Mountain Mike

Mountain Mike

Salt Lake City, UT - Santa Cruz, CA

Mountain Mike's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Running
Paddling
Surfing
Biking

Mountain Mike's Bio

From the Wasatch Mountains of Utah to the Pacific Ocean of Santa Cruz. I eat, breathe, sleep the outdoors. One of my many hobbies is collecting hobbies and there is no shortage of adventure in my life.

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Mountain Mike

Mountain Mikewrote a review of on October 20, 2015

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 170 lbs
Size Purchased: Medium

Reviews said it fit long. I disagree, greatly. It ran very short for me. It was also a little thick for just a light jacket I was needing. I also wanted a slimmer fit for athletic purposes.

Might be a good casual jacket. I only returned because of fit, nothing to do with quality.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on October 20, 2015

5 5

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

I needed a rain jacket for biking, something that was lightweight and waterproof for those random rainstorms that those who seek adventure know all too well.

Very first trip out after buying this jacket it poured rain. I stayed as dry and comfy as a bug in a rug.

I'm also tall and most jackets fit short. This one had a good length and fit perfectly, even for biking.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 28, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wanted to wait until I had a few hundred miles on this lube before writing a review.

I'd been using T9 on my chain/components for the last couple years but become unsatisfied with its "dusty conditions" performance, so I wanted to try a true dry lube.

I train every morning in the Santa Cruz Mountains and with the CA drought it's been very dry! The usual fluffy trails are now dry, dusty, and loose. It's also been taking havoc on my components and requiring a lot of time to maintain.

After switching to this lube, I can barely tell I rode 100 miles by looking at my chain. In fact, my frame will be covered in dust and my chain/cassette will look new! This stuff TRULY repels dust and keeps it from gunking up your goods. I also noticed significant shifting performance near the end of long dusty rides.

Keep you riding smooth for your entire ride!

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 28, 2015

2 5

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

Update:

I left a review earlier about my iffyness about the quality. The thin metal and cheap hinges, mixed with the "made in china" all over it leave me with low hopes.

I started it up as a test run with a cast iron griddle on top. I wanted to be very sure this was going to work for a two week bike trip/racing.

I just can't trust the quality. Order it yourself and you'll feel just how "cheap" it feels. Maybe it's just me coming from an old Coleman stove that was built like a tank.

They truly don't make stuff like they used to.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 24, 2015

The Simple Way is the Best Way!
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are simple and work great! I was able to build a custom mount for my truck (didn't want to spend upwards of $500 for crossbars) with only 2x4s, some hardware, paint, and these mounts.

I usually hang my bike off the tailgate but didn't want them there for long trips. Even with the nicest pads, they rub on my carbon bikes due to road vibration. I wanted something for 1,000+ mile trips that was more sturdy.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 24, 2015

4 5

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

I ordered the regular Podium glasses add they were apparently too wide for my narrow man face. These actually fit a whole lot better!

The glasses are great and having no rim to obstruct your view makes it feel like you aren't wearing anything!

One worry, that I experienced with my regular Podiums, is that during a sweaty activity, the sweat can run down the lenses -blinding you...if I experience that with these they too will go back.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 24, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

It didn't fit very well on either of my outdoor, dual burner, stoves. It has annoying little feet on the bottom, that if not aligned perfectly with the grate, won't sit flush.

It's also very thin, lightweight, and seems like it wouldn't last very long anyway. With how thin it is, I couldn't imagine it holding heat well and therefore, wouldn't cook evenly.

Sending it back and ordered a heavier cast iron model with a flush bottom, so it will work on any stove.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I needed an inexpensive handlebar for a freeride bike. I didn't want to go as wide as my other 800mm bars so these were perfect. Wide enough for an aggressive stance - narrow enough to fit through tight spots.

Nothing super fancy about them but look amazing and work on a budget. What's to argue about?

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large

Just ordered my 3rd pair! Been using them for everything from racing enduro to cross country rides. They are cool, comfortable and look great! You may say they don't last long if I'm on my 3rd pair...but I ride nearly 125 miles mtb per week!

