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Jonny Heinken

Jonny Heinken

San Francisco (North Bay), CA

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Jonny Heinken's Bio

Riding road bikes since I was 16 years old (1981). Thank you Greg Lemond & Bernard Hinault. And Greg Lemond & Laurent Fignon. And the original sweet Motorola team: Eric Heiden, Andy Hampsten, Davis Phinney. And Peter Sagan... our World Champion.... wow.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 10, 2016

5 5

Castelli is based in the foothills of the Italian Alps. They understand Winter cycling.

The brilliance of these bibtights is the silver waterproof fabric used at the front of the shin. This design stops the constant front tire wheel spray from soaking through your tights at the shin. Which in turn, in conventional tights, seeps down to your socks, then to your feet. Cold wet feet are awful.

These tights prevent all this. Remember, if you are riding in actual rain to wear these tights OVER your waterproof booties (so rain cannot get to your socks).

I highly recommend the following booties for riding in wet weather: Pearl Izumi WxB, or Castelli Poggio or Castelli Tempesta.

***Sizing:. With Castelli kit, usually size up +1 from your normal street size. Italian sizing is different. Here, size up +2. Trust me, I'm not kidding. They will still be snug in the thigh.

Best recommendation: Buy two sizes. +1 and +2. Keep the ones that fit best. Return the other (with tags on, etc, of course).

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 8, 2016

5 5

You know... when riding in really cold weather... even with bibtights on... have you ever experienced a cold draft down there?

This is not good. These Craft shorts solve this problem.

PROS:
1. Gore's fantastic Windstopper material in front. 100% windproof, yet breathes. Amazing.

2. Craft is a cool company. Based in Sweden, they are experts in Winter sports and cycling. And they are baselayer specialists. Very high quality too (should be at these prices).

CONS: I'm not sure these are cycling specific because these come up an inch or two high on the waist for road cycling. Probably also for XC skiing. But they work really well.

Sizing: True to size. I'm 5'10", 185, and a 34-35 waist. The L fit perfect.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a question about on December 5, 2016

Castelli gear is great. I own a lot of it (more than any other kit maker). But WHY does Castelli make four of the same (expensive) thing??

Four lightweight, fully-taped, waterproof awesome rain jackets, and all at the same approximate price point ($250+). The Tempesta, the (hard but not impossible to find) Pave, the new Idro -and- the new Dolomiti X-Lite?

Anyone at CC know why?

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is Castelli's new glove for riding in Fall, mild Winter, and Spring conditions. Castelli officially rates the Scalda for use in temps from 60° down to 42°. But cold sensitivity in the hands is individual.

In sum: Great fit, style, protection. Yet the Scalda is still thin enough to allow for *excellent* bar grip, and control, and shifter function.

By the way, these look awesome in the hi-viz fluo yellow (and help cars see you in the typical low-light conditions of Fall and Winter). And they match exactly the fluo yellow elsewhere in the Castelli line up (gabba vest, etc).

Size up +1 with Castelli gloves. In gloves: Pearl Izumi = L. Specialized= L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you ride in Assos kit in warm weather, you MUST purchase these Assos socks. Several pairs.

These are my favorite Assos Summer socks by far. The cuff is higher (~9cm) and they are light, thin, very well ventilated top and leg with a reinforced bottom. And the best looking IMO.

They appear and feel like they are made of Meryl Skinlife - the super high-end, soft, wicking textile used by Castelli, Capo, Sportful, Santini, etc. for their top cycling socks.

Anyway, the quality is sublime. Made in Italy. Right/left specific fit. Great fit, function, looks.

I love the white with the thin amethyst (purple) line. It exactly matches the amethyst line on the left leg of the Equipe S7 bibshorts. But also the color (royal purple) of the trim in the T.Cento S7 bibshorts.

Sizing: The sizing chart is correct. I'm a 45.0 in Shimano (321s). And a 45.5 in Sidi. The size II here fit perfect.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on December 1, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Castelli is based in the Italian Alps (Dolomites). They really understand Winter cycling and design GREAT winter jackets, gloves, and booties.

Castelli designed the Narcisista 2 booties for riding in cool to cold DRY weather. Castelli officially rates these for use from 57° down to 32° F.

Castelli makes a lot of winter booties (too many?) to cover every conceivable situation. But THESE are my favorite all-around Winter bootie from Castelli (or anyone).

