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Pocket Rocket Pro - 22
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Date: May 19, 2003
Posted by: Andy Gulati
Email: andy.gulati@fandm.edu
My 700cc bike now feels sluggish!

My Pocket Rocket Pro is set up with full Ultegra, Chris King headset, Flite saddle, Look pedals, and IRC tires. While a 3 speed hub might be more trouble-free, learning where the chain needs to be on the rear cassette to cleanly go between the 62/50 chainrings was no problem. To ease the cable route, I've added two Rollamajigs, one just before the rear brake, and the other just before the rear derailleur. Its odd, but after riding the PRP for many miles, my 700c bike gears feel a bit wimpy, even though its the same Ultegra setup. The Chris King headset has been trouble-free and highly recommended, given the increased torque, due to the extra long stem. I've been lucky with the tires, and rotate them a bit more often than on my 700c. I use a Nob at the end of the right handlebar drop to attach a Cateye Cordless. This sets the computer closer to the wheel, and still provides a decent view. I use the same computer between 3 bikes, so wireless is best. While my Pocket Rocket is used most often on my short commute to work, I have taken the bike on planes and trains. Amtrak didn't bother me once I had the bike stowed in the quick-fold carry bag. The plane trips have been no problem either. The bikes knocks down and sets up in 20-25 minutes. I learned to secure all small bits, since they easily get loose in transport. The ride is great. I'm only a bit slower on the PRP over my 700c. There is a very pleasant bit of compliance in the frame that produces a comfortable ride. The wheels are quick, and corning is predictable. After riding many miles on the PRP, my 700c tires feel oddly sluggish and sticky. While I like both bikes, there are ride characteristics that certainly favor the Pocket Rocket, with the added bonus of being able to ride anywhere, anytime!

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