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Gene Kriegsmann

Gene Kriegsmann

Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on November 19, 2019

5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: Large

I have bought a lot of gloves for winter riding, but these are the first that have actually done what they promised, kept me warm and dry. I have worn them in temperatures down into the low 30s and on several days when it rained throughout the ride. My hands have stayed warm and dry. I have many years of experience with Goretex dating back to their earliest renditions. The recent generations have finally fulfilled the promise. They are really great gloves.

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Gene Kriegsmann

Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on November 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Assos shorts, knickers, and tights are the only ones I will buy and wear. These are exceptionally comfortable, fit like they were painted on, and provide excellent protection down to the high 30s for me. Some may find that they can wear them in even cooler temps. The chamois is extremely comfortable on long rides.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on November 28, 2018

5 5

I have ridden nothing but Continentals on my BMC SLR01 and previous bikes. I have ridden that bike more than 14000 miles in the last two years. Other than two flats which were, in fact, punctures (one ripped out the sidewall and I rode home with a $5 bill wrapped around the tube) I had only pinch flats caused by experimenting with lower tire pressures. The sidewalls are pretty fragile, but that also gives the tires that wonderful feel going around corners. Its a trade off. No tire is going to be totally puncture proof in my experience. It is only a matter of when, not if. All of the Conties I have owned have given me full service life right down until the wear dimples disappeared with the exception of the sidewall puncture which happened the day after I mounted the tire. There is a lot of sharp gravel on the shoulders around my area due to construction. I studiously watch for and avoid it, so I suffer very few flats. The pinch flats were my fault. I got about 5 over a two month period. Once i inflated the tires up to my normal 80 PSI they stopped happening. Since then, over the last 7 months I had one tiny sliver of glass which caused a slow leak that didn't show up as a flat until the next morning. I can't gainsay with other peoples' experiences. I can only say that I have used Continental GPs in all of their incarnations and, years ago, Supersports, and nothing else. I wait for deals like the present one and buy extras to keep on my shelf for when I need them.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on November 4, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: one size fits all.

When I received this hat I was a bit skeptical about how warm it would be. I have worn it every day for the last three weeks. Temperatures have ranged from the low 60s to mid 30s. It has rained about half of those days. I use the hat under my Giro helmet. When it rains I use a Goretex helmet cover.
This is the first time I have worn a hat with a bill. I can't believe I have ridden so long without a billed hat. It works amazingly at keeping rain off my glasses when I ride. It also helps to reduce glare from low angled sun (a rarity these days).
The hat is amazingly comfortable right down to the mid 30s so far. When I start out it seems inadequate, but as I warm up it becomes very comfortable, and has never felt excessively warm, even when the temperature rose into the low 60s. I do a lot of climbing on my rides (average about 8000' vertical per week). If it was going to get too warm it would have happened. Yet, at the same time, clipping along at 20+ MPH on a flat road in 30º to 40º temperatures does not feel too cool either. The wind protection is excellent.
I have gotten caught in a light rain without my helmet cover (thanks to WeatherUnderground incompetence). The hat did keep my hair dry and my head warm despite the lack of other protections. The temperatures that day were in the mid 40s.
This is a great hat. It is well made, fits very comfortably, and will certainly serve me well through the winter in the Pacific Northwest. I do recommend it.

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Gene Kriegsmann

Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on November 1, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large

I have used several different booties during the last few years. Living in the Pacific Northwest and intent on riding through winter months necessitates having protection for the feet. These are the first booties I have used that actually kept my feet dry while riding in the rain. They are also quite warm. They are easy to put on and take off. My only complaint in a minor one. I wear size 43 Giro shoes. The guide suggests that size L is for 43 to 45. My sense is that a M would likely have been a better fit, perhaps a bit tight, but more aero. The L has a bit more space in it than I need, and, therefore, has some bulges which detract from the sleek look I prefer. That being said, It is really nice coming back from three hours riding in the rain with dry socks and shoes that will be ready to use the next day.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on August 27, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Assos makes the best cycling gear, no question. Having lost a lot of weight this year, about ten pounds, I found that my old Swiss Federtion Jersey was too large. I bought this one in small, and it is perfect both is size and comfort. It is built for cycling, not walking around. When ypu get on a bike it feels exactly as you want a jersey to feel. Best, of course, is that it is beautiful, the prettiest jersey ever.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on August 16, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135 lbs
Size Purchased: small

