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AMusingFool's Bio

I started biking again six or seven months ago after a twelve-isn year hiatus (and wasn't terribly serious before that). Now, I get up at 0515 to get on the bike for an hour every day.

I read, somewhere, "I may not choose to bike every day, but I've never regretted choosing to ride"; that was my motivation for the first month or two. Since then, it's basically become automatic.

I don't race, and likely never will, but I love being on the road bike.

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AMusingFoolwrote a review of on July 25, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this for the extra promised safety, vis a vis the MIPS and koroyd. Thankfully, I haven't tested those features yet.

But what did surprise me right off was just how comfortable it is. My head doesn't finish rides as covered in sweat as in my old helmet, so it seems the ventilation described is for real. And just sitting on my head, it's very easy to forget that it's there.

Edit: I forgot one possible disadvantage (hasn't affected me). You can't use strap-based helmet mounts for cameras or lights. And that would apply for all koroyd helmets.

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AMusingFoolwrote a review of on March 30, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love how comfortable these jerseys are; the material really feels awesome. And they look pretty snazzy, too (especially the red).

I got a couple of these at heavy discount, and don't feel bad for what I got. But what I can't figure out is where they fit in. They're slightly warm, but don't have any wind-blocking. So far, I've worn them with a light base-layer and windbreaker in wet, high-30s weather, which has worked reasonably well. But I'm not sure I see any advantage over a heavier base layer or a heavier jacket.

In any event, they seem to do what they're supposed to do. I haven't had them long enough to be able to say anything about durability, though.

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AMusingFoolwrote a review of on March 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are really fantastic pants; I've never gotten wet while wearing them. Well, not on my legs, at least.

And they seem pretty good as far as not getting too hot, as well. The only time I've felt sweat on my legs, under them, was when it was just shy of 60F and sunny (it had rained earlier, and I hadn't had a chance to take them off yet).

They also crunch down very small; I haven't stuffed them into a jacket pocket, but I imagine I could.

I've even used them, a couple of times, as a windbreaker for my legs on 40-ish degree days.

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AMusingFoolwrote a review of on March 28, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

This was my first Assos purchase, and I have some mixed feelings. They're quite expensive, of course, which made me reluctant.

The other negative is the care of "handwash with our detergent". I especially didn't like not knowing that until they artived. Saying nothing of the legitimacy of that care, that's enough of a pain to make me reluctant to actually wear them.

But... You put them on, get on the bike, and you forget they're there. They're that comfortable. I've actually only worn them a few times, and only for long rides (shortest was 70ish miles). No complaints about performance.

I don't know if I'd buy a second pair, but they do ride nice.

Update: Right after finishing writing that, I noticed that the price had dropped by $40. Two days later, there was a special for a free Uno_s7 jersey with the bibs, and I bought a second pair. And yes, I'm laughing at myself for that.

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AMusingFoolwrote a review of on March 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These gloves aren't bad; I like the dexterity allowed, and the fit. And with the shell gloves, they make a pretty good combo (still not quite as good as the description). Together, they'll get you down to about freezing, wet or dry; maybe a few degrees below, if it's dry.

By themselves? They aren't wind- or cold-resistant enough.

And 21F? I wouldn't try anywhere close to that (I have heavy mittens for those temperatures). Not even with liners underneath.

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