Goonie
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    20 April 2010
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    03 April 2012
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    25 May 2010
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 Look Keo 2 Max Pedals
Look Keo 2 Max Pedals
At a mere 130g (Composite), the Kéo 2 MAX is one of the lightest pedals in its category. This has been achieved through the use of a carbon injection process allowing for weight reduction and improved durability.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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They work reliably
Posted03 April 2012
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
"Pedals are not something I spend a great deal of time thinking about, or want to.
Look Keo 2's work very well for me. They are comfortable, easy to clip in and out of, are pretty tough, and require minimal maintenance.
The Keo 2's are a definite improvement over the previous generation, with a wider contact area which does seem to improve comfort further.
What more could you possibly want from a pedal?"
Pros: Comfortable, Rugged, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 Bushido Wireless Ergo Turbo Trainer 2012
Bushido Wireless Ergo Turbo Trainer 2012
The world's first wireless ergo trainer. The Bushido is the newest ergo trainer by Tacx and by far the most advanced available today. Its technically revolutionary design only goes to confirm why Tacx leads the way in the world of trainers.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Flawed but many good features
Posted03 April 2012
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Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
"The cheapest, fastest way for most amateur competitive cyclists or triathletes to go faster is to train more, and train better. The Tacx Bushido might be expensive, but if you use it diligently and intelligently it can really help your training.
On the plus side, the build quality of the unit itself is excellent. I've had it a year now, and it still looks and works like it's brand new. And the setup is ridiculously easy, compared to many other high-tech trainers. You sit the wheel in the clamp, use the rubber ties to attach the display unit, and away you go.
The resistance is generally very smooth. It's not a perfect simulation of real riding, but it's pretty close, and lets you simulate slow-cadence, high-intensity climbing if that's the training you want to do (and in my case it is a large part of my training load). One weakness, however, is the "constant wattage" mode. The resistance adjusts in a way that actually makes it very hard to hold a constant wattage.
The included computer is a bit of a pain to use, but it is possible to pre-program complex workouts with it. I also have the wireless interface and the software, which works OK but could do with a rethink of its user interface.
The power data is reasonably self-consistent, but isn't all that accurate when compared to the outputs of a Powertap. Furthermore, the differences vary at different speeds and power levels. So if you're really serious about measuring your power accurately while training, you'll still need some other power measurement device.
One major and common complaint with this unit is that the head unit straps do not fit on oversized road bars. This is extremely annoying, but there is a good workaround - get some rubber o-rings and tie them to the ends of the straps.
If I was buying a new unit today, I'd look at the Lemond trainer that removes your wheel entirely. But this is pretty good, even with the flaws."
Pros: High Quality
Cons: Expensive
+2points
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 Dura Ace 7800 10 Speed Front Derailleur - Double
Dura Ace 7800 10 Speed Front Derailleur - Double
Three words have emerged as the theme for the new Dura Ace system: Speed, Smooth and Strength.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Great upgrade if you can buy on runout
Posted03 April 2012
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
"These are obsolete now, obviously, but they're a real step up from 105 5600. Shifts were considerably smoother and faster."
Pros: High Quality, Lightweight
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 Assos Chamois Cream
Assos Chamois Cream
Essential for longer rides, Assos Chamois Creme is formulated to reduce friction, inflammation and discomfort. Applied to the skin, it gives a soothing, cooling effect and applied to the short it helps maintain suppleness, elasticity and freshness.
 
