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John Heineken

John Heineken

San Francisco (North Bay), CA

John Heineken's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking
Triathlon

John Heineken's Bio

Riding road bikes since I was 16 years old (1981). Thank you Greg Lemond!

John Heineken

John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The real deal. A lot of UCI pro riders in Europe wear Santini -including Vincenzo Nibali who wore Santini en route to winning the 2013 Giro d'Italia. Look closely for the "sMs" logo (Santini Maglificio Sportivo) on the chest of the riders, for example on the 2015 Bianchi/Lotto-Jumbo team.

Application: Mesh base-layer for Summer use.

This garment is designed to keep you cool in warm and hot weather by holding your jersey off your skin. Every serious rider should own a garment like this for riding in warm weather.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Giro, based in Santa Cruz CA, design some of the best gloves in cycling.

PROS: Very-very well ventilated, high quality, real Pittards leather in the palm plus no gel pads provide amazing fit and awesome bar feel. If you have your bar wrapped in Cinelli cork tape (or similar), you don't need gel in your gloves. Very good looking. No velcro to snag on your jersey or shorts.

CONS: None.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Obviously part of Castelli's "rosso corsa" top-of-the-line. Awesome in every way.

Light, super-ventilated, great looking. Castelli put a lot of thought into this Summer race/training jersey. Love the wide, comfortable arm bands. No silicon gripper on the rear hem... This is meant to be a very snug form-fit jersey for use over your best bib shorts.

Sizing: Very typical Castelli jersey sizing. Size up +1. I'm 5'10 and 180. The XL fit perfect.

Cons: This fabric will snag very easily on velcro. Be careful!

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 18, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Buy this jersey and it's like you are at the Giro d'Italia!

All Santini clothing is made in Italy by the Santini family since 1965. A lot of UCI pro riders in Europe wear Santini. Look closely for the "sMs" logo (Santini Maglificio Sportivo) on the chest of the riders. For example, on the riders of the 2015 Bianchi/Lotto-Jumbo team or on the leader at the Giro d'Italia!

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 13, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Great looking, extremely well ventilated, light weight, high tech fabrics, nice attention to detail, and a great value. Looks pretty awesome in all black. I buy a lot of Castelli and Giordana gear and this jersey really impressed me. I think it is the equivalent of Castelli's (excellent) Climber's jersey or Giordana's Formared jersey -but- at half the price! Anyway, it's a geat hot weather and climber's jersey.

FIT: Very true to size. I'm 5'9" and 180 and the LRG fit perfect. I could fit in a medium if I was 15 lbs lighter.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love winter bibs!!! They make riding in cold weather a pleasure. These are very high quality and an insane value! If they fit, you should love them. I've used these winter bibs a lot. These are warm. The fleeced material goes all the way up the chest. I've used these happily down to 30 degrees (with a good winter jacket, winter gloves, shoe covers, and a thermal cap). Nice details like "Roubaix" fabric (medium thick) fleeced on the inside. This material is used in the front panels. While a lighter more ventilated fabric is used in the rear leg panels. Also, a thin flexible panel behind the knee, zipper in the front (to ease exit), sewn in labels (that wont fall off in the wash), high-quality mesh on the straps and back for breathability. The CyTech EIT chamois is excellent. De Marchi owns CyTech (also a supplier of chamois to Rapha, Assos, etc.). The endurance chamois is very soft and very comfortable and thick just under the sit bones. CONS: None that I found. Note: Due to the stirrup design (which I prefer), the ankle is a little loose. Thus I wear 9 cm Castelli black wool socks over the ankles (and booties in super cold or wet weather). Perfect. FIT: These De Marchi winter bibs fit true to size. I'm 5'10" and 185. I wear a size L in Pearl Izumi and a XL in Castelli. Here, the size L fits me perfect. ... I think the size L would fit riders who are 5'7"-5'10" and about 160-185 lbs.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Mortirolo 3 jacket is special -even in the Castelli lineup. I like this jacket more than the Espresso 3 (which is essentially the same jacket but with thicker material) because this jacket is more versatile. Though admittedly the Espresso 3 is the jacket to buy if you will be riding in true freezing and sub freezing weather. Application: Castelli rates this jacket for use in 43-60* weather (but I found it will go lower with a proper BL). PROS: The front chest vents!!! And the authentic Gore "Windstopper" material works great and doesn't flap in the wind. There is a lot of attention to detail in this jacket. Love the new wrist closure. With a vest base layer and Castelli Dolomite merino wool LS base layer and a jersey underneath, this jacket easily kept me warm down to 35-40 degrees. Yet, with a lighter base layer system, this jacket works great into the lower or mid 60s using the vents. Neat. Fit: Size up one size (per usual with Castelli). I'm 5'10 and 185 lbs. I wear a L in most street clothes. The XL fit great. Snug but not skin tight. If you are around 5'11" (+- 2") and 170-190 lbs, I recommend the XL.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

