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Belkin netbook neoprene bag

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I’m quite satisfied with this netbook neoprene case although it’s bulky. I put three stars because some compartements storage are almost to small and it uses padding instead of molded EVA/polyester as this Case logic bag. But my netbook is totally protected. 

Maximum dimensions accepted: 240mm x 310mm x 40mm

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To carry my netbook throughout my travel, I bought a netbook bag. It should be as little as possible to put it in a backpack and good protect my netbook.

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Little but big enough for a netbook  & its accessories
Shockproof

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At first, I chose the Case Logic bag. It was molded EVA/Polyester rigid but it was impossible to put nothing more than my netbook.

So I’ve searched out an other solution. I’ve discovered the Belkin neoprene bag. It’s not rigid but it has plenty of padding, and many storage compartments. I let you discovered it!

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It’s not as little than I should like and some pockets are almost to small. Moreover as it’s plenty of padding, it’s not lightweight. But I don’t find an other netbook case with enought space for a netbook and its accessories, a good protection and a good price.

Concessions:

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Lightweight
EVA protection
Bulky

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Price: Amazon Website

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Two young geniuses

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At the moment, I’m doing research about free energy. I’m interesting about Tesla’s works. Nowadays solutions exist but our system hides them. Indeed, if free energy becomes popular, nobody needs to buy petrol, gaz, electricity,…

For exemple: Magnetic Motor by Troy reed

So I’ve found two young geniuses about electricity who explain many useful solutions than anyone can realize himself. I do an article about these two guys because some solutions can help travellers.

Ipow

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Two french series on France 5 about new ways of traveling

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Currently, France 5 broadcasts every Thursday from 08:35 pm two french series about new ways of travelling: “Nus et culottés” and “des trains pas comme les autres”.

Nus et Culottés

nus-et-culottesNus et Culottés” is an adventure of two wandering friends (Nans & Mouts) who travel completely naked, without anything. They count on the kindness of people to help them. It’s a real human adventure, with a sense of true values.

In the first episode last week, they started in Picardie in France and they went to Holland. They give a gift to every person who help them without consideration. They suggest their services in exchange of food, sleep, shoes… Once they reach their goal, they leave behind every item people have given them to succeed their challenge. They write a letter to thank every single person who has helped them and, once the adventure is complete, they start a new adventure, allover again and totally naked.

Des trains pas comme les autres

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Des trains pas comme les autres” is the story of a man who travels the world only by train. He meets people, discovers landscapes and way of life in each country. He’s really as close as possible to the people and he brings a true vision of their lifes.

He’s a real adventurer because he does’nt really know where he goes but he’s always wearing a smile. He takes a train, talks to people and then takes an other train.

The short video below is very funny. Philippe Bolger drives a “trainbus” but it doesn’t seem to be as simple as that!

Bayonne Festival

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Bayonne-Festival_posterBayonne is a little city in the South West France. Its history is rich as its culture. It’s a part of Basque Country among 7 provinces: 3 french provinces and 4 spanich provinces. Bayonne Festival appeared in 1932 when 4 buddies discovered San Firmin festival in Pamplona, the third biggest festival in the world after Rio de Janeiro carnival and the Beer Festival in Munich. Over 5 days almost 1 million and a half people come to Bayonne, to Wednesday until the last Sunday of July.

More details on Official website of Bayonne

Click on the picture to watch these amazing days!

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I’ve my plane Ticket

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singapore-airlines_logoAs I mentioned Tuesday, I chose Singapore Arlines company. After comparing plane tickets on Opodo, it’s one of low cost companies. I’ve watched many testimonials about it and many people was satisfied. So I decided to take a flight from Paris (France) to Perth (Australia).

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At first, I thought that take my plane from London was better about price, but it was a mistake. There is nearly € 150 more than a flight which starts from Paris.

With any service, you can find a plane ticket from Paris to Perth for € 650 five months before.

As well, I took my plane yesterday for € 770 with all options (cancellation, rebooking). Indeed, I’ve waited to late to take my plane ticket without options.

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Why don’t use my stopover in Singapore?

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Since one month, I think about where do I want to land in Australia? I’ve download the Oceania map to think about it. I hope to round the world after make money for one year in Austrilia. At the same time I want to test Outdoor products in wonderful landscape. So I decied to start by Perth.

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Why Perth?

