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Isaac R.

Isaac R.

Isaac R.wrote a review of on September 13, 2019

5 5

I'm in my 60's, and just feel more appropriate in 3/4s - what girl wants to see my old legs? Plus you get a little more compression, knee protection for ouchees, warmth when it's cool, and no real pain when it's warm. And now this slammin' deal from the king of kit, Castelli! I bought six Sugoi knickers at this price point 5 years ago. Gonna do the same here!

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Isaac R.

Isaac R.wrote a review of on June 10, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

SMP's 'Concord Beak' brand is not for everyone, and my Plus' extra nose downturn can invite ridicule, but I don't care. I have SMP on all 5 of my bikes, and the Plus is on my racer because it works. Comfy. No kit crotch snags when getting in and out of the saddle. Perchability when performing seated steep climbs. So ugly that it's beautiful. One warning: You'll never go back once you ride it for 20 miles.

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Isaac R.wrote a review of on January 7, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was riding a Niner RKT XC before I realized that I was too old for 100mm forks and 80mm shocks. The Niner's climbing was fantastic though - it felt like it was pulling ME uphill. The Ripley was a big move for me. It felt mushy at first, but I learned to really use the wider gearing and that dropper to control the acceleration and traction. This bike has a learning curve because it can do so many things; gobble up rock gardens on twisty descents, hold its line on technical climbs, and blast over miles of singletrack tundra. The 2.6 tires make everything else seem too skinny and puncture prone as these babies fear nothing. I am 5' 10", 190 lbs, and ride the XL. I have yet to bottom out front or rear, and can accelerate almost as fast as I did on the true XC Niner, but not quite. No matter. This bike is perfect if you want to go fast, climb, and descend without have to recover for three days after a big ride. The 942 carbon rims are a must to reduce rolling weight and give it acceleration pop.

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Isaac R.wrote a review of on November 1, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 188 lbs
Size Purchased: 46

I know there are the SIDI center dials out there. They are beautiful too, just like these 'side' ratchet SIDIs. What I don't believe is that $50 more will give you a better shoe. You'll have a different shoe. And you'll have to learn how to tighten/loosen that different shoe. However, you will not have a better shoe. There is nothing 'better' than this SIDI. Too bad. I would love to have a real excuse to buy the center ratchet SIDI. Sadly, there isn't one.

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Isaac R.

Isaac R.wrote a review of on June 29, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: xl

This chamois is great, better than those on some of my expensive full length tights. Quality braces too. Thin enough for hot weather riding, but warm enough for cool - not cold - riding as well. I MTB in these; the material has not torn on trail crashes and the knicker protects my knees from poison oak and scrapes. I also rode bike in these during summer/spring/fall. I have 6. How much should YOU spend on knickers? Only your butt knows for sure, and this chamois, plus the fit, plus the low cost makes this a 'load the boat' item for me.

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Isaac R.wrote a review of on July 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The sweet potato is all you need. 200 calories, filling and savory. Everything else tastes too sugary now. Not the instant kick you get from GU, but if you time your portions of this sumptuous meal over 10 minutes instead of gulping it down, the energy surge will be smooth. I only like the sweet potato.

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Isaac R.wrote a review of on July 13, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: xxl

I bought mine baggy - XXL instead of XL so i can use it as a layer over a jacket on cold rainy days. Perfect. Light as air, it breaths while it repels, I had a blast with it riding in a chilly morning summer rain with just a jersey under it. No insulation, so if you are looking for warmth, wrong kit. This is for staying dry and not clammy, nothing more, nothing less. Not a pocket piece - it folds bulky.

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Isaac R.wrote a review of on June 27, 2016

2 5

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

I bonked on a long, flat ride recently after getting lost and not having enough food for the extra, unintended miles. As I starved, my feet started hurting very badly. I stopped, took off these shoes and rubbed my feet as I begged passing riders for food. No one stopped. I was 20 miles from the staging area! Five more miles and my feet are screaming. Repeat rubbing, begging for naught. Repeat twice more. Feet needed amputation after 40 miles. Finally, a guy on a crappy 80's rigid fork with a handlebar basket out of the Wizard of Oz saw me whimpering 5 miles from the stage - rubbing my feet - and gave me 4 of the most delicious tangerines created my God. These shoes are great for 8 mile loops in cold weather. You will pay a pain price at 20 plus miles.

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Isaac R.wrote a review of on July 29, 2015

5 5

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

While pitched as climbing kit, this jacket is more and less than that. Confused? I was too when i got it in the mail. I put my base and a jersey on before the jacket and it was snug. So snug I took the jersey off and just rode the jacket and base. PERFECT! Look at the pictures on the web. No jersey shown. So is the 'jacket' really the world most versatile and expensive two layer wind-stopper jersey? I don't know. I do know it fits between my Espresso 3 and my windbreaker just right.

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Isaac R.wrote a review of on March 1, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought my first Due 5 years ago on sale and it got stolen after 3 years of excellent use. It was warm. It breathed like it was alive. I could layer or just go jersey, depending. When it got ripped, I kept waiting and waiting but it never went back on sale. Finally, I just bought it retail this year. The material is even better! Now its at $149! I am a XXL in Castelli at 5'11", 190lb, and of course those aren't around. If they were, I'd buy another. If you don't buy this jacket in any color at this price right now before they are gone, you need serious counseling and possibly medication.

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