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GL

Beverly Hills, CA

GL's Bio

Serious fitness enthusiast. 25+ years weight training, martial arts and avid road cyclist. Favorite bikes to ride; Parlee, Colnago C60, Sarto Seta and vintage steel. Average about 70 to 100 miles a week.

Academics in business, finance and law. Profession is real estate development and investment, primarily in California.

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GLwrote a review of on September 28, 2017

4 5

This tire is built like a tub without the tube liner sewn in. As a result, they have a flat shape which I found almost impossible to mount, with a tube, on Campagnolo Bora Ultra clincher wheels. Never had this problem before with other clinchers. If I had to change a flat on the road with these tires, it would be more hassle than they're worth. I gave them away. Not the best tire choice, in my opinion, if you roll on Campagnolo Bora's.

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GLwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

5 5

I've used a Crank Brothers multi-tool for years with no problems. Decided to try this one on a new bike. Seems to be nice quality, rugged and about as small as possible for what it is. Excellent range of wrenches and I like to have the torx 25 and 30 wrenches for Campagnolo SR groupo and for my 3T arxll stem on all of my bikes. 8mm is nice in case a pedal needs tightening. Most importantly, It also fit nicely in my Arundel dual seat bag with 2 tubes, 2 levers and 2 CO2 canisters.

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GLwrote a review of on September 21, 2017

4 5

I prefer DeFeet or Rapha socks for cycling. These socks are nice but I prefer the feel of the "Aireator" sock over the "cyclismo". The 5" height is perfect, fit excellent and very durable sock. Work well for a large range of temps, but not for winter. The waffle pattern of these socks is not as comfortable for me as wearing the Aireator style and the extra padding in the ball of the foot on the Cyclismo starts to bother me on long rides. Overall, still one of the best socks out there.

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GLwrote a review of on December 19, 2016

4 5

I switched from Sidi shoes to Shimano when the 321 came out. I've put approximately 4500 miles on these shoes now and they've been a great shoe overall with one slight exception. I really like the slightly wider toe box design and the adjustable arch insoles. This shoe is very comfortable on 3-4 hour rides and equally comfortable hammering up long brutal climbs. Excellent heel cup, I haven't experienced any heel problems at all wearing the Shimano 321's and they have a well designed stiff sole with zero flex. Ratchet buckle has been bullet proof, strong and durable. Excellent ventilation has kept my feet cool and dry through the hot California summer. The only negative point that I've experienced wearing these shoes is during cold or wet winter weather. Your toes will be nearly frozen riding in cold temps or wet conditions, unless you invest in good quality toe covers or full shoe covers, due to the open vents along the front toe area and top of these shoes. Overall, an excellent high performance road shoe. I'll continue riding the 321's until the new Shimano SPhyre is available.

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GLwrote a review of on November 22, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted to try a helmet with the MIPS technology and chose the POC Octal. First one had a defective adjustment mechanism and CC was excellent in sending a new replacement helmet. Adjustment mechanism seems fine on the new replacement. I've put about 200 miles on the helmet with no real complaints. After the first ride, I forgot it was on my head. Very comfortable even wearing an Assos FuguCap_S7 underneath the helmet and straps feel light and secure against the skin. Visibility side to side is excellent. I have noticed more wind noise wearing the Octal compared to my Lazer Z1, especially speeds above 20+ mph, wind noise is noticeable but not annoying. Lazer Z1 seems ever so slightly more comfortable than the POC Octal Mips. Adjustment mechanism functions fine but it could be a bit more robust, like the adjustment on the Lazer helmet. Can only wear glasses under the straps, not over. Overall a very nice, safe helmet design with MIPS integration.

Size medium in the POC Octal Mips fits me same as size medium in the Lazer Z1.

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GLwrote a review of on December 17, 2015

4 5

The Giordana toe covers are effective at keeping the front of your foot warm when temps drop into the mid 40's to upper 50's, however they're not a good fit for all shoe styles...specifically Shimano 321's.

