The Long Journey to the Perfect Road Cycling Shoes

When I decided to give road cycling a try some years ago one of the first things road specific I got were road cycling shoes. I visited my local bike store slipped in some fancy Specialized shoes and chose a pair in size 46, a good chunk bigger than my regular shoe size (44). Why? Because that’s what I was used to from when I bought running or basketball shoes. As I know now it was a mistake.

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Servicing the Acros A-FLAT SL Pedals

I recently noticed a huge amount of drag while pedaling my bike through the woods. At first I thought badly adjusted brakes were the cause for it. But a closer inspection showed, that both pedals hardly moved at all. Relieved that it was not bad shape that lead to the slow ascends, I unscrewed the pedals for closer inspection.
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS & Sonicwall NetExtender DNS weirdness

We recently switched to SSL VPN using a Dell Sonicwall and NetExtender client software (version 7.5.773). Works pretty well except for the following annoying issue.
After using NetExtender my resolv.conf file contains the DNS servers that I received when the SSL VPN tunnel was started. This seems to be caused by NetExtender replacing resolv.conf with a new file.
Looking in to it I realized with Ubuntu resolv.conf is a sym link to /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf which is handled by resolvconf. NetExtender replaces this symlink which breaks DNS.
To fix this the following commands did the trick:

root@host:/# cd /etc/
root@host:/etc# ln -s /run/resolvconf/resolv.conf resolv.conf
root@host:/etc# resolvconf -u

This needs to be done after every use of NetExtender. Hopefully Dell fixes this issue soon…

Acros A-FLAT SL – Lightweight Enduro Flat Pedals

I had NC-17 Sudpin III flat pedals mounted on my Transition Blindside for about 2 years. I was quite happy with them but there were some issues. The pins came loose easily which i luckily realised early enough. Remounting the pins with some loctite fixed that issue. Way more annoying was the small platform of 90x90x15mm. With my large feet (US 11,5) I often was badly positioned on the flats. Especially after mounting the bike it frequently took some time to find the sweet spot for my feet. When one of the pedals made heavy contact with a stone in Semmering Biekpark, I decided to shop for new flats.
Having considere the Spank Spike and the Syntace pedals the Acros A-FLAT SL were the ones i went for. With a platform of 90x100x18mm they are a bit larger than the Sudpin III and they are even lighter (~350g).
Here is a comparison of the pedals platforms:
I have just ridden the new pedals twice but for now I don’t regret the investment.