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Robert B.

Robert B.

Robert B.

Robert B.wrote a review of on June 18, 2018

Satisfies my inner nerd
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Really, a bell on a Time bike? This thing is tastefully small. The mount is delicate looking but robust. When I approach another rider from behind one clear ring is unmistakable as another bike. It's polite. It has really been useful when passing landscape crews and UPS drivers as they tend not to notice bikes while they are working. It actually makes them smile.

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Robert B.

Robert B.wrote a review of on May 2, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The first impression is that it is just beautiful, jewelry like. Second is that it has all the necessary tools (except a chain breaker) and is very compact. It 45 years of cycling I had never had a cable break (rear derr), then it happened. It was in an area with rolling 6-11% grades. Using the 2mm allen key I was able to manually set the low position to the 17T cog (instead of 11T). It made an otherwise impossible ride (I tried one hill at 34-11) of 10 hilly miles quite enjoyable.

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Robert B.

Robert B.wrote a review of on June 19, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

We are all looking for the perfect saddle. This is my new favorite. The width is a little wider than I had been using. It's narrow where it needs to be. It fits my integrated seatpost nicely (not all others did). It's as light as is reasonable and quite comfortable in my typical three hour rides. Previously I've used Fizik Arionne, Brooks Cambium C13, Selle Regal, Flite, Turbo and a few others.

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Robert B.

Robert B.wrote a review of on April 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190 lbs
Size Purchased: l-xl

In previous years we dealt with custom socks. It took a lot of time, high minimums and frankly the quality was just okay. We chose the Castelli Free 9 and it works great with the kit design. Now we look and feel great and don't have to mess with excess stock. This will be our strategy going forward.

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Robert B.

Robert B.wrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 192 lbs
Size Purchased: XL

I normally wear a 33-34 waist which would indicate a large. My hips however are a bit over 42 so the chart says XL. I went with that and they're great. These are actually the basis for our club shorts and I am quite pleased. They are also one of those garments that are way more comfortable on the bike than off. Also, beware of using your favorite jeans sizing as a basis. I find many of them use what is called vanity sizing. Meaning you wear a smaller number than reality. Ask any woman over 45. It's been going on for a few decades.

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Robert B.

Robert B.wrote a review of on June 20, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am primarily a sprinter and as such the sole of the shoe is one of the most important things to achieve maximum power transfer with minimal loss. Decades ago we had leather soles, then plastic, wood (stiff but thick), fiberglass, then carbon. One thing they had in common was that they were, structurally speaking, a plate. That is not a very stiff form. Bont shoes are revolutionary in that they are a channel in cross section and a tub in total form. This not only makes the shape stiffer, the stiffness is achieved with less material. I've been using the Vaypor + for a year and a half and I can honestly say they are the best performance upgrade I have ever made. Note: They are lousy for walking...so don't do that.
Previous shoes: Time Ulteam RS, Time RXS, Gaerne, Sidi Genius 5, Carnac, Sidi Revolution, Dueggi Pista, Puma Grand Prix, Adidas Eddy Merckx. Yes I'm that old.

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Robert B.

Robert B.wrote a review of on January 31, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The description says why and I back every word, and then some. Your sweat drops on the stem, headset, cables. The steel and aluminum bits will corrode if you don't cover them. This is much better than a towel. The wet side is always up. It also does not block the air from the fan you should be using. After 15 years my elastic is starting to go. That's not bad.

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