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Old 10th April 2015, 18:04   #2431
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Couple of days ago during morning ride noticed that rear gears are not shifting. It was getting stuck in 1st or 2nd. Though the lever is showing 4 or 5, the chain is still in 1st. After close inspection observed that few teeth of rear sprocket has bent. Initially I was shocked since I have bought this bike (Montra Blues 1.1) in July 2014 and has completed 1000 odd kms.
Took the bike yesterday to Surender cycles Baner, Pune.
My bike has been serviced only once after purchase (Sep 2014 Ė free service). I was under the impression that once a year should be sufficient (cycle ko engine thodi hai ).
Mr. Surender told me to get the bike serviced after every four months to keep it running smoothly. Bike is serviced and the problem is rectified. The problem was with rear gear cable, outer was broken which was fouling the rear derailleur. Bike is serviced neatly and overall Iím very happy. All the gear noise has gone away. Shifting is more precise and the ride has improved.
Total damage done 500 Rs. (400 for service + 100 for cable change). 400 is definitely exorbitant. Whatís the opinion of fellow cyclist?
About bent teeth of rear sprocket: The mechanic said itís normal and no need to worry.

Please share few details about overall maintenance/ service interval etc.
You should always be sensitive about how the rear sprocket shifts - use that to guide your service intervals.

400 is bit on the higher side but its okay. I recall in Gurgaon it used to be 250 for indian (firefox) brands and 350 for imported manufacturers (Trek et al) at the firefox store. In Chennai I pay 350-400 for my roadie depending on the work.
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precise and the ride has improved.
Total damage done 500 Rs. (400 for service + 100 for cable change). 400 is definitely exorbitant. What’s the opinion of fellow cyclist?
About bent teeth of rear sprocket: The mechanic said it’s normal and no need to worry.

Please share few details about overall maintenance/ service interval etc.
I pay the same amount at Surinder (or as I like call the place- *Surrender Cycles* !)

4 month intervals was told to me as well. But I generally stick to one year intervals. Or twice an year, once before the rains. Works well for me! A lot depends on *how* you ride, I guess!

Noticed the green Bianchi roadie parked there? The very first cycle that you see when you walk inside?

Just paid up for it. Today.

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I've paid up for: 2014 (The MY is 2014)

Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Coast2Coast in Celeste!


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Gear upgrades and tire upgrades follow later. The Continentals first, the Ultegra upgrade second - and so on. The stock Hutchinson Nitro's are pretty good. They're whitewalled. Look real fantastic!

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coming here after a long hiatus , here is my SS/Fixie. after getting into bicycling its been addictive. and i'm enjoying it. for your eye only
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You should always be sensitive about how the rear sprocket shifts - use that to guide your service intervals.

400 is bit on the higher side but its okay. I recall in Gurgaon it used to be 250 for indian (firefox) brands and 350 for imported manufacturers (Trek et al) at the firefox store. In Chennai I pay 350-400 for my roadie depending on the work.
Oh, servicing costs have gone to the moon in Pune thanks to the global brand based outlets. Gaint if I remember charges between 500 to 1500 for different range of servicing. So does the BOTS outlet, but about 500 to 1200 I guess.

On the other hand, if you can figure out a local guy who knows how to handle these geared vehicles, the cost would not go beyond 100-200 at max. I had a really nice guy in Pashan who knew how to service high end bikes, and another in Wagholi who apparently used to work with one of the big brand based outlets and later opened up his own shop. The former I tried and was quite satisfied; the latter I couldn't get a chance to try.


OT Question - has anyone experienced a bent rim or a suspected bent rim. I feel my rear rim is bent but am unable to figure out if it is so.

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gure out a local guy who knows how to handle these geared vehicles, the cost would not go beyond 100-200 at max. I had a really nice guy in Pashan who knew how to service high end bikes, and another in Wagholi who apparently used to work with one of the big brand based outlets and later opened up his own shop. The former I tried and was quite satisfied; the latter I couldn't get a chance to try.
WHERE is this guy in Pashan?

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WHERE is this guy in Pashan?

