Go Back   Team-BHP > Around the Corner > Shifting gears


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 2nd March 2014, 22:18   #1816
BHPian
 
silverado's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Mumbai-Pune
Posts: 991
Thanked: 614 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeroen View Post
Thought some of you mind find this interesting; As some of you know my home country is the Netherlands.

Most of us will have an old bicycle to ride into town. One of the biggest problems with bicycles is they get stolen.

Most of us will also have a nice bicycle with gears etc.
Hi Jeroen , thanks for the interesting stuff. Singapore also has a healthy bicycle culture. Singapore is a country which has strict laws, very good policing and in spite of that, bicycle theft is a common thing here!

I find this very amusing, bicycles are stolen right under cctv's and never recovered back.

Singapore has many small local bicycle shops which have interesting range of bicycles. My bike shop - that's the name of a famous bicycle shop here.

Even here all the bicycles left unattended on parking racks are old ones

The local police stations have now started giving unique bicycle identity stickers which can be obtained free of cost from police stations, this is to deter bicycle theft.
silverado is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 4th March 2014, 22:58   #1817
BHPian
 
gauravdgr8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: CG/CH
Posts: 474
Thanked: 370 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

For the past year have been riding rented hybrids.

Am now on the verge on owning one. One question that keeps bugging me is whether I should go for the rigid fork or with front suspension?

Thanks!
gauravdgr8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 5th March 2014, 07:34   #1818
Distinguished - BHPian
 
phamilyman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 5,578
Thanked: 3,322 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by gauravdgr8 View Post
For the past year have been riding rented hybrids.

Am now on the verge on owning one. One question that keeps bugging me is whether I should go for the rigid fork or with front suspension?

Thanks!
What does your own experience say? How can we comment on what's suitable for you in the light of your experience , sitting halfway across the country / world. Our experiential pointers may be more useful for someone starting out without context - but you have the right data to take the decision.

Last edited by phamilyman : 5th March 2014 at 07:36.
phamilyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th March 2014, 00:03   #1819
BHPian
 
kamal.sn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 145
Thanked: 79 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Took the plunge finally and went for the Btwin Rockrider 5.2
Attached Thumbnails
The Bicycles thread-image001.jpg  

The Bicycles thread-image003.jpg  

The Bicycles thread-image004.jpg  

The Bicycles thread-image002.jpg  

kamal.sn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 8th March 2014, 09:48   #1820
BHPian
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 563
Thanked: 154 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by kamal.sn View Post
Took the plunge finally and went for the Btwin Rockrider 5.2
Did you get accessories free with the bike? If not, can you please tell me how much did you pay for the side stand? I want to change my current stand which sits on the axle.
shipnil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13th March 2014, 20:45   #1821
Senior - BHPian
 
graaja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Coimbatore
Posts: 1,299
Thanked: 2,564 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by kamal.sn View Post
Took the plunge finally and went for the Btwin Rockrider 5.2
Nice ride. Congratulations with the purchase. Wishing you many hundreds of miles of healthy biking.

BTW, the bag mounted to the frame looks good. Can you please let me know where you got this bag from?
graaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 11:12   #1822
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Hindustan
Posts: 18
Thanked: 10 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Fellow cycling enthusiasts - need suggestion, i am looking for a geared cycle with a budget of around 10 - 15k. I am looking to do some recreational biking especially on uphill terrain such as cycling from pune to mahabaleshwar and then my big dream to do the manali - leh stretch.

I do not have the budget for the trek brand of bicycles which are well known for that type of terrain.

Please do advice if any of our indian brands available can meet my requirements since those seem to fall in the price range i am looking for.
alfafan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 14:43   #1823
BHPian
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Pune
Posts: 563
Thanked: 154 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by alfafan View Post
Fellow cycling enthusiasts - need suggestion, i am looking for a geared cycle with a budget of around 10 - 15k. I am looking to do some recreational biking especially on uphill terrain such as cycling from pune to mahabaleshwar and then my big dream to do the manali - leh stretch.

I do not have the budget for the trek brand of bicycles which are well known for that type of terrain.

Please do advice if any of our indian brands available can meet my requirements since those seem to fall in the price range i am looking for.
I think in your budget you can only get Rockrider 5.0 or 5.1 only. Make sure the one that you buy has eyelets for installing racks since you wish to do tours on that bike.
shipnil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 14:51   #1824
Senior - BHPian
 
graaja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Coimbatore
Posts: 1,299
Thanked: 2,564 Times
Default

Also, if you are planning to ride long distances, I would suggest to change to slick tires. I used to do average speeds of 18 to 19 kmph with the stock knobby tires on my Trek 4300. It was very difficult to cover long distances. Later I changed to Bontrager SR1 slick tires and I am able to get 23 to 25 kmph average and I am easily able to do 30k and 50k distances.