I recently switched from Sidi 6.6 to Shimano 321 shoes and soon realized that the Shimano's do not work well in cold weather without some way to cover all the open vents in the front of the shoe. I tried the old trick of taping up the vents but still have frozen toes. These Giordana toe covers are reasonably well made and they have kept my toes warm, but they're not designed correctly to fit Shimano 321 shoes. Specifically; the cleat cut out is too far forward and not large enough to properly fit Shimano 321 shoes with Look Keo cleats and overall the size L toe covers are just too tight of a fit. I can't comment on other shoe's but if you ride Shimano 321's or similar style shoes, these toe covers are not a good choice for you.

FYI; Wear size 43 shoe, Look Keo Blade cleats, size L toe cover too small.

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GLwrote a review of on December 10, 2015

5 5

I wear mostly Assos apparel and I own a pair of HaBu5 jackets which I have a fair amount of miles on. The previous review by MWS is spot on from my experience with the i.J.Habu5 jacket. You may want to consider a few more details about the HaBu5, considering it's a fairly expensive item...

The fit is typical Assos, "very" snug, body hugging and comfortable on the bike but not comfortable off the bike. The HaBu is designed and cut for a trim, fit athletic body type. It's definitely NOT a good choice if you have a less than trim, fit body and you will probably feel very uncomfortable wearing this jacket. This is not a casual, roomy, club fit jacket! Also, some cyclists may not like the rear pockets on this jacket because they are a bit unique...The side pockets are only zippered and they do not have traditional style slip-in open pockets. The center pocket is open but it's not very large. You can fit a lightweight pack-able wind/rain jacket (150g) in the center pocket, but it's tight. The sleeve openings are also designed to be close fitting to your wrist, as a result, they can be a struggle to fit your hands through when putting on or removing the jacket, especially if you have large hands.

Overall, I think the HaBu5 is a beautiful stylish looking piece with exceptional Assos quality. It's designed for temps in the 40's to low 60's. With a winter LS baselayer, I'm comfortable down to around 37 degrees with moderate winds. The front exposure is essentially windproof, the back fabric breaths very well and it's relatively light weight for a mid-winter jacket.

FYI; 5'8.5", 160lbs, 32" waist, 41" chest. Wear size L in HaBu.









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GLwrote a review of on December 2, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Here's the scoop...Until now, I've never owned any Pear Izumi products and I've never considered riding in tights and I'm glad I decided to try these Elite tights because they're an outstanding alternative to leg warmers, for riding in chilly temps in the 50's to low 60's and perhaps down to the upper 40's.

In winter months, I've always used Assos knee warmers or leg warmers with Assos or Rapha bib shorts and they've been fine with the occasional need to re-adjust leg warmers on a ride. These Izumi Thermal Tights are reasonably priced and so far, more comfortable than wearing leg warmers and I can take them off and stuff them in my jersey if it warms up. Also, the big plus with these, is that you can wear your favorite bib shorts.

I'm very impressed with the quality of Pearl Izumi. The stitching is well done, fabric is light, warm and surprisingly comfortable to wear over your bibs. I bought a size M and the fit is very body hugging snug and the length is fine. The fabric has a moderate amount of stretch and compression, overall really nice. No bunching around the knees when you're on the bike and the leg zippers work perfectly. You could also use these for other sports like running or skating so overall these tights without a chamois are worth the modest investment. In fact, where I ride, I don't really have a need for high end winter bibs, these are probably all I need for winters in So. Calif.

And consider this; I've been wearing these tights with my Assos T cento bib shorts. To have the same Assos T cento chamois in a winter bib tight, it would cost me 5X as much as these Izumi tights!

Based on the fit, M should work up to a 32.5" waist, but may be too tight for 33" waist.
FY: 5'8.5", 160 lbs, 32" waist

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GLwrote a review of on November 16, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear a lot of Assos clothing and these gloves are another excellent piece, IF you don't need a glove with extra padding in the palm area. These gloves are excellent for Southern Calif. climates with temps in the 50's to low 60's, fall through mid winter and spring dry weather. Very comfortable, snug, streamlined fit with nice fitting cuff and light weight. Excellent bar feel. Perfect gloves for chilly early morning rides in So. California or blasting down descents like GMR! Would not be a good choice if you need a glove with padding for your palms or for use in rainy conditions. Only Con; they don't have a nose wipe material, and can be a bit slippery grabbing a water bottle.

