John S.

John S.

Orange County, CA

John S.'s Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking

John S.'s Bio

I don't race; I'm just a competitive rider of a certain age.

John S.

John S.wrote a review of on July 11, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used several pairs of these gloves over the last couple of years. In general, I've always liked the way they fit and their durability – they've been comfortable and not overly bulky. However, the last pair I bought were disappointing in terms of quality. After only a few rides, the seams on the fingers started coming apart. I have another pair in my backup storage, so I'm hoping that this was just a one-off defect of some sort. Will update my review once I figure it out.

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John S.wrote a review of on July 11, 2016

Nice in the wet
4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought these for a cycling trip in Ireland, where one can always count on at least a little bit of moisture. They performed very well – my arms stayed dry and comfortable, even though we were riding in "soft weather" for hours on end. Combine these with a nice water resistant vest, and Bob's your uncle. I've got long, skinny arms, and the medium size fits perfectly.

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John S.wrote a review of on June 20, 2016

5 5

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

I'm biased - I really like Etxeondo jerseys. Very nice fabrics, great fit. This one is definitely a summer jersey - it's so light and thin as to almost not be there. No collar, plus the side mesh vents, definitely mean I wouldn't use this for rides below about 65 degrees, but in hot weather it's great. I didn't think the mesh would do much, but it seems to ventilate well. Combine it with a light base layer and you'll be very comfortable.

It is just a teeny bit tighter than other size-large jerseys from Etxeondo, but not so much that I'd order a different size. If you've got serious biceps, though (unlike me), you might find the arms too tight.

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John S.wrote a review of on February 12, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this because it was on sale; I've used it on about 3 or 4 rides so far and it works well. The description's right - no cooling, no tingling, just sits there unobserved and does the job. The longest ride I've taken with it so far was about 45 miles, so I don't know how it'll do at 100+ miles, but initial indications are that it'll be fine.
A note on consistency: the label calls this a cream, but it's really more of a thick gel or paste. Imagine very thick Vaseline and you'll have a good idea of what it's like. I was used to using creams like Buttonhole or Chamois Butt'r - this one's a significant departure in texture from those. After application, you'll need a little soap and hot water to get it off your fingers. But it works really well, and seems to be long-lasting.

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John S.wrote a review of on January 4, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I agree with the sentiment in the other review - like a gatorskin but the ride's much better. These (for obvious reasons) feel a little heavier and stiffer than the Corsa CX tires, but only a little, and they seem to be a MUCH better training tire than the Corsa, especially for winter when you'll be needing more durability and puncture resistance. I've only put a couple of hundred miles on this pair, but my impression is that the cost-benefit ratio seems pretty great.

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John S.wrote a review of on December 17, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered this vest hoping that it'd be light and packable, but still windproof enough for warmth. Not disappointed so far. The wind blocking seems almost as good as a much heavier wind-tex vest I've had for a few years, but this Sportful vest is far lighter and fits much better into a jersey back pocket. Now that I've had a chance to ride in the rain with it, I'm pretty impressed with the water resistance. My core stayed nice and dry.
It's provided plenty of warmth on rides in the mid-30s to mid-40s, and I really won't ask much more of it than that. Also, the fit is nice - no extra fabric out flapping in the wind, so it's easy to forget you have it on.
Very pleased with it.

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John S.wrote a review of on September 14, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great arch support, well-placed seams on the toes (they don't get in the way), moderate fabric thickness, and nice moisture wicking make for an altogether great sock. Personally, I don't really get the trend towards ever-higher cuffs on cycling socks, so I think the cuff height on these particular socks is just about perfect. I would have bought more, but I bought the last pair in stock at the time.

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John S.wrote a review of on April 1, 2015

5 5

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

I've used Giordana shorts in the past (Lasers, mostly) and loved them; used them until they wore out. Some of the reviews for 2014 Laser shorts were less than enthusiastic, though, so when the time came to refresh the supply I switched last year to Castelli Free shorts (the decision was also based on some great sale pricing). While I've liked the Castellis, I find their durability to be less than ideal, and end up fighting a saddle sore whenever they show just a little too much wear.

So I went for a pair of the FRC shorts recently and my butt is ever so glad I did. I took them for their first 50 miles today. For some reason the chamois in these shorts is perfect for me, does not move around when I'm pedaling, and is good for mile after mile. I'm sure it's got something to do with the myriad of technical features listed in the product description, but the fact is they fit great and the chamois just does the trick.

The note about them being "very slim" is true. I'm skinny (6'4", 165-170 lbs, 32" waist) and a large is perfect, but I could see how weightlifter-quality thighs might have issues.

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John S.wrote a review of on January 19, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Just took this jersey out for its first ride. It fits well - (the size chart is right - I'm a 32" waist and 40" chest, and the L is perfect. Not so snug that I feel squeezed, but definitely a Euro fit. Sleeve length is nice: a little longer than many other short sleeve jerseys, but it's really comfortable, and the cuffs stay in place without pinching. Seems to be a good moderate-weight fabric; I expect this will be comfortable in most conditions. There's no waist gripper (meaning the silicone some jerseys have inside the lower hem), but I didn't experience any significant riding up.

High-quality stuff, well made.

Update - it's been on several more rides and is still a great jersey. I get compliments on it whenever it's out. Great stuff.

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John S.wrote a review of on January 16, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used these for a couple of rides in cool weather; roughly high 30s to low 50s. They've been comfortable and warm, and the chamois is pretty nice. It's not quite as good as the Castelli Progetto X2 chamois, but the difference is pretty small and I'm plenty willing to trade warmth on a cool day for an ever-so-slightly less perfect chamois. I've found that when temperatures rise above about 60 I end up a little too warm; so choose your shorts carefully when you start your ride.

I'm 6'4", 170 lbs. Skinny legs, roughly a 32" waist. I ordered the Large, and it fits nicely. Not much compression, but the legs and waist aren't loose, and the straps are the right length. The leg grippers seem to stay in place nicely, with or without leg warmers.

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John S.wrote a review of on April 14, 2014

4 5

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

I ordered these to try a new cool weather glove. I've been using Pearl Izumi full finger gloves but found that their palm stitching started coming undone pretty quickly. I've only used these LG gloves a couple of times but am impressed so far. I especially like the grippy material on the inside of the fingers and on the palm ? it seems to solve the dexterity problem we usually get when wearing full finger gloves. They're also warm enough for cool weather riding. I wouldn't wear them in sub-30� weather, but they seem perfect for fall/spring riding. The wrist cuffs aren't quite as long as I'd like them to be, but that's not a big deal.

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John S.wrote a review of on April 2, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this base layer in a range of different temperatures (not just on hot days, as the description implies) and found it to always be comfortable. I usually use this anytime it's over about 50 degrees F (below that I'll use something more substantial), and have used it on 90-95 degree days as well. The description on the CC site really says it all - great wicking, great fit and no extra bulk. I have about 4 or 5 of these that get rotated through the laundry, and they've been good for about 2 years so far - with no signs of significant wear.

I wear a Large - am 6'4", about 170 lbs. The length of the base layer works well (it's not too short), and it's a nice fit without being suffocating.

Update - they're up to 3 - 3 1/2 years now, and still doing fine.

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John S.wrote a review of on August 14, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After trying several different brands I decided that the Giordana Laser shorts are the only ones that work well for me. The chamois is comfortable for 100 miles plus, including extended climbs. The shorts hold up to repeated laundering well, and they fit great. I'm 6'4", about 165-170 lbs, and a size L fits me perfectly.

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