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Eric Plath

Eric Plath

Gearhead

Anywhere there is adventure and excitement

Eric Plath's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Biking

Eric Plath's Bio

The most important thing to understand about me is that I am a hard-worker in everything I do. Whether it be in the workplace or on the paths (both road and dirt).

Sports drives me to be the very best I can be and stay with the very best even if I don't feel 100% all the time.

If I can push for that last little bit to make them work a little harder then I have done my job.

Eric Plath
Gearhead
800.409.4502 ext 4363

Schedule:
Monday - 7:00 AM-5:30 PM MST
Tuesday - 7:00 AM-5:30 PM MST
Friday - 7:00 AM-5:30 PM MST

Eric Plath

Eric Plathwrote a review of on March 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I was researching both the Tacx Neo and Wahoo Kickr smart trainers. Both are quiet, but for me the Wahoo had a high pitch noise while riding that was not loud, but I was annoying to me. Others may not have the same noise concerns. Ultimately, I decided on the Neo.

Please note, the Neo does not come with a rear cassette. I ordered a new cassette and chain to eliminate any potential noise from mixing old and chain drivetrain components. And I would recommend doing so if your chain is a season or two old. If you decide to use your current rear cassette, it will need to be removed and installed on the Neo.

After getting the Neo out of the box and reviewing the set-up. I was not super clear with the instructions and required a little internet searching to confirm which spacer was required for my 10 speed Shimano drivetrain. Depending if your bike has 9, 10, or 11 speeds, each requires a different spacer to get the cassette in the proper place. Thankfully all the spacers are included. I did notice some chainline issues and some extra noise from the rear derailleur not aligning perfectly, a few turns of the barrel adjuster provided enough adjustment to get it to not rub.

Next, remove the rear wheel and route the chain over the cassette and tighten the Neo’s skewer. Properly tighten and make sure the bike is securely attached to the trainer.

Also, it is recommended to update the trainer’s firmware. Simply download the Tacx Utiity app, sync it to the Neo and within a few minutes the software is updated.

There are numerous software options available to provide real world resistance and interactivity. Zwift, Sufferfest, Cyclops Rouvy, TrainerRoad, Tacx Training, and the list goes on. You can run them on your smartphone, tablet, or computer and connect to the Neo via Bluetooth/ANT+.

I installed the Zwift app on my iPad and created an account. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and Zwift will guide you through the steps of pairing to the trainer. It is simple and reliable to connect them.

In Zwift you appear at the side of the road, and when you start pedaling you now are riding in a virtual world with other riders from around the. Since the Neo is a smart trainer it calculates your speed and power output even if you do not have a power meter.

As you pedal how does it feel? Amazingly like riding a bike outside. Obviously, riding indoors will never be a perfect simulation with the wind in your face, the scenery, and freedom.

But you can either ride the Neo with or without being plugged into an outlet. If it is not powered it will provide a static level of resistance, but it will not change resistance as it would powered and synced with a smart trainer software such as Zwift.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on January 10, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

It is hard to gauge if a hat is going to work for someone when it is a universal size. You would think a manufacturer would make a hat with a little bit of stretch so it can fit the majority. I don't feel my wife has a large head, but can definitely say this hat would have ripped apart if she tried to keep it.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on December 13, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

If you want to keep your feet warm around the house be sure you get a pair of these, as they will do the trick. My wife runs cold and these slippers help immensely when she is walking around the house. Whenever she needs to make a quick trip outside to grab something she simply slips these on and isn't spending a lot of time trying to get her other shoes on when she only needs to be outside for a minute.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on December 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This jacket is super warm. Being from Minnesota I know what cold feels like, but now that we live in Utah the winters aren't as harsh. However, that still doesn't mean you don't have to prepare for winter. This jacket is a great start for that. There are days when I am moving around at a good pace and can't even tell that it is below 20 degrees because the jacket is keeping me nice and toasty. This jacket is so warm even our cat will fall asleep in it with you not knowing she is there until she wakes up. Her fur will be super warm after she pulls out of the jacket and she comes out well-rested.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on October 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

They are growing like weeds, so we decided to get them Men's Mediums so they can grow into them. They love the fact that the jackets aren't too bulky and can separate the interior jacket when they don't need all the protection that the outer shell provides.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on February 7, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs

The ability for my wife to track her sleeping patterns throughout the week is very important, as it helps her determine what she needs to do to improve the sleep she is getting or keep doing what she is doing so she is able to train day in and day out without any potential issues along the way. She wears this wherever she goes and will continue to use it as a trusted guide each and every day of her life.

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Eric Plathwrote a review of on February 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 155 lbs
Size Purchased: 28

When Backcountry started to carry AG jeans the smile on my wife's face was unreal. She was very giddy and excited to get her hands on a pair. Now that she has a pair I am not sure if I will ever be able to buy her another brand of jeans. I felt them and was shocked at how soft they are. Got them home and she immediately put them on as we were heading out for a date. Proud to make my wife happy and knowing she will be comfortable throughout her day gives me even more joy.

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