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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 there were 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. And '86. Then LeMond vs Fignon in '89. And how sweet were the original groundbreaking 7-11 then Motorola teams: Eric Heiden, Andy Hampsten, and Davis Phinney. And Andy winning the '88 Giro!

Then in 91/93... EPO arrived to the pro peloton and it all ended. Big Mig was probably on the juice.

Anyway.... today.... Peter Sagan, World Champion, you are a GREAT ambassador for pro cycling. Ty.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 17, 2017

5 5

3T (turin tube technology) offers the largest, most extensive lineup of cockpit components (bar, stem, post) in the cycling world. Since 1961. Lots of experience here.

Thus is a great carbon seatpost. Light (~200g), strong, and sweet looking. The carbon will help with low frequncy road vibration.

The "stealth" look is gorgeous and will match any frame color.

Install note: If you have a Al, Ti, or steel frame, don't forget to grease the post before installing. (Waterproof grease by Phil Wood in the green tube is the classic: $10.)

If you have a carbon bike... you must use grip paste to properly set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube). Then tighten the seatpost collar to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 17, 2017

5 5

As we all know, Zipp makes some of the absolute best carbon road wheelsets in the world. They also make fantastic cockpit components (stem, bar, seatpost).

The "Service Course" SL is simply one of the BEST road stems made in the cycling world -especially for the price.

Super high quality (3-D forged, aircraft grade, 7050 aluminum alloy), strong, light weight (only ~125 g, as light as some carbon stems!) ...and... affordable. That is a combination that is hard to beat.

In addition, Zipp's Service Course SL stem in their "beyond black" finish is absolutely stunning, one of the best looking road stems on the market today. This is bike jewelry.

Install note: This stem is a high-tech work of art. I strongly rec the use a quality torque wrench or one of Park's excellent new torque keys ($45) to tighten the bolts down to spec (6 Nm max torque).

If you have a carbon handlebar, then add a swipe of Finish Line grip paste (better than Park's and only $7/tube) to the stem/bar interface. Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use a torque key and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Zipp is one of the best carbon road wheelset designers in the world, of course. They are also one of the very top designers of cockpit components (stem, bar, seatpost).

The "Service Course SL" is one of the great, benchmark alloy road seatposts. Affordable, light (only 235 g), strong, and great looking. That is a combination that is hard to beat.

Super sexy in "beyond black." Will look great with any frame.

American company/design.

Install note: If you have a Al, Ti, or steel frame, don't forget to grease the post before installation. (Waterproof grease by Phil Wood in the green tube is the classic: ~$10.)

If you have a carbon bike... you must use grip paste to properly set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7/tube). Then tighten the seatpost collar to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's cool new torque keys ($45). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use grip paste and a torque key.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

Zipp, undeniably, one of the very best carbon road wheelset makers​ in the world... are also a top designer of cockpit components.

The SL Speed carbon seatpost is expensive. It is gorgeous. It is fantastic. You get what you pay for.

Super light (only ~175 g!), strong, and dead sexy in matte carbon black. American company/design.

Pair with a Zipp stem at least. The "Service Course SL" stem is awesome: light, affordable, good looking!

Install note: If you own a carbon bike frame and you probably do if you're looking at this seatpost... then you -must- grip paste to set your seatpost. I highly recommend "Finish Line" grip paste ($7). And then tighten to spec using a quality torque wrench or one of Park's nice torque keys ($45).

Now you're good to go!

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

... you wanted the sexiest and most aero stem on the market.

It is also super stiff for crit and sprint use (thus ~40 g heavier). And the 78º angle gives a slightly lower, more aggressive riding position compared the more common 84º rise.

As we all know, Zipp makes some of the absolute best carbon road wheelsets in the world. They also make fantastic cockpit components.

No one makes a better aero carbon road stem.

By the way, Zipp specs Torx (size T25) fasteners because they are "simply a better bolt." As Zipp explains, "they are more durable, they don't strip, and they provide more accurate torque readings."

American company/design. Great stuff.

Install note: This stem is a $260 work of art. You *must* use a quality torque wrench (or one of Park's excellent new torque keys @ $45) to tighten the bolts (cross X) to spec (6 Nm max torque).

If you have a carbon bar, add a swipe of Finish Line grip paste (better than Park's and only $7/tube). Don't over tighten! And you don't need to if you use a torque key and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 16, 2017

5 5

A great carbon stem and a natural match to Zipp's *fantastic* carbon "Contour SL" handlebar.

Zipp uses Torx fasteners because they are "simply a better bolt." As Zipp explains they: "Won’t easily strip. Provide more accurate torque readers. Are [more] durable."

American company/design. Great stuff.

