Stuff Fatty Loves: Winter Edition

01.26.2012 | 9:51 am

I used to get a ton of stuff in the mail from companies who hoped I’d review their products. There was a problem with that, though: most of what I got was pretty good.

Wait. What? Why would there be a problem with “pretty good?” Well, there isn’t, not from a day-to-day usage point of view. In fact, most everything I own and use throughout the day would fall into that category. For example:

  • Pants I am currently wearing (jeans from The Gap): pretty good
  • Keyboard I am typing on (Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000): pretty good
  • Bar of soap I used to shower with (Lever 2000): pretty good

But it’s not like I’d actually want to write about any of those things. Because those would be short and dull reviews: “This item is ok. I found it does what it ought to do. I shall, however, not miss it when I lose it due to short term memory issues.”

The end.

202-ShimanoUltegraDi2-240x240.gifSo now, when people ask if they can send me stuff, my reply includes this snippet:

You should know that I don’t return things that are sent to me. Whether I like it or not, or whether I talk about it or not, or whether I review it or not, its mine. I’m just too lazy to send stuff back. So don’t send me anything you want me to keep for “a review period.”

More importantly, I only talk about stuff I really love, or really hate. If your product doesn’t make me want to write about it, I won’t.

Astonishingly, this has resulted in much less free stuff in the mail.

That said, once in a while I come across something I really love. Maybe someone sent it to me, maybe I bought it myself. Regardless, I find myself telling people about these things, because I have ridiculously high confidence that — like mine — their life will be better if they have this thing.

So here’s a list of a few new things I love. In the order they occurred to me when I decided to write a post about stuff I love today.

Shimano XTR Brakes

(Full Disclosure: Shimano has given me a set of XTR brakes, and I’m friends with Dustin Brady, the Marketing Guru at Shimano.)

So many of the guys in the core team have abandoned hydraulic disc brakes on their mountain bikes. Hydraulics were just too finicky, they rub, they have to constantly be tweaked and adjusted.

So they had gone to mechanical disc brakes.

I hadn’t, yet, but I was thinking about it.

And then the new Shimano XTR Brakes came out. Well, actually the whole new XTR came out, and honestly I love it all. But if there were one thing I had to pick about this new group, it’d be the brakes. There is nothing like them on the market. Not even close.

I get smooth, perfectly-modulated, true one-finger braking (I’m a middle-finger braker, by the way, but that’s a topic for another post) with the new XTR.

And I get it without constant tweaking and adjusting (which is crucial when you are a horrible mechanic).

Why are they so great? I don’t know. Technology stolen from alien spacecraft, probably. But these are — finally — the disc brakes that deliver on the promise of disc brakes (incredible power in any trail conditions), without the hassle I’ve come to associate with disc brakes.

They are expensive brakes, for sure. But they’re worth it. Worth it, in fact, to the extent that I am saving to buy and put these brakes on my Stumpy 29er, replacing the XX brakes currently on it.

They’re just that good.

Smartwool Microweight Tee and Phd Running Ultra Light Mini SW361-001-1-p.png

Full Disclosure: From time to time, Smartwool sends me stuff. But I also buy a ton of Smartwool stuff, and I can never remember what I bought and what I was comped.)

I’ve made it clear, many times over I think, that I’m a big fan of the comfort and fit of Smartwool. There are a couple products, though, that I’m lately wearing pretty much every day.

First, the Microweight Tee. Smartwool comped me one, and I loved it so much I’ve bought two more. Honestly, it’s a rarity that I don’t have one on. I wear one under my jersey as a base layer when I’m biking in the winter. I wear one under my running shirt when I’m running in the winter. I wear one either by itself, with a jacket, or under another at home and work (same place for me).

They’re super light, super thin, super soft, and make everything just a little bit warmer and more comfortable.

From Fall through Spring, I pretty much always have one (all of them black, because I have color coordination issues) on.

Next, the Smartwool PhD Running Ultra Light Mini. I love these for two very easy reasons: I can run in them without my feet blistering up, and I don’t wear holes in the toes nearly as often as I do with other socks.

