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Jonny Heinken

Jonny Heinken

San Francisco (North Bay), CA

Jonny Heinken's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Jonny Heinken's Bio

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



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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 14, 2016

5 5

De Marchi is is unlike any other cycling kit maker I have come across.

De Marchi is still family owned (since 1946). Everything is still "Handmade in Italy" -as the tag says. Who does that anymore?? (I think only Santini. Certainly not Castelli.)

De Marchi is essentially a small, fine sportswear company for cycling. Their clothing is simple, but finely made. The color palate is very Italian: dark and/or earth tones (not here obviously). The style is often a sort of refined modern/retro.

I wear this jersey off the bike as "casual wear" with nice dark shorts. It is a beautiful garment. The color is pink in homage to the leader of the great Giro d'Italia -one of the 3 Grand Tours.

A steal at this price!

FIT: Italian sizing. Size up +1. Even though you will cold wash this garment on gentle and flat or hang dry (of course), allow a little room for shrinkage. Even a wool blend will shrink slightly.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In the last year or so, new aero helmets such as the Giro Synthe ($250) and the Kask Protone ($300) have ushered in a new era in road helmet design. These helmets are more rounded-off at the tail, and more aero overall than previous state-of-the-art road helmets such as Specialized's Prevail or Giro's Aeon.

In addition, unlike Giro's older Air Attack, new aero helmets such as the Synthe are aero but -also- ventilate well. This is a paradox that is hard to pull off.

As for aerodynamics/quietness, if you compare the Synthe to the previous state-of-the-art, all-around, road helmets (Prevail, Aeon and before that, the Giro Ionos), helmets I rode in for years, there is no comparison. The Synthe is much quieter, especially when you put your head down during hammertime. The shaping at the tail of the old school helmets (Prevail/Aeon/Atmos/Ionos) is now obsolete.

The new Giro Synthe and Kask Protone helmets are "game changers."

Lastly, the ventilation of the Giro Synthe is different (and very effective). You actually feel the cool air running over your head -inside- the helmet (through the internal channels). This is brilliant. Does it vent *quite* as well as the Aeon or the Atmos? I dunno. We'll see this Summer. So, I might use an Aeon or Atmos on rides > 90°. But in all other conditions, I love the Synthe.

Versus the Kask Protone, I like the looks of the Synthe more (totally personal), and it's also less expensive.

In sum, the Giro Synthe is a great road helmet. Lucky BMC riders.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 12, 2016

5 5

...the mark of those who know.

Based in northern Italy (tires made at their own plant in Thailand), Vittoria has been manufacturing pro-level bicycle tires for 60 years. It shows. Their range and R&D is pretty amazing. See the new Vittoria Corsa G (graphene) race tires.

These Pave EVO CG III's were specially designed to be used on the cobblestones ("pave") in the famous "Spring Classic" races in northern Europe like Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders (which is like the Super Bowl to the people of Belgium).

This is one strong and tough tire featuring an incredible 320 tpi. The suppleness, cornering grip (including in the wet), and the road "feel" is what makes Pave's special.

But all tire characteristics form a compromise. In exchange for the superb cornering grip, these Paves do wear out a little faster than some tires.

I use these Pave III's in the 25 mm size as a general fast training and riding tire. I use the 28s in the winter. In summary: Great fast training/riding tire for rough (chip & seal) roads, especially if wet.

By the way, in my experience, the puncture protection has been very good with these Pave's. The rubber does get small cuts easily. But actual flats are rare in my experience.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 8, 2016

5 5

Pearl Izumi USA is based outside Boulder, CO and make great warmers (and gloves).

Pros: 1.) High quality textlie is the perfect (mid) weight for early morning starts. 2.) Soft, fleecy inside is comfortable and warm. 3.) They look good. 4.) Excellent quality and QC from Pearl Izumi, per usual.

Caveat: The upper band is a little tight/restrictive and digs in for those with larger thighs. So, I think these leg warmers work best for slim to fit, average weight riders.

I'm 5'10", the size L fit me well.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 7, 2016

4 5

These mid-weight Pearl Izumi arm warmers are perfect for early morning rides. Start your ride with these under a good short-sleeve jersey; take them off when it warms up, stash in your rear jersey pocket. Perfect.

Pros: 1.) Soft, fleecy and warm on the inside. 2.) Good looks. 3.) specific left and right arm anatomic fit. 4.) Excellent quality and QC from Pearl Izumi, per usual.

Cons: The upper arm band is a little restrictive (tight) for those with larger biceps. I think these are best for slim to average weight riders. Thus, these arm warmers may not work so great for those with a bigger upper body.

