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Allen F.

Allen F.

Northern Virginia

Allen F.'s Passions

Road Biking
Triathlon

Allen F.'s Bio

Western boy gone East.

Allen F.

Allen F.wrote a review of on March 9, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had two separate sets of these (25s and 28s). Both are super smooth and if you're riding tubeless, you probably don't need me to tell you how awesome it is. If you haven't made the switch to tubeless, it's time.

Mounting was pretty difficult, though. For the 28s, after wresting with them for most of an afternoon using a Specialized AirBlast, I finally took them to the LBS and paid the guy to mount them. Even he had trouble getting them on my Qurano 60s. After watching him struggle with the 28s, when I swapped them for my current 25s, I used my own compressor and ended up taking the presta chuck off the hose altogether and just rammed the hose directly onto the core-less valve. Holding the hose in place, I blasted the tire at 140psi. Once the bead popped into place, I covered the valve with my thumb, then had to Indiana Jones the valve core back in before the tires deflated and lost the bead. It took several tries to get it, my hands were sore and my thumbs were coated in sealant, but I got it working and saved a trip to the LBS. Compared to the videos on how to install tubeless tires, these took a lot more effort. Other wheels might be less challenging, I haven't tried these on another set to know.

I do love the ride, though.

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Allen F.wrote a review of on December 13, 2018

Pretty sure it’s a Gabba 2 - but ok
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a Gabba 2 that I love, LOVE, and a perfetto that I also like, but not as much as the Gabba. When I saw the Gabba 3 listed for a good discount I thought why not get another, cause n+1 works for jerseys, too, right?
Ordered this because a Gabba 3 at more than half off is a great buy. When it arrived the package said Gabba 2 on it, and it looks just like my other Gabba 2. So, copy edit error, there look to be several listings for Gabba jerseys, but I love it anyway. It’s a great jersey.
Size up one like you usually would for Castelli, this is a race fit but one size up still works for me at 6’0” and 106 cm chest, I ordered XL.
It’s great in misty/drizzly conditions and good at stopping wind although I like it for regular cold days as much as poor weather days. It’s so effective that with a light base layer I can go out with this jersey instead of a jacket into mid-40s weather. Need arm warmers and good gloves for that though.

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Allen F.

Allen F.wrote a review of on December 12, 2018

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

This is a great piece of kit, except for the price tag. The construction is good, the seams are well built, the zipper is hefty and the hood itself provides a lot of warmth. It's not a trim fit at all, so race fit junkies out there, this isn't for you. I was looking at using this for my winter commute. I'm sure it's serviceable for that job, and the softshell outer probably does a decent/good job deflecting the wind and other elements.

But, and it's kind of a big one, when some pretty sweet technical jackets are in the same price category, it's tough to swallow a nearly $200 price tag, even with the coupon. So, it's going back to CC. If it show up in the spring on sale, I'll be back to grab it. Until then, I'm shopping for jackets.

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Allen F.wrote a review of on November 12, 2018

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As many of you who wear Castelli know, plan to size up. I typically ride an XL in Castelli jerseys, so ordered the same here and really like the fit. I'm 6 feet even and 185 (to 195 after Christmas) and haven't had any issue with the size. I like it for cooler dry days where the windstopper keeps your core warm, but also have worn it in wet weather and appreciated the long tail and gore tex. Best testament to it is when I left on a dry 50 degree ride and got caught in rapidly dropping temps (40 degrees) plus rain. Ordinarily in that kind of weather without a jacket, I'd have cried for momma or ducked into the closest Starbucks, but with the Perfetto I stayed warm and dry on the inside, water was repelled effectively on the outside. All in all, it's a fine jersey, and I think the cut/style is pretty slick. If you're on the fence, I'd give it a go and size up.

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Allen F.wrote a review of on May 16, 2013

5 5

Got this from CL for a steal. My head measures 58 cm and the large fits well. I like the adjustment in back, and the chin strap is easy to manage. Overall a very good fit. Helmet feels light and doesn't slosh around on my head. I can't tell if I'm more aero or not, but I like to think I am.

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Allen F.wrote a review of on March 1, 2013

3 5

First the good: good looking kit and pretty good value for money for an entry level set. The jersey/bib/bag combo is almost too cheap to pass up, and the sizing is accurate, I usually wear a large (in non-Italian stuff) and the large fit fine. The downside for me is that the chamois isn't a high level one. It's better than nothing, but it's not a high-quality pad. Plus the whole kit is made in China. If you're a big BMC fan or looking for a good entry level setup, this kit has your name all over it. If you're doing longer rides and need a chamois that's comfortable for 40-50 miles and a little more performance from your jersey, this may not be your bag, baby.

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Allen F.

Allen F.wrote a review of on June 21, 2010

5 5

I was looking for a bib to wear for summer bike commuting. This is exactly what I was hoping it would be. The fabric is lightweight and stays cool, the fit is great, no tugging at the shoulders and the chamois is thick without being too beefy - plenty of support for long rides (30+ miles). I'm 6'0'' and 180, 34" waist and the L fits really well. Glad I got these, even though they're a bit pricey.

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Allen F.wrote a review of on October 21, 2009

5 5

I love these gloves, no question. They breathe well and I've been using mine in temps from 45 to 80 and loving them. The other day I headed out with temps in the high 30s and these were a little chilly until the sun came up. If you're in cold weather for long periods of time, you might want a heavier weight glove, my hands were pretty cold for the first 10 miles or so, but if you're in 45 degree weather or better, these can't be beat.

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