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LD in CT

LD in CT

North Salem, NY

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Road Biking

LD in CT's Bio

Large life-time rider. I am 6'1" and in the 190's. I ride year-round in New England. I average 350+ days of riding per year (95% outside) with about 50 miles per day. I have worn many different brands of cycling clothing and "discovered" Assos only recently. Their clothing is the best I've used and worth the added expensive.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on March 30, 2017

5 5

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

I ride a great deal in all sorts of cold weather. I got this jacket (on sale!) to help round out my arsenal of winter jackets. I have a Bonka that I use from 10F to 40F. I got this to handle 30F to 50F. I like it so far. I would say the Bonka is definitely warmer but I was hoping that was the case. I am 195lb, 6'1" and in Assos the XL fits the best.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on May 27, 2016

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The internal battery is in many ways superior to the external battery. I have both types on different bikes. While I have never had problems with the external battery getting damaged, the internal battery requires riders to be more vigilant about keeping it charged. That is, I own two external batteries and if for some reason one is low (or in one case dead) before a ride I can simply swap out batteries. This is not as easily done with the internal battery. One can even ride with an additional external battery in your pocket for added safety. So what do you do? Well if you get a Di2 D-Fly and a Garmin you can have the Garmin display the Di2 battery level on your screen as a percentage. This is what I have done for my internal battery mount.

On a more general note, I wish Shimano would stop listing the life of a full charge in distance. It is a pretty pointless metric. When I ride on flats I can go for thousands of miles without a recharge. On hills where I shift much, much more frequently (especially on the energy intensive front rings) I get about 400 miles. Also the batteries degrade with time like any rechargeable battery and so it gets harder and harder to judge the time/miles/shifts you have left before it goes dead. The little indicator lights in the front are very very rough measures. Frankly, Shimano needs to have the junction box display a percentage. Until then I would suggest getting a D-Fly.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on February 16, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Though thin, this cap is amazing at keeping your head warm and dry. The ear flaps are great but can (if it gets warm) be flipped up. I use this whenever the weather is below about 45F. When it gets particularly cold (25F and below) I use this cap and then a full Assos face mask. I am bald and this hat works. I have a large head and the XL size fits find. Some reviews mention the Assos logo on the front being a sore spot. They must have changed the design because you can not feel the logo at all.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on January 2, 2016

Warm enough for the 20's and 30F's
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Updated March 6, 2017

See below for the full review. This is my second winter with these tights. They are still great especially for exceptionally cold rides. I have one minor complaint: after using these probably 50 times I have discovered a design flaw or just plain problem. The very bottom of the tights have a water resistant rubbery cover. I have noticed that the boots I put over my shoes and then over the bottom of the tights are wearing the outside of the tights. Essentially the material on the tights is very soft and the abrasion from the zippers on my boots combined with the pedaling probably moves the boots very slightly over the tights. So this section of the tights are beginning to wear through the material (see photo). I am downgrading the rating to 4/5. Use with boots with caution.

UPDATE: Feb 1, 2016

I have used these about 25 times in January (nearly every day) in temperatures from 18F to 40F. They are great. I have had no problems.


Original Review:

I got these for Christmas to supplement my winter riding collection. I own many pair of Assos bib shorts and a pair of Habu tights. The Habu works great from the 30's up to about 50F. I got these Bonka for lower temperatures. I am replacing a pair of thermal Pearl Izumi tights.

These bibs are thicker in the legs than the Habu but not to their detriment. The Habu have straps at the ends of the legs for your feet. These do not have straps or even a zipper. The snug fit at the bottom is provided by the water-proof fabric on the very ends. The product description mentions some difficulty in pulling them on. I have had no such issue. It was actually tougher in the beginning with the Habu tights.

These are as warm as my PI thermal bibs and much thinner. I liked the PI bibs but one always knew that one was wearing it (especially around the thighs). These tights are a nice thickness that one forgets about. The chamois seems a little thicker than the one in the Habu but I only noticed it when putting them on and not while riding.

I wish it covered a little more of my torso but I have base layers to help with that.

I found the straps on these to be comfortable but not as tight when standing upright in them (as compared with the Habu in which I have to slouch over when getting ready to ride). I don't think they are loose and my size has not changed so I don't know why the straps would not be as tight as those on the Habu.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on October 15, 2015

5 5

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

This is the smallest bag I've ever seen and yet it still holds a spare tube and some tools. The zipper goes all the way around so it is easy to get stuff in and out. The velcro strap is long and allows you to tighten the bag to the seat easily. It is so small that you almost can not see it at all when you are on the bike. I am attaching it to my seat rails with an additional strip of velcro. It may not be needed but I want to not have this bag (like previous bags) fall off.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on October 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used this early last spring and this fall. The fit is great. The glove is warm but not overly thick. The glove has a long cuff which holds the glove in place. The grips on the fingers are great. The top portion of the glove is slightly thicker than the lower portion. This helps keep my hands warm while stopping the glove from feeling too thick. I have very large hands and the XL fits perfectly.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on October 10, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I liked the smallness of this bag. Unfortunately, its single velcro strap came loose and I lost the bag on a ride. The problem is that with just one strap one needs to really pull the strap tight to stop it from rattling. However, with the strap pulled tight to secure the bag the section of velcro making contact is too short. Basically the manufacturers need to lengthen the section of velcro. I give it three stars because it did stay on for a few months.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on August 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This thing soaks up all the moisture from your head. I am bald and I have never had any sweat run down my face. Other caps make you feel like you are wearing a plastic bag on your head. This one you will forget you are wearing.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on June 13, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am 195lb and 6'1". The Mille cut is a little baggy for me. Usually an XL fits like a glove. I could have gone L on this one I think. In future will avoid Mille cut. The garment is a little thin especially on the back. This is my third Assos jersey and my least favorite. I also have a Mangussta the SS.Corporate. I would recommend either of those to this one. This jersey does not have the underarm vents the others do either.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on May 8, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Be careful of the grip version of Look cleats. I have had the grip come loose with time. The little piece of rubber then interfered with me clipping back into the pedals (quite frustrating). This happened with the toe grip on left cleat which is the grip that is most likely to touch the ground when waiting at a light. Took me a while to figure out why it was happening. Anyway, I went back to regular "no grip" cleats. If you really want to walk in your cleats then I would suggest getting the cleat covers.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on April 24, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Another great Assos product. These fit great (6'1" 200 lb in size XL). The shorts have nice compression but not overbearing. The chamois is very unique. It is very long with almost no stitching. You and the chamois move together so it is quite comfortable. I really don't need to use chamois cream with these. I used these on 3- to 4-hour rides. The straps are light and set wide apart. I have worn these with and without a base layer without problems. The fabric in the thighs has just enough insulation for cool rides. I have used these from 39F to 70F without issue at either end of the temperature spectrum.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on April 9, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this for late fall or early winter rides when the temperature can be chilly at the start of a ride (especially since most of mine begin with a 0.75-mile descent down an 8% hill). I ordered a size II and it fits my 6'1" 200 lb big-headed frame fine. Small enough to fit in my back pocket but large enough to cover from my upper chest to over my nose if necessary. I use this in combination with the Assos caps when the temperature gets to the mid-30F's. Like all Assos winter gear it is thin but works.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on April 1, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am not sure that I would describe this at all like a jacket. It is definitely a long-sleeve jersey. It is also thinner than I thought it would be. So far I have been wearing for three-hour rides when the temperature is in the upper 30F's and 40F's (sadly we have had almost not days warmer in the northeast this year so far). I have been wearing base layers under this garment. The base layers fit fine and work in keeping me warm down hills. The pockets are ample in size. The fit of my XL is great (I'm 6'1" and 200 lb) even with thick base layers.. Hopefully warmer weather will arrive and I can use this in the 50F's. I am curious if I will need a base layer at those temperatures.

Given its thinness, I am not sure if it is worth the price. I will revise this review once I have used it under warmer conditions.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on March 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used these bibs from the moment they arrived (literally, the UPS guy showed up as I was getting ready for a ride) and have worn them every day for the last three weeks. The conditions were uppers 20's to 50's (F) with wind on many occasions and wet roads. The duration of the rides were all three hours or more. My size was XL and this Assos size seems to fit me (6' 1" and 200 lb). My rides involve lots of hills and often lots of wind and recently lots of melted snow and dirt in the roads.

The fit is great: snug getting on but not binding *especially* once I am in a riding position. While riding with these on I find that it is easy to forget you have them on. They are thin enough that you don't notice but warm enough so you also don't notice. They block the cold and most wind but allow heat to escape after climbs.

Previous reviews mentioned two items that I saw as potential problems as well: (1) the zipper and (2) the stirrups.

The zipper is very small gauge and I can imagine if you are not careful that the zipper would come apart. The zipper is short (about 6 inches) and care needs to be given to it when pulling on and off the bibs. The tight is snug enough that you really need to use your hands to hold the zip together while zipping it up or down. I think the tension in the fabric in that region when zipping up or down could easily pull the zip off track. Just pay attention when pulling the zip up or down and you should have not problem.

The stirrups initially were quiet a challenge for me---at least for my right leg. It is easy for the lower leg of the bib to be turned around 180 degrees at the bottom and once you put your leg into it you can not easily determine this. Why? There is no clear front and back and the seams curve so you can't use them to help guide you. Seems silly I know but really it is very easy to get the lower part flipped. I eventually had to look closely at an online photo and just look at the bibs hanging from a hanger to make sure I had them on correctly. Once I figured out the front and back of the lower leg, pulling them on correctly became easier. However, I would say the first five times or more I had one leg backwards. The fit is snug so it is nearly impossible to twist it around once you notice this and it requires pulling out your leg and restarting. Again, once they are on correctly you completely forget they are on.

Cleaning: The bib came with a really useless wash bag. The bag is mesh and about the right size for a hat or a pair of socks and (to avoid zipper damage during the wash) is impossible to keep closed during the wash. I gave up on this bag and just turn the bib inside out with the zip up and wash on the gentle cycle and hang dry (like I do all my Assos gear).

