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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

Gearhead

The Wasatch Mountains and Environs

Mike Nelson's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Biking
Snowshoeing
Skiing

Mike Nelson'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.

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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 used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I've been doing things halfway for too long. It is time to start doing things right at parks, outdoor concerts, and fireworks displays this summer. With some low chairs and good picnic spreads, I'm going to enjoy summer on this blanket.

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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 Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 24, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 36

I bought these to wear over tights on the coldest days on both road and fat bikes, but I find myself wearing them on lazy Saturdays just as often. I appreciate the quality of Giro's cut-and-stitch softgoods and pick up peices at every opportunity.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 4, 2016

Enjoyable socks
5 5

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

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 Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 2, 2016

5 5

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

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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