It’s that second reason that’s actually crucial. For whatever reason — I don’t know what it is — most socks don’t last even a single run for me. I wear a hole through the front toe by the end of ten miles. (For those of you about to tell me it’s because my shoes are too small or I need to trim my toenails, I’ve already thought of that.)

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Full Disclosure: I have no relationship with Yurbuds and get no special deal on them.

If you’re anti-iPod when biking, you can skip this one. If your existing earbuds fit just fine and don’t constantly fall out, you can skip this one.

If, on the other hand, you like listening to music while you ride and your earbuds either fall out all the time, you should look into Yurbuds. They’re little silicone tips that fit over regular iPod-type buds, but when you put them in and then twist about a sixteenth of a turn forward, they lock into place.

And they just stay there. For the whole ride, or run, or whatever. Nice and comfortably, and without being too isolating.

I like to always keep one ear free when I ride (and yeah, run), partly so I can hear what’s going on around me, and partly because I like to be able to still have a conversation. So I have a set of headphones where I just went ahead and cut the second bud off right where the cable splits; that way I don’t have a loose earbud dangling around.

More Next Week

This is actually only half the list of stuff I wanted to write about; I have three more things I wanted to talk about; I’ll post them on Monday.

Meanwhile, add to the list. What bike-related thing do you love enough you find yourself telling others about?


  1. Comment by Todd | 01.26.2012 | 10:26 am

    I love my new mini-Monkey Lights. The ight up my wheels at night when I’m riding, and everybody else seems to love them, too.

  2. Comment by Dave T | 01.26.2012 | 10:50 am

    I love my CarboRocket socks. Most comfortable socks I have ever used.

  3. Comment by Ginger Schminger | 01.26.2012 | 11:01 am

    I’m about sick to death of my hydraulic disc brakes as well and just priced mechanical brakes last week. I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one that wants to throw my bike down a hill whenever I have issues pop up (which is fairly often and ok, maybe throwing the bike down the hill is a bit of a stretch).

    What do I absolutely LOVE? My Sugoi cycling shorts as well as their running capris. Perfect amount of compression and they last FOR-EVER!!!

  4. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 01.26.2012 | 11:08 am

    What do I love? My Fat Cyclist Jersey!!! It reminds me who I am, and what’s important.

  5. Comment by Sara | 01.26.2012 | 11:20 am

    I love my Hi-Vis (bright, neon yellow) cycling jerseys. When riding the streets in and around Houston, it’s best to be as visible as possible. I just wish more companies would make more stuff with Hi-Vis fabric. Or maybe blocks of Hi-Vis fabric in a normal jersey… Hey, T6 guys – I’m sure you could make Hi-Vis a fashion statement!

  6. Comment by Shep | 01.26.2012 | 11:25 am

    I was at a local retail store about a year ago and needed to find some earbuds that would actually stay in, even during a long, sweaty workout. I was hoping I could accomplish this for less than $50, and as luck would have it, I did. Skullcandy makes a really decent set of earbuds for about $20-$30. They come with three different sizes of rubber adapters (depending on the size of your ear, or more precisely your “ear hole”). I wear these every time I hit the gym and on every ride I take and they never fall out. They may slide slightly once or twice a ride (I’m talking about 3-4 hour rides) and you have to gently push them back in a little. But for the money, they are absolutely something I love.

  7. Comment by Geoffrey | 01.26.2012 | 11:26 am

    Tegaderm is the single most important thing I have. You apply it over abrasions, and then you can sleep and shower without discomfort.

    I’ve never heard of it. I’ll look into it. Thanks! – FC

  8. Comment by Liz | 01.26.2012 | 11:46 am

    I might have missed it, but I couldn’t find the MSRP for the Shimano brakes on the link. Not that I really need to know — that fantasy mountain bike of mine will only exist in my fantasy world and not in the real world for quite a while.

    Stuff I love? I am also a fan of wool base layers, but no particular brand loyalty. I have Smartwool, Ibex and Icebreaker products. The REI house brand wool socks didn’t wow me though.

    I don’t think Shimano puts prices on their sites, maybe because they don’t do any selling direct to people. I’m sure you could get prices from your LBS or, though. – FC

  9. Comment by Lance | 01.26.2012 | 11:56 am

    DON’T GET THE YURBUDS!!! I bought these and the wind noise is so terrible you can’t even hear the music. Google “yurbud and wind noise” and you’ll see all the complaints. I can’t believe these were designed for anyone other than a sedentary couch potatoe. I brought them back to Best Buy and they told me everyone that buys them for sports ends up returning them because of the wind problem. I ended up with the Sennheisers sports model with the over the ear clip. They’re not perfect but 1000x better than the yurbud junk.

    I don’t have anything like the problem you’re describing. They fit great and wind noise has not been a problem at all. Earbuds are like saddles — different things work for different people. – FC

  10. Comment by leroy | 01.26.2012 | 12:00 pm

    Lever 2000 soap?

    Well, aren’t we in a la-di-dah, all hoity-toity, bragging mood today, lording it over those of us who have to make do with Ivory.

  11. Comment by Garcia | 01.26.2012 | 12:16 pm one ear stereo headphones. Quite simply awesome, and they now have one with a play/pause button part way down the chord. Give ‘em a shot!

  12. Comment by rich | 01.26.2012 | 12:25 pm

    I had the Scansound one bud and it didn’t last….the bud unit actually came apart. I’ve since switched to the and so far so good….
    We’ll see if they hold up better.
    Sound was good in both units and the ability to get stereo through just the one bud is really nice.

    Things I LOVE though….I LOVE my smartwool beanie!
    being follicly challenged that beanie makes my head happy every time it gets cold out.

    I love my Smartwool beanies too! One of the coolest things about the Park City P2P race is that instead of a t-shirt, you get a SmartWool beanie. An awesome upgrade IMHO. – FC

  13. Comment by Ian | 01.26.2012 | 12:26 pm

    The BEST option for cycling earphones (well, IMO anyway)

    Airdrives (

    They’re not IN ear, they’re OUT of ear. Sound is good, and you can hear everything else going on around you. I prefer the Airdrives FIT, with the cord securing them to your ear.

    Have found that they’re also very nice to use in the office. Have your tunes, without tuning out.

  14. Comment by TimD | 01.26.2012 | 12:42 pm

    My FatCyclist gillet, its my favourite piece of cycling clothing.

    My least favourite is my Seal Skins gloves. They are nice and warm, but I think they must have put the wicking layer on inside out. They seem to suck moisture out of the air into the glove.

  15. Comment by wishiwasmerckx | 01.26.2012 | 1:14 pm

    My new favorite is my Selle Italia SLR Flow Team Edition saddle. Great looking, gel padding, anatomical cut-out, lightweight, comfortable and easy on the taint. What more could you ask for?

  16. Comment by centurion | 01.26.2012 | 1:17 pm

    Smartwool socks, for hiking, skiing, walking, as dress socks, as leisure socks, socks to watch TV with, socks to sleep in, socks to ride a bike in.
    The best socks man has ever made.
    I have never been dissapointed with Smartwool socks, ever. Not even a little bit.

  17. Comment by Cyclin' Missy | 01.26.2012 | 1:20 pm

    I have a pair of SheBeast wind tights that I LOVE. They are lined with fleece, block the wind in the front, have nice elastic and zippers at the ankles, reflective strips, and they come up high enough at the waist that my back doesn’t become exposed when I lean over to brab the handle bars. They are perfect for anything below 50 degrees (and I haven’t ridden in anything below about 30 in them, so I haven’t hit the lower limit yet). I both ride and run in them. Oh yah, and they’re comfortable!

  18. Comment by Mark in Ottawa | 01.26.2012 | 1:45 pm

    I have two pieces of gear that I love to death (and are new to me and maybe not new the the market). I love my Garmin Edge 500. I couldn’t imaging biking without it now…love, love, love.

