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Jonny Heinken

Jonny Heinken

San Francisco (North Bay), CA

Jonny Heinken's Passions

Snow Skiing
Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Jonny Heinken's Bio

Riding on the road since I was 16 years old; 1981. Bernard Hinault was King. But so many great (and clean) riders in that era: Moser, Hinault, Fignon, LeMond, Kelly, Roche, Millar, Argentin.

Then the 1985 TdF happened and it was epic. Then Lemond vs Fignon in '89. And how sweet were the original groundbreaking US 7-11 then Motorola teams: Eric Heiden, Andy Hampsten, and Davis Phinney. Hampsten winning the '88 Giro!

Then in 91/93...EPO arrived to the pro peloton and it all ended.

Well.... today.... Peter Sagan, World Champion, you are a great ambassador for pro cycling.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) line, if it fits you right (you gotta be pretty slim & fit)... this is a fantastic -and really good looking- warm weather SS jersey.

Made with a lot of attention to detail. Made in the USA (unusual for Castelli). Very fine design/quality.

Superlegerra means "superlight" in Italian. So the main textile used here is a very fine, light, soft lycra. Anyway, it is strikingly soft. And very breathable. With stealthy black mesh sides.

The material may be a little delicate -time will tell. I doubt this will be your workhorse summer jersey. Perhaps reserved for more special rides?

Fit: Classic Castelli (Italian) sizing. Size up +1 from your normal street size.

***Caveat: The "no sew" arm band is narrow and does not expand much. It will definitely cause constriction (and sausage arm) on guys with larger​ biceps. This particular Castelli jersey is definitely best suited for fit, slim to ave. riders.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 12, 2017

5 5

These Equipe (race) socks are, IMO, the best summer socks that Assos has ever made.

They are light, extremely comfortable, very well ventilated, stay up, and the quality is superb. Made in Italy.

A lot of attention to detail -per usual with Assos. Even right/left specific fit.

On the white socks, I love the thin amethyst (purple) line. This exactly matches the amethyst line on the left leg of the Equipe S7 bibshorts.

Sizing: The sizing chart is correct. I wear a 45.0 in Shimano. The size II here fit perfect.

Note: Like most current Assos jerseys, these socks are assymetic in color/graphics (except the all white).

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 12, 2017

5 5

If you ride in Castelli kit you need Castelli socks!

These feature more subtle styling than some Castelli socks. And 9 cm is the perfect height. 6 cm is too low -tho this is person​al.

All the colors look great. Thin, light, and well ventilated. Made in Italy.

Sizing: The official sizing chart at the Castelli website is best:
Cycling shoe size: 36-39 = S/M
Cycling shoe size: 40-43 = L/XL
Cycling shoe size: 44-47 = 2XL

I wear a size 45.0 in Shimano road shoes. The XXL fit perfect,

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 12, 2017

5 5

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

...of Castelli's classic Rosso Corsa socks features improved looks: More subtle/streamlined​/integrated graphics at the top of the cuff.

Otherwise, they are the same great Rosso Corsa socks. Perfect height (13 cm), thin, well ventilated foot. Made in Italy.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Italians including Castelli take a lot of pride in their sock manufacturing ability.

These are benchmark hot-weather training/racing socks. Why?

(#1) Free 9's are amazingly well ventilated along the top of the foot and all the way around the shin to the top of the cuff.

Very clever/sophisticated seamless sock manufacture.

(2) Made in Italy of top-of-the-line european textile (meryl skinlife); inherently odor resistant. Super moisture wicking. And noticeably soft and comfy.

(3) They look great. Looks are important.

(4) 9 cm is a perfect height for summer socks. (6 cm looks too low).

These are a must in hot weather if you ride in Castelli kit. And even if you don't!

Sizing: The official sizing chart at the Castelli website is best:
Cycling shoe size: 36-39 = S/M
Cycling shoe size: 40-43 = L/XL
Cycling shoe size: 44-47 = 2XL

I wear a size 45.0 in Shimano (321's). The 2XL fit me perfectly.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 9, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This 'open mesh' vest baselayer is designed to keep you cool in warm weather by holding your jersey *off* your skin. In addition, the special hollow-fiber textile pulls sweat off your body and evaporates it away.