Good luck with the biking!
graaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 16:21   #1825
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Hindustan
Posts: 18
Thanked: 10 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Thank you shipnil and graaja for your kind reply, will check both these options out. Will update back on my decision on this thread
alfafan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 16:32   #1826
Senior - BHPian
 
ninjatalli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: BOM
Posts: 1,597
Thanked: 1,166 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by graaja View Post
Later I changed to Bontrager SR1 slick tires and I am able to get 23 to 25 kmph average and I am easily able to do 30k and 50k distances.

Good luck with the biking!
Interesting. How much hit does one take on the wallet for these? And how durable are these on our indian-ised roads? I frequently do office trips on my bike, a better/faster tire(s) would be quite helpful.
ninjatalli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 16:36   #1827
Distinguished - BHPian
 
SS-Traveller's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 6,594
Thanked: 10,643 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by alfafan View Post
...a geared cycle with a budget of around 10 - 15k.
...cycling from pune to mahabaleshwar and ...manali - leh stretch.

I do not have the budget for the trek brand of bicycles which are well known for that type of terrain.

Please do advice if any of our indian brands available can meet my requirements since those seem to fall in the price range i am looking for.
What matters is the weight of the bicycle (irrespective of the brand), and the tyres you use. I would look for weights below 15 kg for an unladen cycle, to start with. Steel is not the material of choice for low weights, obviously, and alloy frames cost a lot more than steel ones. Even Indian alloy frames are not exactly cheap.

For touring in the types of terrain you specify, slicks are perhaps not the best for grip. Also, sturdier tyres (such as those reinforced with Kevlar - e.g. Armadillo) would be a good investment. Add a spare tyre and a couple of spare tubes too.

All in all, your budget appears to be entirely inadequate to equip yourself for the kind of touring you plan to do. Unless, of course, you are supremely fit and do not mind the extra weight of a steel frame, as well as the trouble of changing tyres & tubes / patching tubes ever so frequently. And your average speed would be a lot lower too, with a heavier frame and low-cost tyres.
SS-Traveller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 19:05   #1828
BHPian
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Gurgaon
Posts: 144
Thanked: 63 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

After riding for around 15 months on a Schwinn Sportera Sport and covering over 3,500kms, I'm in market for an MTB, primarily for use on trails around Gurgaon.
Don't want to go beyond INR 60k.

Have shortlisted the following:
a) Trek X Caliber 6
b) Giant Talon 27.5 3

While I've ridden the Trek, I'm not sure of Giant / availability of test ride.

Any feedback on above bikes / any others I should check?

Thanks.
bloodred is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 19:18   #1829
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Hindustan
Posts: 18
Thanked: 10 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Thank you SS-Traveller sir for your kind reply and putting things in perspective. I wanted to be sure about the kind of preparation and cost which one has to take into consideration while preparing for such trips, yours and posts above have certainly helped.

From physical strength perspective, i ran my first half marathon this year and been a regular 10k runner. However i do realize that, this by itself might not be a good yardstick to measure one's fitness for cycling.

I will take it slow for now and do riding in and around Pune for now once i purchase my first bicycle . Riding in pune should be a challenge in itself and then see how it goes. Thanks again to the forum members for kind replies.
alfafan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15th March 2014, 23:42   #1830
Senior - BHPian
 
graaja's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Coimbatore
Posts: 1,299
Thanked: 2,564 Times
Default Re: The Bicycles thread

Quote:
Originally Posted by ninjatalli View Post
Interesting. How much hit does one take on the wallet for these? And how durable are these on our indian-ised roads? I frequently do office trips on my bike, a better/faster tire(s) would be quite helpful.
The SR1s cost Rs.1380/- apiece. You can get it from the below link.

http://store.bumsonthesaddle.com/pro...-25-26x1-dot-5

Regarding durability, not sure how many kilometers these tires will last. I have ridden these tires for about 750km and have got only one puncture so far, that too on a very rough road with lot of thorny bushes on the side. Regarding grip, I have ridden these on some very rough village roads filled with potholes (some of them may even be considered as off road) and have never faced any lack of grip (the ride is on the rougher side though). You feel the lack of grip only when you are riding in some serious lose gravel. So, if you are looking at office commute, then I would highly recommend these tires.

Edit: I have uploaded some photos of my bike with the slick tires in the below post.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post3362874 (The Bicycles thread)

Last edited by graaja : 15th March 2014 at 23:46.
graaja is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vintage and classic Bicycles in India the mole Pre-War 77 5th February 2017 09:54
Motor Vehicles Act - Improvements proposed: Higher fines, Reflectors on Bicycles, etc Rehaan The Indian Car Scene 36 28th March 2014 11:28
The Team-Bhp thread of shame (Pray you arent mentioned in this thread ) speedsatya Street Experiences 10 24th February 2012 14:27
BMW Bicycles!! Stratos Shifting gears 16 14th June 2005 21:59


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 05:55.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks