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Mark M.

Mark M.

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Mark M.

Mark M.wrote a review of on August 12, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

... so good! Really good! In a world of gloves that feel like diapers on your hands (too much padding!), these feel wonderfully old school. Just the leather palm side, plenty for wiping tires while still feeling connected to the bike. If you're the type who would just assume go bare handed, these should be on your short list to try. The merino/poly on the back might initially feel warm, but after a couple rides, I didn't feel uncomfortable at all even on days approaching 90f, and they're great for wiping sweat from the brow without ever feeling saturated. So far no stink either. I've rinsed them quickly in cold water a couple of times and they've dried overnight for the next day's spin. How long they'll last is the big question, but so far they're the new go to's. (No rain yet, so no comment if the leather gets slick on the bars or not.)

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Mark M.

Mark M.wrote a review of on June 10, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A fairly new piece in the wardrobe, I was given one of the original Castelli mesh underlayer shirts when they first came out years ago, and the current ones are by comparison, fantastic! Great wicking, comfortable, snug but stretches well, doesn't ride up, light, the whole deal. I rarely ride without an underlayer these days, and this is one of the best for warm weather. If it wears as well as my original, it'll be an exceptional investment.

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Mark M.

Mark M.wrote a review of on June 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

A handsome graphic that feels great! Snug race fit, no bunching, and the shoulders fit exactly as explained in the product description. I always wear jerseys with a mesh underlayer to help wick moisture and stay cool. No complaints, works well. It's tough to find jerseys that accomodate broad shoulders and don't bag and flap around the waist. Size up one.

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Mark M.

Mark M.wrote a review of on September 4, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Compact ergos... I don't know where to start, but they drive me nuts. For the slammed stem rider, sure. For the person on the tops and hoods all day, sure. For someone who spends time in a range of bar positions and wants to increase their range of motion/position from top to drops, this bar works. Nice modern twist with the flat'ish bar top. The '4' is for a couple of mods that I'd love to see in this type of bar: even flatter on the tops, and just a bit more length at the bar ends.. not much though. These are a great change/upgrade if you're just not feeling the 'ergo' love.


These bars run narrow. Size up one.

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Mark M.

Mark M.wrote a review of on August 29, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

There isn't a lot to say, but if the saddle fits, wear it! First rode a friend's Arionne years ago when they first came out. Comfy from the get go, and plenty long to change positions depending on terrain, pace, etc... Tough to go wrong if it suits your anatomy, and even better that it's not necessary to blow the budget.

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