    I also REALLY like Trainer Road training program. It has made my indoor trainer rides like a MILLION times more enjoyable, and also measurable. The virtual power calculated from my specific trainer (they provide a list of like 70 popular indoor trainers to choose from) gives me real time data at how I’m actually doing without investing a fortune in a power tap or other power meter. (I have zero affiliation with these folks other than paying for, and loving, their product).

    Mark (in Ottawa, Canada…where we train indoors for the better part of 6 months of the year…yeah, envy me! Ha.)

  19. Comment by Stinky Cyclist | 01.26.2012 | 1:49 pm

    The best thing about Smartwool clothing is that you never (well, hardly ever) have to wash them. They are the only cycling apparel I wear that don’t stink.

  20. Comment by Clydesteve | 01.26.2012 | 1:54 pm

    It has really been raining a lot here in Oregon. I love my fenders.

  21. Comment by Elisabethvi | 01.26.2012 | 1:57 pm

    I LOVE my TWIN SIX bib shorts. They are the only womens bib shorts I will wear. Actually, they are the only cycling shorts I will wear.

    I also LOVE my Selle Italia Diva saddle.

    Certain areas need all the comfort I can get. These two products win in my book!

  22. Comment by JL | 01.26.2012 | 2:01 pm

    Brooks saddle. Sure it weighs twice as much as a svelte racing saddle…I weigh twice as much as a svelte racer, so it’s all good. Comfort is king.

  23. Comment by George | 01.26.2012 | 2:03 pm

    My favorite product as reviewed by Fatty is without a doubt the Stinger Waffles! What did I do before them?

  24. Comment by Skippy | 01.26.2012 | 2:22 pm

    Really happy with the Selle San Marco Carbon saddle since the bike sits on the balcony exposed to the elements . Unlike leather saddles it doesn’t suffer when knocked over and doesn’t hold the rain . Shape suits my anatomy even without the padding in cycle shorts .

  25. Comment by TK | 01.26.2012 | 2:30 pm

    I have a few cycling things I really love. First, rollers. They are aluminum rollers with sealed bearings for just over $100. Can’t figure out why anyone would pay 3-5 times that much for cycleops or kreitler rollers. They are, in a word, perfect. Secondly, I can’t imagine riding/exercising without my Garmin products. I use the FR60 watch for all indoor activities and running (have footpod, HR strap & cadence sensor). The battery lasts about a year and doesn’t need to be recharged. I also use an EDGE 305 for road and mountain biking. There are newer/fancier models, but my Edge 305 does everything I need and has lasted forever. When it finally dies, I’ll replace it with an Edge 500 so I can get HR-based calorie computation and a temp sensor. Third, I love my Cannondale Flash 29er. Nuf said…

  26. Comment by Gian | 01.26.2012 | 2:36 pm

    two things I love.. and they both involve shaving.
    softens facial hair… I use it on my legs before a shave and I’ve never had a better shave.
    Beard oil is one of those things you didn’t know you wanted to use. Manly scent and it keeps facial hair in order.

    fantastic stuff.

  27. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 01.26.2012 | 2:39 pm

    Cannondale Men’s Morphis Jacket – This thing is so Hi-Vis it glows in the dark. Well, not really but you almost can’t look directly at it when outside.

    It’s kinda like this:

    I haven’t seen that movie in years. Good one to watch on the rollers…now where’s the VCR remote?

    The best part about the Morphis is you can start a ride with the sleeves on and as you warm up you just rip them off in one motion and keep riding. The magnets hold just fine even bombing down a hill with a headwind, and they fwip right back into place when you put the sleeves on again.