Install note: This stem is expensive. Please use a quality torque wrench (or one of Park's cool new torque keys @ $45) to tighten the bolts down to spec. Don't over tighten.

And if you are using carbon bars, I highly recommend a swipe​ of Finish Line grip paste (better than Park's and only $7/tube) to set the stem.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on June 13, 2017

5 5

3T makes the largest selection of cycling cockpit components in the sport. Turin Tube Technology (3T) was founded in Northern Italy in 1961 by Mario Dedioniggi.

3T is used all over the UCI pro peloton. Lots of experience here.

Great bar: Great looks, weight, shape.

*Please, yes, absolutely, you have to use a quality torque key or torque wrench to tighten your stem's bolts down on this carbon bar per spec. And don't forget a small swipe of Finish Line "Fiber Grip" paste ($6/tube). Don't overtighten! And you don't need to if you use a torque wrench and grip paste.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on May 2, 2017

5 5

Sportful is the venerable cycling sportswear company based at the foot of the Dolomites in Northern Italy.

Less well known in the US, they are well known and respected in Europe, supplying many pro teams (Tinkoff-Saxo, Fassa Bortolo, Trek-Segafredo, Bahrain-Merida).

Peter Sagan and Alberto Contador have worn Sportful kit for years.

Anyway, I think bibshorts are one of the best things that Sportful makes. Why?

1.) Sportful's TC Pro chamois is their top chamois -and one of the very best in the business. It is waffled (for ventilation) and features variable thickness.
2.) The shoulder straps are great, they lay flat (like Assos), but are more ventilated.
3.) Well ventilated design around the back too. Great summer bibs!
4.) High quality lycra with flat stitching.
4.) Very high quality and QC overall. Sportful​ bibshorts are made in Europe -not China like most Castelli bibs.

Sizing: Size up +1 from your normal street size. Italian sizing -is- different.

Also, be aware, these are tailored pretty slim for the target rider: fit, athletic cyclists.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Who is audacious enough to market $400 bibshorts? Assos.

Are they worth it? Yes.

The people at Assos are perfectionists. Assos was founded by Tony & Elaine​ Maier in 1976 near Lake Lugano, Switzerland. Elaine, being of Greek descent, inspired the company name: Assos. Greek for "the first, the best."

No one designs better or finer cycling kit.

The kuku Penthouse is a revelation.

These are the best bibshorts made in the world.

Campionissimo bibshorts + Assos jersey + Assos Equipe socks = cycling perfection.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 14, 2017

5 5

The people at Assos (the cycling sportswear company) are perfectionists; especially with regard to textiles, design, and fit.

It works. No one designs better or finer cycling kit.

You must pair this exquisite jersey with at least the Assos "Equipe" bibshorts. And the Assos "Equipe" socks. Perfection.

Sizing for the F1 Jersey​: Snug fit. And true to size. Have the body for this jersey or look elsewhere.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Giordana was founded by Italian pro cyclist Giorgio Andretta 35 years ago (he still looks amazingly fit, btw). Their motto is: "founded by cyclists for cyclists."

Today, Giordana is still family owned and operated. Now by Andretta and his daughter, Giordana, who he named the company after. Hence, the strong women's line.

Also, Giordana sportswear is made in Italy (near Vicenza, Giorgio's hometown), in their own factory. This is rare in the cycling world and VERY important. This facilitates the high quality and QC that you will find with Giordana.

In sum, the Lungo bibshort is exceedingly well designed, and is made by a family that takes personal pride in the quality of their products.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Giordana Sportswear was founded by Italian pro cyclist Giorgio Andretta 35 years ago (he still looks amazingly fit, btw). Today, Giordana is still family owned and operated. Now by Andretta and his adult children (including daughter, Giordana, who he named the company after).

Anyway... Giordana gear is made in Italy (near Vicenza, Giorgio's hometown), in their own factory. This is rare and VERY important. This facilitates the high quality and QC found with Giordana gear.

This jersey beautifuly matches Giordana's awesome Lungo bibshorts. Love the 6 rear pockets too.

P.S. -For 2017, Giordana is supplying both UCI pro teams Astana and Orica/Scott.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Giordana was founded by Italian pro cyclist Giorgio Andretta 35 years ago (he still looks amazingly fit, btw). Their motto is: "founded by cyclists for cyclists."

Today, Giordana is still family owned and operated. Now by Andretta and his daughter, Giordana, who he named the company after. Hence, the strong women's lineup.

Also, Giordana gear is made in Italy (near Vicenza, Giorgio's hometown), in their own factory. This is rare in cycling and is VERY important. This facilitates the high quality and QC that you will find with Giordana.

