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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 September 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm kicking myself for not getting this hat earlier in the summer. I could have saved myself from more than a few instances of sunburned ears and neck. the full brim on the Fjallraven Abisko Summer Hat protects a lot better than the standard ball cap for long days under the sun. The brim has a nice shape, and looks less floppy than some other hats of this type. I ordered acoording to Fjallraven's size chart and the medium size fits my 57cm head nicely.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on September 15, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: Runs small
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 200 lbs

My 9-year-old daughter needed boots that are warm enough for cold mornings, but are not too warm to wear inside. These fit the bill perfectly and are a bit more stylish than the moon boots we put on her when she was younger. Buying these at the beginning of winter, we bought a size larger than the shoes she's currently wearing.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

5 5

Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
Fit: True to size

The Giro Whynd shoes are perfect for indoor cycling classes. They are comfortable and understated enough to put on at home instead of changing shoes at the gym. They will even go for a little work in the wight room after class--carbon-soled cycling shoes won't do that! The Whynd shoes come with a good rubber cap that covers where the cleats bolt in, so they are also a good choice for casual cyclists using flat pedals or toe clips, but still want a stiff-soled shoe.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on June 2, 2017

3 5

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

I ordered the Pointer Brand Raw Cone White Oak Pants a size larger than I would in Levis, and got a good fit. The Cone selvedge denim feels medium-weight, almost flexible enough to feel stretchy, and is a bit brighter blue than some raw denim. The fit is on the slim side, and the triple stitching gives them a bold look. I like these jeans overall and pland to wear them until they fade, but I am concious of some details that are lacking compared to my favorite jeans. The hip pockets are a single unreinforced layer of denim, and are imperfectly stitched. The belt loops are tacked on instead of being set into the waistband. there is a fraying unfinished edge inside the fly. I want to wear denim of this quality for 2 or 3 years at least, and I'm not completely sure these are up to the task.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on May 29, 2017

5 5

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

I have great jackets for skiing, cycling, and camping, but I wanted a nicer-looking jacket for the office, travel, and around town. the Fjallraven Raven jacket fits that bill nicely. It fits over layers on colder days, or is fine alone on cool or wet days. it repels rain pretty well and dries quickly. The fit it trim in the torso, more generous in the shoulders and sleeves. The bi-swing shoulders are great, and keep the sleeves from riding up when driving or cycling.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My ideal bar tape feels good with or without loves, and stays clean without developing any sticky residue. The Arundel Rubber Gecko tape fits the bill, and looks goood on the bars to boot. Some people have expressed concern that the diamond pattern on the tape could be to rough against the skin, but I have not found that to be the case. This tape is great for pulling on the bars, or riding rough dirt roads. Highly recommended.

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Mike Nelsonwrote a review of on December 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I set up my multisurface road bike with a long-cage Force 1 derailleur, a 10/42 tooth XX1 Cassette, and a 38-tooth chainring. With that gearing, I can claw up some very nasty and loose dirt climbs, but still have gears for leisurely riding on pavement. The only thing I have sacrificed is the ability to mash a big gear on paved descents to get my speed above 40 mph, but I can live with 38! the Force 1 drivetrain is smoother and quieter than any drivetrain I've ridden, including top offerings from Japan. The Front derailleur is unlikely to go extinct, but for a lot of road riding, a 1x11 drivetrain is a fantastic choice.

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