Michael_WelchBunny Hop

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Asheville // North Carolina

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About Me

Michael started riding trails in 2007 and moved to the mountain bike paradise of Asheville, NC in 2013. He works at a local outdoor shop called Gearu (www.gearuwnc.com) and when not maintaining the fleet of rental bikes he can be found riding up hills or kayaking the local whitewater.

My Bikes

Haha thanks, some people can do it but unfortunately that ain't me.
I totally understand, but it depends on what you're looking to get out of biking. Those blinged out carbon wheels will be sweet, but at the end of the day they won't really make you much faster. If speed is your goal, this thing definitely will. Zwift isn't perfect (virtual reality is inevitable and it…
Michael_Welch   on Dec 18, 2018
Nice review! Very thorough, with awesome pictures of a good looking bike.
Hey Tony, you do NOT have to cycle through the flashing mode. By double-clicking the power button you can cycle through three different modes: one that uses the two long-distance lights, one that uses the three flood lights, and one that uses all of them. You can change these different brightness levels as you see…
Genius! I might have to scoop one of these, thanks for posting it.
I have used the Seca 2500 but it's been a while and it was on my helmet. From looking at the pictures though it appears that the Gloworm XS does sit higher on the bars thanks to its mounting system. That being said, if you check out the beam pattern picture you can tell that…
Thanks! The CatEye is definitely bright, and it's impressive that it puts out that much light with a single LED. The MagicShine uses 5, which allows it to have both flood lights and two spotlights that shine waaaay down the trail. Both are game-changing lights for sure.
Michael_Welch   on Oct 1, 2018
Much appreciated, holler if you need recommendations or a guide. Always looking for an excuse to go to Pisgah!
Brave souls regularly tackle Pisgah on single speed hardtails but I'm not one of them. Personally, I'd recommend a full suspension ride, but it doesn't have to cost 5 grand. I've ridden all of these trails on a 2017 Giant Stance 1 which you can snag brand new for $2,100.
Michael_Welch   on Aug 3, 2018
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Michael_Welch   on Jun 15, 2018
commented on The Ultimate Trail Bike Buyer's Guide
Appreciate it, Mike. Trail bikes have come a long way haven't they? I hope this helps some folks out.
Michael_Welch   on Jun 15, 2018
commented on The Ultimate Trail Bike Buyer's Guide
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!
Michael_Welch   on Jun 15, 2018
Michael_Welch   on Jun 6, 2018
commented on Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack Review
That's good to hear, Michael. Still using mine on every ride and it's holding up great so far.
Michael_Welch   on Jun 4, 2018
Michael_Welch   on May 16, 2018
Since I always wear a pack I think the 40 extra grams for the Lezyne is worth it. I also very rarely get flats but I mostly use it to air up every couple rides and leave the floor pump at home. That being said, it's definitely not compact enough for a jersey pocket so…
True, although you could mount it to the down tube. In fact, I recall that it came with some sort of mounting system involving velcro. I opted not to mess with it since I've never really ridden without a pack - too darn thirsty.
Michael_Welch   on Mar 9, 2018
Michael_Welch   on Feb 25, 2018
commented on Osprey Raptor 10 Hydration Pack Review
Hey mongwolf, I agree that $130 seems like a lot, but if you go on 50 rides each year and have this thing for 3-5 years you're actually paying less than a dollar per ride for a quality piece of gear that comes with a pretty awesome sounding (albeit untested on my end) guarantee. I've…
Michael_Welch   on Feb 23, 2018
Aaron that is a beastly goal. I would definitely be proud of the 4500, and you're wise to focus on healing up for next year! I doubt I'll ever come close to that even if I did start riding road but I'm glad somebody is setting the bar that high. Props
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it! I'm also in it for the fun, and to me a lot of that is pushing myself and progressing. I love riding, but sometimes getting out before work when it's in the 20s (I'm in the Southeast, it's all relative!) takes a little extra motivation. I've found that a mileage…
Michael_Welch   on Dec 12, 2017
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