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Old 03-18-16, 12:47 PM
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What revchuck said. I would describe them as training/commuting tires you can race on.
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Does anyone know what happened to the online Specialized outlet? It was a good place to pick up deals on last year's shoes, helmets, etc., but it seems to have disappeared when they redesigned their website.
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Does anyone know what happened to the online Specialized outlet? It was a good place to pick up deals on last year's shoes, helmets, etc., but it seems to have disappeared when they redesigned their website.
Really? It seemed to me that half the time the outlet prices were the same as, and in some cases strangely more than, regular prices.
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Really? It seemed to me that half the time the outlet prices were the same as, and in some cases strangely more than, regular prices.
Definitely not less than what you could get at a decent dealer.
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I just had a pair of nice shades break on me at the bridge over the nose after only ~30 days of use. Third time this has happened to me. I have a few questions for you guys:

1) Could this failure be due to putting them in the vents of my helmet? I'm thinking that they might get stretched a little when I do that, and develop micro fractures.

2) Any tips on navigating REI's return policy? I went at lunch real quick this week and the clerk couldn't refund them without getting his manager, and I had something to do in the lab shortly after. I'm going to go back on Friday and see what they can do for me as I spent $100 on some shades a short while ago and now they've failed without being dropped or sat on. I don't see how 1) above can be considered mis-use, but if it is, I can stay hush about it.

3) Any suggestions on affordable (~$100) shades that are polarized and photochromic? I like lenses that are brown/smoke/red and best for middling light conditions.

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1) definitely sounds like a possibility, especially if there isn't much flex in the arms.
2) I believe REI policy is 1-year satisfaction guarantee, if you're not happy you can get a refund. It used to be lifetime guarantee but they changed that due to abuse by some customers. I don't think your situation would be "abuse", especially at only 30 days.
3) Tifosi makes pretty cheap glasses (well under $100, more like $30-50) and has polarized and photochromic options though I'm not sure if they have both in the same model.
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Tifosi is a solid choice. I find that their lenses are not as good as Oakley's as far as creating contrast goes, but they're great for their price.
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The shades I purchased were indeed Tifosi's and were polarized and photochromic. I really liked them.

Per the REI website, the return policy doesn't include "ordinary wear and tear" (which we can't consider after just 30 days) or improper use/accident, which didn't happen. The clerk tried to claim that the damage fell under one or both of those two conditions, which is wrong, and went to get a manager. Again I was short on time so I left, but I'll go back again on Friday and make sure that they take care of me.

Thanks for the advice!

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do you want some black/orange oakley jawbones with grey photochromic lenses? for shipping. I'll not wear them again.

as my wife brings more baby junk into the house I have an overwhelming urge to give away all the collected bike **** I am not using/will not use again
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I've used the Smith Pivlocks for years now, but I've been tempted to get some Tifosi Podiums.
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Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
do you want some black/orange oakley jawbones with grey photochromic lenses? for shipping. I'll not wear them again.

as my wife brings more baby junk into the house I have an overwhelming urge to give away all the collected bike **** I am not using/will not use again
I would gladly take some old things, you probably won't need to ship either.

REI will do store credit or exchange, probably won't give cash back.
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I would gladly take some old things, you probably won't need to ship either.

REI will do store credit or exchange, probably won't give cash back.
yeah if you move, come over and browse my "old ****" department!
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Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
do you want some black/orange oakley jawbones with grey photochromic lenses? for shipping. I'll not wear them again.

as my wife brings more baby junk into the house I have an overwhelming urge to give away all the collected bike **** I am not using/will not use again
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
The shades I purchased were indeed Tifosi's and were polarized and photochromic. I really liked them.

Per the REI website, the return policy doesn't include "ordinary wear and tear" (which we can't consider after just 30 days) or improper use/accident, which didn't happen. The clerk tried to claim that the damage fell under one or both of those two conditions, which is wrong, and went to get a manager. Again I was short on time so I left, but I'll go back again on Friday and make sure that they take care of me.