Main points:
1. These look really cool; especially in yellow fluo or the all black.
2. These fit great if you get the correct size (see below).
3. The use of the neoprene component for fit and flex is brilliant.
4. These will keep your feet warm down to 38/40° with quality wool socks on. I'm not sure these support use in 32° weather. But I suppose that depends if the sun is out and how well kitted you are otherwise.
5. The fleece lined Gore Windstopper material is amazing. Soft, wrap around, insulating, and windproof. Water resistant, yet the material is breathable!
6. These booties protect great in fog, mist, and drizzle weather conditions; and along wet roads; but these are NOT water-proof. Do not use these in full-on rain conditions.

If you need *totally* rain-proof booties (not sure they exist), try the Castelli Tempesta model at ~$80 or perhaps Velotoze (size +1) over these.

Don't forget to tape up any vent holes on the bottom of your shoes when riding on wet roads.

**Caveat about sizing: These fit small. Italian sizing is different.

For example, I wear size 45.5 in Sidi. I got the XL's on but the zipper was, for all practical purposes, impossible to zip up. The XXL fit much better. Still snug but much easier to get them on and zip up.

Sizing here:
36-39: SM
40-42: MD
42-43: LG
44-45: XL
45-48: XXL

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 29, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pearl Izumi USA is based just outside Boulder, Co. They know winter cycling.

And gloves -especially Winter gloves - may be the best thing they make.

These light weight gloves are perfect for the shoulder seasons (Fall, early Winter, Spring). Perfect for 50°-63°.

Love the fluo yellow. These really help you be seen by cars on those typical, low-light, foggy, Fall and Winter days.

QC is top notch too. No one offers better QC in the cycling kit world than PI.

Sizing: Pearl Izumi gloves usually fit true to size. For example (for my size): Pearl Izumi = L. Specialized = L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 27, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

While there certainly are other good Windstopper thermal caps out there (by Castelli, Craft, etc.), IMHO, this is the BEST deep Winter thermal cap made. Period.

Assos offes the best fit and by far the best quality sewing and materials. Assos caps also cover the ears the best (to keep cold air wind out of your ears and off your ear lobes during Winter riding).

In addition, this Fugu Cap features arugually the single greatest textile made in cycling today ("StrataGon") along the front, wind-facing, zone. StrataGon (exclusive to Assos) is thin yet protective. Warm, soft, windproof, and waterproof; yet breathes. Truly amazing material.

Expensive, but worth it for the best.

Sizing: I'm just a size L in Giro helmets (57 cm or 23 inch head). The size I was too small. The size II fit perfect.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 26, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I think a few folks don't understand the purpose this vest. It's not a casual, recreational cycling vest. Part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) collection, this vest is designed for hard riding and training; and the sweat production that is created during that kind of riding.

It isn't supposed to have rear pockets. The textile in the rear is expressly designed to vent sweat during hard riding. Your jersey has rear pockets.

Pros: 1.) The entire front of the vest is totally windproof (Gore's sublime Windstopper). While the entire back is made of a light and highly permeable textile (nanoflex) for sweat ventilation there.

This is simply brilliant design. And just the sort you expect from Castelli; a leading kit supplier to and collaborator with the pro peloton (e.g., team Cannondale, Cervelo and soon, Team Sky).

2.) All the textiles used here are soft and form fitting and aero tight. This vest will not flap in the wind like cheap nylon vests.

So, along with general cold weather hard riding... here is an example of what this vest excels at:

Putting on when summitting before the start of a long descent in cool or cold weather. Just like the pros do (for a reason). The Windstopper front panel prevents your sweat (created during the climb) from chilling you to the bone during a long cold descent. And the wrap-around aero fit won't slow you down. It's brilliant.

Fit: Size up +1 from your street size; per usual with Castelli. Buy the same size as you usually do in Castelli tops. It will fit snug.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Made in Italy, these Castelli socks are a work of art. The quality is 10/10. Really, just wait till you receive them.

By the way... wool offers the best wicking material, insulates yet breathes, all with zero odor (naturally). Wool is a superfabric!

Sizing: I wear a 45.5 shoe in Sidi and Shimano. The L/XL just fit but the XXL fit better. Wool socks do shrink slightly. If you wear a 45+ shoe, definitely buy the XXL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

3 5

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

Giro's website *currently* states that these each of these covers feature a, "reflective, offset, locking, zipper." And the CC description above says these have zippers. Where are they?

Instead, on the back, there is a ~2" stretch zone made of neoprene and lycra. It stretches a little, but not much; especially at the top of the ankle (the entry point)!

There are zero instructions from Giro on the tag other than "superstretch pull on design."