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4 / 5
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Works well
Posted03 April 2012
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Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
"It's hardly the most glamorous product Assos sells, but it's a step up from some of the others I've tried.
There's a standard joke going round my cycling companions that the only really comfortable saddles would be one that injected lignocaine into your backside on a regular basis.
It's not lignocaine, but this creme includes a little menthol in the mix, which will cause your sensitive regions to tingle a little bit on application, but delivers a numbing effect which does improve comfort on the bike.
No, it's not cheap, but like I said, it does work better than just a plain moisturiser/lubricant."
Pros: works well
Cons: Expensive
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 Vero Compact Road Handlebar
Vero Compact Road Handlebar
Plain guage alloy handlebar.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Comfortable shallow-drop bars
Posted09 August 2011
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
"I got these to match another bike of mine which came with the same bars fitted as standard.
They are a solid pair of alloy bars with a comfortable bend, at a good price. No, they are neither aero-shaped nor ultra-light, but they are much more durable than ultra-light, supposedly aerodynamic bars.
As mentioned, I have had these bars for a couple of years on another bike, and they have survived several falls, including one high-speed one, without damage.
I will probably fit this bar design to my next bike."
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Comfortable
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5 / 5
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Fast, Grippy Race Tyre
Posted29 July 2011
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
"These tyres roll well and grip well in wet or dry conditions. They are also a bit softer-riding than Gatorskins.
However, while they do have some puncture resistance, they will puncture a lot more than harder training tyres, and they wear out after a couple of thousand kilometres.
But as racing clinchers these are great."
Pros: High Quality, Lightweight
Cons: Expensive, Wears Out Easily
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 Shimano R650 Dual Pivot 57mm Drop Brake Caliper
Shimano R650 Dual Pivot 57mm Drop Brake Caliper
Aimed at the serious road cyclist who wants dependable performance, R650 callipers are hard to beat.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Very solid upgrade
Posted16 July 2011
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
"My Giant OCR C2 training bike came with pretty mediocre unbranded long-drop calipers; even with a pad upgrade they still couldn't match the power and feel of the Shimano Ultegra calipers on my race bike.
With these, the performance is pretty much equivalent, with better feel and less effort.
If you do a lot of descending, this is a very worthwhile upgrade."
Pros: High Quality
+2points
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 Swissstop Flash Pro Yellow (High Power) Pads
Swissstop Flash Pro Yellow (High Power) Pads
A Swiss product, Swissstop offers the best braking performance in all conditions High performance compound for carbon wheels. Excellent stopping power wet and dry with superior modulation and low pad wear rates.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Works as advertised
Posted16 July 2011
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
"These pads are expensive. But they work as advertised. Stopping power on carbon rims is excellent in the dry, and acceptable in the wet. They also seem to look after the rim very well, but I can't claim to be an expert on this.
If you put alloy rims on, they also work more than well enough for training, though not as well as the alloy-specific pads from Kool-Stop (and presumably Swiss Stop, though I haven't tried those). Just remember to wipe off the alloy dust before putting carbon rims back on.
They are also not as durable as "normal" pads, but, again, that's a fairly minor compromise for a pad that works so well with carbon rims and can also be used with alloys."
Pros: High Quality
Cons: Expensive, Wears Out Easily
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 Knog Boomer 1 LED Rear Light
Knog Boomer 1 LED Rear Light
Boomer rear is Boomer's front charming younger brother.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
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Not waterproof
Posted16 July 2011
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
"I love the concept of these - a powerful rear light with the convenience and style of Knog's rubber mounts.
However, within a week of purchase mine got water inside the electronics and didn't work afterwards.
Until they improve the water resistance I can't recommend this light."
Pros: Attractive, Good Fit
Cons: Low Quality
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 Continental Ultra Sport Folding Road Tyre
Continental Ultra Sport Folding Road Tyre
The UltraSport adds a new dimension to Conti's road tyre range, offering their usual high quality make up yet at this entry level price.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
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Puncture resistance not there
Posted16 July 2011
Goonie
fromMelbourne
Country : Australia
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
"I bought some of these because Gatorskins weren't available at the time of purchase.
As cheap folding tyres, they roll and grip adequately for training. High-end racing tyres like the Continental GP4000S are better, but they're also more than twice the price.
However, without the breaker belts of the (more expensive) Continental Gatorskins, these things do pick up punctures on coarse-chip roads. As such, I would prefer to pay the extra for the Gatorskins (or whatever their new name is), which get very, very few punctures, last longer, and are very similar to ride.
These are not bad tyres, but unless you live somewhere with very smooth roads I think that cheap 700x23 tyres are a bit of a false economy."
Pros: Great Value
Cons: Wears Out Easily
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Goonie's Questions
 
 

Frame variations across Road Air range

It's easy to see how the groupset, wheels, and finishing kit varies across the range from the 9.0 through the 9.8, but what's not clear is how the frame and fork differ.

Could you please clarify if there are different frames and forks across the range, and if so which bikes have which.
2 years, 9 months ago
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Goonie
Melbourne
 
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 dhb UltraLite Sunglasses
dhb UltraLite Sunglasses
Now available in a choice of three lens options, the dhb Ultralite Sunglasses are comfortable, lightweight and versatile.
 

Lense Advice

Hi there,

Would you recommend the orange or clear lenses for night riding?

Many thanks,
Nick
I have both. Clear are best for night use, orange are probably best on dull or foggy days.
4 years, 6 months ago
by
Goonie
Melbourne