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Joel Berman

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Joel Berman

Joel Bermanwrote a review of on May 2, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 130 lbs
Size Purchased: 41

Ian tipped me off that these run long and advised me to go down a size. I was a 41.5 in a Specialized Elite and he advised me to buy the 41. He was right. I have a somewhat narrow foot and these fit just fine. I haven't worn them in warm weather yet but I have no complaints. They just fit with no hot spots. BOAs are great for fine tuning the fit. However the big plus with these shoes is the sole. The sole is noticeably stiffer than my last pair and feels like it generates much more power per pedal. My power and speed numbers are up. I worried that a stiff sole like this would be uncomfortable but its just fine. Highly recommended.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on December 5, 2017

5 5

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

The first time you ride in the cold, you probably put on a pair of relatively thick thermal socks and jam your feet into your cycling shoes. I did. Then you wonder why your feet are so cold. The answer is that the thick socks cut off or reduce the warm blood supply to your toes. Assos solves this by cutting the socks for each foot and making the sock thin (like your summer socks) over the arch and heel area while making the toe section thicker and more insulating. The result is a sock that keeps your feet warm by not interrupting the blood supply to your toes. Recommended. Ordering another pair or two.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on November 11, 2017

5 5

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

When the temperature gets down to freezing or below, the Amfibs are the answer. They are warm, comfortable and still easy to pedal. Some winter tights fight you as you pedal and these don't. I'd rather they didn't have stirrups but its no big deal. They fit well, are comfortable and are warm which has to my biggest concern as temperatures get lower and lower. Definitely recommended.

PI says they are good for 30-45 F. I've used them to 25 F and I don't think I would use them for any warmer than 45 F.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on October 19, 2017

5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 124 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I had another similar jacket and every time the temperature warmed up a little, I would start to sweat and the sleeves of the jacket would stick to my arms like a raincoat. I hated it. Yes the Blitzfeder jacket is pricey but it works. I put the jacket on today when the temperature was 50 and took it off around 65 and it was warm when I needed it and ventilated when I started to warm up. Highly recommended product. Its has an elastic bottom so it doesn't ride up. The jacket also packs very small into an internal pocket that easily fits in your jersey pocket. In fact I had a lock and the jacket in one jersey pocket with no problem. But like most Assos products, it's cut well, keeps the wind off, ventilates well and does what they say it does. No sweat.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on July 6, 2017

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 126 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I find that Sugoi jersey's and jackets fit me really well. North American products for North American bodies. Its snug but not Italian skin tight. Comfortable on a warm day. You should note that it doesn't have a collar which makes it cooler on a hot day but also exposes your neck a little more. I didn't give it 5 stars because I find the pockets are a little high for me but still quite usable. Today was in the 80s and I was riding for hours and was comfortable the whole time. Its a good value too. Recommended.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on May 21, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I bought this to use on days when the temperature is in the 55-63 range. Today I participated in a 100 km charity ride and wore this jersey/jacket in just those conditions. When you first put one of these on, you wonder who designed it. Its tight across the chest and armpits but once you get on the bike, it all becomes clear. It fits really well and is very comfortable. Its seems to have a slightly heavier summer jersey material with a windproof front on the body. My real concern was that it might be too warm when the temperature got above 60 but it was very comfortable. The day before I tested it against a long sleeve PI Elite Jersey and even though the PI Jersey was lighter, it seemed like the Assos breathed better. With Assos its all about the fit and fabric. Highly recommeded especially now with the 21% off discount on things. Assos is not an Italian brand so you don't have to worry about it being too tight. Its made well. Its cut for cycling. Its comfortable and it works. Yes its a little pricey but I find that its worth it.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

3 5

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

While riding in the cold, I came to the conclusion that it was impossible for me to fish a gel out of my pocket with gloves on. When I read that these were designed to take off/on quickly it appealed to me so I ordered them. The addition of the boa lets Castelli make the cuffs longer which makes them warmer. Yes they are easy to take off and put on. The gloves are relatively warm. I'd say they are fine down to about freezing. What I didn't expect is that they have an amazing feel. I have more feeling of the handlebar and shifters than I do in my warmer weather gloves. They reduce the wind but didn't seem windproof. I found the overall fit true to size. My only size complaint is that the thumbs seemed a little short.