    Oh, my CamelBak Podium Chill is awesome. I drink out of it while I’m on the couch watching TV, I like it so much. My one-year old about choked herself one time with it when she suddenly squeezed it while at the same time sucking on the end. She has me hold it now while she drinks. :)

  28. Comment by davidh,marin | 01.26.2012 | 2:47 pm

    @Mark, in Ottawa. Oh how I envy you. It was so warm here in California yesterday I wanted to peel layers. The fact I had only a FC Jersey(that’s not coming off) and a base layer beneath meant I didn’t have anything to give up. Luckily I got into the trees and shade and things cooled down. And this is Northern California! 72 F and sunny on Wednesday.

  29. Comment by Charlie | 01.26.2012 | 3:06 pm

    Planet Bike Superflash rear blinkys. They are amazing at night on the road. You can see them well from over a quarter mile and they last plenty long on battery life as well. I use two: one on the seat post or stay and one on my helmet or backpack.

  30. Comment by KanyonKris | 01.26.2012 | 3:07 pm

    I heard so many good comments about Shimona brakes that I’m putting XTs (almost as good as XTR) on my wife’s bike. Good to hear you like them.

  31. Comment by Road Mike | 01.26.2012 | 4:08 pm

    I heart all my Ibex wool clothing — base layers, arm & leg warmers, and balaclava. Smartwool sox too, for all seasons.

    For cold rides, the Specialized windproof bib shorts are excellent. Also Craft Windstopper briefs. And Giro 100 Proof gloves.

    Rudy Project sunglasses. And my Halo Headband skull cap. And my Cygolite rechargeable headlight and super-bright rear blinky.

    Another vote for the Garmin Edge 500, too.

  32. Comment by Diesel | 01.26.2012 | 4:13 pm

    Glad you had a better experience with Yurbuds. I like the fit of the bud but the part of the cord where it inserts into iPod is jacked after a few runs and the music is hard to hear as the connection isn’t working. Happened on 2 pairs now = trash and not good things to say.

  33. Comment by Cycling Heaven | 01.26.2012 | 4:56 pm

    What’s your experience with Smartwool’s cycling gear (shorts / jersey)? I like the socks and am thinking about their other stuff as well

  34. Comment by Jacob | 01.26.2012 | 5:08 pm

    There’s actually a headphone I saw advertised recently that is a one-ear earphone. It converts stereo from your mp3 player to mono so both tracks play through the same bud. That’d be perfect for your earphone style.

    My earphones have silicone covers that look exactly like the stuff in your picture, but they weren’t sold as Yurbuds. They just came on the earphones, which have those over the ear clips to keep them from falling out. From your review of the Yurbuds, that could be redundant.

  35. Comment by peter | 01.26.2012 | 5:37 pm

    I love the “One Good Earbud” for that listening to music while running and still hearing the traffic thing.
    Check it out:

  36. Comment by Paul Guyot | 01.26.2012 | 6:11 pm

    I love my Garmin Edge 500 – discovered via Fatty.

    I love my Twin Six gear – discovered via Fatty.

    I love my Specialized Purist water bottle – discovered via Fatty/Twin Six.

    I love my GU products – NOT discovered via Fatty.

    I hate my DeFeet socks – 3 pair and none fit right. NOT discovered via Fatty.

    I hate my Canari jerseys – scratchy and pockets way too small. NOT discovered via Fatty.

    I love my Lever 2000 soap – discovered via peeping into Fatty’s bathroom window one morning.

  37. Comment by Paul M | 01.26.2012 | 8:26 pm

    My old thumb-shifters are still working, They are perfect for winter shifts ands mittens. They just keep on working, and I have a back up set. Too bad Shimano!

  38. Comment by DJ Schwartz | 01.26.2012 | 8:29 pm

    If you only use one earbud I second the One Good Earbud

  39. Comment by BamaJim | 01.26.2012 | 9:13 pm

    Really like my simple Garmin Edge 200 that was a Christmas present.

    To continue the smartwool love fest, I really like their arm warmers.

  40. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 01.26.2012 | 10:25 pm

    Smartwool rocks – though I find the Ultra a little too thin and go with just the regular light mini. Yurbuds sound cool and I’m going to check them out.