Fit: I'm 5'10" 185 lbs. I'm a little bigger in the upper body. The M fit perfect except the upper arm band was a little tight (but ok). The L was too long. Don't buy ones too long, they will bunch up.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 6, 2016

5 5

3T is one of the most experienced (and complete) manufacturers of cycling cockpit components in the sport. 3T (Turin Tube Technology) was founded in Northern Italy in 1961 by Mario Dedioniggi. 3T is used all over the UCI pro peloton. Lots of experience here.

This top-of-the-line aluminum road bar utilizes triple-butted 7050 aluminum alloy and is shot peened for extra strength.

This bar weighs 245 g (size 42). A carbon bar weighs ~200 g but costs $300! This 3T alloy bar is both light and strong and affordable. That's a combination that is hard to beat.

I think the Ergosum is a better bar for those with size small and medium hands (glove size) than 3T's also excellent Ergonova bar (the egg shape tops may be too wide with those with small to medium hands). But bar shape is very personal.

Other pros of the Ergosum: 1) The short reach. 2) The ergo position in the drops provides more comfort and control when descending or sprinting (though this is personal). 3) The new graphics are a big improvement over the 2014 version of the bar.

All in all, a great overall road bar. And a GREAT price/value.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 4, 2016

5 5

I've owned a pair of PI sun sleeves for 4 years. These are GREAT. These really protect your arms from sunburn during 2+ hour mid-day rides in the Summer, so you don't have to glop on sunscreen all over your arms. Love these!

Pros: 1.) The light but strong, stretch-fit white textile stays cool -even in 95+ weather! I like the white ones. 2.) Good looks. 3.) specific left and right arm anatomic fit. 4.) Excellent quality and QC from Pearl Izumi, per usual.

Cons: Like Reuben remarked below, the upper arm band is a little restrictive (tight) for those with larger biceps. I think these sunsleeves are best for slim to average weight riders. Thus, these arm warmers may not work so great for those with a bigger upper body. (If so, try the "arm coolers" from LG).

Fit: I'm 5'10" 185 lbs. I'm a little bigger in the upper body. The M fit perfect except the upper arm band was a little tight (but ok). The L was too long for me. Don't buy ones too long, they will bunch up.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 2, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Castelli arguably designs the most advanced and complete line of road cycling kit in the world. No one likes Castelli gear more than me. Or has positively rated more of their gear here.

But... Castelli QC is maddeningly poor (with the exception of socks, baselayers, and most of their Rosso Corsa line). Otherwise, I have to return 25% to almost 50% of the Castelli gear I buy due to poor sewing QC (especially bibshorts/tights and some jackets and jerseys). QC seems to be extremely variable at the different factories. This garment is made in El Salvador (?). Anyway, I returned the first Puro jersey I purchased (it wouldn't zip all the up due to crooked sewing). The second one I received was perfect. Go figure.

***Don't hesitate to return your Castelli gear if it there are sewing defects. Comp Cyclist will graciously exchange within 30 days. Come on Castelli: Up your manufacturing standards!

Fit: Important note here too. Usually with Castelli tops, you have to size up +1 for sure (Italian sizing). This garment is a rare exception. **This particular Castelli garment fits true to size.**

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

Castelli has updated the color scheme slightly on the white/blk for 2016. The top of the band is now all black (not mostly white as before). Functionally, the socks remain the same. These are GREAT summer road socks!

Sizing: I wear a 45 Shimano road shoe. I like the fit of the XXL best.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Made in Italy, these socks are a work of art. The quality is 10/10. Really. Wait until you open he package.

I own several pairs of Castelli Gregge 12 and Castelli Quindici (15) wool socks. Love them both. The only difference is that the Gregge feature a 12 cm tall cuff and the Quindici are just slightly taller at 15 cm. And of course the color schemes are different. Castelli officially rates them both for use in 23-60° F weather.

Sizing: The official sizing chart at the Castelli website is correct.

Cycling shoe size: 36-39 = S/M
Cycling shoe size: 40-43 = L/XL
Cycling shoe size: 44-47 = 2XL

I wear a 45 in Shimano. The 2XL fit perfect -especially after a few washings (wool does shrink a little). If you wear a size 45+ cycling shoe, definitely buy the 2XL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wool insulates, vents sweat, and provides low/zero odor -naturally. Wool is a superfabric.

Made in Italy. These Castelli wool socks are a work of art. The quality is 10/10. Really. Wait until you open the package.

Castelli officially rates these for use in 23-60° F weather but these are very versatile. Cold months, sure, but I also wear these in 55-60° weather with my Spring knicker bibs. Awesome.

Quindici means 15; as in 15 cm high cuff. But these do eventually shrink down (vertically) about an inch.

