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Advice On Cycling Gear

Getting back into cycling after a small break. Mid last year, I was hit by a car leaving a parking lot, fortunately I was ok, but my helmet was cracked.
Looking into getting a new one. Last one was a Giro Atmos that I picked up in the States, it was decent and I'm looking for something similar. Does anyone know of a better/lighter helmet? (the vent style made for a loud ride in the wind). Also looking for some cycling shorts, plain black or maybe something with a Canadian flag on it or something similar. Can anyone recommend a comfortable pair?
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get another atmos :) i like them alot.
depending on budget, the Synthe is an incredibly light helmet. but it's also double the price of the atmos. I tried one on and loved it but can't justify dropping $400 on a helmet!

as for shorts, I bought the bib version of the Castelli Evoluzione 2 kit, which I've really been enjoying. Much nicer and more compressive fit than my last shorts. And they look pretty badass
https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5051-436/ ... 2-Bibshort
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I have the atmos - and its quite good for my needs as well. Loved the Synthe but so expensive!

I started out with a Castelli bib but they don't see any more use. I found that they got super uncomfortable after wearing them for an hour and just needed to take them off. I switched up to Assos Cento bib's and found, while pricey, are super comfortable
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thecrashton wrote:
May 7th, 2018 11:54 am
the Synthe is an incredibly light helmet. but it's also double the price of the atmos. I tried one on and loved it but can't justify dropping $400 on a helmet!
I did like the atmos quite a bit, I will have to go see if I can get a deal on the Synthe, but $400 is a little steep.
thecrashton wrote:
May 7th, 2018 11:54 am
as for shorts, I bought the bib version of the Castelli Evoluzione 2 kit, which I've really been enjoying. Much nicer and more compressive fit than my last shorts. And they look pretty badass
https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5051-436/ ... 2-Bibshort
I have never used bib shorts because they just don't look like they would be comfortable, but I will consider giving them a try this time around. I didn't know MEC carried Castelli. Thanks!
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spider78 wrote:
May 7th, 2018 3:49 pm
I have the atmos - and its quite good for my needs as well. Loved the Synthe but so expensive!

I started out with a Castelli bib but they don't see any more use. I found that they got super uncomfortable after wearing them for an hour and just needed to take them off. I switched up to Assos Cento bib's and found, while pricey, are super comfortable
That's what I was wondering a few years back when I considered switching to bib shorts, but I heard several colleagues who race for long periods found them uncomfortable. Thanks for the tip, I will look up the Assos shorts as well.
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JEST3R wrote:
May 8th, 2018 9:53 pm
That's what I was wondering a few years back when I considered switching to bib shorts, but I heard several colleagues who race for long periods found them uncomfortable. Thanks for the tip, I will look up the Assos shorts as well.
I find that my Castelli's have a shorter straps so the pad is pulled too tight up into my crotch - which is odd because I have longer legs vs Torso. The Assos (t.cento s7) fit me much better and don't dig into me. If you can find a pair (whatever brand) that fits you well, go for it. Bibs are miles better than shorts if they fit well
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spider78 wrote:
May 8th, 2018 11:53 pm
Bibs are miles better than shorts if they fit well
I agree. They stay perfectly in place as they should and just feel much more secure than regular shorts. would not go back to shorts now that i've been riding in bibs.
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For my head nothing fits better than Rudy. They have sales often and prices are great. Also using their glasses.
For clothing, I really like Pearl Izumi fit on me.
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cRaZyRaVr wrote:
May 9th, 2018 12:51 pm
For my head nothing fits better than Rudy. They have sales often and prices are great. Also using their glasses.
For clothing, I really like Pearl Izumi fit on me.
I bought Pearl Izumi long tights for autumn riding and the threads came apart in places, the reflective material also flaked and peeled off. I was disappointed for what I had paid, as these were fairly expensive.
Which helmet models from Rudy do you recommend? I took a quick look at them and some look pretty decent.
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Any comments on the new Oakley helmets?
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JEST3R wrote:
May 9th, 2018 10:55 pm
I bought Pearl Izumi long tights for autumn riding and the threads came apart in places, the reflective material also flaked and peeled off. I was disappointed for what I had paid, as these were fairly expensive.
Which helmet models from Rudy do you recommend? I took a quick look at them and some look pretty decent.
Thats weird. I have most of clothing from PI Pro line and they have been holding up great for few years now with lots of use. Even survived few serious wipe outs without a tear, I did not.
For helmets I have the Sterling. Fluo yellow for commute and white for clubs rides / races. When I crushed at well over 40km/h during a race, it came in very very handy and saved my head.
A thing to add that I like is that they come with bug mesh that you are able to detach and wash if need be.

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