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. 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 September 14, 2016

5 5

The Alpha "jersey" is really a light, aero-fit jacket for fast riding and climbing in cool/cold and/or windy/misty/drizzly weather. Castelli officially rates it for use from 45 to 60° F.

Pair the Alpha with a light-weight l-s baselayer in cool weather (like the white Castelli Flanders), and with a heavier baselayer in colder weather (e.g., Flanders Warm or Wool).

Pros: (1) The thermo-regulating built-in interior "vest." Yes, great for climbing. Hard to describe. You have to experience it. (2) Love the elegant, understated look, and the new collar treatment. (3) The raw cut sleeves fit perfectly inside Castelli's 'lightness' or 'nano' gloves.

Note: The Gore WindStopper textile used in the Alpha is water-resistant, but not water-proof (as Castelli admits on their website). This jersey does a great job in misty or drizzly weather. However, as I discovered in a recent 2-hour ride under steady showers, the jacket will eventually soak through. So, if the forecast is looking really wet, you WILL want to bring along a lightweight, taped, water-proof jacket such as Castelli's "Riparo" or "Tempesta" jacket.

Sizing: Size up +1. Part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) line. Designed for, and tailored for, the fit/athletic rider. Wear snug and aerodynamic.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

5 5

After 20+ years of riding, my search for the ultimate wet weather shoe cover carries on. I’ve long been a fan of Castelli’s Diluvio 16 neoprene booties. But during really long rides with rain even these eventually soak through. Soon followed by the dreaded winter foot chills. The Tempesta shoecover is made from OutDry material which is supposed to be water-proof and breathe a bit. Castelli says this is the only shoecover made from OutDry.

PROS: They work. Look good.

CONS: Expensive. Rated for use in 45-55° weather (not insulated). I might wear these -over- Diluvios for deep winter riding.

Tip #1 for riding in the rain: If you need total rain resistance wear Velotoze over these.

Tip #2 for riding in the rain: Water spray from the front wheel can eventually work its way up through the vent holes in the bottom of your road shoes (if your shoes have them) and soak your socks. Tape any vent holes up with duct tape on wet days or your feet will get soaked from the bottom.

Tip #3 for riding in the rain... During dry cold rides, everyone wears their bibtights (leg) tucked into their booties of course. On long rainy rides, however, I recommend trying wearing your bibtights -over- your booties. Otherwise rain will eventually seep down the bibtight fabric and into your socks, soak them, and then your feet. Riding with cold, wet feet is miserable.

Sizing: I wear a 45 in Sidi and Shimano. The XL fit very snug. I liked the XXL better. (If you're a 45 buy both and see which you prefer.)

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on September 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There are 30+ reviews for this glove for a reason. These gloves are total pleasure to use in the Fall and early Winter and Spring months.

Indeed these are Benchmark glove for riding between 50 and 65 degrees -especially when riding hard or climbing (b/c they breathe so well).

Also, these gloves provide *amazing* bar feel and bar grip. The best of any long-finger glove I have ever used.

These gloves are one of the best items that Castelli makes; and that is saying something.

Size up +1. Sizing (for gloves): Pearl Izumi = L. Giro = L/XL. Castelli = XL.
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UPDATE. Mine have been very durable but the sewing along the thumb is the weak point. With a lot of pulling on/off, they eventually fail at this stress point. But I got two years out of my current pair with a lot of use every Fall and Winter.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on August 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This unique garment/vest is part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa line for serious riders.

So... this is an example of what this vest excels at:

Serious riders often ride a lot of mountains (dep where you live). Climbing creates a lot of sweat even in cool weather. The problem is when descending in cool/cold weather, that sweat chills your chest and core badly during a long 25-45 mph descent.

Solution: This vest. What's special about this garment is that the textile used in front is thick(er) and -totally- windproof (Gore Windstopper). So this is the perfect garment for putting on when summitting in preparation for a long cold descent (just like the pros).

Other PROS: The textile used in the back is totally different. Its vents back-sweat really well so you don't overheat while riding hard.

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

In summary: This vest is perfect for cold morning starts, late afternoon rides, and for putting on at the beginning of a descent.

Sizing: it's Castelli. Size up +1 (per usual). Buy the same size as you usually do in Castelli tops. ... This vest is designed to fit tight over your jersey for aerodynamics.

Note: This vest is not water-proof. If the skies look sketchy pack a dedicated rain cape.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on August 12, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Part of Castelli's top-of-the line Rosso Corsa collection, this is is a VERY good looking jersey. Made with a lot of attention to detail. Made in the USA (unusual for Castelli). Very fine design/quality.

Superlegerra means "superlight" in Italian.

And the luxurious textile used here is very light -and thus breathable. And soft. Almost delicate. Stealthy black mesh sides.

A great warm weather cycling jersey.

Fit: Classic Castelli (Italian) sizing. Size up +1. Warning: Definitely designed to fit and look best on the fit/athletic rider.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

If you read my reviews you know I don't totally buy into the kool-aid of Assos (or any kit maker). Assos gear is expensive. The marketing is sometimes more than a little strange. And some items (gloves, shoe covers) aren't quite up to the extreme high standard of the bibshorts.

BUT... no one in the sport of cycling designs better bibshorts, jerseys, winter caps, and cold weather jackets (albeit expensive). Add Assos evo7 leg/arm warmers to the list of Assos greatness.

