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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson

The Wasatch Mountains and Environs

Michael's Passions

Alpine Touring
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Road Cycling
Snowshoeing
Alpine 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 – Niner Rip 9, Cannondale Super 6, Salsa Chili con Crosso.
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 Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on April 15, 2014

The Fizik R1 and R3 shoes both have uppers...

The Fizik R1 and R3 shoes both have uppers made of kangaroo leather and breathable mesh. The R1 actually uses more leather over the arch an instep of the shoe than the R3, This makes for better support and fit, but it will probably not translate to cooler feet on a hot day. Here is a top view of the shoe from http://www.fizik.com/shoes/road-shoes/r1-uomo/

If your feet are suffocating on super-hot days, look for a road shoe with a vents on the sole and a lighter synthetic upper with more mesh.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on April 9, 2014

While I haven't had a chance to try these...

While I haven't had a chance to try these particular gloves, the chart indicates \Medium for me and all my Castelli gloves are Large. Go up at least one size. Here's a shot of the glove size chart from Castelli's website. It is slightly different than ours,, but my advice remains the same.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on April 9, 2014

Hi Arturo,

It comes down to the Bolt Center Diameter of your Crank. I checked on FSA's website, and the SL-K LIGHT Crankset with 52/36 rings uses a compact 110 mm BCD. The 53 tooth chainring we are selling uses a standard 130 cm BCD, so it will not fit. Here is the link to the product on the manufacturer's website:

http://www.fullspeedahead.com/products/597/SL-K-LIGHT-COMPACT-4636%2c-5034%2c-5236-CRANKSET

Please let us know if you have other questions.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on April 7, 2014

Sorry to contradict you Matt, but the Zoncolan is a full Windstopper jacket. that means that the front, back, sides, and sleeves are all made from Windstopper X-fast material. this is a warm, windproof, and highly water-resistant jacket.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on March 21, 2014

According to ENVE, the clamp area is 105 mm wide on these bars. If your stem is 40 mm wide, you would have just over 30 mm of clamping area on either side of the stem for aero extensions.

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Mike Nelson

Mike Nelson wrote an answer about on March 21, 2014

The Pearl Izumi Elite Gel Full Finger Gloves have a lightweight and breathable materials on the back of the hand. they will be a tiny bit warmer than short finger gloves, but not much. They will be best for road or mountain biking in warm temperatures. The Pearl Izumi Cyclone gloves have the same padding in the palm, but have a windproof fleece back. They will keep your hands warmer in cool temperature. Here's a link:

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pearl-izumi-cyclone-glove?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6cGVhcmwgaXp1bWkgZ2VsOjE6OTpwZWFybCBpenVtaSBnZWw

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