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11-26-15, 12:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By Alrocket

Replacing my L&M ARC

After 9 years of service, my Light & Motion ARC NiMH has died. I'm looking for recommendations to replace it. Ideally with something sub $200 but similar output - has LED tech moved forward enough to...
Forum: Touring
05-18-15, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,302
Posted By Alrocket

Considering changing from Egg Beaters. What pedal system do you suggest?

I've been using Crank Bro Egg Beater pedals for about 12 years. I love lots of things about them for touring and even sportive riding: the 4 way clip-in, the MTB shoe fit for walking around, the...
05-14-15, 07:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 748
Posted By Alrocket

Gel/padded bar tape + leather appearance

I've got a Brooks saddle and a nice steel frame, but I'm looking for some comfort on the drop bars. Any recommendations on the best way to do this?
05-14-15, 03:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 523
Posted By Alrocket

Dead Ultegra 6600 shifter (RHS)

My right hand side shifter (Ultegra 10, 6600) is dead, the ratchet mechanism is missing pulls, so I need a replacement. Any advice on what way to go? Most new shifters are in pairs, hard to find a...
09-29-09, 09:57 AM
Replies: 3,217
Views: 1,407,478
Posted By Alrocket

Old (-1), Trek (-1) and low spec (-2), but muddy...

Old (-1), Trek (-1) and low spec (-2), but muddy (+5) :)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3487/3966343694_450e815f52_b.jpg
07-14-09, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By Alrocket

No worries, there's been some great info in here,...

No worries, there's been some great info in here, including seeing both sides of the spoke-count argument is useful - I'm guessing a lot of that argument depends on use-case, and road quality.


...
07-12-09, 06:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By Alrocket

Thanks for all the suggestions folks, I'm wading...

Thanks for all the suggestions folks, I'm wading into research here now. Cheers!
07-11-09, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By Alrocket

Because it's set up for touring and weighs a ton....

Because it's set up for touring and weighs a ton. I get dropped SO far behind on the climbs during group spins, it's not funny.

I know 95% of it is down to body weight, but I'd love to have...
07-11-09, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By Alrocket

What road bike for novice?

Hey folks,

I'm thinking about getting something faster/lighter for road, not sure what bikes I should be looking for. Here's some details:

Weight: 240lbs/110kg
Height: 5'7"
Current...
Forum: Touring
05-26-09, 07:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 385
Posted By Alrocket

France tour: looking for route suggestions

I'm in early stages of investigating a tour in the summer (possibly as early as late June, early July). My plans are flexible, I'd like to do 14-21 days, flying in and out. I'll be loaded touring,...
09-24-08, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By Alrocket

prawza, thanks for that, much appreciated. I'll...

prawza, thanks for that, much appreciated. I'll stick to the egg beaters so!



Thanks for the advice, sniks. I've got 175s on my MTB and 172.5s on my touring bike, so I'm used to them. Also I'm...
Forum: Touring
09-24-08, 07:21 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,765
Posted By Alrocket

2004: France (2 weeks) 2005: France (2 weeks) ...

2004: France (2 weeks)
2005: France (2 weeks)
2006: Ireland (1 week)
2008: France (3 weeks)
2009: Australia (1 month) hopefully :)
09-24-08, 07:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By Alrocket

Toe overlap on 08 Giant Bowery (Small)?

Hi guys,

A pretty specific question on the '08 Bowery, if anyone is familiar with it I'd appreciate any advice. It'll be my first fixed gear.

I'd need to go with the small frame size (5'7" with...
Replies: 31
Views: 1,521
Posted By Alrocket

Listen to audio books/seminars on an mp3 player,...

Listen to audio books/seminars on an mp3 player, e.g. Anthony Robbins, Brian Tracy, etc.

(please save the no-headphones debate for A&S)
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By Alrocket

I only got 133km. Ride report/pics/videos...

I only got 133km.

Ride report/pics/videos (http://sportcrazy.net/cycling/dublin-to-athlone-cycle-royal-canal/)
Forum: Touring
09-10-08, 04:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 476
Posted By Alrocket

Hi guys, thanks for all the feedback! How...

Hi guys, thanks for all the feedback!

How easy is water to find when on the road, say camping? If heat is an issue I'd imagine that I'd need quite a lot.
Forum: Touring
09-09-08, 06:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By Alrocket

Wonder if you could get one with a CF handle and...