Longevity/quality: I have a pair that I have worn extensively for two seasons. They eventually pilled a little around the foot (as all wool socks do), but absolutely no holes. These have held up great.

Sizing: The official sizing chart at the Castelli website is correct.
Cycling shoe size: 36-39 = S/M
Cycling shoe size: 40-43 = L/XL
Cycling shoe size: 44-47 = 2XL

I wear a size 45 in Shimano road shoes. The XXL fit perfect, especially after a few washings.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 9, 2016

5 5

This vest is amazing. And I mean amazing. If you ride at night (as I often do after work), and you can afford it, I would go so far as to call this vest essential.

Of course, you use really good front & rear bike lights. And continue to do so. But this vest makes it -impossible- for autos not to see you and see you clearly and understand that you are a cyclist.

PROS: This vest's high-viz fabric is very subtle in person (almost invisible -it just looks grey). But at night the "crushed crystals" light-up under an auto's headlamps. Wow. Other pros: Good looking. Very high quality manufacture from Capo (per usual).

Cons: Price (unless on sale).

Can I give this garment 6 stars?

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 7, 2016

5 5

Perfect for keeping your toes warm while riding from 60° down to about 50/45° F (depending upon your cold sensitivity and how vented your road shoes are).

Pros: Warm, insulating material (neoprene) is highly effective. And they are super stretchy, so they are super easy to get on and off. Much easier than booties! And you can easily stuff them in your rear jersey pocket on an early morning ride if the temp warms up (or vice versa).

Cons: The bottom is made from a type of soft (stretchy) neoprene. The bottoms will cut if you walk on rocks or gravel; so I don't do that. Not for MTB use!

If you are a roadie and you ride in Castelli kit, these toe covers are -indispensable- for riding on cold Fall and Spring days.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 7, 2016

5 5

Beautiful, highly-effective, 100% wool baselayer for cold weather. Comes in a box fit for fine jewelry. The wool is very soft. You will be surprised.

SIZING: The sizing here seems slightly larger than usual for Castelli. I'm 5'10 185. Usually I wear an XL in Castelli (rarely even an XXL). This in an XL is not totally snug around my torso. Maybe they are leaving room for a little wool shrinkage? I will update soon.

Care: Obviously cold wash either by hand or in a front-load machine. Hang or flat dry. No dryer! And store in zip-lock bag in the off-season (moths).

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 7, 2016

5 5

Application: Castelli designed these for use in dry, cold weather. Castelli officially rates them for 60° down to 40° F.

Pros: They look great. They block cold and wind effectively, yet also breathe well (vent sweat build-up) when riding at high tempo. Great bar feel.

Insane price on sale!

FIT: Size up +1 for sure. I'm 5'10". Sizing (for me) in gloves: Pearl Izumi = L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 7, 2016

5 5

De Marchi is the venerable Italian cycling sportwear company that is still family owned and operated (since 1946). There aren't many like this anymore.

I like De Marchi for its fine quality and for the retro-modern styling of pieces like this and the similar World Pack National L/S jersey.

Another thing. I own a lot of Castelli gear and love it, but no "Italian" brand clothing made in China or El Salvador or Cambodia comes close in QC standards or in "soul" or "passione." With De Marchi (surprisingly) everything is still made in Italy. With obvious pride in what they do.

PROS: Lightweight sportwool blend (mine says 40% wool - 60% poly) works very effectively on the bike. Beautiful fabric, quality, style, simplicity.

A steal at this price!!!

CONS: This fabric will snag easily on velcro. Be careful if you wear gloves with velcro!

I bought mine in pink, to wear in the Spring in honor of the Giro d'Italia. It looks great.

FIT: With this particular De Marchi jersey: for snug fit, select your normal size. For club fit, size up +1. ... I'm 5'10 185. The Large fit me snug in the torso. Perfect length front and back. Plenty of room in the neck. I chose the L.

UPDATE: Mine has shrunk slightly (a half size) after several (cold water) washings. Yes, I hang dry (of course). It still fits. I still love it. Just FYI.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on February 29, 2016

5 5

Giro designs some of the best high-end helmets in the sport (atmos, aeon, synthe). Excellent gloves and aero covers too.

I purchased my first Atmos helmet 12+ years ago. It was one of the first modern, really good looking, highly-vented, in-mold composite bike helmets made.

Pros: Very, very well ventilated. Light weight. Strong. X-static (silver fiber) pads naturally inhibit sweat odor. Awesome looks. Affordable $$.
Cons: none.

This is a great Summer road helmet. The classic for a reason.

Note: Make sure any helmet fits your head *shape* correctly (more round or oval). This is very important and true with any company's bike helmet. The only way to know is to try 'em on.

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