Assos makes the best cycling clothing, hands down! I used Castelli for years and found that almost every piece of gear had problems with the stitching. Assos is simply far better made. You pay more, but you get perfect fit, wonderful materials, and high quality workmanship. The chamois is extremely comfortable on the longest rides. These are ideal for temperatures from the mid 40s to the low 60s. Simply the best knickers I have ever owned.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on August 2, 2017

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 136 lbs
Size Purchased: medium

There are days when you start out in temperatures in the high 50s to low 60s, but before your ride ends it will be in the high 60s or into the 70s. Days like that happen through the spring and summer in the Pacific Northwest. That isn't a day for knickers. These knee warmers work perfectly for days like that. They can be easily removed and stored in one of your jersey pockets. Anyone who has used Castelli products know that their stitching is notorious poor. That isn't the case with these. They are well made, remain in place, and provide adequate warmth for those cool mornings when you don't want to expose your knees. At the current price ($25) they are a great deal.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on July 22, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I have been using the Giro Trans EC70 shoe for a couple of years. I love the shoe, but one ride with the new Factor Acc EC90 was a real awakening. The difference between the EC70 and EC90 soles is remarkable. The stiffness of the sole is amazing. Also the upper seems to provide greater support, holds the foot more solidly. I noticed that I was moving a mile per hour faster on segments I do all of the time without seeming to apply any more effort. That says to me that there is greater efficiency in the transfer of power to the pedals. The fit is very comfortable, though slightly narrower than the Trans. It may not work for someone with wide feet. Mine tend to be midway between a C and D width. It has been my experience that finding the right shoe for your foot is a matter of finding the brand that works for you. Giro works for me. I use the high stack insert in both of my Giro shoes. That works best for me. If it works for you, this shoe, particularly at the current deep discount is well worth the price.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on October 22, 2013

5 5

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

I am 5'7", weigh 155, have a 31" waist. What size do I wear? Large. Even at that size my initial thought was that they were too small. However after a couple of wearings they have stretched out nicely and fit quite comfortably. I did experience, as some have mentioned, that popping sound like fabric tearing. However, a careful perusal of the garment shows no damage.
These are great looking knickers, very warm and comfortable, but you have to figure at least one size larger than you wear normally, even within the Castelli line. I own a pair of Castelli Ergo Knickers and Ergo Shorts, both in Medium, so there in no correlation between models and sizing. Get the right size and you will love them.

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Gene Kriegsmannwrote a review of on April 2, 2007

5 5

I am a traditionalist. Having started climbing in the mid-1960s I tend to distrust some of the new very light weight gear. In the Pacific Northwest rain gear gets pushed to the extreme. My last parka came from REI and was made from what was called Xtreme Gore-Tex. It never lived up to its name. The matrix fabric would get wet and the feeling of dampness permeated the interior of the jacket. It was a great disappointment.
The Cerro Torre has definitely restored my faith in Gore-Tex. I have spent several days in drenching downpours without any water penetrating the jacket. When I moved out of the rain the exterior of the jacket was dry in a few minutes. Nothing got wet.
The hood, sleeves, and zipper closures are superb.
This is a tough jacket that will stand up to the rigors of the Northwest. It slightly heavier than the others on the market, but I suspect it will still be fully functional when they have been replaced by their owners. I am of the school that believes a $400 jacket should last as long as its warranty, a lifetime.

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