In sum, the Lungo jersey is technically advanced, looks great, and is made by a family that takes *personal pride* in the quality of their sportswear.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 11, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Giordana was founded by Italian pro cyclist Giorgio Andretta 35 years ago (he still looks amazingly fit, btw). Today, Giordana is STILL family owned and operated. Now by Andretta and his adult children -including daughter, Giordana, who he named the company after.

Also, Giordana gear is made in Italy (near Vicenza, Giorgio's hometown), in their own factory. This is rare in cycling and VERY important. This facilitates the very high quality and QC you will find with Giordana gear.

As much as I like Castelli kit, none is made in Italy (except their socks). It's all made in various far flung factories (mostly Asia); thus the QC is maddenly inconsistent. That really sucks.

High-end bike shop employees will often say (arguably) that the top three road cycling kit makers today (based on design and function) are: Assos, Giordana, and Castelli. I agree.

But Castelli has some QC consistency issues. Assos is often strangely marketed, priced really high (yet made in Bulgaria), and too often looks like Star Wars stormtrooper haute couture.

That's why I like Giordana. Exceedingly well designed and made in Italy by a family that takes *personal pride* in the QC and quality of their products.

These Lungo bibshorts are fantastic. They are clearly inspired by Assos' benchmark Equipe bibshorts (the strap design, and the Copa Mondiale front 'pocket'). And that is a good thing.

With fantastic quality, materials, minimal seams, and the Copa front, these bibshorts just disappear as you wear them on the bike.

There are no better bibs made.

P.S. -For 2017, Giordana is supplying both UCI pro teams Astana and Orica/Scott.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on April 9, 2017

5 5

This the best "value" Castelli jersey in years. In fact, a great jersey at any price.

Best features:
*Rear pockets with reinforced stitching.
*Vented material under arms and across the upper back.
*Solid waist band stays put.
*Upper zipper/neck guard.
*Even a rear zippered pocket (a surprise at this price point).
*High quality zipper (with pull). Zips up & down easily to dump heat -as when climbing.

And Castelli nailed the styling this year. Much better looking than previous editions of the Prologo.

I pair this jersey with a vest fishnet baselayer (like Castelli's "core mesh 3") for max performance in really hot weather (>80°), or when climbing.

***Fit & Sizing***
"Semi-form fit." Not tight fit like most of Castelli's more expensive Rosso Corsa (race) jerseys. So you don't have to have a pro cyclist's body to wear this jersey.

Sizing: As Castelli vets know, you usually need to size up +1 with Castelli jerseys. Not here! This jersey wil fit in your normal street size. Possibly size *down* one size if you desire race fit.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 31, 2017

5 5

In my opinion, this fish-net vest is one of the best hot weather vest BLs made. But it runs very small.

This innovative garment is designed to keep you cool in warm/hot weather by holding your jersey off your skin; allowing cool air to reach your skin, and sweat to evaporate more easily. It works!

Wear this under your favorite Summer jersey and you *will* run cooler. It's pretty amazing.

*Another note: the cut out around the neck is much improved over the previous version (previously it was way too small).

Sizing. As Castelli vets know, usually size up +1 from your normal street size. Italian sizing is different. Here size up +2.

Anyone else have the same experience?

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 27, 2017

5 5

This appears to be the new '17 version. New colors and streamlined detail at the top of the cuff. Same great socks.

Top features:
1. These socks are very thin. Snug around the shin (so they stay up). Highly ventilated along the top of the foot. Nice midfoot support band.

2. Highest quality, top-of-the-line textile, (meryl skinlife) is silver infused so it inhibits bacteria (and thus sock stink). The socks are made in Italy.

3. 13 cm is the most common height seen in the pro peloton.

In very hot weather (>90°), I use Castelli's even more ventilated Free 9s.

Sizing: In my experience, the official Castelli size chart is best. Euro shoe size >45 =XXL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 27, 2017

5 5

This appears to be the new '17 version. New colors and streamlined detail at the top of the cuff. Same great socks.

These are a very thin sock. Tight around the shin (so they stay up). Highly ventilated at the top of the foot.

Meryl Skinlife textile is silver infused so it inhibits bacteria (and thus sock stink).

In very hot weather (>90°), I prefer Castelli's Free 9s.

Sizing: In my experience, the official Castelli size chart is best. Euro shoe size >45 =XXL.

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Jonny Heinkenwrote a review of on March 14, 2017

5 5

Part of Castelli's top-of-the-line Rosso Corsa (race) line. If it fits you right (you gotta be pretty slim & fit)... this is one of the finest cycling jerseys made period.

Made with a lot of attention to detail, this is Assos-caliber sophistication of materials and design. But better looks.

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

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

Looks great in every color: All black, Testarossa red, or Bianchi celeste.

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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