It really works. Wear this vest baselayer under your favorite summer jersey, and you will run cooler!

Paradoxically, in cold weather... worn under a long-sleeve baselayer and a jacket... this vest creates an insulation zone, and promotes sweat evaporation, and reduces claminess. Try it.

Very comfy! Zero seams. Not one. Very clever/sophisticated sock machine manufacture.

Sizing: As castelli vets know from experience size up +1 from your normal street size. I wear a street L... The L/XL here fit perfect. Snug and wrap around, as a baselayer should be.

This vest runs a bit long (so it tucks into your shorts). The size L/XL, in length, will certainly fit tall riders. Up to 6'2", I would think.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 8, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In August 2009, Castelli held a series of meetings with Cervélo TestTeam riders to canvas what their desires were for improvements to their kit.

Cervélo rider Gabriel Rasch (nickname "Gabba"), the '03 National Road Champion of Norway, asked for something that did not exist at the time.

A short-sleeve jersey for the Spring campaign that would: (a) provide thermal protection for use in cold weather; (b) a textile that did not flap in the wind and, thus, slow the riders down; (c) a jersey that provided excellent fog/mist/drizzle protection; and yet... (d) a textile that actually/effectively vented-away the kind of sweat production generated during high-output riding.

In practice, Gabba (and his teammates) wanted/needed a much improved jersey/arm-warmer combo to protect themselves against the nasty, cold, wet, yet variable weather conditions encountered during training and racing in late Winter and early Spring in Belgium and Northern Europe.

So, Castelli got to work (in collaboration with textile leader W.L. Gore) to develop a NEW kind of garment. A jersey/jacket featuring textiles soft/stretchy/aero enough, insulating enough, water-resistant enough, and yet breathable enough to satisfy the needs of Gabriel Rasch and Team Cervélo. The rest is history.

The "Gabba" became such a pro favorite that even non-Castelli sponsored riders would personally buy Gabba jerseys, blackout the lables, and race/train in them.

The Gabba short-sleeve jersey is designed **to match** with Castelli's water-resistant Nano Flex+ arm-warmers. Start your cold morning ride with the arm-warmers on (and knee warmers) and remove later if/when the sun peaks out.

I wear the Gabba jersey over a mesh or light polypro vest baselayer for maximum performance. Craft and Castelli make great ones.

Sizing: Size up +1 from your usual street size, per usual with Castelli. Even then it will be snug -as it should be.

**The Gabba is part of Castelli's Rosso Corsa (race) line. This jersery is definitely tailored slim for the target rider: slim/fit/athletic riders.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 6, 2017

5 5

The Mortirolo Pass is one of the highest, most difficult, and most famous climbs at the Giro d'Italia.

Castelli is based in the foothills of the Dolomites. They -know- Winter cycling.

Application: Castelli officially rates this jacket for use in cold, dry weather from 60° down to 42° F.

This is Castelli's most essential cold weather jacket because this is the temperature range the majority of us ride in the Winter.

PROS:
1. The clever, innovative, front chest vents. These provide versatility. For example, close the vents and select a winter-weight baselayer, ride hard, and this jacket will keep you warm down to about 40-35° (temp sensitivity is individual).

Yet, with the vents open and a light-weight baselayer on, this jacket also works up to 60°. Love it!

2. Authentic Gore Windstopper textile is the best in the biz. It is non-flapping, insulating, windproof, and water-resistant; yet breathable. So it protects very effectively against cold but also vents away sweat build-up extremely well. So no dreaded "sweat in a bag" occurs with this jacket.

3. Also, Windstopper is soft and wrap around. It provides a snug 'aero' fit. This jacket does NOT flap in the wind.

The overall performance and versatility of the Mortirolo jacket is fantastic.

A great jacket for riding in cold, dry weather. It also protects well against fog, mist, and drizzle. But Windstopper is not waterproof. So, if it is full-on raining, wear the Mortirolo under a light, taped, dedicated rain shell (like the Superleggera, Tempesta, or Dolomiti).