Update: Tried using them for rides in the 20s. My fingers were frozen after 30-40 min. Warmer core might have helped.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on December 9, 2016

5 5

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

While chatting with Zach on the chat line, he recommended this Castelli base layer. When you first take it out of the box you wonder how such a thin garment could be warm. It is. Really warm. I was warm with just this and a long sleeve jersey in 40 degree weather. This is an amazing shirt. It feels like a man-made wool only softer and without any itch. I'm between a S and M in size on Castelli products and Zach recommended a M. He was right and the M is still snug but not tight. After one use I bought another one. I love it.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on December 7, 2016

3 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: S

I ordered these because I wanted to get tights with a CyTech pad. I also was anxious to try the Gore Windstopper fabric. The tights seem to be very warm with a plush, soft interior but the Windstopper doesn't stretch much. That means there isn't much give on each pedal stroke as you knee comes up. They also don't fit as snuggly as other tights and are almost baggy in places. If you only care about warmth then these might work for you. Returning them.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on December 2, 2016

4 5

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

I hate tights that fight you when you pedal. On every upstroke you fight the stretch in the tights. These, however, are not that way. More than any other tight I've tried, they don't suffer from that problem. They have an easy flexibility of motion and fit really well. The fit and finish on these is excellent. My only complaint is that the pad is good but not great. I can ride an hour or 90 min before I start to get a little sore. As the PI web site says, these are good for temperatures from 45-60 F.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on August 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

First ride on new 700 x 25 tires. Much smoother ride than the tires that came with my Cannondale Synapse Carbon bike. Those were Mavic Aksium. Encountered several streets being repaved and the tires handled those roads well. Even when standing to go up a hill, I felt a little more give in the tires which made going up the hill easier. Probably due to lower rolling resistance. I had one high speed turn on my ride and I felt like the tires had a solid grip on the road and it turned into a non issue. Highly recommended and $20 cheaper than at my local store. Let's put it this way, these tires made riding more fun.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on July 20, 2016

4 5

Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I find the Assos sizing by height to be screwy. I wear an XS in the NeoPro and bought a S in the Equipe due to its tighter cut. According to my height I should wear a M which would be way too big. The Equipe in size S is not tight on me but snug enough to wear. I purchased the Equipe because it was on sale for $10 more than I paid for the NeoPro. Well how do I like them?

I buy Assos because of the chamois. You can feel the difference. I like the lower cut of the front of the Assos shorts as they don't constrict my breathing as much as other bib shorts. I find I do like the Equipe better than the NeoPro because the chamois seems to be cut better. I find that I get some bunching and folding of the chamois with the NeoPro but not with the Equipe. The NeoPro is a slippery fabric where as the Equipe is not. Not sure if that's good or bad. What I find is that when I'm wearing the Equipe, I don't really feel the shorts. In other words the Equipe's don't interfere with pedaling and that's what shorts should do. I always worry about shorts you have to stretch with each pedal stroke.

Equipe: Recommended

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on June 30, 2016

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Small and Medium

I love the styling on this but fit is a tight racing fit with very small arms. I'm a skinny guy and wear a small or medium jersey. Medium (after trying a small) was too tight for me and just didn't fit well. Returned it.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on November 23, 2015

4 5

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

I bought these for rides in the 45-55 degree range. The gloves are completely in a fleece like material which is good because they are warm, comfortable and seem to block the wind well. The problem with full cover gloves is that you lose some dexterity when shifting especially when using the inner lever to shift to a higher gear ratio. I find myself watching my fingers sometimes when shifting this way. I also was a little worried about the gel in the base of the palms but that's not an issue at all. In fact I can't tell, when riding, if there's gel or not. That may be a plus that there's not too much gel. I do know that my hands stay warm and that's the whole point. I suspect they would be warm down into the 30s also.

Update 11/16: Gloves are fine down to low 40s. Warm and comfy. Below that my fingers get cold so that after an hour or so of riding I'm not sure I can feel the shifters.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on October 27, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 122 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Used as a jersey on a 48-52 degree day. Nothing underneath. Generally comfortable but perhaps a tad cool. As everyone else has written, the body of the jersey is quite windproof. The lower sleeves are not and you can feel it.

As for size, I have medium shoulders and a small torso. I bought the size M. I don't like skin tight and this fits ok as its designed to fit tight. Nice deep easy to reach pockets also.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on October 15, 2015

Works pretty much as advertised
4 5

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

Took it out for a first ride today. Its very easy to install with the mounts and rubber bands. Turn it on and its ready to go. Works pretty much as advertised. If you are on a winding road or a hilly country road it won't see the car coming up at the maximum distance. I had one occasion where I noticed a car out of the corner of my eye and the device didn't see it. I think the reason was that the car was coming up on me very slowly and I believe it has to come up on you at 8 mph or more to be detected. Might be something the vendor should give us a way to modify. However the goal is to make you aware of traffic and for the most part it did. So if you're riding along and suddenly see a pothole, a quick glance at the indicator lets you know if its safe or not to swerve around it. I suspect its a little over priced but its the first of its kind and does make riding on the road with cars safer. Recommended.