5 5

Application: Cold weather tights to fit over those expensive bib shorts you already own (and love). Best for 38-50* days. I LOVE THESE TIGHTS!

By the way, "Arenberg" refers to one of the most famous sections of the often cold and wet Paris-Roubaix bike race. Function/features: These Arenberg tights are made from a thick, stretch Lycra material with a fleeced interior (Super Roubaix fabric). These are not "light" tights. These are warm. These tights also have a 9 inch zippered leg opening, a really great (red) waist draw cord for secure fit at the waist, and other nice design details.

Hincapie gear is designed by George Hincapie - a pro rider and legend who rode in the TdF 17 times (and 7 top-ten finishes at Paris-Roubaix). --It shows in all the design details.--

Quality of manufacture: The sewing and seams on these Arenberg tights are perfect. I have found uniformly excellent quality and QC in all the Hincapie gear that I own. Bravo to George and his brother Richard who run this company. FIT: I am 5'10 and 185. I bought the size L. They fit perfectly. I think the L tights will fit riders 5'9 to 6'2".

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Giro, based in Santa Cruz CA, design some of the best high-end helmets in our sport (atmos, aeon, air attack). Excellent gloves and aero covers too. I purchased my first Giro "Atmos" helmet over 12 years ago. It was one of the first modern, really good looking, highly-vented, in-mold composite/Kevlar reinforced bike helmets. Pros: Very, very well ventilated. Light weight. Strong. X-static (silver fiber) pads naturally inhibit sweat odor. Awesome looks. This is a -great- Summer helmet. The classic for a reason. Cons: none Note: Make sure any helmet fits your head shape (and size) correctly. This is very important and true with any company's bike helmet

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

The quality of this simple but really good looking De Marchi jersey is really nice. The fabric is of medium weight (not too heavy, not too thin), and breathes very well.

I own a lot of De Marchi cycle clothing now. I have found that De Marchi = classic styling (almost retro), superfine quality, fantastic QC and sewing, always made in Italy, and family owned since 1946.

PROS: Quality, style, simplicity.Great value.

CONS: This fabric will snag on velcro. Be careful.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on March 19, 2015

5 5

Application: Aero gloves for riding in weather above 55*F.

Pros: Extremely thin, second-skin like fit, the ultimate in bar feel (no pads). Well ventilated. Very good looking -especially in the white/blk (great job here by Giro). No velcro to snag your jersey or shorts. These match Giro's aero shoe covers.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on March 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Gentlemen, you --need-- to protect your perineum! Urological problems (ouch) can develop if that area (pudental nerve) is compressed for long periods of time; especially if you ride in an aggressive forward position. Ergo, the Selle SMP saddle. As the box says, 100% hand made in Italy (and beautifully so), real leather (in black), huge cutout for the perineal area. I'm not built like Froome. I'm 5'9", 180 lbs. But this saddle just disappears underneath me. Fantastic comfort.

The "Lite 209" (inexplicable name) is the size to buy for most male riders (average pelvis width). I've been riding on the road for 30 years. This is my favorite saddle ever (more than Fizik and even Selle Italia). Love it!

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on March 19, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

OK, I finally purchased this piece... This fish-net like baselayer is very effective in warm weather exactly as Blder 7 describes below. This garment is designed to keep you cool in warm and hot weather by holding your jersey off your skin. Every serious rider should own a garment like this for riding in warm weather.