*Sizing: As castelli vets know, size up +1 with almost all Castelli tops. Italian sizing -is- different than US sizing.

So, size up +1 here from your normal street size. Still, the Mortirolo will fit snug (as it is designed to).

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 4, 2017

5 5

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

The cut (and looks) of the new Castelli core mesh vest are much improved over the previous version. The cut around the neck is much larger (it was way too small on the previous version). And gone is the useless asymmetric red shoulder trim of the prev version.

Functionally, this fishnet 'vest' is designed to keep you cooler in warm/hot weather riding/climbing by holding your Summer jersey just slightly off your skin. So your sweat evaporates more easily (not blocked by the material of your jersey). I must say it does this really really well.

So, in hot weather (80°-100°), wear this vest under your favorite Summer jersey and you WILL run cooler. It's awesome.

**Sizing: castelli vets know from experience to always size up +1 (sometimes +2) from their normal street size. Italian sizing is different.

Here, you need to size up +2. I usually wear an XL in Castelli tops. The L/XL here did NOT fit me. I had to go to the XXL. I'm 5'10" and 190.

Lastly... be prepared for your GF or wife to laugh at you, and make fun of you, if she sees you walking around the house with this 'fishnet shirt' on. Yup.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 3, 2017

5 5

Cinelli cork tape has been The Reference road bar tape since the early 90s. Why?

Cinelli invented "cork" (cork/pu/foam) handlebar tape in 1987. It quickly revolutionized handlebar tape. When I think we used to wrap our road bars in shiny hard plastic Bennoto tape -which provided essentially zero shock absorbtion- I absolutely shudder.

Today... Cinelli cork tape still looks the best (imho), comes in a large selection of cool looking colors, and works fantastic. It is soft, grippy, and shock-absorbing. It really does provide fantastic grip and control.

If you regularly ride rough roads or have wrist pain or carpal tunnel, buy Cinelli "cork-gel" tape at $22/pkg (less on sale). It looks and feels the same, but features a base layer of silicon, and is even more shock absorbing.

***By the way, Cinelli cork tape cost $12-14/pkg! That value, ladies and gentlemen, is unsurpassed in the road cycling world.

Yes, there are now scores of other bar tape choices. But none imo have surpassed Cinelli in function, feel, looks, and especially in price.

P.S. -Use black electrical tape to finish wrapping your bars. It looks much cleaner than the supplied logo finishing tape.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 2, 2017

5 5

Oakley Radarlocks are probably the most popular frame used in the UCI pro peloton (along with Oakley Jawbreakers -esp with sprinters like Cav). There is a reason for this.

These are the state-of-the art sunglasses.

Pros: Fantastic lenses. Great field of view. Strong frame. Very sturdy. Very cool looking green fade to white frame. Great fit. Snug, won't fall off.

Cons: Other than up-front cost, none that I can think of.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Listen to Robert Smallman (below) who races and other experienced riders.

You do NOT want pads in your cycling gloves. Pads create pressure points on your palm while riding and reduce bar feel and bar grip.

If you use cork or gel tape on your handlebars you do not need gloves with pads. Padded gloves are a relic from the 70s & 80s when handlebars were wrapped in (hard) plastic Bennoto tape -which offered zero shock absorption.

Pros: Thin, second-skin like fit. The ultimate in bar feel, comfort, and control. Well ventilated. Very good looking -especially in the white/blk (great job here by Giro). No velcro to snag your jersey or shorts.

Note: Take off carefully to preserve seams and longevity of the glove.

Sizing: Size up +1 here. For example (in gloves): Pearl Izumi = L. Giro = XL. Castelli = XL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on February 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Looks good. Nice detail to the shirt. Looks and feels like lightly brushed cotton polo shirt. 95% cotton/5% elastane. Cold wash (to retain color in black). Press the collar by hand into place and hang dry.

Sizing: size up +1 from your normal street size. I'm 5'9 and 185 lbs. The XL fit me best. Just right, a little loose, not muscle tight.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 19, 2017

5 5

The $400 Elemento 2 jacket from Castelli merits a thorough review.

Application: This top-of-the-line Rosso Corsa jacket from Castelli was designed for fast riding and climbing in cold, dry conditions. Castelli officially rates it for use from 53° down to 32°.

