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SCArchwrote a review of on December 27, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Earlier this year, about 2000 miles ago, I changed my makeshift 1X (Shimano Ultegra) to real 1X (SRAM Force 1). Many people say Shimano works better, but I trusted my LBS and went to SRAM. They were so right. Shifts are more solid, positive, and accurate. The derailleur stays in adjustment better too. Now that I've lived with the derailleur for a while I can tell you WHY it works better.

#1 SRAM moves 1mm for every 1mm cable pull, but Shimano moves 2mm for every 1mm pull. SRAM can be adjusted more precisely and temperature extremes have less effect.

#2 the SRAM cable attachment point is a large arc shape that keeps cable-to-pivot distance constant through full gear range.

#3 Shimano feeds each shift in 2 steps - half on the push and the other half when returning the lever to neutral. SRAM makes its entire pull in a single large step as the lever is returning, which is a more reliable and positive action.

#4 SRAM pulleys are narrow/wide type, guiding the chain more accurately.

Negatives? With double tap you can accidentally shift the wrong direction, but that is very rare after the first couple learning curve rides. When riding into a very steep hill at night (can't see the cassette) it is sometimes difficult to tell if you are in lowest gear or next-to-lowest.

Winter rider note: Double tap levers are much easier to use with gloves or mittens than Shimano.

Bottom line is that I recommend SRAM derailleurs.

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SCArchwrote a review of on July 3, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great pump. Not as good as your floor pump, but reliably brings tires to pressure quickly enough and with little enough effort to make CO2 unnecessary in the wild, and it's great having an accurate gauge. Concerned about the look? Buy the black version and mount it beside your seat tube water bottle. I ride with a great group that is style aware and can talk trash with the best, but never a mention. Concerned about the weight? Same as a CO2/valve/mini-pump setup, but worth that weight in gold for flat #2. No penalty because, being a pump that actually works, no need to carry CO2.

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SCArchwrote a review of on January 31, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 175 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Full disclosure: I'm a Gore-Tex skeptic. For anything more strenuous than a casual stroll, my experience with W/B jackets has been that you get just as wet from sweat held inside as you would have from letting a little rain through. The Gore-Tex 1985 Hi Viz has shifted my thinking a bit.

Last weekend I did a 2 hour training run wearing the 1985 in constant but light rain, mid-50s temperature, wearing a long sleeve running shirt underneath. At the end I paused under a dry covered area and checked everything. No ponded sweat inside the jacket. Took the shirt off and amazingly was not able to wring any drops out of it. The jacket seems to works as advertised.

Fit is perfect, but take care to go by the sizing chart. On most manufacturers I chart as a medium, but Gore's chart put me at large. Loose enough for some thin insulation beneath if needed, but tight enough to not flap a lot.

The Hi Viz panels are great. Especially handy that the wrist area is the Hi-Viz material, since the Shakedry membrane might not stand up to additional wear in that area.

Care tips. Turn the jacket inside out and close all zippers before washing, to minimize risk to the Shakedry membrane. The label says 40 degree C, which is warm water, but I think there has been a little puckering along seams after a couple washes, which might be temperature-related. Future washings will be in cold water.

Forget stowing the jacket in its back pocket. It can be jammed in there, but takes a while and getting it there could damage the membrane. Better to stow the jacket by folding/rolling it into a small cylinder and reversing one of the sleeve ends around it. Right size, quick/easy to do, and the resulting package conceals the membrane.

Recommended. Looking forward to using this during a week of unsupported bike touring in South FL soon!

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SCArchwrote a review of on April 16, 2017

2 5

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

I ride in the hot & humid Southeast, and bought the Sahara shorts for summer mountain centuries like Hot Doggett & Blue Ridge Breakaway. High expectations, having had good luck with other Giordana apparel, but there were serious problems after a dozen training outings and one event. Biggest problem is durability. The unusual waistband material unraveled around the top edge. Having the edge serged did not keep it together. Will have it topped with elastic edge tape, but this is a serious problem. Another issue is that top construction, though nicely light and breathable, is too low and softly stretchy. The waist creeps down annoyingly and feels loose. Lastly, the chamois is not up to the performance of other premium shorts. FWIW, my favorite is the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Series.

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