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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 April 27, 2019

5 5

This little tool lives in my seat bag for road or gravel rides. I chose the stainless version so it wouldn’t corrode over time. . The handle stores a quick link, which is a great feature. I can’t say I’ve used a whole lot yet, but I’m glad it’s there!

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on February 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Castelli put the stretch panels in the right places to make the Idro Pro fit a lot like their road jerseys. I wear mostly Large T-shirts and XL Castelli jerseys, but i sized up to XXL in this and get a nice trim fit over a midweight long-sleeved jersey. the jacket stows nicely in the center pocket. The Gore Shakedry material is every bit as good as the hype would make us beleive.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on February 28, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I run pretty warm on the bike, and the Difesa cap from Castelli has become a real favorite. It is thin and fits under the helmet like a regular cycling cap, but it blocks wind rain and snow, breathes well, and does not absorb much sweat. This isn't the hat for a rider who needs a lot of insulation, but for warm riders or higher output efforts in bad weather it is the best!

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on February 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These have a fully windproof front and a breathable back. I reserve them for my coldest rides, when the sun is behind clouds and temperatures will not rise above 35 degrees. They can get a little damp inside at warmer temps, when I would switch to the Castelli Sorpasso tights. On the days I wear these, the rides are not longer than 20 or 30 miles, and a couple of hours, so the Kiss Chamois and mesh bib strap suit me just fine!

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Selle SMP makes a lot of saddles with a similar form but with varying l=widths and levels of padding. I have found the Drakon to be the best for my larger frame and medium length and frequency rides. The profile is unusual, but the comfort is exceptional. Smaller cutouts offer some pressure relief, but the full length cutout and dropped nose prevent all undesired contact with sensitive areas. The Drakon is not a saddle for the weight obsessed, but it is accptably light, and is built by hand in Italy with materials that are made to last. I particularly appreciate the natural leather cover and how carefully it is stretched and molded across the complex shape of the saddle. I anticipate riding the Drakon for many years.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Spanish component wizards at Rotor are not the first to make modular cranks, but their interpretation is a very good one. The crank arms and chainrings are standard for all bottom brackets and hub spacings, but the least expensive part of the crankset, the spindle, is interchangeable for standard and boost, an presumably super boost and fat bikes in the future. Very smart!

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Pivot's Kapic Crank arms are light and stiff enough to compete with the fanciest carbon cranks, and to satisfy the most demanding riders. they are fully modular, so there is less chance of their being rendered obsolete by some yet-undiscovered bottom bracket or hub spacing. They can be fitted with round or oval chainrings. They are aluminum not carbon, so there is less wincing when they get bashed on rocks. And they look really, really good. Rotor says they are XC/Marathon cranks. I interpret that to mean they are good for rigorous trail use, but maybe not full-on enduro or downhill. I'm running them on a Pivot Mach 5.5 and they have been excellent.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on January 31, 2019

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I picked up a Castelli Elemento vest partially out of curiosity, since cycling-specific 'puffy' vests are pretty rare. I was immediately impressed with the vest. I did size up 1 size from my usual Castelli Jersey size, 2 sizes from my regualar T-shirt size. The vest is trim-fitting but not constrictive through the torso. the front hits right at the waist, but the tail of the vest drops low to provide some extra coverage and warmth to the glutes. I'll be wearing this vest over a windstopper jacket on my coldest winter rides, and over a long sleeve jersey in the spring. If it is like other Castelli winter clothing in my collection I will use it for may seasons. Some minor complaints - I found the vest way too bulky to fit in a jersey pocket, despite Castelli's claims. the vest would greatly benefit from at least one pocket at the chest.

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