I was skeptical about paying so much when I already had a fluid trainer, but using it with Zwift is fun, and seeing the power calculation is great. I've never trained with power before, and this is like getting a power meter, in addition to being able to play on Zwift. With this trainer, the Zwift app will show you going uphill, and the pedaling actually becomes harder!
I purchased a generic replacement strap on eBay, rather than purchase the expensive replacement from Garmin. My sensor is working just fine, but my strap was breaking down after a few years' use, and was no longer transmitting well. Additionally, bits of the strap were peeling off, and when I snapped off the sensor recently, the fabric around the snap began to fray. This replacement was so inexpensive, I purchased a two-pack so I have an extra when I leave one drying in the shower at home by accident.
This is a fun little gadget that can help improve safety when running or riding at night. I've always used small clip-on lights, but they can rotate around to the opposite side of my leg or belt, if I'm wearing a FuelBelt, and then cars on the other side can't see me. This is nice because the lightup area is very wide and goes all the way around my ankle, so it doesn't matter if it spins around. I wore it for a run in a dense urban area while traveling during the day, and it helped with traffic and even pedestrian traffic people it caught people's eyes and they moved to let me through. The multicolor feature is fun. The battery pack looks bulky when you put it on, but I forgot it about after the first two steps of my run, and didn't remember I was wearing it until I saw the reflection in the elevator.
This item was provided to BT free of charge in exchange for this review.
Good cold-weather gear for a beginner on a budget. Can be used on the bike or run in cold weather. It's bulky and thick, so if it becomes too hot, you have to figure out where to put it or hold it for the rest of the workout. The plastic face part serves to keep it from flying up or bouncing around, which is effective for keeping the warm air in. Because it isn't tight, it doesn't create the sensation of having to fight to suck in a breath.
Item was provided in exchange for a review. https://www.gearbest.com/cycling-clothings/pp_610452.html
The Felt DA 4 is an extremely high quality bike. If you are looking for a top triathlon bike for long course, the B2 is probably a better fit. It is easier for a short-torso person, and is a less aggressive riding position. I ended up with the DA because my B2 was destroyed in an accident and when I went to replace it, the new B2 only came with electronic shifters, raising the price well out of my range. So I moved over to the DA without doing all of my homework. It's a great, fast bike. Just damned uncomfortable. But with a lot of training and miles and strength built up, it's certainly doable. A younger or taller rider may not even notice the challenges I have at 5'3" and 41 years old.
As an entry level helmet, this is a good buy for the price. If you are going to be riding out on roads with traffic or at high speeds, I would really recommend you get a helmet that has a safety certification on it. However seeing the details and construction of this extremely inexpensive helmet, it makes me wonder how much they mark up the ones they sell at high-end bike stores! The snap on/snap off sun shield is a really good feature for people who wear eyeglasses.
Purchase link is: https://www.gearbest.com/bike-helmets/pp_425129.html Gearbest provided this item in exchange for a review.
Does anyone remember when Performance Bike was only a website and they didn't have brick-and-mortar stores? And they had all of this really decent equipment and accessories that was very inexpensive? Those days are over, but GearBest seems to be filling the gap. Very decent equipment for someone on a budget, or a beginner who doesn't want to sink hundreds of dollars into equipment, but needs the basic items.
Item is linked here: https://www.gearbest.com/cycling-gloves/pp_269705.html
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I feel safer wearing this set of lights for running or cycling. The lights blink brightly and make it easier for cars to pick me out, even during the daytime.
Link to the product is here.
This item was provided free in exchange for this review.
The item ships with a pair of glasses, a sturdy zipper case, a cleaning cloth, a smaller bag if the case is too big, a cord to secure them, a heftier band for skiing or the like, and four additional interchangeable lens colors. The adjustable nose pieces were a big deal for me. I can make them ride higher or lower, and closer or farther from the orbits of my eyes, by bending the nose pads.
Disclosure: These sunglasses were provided free of charge in exchange for this review.
The item is a good deal for the price. It's not Bose, but it's also not Bose prices. I would recommend these for most people, but for us folks with small heads and ears, it might not be a great fit.
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This was my first experience with a trisuit, and I was really impressed. I might be tempted to use it in longer races, too. Swimming was no problem, even with a serpentine swim that involved a bunch of flip turns and lane changing. It was comfortable on the bike. I'm used to minimal padding, as I train in trishorts almost all the time. For the run, I forgot I was wearing anything special. It just worked and disappeared from my consciousness and I was able to concentrate on my race. Here's a link to the item
I was attending a conference for bloggers last month and a woman, who was closer to my age than most of the attendees, sat down next to me and we started to chat. She told me that she was from Canada and had developed a product that stops women's' breasts from bouncing when working out, especially running. I am a D cup, reduced from a DD cup so I was all ears. I do run a little and while I always thought that my super-duper sports bra kept me in check, I recently passed by a store window and got a glimpse of my moving reflection and it was just not the case. She said she would love to send me one and began looking in her big bag for a measuring tape. I told her my chest is 43". "How do you know that," she asked me. I explained that I am a knitter and we know these things. She offered to send me an extra-large Buband right away. I was skeptical.
About a month later I received my Buband and was ready to try it out. It came in an envelope with no instructions. I was putting it up under my boobs, then straight across my boobs and thought it was another useless accessory. I then went online and took a look at the video on their website and realized that I was trying to use it "upside down." If you are interested, watch the video by going to the link below and all your questions will be answered. The Buband goes above the breasts, not below. It doesn't hold them up, it forces them down, actually restricting movement. I did a lot of jumping around and running in place in my bathroom without my Buband creating a visual in my mind to compare (not a pretty visual, but a visual nonetheless), then did the same thing with it on. There was a huge difference, night and day actually. I went for a run and I am sold. The Buband does what it promises, it holds the breasts in place for running and other sports. It is a game changer for those of us who have had to wear more than one sports-bra at a time, or even bind our breasts to prevent painful and embarrassing bouncing.
The price is just under $40. Hooray for Buband!
Go to Buband.com for a video of the Buband in action.
Based on my fit experience with the Torpedo 50+, I wouldn't suggest this particular model. Maybe the Versa 200, with it's updated base, would be better? But that model costs quite a bit more.
This would be a nice gift, and I can see how it would be fun to play the afternoon after a race when you just want to sit around and relive the challenges of triathlon. If you have a lot of time and patience, or you've played it before and have someone to explain it, it could be fun.
The 735 is a great watch. It's light, sleek, has a slew of custom features, and the multisport mode works like a dream. I've had a few problems with pool swims that, at first, I attributed to my errors. While some of them were mine, I still have some consistent issues with it recognizing turns.
The watch is probably better for someone who isn't looking for a huge screen with lots of information. When I race, I tend only to look at my watch when it's time to shuffle between activities, or during my run. If you want to see a lot more information at once, the new 935 is probably a better choice.
I purchased these as a winter alternative to my Vibrams, because my toes were getting too cold in Vibrams. These keep my toes away from such close contact with the ground, and keep them together and warmer, but the shoes are actually more porous than the Vibrams. Good for cold and dry, but not cold and wet or snowy.