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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

The Wasatch Mountains and Environs

Mike Nelson's Passions

Road Biking
Mountain Biking

Mike Nelson's Bio

I’ve been riding mountain bikes for 18 years, Road bikes for 10. I started out on steel, but things have gotten more elaborate since then. I’ll race when I have to, but for me bikes are for getting outside with friends, being healthy, and seeing new places.
Current rides – Niner Rip 9 RDO, Bianchi Infinito CV Disc, Niner ROS 9 Plus.
Competitive cylcist Brand Ambassador for Castelli, Niner Reynolds Smith.
I’d love to answer your Mountain and Road bike gear related questions. My email address is mnelson@backcountry.com, and my phone extension is 4076.
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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on June 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fox has had the Ranger shorts in their lineup for years, and the refinement shows. the fabric is light, the fit works, and the style draws compliments whether they are worn on or off the bike. Ample pockets mean there are plenty of carry options. My waist measures 36 inches, but my jeans are a 34. The size 34 fits well on these as well.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These gaiters are made to work with Giro's Alpineduro boots, and they work very well. Putting them on is lik putting on shoe covers. They are fitted and require some decisive effort. But once in place the keep rain off the laces, and snow and dirt out of the boot cuffs. Good for nasty weather riding!

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

My standard for chamois cream is Assos. Compared to that excellent stuff this is lighter and runnier, and lacks any significant aroma or cooling sensation. It is great for shorter rides, cool or cold weather. It won't replace my favorite, but it will live alongside it for the spring.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Enve Twin Bold Seatpost combines sleek aesthetics with easy installation and adjustment as much as any seatpost I've used. It also rides exceptionally well. Most of my prior experience is with aluminum posts or lesser carbon posts. The Enve post takes the edge off impacts and reduces shock to my body and feels noticeably light as well.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

As a hashtag at least. But interesting socks are here to stay, and these can roll with the best. DeFeet is making the socks that those cool kids from Portland are selling off Instagram, so you might as well go straight to the source. Expect them to draw compliments and make you feel fast for a good long time.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've used these on XT and XTR Trail Brakes as well as R-785 road disc brakes. In Utah where conditions are mostly dry, they offer all the stopping power I need for moderately agressive descending on dirt and pavement. I've found that i prefer to replace the pads sooner rather than later. The days when I would run pads down to nothing and destroy rotors are mercifully in the past.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

Enjoyable socks
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Theses are thick at the heel and toe where they need to be, and thin around the instep and up the ankle. Like all of Giro's softgoods, they have a high-quality look and feel. Color coordination with Giro shoes is a bonus!

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a couple pair of the Giro Dnd Gloves in rotation, and can't thing of anything I don't like about them. I don't expect them to last until 2025, and I don't want them to--fresh gloves are, along with cool socks and riding downhill, a pleasurable part of cycling.

They do run a little small. I wear either Large or Extra-Large in most gloves, and I go for XL in Giro Gloves.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The short sleeved Castelli Flanders Base Layer has been a key piece for me this spring. It is unobtrusive under close-fitting cycling jackets like the Castelli Alpha, long sleeve jerseys, and short sleeve jerseys alike. It does exactly what it is supposed to, pulling sweat away from the skin. All my long-sleeve base layers have been dormant for since February, while this one has been washed and worn often.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on February 26, 2016

Great minimalist option
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Kuat made its reputation for hitch racks with the high end, fully-featured NV rack. It is one of the best looking and most functional racks available on the market With the Transfer, they show that they are every bit as capable of making a great rack at a more affordable price. I chose the Transfer 2 over other options based on price, light weight, and capacity to carry bikes with tires up to 4.5 inches wide.

Assembly was easy, with the rack going together in less than an hour. All the tools needed to put the rack together were included in the box, along with and cloth bag to hold them. This bag went into the back of the car. I figure most of those bolts will want to be snugged down periodically to keep the rack from getting loose and wobbly.

Installation on the vehicle was equally simple. The Transfer 2 does not have the cam in the tongue the way Kuat'™s higher-priced racks do, so a threaded hitch pin is necessary to keep things locked down. I used the locking head from Kuat'™s locking hitch pin for some extra security.

The rack is easy to use and fairly low profile on my hatchback. Road bikes and regular mountain bikes with up to 29" wheels are easy to put on and take off, and seem don'™t move much on the short-to-medium trips I have taken. The rack is a little more temperamental with bigger wheels and tires. My 29+ bike with 3" tires fits, but the hook arm does not clear the front tire straight on. I have to tilt the bike to one side. My friend's fat bike with 4.8 inch tires (bigger that the recommended 4.5 inches) will fit if we take off the stopper bolt off the arm and remove the hook entirely. It seems like Kuat could have made this easier simply by making the hook arm about an inch longer.

Overall, I'm very happy with the utility, simplicity, and looks of the Kuat Transfer 2 rack.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on February 8, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a round-ish 57cm-diameter head and the Difesa cap fully covers my ears and comes down low enough on my forehead to keep me warm during moderate output riding in temperatures from the 20s to 40s. The Windstopper X-lite used in the hat is not a toasty or bulky material, but it keeps the wind/rain/snow off admirably.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on February 5, 2016

Great minimalist option
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Kuat made its reputation for hitch racks with the high end, fully-featured NV rack. It is one of the best looking and most functional racks available on the market With the Transfer, they show that they are every bit as capable of making a great rack at a more affordable price. I chose the Transfer 2 over other options based on price, light weight, and capacity to carry bikes with tires up to 4.5 inches wide.
Assembly was easy, with the rack going together in less than an hour. All the tools needed to put the rack together were included in the box, along with and cloth bag to hold them. This bag went into the back of the car. I figure most of those bolts will want to be snugged down periodically to keep the rack from getting loose and wobbly.
Installation on the vehicle was equally simple. The Transfer 2 does not have the cam in the tongue the way Kuat’s higher-priced racks do, so a threaded hitch pin is necessary to keep things locked down. I used the locking head from Kuat’s locking hitch pin for some extra security.
The rack is easy to use and fairly low profile on my hatchback. Road bikes and regular mountain bikes with up to 29” wheels are easy to put on and take off, and seem don’t move much on the short-to-medium trips I have taken. The rack is a little more temperamental with bigger wheels and tires. My 29+ bike with 3” tires fits, but the hook arm does not clear the front tire straight on. I have to tilt the bike to one side. My friend’s fat bike with 4.8 inch tires (bigger that the recommended 4.5 inches) will fit if we take off the stopper bolt off the arm and remove the hook entirely. It seems like Kuat could have made this easier simply by making the hook arm about an inch longer.
Overall, I’m very happy with the utility, simplicity, and looks of the Kuat Transfer 2 rack.

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