Wonder if you could get one with a CF handle and Ti head...
Forum: Commuting
09-09-08, 10:20 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 14,471
Posted By Alrocket

Yeah, agreed. The real problem is not that I work...

Yeah, agreed. The real problem is not that I work from home, it's that I work for *myself*. Hence finding time for anything but 16 hour work days is difficult (but I love what I do :))
Forum: Commuting
09-09-08, 07:36 AM
Replies: 264
Views: 14,471
Posted By Alrocket

I now work from home 100% and I really miss...

I now work from home 100% and I really miss having my daily commute (even though it was only 15-20 minutes each way).
Forum: Touring
09-09-08, 02:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 476
Posted By Alrocket

One month in Australia - where to go?

I'm setting some business targets for myself for the next few months and want to create a nice reward if I hit them: I'm thinking about a 4 week tour in Australia, around January timescale. (But if I...
Forum: Touring
09-09-08, 02:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,483
Posted By Alrocket

I've done a couple of tours rear-rack only and...

I've done a couple of tours rear-rack only and I'll probably continue to do so. I have 3 different sets of rear panniers with the largest having more space than I'd ever need.

I don't see the...
Forum: Touring
09-08-08, 08:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 960
Posted By Alrocket

Have a look for canal routes, canal tow paths are...

Have a look for canal routes, canal tow paths are usually perfect for cycling - flat, little or no traffic, through interesting areas.

Check out the pictures here for some of the routes I found on...
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By Alrocket

Tourist doing first real LDC - recommendations?

Hi guys, I'm doing what I consider my first LDC, around 208km (130 miles), this week. I'm a medium experienced tourist, just back from a 940km (587 miles) loaded tour in France (averaged 68km per...
Forum: Touring
09-08-08, 07:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,231
Posted By Alrocket

The joy of digital, no more tapes!

The joy of digital, no more tapes!
Forum: Touring
09-07-08, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 972
Posted By Alrocket

I can recommend Vittorio Randoneurs, I have their...

I can recommend Vittorio Randoneurs, I have their 700x28s on my touring bike. I really, really love these tyres, I did some decent off-road (with a 40kg load), as well as flying through unavoidable...
Forum: Touring
09-07-08, 06:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,231
Posted By Alrocket

Some stuff I chucked Books, ripped...

Some stuff I chucked

Books,
ripped relevant (map) pages out of a campsite directory and chucked it,
extra unnecessary maps (my phone is a GPS)
extra jacket (I bought a replacement that was...
Forum: Touring
09-07-08, 04:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,653
Posted By Alrocket

Hey there Diarmuid, tour sounds great. I built my...

Hey there Diarmuid, tour sounds great. I built my Cross Check to touring spec. One thing I really love is my Egg Beater pedals - with the right shoes you'll be able to walk just fine off the bike,...
09-07-08, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 415
Posted By Alrocket

Cut your own B17 Imperial from standard?

I have a B17 Champion Special, love to turn it into an Imperial after reading many positive reviews of the slotted saddles.

Has anyone cut their Brooks saddle with a slot like the new B17...
Forum: Touring
09-05-08, 10:05 AM
Replies: 4,391
Views: 2,064,647
Posted By Alrocket

I was just looking at them there on...

I was just looking at them there on http://mcmwin.com/saddle%20shop%20new.htm but while I like the idea of the slot, they have absolutely ruined the beautiful look of the Brooks with their branding:...
Forum: Touring
09-04-08, 05:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,331
Posted By Alrocket

Cleat position will change the way you spin your...

Cleat position will change the way you spin your legs, and certainly might affect sitting position. I have the cleats in the furthest back position on all my shoes, after experimentation I found it...
Forum: Touring
09-04-08, 05:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,466
Posted By Alrocket

I have one from Switzerland called "PL3", used by...

I have one from Switzerland called "PL3", used by skiers in the Alps, very good protection. I suggest you look for something for extreme sports.
...
Forum: Touring
09-04-08, 04:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,256
Posted By Alrocket

Yeah they made me do it. I half-deflated them on...

Yeah they made me do it. I half-deflated them on the outward journey, but when I got the bike back they had completely deflated them. I'd rather do it myself than have someone else messing with it.
Forum: Touring
09-03-08, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By Alrocket

Don't listen to him, the green rocks! ...