  41. Comment by Jenn | 01.27.2012 | 1:28 am

    Mine favorite is actually for after cycling. I’m not affiliated, just own about 8 of their tees because I think they’ve got a great sense of humor and the shirts are super-soft and high quality.

  42. Comment by mike z | 01.27.2012 | 3:50 am

    Craft baselayer with windsropper front. Magic.

  43. Comment by ClydeinKS | 01.27.2012 | 8:21 am

    Riding became so much more enjoyable after switching my saddle to the ISM Adamo Race.
    I’m half tempted to get another and find a way to install on my office chair!

  44. Comment by GenghisKhan | 01.27.2012 | 8:46 am

    I’m a simple kinda guy and love wheels that roll!

  45. Comment by David Richard | 01.27.2012 | 9:38 am

    I personally love the CRank Sports e Gels…great cause all sports drinks hurt my stomach with acid burn…these babies give me the electroletes and 150 cal pop without caffiene.

    I personally cannot stand TCR Saddles…Had the worst butt ache for 5 days after riding just 30 miles on one. Never again will my baby have that saddle on her.

  46. Comment by Nic Grillo | 01.27.2012 | 10:14 am

    I love the Yurbuds. I put them on my Bose earbuds and have been using them for over a year now. They also help keep sweat out of the buds!

  47. Comment by GregP | 01.27.2012 | 10:19 am

    I can’t get my mind around middle finger braking, I’m an index-finger-braker. Can’t wait for the future post!

    I’ve got a old Patagonia windbreaker that I love… packs very small and light, but just warm enough for the downhills in wintertime.

  48. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 01.27.2012 | 11:41 am

    @Jenn Love the inventiveness of the people at aprevelo, but c’mon. Apparently they have taken a lesson from the ski crowd. Put the work ‘apres’ in front of something and double the price. It should probably say ‘apreassos’ for the pricing structure alone. It would truly be a luxury body. You have 8 of these????
    But I love the ideas (dilemma???) (dilemma solved, Wife#1 just said WHHHAAAT!)

    For cycling nuts says it all!

  49. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 01.27.2012 | 11:43 am

    I’m with GregP on the finger braking issue. How do you control the bike and express yourself at wayward trailusers with such a technique?

  50. Comment by Josh | 01.27.2012 | 11:46 am

    I love my Garmin Forerunner 305, I feel naked if I’m not using it.

    And my wright socks

    they help eliminate hotspots and blisters, great for riding, running, work and snow skiing.

  51. Comment by RL Julia | 01.27.2012 | 11:47 am

    I love Smartwool the same way I love breathing.

    However, what I am totally into these days are my bike shoe covers (pearl izumi I think) – sure they make me look like a complete dork as I haul my middle aged self around Chicago but finally my feet are warm in the winter.

  52. Comment by Lauren | 01.27.2012 | 2:41 pm

    I dunno about Shimano XTR brakes but I know Dustin Brady and he is awesome!

  53. Comment by Dave T | 01.27.2012 | 3:55 pm

    I also love my Garmin 500 but I find the Garmin Training Center software a bit limiting. Has anyone tried something else?

  54. Comment by TK | 01.27.2012 | 4:48 pm

    GregP, I used to be an index-finger braker too. Then one day I was looking at a pic of Fatty on his bike (to check out the killer components and such) and I saw him riding with his middle fingers on the brake levers. WTF?

    Are his fingers super short (like little vienna sausages) so he can’t reach the levers?

    Then I tried it out on a ride. Eureka! No more sore spots on my thumbs! Hey, my middle finger is in the perfect spot on the break lever too! How is is possible that I didn’t think of this technique 10 years ago?!

    It took a couple of rides for my brain to figure out the new technique, but I’ll never go back to index-finger braking. However, I too am very curious to hear Fatty’s thoughts on the subject.

  55. Comment by Jenni | 01.27.2012 | 6:19 pm

    I can never stop gushing about my Thule T2 rack. Not only can I get my bike on and off the back of the car (where I can watch it while I drive and not crash it into the garage if it were on top) in literally seconds, no part of the rack touches the frame, only the wheels. And it pivots down so I can get to my trunk easily. AND when I had a warranty issue, they Thule hooked me up majorly even though it was pretty much user error.