Temperature sensitivity is individual. So, I have found that I can use the Elemento down to around 30-28° F when riding hard and using a winter-weight baselayer (Smartwool) plus a thermal jersey underneath.

Excellent insulation combined with the special Gore textile provides unsurpassed breathability. 7 x more breathable than regular Windstopper textile! This is Castelli at the top of their game.

Differences from the previous version are significant: (1) The alpha-like internal vest is signed for climbing. If you start getting too warm on a climb, you can undo the front zipper partially or fully to allow air in, as needed, while your chest will still be protected by the built-in thermal vest (and by the baselayer underneath the vest). Brilliant.
(2) Small but nice refinements to the collar, lower waist band, and the wrist -now raw cut to fit into your winter gloves. Love that.

Sizing: Usually size up +1 with Castelli jackets. However, in the Elemento your normal street size should work. It will be snug.

The Elemento is designed to fit snug and aero with the use of only a quality baselayer (and possibly a thermal jersey) underneath.

A fantastic piece of Winter kit for the serious cyclist.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

5 5

... and good value for this much light!

NiteRider is a really cool family-owned company based in San Diego, CA who specializes in road and MTB lighting. They make great, high-quality lights; designed/engineered, assembled, and serviced in the USA.

Pros of the NR 950:
-Compact.
-Quality construction and switch.
-Quality aluminum alloy housing; finned for thermal venting.
-Light detaches from the mount (unlike some others). Advantageous for road bikes.
-Two bar mount options (unlike L&M); both strap-on and clamp-on.
-Water-resistant for riding in fog, drizzle, and rain.
-No heavy external battery.
-800 lumens for serious road riding is awesome. Useful for descending in the dark or for riding on extremely dark canyon roads.
-But 400 lumens is plenty for the road in most circumstances.
-Lifetime defect warranty.
-Good value.

Cons:
-Battery life is adequate but not awesome. 1.5 hours for 800 lumens. 3 hours for 400 lumens. But it's the same over at L & M.

Note 1: 950 or 800 lumens is *a lot* of light for the road. In fact, blinding to oncoming vehicles. Be careful.
Note 2: NiteRider also offer a detachable "clamp on" mount for $10 (from their website) if you prefer that system. That's awesome.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

5 5

NiteRider is a really cool family-owned company based in San Diego, CA that specializes in road and MTB lighting. They make great, high-quality lights; designed/engineered, assembled, and serviced in the USA.

Pros of the NR 750:
-Great light: small, compact, high quality.
-Quality construction and switch.
-Quality aluminum alloy housing, finned for thermal venting.
-600 lumens is *a lot* of light for the road. Even 300 is plenty in most circumstances.
-Water-resistant for riding in fog, drizzle, or rain.
-Lifetime defect warranty.
-Great value.

Cons:
-The battery life is adequate but not awesome. 1.5 hours for 600 lumens. 3 hours for 300 lumens. So, make a habit to charge up overnight so you are ready for your ride.

P.S. - I can also highly recommend NiteRider's Cherry Bomb 35 tail-light. Narrow (aero), bright, water sealed, quality, and only $20.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on January 12, 2017

5 5

There are a handful of companies that make really good bike lights, but Light & Motion is universally regarded as one of the best by bike shop employees and experienced riders. There is a reason for this.

L&M is a cool, independently owned company who specializes in bike lighting. Their lights are engineered, assembled, and serviced in the USA -near Monterey, CA. Great design, performance, experience, and quality.

Pros: For self-contained MTB lights, the Taz (great name) is one of the best looking and best performing lights available. I have found that a multi-bulb (wide throw) light is best to effectively illuminate the width of the trail and all the twists and turns involved in trail riding. This light features top-of-the-line Cree illumination and is extremely high quality all around.

Great light for the road too. You can run it at 600 or 200 lumens for road use. 600 is *a lot* of light for the road.

3 hours of light at 600 lumens will get you through most night rides; road or trail.

Cons: For road bike use, I wish the light was removable from the mounting strap. Not an issue for mtb use, where the light is easy to mount and remove on wide open mtb bars.

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