back pockets hold everything they need to (tube, patch kit, multi tool, tire irons, chapstick, keys, ID, phone, snacks) without stretching out. I like that the zipper has a protective flap so it doesn't irritate my neck. I also like that there is a zipper on one of the back pockets to hold ID more securely.
It washed beautifully and dried quickly (I always hang to dry). It looks as nice today, after many washings, as when I first got it.
Love it and recommend it.

(2)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on June 5, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used many different brands of chamois cream. I found two I like, and tried this based on a recommendation from my CC Gearhead, Sarah Edwards. She was right. It's good stuff.

It has less fragrance than the other brands, almost undetectable except for a bit of medicine-like smell - not at all objectionable.
It is definitely thicker than any other brand I've used (all women's-specific). However, it applies easily and washes out easily, too.

The cooling effect is not as strong as I thought it might be, and that is fine with me. I put off trying this because I thought it might be too much. I've used it on cooler rides, and even one hot, humid ride so far this summer. All good.

Overall, excellent product. It has moved to the top of my recommended list! I'll still use Mad Alchemy La Femme for shorter rides, but this is my top pick from now on.

(0)

 

0 Comments

Casey K.

Casey K.wrote a review of on May 5, 2017

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this while searching for a favorite. Based on others I tried at the time, this was excellent. Since then, I have found better and this is relegated to just Average.

As others have noted, it is runnier than some. I have to admit, seems a bit sticky. I've used it on shortish and longer rides, and it's good enough - does what it needs to, but I would not trust this on an epic day without expecting to reapply. I do not like having to think about that - I want my chamois cream to just work.

The aroma is pleasing, but not strong. Thank goodness it's not fruity. It has a nice herbal smell.

It goes on easily, and I initially wondered if it would have staying power - no worries, it does, but as mentioned above, I wouldn't trust it for a truly long ride.

On the bike, no issues. Not too slippery or sticky - I don't notice it at all - which is good. But other brands are better.

It washes off easily, and I have experienced no post-ride problems. I'm glad I tried it, but one jar is all I will buy.

It washes out of the chamois well - very important for chamois longevity!

(0)

 

0 Comments