These leg warmers are perfect for cold Spring/Fall morning starts. The feel of the textiles is luxurious (really). The fit is perfect (and R/L specific). The sewing is perfect.

Best of all, is the extended leg design up into the thigh. This unique design causes these to stay up better than other leg warmers -and- without a band digging unsightly and uncomfortably into your mid-upper thigh. Brilliant.

Note: Put these on FIRST. Then slide your bibshorts over them.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

I love the Giro Synthe. I own both MIPS and non-MIPS versions now. I can confirm that the MIPS version is just slightly smaller than the non-MIPS version. So if you're on the fence sizing-wise, go with the larger size.

I wear my MIPS version in the Fall/Winter/Spring. I wear my non-mips version (in white) in the Summer.

I love the aerodynamics and quietness of this helmet. If you compare the Synthe to previous top, all-around road helmets (Spesh Prevail, Giro 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.

By the way... Greg van Avermat and Anna van Breggen just won the 2016 Olympic road race in Rio. They were both wearing the Giro Synthe helmet.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on May 11, 2016

5 5

Definitely an awesome cycling cap by Castelli. Looks great. Works great. And better than cotton caps because it ventilates sweat and heat better because the rear 3/4 is made of a quality fine mesh material.

But I found the elastic band on this cap sightly tight for my head. I wear a size large in Giro helmets. Strange that the reviewer below thought this cap was not tight enough!

In sum: this excellent cycling cap is probably best for those who wear a size sm/med to medium bike helmet.

Order one. If it fits you'll love it!

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on May 9, 2016

5 5

If you read my reviews you know I don't totally buy into the kool-aid of Assos (or any kit maker). Assos gear is expensive. The marketing is sometimes a little strange. And some items (gloves, shoe covers) aren't quite up to the extreme high standard of the rest of the lineup.

BUT... no one in the sport of cycling designs better bibshorts (!), jerseys, winter caps, and cold weather jackets (albeit expensive). Add Assos s7 leg/arm warmers to their list of great kit.

These leg warmers are perfect for cold Spring/Fall morning starts. The feel of the textiles is luxurious (really). The fit is perfect (and R/L specific). The sewing is perfect.

Best of all, is the extended leg design up into the thigh. This unique design causes these to stay up better than other leg warmers -and- without a band digging unsightly and uncomfortably into your mid/upper thigh. Brilliant.

Note: Put these on FIRST. Then slide your bibshorts over them. Easy.

SIZING: I'm 5'10" 185. The size II fit just fine. I was a little surprised (thought they might be too big). Nicely snug in the leg (not loose). Length was almost too long (but fine). Size II are probably best for riders 5'10"/5'11" - 6'3" (+?).

Assos s7 leg warmers at this price are a steal !!!

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on May 9, 2016

5 5

If you read my reviews you know I don't totally buy into the kool-aid of Assos (or any kit maker). Assos gear is expensive. The marketing is often a little bizarre. And the gloves aren't up to the high standard of the core of the Assos lineup (bibshorts).

BUT... no one... no one in the sport of cycling designs better bibshorts, jerseys, winter caps, and cold weather jackets. These arm warmers, too, are exceptional. Perfect for cool/cold morning starts.

The feel is luxurious. The fit is perfect. The textiles are exceptional. And these arm-warmers stay up (without digging into your under upper-arm skin).

FIT: I'm 5'10" (and 185), but the size II did fit me (were not too large). Perfectly snug all around actually. And almost too long, yes, but just almost. Fine really. But, clearly, these will fit someone taller than me as well.

A steal at this price!!! Get some while you can.

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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). And 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 style is often a sort of refined modern/retro.

I'm not sure I'd wear this piece on the bike. It's almost too fine (the wool textile is very thin). Frankly, I wear this jersey off the bike as "casual wear" with nice dark shorts. The color is pink -so typical of Italy (and the Giro).

A wool shirt made in Italy for $55?? A steal at this price!

FIT: First, this jersey looks best on those who are slim to really fit (it's tailored to fit snug). Then size up +1 (still it will be slightly snug). Italian sizing! And allow a little room for shrinkage. Even a wool blend will shrink slightly.

CAVEAT: the styling of the collar is wide-spread. Just as depicted in the photo.

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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 top of the line, all-around, road helmets such as Giro's own Aeon and Specialized's Prevail.

In addition, unlike Giro's older Air Attack, the newest aero helmets such as the Synthe -also- ventilate well. This is hard to pull off.

As for aerodynamics/quietness, if you compare the Synthe to previous top, 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. [UPDATE: done]. So, I do use my old white "summer" Aeon or Atmos helmet on rides > 90°. But in all other conditions, I much prefer the Synthe.

Versus the Kask Protone, I like the looks of the Synthe more (totally personal). And the Synthe is less expensive.

By the way... Greg van Avermat and Anna van Breggen just won the 2016 Olympic road race in Rio. They were both wearing the Giro Synthe road helmet.

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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.

For ex., 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

4 5

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

Pros: 1.) Very high quality textile 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 definitely 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.) Specific left and right arm anatomic fit. 3.) Excellent quality and QC from Pearl Izumi, per usual.

Caveat: 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. Therefore, 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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