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Kali Interceptor Helmet Reviewed - Aug. 27, 2018, 7:03 a.m.

Hey Andrew.

Thanks for the follow-up and the option to un-do the BOA to re-route the straps. I didn't even consider that option.

How does it affect the fit, if at all? I failed to mention in my original comments that the Kali is somewhat unique (at least from my experience) in that the rear straps are attached inside the back of the helmet. Versus at the base of the rear of the helmet lie a Giro Montaro or Bell Sixer.

Thanks again!

Kali Interceptor Helmet Reviewed - Aug. 24, 2018, 5:24 a.m.

Another great review, Andrew.

I currently use a Giro Montaro MIPS that I really like but I was looking to mix things up a bit and ordered an Interceptor. 

Really liked everything about it especially the shape (for my head) but the one thing I couldn't get past is how Kali routes the rear straps inside the BOA retention system. I believe Kali does this on most of their helmets? 

I couldn't get the overall fit right with the straps routed this way and definitely noticed the straps when I tensioned the BOA. May be this goes away over time? I sent it back.

Knolly Founder - Noel Buckley Interview - April 12, 2018, 1:17 p.m.

I didn't know much about Noel before this but always admired his designs. I now really respect his approach and sensibility - seems like the industry could use a lot more people like Noel. Well done NSMB and Noel - great interview!

Shimano PRO Torque Wrench - Oct. 23, 2017, 11:43 a.m.

Looks identical to a Pedro's Demi torque wrench. Which reminds me that I need to get mine calibrated...

Defying Convention: SQlab 12º and 16º Sweep Bars - Oct. 21, 2017, 2:57 a.m.

I'm following up as I've had the 12* for about 100 miles thus far and they are game changers for me. I did cut mine down to 760mm as I've found anything wider too much for my 5'9" (0 ape) body. And I got the alloy version for this "trial" - quality product.

I, too, have an old wrist injury (compound fracture) that doesn't bother me often but does get "tired" after rides (or anything endurance related). And I don't have full flexibility of that wrist so the added sweep of these bars really helps my situation.

I do agree that 12* doesn't require any adjustments coming from current, standard bars. I haven't experienced any downsides on technical descents but the climbing position and leverage is fantastic. These just flat out work and are super comfortable. 

I'm a convert and evangelist. They aren't for everyone but definitely a nice option to have. I'm actually surprised more brands haven't offered similar options. And while 16* are likely too much for any technical riding, I do see trying them out at some point. They seem like a great option for a flat bar road/CX bike or commuter.

Defying Convention: SQlab 12º and 16º Sweep Bars - Aug. 4, 2017, 4:25 a.m.

Thanks for the thorough comparison review on these, Andrew. I've been considering them for some time now but have been reluctant to go ahead and buy a set. I'm going to give the 12 degree a shot. Thanks again - great review.

Specialized & the E-Bike Dilemma - Dec. 22, 2016, 5:50 a.m.

Am I the only one who came away hating Specialized and e-bikes even more??? What a joke of an interview. I ride moto and bikes and I've spent time advocating for access for both. I'm a hater of e-bikes and Specialized. Now that we got that out of the way, the DB from Specialized did exactly what Specialized is great at. Spewing a bunch of shit and bullying their way into position. With regard to their IMBA membership, yep, they never strongarm anyone or any organization when they don't get their way. I don't think we need to go there yet again… And then the comment with regard to no hidden agendas with sending team riders e-bikes. Right - that makes sense. "Don't feel like you have to ride them or do videos…but don't forget we send you a check". Yep - no conflicts there. And then this: "Like I said, there’s no hidden agenda. There’s not evil here." That defines Specialized - the world would be a much better place without them or e-bikes.

Riding is Not the New Golf - Nov. 13, 2014, 3:46 a.m.

And it tastes pretty darn good, Pete!

I can't imagine going back to a 2x drivetrain after going 1x and carbon is worthy of the hype albeit it's expensive.

Riding is Not the New Golf - Nov. 12, 2014, 9:43 a.m.

Great points, Drew. Definitely an interesting topic that Pete tackles…

Riding is Not the New Golf - Nov. 12, 2014, 9:41 a.m.

Really fair points, Pete, with regard to cycling advancements. I'm on a carbon frame with carbon wheels with a 1×11 drivetrain so I'm certainly enjoying these advancements!

Riding is Not the New Golf - Nov. 12, 2014, 7:37 a.m.

Interesting article and perspective. I'm similar to the author with a golf background and a love/hate relationship with the GAME. I haven't played in three years for what it's worth…

The only thing I would have spent more time on is on the product/marketing side of things because that is where they are very similar. We are the point in our in our sport and within the golf game whereby most technology improvements are incremental yet the propaganda will have us believe they are game changers - along with game changing price tags. And I'm a sucker for the propaganda unfortunately…

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