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Word of mouth is one of the best ways to make a decision about a product or event.  I fully believe in promoting the things I use and using the things I promote.  With that in mind, here is a collection of various product, race and event reviews with my honest opinions contained within them.

Vittoria Corsa G+ Review

Vittoria has a reputation for producing some of the best tires on the market.  Their Corsa, with its corespun cotton casing and super gummy rubber is a favorite race day tire.  It's too fragile for training, though.  The sticky tread can wear in a matter of a thousand miles, meaning you may have to replace your tires 4 or 5 times per season!

That can get expensive, so Vittoria made a few changes.  The revised tread compound and added durability led to the creation of the G+ series of tires.  Click through the jump to read my Vittoria Corsa G+ review and find out if this is the perfect training tire for you.

Vittoria Corsa G+ Review

As with all of my reviews, I've run these tires through the ringer.  I've got around 1800 miles of smooth tarmac, dirt roads, busted up asphalt and post winter salt under them.  I'll include my opinions on Vittoria's technology, tire mounting, actual size, performance and durability below.

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Vittoria Corsa G+ Graphene Open Tubular Tire

Vittoria Corsa G+ Graphene Open Tubular Tire
8.625

Road Feel

10/10

    Cornering

    9/10

      Price (MSRP)

      8/10

        Durability

        9/10

          Pros

          • Improved durability
          • Excellent ride feel
          • Plenty of options to buy cheaply
          • True sizing should fit most frames

          Cons

          • Weak sidewalls
          • Grooves can trap debris
          • Expensive if purchased at MSRP

          Donkey Label Bike Tool Roll Review

          Anyone who knows me will tell you I hate cluttering up my saddle with a saddle bag.  I'm a stickler for keeping things in my pockets.  If you want to get technical, it's in the rules.  Because of that, my pockets often look like an overstuffed lunch bag.  Or, you might think I've got half of a Home Depot shoved into my jersey.  Either way, it's not a flattering look.

          For years, I used a variety of solutions to corral the various tools and gear in my pockets.  I switched back and forth from a pump to a CO2 inflator.  I tried different multi tools.  Tubes went into a separate pocket with a band around them.  Sometimes I just rubber banded everything together and stuck it in a pocket.  For a while, I tried using a small camera case to hold everything together.

          The bottom line is if you like keeping stuff in your pockets, it's going to get messy at some point.

          That all changed when my wife bought me a bike tool roll.  A Donkey Label bike tool roll to be exact.

          Click through to see my review of the Donkey Label bike tool roll and learn how to purchase one yourself.

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          Donkey Label Bike Tool Roll

          $40
          Donkey Label Bike Tool Roll
          9.8333333333333

          Construction Quality

          10/10

            Price

            10/10

              Coolness Factor

              10/10

                Pros

                • Pump/CO2 pocket on the outside
                • Ultra durable denim fabric design
                • Included heavy duty elastic band

                Cons

                • Pricey for a tool roll
                • Limited options for stuffing larger things like multiple tubes or tubulars
                By |February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Component and event reviews, Wrenching and bike maintenance|Tags: , |Comments Off on Donkey Label Bike Tool Roll Review

                Dura Ace Track Stages Power Meter Install

                Power meter options for track bikes are very limited, and the Dura Ace Stages power meter is one of the most reasonably priced and simple to use on the market.  Based on the Dura Ace 7710 Octalink platform, the Stages power meter offers a simple, elegant power measuring solution for fixed gear bikes.  Painstaking refinement has gone into the algorithm used to calculate power to meet the unique demands of a fixed gear bike, improving performance and reliability in data recording.

                Check out the video of the installation, re-posted from Periscope.  Throughout the installation, there's a little bit of Q&A about power meters based on questions from live viewers.  Click through the jump to watch the video and check out the video show notes:

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                Stages Dura Ace 7710 Track Power Meter

                $649.99
                Stages Dura Ace 7710 Track Power Meter
                9.4

                Construction Quality

                10/10

                  Accuracy

                  10/10

                    Ease of Installation

                    9/10

                      Maintenance

                      10/10

                        Reliability

                        10/10

                          Pros

                          • Easy to install
                          • Easy to swap batteries
                          • Allows any pedal selection you wan

                          Cons

                          • Single sided
                          • Can only use Shimano track Bottom Bracket
                          By |May 10th, 2016|Categories: Component and event reviews, components and wrenching, Wrenching and bike maintenance|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Dura Ace Track Stages Power Meter Install

                          Lezyne Road Drive Pump Review

                          Lezyne has made a name for themselves with beautifully crafted, exceptionally functional aluminum cycling gear and their Road Drive pump is no exception.  And that's really saying something: you wouldn't think a pump could elicit such praise (you wouldn't expect their valve extenders to either, yet they do) but when you're sitting on the road with a flat tire, you'll be thankful you have this stuffed in your jersey pocket.  The Lezyne Road Drive looks to be a simple enough pump, but that's part of it's charm.  When it comes to pumps, the Road Drive sits near the top of the pile.

                          Road Drive: Keeps Rides Alive!

                          Fully aluminum construction hides the technological aspects of this little package.  Instead of a fixed right angle head, the road drive pump hides a little secret in its barrel: something called an ABS flex hose with built in air bleed.  Simply pop the cap off the pump, unscrew the ABS flex hose, flip it over and screw it into the end of the pump.  Now you're ready to go.

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                          Lezyne Road Drive Pump

                          $44.99
                          Lezyne Road Drive Pump
                          9.3333333333333

                          Construction Quality

                          10/10

                            Ease of pumping a tire to 90PSI

                            8/10

                              Durability

                              10/10

                                Pros

                                • ABS hose with bleed valve
                                • All aluminum construction
                                • Compact design

                                Cons

                                • Small pressure barrel
                                • Heats up as you pump
                                By |January 21st, 2016|Categories: Component and event reviews|Tags: |Comments Off on Lezyne Road Drive Pump Review

                                Holiday Gifts For Cyclists

                                It can be difficult finding holiday gifts for cyclists on your list.  Hunting through the Black Friday deals, searching for the perfect item to put a smile on their face can be fraught with peril when you don't have much of an idea of what this cycling thing is all about.  How can you expect to get the perfect gift when you don't know the difference between a cassette and a headset, but you don't want to lame out and get them a Visa gift card with the directive “go buy what you want?”

                                That's why I'm here to help you out.

                                In this holiday gift roundup, I'm including a little of everything from the low cost to the lavish.  There's something for everyone from the beginner to the lifelong rider.  So check through the list and check out the links.  In many cases, you'll find something that you hadn't thought of before, or maybe you'll not only find something for that special cyclist, you'll find something for yourself too.

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                                By |November 22nd, 2015|Categories: Component and event reviews, components and wrenching, Wrenching and bike maintenance|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Holiday Gifts For Cyclists