Don't listen to him, the green rocks!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2825859653_0417839c9b_b.jpg

That's a (green!) B17 CS. I love it. I'm around 106 kgs.
Forum: Touring
09-03-08, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4,391
Views: 2,064,647
Posted By Alrocket

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2825859653_041...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/2825859653_0417839c9b.jpg
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2825863985_7703be0c5e.jpg

Flickr links in sig.
09-03-08, 08:39 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 16,049
Posted By Alrocket

My sports blog (http://sportcrazy.net/) My...

My sports blog (http://sportcrazy.net/)

My bikes - Trek 4300 and Surly Cross Check (http://sportcrazy.net/my-bikes/)

Bike pics and specs:

More pics of my Surly Cross Check (a touring build)...
Forum: Touring
09-03-08, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,256
Posted By Alrocket

Agreed with light cable to deter grab & go. I...

Agreed with light cable to deter grab & go. I brought a heavier "ABUS Centuro 860 85cm Cable Lock" on my last tour (seen in this picture on rack if zoomed in to max:...
Forum: Touring
09-03-08, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,149
Posted By Alrocket

If you ever come to Ireland, please choose your...

If you ever come to Ireland, please choose your routes very carefully, especially in the midlands. I've found some really nasty roads that I never want to cycle again. Similar attitude - "Why is a...
Forum: Touring
08-29-08, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Alrocket

Thanks Pedaleur - updated! This is why the...

Thanks Pedaleur - updated!

This is why the internet is cool :)
Forum: Touring
08-28-08, 09:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Alrocket

Pics from this tour:...

Pics from this tour: http://flickr.com/photos/alrocket/sets/72157606983893187/

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3090/2803303781_843ca48d32_m.jpg
Forum: Touring
08-28-08, 08:42 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,360
Posted By Alrocket

This won't be to everyone's taste due to packed...

This won't be to everyone's taste due to packed format...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3254/2803123449_4409e4c597.jpg

It's a "2 Second" Quacha tent from Decathlon in France. It weighs about...
Forum: Touring
08-16-08, 06:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,932
Posted By Alrocket

I really love the Continental Sports Contact...

I really love the Continental Sports Contact 1.3", beautiful tyres. I've done loaded touring on these, if I was doing it again on my MTB I'd get a new set of these in a second:
...
Forum: Touring
08-14-08, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 485
Posted By Alrocket

Another tour in Val de Loire (France)

Hi all,

I'm currently in Villandry on day 8 of my tour going east along the Loire.

I say "again" because this is my 3rd time in the region, I'll explain the reason for covering the same (well,...
12-20-06, 08:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By Alrocket

Feckin' chancer. (Nicely done)

Feckin' chancer. (Nicely done)
Forum: Foo
12-19-06, 10:07 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 4,170
Posted By Alrocket

I'm l33t and have a rocketmail account.

I'm l33t and have a rocketmail account.
12-19-06, 10:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By Alrocket

Accident in Naas, Ireland - stolen bike?

Let's get this guy his bike back (http://sportcrazy.net/cycling/do-you-know-anyone-in-naas-who-had-a-bike-accident/):

Victim:

"I was lying on the ground in pain with my wrecked bike when this...
Replies: 168
Views: 9,163
Posted By Alrocket

I'll see if I can give this a go for 2007 as a...

I'll see if I can give this a go for 2007 as a personal challenge! For myself, I'll probably be ignoring the rule "Centuries cannot be banked" as depending on commitments it might be impossible to...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-06, 07:40 AM
Replies: 31,391
Views: 924,812
Posted By Alrocket

Not today, but Tuesday, I turned my 4.4km trip...

Not today, but Tuesday, I turned my 4.4km trip into a 27.5km with a 9km climb. Cold, dark, and very windy.

Good news is my new L&M Arc rules!
...
Forum: Touring
11-14-06, 09:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,666
Posted By Alrocket

Careful with the email security, it's not very...

Careful with the email security, it's not very secure at all. Kinda like using a postcard as opposed to an envelope. Also I'll bet your gmail is more secure than your hotmail (knowing MS & Google).
Replies: 48
Views: 6,158
Posted By Alrocket

I was just re-reading a triathlon report I did...

I was just re-reading a triathlon report I did back in 2004 cos I got my nutrition dead right that time. Just as well, because all my other preparation was completely inadequate!

It sticks in my...
Forum: Touring
11-13-06, 01:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,666
Posted By Alrocket

My Louis Garneau "Traveller 2" panniers have a...

My Louis Garneau "Traveller 2" panniers have a velcro & strap attached fanny pack that I grab whenever I leave the bike. Has camera, passport, wallet etc, and a water bottle holder :)
...
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