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Jeremy C.

Jeremy C.

Jeremy C.

Jeremy C.wrote a review of on January 15, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

First, let's talk about the 800 pound gorilla in the room - Castelli sizing. Yes, if you wear a large in ANY other brand, you'll need an XL in Castelli. They are made for small Italian guys in a Euro sizing, not American sizing.

Now, let's talk about the quality of the shorts themselves. Disclaimer - I'm sponsored by Castelli, though I did NOT get these on discount because of that. I bought them from CC because they offer a great discounted price. That being said, when I went looking for a team, finding one that was sponsored by Castelli was a high priority as they make, IMO, the best clothing by far.

These are identical in cut, material, and padding to my race bibs but at a cheaper price. That price reduction is because you get the Giro colors and logos. Good for me as the Giro is my favorite race and because I like the pink accents!

The chamois is super comfortable - not bulky, but definitely offering good protection. The material is super smooth and feels like second skin. The leg grippers feel loose at first, but when you start riding, they somehow grip perfectly.

I typically used to wear a medium in Castelli bibs and bought the mediums here (and smalls for my son). Well, apparently I've lost weight and will be ordering another pair but in small. (For reference, 5'9" tall, 145 pounds, 31" inseam, 31" waist, 37" chest)

If you're looking for thick shorts with a thick chamois, these aren't them. If you're looking for race cut bibs that have an awesome but invisible feel, these are worth their price (even if you don't like the logos and pink accents).

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Jeremy C.wrote a review of on July 10, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Well built, functional, and does what it's supposed to do. With the standard etap charger, this battery charges up quickly and holds a charge for a surprisingly long distance/time. I've got 3 bikes outfitted with eTap for a total of 6 batteries in operation at any given time. So far this year, I've ridden about 2500 miles and have only charged the batteries a couple of times. Even then, they weren't showing low charge, I just charged them on principle.

If you need an eTap battery as a spare, get one. It's a reasonable price. Keep a spare in your car so if you forget your batteries on race day, at least you can work your way through the rear cassette in a race.

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Jeremy C.wrote a review of on November 12, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

It seems weird to review bar tape, but I've got good reason. Some tape sucks. I mean SUCKS! Like Cinelli. It's just bad. Thin, too short, grabs cat hair from the neighbor's cat from 3 doors down. This stuff though - excellent. It's a great length, has a great feel, and that color. Wow!

First, the length. I don't know why some bar tape manufacturers think that we're going to tape 38cm bars without a single bit of overlap and all they're going to do is give us JUST that much tape. Thankfully, I had some leftover at the end! Yeah, a real amount too! I almost that I had messed up! But nah, there was just the right amount in the box to start with. Also, it didn't pull in hair, fuzz balls, dust bunnies or anything else while wrapping the bars. Also, for those weird bends where you almost have no choice but to create a little bubble or a bend, this stuff does a great job of folding over and getting out of the way without making a huge bump in your tape - you know, that bubble that starts to fester on you around mile 82 when you're doing everything you can to keep your mind from thinking about the searing pain in your loins?

The padding on this tape is also just right. It's not so thick as to make you think it's a hand diaper, but it's got a very nice, padded feel to it. It almost feels like a thick, leathery bandaid. Don't worry - I've gotten it wet and it doesn't feel like a wet bandaid that got stuck to you in a swimming pool, it just keeps a good, dense feel to it.

Now - the color. It's pretty awesome. I got the fluo orange to put on an all black and white setup that's been ninja'd out. This orange demands attention. It says, "I just broke out of prison and outfitted this here bike, so stay out of my way!" Cars notice you. Hell, NASA notices you. But it's great. Even thought it's bright, it's the right orange. Somehow it manages to NOT look like hunter's orange even though it's pretty much hunter's orange.

This is the first time I've wrapped my bars where I didn't cuss, frequently. It's also the first time I thought to myself "Hmmm...I gotta remember to buy this stuff the next time I wrap my bars."

Do yourself a favor - even if blinding colors aren't your bag (they have tame ones too), get this tape and be happy. If I can, a pic will follow.

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Jeremy C.wrote a review of on November 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've always been a guy who preferred shorts over bibs. I like the ability to pee freely, and to not be wrapped like a spandex burrito. However, I started to have issues with my old standard shorts. They would find themselves creeping down my back when I'd start to get sweaty. My goal is to be a cyclist, not a plumber, so showing crack is not on my list of things to do on a bike (though it makes someone drafting behind me become really uncomfortable!)

I decided to get into the bib world and tried a few to start with. The PI bib short was first and I sent it back FAST. I'm not a big dude at all. 68kg soaking wet and the body of an eastern european 12 year old gymnast. But the PI in a medium strangled all my bits to the point where I was beet red.