This vest baselayer and a summer jersey make a GREAT combination. Your skin will be totally dry even after a hard ride.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on May 14, 2014

5 5

Buy this jersey and it's like you are at the Giro d'Italia!

All Santini clothing is made in Italy by Pietro Santini and family since 1965. A lot of pro riders in Europe wear Santini. Look closely for the "sMs" logo (Santini Maglificio Sportivo) on the chest of the riders. For example, on the riders of the 2014 Belkin/Bianchi team or on the leader of the Giro d'Italia!

Even better on sale!

Fit: Size up +1.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

Castelli offers arguably the largest lineup of pro & performance cycling clothing made in the sport. The experience, detail, and 'know-how' that Casteli puts into their gear is pretty amazing. This is seen for example in Castelli's lightness glove, climber's jersey, Mortirolo jacket, and even their cycling socks.

This "seamless" baselayer is designed to be used in -warm- weather. It is made with special moisture transfer fabrics. It is also designed with "open mesh" construction to hold your jersey off your skin. These features promote moisture transfer, sweat evaporation and cooling. It works!

Every serious rider should consider using a baselayer like this in warm weather.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 16, 2014

5 5

PROS: This baselayer garment is designed to keep you cool in warm weather by holding your jersey off your skin. This promotes sweat evaporation and cooling.

CONS: Opening for the head is very small. No big deal (though I hope Castelli fixes this in the next version). Just take care in working this baselayer over your head. ... Yes! Dan P is so right below. This t-shirt is totally open fishnet. Only wear this garment alone in front of your GF or wife! (even then)

Every serious rider should consider using a baselayer like this in warm weather.

This baselayer and Castelli's "Climber's Jersey" make an AWESOME combination.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 10, 2014

5 5

Obviously part of Castelli's "rosso corsa" top-of-the-line. Awesome in every way.

Light, super-ventilated, great looking. Castelli put a lot of thought into this Summer race/training jersey. One of my favorite design details is the zipper. It is different than most Castelli zippers. It is a large tooth zipper that zips up and down very easily. Love the wide, comfortable arm bands too.

Sizing: Very typical Castelli jersey sizing. Size up +1. I'm 5'10 and 180. The XL fit perfect.

Cons: This fabric will snag very easily on velcro. Be careful!

Other fit considerations: This jersey is cut short in the front on purpose. This is the best cut for the incline/forward position used on a road bike. And no silicon gripper on the rear hem... This is meant to be a very snug form-fit jersey for use over your best bib shorts.



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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 9, 2014

5 5

Application: For use in cool/cold, dry weather. Highly versatile vest/jacket combo. Medium weight, soft shell fabric. Slightly lighter in weight vs. Castelli's awesome/classic Mortirolo jacket, BUT this jacket has removable sleeves.

Here's one of the best ways to use it...

Great for starting off on cold, long Saturday or Sunday morning rides that start at 45-55* and then warm up over the next couple of hours. Starts as a jacket, then presto, turns into a vest as the morning warms up (store the sleeves in the rear pockets, and your leg warmers!).

If you like this jacket, buy it now! End of model year sale!

Sizing: Very typical Castelli jacket sizing. Size up +1. I'm 5'10 and 180. The XL fit perfect.

Other fit consideration: This jacket is styled short in the front on purpose. This is the best fit for the forward/incline riding position on a road bike.

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John Heinekenwrote a review of on April 7, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These Castelli wool socks are a work of art. Very high quality. Made in Italy. And 9 cm is the -perfect- height.

These Mezza socks feature superfine merino wool that is thin and very breathable. These socks will keep your feet cool and dry, and thus more comfortable; and no odor, naturally. Wool is a super fabric!

I wear these socks on all rides from 45/50* to about 75*. These are very versatile socks. (In really cold, sub 45* weather, I wear Castelli's medium-thick Quindici wool socks).

Sizing: I wear a 45.5 shoe in Sidi (10.5-11.0 USA). I bought a pair of these socks in both L/XL and XXL. The XXL fit much better (especially after washing). If you wear a 45+ shoe, definitely buy the XXL.

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