Free 2-Day Shipping on Orders Over $50
Walter  M.

Walter M.

Walter  M.

Walter M.wrote a review of on August 23, 2017

Nice Rack!
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've had the rack for 3 months and it works great! The first week I used it while running SAG for our club's annual ride event. Put on 300 miles that day and had the rack up down, up down probably 50 times while loading and unloading signs, sweeping the gravel at turns, and even hauling a couple of riders back to the start. Worked great. Last month we took it on a 1,100 mile round trip. Everything worked fine. As an added bonus the grey metallic color is a perfect match for my Subaru Outback!
It's great that the rack is rock solid and doesn't rattle. That's a huge thing in that it locks tight to the hitch by tightening the adjustment knob. We had a basic rack previously that fit under the top tube with 2 arms. We purchased a new bike for my wife and it was close to impossible to get it to fit. If you have a decent investment in bikes, it makes sense to protect them while traveling. The only thing I would change is adding a cable lock solution for the front wheels. The cable works fine for the rear wheel and frame triangle. I would have more peace of mind if the front wheel was locked also. It seems too easy to grab a front carbon wheel by a motivated thief. I use a basic cable lock that I'll throw on if stopping to eat when on the road. Not an inexpensive product; but it works great. Lots of positive comments from those who see it!
A suggested hack. After inserting the rack into the receiver hitch and aligning. Wrap some tape around the rack next to the receiver hitch. That way you can insert it the correct distance every time and the pin will slip right in.

(0)

 

Walter  M.

Walter M.wrote a review of on March 7, 2017

One Bad Experience
1 5

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

I had only 210 miles and 2 rides on these tires (700 x 28) and had a catastrophic failure which unfortunately damaged the carbon rim on my Specialized Diverge Pro. Luckily it did not happen the week before during the Trek RAW ride where there were some very fast descents in the rain. They failed on a breakfast club ride (D-E pace) with 10 other riders. Although you can never know for sure, I didn’t see anything unusual on the road and did not find any debris in the tire afterwards. No one else flatted. It sounded like a shotgun when it blew unexpectedly! I checked the front tire pressure with a digital gauge on the outside chance a temperature change might have increased the tire pressure; but everything was within range. I was also running latex tubes which are a tad porous over time. The picture indicates it failed along what looks like to be a seam in the tires construction and I’ll propose a possible manufacturing defect during the molding process.
Competitive Cyclist gave me credit to apply to product. Specialized offered some relief on a new rim via their crash program. And my LBS (Pedal & Spoke in North Aurora) built up the wheel for free. Awesome support by all. Not so great was support by Michelin. My LBS gave the tire to the local Michelin rep and they sent it back to France for analysis. We never heard anything back from them after 5 months and a few follow-ups. So I figure I was patient enough before posting this negative review. Bought 2 pairs at the time and am using them up on my wife’s trainer setup rather than trust them on the road.

(0)

 

0 Comments

0 Answers

Walter  M.

Walter M.wrote a review of on November 16, 2015

Beats sandwich bags over your socks!
5 5

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

For me, my toes are the first thing to get cold. I’ve taken these out it a few times and can relay the following results. Note that I had my core temp warmed up so that the body could send blood to the extremities. For me the following ranges seem to fit. 40’s and above these work well. For Fall riding I’ve started 65 mile club breakfast rides at 8:00am at 30°F and then the temperature rose in to the 50’s. These work well for these scenarios. If the temperature is consistently below 40, I would switch to full blown over shoes. [Individual results may vary. :-) ]
They slip on and off easily and they fit over my size 47 Sidi Drako MTB cycling shoes. They will easily fit in a jersey pocket so if the temp is trending warm later in the ride you can easily remove them and store away. I’ve seen other brands out there for more money, not sure what else they could have to offer.
March 2017 Update: I've used these for 2 seasons now. The edges are a little frayed; but still holding up well. Still highly recommended.

(0)

 

0 Comments