Rockrider Kit

Now I have been looking around for kit to add to my new trusty steed. Bullet proof tires – the most honourable Schwalbe Marathon Kevlar MTB Tyre. Then theres the matter of the tool kit. I have a Decathlon multi tool 8-way, but its missing the spanners, chain tool and a few others. So the hunt for that perfect multi tool for a reasonable £25 – £30.  This is an on going tread on Bike Radar  (check it out).

Its a beauity thats for sure and covers a wide range of tools in one bit of kit:

Top Features of the Topeak Alien II 26 Function Multi Tool

26 tools fold into an engineering-grade plasticbody for easy carrying

2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8mm Allen wrenches

8, 9 & 10mm hex bolt wrenches (each 2pcs)

Mini pedal wrench

Phillips and flat screw drivers

Universal chain tool

Spoke wrenches for 14g & 15g

2 tyre levers

Stainless knife

Bottle opener

T25 Torx wrench for disc brakes

10mm Allen socket for Shimano’s new LX crank bolt and a compartment for two chain pins

Size: (LxWxH) 3.4″ x 1.7″ x 1.6″

Weight: 270g

Can be found on Wiggle and Evans Cycle.

Commited Cyclist

Commited cyclist I am now. Got the Rockrider 8.0 from the Decatalon Superstore. £399.99 it cost. I had to really pust to do that but I am so happy with my purchase. The chaps there were very helpfull, the bike was setp for my height and I was able to ride all the home on it

Rockrider 8.0

Rockrider 8.0

That’s my new wheels folks! It has the same frame as the 8.1 along with the HD disc brakes, SRAM gears. It is fast! its two weeks now and I have already coverd just over fifty miles without a penny in petrol, along with losing weight and feeling so much better. Awesome.
The bike I really wanted was the RockRider 8.1. It had a splendid review on BikeRadar.com you should read.

Rockrider 8.1

Post Cycle Fever

So I have decided on the Rockrider Eight.zero. It was the Diamondback Peak HD 2010 which was on sale for £149, but I missed the sale. Was really aiming for the Rockrider 5.3 but the extra £99 for the 8.0 made more sense to me.

It has the following:
  • Handlebars/ Stem/ Headset – Position: Rockrider Sport oversize 600/640mm handlebars. Rockrider oversize 6° stem. Wellgo LU-C3 pedals. Aheadset VP A71 headset. The oversize handlebars and stem provide more safety and better steering to keep you heading in the right direction at all times. The components are marked to help you find the right settings.
  • Saddle/ Seatpost – Rockrider 29.8mm seatpost by JD. Rockrider saddle.
  • Wheels – Rockrider Sport double wall rims by Rigida. JT 761/ JT 868 hubs. Stainless steel 2mm Mach 1 spokes. The double-wall rims ensure the strength and durability of your bike.
  • Tyres – The wide CST tyres ensure good grip and efficiency.
  • Pedals – Lightweight, solid aluminium pedals, with cleats for better support.
  • Frame – Double-thickness 6061 T4 T6 aluminium frame. Racing, sloping geometry. 1.850kg in size L. Available in 4 sizes: a racing, responsive and lightweight frame. Oversized chain stay and seat stay for greater sturdiness and resistance.
  • Suspension/Shock absorbers – XCR 100mm lockout fork. One-piece fork blades. Rigid, durable fork with preload adjustment.
  • Drivetrain – Suntour XCT 302 22 x 32 x 42 aluminium chainset. Shimano Altus 8-speed shifters. Shimano C050 front derailleur. Shimano Altus rear derailleur. SRAM X5 shifters, X5 real derailleur, 9 speed cassette and 29 speeds. The shifters are more ergonomic and stand up better to impact in the event of a fall. Extremely precise, so you can always find the right gear. With 29 speeds, you will always get the right gearing, no matter what the terrain. A reliable, standard set.
  • Brakes – Shimano Altus levers, Juicy 3 disc brakes. Reliability and high-performance . We have added longer brake pads for extra power. The lightest in its range.

Cycle Fever

Over the last two months I have been engrossed mountain cycling and bikes. Putting aside all things tech I have been searching for the right bike at the £300 price point. I can’t say that this is the best time to buy or the best price point – been a novice at this sport, but I must say that there are so many choices out there.

I have narrowed my search to three bikes:

  • Rockrider 5.3 £300 Decatalon
  • Diamondback Peak HD £350 Local bike shop
  • Carrera Vulcan Disc £299.99 Halfords

I like the looks of the Carrera and it sports the new 7005 aluminium frame but the Rockrider has higher specs. The Peak is really cool and offers the possibility of an easy upgrade to hydraulic brakes but it’s just over my budget. The Rockrider 5.3 is another hardtail. High enough specs full mechanical brakes. Decathalon superstore local and been in there so many times all the staff knows me. So although I hate the white colour scheme it seems to tick most of the boxes.

What do you think?

What caught my interest today

Just heard that Nokia has dropped the Symbian OS for the Windows 7 Phone OS. Got that off the BBC Click show 13/02/2011. I say good riddance.

Got my daughter the Satio U1 some months ago and I can truly say the phone OS is rubbish! Well apart from its camera and mp3 capabilities. TNT reports that Sony Ericsson will be jumping ship to Android. I can’t see why Nokia and Sony Ericsson continued using their dead OSes so long.

John Ringo

There are a number of writers that I have a deep respect for. Tom Clancy, Larry Bond, Clive Cusller, Dan Abnett, Dale Brown just to name a few. The newest member to this highly distinguished group is John Ringo. Has a former military man, his experience and training is clearly seen in his series The Legacy of the Aldenata. If you love Sci-Fi military fantasy, then this is a must read. It contains eleven books with the first five the main story arc, the others filling out the series.

World in Conflict – PC Game

Whatever happened to WiC – Sierra’s massive World in Conflict RTS game. It was awesome. Don’t take my word for it, check out the following sites – IGN (http://uk.pc.ign.com/articles/818/818867p1.html), GameSpot gave it a score of 9.5 (http://uk.gamespot.com/pc/strategy/worldinconflict/index.html)

It’s fast pace, exciting, challenging but a hog on hardware. Great multiplayer although I do think the single player could be a bit more on the story line – typical 80’s cold war erupting into WW III. Nice touch with Alex Baldwin doing the narration on the part of the original game.

I Am

Well great news I Am! So, lets see, brand new to this. This blog is all about me – yep me. Well my views, opinions, what I think ought to be – simple. I love technology, reading military fiction/non-fiction particularly science fiction stuff. So I will blog about that too. Love first person shooters (FPS) just about as close I will get to the action! So that’s of major interest too, along with strategy games too – the real-time strategy (RTS) version. Although I haven’t caught the bug with Starcraft 2 yet – it’s just to expensive don’t you think? and they are releasing to what amount to add-on packs for full price games, that’s just rubbish!

I have a love for modelling, specifically naval ships. Then there’s mini RC – you have got to love the utility of a 1:28th scale Miniz MR-02 or MR-03 authentic looking Aston Martin! It’s just soo cool and real looking.