I chose Perth for some reasons:

  • Perth is “less expensive” than Sydney or Melbourne.
  • You are well paid.
  • I research rainforests, waterfalls and not only the beaches of Australia.
  • For the next step (South America), I will leave by East so I will start by West.

Western-Australia-Map

Source: Lonely Planet_Australia_“Perth and Western Australia”_pp 892/893

Lonely Planet

Two friends who went in Australia for a long time advised me to get Lonely Planet Australia. It was their bible over there.
Lonely Planet is the largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world. Lonely It was founded in 1972. It is headquartered in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Therefore, No one knows Australia like Lonely Planet!

I bought 3 lonely planet e-books (helped by a big promotion on the web) towards my round the world:

Those Lonely Planet will help me to prepare every stay for this project.
I will know Where I’ll be going, What I’ll be seeing and How I’ll be doing it.

Also I checked flight price for 2 months on Singapore Airlines. Now that I know where and when I want to land in Australia, I have to face a choice:

  • Stay at Singapore while my stopover for 1h40
  • Stay at Singapore during my stopover for 12 hours

Then I’ve found my question stupid. I’ll travel around the world, it’s better to have a long stopover in Singapore.

Singapore

Singapore is a nice city with lastly the Marina Bay Sands in June 2010. I don’t know whatever I’ll see!

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Moreover Singapore Airlines is one of most safe company. Changi  Airport is one of the best airport of the world for many travellers. Indeed, it has many services.

“In addition to a wide array of duty-free shops and eating outlets, Changi Airport has six open-air garden areas. Open to customers of the airport, each garden represents a different group of plants: cacti, bamboo, heliconia, sunflower, fern and orchid. Changi Airport has numerous business centres located around the airport. Within the international transit area of the interconnected Terminals 1,2 and 3, internet and games facilities, prayer rooms, showers, spas, gym, swimming pool and a hotel are provided. Various lounge areas are provided, some including children’s play areas or televisions showing news, movie and sport channels.” (Source: Wikipedia)

 Also if you stay more than two hours, you will be able to take a free bus to round the city.

I let you discover through this video.

Mountain Bike_Intense Tracer VP 2010

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Me and Mountain Biking:

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mountain-bike-and-treeAt junior high school I discovered the Mountain Bike. I was 12 years old. From that time I never left it. It began with three friends: Pierre Pichon, Jean-Baptiste (JB) Bouillon, Anthony Piscione and Yohan Cambourieu. Each had their own speciality: Cross-country (endurance), Dirt/Downhill (Tricks and speed) and Trial (maniability). After lunchtime Yvon Regout (a physical education teacher) was training us to Trial Bike. I met Pierre at school bus stop.  With Pierre who was three years older than me, we went really far with our bikes. When I was 13, we rode nearly 62 miles each week-end without cell phone! To be quiet my parents locked up my bike sometimes! Two years after they offered me my first cell phone. With Yohan we was in the same class for 4 years. We liked to watch New World Disorder movies and after we were riding with adrenalin. Tony met us one year after and he became my best friend. We get up to all sorts of mischief  together!

It’s due them in particular that I became versatile on bike. I quickly got good results in France junior high school championships. So my parents help me to increase my level. They bought my first real bike in a selling on consignment: a Cannondale F500. It was nice. Its frame which had the same color that grany smith apple.

Frame_Lapierre_Trail-Ltx-2003As my level was increasing month after month and I mounted the podium at every championship, the next year I decided to buy my first full suspensions mountain bike when I was 15. This time I bought it myself while mowing the law for 4 years… It was a Lapierre Trail LTX (2003 model).

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Lapierre_wallride-in-MTBIt was an awesome bike. It has opened the doors for me of All mountain and Freeride which will inspire me to move faster, to jump higher and to ride stronger. During 6 years I was riding this bike I broke the frame four times. Fortunatly, my father knew someone who could weld aluminium!

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Also during 6 years I made money and I sold my motorbike (an other great story). This was time to replace my bike. I was nearly 20.

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I was falling love of a Intense Tracer VP blue frame in June 2009. It was limited to 50 blue editions in the world.  So I broke open my piggybank in order to buy it. It’s a 6 inches rear travel. I put a FOX 36 fork (2005) that I recovered on my Atomlab General Issue.
I bought this one to Antony to increase in Street and Dirtjump. Wheels came from my Lapierre Trail LTX. I’ve sold many components to buy other more recents.