I think Fox does run a hair small compared to other brands. The Large was way too much. Medium fits like a dream.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 22, 2015

1 5

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

I read several reviews on this item from different sites and now know what some of the negative reviews were talking about.

The concept is amazing. It's quick to change out lenses and the fit is nice. The lenses go a little above your eyebrow which make it feel like you aren't wearing them...literally windows for your head, but this is its downfall.

In short, they are entirely useless! Now I don't have bushy eyebrows, but as many reviews on other sites have said - if you're going to sweat in them, don't get them!

When your eyebrows ,even lightly, touches these, your sweat will run down them instantly - blinding you. The first time this happened I almost "ate it" because I couldn't see while decending a very technical section of a trail.

They sit so close to your head it's almost impossible to stop this. The Tifosi Lore are the closest I can find to these that have a top frame. I'll be returning these and trying those out.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I converted my 2x10 to an 11-40 wide range 1x10 with a Praxis Cassette. My long cage on my m785 was a bit much and I was always doing clutch adjustments.

I decided to try this on my 10 speed and...regret it? I do not! As I could use a shorter cage, the clutch works much better. It also works better on the wide range cassette as the older XT versions weren't really made for 40t and up cassettes.

1x10 or 1x11, even the 2x11 wide range cassette they advertise...I'd go for it!

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm pretty picky about keeping my chain clean. A dirty chain wears faster, wears your cassette faster, and your chain rings. They also don't shift as well as a clean chain.

I tested this out on my newly cleaned KMC chain and it still cleaned it so well, the cleaner turned black! Nice to know it's actually clean with this!

Further, my girlfriend is terribly about cleaning her chain and I always thought she had darker inner links...my mistake after she used this on her bike! He chain now looks like chrome!

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 22, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Perhaps I was trying to relive my childhood by always flipping my bike over to work on it...but I'm an old man now and the ground is so far away!

This stand is AMAZING! It holds very tight and stable! I've already used it to replace cable housings, derailleurs, brake pads, etc. I can even hold a bike up at different angles as this stand holds so firm.

On top of all that, it folds up to be incredibly small. It will fit nicely under my truck seats for tune ups during racing season/road trips.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 15, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Needed a new grease for my freehub DT Swiss 240s with 36t ratchet. My ratchet was getting very loud and not understanding the "loud hub" trend wanted to hush it up a bit and reduce friction. After all, sound is friction.

I cleaned up my hub nicely and added a moderate to light coat (you don't want too much or your ratchet won't function properly). This hushed it up a bit and I feel much better knowing I have the proper grease in my hub.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 10, 2015

5 5

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

This watch does a lot of stuff! If you like stuff, this watch is for you!

Super easy to use once you get it all setup. It was also very easy to add Strava to the interface. After I save an activity it automatically connects to my phone and uploads to Strava. It doesn't get much better that that!

I've been told by fellow athletes that the ones with heart rate monitors are problematic, so I went with this one. Works perfectly.

I bike with it nearly every morning. I have kite surfed with it and water hasn't been an issue.

Nothing "fancy" about it, but it looks good and gets the job done - reliably.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Are you tired of walking your bike after missing that tranny on your favorite jump? How about after those darn rattlesnakes take a bite out of your current tube?

Do you suffer from flat tires due to gnarlyness, shredfests, or send offs?

Or perhaps you burped out all your tubeless sealant while scraping elbows on that berm?

Regardless of the why, the solution is now here! Get your spare tube now!

(Fine Print: Prices subject to change. I am not responsible for picking you up after tearing your spare tire so please don't message me to do so. No tube is indestructible. If you keep shredding your tubes, please go tubeless or run higher pressures.. If that doesn't work, then you're probably destroying your rims as well and have other issues. Please remember to spay or neuter your pets.

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Mountain Mikewrote a review of on September 10, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After putting over 3,000 miles on my XT BB, it finally started creaking and making noise. I'm that guy who has to have everything dialed, hates vibrations, and especially noises from the bike!

I bought this and got it installed in under 10 minutes. I was impressed to see it was pre-greased on the threads. All I had to do was clean out everything and screw this in!

Now I realize I should have replaced this months ago!

Keep a spare, replace that BB early, no need to be the guy with the loud bike in the group!

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