Words With Friends: John Nelson

Words With Friends: John Nelson

Written by Contender Bicycles, on March 03, 2021

John Nelson rolls with the punches. It is hard to find him without a smile on his face, even in the intensity of a Saturday morning rush in the bike shop. He has been in the Salt Lake City area his entire life, giving him a better pulse on what mountain biking is like than a majority of people. Ask him about what trails to hit, and he can tell you more details about them than a majority of people.

We sat down with John to discuss bike addictions, an accounting degree, and the Contender Bicycles Park City shop. John Nelson Mountain Biking - Contender Bicycles Alvin Holbrook: Alright so, you started working here because you're into bikes obviously. And rumor has it that your uncle owns a local shop?

JN: Right. But I never worked for him. I would say it was my grandfather who got us into bikes, as he owned that shop before my uncle. Actually, that’s how my parents met, at my grandfather’s then bike shop. Bikes definitely run in the family.

AH: Are you riding mostly mountain stuff? Or road?

JN: I've always just been more into mountain biking personally. I tried road riding for a little bit, but it just isn't my thing. It's fun, and maybe ill try it again, but mountain biking is way more fun to me. John Nelson - Contender Bicycles - Riding Moab Utah AH: You're from here I’m assuming?

JN: Yeah, I grew up in Millcreek. I also learned how to mountain bike on the Pipeline Trail. It's one of my favorite rides out here I would say.

AH: But not your favorite right?

JN: Nah, that would be Temple Quarry Trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon. It's just fun. It's not very crowded as a lot of other places. There are some rock garden sections, some flowy sections, and it more or less has everything you’d want. Plus, you ride along a creek the entire time.

AH: And when you're not mountain biking what are you doing?

JN: Hanging out with my dog, of course, Winnie. She’s the greatest. She just turned one . I take her to the park pretty often. Otherwise, I’m skiing, golfing, hanging out with my wife, and I play the guitar too. Yeah. I guess I go through a lot of bikes. John Nelson - Contender Bicycles - Skiing Utah AH: You DO! What are you even riding right now?














The Park City shop also has a lot of great trails that can be ridden to from our shop. Can’t really say that about the Salt Lake shop.








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