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One year without Mountain Bike and I went to Bayonne.

From high school until second years of university, I rode less than less my bike. Yohan stopped mountain biking, Antony changed his bike each half year bewteen Downhill, Dirtjump and BMX and Pierre liked more than more road bicycle. That’s wind of change. I had stopped championship and I joined JB’s mountain bike club. They liked only cross-country. That was boring but less boring than ride alone.

When I was 17 I moved to Clermont ferrand to follow sport management studies. I didn’t find other people who liked mountain Biking as I like it. So I got Federated Mountain Bike coach certificate for Virus VTT to teach my expertise to children for one year. But during my second study year, I totally stopped Mountain Biking. It’s only when I went to Bayonne that I found a club which had the same way of ride than me: Bikikoz VTT.

Feed-Back:

4-starsFrame

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my-intense-tracer-vpI have this Intense Tracer VP for 3 years. I met many riders through my MTB club, as Alexis Delgado and Fabien Cousinier that I met during shooting of Pista Prest Dago.  Thanks to “Couscous “(Fabien’s nickname), I bought his Bos Deville Fork with new settings at low price.

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With its configuration, this incredible bike is a little heavy (15 kg because of weight of wheels with DH minion 2.35 tyres) but I never had a bike so funny. Since June 2012, I take championship again but this time in Enduro bike with Enduro Bike Pyrenees Trophy.

Lately I participed to Maxiavalanche from Vallnord and I was qualified to run the Europe Cup, less than 4 minutes to Dan Aterthon!

However, the first frame edition (2009) was a little frail. I broke the frame end 3 times. The warranty of frame (2 years) expired since few months but the Barracuda Company (the webshop where I bought this frame) opened a procedure to help me. 6 months later, I was a new frame end. I thank them for that. Its yoke (the part which I cracked) is really reinforced. That’s a good thing!

Also, VPP 2 (Virtual Pivot Point upgrade) doesn’t allow to put a stinger chain tensioner because of low small connecting rod. Therefore I fixed a stinger roller on my right base as close as possible to middle chainring.

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You can find testimonials about this frame on MTBR website.

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5-starsRear Shock

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I chose to put a FOX DHX AIR 5.0 rear shock instead of FOX Float RP23 because I practice big mountain and Freeride. I take jumps more than 10 meters or 3 to 4  high meters with my Intense. So I need to slow down the travel end. The Boost Valve on DHX 5.0 does it.

Brake system3-stars

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Avid_Elixir-CR_Brake-SystemHope_M4_Brake-systemI have an Avid Elixir CR brake system. It’s not very reliable. My rear brake has air bubbles and I need to bleed it after a hard day run. Moreover bleed it is hard compared with Hayes Brake.

But its felling is regular, with good power and progressiveness. I would like changed it for a Hope M4 brake system. Lastly I changed my front disk brake with a 203mm rotor instead of 185mm. I have a 185mm rear rotor.

Fork5-stars

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Fork_Bos_Deville_2010My Bos Deville runs very well. Compared with my Fox 36 Talas RC2 (2005) it was like night and day. I recomand it for enduro bike. It has high and low speed compression, rebond and prestressing settings. It is very sensitive and it has a linear travel. If you use all travel, increase high speed compression. I use TRC system in brittle trails, never to climb.

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Telescopic seat post4-stars

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telescopic-Seat-post_KS_I950For enduro trails, a telescopic seat post is useful. With your thumb you can up and down quickly your seat. I have a KS I950. But I amended in swivel  it to 180° to have the remote cable forwardpass. That protects the mechanism to mud. Moreover I use a neoprene sock. But sometimes, the seat post doesn’t back up entirely.

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Transmission5-stars

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Transmission_SLX-XTSince all time, I put one’s trust in Shimano system. On this bike I use a SLX/XT (shadow) transmission and it runs well no matter mud or hard conditions. Thanks Mr. Shimano!

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Tires5-stars

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maxxis_minion-tyresAt first I used Hutchinson Barracuda rear tire and Panaracer Rampage front tire. Since I ride in the Pyrenees I destroyed many inner tubes with them. So I changed them for 2.35 Supertacky Maxxis Minion 2 ply tires. They are much heavy but they are indestructibles with much grip too!

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