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GLwrote a review of on November 7, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Beautiful Italian design and handmade in Italy quality.
I road this jersey for most of last winter, about 1500 miles and I personally never experienced the problems mentioned by Greg M. in his review. Your mileage may vary. I have a muscular trim body builder type physique and usually, the race fit FRC jerseys are way too tight and uncomfortable for me to wear. This jersey is the one exception. I wear this jersey with either a light weight short sleeve base layer or a Craft long sleeve base layer and the fit is very trim body hugging snug but not race fit uncomfortable tight. The fabric is soft, breathable and very comfortable for So. Calif. dry winter temps in the 50's to low 60's. With a light weight pack-able windproof jacket like the Sportful Ultra Light WS, I can ride in just about any weather conditions down into the mid 40's and I'm very comfortable. I've even worn this jersey comfortably in a light rain. I haven't experienced any problems with the fabrics or seams and the Giordana pockets hold there shape well. When it's time for long sleeve jerseys, I usually wear this Giordana FRC jersey or the Assos IJ Tiburu4.
FYI: 5'8.5" 161 lbs, 32" waist 41" chest. Wear size large in this jersey

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GLwrote a review of on September 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear almost exclusively Assos s7 bibs and I love them. Bought these on sale at a great price from Competitive Cyclist to compare against Assos. I've put quite a few miles on them now over the past few months. Overall, very high quality bibs and they've held up well so far. I agree with the other review...The straps are excellent and very comfortable and not too tight or loose fitting. The fabric is very nice and even a bit cooler than Assos fabrics when the sun is beating down on your legs. They fit very very snug and you really feel the compression and the leg bands are a brilliant design. The chamois is much different than what I'm used to with Assos, but for me I found the chamois comfortable. My longer rides are about 3 hours. On rides over 2 hours I use chamois cream with these bibs and haven't had any issues. The only negative I have with these bibs is the extra length in the legs. If you're tall enough it's not a problem but unfortunately I'm not that tall. I'm 5'8.5 The length comes to just above my knee joint. They're about an inch longer than Assos bibs. Overall very nice high quality bibs. FYI: 162 lbs, 32" waist, wear size large in these bibs.

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GLwrote a review of on September 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I own a lot of different jerseys from most of the big name brands...and this Giordana is hands down my favorite jersey. I've been riding this jersey almost all summer and there is nothing that I would change. Giordana Italian style, beautiful functional fabrics, excellent pockets, near perfect fit and very comfortable and the fabric in the chest area is not see thru like the FRC jerseys. The sleeves are not as long as on the 2015 Giordana FRC jersey but still a good length. I have a very muscular trim athletic build which is a problem with the fit of typical jerseys. When I size up with most jerseys, then they're way too long, or they're skin tight and very uncomfortable. I can't wear Giordana FRC for this very reason. Assos and Craft jerseys fit in size large, but the pockets sag when loaded. None fit me as well as this Jersey. If you have a muscular fit build and you want a close fitting and super comfortable jersey that fits...I'd suggest this one. This is a real sleeper and I think a great value.

FYI: Height 5'8.5", 162 lbs, 32" waist, 41" chest, muscular body builder physique. Wear size large in most jerseys, including this Trade Scatto. I wear size XL in Giordana FRC jerseys.

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GLwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always used Assos chamois cream with no complaints. I wanted to try a cream with more substance for added protection on long summer rides and for hard training rides. The Morgan Blue solid cream has proven to be a great chamois cream especially in hot summer weather. I'd say this cream is about twice as thick as the Assos cream. For my riding style, I only need to apply a small amount of the Morgan Blue on my sit bone area and I've been perfectly comfortable on 2 to 4 hour rides. I've used this with bibs from Assos and Sportful with equally excellent results and no side effects or skin irritation. Some may not like the Morgan Blue solid because this cream contains wax as an ingredient, so take this into consideration if this bothers you.

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GLwrote a review of on August 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Campagnolo includes a pair of these with your Bora carbon wheels. I bought an extra pair for two bikes. Excellent shaped handle and smooth rounded edges to protect expensive carbon rims and small enough to fit in a small saddle bag. These are strong and work great when you need them. The only levers to carry with you.

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