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Gregory R.

Gregory R.

New England

Gregory R.'s Passions

Running
Biking
Hiking & Camping
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Climbing

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Gregory R.

Gregory R.wrote a review of on September 9, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If they fit, these are great fenders. They are easy to install on many bikes and have held up well for two years on a commuter/beater bike. For the price, they're a superb value. I am ordering a second pair for a gravel bike. I really like that they are well made, last a long time, look good, and hold up. They are also fairly easy to work with & modify if needed to get the right fit. The installation video is really helpful and can give you a sense of how they might fit on your bike. Five stars because they're a great value for what they are!! You won't find better at a lower price point!

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on September 6, 2019

12,000 Miles & Still Perfect!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had these bottles on my bikes – road, cross, mountain, TT – for several years over 12,000 miles of riding on roads – paved & gravel – and trail. I cannot remember ever losing a bottle. They are perfect. They also hold up really well and match my bike nicely. I have been so happy with them!

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on March 27, 2019

5 5

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

The SVET/R is exactly what I wanted in a base bar. I knew that I wanted a 20 cm drop/rise from the stem, since I want the rise option (which is really hard to find in bars) since I know I'll be doing some climbing in training and races. The bar is very light and is in an all-black, beautiful matte-carbon finish, including the logos – they are understated and look great! Installation was easier than I thought it would be and I used the bars to set up my second TT bike. I love that Profile Design makes these high quality bars since they allow me to get my ideal position dialed in perfectly without using a lot of spacers or messing around with the fork and stem. I also was able to use my extensions to keep the build affordable and very high value. I'm really happy with this purchase and grateful to Backcountry/Competitive Cyclist for their help and the very fast shipping.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 14, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a terrific bag! I have both the medium and large sizes on my road bike. I like that I can swap the bag between bikes. I used to want the smallest seat bag possible but after getting stuck with flats and not enough supplies far from home, I decided to switch to a larger bag. The medium is quite spacious, with room for a few CO2 cartridges and inflator, spare tubes, patch kit, tool, etc. It's not quite long enough for a micro pump. The large is very spacious and the price here is fantastic. I can fit a micro pump and some spare clothes & food in it, which is great for solo century days in places without backup or cell reception. If I want to compress the bags down a bit, I use a spare tie-down strap. Waterproofing is superb, adjustability covers a wide range, yet these bags are not as bulky as bike packing or bike-touring packs. They hit a perfect sweet spot. There's also no zippers to get snagged, and no stitching that will come undone like on so many seat bags. These are fantastic bags and I am very pleased with them!

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on July 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had this saddle for over five years and it continues to be the most comfortable I've ever used. I'm about to buy a second one for another bike. I've always loved Selle Italia saddles, and knew that I need a 145 mm wide model like this one. The central cut out is quite large and gives ample room for that "area". The profile is slim, yet there is ample comfortable padding. I use it on a road/gravel bike that's set up with a slightly more forward position. It's comfortable while hammering a time trial or group ride, cruising for long or short solo rides on flats or hills. I've ridden it through rainstorms and all kinds of weather, and it still looks almost new. The quality is top of the line, like every Selle Italia saddle I have used (I haven't used any other brand in years and the several saddles I have from them continue to be like-new (my previous favorite model is the ProLink Gel Flow in 145 mm). If it fits you, then this saddle is probably the best investment you'll make in your bike.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on October 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

This is a superb base layer. Wicks really well in cold or hot weather. Best of all, it does not ride up. The fabric is very resilient and both stretches well and bounces back. I have used many base layers over the years and this Craft one is perfect.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on October 25, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a long-time Open Pave fan. I have used several versions of the tire, the old 24 mm, 25 mm, and 27's. I like the 27's best -- they are almost a gravel tire, and I have ridden them fast on crushed stone and gravel trails as well as all kinds of pavement. I use these as a training tire, and fall-winter-spring tire. I've raced them in a half iron distance race with some rough pavement, where they were super comfortable. My current set up has the 27's on wide rims (Hed Belgium+). The Paves are on the narrower size for their listed widths, but still true to size (unlike some other brands' 25's that inflate to 28 mm). They are a go-anywhere tire that is fast, grips well, and holds up nicely. I have never flatted on them over thousands of miles. I recommend them to any serious rider.

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Gregory R.

Gregory R.wrote a review of on October 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: L/XL

A great base layer for warm to hot days. It is well made and comfortable -- and creates a bit higher layer than the similar mesh base from Castelli. I like how this piece prevents chafing and keeps me cool. It is well made too and holds up in the wash, though I usually use a garment bag to keep it safe.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love these shirts and have several -- it's one of those pieces that I am always turning to, and I am lucky to have picked up several of them (six or so) in the past few years. I use them for any athletic activity: running, trail running, hiking, as a loose baselayer, lifting, and even for a trail ultra-marathon. The cut is trim but not tight anywhere. The fabric wicks well and dries quickly. I like that it never chafes any sensitive chest areas. Only complaint: the reflective stripes and logo do wear off a little (not completely!) after many washings. This is my favorite Arc'Teryx t-shirt and fabric: it's kind of like one of those perfect soft-cotton shirts, except it's synthetic.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

This hat is one of the warmest I own. It's a terrific example of Arc'Teryx tailoring, meaning that they really know how to shape and cut a piece of clothing to fit well. I paired mine with an elastic chinstrap. It's really warm, so I use it in the cold when sitting around, or in super cold and windy conditions above treeline. It's too warm for running or high-output activities. I hope they continue to make this hat, or one like it. Also, I get people asking me all the time where they can get one, and have also given it as a gift to a few very lucky and happy recipients.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These Blackburn cages are some of the best out there. They last forever and can take a beating. I love that they are well made and affordable -- I have used carbon cages that cost twice as much but that don't hold my bottles as well. I consistently recommend these. I also like that they come in colors that match my bike, since most cages come in boring carbon black. These are a great investment.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

I love this jacket and how reliable it is. I can stuff it into a little bag and take with me anywhere. It has kept me warm in the cold while hiking in summer rain & sleet (yes, sleet in summer at elevation) and is a key piece in my pack on most excursions when weather is unpredictable. It's high quality fabric, cut, & construction, and I am grateful to have it.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have this stem on a road bike and love it. I have the 120 mm. Combined with an ENVE carbon bar, the road vibrations are very dampened and my hands stay comfortable longer. I initially rode it with an aluminum bar and liked it then, but now with a carbon bar, it's even more comfortable. It's expensive, but ENVE is the best there is and engineer their products to be safe and to last a long time, which is totally reassuring to me when I ride. I have met some of the people at the company and was totally impressed with them, and with their online safety demos of their products. I'm really happy with this purchase that is part of my dream bike.

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Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
Height: 6' 00"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: L/XL

I love these hats and own several for winter and cold weather running and hiking. Also great under a ski helmet. The fabric is warm, and the cut is big enough to go over my ears. My wife loves hers as well (also a winter runner). An instant classic. The larger cut is pretty big (larger than I'd first expected) and is cut large enough to fit my head without needing to stretch much, which makes it more comfortable since it's not compressed against my hair like some similar hats do.

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Gregory R.

Gregory R.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: L/XL

The Castelli mesh is the best out there. Breathes super well and creates a layer of cool air on warm to hot days. They are also well made and last a while as long as you take care of them. I wash mine in a garment bag and they have lasted a long time. I just wish they were an inch longer in length, but they're still close to perfect.

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