Umm, not so much. After calling a CC rep, who explained how the Giro rep said to get these on (toes first and work them on), I finally squeezed into them. It was NOT easy and they almost ripped. And this was with a size XL (!) for my size 45.0 road shoes (Shimano R320s).

Bottom line, these aero covers in fluo yellow look GREAT... but I can't see how they are going to last 2 or 3 uses without stretching-out or tearing.

They would be perfect if they had an offset, locking, rear zipper. Like the one they are -supposed- to have.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 23, 2016

5 5

This water-proof Castelli cap works really well. And the bill keeps rain out of your eyes. It is certainly much better than a cotton cap in the rain!

Btw, I also wear a water-proof helmet cover when riding in the rain (Garneau and Gore make great ones). Very effective combo.

PROS:
1. Well made, and fully taped.
2. The amazing eVent material is fully waterproof yet also breathes well. A rare textile that pulls this off.
3. Rear rain neck guard helps direct rain down back of jacket.
4. Thin material, so it fits well under your helmet.
5. The rear neck guard folds up into a little built-in pocket when not raining. Very clever, well done.

Fit: My head is 59 cm (23 inches) wide. A size medium/large helmet (Giro). This cap fits great (snug). But I don't think it would fit a head size much larger.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 18, 2016

5 5

Pearl Izumi USA is based just outside Boulder, Colorado. They -know- Winter cycling.

Application: These are light-weight, medium-insulated, winter booties designed for keeping your feet warm while riding from 65° down to about 45/40° weather (with wool socks).

Snug, aero, great looks, and great fit.

W x B alludes to W = waterproof and B = breathable.

I usually prefer a rear or side zipper on booties. But the velcro opening here does allow for slightly easier mounting (and removal) of the bootie. Be careful when undoing the velcro strip, tho, or it will rip.

An important note about "rain-proof" booties: Although the material here is 100% waterproof, your feet may slowly get wet if you ride in a downpour long enough -like with ALL winter booties.

Why? (1.) In wet conditions, wheelspray from the front tire constantly shoots water up at your shoes from the bottom. So, tape any bottom vent holes in your shoes up with duct tape! This will help. (2.) In heavy rain your bibtights will soak, and moisture will eventually travel down your bibtight leg to your socks, and then soak your feet. If riding in actual rain (not fog, mist, drizzle): wear your tights (or rain pant leg) OVER your booties.

Sizing: Follow the size chart. I wear a 45 euro in Sidi and Shimano. The XL is the perfect size (right in the middle).

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 18, 2016

5 5

This is a great vest. And the yellow fluo is awesome for use in the low light conditions so typical of Fall and Winter.

The brilliance of this vest is that the entire front is wind-proof (Gore's amazing Windstopper material); while the back is made of an entirely different, highly permeable, textile to vent sweat during high-output riding.

Also, all the textiles are form fitting and aero tight. This vest will not flap in the wind like cheap nylon vests.

***Sizing: Part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) collection, this vest runs small. Size up at least +1 from your regular street size. Maybe even +2.

For example: I'm 5'10" 180. My street size is Large. I almost always wear an XL in Castelli jerseys, vests, and jackets. The XL here fit *very* snug over my longsleeve jerseys and Trasparente light jacket. I would need an XXL to get this over anything thicker.

Perhaps buy two sizes. Keep the one that fits best. Return the other.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 15, 2016

5 5

Listen, all the top cycling tire companies (Vittoria, Continental, Michelin, and a few others) make great top-of-line race tires. But all those tires have very little flat protection (if any). They are meant for timed applications on clean, smooth roads.

What about the roads most of us actually ride on most of the time??

What if you want a great, fast, training road tire with some real flat protection?

These are the best I've found. The German-engineered (and made) Continental Grand Prix 4-Season.

Conti GP 4S tires feature *two* layers of Vectran tread protection, wraparound DuraSkin sidewall protection, plus the latest German rubber compounding for optimum wet and cold weather performance. And they weigh only 241/280g for sizes 25/28. That's light for a performance tire with double tread protection.

These GP 4S tires are fast, ride beautifully (smooth & supple), grip really well, and have excellent puncture protection.

Coming from Vittorias that excel at smooth & supple (but cut and flat easier), I am really impressed by these Continentals!

Continental makes OEM tires for Porsche. The sidewalls are proudly stamped, "Handmade in Germany." These tires reek of high quality.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 15, 2016

5 5

Let's face it, all the top cycling shoe companies (Sidi, Shimano, Giro, Specialized, etc) make good top-of-the-line shoes. Individual fit is the major determining factor of whether a shoe will work for you.