Update: After a few more rides I find that it continues to work well. Exceptions are when a car swings well wide of you, the Varia can't see it but then the danger is low. Also if a car comes up behind you and is following you at the same speed, it won't detect it until it speeds up to pass you. I also find that it helps me ride faster because I don't have to turn around to see if there is a car behind me. I look down and if its clear I can ride in the smoother middle of the lane.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on October 9, 2015

4 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 125 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

The reason I wear a helmet is for safety. I wanted a helmet with the new MIPS protection system as if its safer, then I want it asap. I purchased a Giro Savant MIPS helmet because at the time it was one of the very few Giro helmets with MIPS. I loved the fit but I found the helmet to be hot to wear in the summer. I didn't expect to see the Synthe MIPS on the market until the fall but Competitive Cyclist got it earlier in August so I bought it. According to what I read, the Giro Aeon was Giro's best ventilated helmet but was not available with MIPS. The Synthe MIPS was supposed to have better ventilation than the Aeon. The AEON cost about $200 so the Synthe MIPS at $269 with an even better ventilation system plus MIPS seemed to be a "reasonable" value. The aero aspect of the Synthe MIPS is just an added bonus for me. Ok, how do I like it.

I generally like the helmet. Its comfortable and yes its cooler than the Savant. I wear a headsweat when I ride so I can't feel the air flowing through the helmet but its better than the Savant. It also feels lighter leading to less post ride sore necks.

The chin strap is a chin strap. It takes a little work to adjust it to the right length but once I got it, I just strap on the helmet and ride. No problems so far. I might have designed it differently for a top of the line helmet but its just a chin strap.

Does the MIPS work? Lets hope I never have to find out but I feel better knowing that I have a high quality helmet with safety as my first concern.

Can I feel that its more aerodynamic? How could anyone tell without a wind tunnel.

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Joel Bermanwrote a review of on September 3, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Let me first say that I am 60 years old, 5 ft 9 in tall and weigh only 125 lbs. I'm a skinny geezer with very little padding on my rear. The most important thing I wanted in a new pair of shorts is a better chamois pad. I've been using a PI Attack bib short and PI Elite bib short. Lets ignore the PI Attack in this review. I'm comparing the PI Elite to the NeoPro. Both are really good training shorts designed to be snug but in no way racing tight. I've had two good rides in the NeoPros on hot humid days. My thoughts:

1. Chamois - The Chamois is bigger and better on NeoPro. They've used a denser foam that feels like a closed cell foam. It works. The PI Elite seems to have something almost as good in places but only in places. I feel like I can ride longer with the NeoPro and still be able to get on the bike the next day. I'd say for me that the PI Elite is good for about 90 min and the NeoPro is good for longer rides.

2. Weight - The NeoPro is a lighter weight material than the PI Elites. Not sure if this is a big deal but its a fact.

3. Fit - The PI Elite seems like a more complicated design with more panels. The NeoPro has less panels on purpose to eliminate seams. Seams never bothered me. The PI fits a hair snugger but remember I'm a skinny guy. I'm a size S in the PI Elite and an XS in the NeoPro. In this size the straps on the NeoPro are a little tight but ok. I wish they wouldn't size by height. The NeoPro is also cut lower in front. This allows you to breath more freely. Definitely noticeable. If you have a gut then it will probably hang out. I don't have one so this is a plus in the design for me. As for the discussion about the straps being attached more widely at the waist, I think this also helps you breath better. The straps stay in place just fine.

I generally ride about 25-30 miles at a time at about 18 mph to give you some notes for comparison. Generally I like the NeoPro but don't see any need to spend for any of the more expensive Assos bib shorts. Hope this helps

Are the Assos shorts worth the extra money? I'm keeping my NeoPros as the chamois is just too good and I like the lower cut for better breathing. Not sure? Here's where dealing with Competitive Cyclist is a plus. They allow you to buy stuff, try it out (yes that means you can go for a ride in the shorts), and return it if they don't work for you. I doubt any of the local shops carry Assos or allow me to do this.

Update May 2016
Just participated in a metric century Tour de Cure ride. The chamois in these shorts made the difference. After riding almost 4 hours, I felt fine. I doubt I could say that if I had worn my PI Elites (which I still like and use most days but for shorter rides). The minute I get on the bike it's clear that these have a denser pad which I need for long rides.

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