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.
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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on August 3, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm a mountain biker, and have gravitated in the last year way from hydration pack s toward lumbar packs that can carry an extra water bottle. My Dakine Hot Laps Pack has been pretty good, but I wanted something with mor capacity and better materials and construction. I ordered the Topo Designs Hip Pack and found the pack to be built ahd big enough to hold gear and water bottles for short-to-middle-distance rides. On the bike the waist band needs to be readjusted every 30-40 minutes or so. I expect to own and use this piece for years.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 34x32

The RVCA Daggers PVSH Fresh Slim Denim Pants can pass for business casual or mildly dressy when they need to, but have the Jeans styling that I want to wear to parties and bars. Best of all worlds. Coomax in the fabric keeps them from feeling too hot in the summer. My waist measures 36 inches, and the 34 fits well.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on August 2, 2016

5 5

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

I rode the new Tallboy with 29 inch wheels at a Santa Cruz Demo event at Park city Mountain resort. I'm 5'10" and opted for a large bike. I rode the Tallboy a week after demo'ing a large Santa Cruz Hightower with 27.5+ wheels. I wanted to get a sense of what was different about the two bikes.

I was pleasantly surprised to see some trailbike touches on the build, the stiffer fox 34 and Maxxis Minion front tire inspired confidence in the dry-and-loose conditions of the day. On the climb, the Tallboy felt better than older Santa Cruz models I had ridden. where previous VPP models had some wallow while at low speeds, the Tallboy (and other newer SC models) ride high in the shock, and feel nice and sensitive to small inputs. I chalk this up to the revised pivot locations, and the larger-volume air canister on the shock. I'm not a spectacular climber, but enjoyed my journey up the hill. I felt no need to flip the switch on the rear shock to firm up the rear end.
When the time came to point the bike downhill, the bike steered precisely and rolled well. I did notice a need to check my speed as I came into rough sections of trail I could have plowed through at full gas on the Hightower.

So, after riding both, the Tallboy is and an enthusiastic climber and a confident downhill cruiser. The Hightower is a capable climber and a downhill charger. Choose accordingly! If you'd like to talk mountain bikes, or any other type of cycling gear call me at 801-736-6396x4076 or email me at mnelson@backcounty.com

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on June 9, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs large
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs
Size Purchased: 34

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 Nelson

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 Nelson

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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