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Evelyn Dong

Evelyn Dong

The Wasatch, Sugarhood

Evelyn Dong's Passions

Biking

Evelyn Dong's Bio

Currently based in Salt Lake City, UT, Evelyn is a pro mountain biker who loves racing everything from local Tuesday night races to ProXCT's to endurance events. With a background in competitive running and Nordic skiing, she discovered a new passion for the sport of cycling and is in her second full season of mountain bike racing. She can usually be found riding in the Wasatch foothills or in her former stomping grounds of Park City, chasing her single-speeding, baggies-wearing riding buddies around. Her other passions are rope swings, pirate flags, and Ford Rangers.

Evelyn Dong

Evelyn Dongwrote a review of on April 22, 2016

5 5

I use Skratch's Rescue Mix when I'm really dehydrated, i.e. after a long hot bike race, especially if I'm stage racing, or after a bout of food poisoning. It's not my everyday hydration mix - I use Skratch Exercise Hydration Mix for that - reserving Rescue for those specific times when my body is really depleted of water and needs to recover fast. And for those time, this stuff is pure gold. It goes down easy even when your stomach can't handle much, tastes great, not overly sweet, and really works. Bonus tip: mix up a bottle of this after a night of indulging in too much High West Double Rye and you'll have a much better day than expected.

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Evelyn Dongwrote a review of on March 10, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I hate being that person asking for tools/tubes/pumps on the side of the trail - y'know, the pitiful, unprepared rider depending on the mercy of passersby - although, I've definitely been there. I've had my share of experiences kick-scooting a busted bike back to the house, so I try to avoid that now that I carry the Crank Brothers Multi-19 Tool in my jersey pocket.
The chain tool is a cinch to use - well, the first time I broke a chain, I had to call a mechanic buddy to talk me through it, but I did manage to fix it and pedal back home instead of hike 8 miles in my bike shoes...
The range of tools handles pretty much any bike catastrophe or small adjustment you need to make on the trail. Yes, the tools are on the short side, and it's not ideal for wrenching on my bike at home...but that said, it's not meant to do that. It's the perfect size for dropping into a jersey pocket and forgetting about it until you actually need it.
The tool is bombproof and will probably last longer than your bike.

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Evelyn Dongwrote a review of on March 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Sure, this is pricier than your average commuter tail light, but it's worth every penny. I use this when I'm night riding on my mountain bike, since I have to commute about 10 min on the road to get to the trailhead, and when I road ride after work at dusk.
It truly is visible from both the sides and the back - cars definitely give me more space when the Vis 180 is on my bike because they can see me from further away and have plenty of time to move over.
The light mount is super simple and fits snuggly on my seatpost. I usually try to recharge it after every 2-3 rides, but I've gone longer without, and have yet to run out of juice during a ride.

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Evelyn Dongwrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

I love the Vanilla and Double Espresso flavors - for workouts and pre-race, I usually take the Vanilla, because it goes down easily and is the right consistency, not too thick and not too thin. The taste isn't overly sweet, which makes it easy on the stomach.
During races, especially in the last lap of a XC race, I boost it up with a Double Espresso. Like the Vanilla, the flavor isn't overwhelming, although you probably have to have an affinity for coffee.
Other than acting like a shot of adrenaline to the heart, these gels are great because I can take multiple during a race without having gut rot for 3 hours after.

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Evelyn Dongwrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's hard to miss the eye-catching hue of the anodized body, but that's hardly the best thing about the Candy 11's. Although, it does look fresh...
They are the easiest pedal to clip into - off the start line, I can usually nail it in first try. They feel super solid under my foot, and feel stiffer than other heavier systems I've used.
Crank Brothers pedals are pretty well known for their mud and snow shedding capabilities and the Candy 11's live up to the hype. I've gone on muddy hike-a-bikes and clipped back in while my riding buddies are still off in the woods looking for sticks to clean out their pedals and cleats. Sloppy cross races are where these pedals shine, too.
Cranks Brothers seem to have tackled their durability issues from a few years ago - I've used this pair for over a year, through a summer of XC racing, a fall of CX racing, and a winter of training in sloppy weather and have yet to experience any sort of play or wear-out.

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Evelyn Dongwrote a review of on March 6, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Sram XX1 Rear Derailleur is flawless - well, as long as it's installed and adjusted right, like any derailleur.
The shifting feels very positive and crisp under your hand - it's easy to shift, but you can feel that instant, powerful response.
As you move into a lower or higher gear, the transitions feels smooth, as in barely noticeable. Maybe that's due to the purely horizontal plane this derailleur moves in, but it feels like it glides from cog to cog better than any other system I've used.
Lastly, the Cage Lockout button makes life pretty easy - any time you need to take your rear wheel off or put on a new chain, the lockout holds the derailleur in position.

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