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  • Tickled Pink

    Be wary of Yerba Mate, it is known to increase the risk of cancer: http://cebp.aacrjournals.org/content/17/5/1262.full.pdf+html

    • Neal Rogers

      Fair point, Pink. Perhaps I should have included this, from Guayaki. “Most of the world’s commercially available Yerba Mate is processed using a heavily smoked drying method that uses burning wood (barbacoa) to dry the Mate leaves between 8 to 24 hours. This smoke-dried method is known to produce a Yerba Mate which contains Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), chemicals known to be carcinogens at high concentrations… Since 2008, a reputable US Government analytical lab with the most current and accurate methodology has been testing the PAH levels in our Yerba Mate every year. The results indicate that our San Mateo air-dried Yerba Mate has a significantly lower PAH level compared to other commercially available Yerba Mates tested. Comparing our air-dried yerba mate to that of the smoke-dried yerba mate, we have seen an ~80% reduction in overall PAHs.” http://guayaki.com/mate/81628/Health-Concerns.html

  • muz

    I loved my first stages until water got in. When I got the replacement I taped around the hopeless battery cover to hopefully beat the water that the designers couldn’t. Alas, 18 months on, groundhog day.

    I’d have thought designing a battery cap that can keep water out wouldn’t be near as difficult as designing a reliable PM but twice bitten, forever shy.

    • Neal Rogers

      Ugh. Sorry to hear that. I have three Stages cranks, on road, MTB, and CX, and have not run into any water issues (that I know of), but I have had batteries die seemingly much sooner than I would have expected. FWIW I have heard they have a very good service department.

      • Dan

        My experience with Stages support was very positive, this was both the US support and local Australian distributor/support. I had a gen1 crank that developed broken battery tabs (crank side) after 2 years so I was taping the battery door on (for a couple months!). I then decided to email support and they were very quick to respond, confirmed the issue and then offered to replace the unit with a new gen2 crank (which arrived in 1 week).

        • muz

          Interesting. When the first one died it took over two months to sort which annoyed me. When the 2nd one died I was quite apathetic as I’m not riding as much now and couldn’t be bothered going through that hassle. But I emailed yesterday after reading Neal’s comment and they’re replied straight away so I’ll get rid of my apathy and get into the local dealer.

  • bikemd

    Hey Neal, thanks for the tip on the Dish and Du/er jeans! Didn’t realise they are a Canadian company based in Vancouver until I did a bit more looking. I just happen to be visiting Vancouver this past weekend and decided to go down to their flagship store to check out their products. Their jeans are just as you described. Stretchy and the most comfortable pair of jeans I’ve ever tried on. I ended up buying a couple of pairs.

    BTW, they are developing some new pants optimized for travel in a Kickstarter project. Final products should be available in the new year!

  • cthenn

    There are a couple of left-only crank based PM’s available for less. Not saying anything negative about Stages, but if you are interested in this kind of tech, it pays to shop around.

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