    Also, my Lake winter cycling boots. I used to do two pairs of socks, toe warmers, shoes, neoprene covers, blah blah. Now I just wear socks and my Lake boots and I’m set.

    I’d spend money on these two things over and over again.

    Oh, and Peachskins base layer.

  56. Comment by Sarah | 01.27.2012 | 6:28 pm

    Your post reminded me of this cyclist video. It’s hilarious!

  57. Comment by Charlie | 01.27.2012 | 10:45 pm

    Dave T: Have you tried the online Garmin Connect? It stores and sorts your data and gives you maps and a neat breakdown of all the vitals. Pretty simple to use and you can access it from any web browser.

  58. Comment by Charlie | 01.27.2012 | 10:49 pm

    …also, have the Edge 800, too. touch screen rocks when you don’t want to press buttons. Don’t use the maps much, but the touch screen makes using it on the road much easier. It is bigger and heavier than the Edge 500, but can’t say enough about the touch screen!

  59. Comment by kevin | 01.28.2012 | 12:18 am

    Ask your wife about tegaderm, she’ll know all about it. I ended up with one earbud after one fell into my spokes. It happened to be the left earbud, I think God was looking out for me.

  60. Comment by Jeff | 01.28.2012 | 6:56 am

    I thought I was the only one who wears out socks in the toe after one or two rides, thanks for making me feel better!

  61. Comment by Kevin (One Good Earbud) | 01.28.2012 | 3:37 pm

    Thanks for all the mentions! I understand that cycling/running can be hard on earbuds (I’m a cyclist, and my wife a runner). I’ve tried to make the earbuds durable, but as a backup to that, I warranty them for a year. So if they die, or you kill them, I’ll send you a new one.

  62. Comment by Jesse | 01.28.2012 | 11:54 pm

    Thanks to Kevin and everyone else who suggested One Good Earbud – have the perfect birthday present for a friend now. Hurray!

    And I love everything wool that I own, period. I/O Bio makes some fantastic sports bras and I live in a wide variety of wool socks and tops. So basically, I pretty much just love sheep.

  63. Comment by Jenn | 01.29.2012 | 6:53 am

    @david-marin…You’re right, they are expensive. But, they’re very high quality and I love how soft they are. And I’m pretty sure I’ve only paid full price for one of mine. Two, I won on FB in these fun caption contests that they do every week, and the rest my husband got me for Christmas at a screamin’ 40% off (they have good sales). If you follow them on FB, you’ll see when stuff comes up for sale…and you can compete with me in the caption contests! :-) I bet if you won one, you’d be hooked!

  64. Comment by Jenn | 01.29.2012 | 6:59 am

    PS I’m kind of a cheap-a@@, btw, and I think I can honestly say I don’t even feel bad about the price I paid for the one or two that weren’t on sale. You get what you pay for and all that. OK….really…I swear I’m NOT affiliated. Infomercial complete.

  65. Comment by Bruce E | 01.29.2012 | 8:00 pm

    I made my own custom earbuds using these from Cabela’s: Just took foam off my earbuds and poke them through the custom material before putting it in my ear to cure. Works great.

  66. Comment by George | 01.30.2012 | 12:44 pm

    I love the Zoic Ether mountain bike shorts. I’m in the 50+ range and the world isn’t ready for me and spandex, so I wear these shorts for road biking. They are comfortable, lots of pockets, and have a separate chamois.

  67. Comment by Karen | 01.30.2012 | 1:39 pm

    DeSoto 400 mile shorts. Obsessed. Those are the only shorts I wear now, and I own 5 pair.

    I’ve never actually ridden 400 miles in one day (125 is my longest ride), but if I had to, I’d wear these.

  68. Comment by Andrew | 02.1.2012 | 11:46 pm

    PhD Running Ultra Light Mini.

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