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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

The Wasatch Mountains and Environs

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Michael's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Michael's Bio

I’ve been riding mountain bikes for 15 years, Road bikes for 7. 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 – Ibis Ripley, Bianchi Infinito, Niner Ros 9 Plus.
Brands I’m passionate about – Niner, Ibis, Orbea, Storck, Wilier, Castelli, Giordana, DeMarchi, Assos, Sidi, Catlike, Fizik, Selle Italia, HED, Vittoria.
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.
Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right bike, ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on October 14, 2014

Hi,

the short answer is yes, this crank will fit frames with both 170 and 190 mm spacing. The longer answer is that depending on your gearing choice, you may experience tire rub. RaceFace has a good chart showing maximum tire width for various setups. Here is a link:

http://www.raceface.com/comp/pdf/FATBIKE-CRANK-CLEARANCES.pdf

They also specify the best spacer setup on this document:

http://www.raceface.com/comp/pdf/chainlines_100mm_xc_cranks.pdf

Please get in touch by phone or chat to discuss the best setup for your specific bike.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on October 9, 2014

Hi, these are lycra shoe covers. They will be good for making your feet a little more aerodynamic, and will provide some extra warmth on cool days. They don't offer much protection against wind and water, though. Fro the temperatures you're considering, look at the Capo Lombardia Wind Booties instead.

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Mike Nelson wrote a review of on October 9, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm riding these wheels on an Ibis Ripley with a RockShox Pike, and have been very happy with them so far. My previous 29er Trail bike had Stan's Flow EX wheels, which I was pretty happy with, but the Ibis 941 wheels are noticably lighter and stiffer. The rims are really monstrously wide, At 200 pounds, I'm running 19 psi on buff trails, and 23 psi on trails with sharper rocks. ON the trail, Traction is ample, and handling predictable. The 3-pawl hub does not engage quite as fast as chi-chi offerings from Industry Nine, King, or DT Swiss, but hubs like those laced to a rim of this quality would come at a much higher price. Ibis nailed a great balance of performance, quiality, and price with these wheels. They kept the graphics understated, so the wheels won't clash with other brands of bike.

One caveat: At 35mm, these rims are deep enough that they won't play nicely the 32mmmm stems on a lot of mountain bike tubes. Run the wheels tubeless with the included valves, , but seek out long stems or get valve extenders for your spare tubes. Otherwise you'll risk having a tough time fixing that unsealable flat out on the trail!

If you have any questions about these or other mountain bike wheels, Please call me directly at 801-736-6396 or email me at mnelson@backcountry.com

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on October 7, 2014

HI Benjamin,
Thanks for the great question. While I?m not familiar with the Nike jacket you mention, I do know the Castilli Pocket Liner and Castelli Gabba Jacket quite well. Both will help you get out and ride in wet weather, but the two jackets are quite different from one another. The Pocket Liner more of a classic rain shell, albeit a very well-executed one. The Pocket Liner is fully waterproof, with taped seams for full storm protection. The Event material is thin, lightweight, and does not have any stretch, although the accordion-pleated panels keep if fitting close to the body. It does not have pockets. The XL can roll down to the size of a burrito, and stows in the center jersey pocket nicely. I would wear this jacket over a jersey, or in colder weather, and jersey and a base layer.
The Gabba Jacket is made out of Gore Windstopper Soft shell material. It is stretchy and softer inside and out than the Pocket Liner. The fit is closer to the body. Although the Windstopper fabric is waterproof and windproof, the seams are not taped or sealed, so the jacket is considered water-resistant rather than waterproof. The sleeves zip off, with a short sleeve underneath. There are 3 rear pockets. I would wear the Gabba Jacket on its own or over a sleeveless or short-sleeved base layer. Think of it as having the fit and function of a jersey with the protection of a highly water-resistant jacket.
If you?d like to discuss the best jacket for your riding style and conditions, please give me a call

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Mike Nelson wrote a review of on October 6, 2014

Small Refinements, Big Improvement.
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit: True to size

I've worn and enjoyed the Smith Pivlock V2 Max for about 3 years. When I bought them in 2011, they were by far the best cycling-specific glasses I had ever used. The rimless lenses provide an unlimited field of vision, and the adjustable nose piece allows the user to fine-tune the fit and ventilation. 3 lenses are include so they can be used in all conditions. The Arena Max is has all these features. In fact, it is almost identical to the Pivlock v2. But after a big weekend of riding both road and mountain bikes in the new Arena Max, I notice a few things that make it better on the bike.

The Arena Max offers full coverage, but a revised shape and nose piece means it sits off the face better than the Pivlock v2. For me that means less sweat on the lenses and better visibility. For me this is the biggest improvement. No more crusty glasses after a long ride!

The ear pieces are slightly shorter, so they don't overlap with the rear straps of the bike helmet.

The glasses seem to have a slightly stiffer flex. They stay in place better when the going gets rough, and can be worn over bike helmet straps.

With the Arena Max, Smith has kept everything I loved about my previous Smith glasses, and improved what minor complaints I had. I look forward to using them for many seasons of riding!

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on October 2, 2014

HI Zach,

Sugoi does not specify a specific temperature range for these knee warmers, but they day that the MidZero fabric makes " ...a perfect midweight layer suitable for a wide range of temperatures.

For me personally, a knee warmer like this one is good for temperatures in the 50s to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. I particularly like them for morning and evening rides when temperatures change over the course of the ride. They can go on or off over cycling shoes, and fit easily in a jersey pocket.

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Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on September 15, 2014

Hi Buffalobillyj,

Thanks for bringing the error to our attention. Hed does recommend this wheelset for riders up to 225 pounds. We will correct our description.

I have lots of experience with the Ardennes wheels, both the original and plus versions. If you have questions, or would like to order a pair, cal me at 801-736-6369 x 4076 or email me at mnelson@backcountry.com.

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