Chamois: Based on some reviews I was concerned it was be too thick as I prefer thinner chamois but I find it very comfortable. I was surprised how long it is from front to back. It is almost 50% longer in length than of some of my chamois. Turns out this adds greatly to overall comfort.

I think these bibs will work for me for all but the coldest winter rides. I will need something warmer for rides from 10F to 20F I think.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on March 4, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have had this power meter for nine months and have put over 9000 miles on it. I use it with my Garmin 510. It is very easy to use and gives you lots of data to study during and after a ride. I thought I would just be using the instantaneous and the average power readings but there is also the 30-second average to measure short exertions, there is the normalized average which tries to estimate you true potential on the ride, there is the threshold power which tells you how hard you worked over the course of the ride. The last number is interesting. I can do two rides with the same distance, same average heart rate, and same average speed but if the threshold power readings are different I can tell which one will be greater before even looking.

Calibration on the Garmin is easy but needs to be done each ride. The power meter is temperature sensitive and so I put it outside for a half hour or so before heading out so it can thermally equilibrate and then I calibrate it. One can easily change the CR2032 battery on the crank when it is (rarely) needed (ever few thousand miles or so). I charge my Di2 far, far more frequently than changing the battery in this power meter.

My only problem was after about six months the unit was draining the watch battery first over several days and then over several hours and then over several minutes and finally in a matter of 20 seconds. I thought it was due to the sudden cold weather we were getting or bad batteries but when I called Quarq they decided it was a short in the system. I sent it back to them. They replaced the power unit and returned it in less than a week. I did this by visiting my local bike shop and giving them the shipping information.

The way I ride changed because of the power meter. It will (by default) average in zeroes when you are riding. I found that this really disturbed me so I began pedaling through the crests of hills and down hill and more so on flats. I wasn't going to have my averages ruined. Essentially I just started pushing harder. The normalized average takes care of these zeros but the regular average (by default) does not so it is a real motivator.

I never considered a power meter that would go on the hub (I ruin wheels too often as it is) and I wasn't convinced the Garmin Vector was really every going to work properly. I knew I wanted the measurements on the crank. It is a major investment but I feel worth it.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on January 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can not add any comments about the brilliance of this jacket and all Assos gear that has not been said many times by many others. I wish I could give it six stars. I've taken this jacket down to 15F with two base layers and never felt cold or damp. It is actually thicker than I was expecting. I was afraid it would be just a shell but it is more than that. It feels like wearing a second skin.

The back pockets are larger and more easily accessible than I expected as well.

Sizing:

I misunderstood the sizing chart. I am 6'1" and about 200 pounds and my chest measurement was about 43-45 inches and I ordered an XLG. The XLG was too large when standing and ridiculously large when in a riding position. I returned the XLG and got the XL. The XL is tight when standing and "clicks in" when in a riding position to be very comfortable. So the numbers listed in the sizing chart under "Chest" refer to the *minimum* size for your chest measurement not the upper limit. The length is fine too.

Update (Feb 26, 2015):

I have been using this jacket daily in January and February putting in about 20 hours per week. This winter in the Northeast US has been bitterly cold with daily average high temperatures around 20F with 10-20 mph winds. I have taken this jacket out down to 10F and up to 40F. I use Assos base layers (early winter and winter plus) to achieve this. The jacket is truly amazing. I have virtually never felt cold anywhere even after riding for three hours in these conditions.

This is what I have learned: Keeping your core temperature up means your extremities will be fine.

Someone commented about the neck warmer. It is a little tight for me and so I too have trouble getting it to stay in place on my face. It is suppose to go from lower neck to over your mouth and nose. I find it slips off my mouth and chin after several miles and just covers my neck. I use a balaclava over this and all is well. If you don't use the neck piece then it stores in a loop on your back on the inside. I only use this to cover my neck and not my face if I am also wearing a hat. Otherwise I just store it and do not notice it.

I have washed it several times so far using Woolite on the gentle cycle, inside-out, and zipped, and let it air dry. I've had no problems of any type. If I do not wash it, then after a ride I simply leave it inside out to dry and have had no problems.

I now look forward to cold riding conditions.

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LD in CTwrote a review of on January 8, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you buy only one winter garment, then buy this. I have used it at 15F (-9C) with a thin layer under and winter jacket over and was never cold. You will feel a slight cooling sensation when you perspiration evaporates off your back. The fit is sublime. I would say that it fits like a glove but it really is more like a sock. It is well worth the money.



Update: I have been wearing this all winter here in the Northeast US. This winter has been brutal with an average temperature in February of only 20F. I've ridden outside all but eight days in January and February in temperatures from 10F to 30F with strong winds and even some snow. I use this with the early winter base layer underneath and a Bonka jacket on top. I have experienced only the slightest cold arms at the beginning of rides. The garment is amazing. Yes, it is snug but does not feel so when riding. I highly recommend this for cold winters.

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