That said, these Garneau's are, IMHO, one of the very best Summer road shoes out there.

Why?
1. Extremely light.
2. Excellent ventilation.
3. Snug heal cup.
4. Superb FULL Boa closure.

If they fit your foot, these are simply awesome light-weight Summer training/racing shoes.

Cons: The QC is 9 out of 10. A little glue smuges here and there. But no big deal.

Note: If you ride in cold weather with these on:
1. Use toe caps or winter booties -and- the supplied winter insoles.
2. If you ride in the rain (or even just wet roads after the rain), be sure to tape up the bottom vents fully with duct tape.
3. Riding in extended rain? Then wear water-proof booties over these (Pearl Izumi WxB and Castelli Poggio or Tempesta are great). Velotoze are totally water-proof and look cool but are a little difficult to work with.

Fit: Medium toe box (not narrow like Sidi). These fit my med+ wide feet well. There is room to wiggle my toes! No cramping.

Sizing: I wear size 45.5 (wide/mega) in Sidi. 45.0 in Shimano. Here, in these Garneau Course Air Light's, the 45.5 fit me best.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 12, 2016

5 5

PROS:
1. Good looking.
2. The hi-viz yellow color plus high-quality reflective accents really help you to be seen by cars on those classic foggy, grey, drizzly Winter days.
3. Good value and quality -per usual from Louis Garneau.

Fit: I own a Giro Synthe helmet in size medium (great helmet btw). The SM/MD cover here did not quite fit. The L/XL fit much better and was still snug.

So... I'd say if you own a size small helmet definately buy the size "SM/MD" cover. If you own a size large helmet definitely buy the size "L/XL" cover.

If you own a size medium helmet, it could go either way. Perhaps buy both (as I did), keep the one that fits best, and return the other.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 11, 2016

5 5

I agree. These are awesome torque wrenches. And much better than the cheaper Ritchie ones.

Solid and heavy in the hand. Really impressive. And very easy to use with a large handle and a clear, definate, and solid 'click' when you reach your torque limit.

Great for properly tightening your stem bolts and your seatpost bolt. And *esential* if you have a carbon handlebar or a carbon seatpost.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

5 5

Castelli is based in the foothills of the Italian Alps. They know Winter cycling. Jackets are their specialty and the Mortirolo 4 jacket is special -even in the Castelli lineup.

Application: Castelli officially rates this jacket for use from 60° down to 42° F.

This is great because this is the temp range the majority of us ride in the Winter.

PROS:
1.) The innovative two front *chest vents* provide tremendous versatility. For example, close the vents and select a winter-weight baselayer, ride hard, and this jacket will keep you warm down to about 40-35° (temp sensitivity is individual). Yet, with the vents open and a light-weight baselayer on, this jacket also works up to 60°. Versatility!

2. Authentic Gore WindStopper textile really is amazing. It is windproof and protects very effectively against cold but -also- breathes extremely well (so no "sweat in a bag" syndrome).

3.) In sum, this jacket is soft and wrap around (aero), vents sweat effectively, and does not flap in the wind. All in all, it's brilliant.

Fit: Italian sizing -is- different. Size up +1 from your normal street size with Castelli jackets. Always.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on November 8, 2016

5 5

Castelli is based in the foothills of the Italian Alps (Dolomites). They know Winter cycling. And jackets are their specialty.

Application: The Espresso 4 is designed to protect riders in cold, dry weather. It is *officially* rated by Castelli to protect from 54° down to 32° F.

However, temp sensitivity is personal. So some riders can go slightly lower with a good winter-weight baselayer (or two) on.

PROS:
1. Gore's amazing Windstopper textile is the best in the business. It features wrap around stretch (so no flapping in the wind) for optimal aerodynamics. Also, it is highly protective and totally windproof yet breathable (thus no "sweat in a bag" syndrome). All in all, brilliant.
2. Innovative: two front zippered vents can be opened partially or fully to provide temp range versatility; and vent sweat during especially high-output riding like climbing. Nice.
3. Special construction at the arm/shoulder joint allows this thick jacket to provide proper fit in the 'on the bike' position.
4. The Espresso 4 is a really good looking jacket (much better than previous version).

This Rosso Corsa jacket is Castelli at the top of their game.

Sizing: With Castelli, size up +1 from your normal street size. Always. Castelli (Italian) sizing -does- run smaller than US sizing.

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