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Changren Yong

Changren Yong

Changren Yong

Changren Yongwrote a review of on November 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Quarq Riken AL may be its entry level powermeter but it is just as accurate as its more expensive relatives. You are saving some $$$ for a slightly heavier PM. I have mine installed on my cyclocross bike and so far i have not experienced any problem with it. Quarq's customer support is excellent in providing phone/email support if needed.

One thing to note though. On Quarq's website, the Riken AL is listed as having the Power Balance feature, where you get left/right power balance data on your bike computer. This feature, however, is only available to the Riken AL manufactured very recently. But fear not, Quarq plans to release a newer version of Qalvin which will allow you to turn on the Power Balance feature.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on September 28, 2015

4 5

I have been using Osmo Active Hydration the past couple of years, switching between the orange and blackberries flavors. They both taste good and they are effective in replenishing electrolytes.

One note though: If you are ordering the orange flavor active hydration, you may want to wait until after November 2015 because if you order them now, you most likely will receive the batch that has a best by date of 11/15. My last two orders of the orange flavor Active Hydration - the most recent one in September - were all from this batch. I have complained to Backcountry about being shipped with products that will be "expiring" so soon but to no avail. So this is rather disappointing.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on December 10, 2014

4 5

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

Castelli makes some of the best cycling attire in the market. Almost all my cycling gears are Castelli. However, this Flanders Warm Half-Zip Base Layer (long sleeve) exposes yet again my frustration with Castelli's inconsistent sizing. Last year, i bought two XL Castelli Flanders Long Sleeve Base Layer (long sleeve). They were way too small so they had to be exchanged with the largest size available: XXL. I am 6'2" and weigh about 190 lbs. The XXL Flanders Long Sleeve Base Layer was a little too short on the sleeve and i could barely put my head through. It was with this understanding that i ordered an XXL Flanders Warm Half-Zip Base Layer (Long sleeve). Turned out, this is one size too big for me. An XL would've fitted me much better.

What i like about this base layer is the ability to unzip the top half of it if you are feeling a little too warm. The zip also helps when you are putting it on or taking it off.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on December 10, 2014

Fit well and look good but do not last
3 5

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

I bought a pair of these Castelli Nano Shoe Covers back in May. They weren't really put much to use until August. The XL shoe covers fit size 46 Sidi road and mountain shoes well. These shoe covers are not waterproof but they will keep your shoes dry as long as water does not seep in via the ankle opening. If you are wearing ankle-length tights, putting the tights over the shoe covers works much better in preventing water from seeping into the shoe covers than putting the shoe covers over the tights.

As well as they work and look, unfortunately they are not designed to last more than a season. Perhaps that's why Castelli only has a 30-day warranty for them. It rains a whole lot here in the PNW so i have been using them on average about four commute trips a week for the past two months. The lamination around the seam started to peel off about a month ago. A huge gaping hole has opened up in one of the shoe covers near the toes.

If you are looking for something to last more than a season, look somewhere else. But if you are just looking for something that is light and can be easily put in the back jersey pocket for emergency use, this one works well.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on June 26, 2014

2 5

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

I returned these shoes because they were causing discomfort. But that's not my main beef with these shoes. In order to use the Speedplay adaptors, you have to lift up a flap in the inner midsole. However, because of poor workmanship, It was almost impossible to lift up the flap to swap out the standard three-hole cleat plate with the Speedplay cleat plate due to over-gluing. It really took me more than an hour to cut away the excess glue in order to get the flap to lift up enough to swap the cleat plates.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on May 26, 2014

5 5

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

I'm 6'2" and weigh about 190 lbs. The XL fits me perfectly. I wore the black one over two rainy Seattle winters ago and i liked it so much that i bought the yellow fluorescence one as well. On near freezing days, so i need to do is the wear this with one base layer and that would keep me sufficiently warm. The Gabba jersey is not completely waterproof and eventually it will get wet but if you have a base layer, you should be ok.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on May 26, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small

I'm 6'2" about 190 lbs and i could barely put on the XXL. If you are any bigger than me, i would say look for something else. I'm not exactly sure why Castelli does not have a standard sizing. I had an older Castelli base layer and the XL fitted me just fine.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on May 26, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

With a name like AeroBlade, one would assume the whistling noises typically associated with roof bars would be eliminated, or at least, reduced. However, that is not the case with these bars. I installed them on my 2014 BMW 3 series wagon with factory flush rails. Whenever the car is driven more than 30 MPH, the bars would start to whistle. Thule support website suggested moving the bars further back but that did not work. I also covered all possible gaps with electrical tapes but the problem appears to be the bars themselves.

Even though both bars are exactly symmetrical, Thule support suggested swapping the front bar with the rear bar. That also did not help. Thule support stopped responding after i told them their suggested solutions made no difference to the whistling noise.

So really, i can't say these bars are any quieter than the OEM roof rack i used to have on my old Audi A4.

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Changren Yongwrote a review of on May 26, 2014

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The camera captures high quality video and images. However, it is suffering from constant freezes. I have tried various class 10 micro SD cards to no avail. Perhaps i have a faulty device. I have contacted Garmin for support and hopefully they will come up with a solution.

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