A few other brands and makes came and went, but then a chat session at CC had the rep recommending these bib shorts. Upon receiving them, I was struck by a few things. First, the material is thicker in a way than others. Not heat-stroke inducing thickness, just thicker feeling. It has almost a woven feel to it instead of a flat sheen. Second, the leg bands. I know some people prefer to have a firm stranglehold on their thighs with their leg bands as though a tiny, muscular baby were choking their legs with each pedal stroke. However, I like have a smooth, firm grip that doesn't make me think about it. In this case, the wide, non-grippy leg bands do a GREAT job of holding the shorts where they should be. Perhaps if you have quads that would make Jack Lalanne proud, you might find these riding around on you. For my feminine male body, these work perfectly.

Colors - I got the red "pro" version. The difference between the "pro" and regular versions is that the "pro" versions are available in red or blue accents to "match" most pro style kits. I have to admit, it's why I chose to go with the pro version as my kit is red (and yellow - seriously, who designed my kit - the hamburgler?). However, the red on these bibs is RED. VERY red. That's okay - most kits that use red use, well, red. In my case, the Hamburgler was somewhat colorblind and infused an orange hue into the red. So...the bibs and the jersey don't quite match, but that's okay. For race day, I put on my team's bibs which feel about as high quality as a third-hand kia.

If you can't tell, I do dig these bibs. They're a great fit. I'm a medium in everything I wear (5'10", 150lbs) and these fit perfectly. I don't have numbness issues, I've never gotten a saddle sore while wearing them, the bibs hit in just the right places and are very resilient. Overall, they're a complete win.

Yes, the Sugoi logo could peel off after a few washings, but I don't really care. Until Sugoi sponsors me (are you listening Sugoi - I take sponsorship deals!), I don't really care if their name peels off. That being said, I've washed mine 30+ times already and haven't had a bit of peeling yet.

If you need a pair of bibs that fit well, stay where they're supposed to, give you relatively easy access to your junk for mid-ride weight reductions, and the ability to feel said junk after 150 miles in the saddle, these are a great choice. Buy them and enjoy. Unless you're on my racing team, then only buy the pure black ones.

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Jeremy C.wrote a review of on October 26, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I picked up a pair of the Red Framed versions of these to match my mostly red team kit and they're a great compliment. The lenses that came with them are a red iridescent color that I was afraid might be too dark overall in anything other than bright sunlight, but I was happily quite wrong.

Overall, the glasses feel great and fit very well. I have a slim long face and a lot of "sport" style glasses can look goofy on me. These actually look pretty great. The only gripe that I have is that the plastic that makes up the frame feels a little 1980s oakley knock-off to me. If they were to improve the plastics, it'd be a 5+ Star for sure. The build quality overall is good, the lenses are easy to remove but secure, and the glasses simply don't move once they're in place.

My old glasses (perf bike brand) would slip down my face with the first hint of sweat and the ear pieces simply wouldn't let you wear them over the helmet straps. These don't move and very easily accommodate being slipped over the helmet straps. Also, once they go on, you forget you're wearing glasses. They're extremely light (2 grams lighter than my son's Oakley Radar Locks), and they fit very close to the face. While riding in the pouring rain yesterday, my eyes stayed clean and never once got hit with rain or road spray. They only fogged up when I hit a prolonged stop at a light and even then, they quickly unfogged as soon as I started moving again.

The lenses - the color looks like it might be weird to look through, but it's not. At first use, they actually seem to clarify things a bit. Transitioning from dark to light and back is easy. They're a good balance of tint that means you can use them in all but the darkest conditions.

I don't regret my decision to choose these over the pricier Oakleys and would happily do it again. My only gripes - again, the plastic seems a little cheap; they don't come with any extra lenses; there's no case, only a small cloth bag. In all, great though.

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Jeremy C.wrote a review of on May 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this for a few reasons. First - visibility. Most if not all of my kits are dark or black. I ride a black bike. When I commute, I like the idea of having a bright yellow, reflective blob staring people in the face. Second, I ride in Seattle. I like the idea of some weather protection and a little added warmth. This thing isn't hot, but it certainly does keep body heat in a little and wind out. With the arms attached, full finger gloves, and long cycling pants, I've ridden comfortably at 39 degrees.

The other nice thing about the jacket is the ease of removing the sleeves. As a vest, it's very lightweight and cool while still keeping visibility. I use it when leading group rides so riders on the course can always know who the lead guy is in case they need help.

If there's a down side, it's that it's intentionally baggy. This isn't a bad thing, but when I commute, I try to push for PRs, keep speed up to a maximum, and drag to a minimum. This jacket does introduce drag. Don't try it in a race. Your amped up adrenaline and blood will warm you up, don't consider using this jacket for that purpose.

In all - a very wise investment.

Sizing was pretty accurate. I am 5'10", 155lbs, 39" chest, 32" waist. I ordered a medium and it's a good fit. I *might* get away with a small, but it fits through the shoulders and back, so that works well.

As for weather protection - this will protect you from light rain only. This won't help you in a monsoon. It's perfect for Seattle.

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