Thanks for the advice!

https://www.rei.com/help/return-policy.html
I had the exact same thing happen with Tifosi. Not with Smith, though. I'm on my second pair of Smith Pivlocks. I don't like the new style as much (a little too clunky) but they're really well made and not crazy expensive.
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as my wife brings more baby junk into the house I have an overwhelming urge to give away all the collected bike **** I am not using/will not use again
That was the problem with my last move, we have more space. Before, I had to be pretty severe on what I was going to keep. We now have a finished basement that came with a roughed in and plumbed (but no interior walls, cabinets, or toilet/fixtures) full bathroom. Eventually, we'll get around to finishing it, but, for now, it's become the "store all himespau's bike ****" room. It gets fuller as I buy a second of something that I thought I had but couldn't find in all the tubs and boxes. Also gives me space so I don't throw stuff out I'll never use again. Someone actually offered me money for an old frame that I hadn't thought about in years and I was like, "nah, I'm sentimentally attached to it and my kid might use it one day." What's that about?
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Old 10-06-16, 12:09 PM
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That was the problem with my last move, we have more space. Before, I had to be pretty severe on what I was going to keep. We now have a finished basement that came with a roughed in and plumbed (but no interior walls, cabinets, or toilet/fixtures) full bathroom. Eventually, we'll get around to finishing it, but, for now, it's become the "store all himespau's bike ****" room. It gets fuller as I buy a second of something that I thought I had but couldn't find in all the tubs and boxes. Also gives me space so I don't throw stuff out I'll never use again. Someone actually offered me money for an old frame that I hadn't thought about in years and I was like, "nah, I'm sentimentally attached to it and my kid might use it one day." What's that about?
when we first moved from a condo to the house I was the same. Filled all the space in short order and now I really regret it. So much stuff that the idea of moving again seems impossible.
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Originally Posted by TMonk View Post
The shades I purchased were indeed Tifosi's and were polarized and photochromic. I really liked them.

Per the REI website, the return policy doesn't include "ordinary wear and tear" (which we can't consider after just 30 days) or improper use/accident, which didn't happen. The clerk tried to claim that the damage fell under one or both of those two conditions, which is wrong, and went to get a manager. Again I was short on time so I left, but I'll go back again on Friday and make sure that they take care of me.

Thanks for the advice!

https://www.rei.com/help/return-policy.html
I've had Tifosi's break the same way, **** those things.

Not having a plastic bridge across the top makes all the bending happen directly in the lens, so they seem to break easy.

Oakleys or gtfo for me.
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I've been very happy with my Oakley frames. I tend to scratch the **** out of the lenses. Not sure how I do that.

I recently bought Revant Optics replacement lenses. They're half the price of Oakley lenses and seem OK so far.
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Haven't broken any yet, but I do tend to lose them.

I kinda want to try getting some Foakleys from Aliexpress, possibly with authentic lenses. Seems like an affordable alternative.
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I've had Tifosi's break the same way, **** those things.

Not having a plastic bridge across the top makes all the bending happen directly in the lens, so they seem to break easy.

Oakleys or gtfo for me.
ahhhh, good to know.

I really liked the pair I had, so I'm going to see if I can get a replacement pair. If they break in the same fashion, I'll pass on them and take the store credit.
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My problem with tifosi (and many others - to cheap to try oakleys) is that they seem to mainly be made for y'all with skinny heads. Those of us with big round melons are out of luck.
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Originally Posted by Ygduf View Post
when we first moved from a condo to the house I was the same. Filled all the space in short order and now I really regret it. So much stuff that the idea of moving again seems impossible.
i've never been so happy as when i locked up a bunch of things in storage and then traveled/lived out of my truck for a year.

when i got a new place after that period, i should have said 'you haven't used this stuff in a year, just get rid of all of it.'

buuuuut.....no....

felt good at first then became an anchor.

traveling around with laptop, bike, a few kits and some shorts/jeans/shirts felt just about perfect.
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I've been very happy with my Oakley frames. I tend to scratch the **** out of the lenses. Not sure how I do that.
oakley lenses have always tended to scratch easier than other brands. optics are usually better but coatings are not as scratch-resistant.

OTOH i had a pair of new oakleys fall off my head a couple weeks ago and i literally rode right over them...not a scratch. i was shocked.

in general, though, scratch resistance is not their strong-suit.
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i've never been so happy as when i locked up a bunch of things in storage and then traveled/lived out of my truck for a year.

when i got a new place after that period, i should have said 'you haven't used this stuff in a year, just get rid of all of it.'

buuuuut.....no....

felt good at first then became an anchor.

traveling around with laptop, bike, a few kits and some shorts/jeans/shirts felt just about perfect.
I have been on a kick lately to live a more minimalist lifestyle. To that end, I've been filling up my guest room closet with stuff I don't wear or use much. If it still there a year later, I donate it to the local rescue mission.
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i've never been so happy as when i locked up a bunch of things in storage and then traveled/lived out of my truck for a year.

when i got a new place after that period, i should have said 'you haven't used this stuff in a year, just get rid of all of it.'

buuuuut.....no....

felt good at first then became an anchor.

traveling around with laptop, bike, a few kits and some shorts/jeans/shirts felt just about perfect.
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