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TIMOTHY M.

TIMOTHY M.

TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on December 6, 2019

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

My current helmet is a 2015 Giro Aeon, which is very light and comfortable. It also had a list price of $200 when new.
The Foray has a very similar design to the Aeon, and has actually improved the side buckle guides so the straps lay flatter against your head as they pass through the guides. The padding is nearly identical, and both use the excellent Roc Loc 5 rear fastening system, which easily allows for one handed fit adjustments using the rear dial.

Now, the Aeon certainly looks better, with more sculpted angles on the top of the hard shell, where the Foray as a more rounded and duller finish, but that’s purely cosmetic. Both helmets are extremely well ventilated, with very similar large venting on the front, rear, and sides.

One difference is the weight, my Aeon comes in at 230 grams, the Foray is 260 grams (both size Medium). That’s about a one ounce difference.

The Foray’s value simply can’t be beat. I got it on sale at CC for under $30, even at the full list of $65 it’s an incredible bargain.

So, great fit, great ventilation, great value, and one ounce heavier than my old helmet for about 1/6th the price.

Recommended, get one while you can.

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TIMOTHY M.

TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on December 5, 2019

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

This neck warmer is too loose, it sags badly while riding, and constantly needs to be readjusted. I use it as a face and neck warmer, pulling it up over either my mouth or my mouth and nose, depending on temperature and wind.
The sagging gets worse after riding awhile, as the gaiter gets heavier with moisture from breathing through it. It is very breathable, a plus, but having to constantly readjust it while riding is annoying. I guess that’s an issue with many “one size fits all” items.
Update: got the Garneau Matrix Balaclava, great fit, breathable fabric around the mouth and nose, and can be easily pulled down around my chin or neck if temps warm up, a much better choice for me than the neck gaiter.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on November 30, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

These are great light to mid-weight tights, plenty warm down to the upper 30’s, without any bulk. I was surprised by the sizing, as Garneau’s chart indicated size small, but they’re a perfect fit. My inseam is 30”, and the length is perfect, they sit right at the top of my shoes without riding up or bunching at the ankle.

The deep blue Dark Night color is also a plus, nice change from the basic black offered by most brands.

These tights also have features not usually found at this price, including breathable panels at the rear of the knees, small inside and outside pockets, and reflective highlights.

My old Garneau tights were a basic runner style, plain black and a simple cut. They wore like iron, season after season. With any luck I’ll get the same performance from these. Garneau makes good quality cycling gear at very affordable prices.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on November 19, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are really light and cool looking skewers, but they just don’t work very well on my Ti road bike frame. My rear wheel slipped a few times while climbing, fortunately not enough to stop me completely.
No matter how hard I tightened these, they just didn’t grip well enough. The levers are very small, and external cam skewers don’t provide as much leverage as the heavier internal cam designs, so I went back to my standard Campy skewers. They’re much heavier, but I’ve never had one slip or fail in many years of riding.
Other frames may not have this issue, it may be that my Ti frame doesn’t allow enough “bite” for these skewers to hold, but saving a few grams isn’t worth risking a crash.

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TIMOTHY M.

TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on November 19, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

Typical Castelli quality, and at a decent price. The collar zipper design is a bit weird, but overall a really nice jersey, and a slightly more relaxed fit than Castelli’s full race jerseys. A size large is a good fit, I have a few Castelli climber’s jerseys that are snug in the XL size.
So, these jerseys run a bit small, not ridiculously small like some Castelli items.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on November 19, 2018

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 150 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

The first time I tried these on the stitching came undone at the ankle band. Size was correct, but the very tight ankle band needs reinforcing.
CC made returning these warmers fast and easy.
I’ve always had good luck with Garneau, so maybe I just got a defective pair.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on July 28, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small

This is advertised as a summer weight jersey, but it uses fabric across the shoulders and the top of the back that's not breathable at all, and there's also a wide strip of the same fabric running down the center of the back.
The jersey is also very short, especially at the waist in front. I'm only 5' 10" and a large is too short in front.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on May 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

I have a number of Castelli jerseys, and all are very high quality with a great fit.
The Unavolta is a lightweight wool blend jersey, best suited to warmer spring rides.
Most Castelli jerseys run a size small, but the Unavolta appears to be more true to size, I ordered the XL expecting a snug fit, but it's more of a club fit, which allows use of a base layer underneath.
The wool blend fabric is super smooth and very comfortable on the road.
Highly recommended.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on July 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought these skewers to replace the stock Mavic Ksyrium skewers that came with my wheels. Instead of the heavy, clunky plastic Mavic skewers, I now have sleek, lightweight skewers that function perfectly, and complement my vintage Merckx Ti frame.
It's hard to see in the photo, but these skewers have an anodized aluminum finish that's similar to a natural Ti finish, a bright gunmetal grey.
Weight was spot-on at 55g a pair, versus 125g for the stock Mavics.
As for function, they open and close easily with a very solid feel, and the overall design is excellent.
I changed a rear flat today out on the road , no problem at all with the skewer.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on November 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used Giro Bravo gloves for a number of seasons, and they're comfortable, durable, washable, and decently priced.
Also, hi-vis yellow - a little added safety when signalling a turn or stop.
The moderate padding is perfect for me, not too thin, not too thick, and padded in the right places. Good bar feel, no globs of gel getting in the way.
Recommended, and they're machine washable - in the summer I send these through the wash after almost every ride - the gloves really hold up well.
Hang to dry - gloves don't like dryers.
I get two seasons out of two pair. They could probably last a bit longer, but at this price getting a new pair won't break the bank.

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TIMOTHY M.

TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on November 14, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used the Giro Bravo fingerless for a few seasons, and I really like the fit and moderate padding. This is the full finger version, and it's a very similar design. Giro Bravo gloves are durable and comfortable.
Glove is good down to the mid-40 temperatures, I usually switch to a heavier glove or use a thin liner if it's much colder.
I just throw these in the wash when they get dirty or sweaty - Bravo gloves stand-up to multiple washings without any issues - I do put them in a separate small mesh laundry bag so the Velcro doesn't snag any other clothes.
Hang to dry - gloves don't like clothes dryers.
Recommended.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on August 13, 2014

1 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Maybe Castelli has a different definition of "seamless", but when a glove is constructed of two pieces of fabric that are sewn together, it's not a seamless glove!
Competitive Cyclist needs to correct the product description for this item.

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TIMOTHY M.wrote a review of on December 23, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought a pair of these fifteen years ago for my Merckx Titanium road bike. They look as good today as when I first installed them. Lightweight, durable, and inexpensive, these cages are just about perfect. They also don't mar water bottles like aluminum cages, and the stainless steel is basically indestructible.
The cages hold any water bottle very securely.
They're not carbon or titanium, so there's no bling factor, but if you want a high quality cage that will last forever you won't find a better choice.

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