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Ahead of Pashan circle you head towards the junction where the right turn takes you onto Sus road, and the straight road towards Pashan gaon; head straight. On the right you'll see Cosmos Bank. Keep heading straight; on your left you a single see a shop-house just before the mini roadside temple - that's the place. He doesn't have a proper shop, but the elder man of the house knows his cycles. I believe they do repair work for autos too and other menial jobs.
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OT Question - has anyone experienced a bent rim or a suspected bent rim. I feel my rear rim is bent but am unable to figure out if it is so.
Turn the wheel around (not too fast) and look at the brake-pads or use your thumb at that area to see if it's out of true.
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A heads up for people looking for a good deal. Paytm has currently 50% cashback on many cycles, max cashback Rs.5000. For example, btwin mybike costs 2.5k, 7s costs 4k, and vtt 300 costs 5k after cash back. Damn good prices I must say

Anyone who buys them owes us a short review and a picture on this thread.
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Ahead of Pashan circle you head towards the junction where the right turn takes you onto Sus road, and the straight road towards Pashan gaon; head straight. On the right you'll see Cosmos Bank. Keep heading straight; on your left you a single see a shop-house just before the mini roadside temple - that's the place. He doesn't have a proper shop, but the elder man of the house knows his cycles. I believe they do repair work for autos too and other menial jobs.
I've been going to him for over a decade. Stopped going 2 years ago.

Even you went there? He knows his cycles- but I've had my doubts about more expensive cycles.

How would you rate him- as regards to simple jobs? What all stuff did you do?

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Oh, servicing costs have gone to the moon in Pune thanks to the global brand based outlets. Gaint if I remember charges between 500 to 1500 for different range of servicing. So does the BOTS outlet, but about 500 to 1200 I guess.

On the other hand, if you can figure out a local guy who knows how to handle these geared vehicles, the cost would not go beyond 100-200 at max. I had a really nice guy in Pashan who knew how to service high end bikes, and another in Wagholi who apparently used to work with one of the big brand based outlets and later opened up his own shop. The former I tried and was quite satisfied; the latter I couldn't get a chance to try.


OT Question - has anyone experienced a bent rim or a suspected bent rim. I feel my rear rim is bent but am unable to figure out if it is so.
The other option is to have the company mechanic do a home service (on his off day) - costs about 50 rs extra, but humongous saving of time and energy and more thorough job done.
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I pay the same amount at Surinder (or as I like call the place- *Surrender Cycles* !)

4 month intervals was told to me as well. But I generally stick to one year intervals. Or twice an year, once before the rains. Works well for me! A lot depends on *how* you ride, I guess!

Noticed the green Bianchi roadie parked there? The very first cycle that you see when you walk inside?

Just paid up for it. Today.

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I've paid up for: 2014 (The MY is 2014)

Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Coast2Coast in Celeste!


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Gear upgrades and tire upgrades follow later. The Continentals first, the Ultegra upgrade second - and so on. The stock Hutchinson Nitro's are pretty good. They're whitewalled. Look real fantastic!
Fintail, way to go...Awesome. Finally you bought the bianchi and I am waiting for a detailed review with pics and also waiting for the delicious upgrades.
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coming here after a long hiatus , here is my SS/Fixie. after getting into bicycling its been addictive. and i'm enjoying it. for your eye only
Wow dreamy, your bike looks like a piece of art. Classic , retro and chic.
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Fintail, way to go...Awesome. Finally you bought the bianchi and I am waiting for a detailed review with pics and also waiting for the delicious upgrades.
Thanks!

The final price was a shade over 50k, and not 40k as I had misrepresented.

40k was the Schwinn. So- Let's wait until mid-next week (Wednesday that is!!) for a clear riding impression.

At the price- Totally worth it- IMO. Tis just tooo good- Okay, gear upgrades follow soon.

Pics on the wayy.....
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It's an excellent road bike, I know.

I know it's an expensive bike.

That it's an exotic.

That it's quick.

That the colour is legendary.
The bike has some carbon fibre components, inclusive of the fork. Bianchi is the oldest bicycle manufacturer, they tell me. The first time that I rode her, it felt a tad strange. A road bike would be harsh. Bumpy. Expensive.

I sat. Ouch. Ouch.

It didn't hurt at all- LOL. I sat. Bent forward. Into the 'sporty' position. Stretched my hands all the way. Figured out how the shifters worked. Clipped on the pedal. Posed for the effect- and out we went.

Quick. Effortless. Brutal. Efficient. Sporty. Whatever. I found the cycle- This was to be the one.

The handling was too good. Flickable. Nimble. Stable. The frame was light. Ruddy light. I came to a corner. Bent meself into a more 'aerodynamic' position. Felt like Lance Armstrong.

Like Lance Armstrong.


**Minus the drugs anyway**

And, I dived. Off the bike went. This one was fast. We must've touched 75KMPH at that spot. Very fast indeed. Stable- yet nimble. Quick. Flickable.

I braked. No screeching here. It stopped. Like- That! No screeching, no hoping-that-the-brakes work business (We know this feeling!). Rolled to a stop.

I rode back. Rode through the traffic. The traffic felt strangely lower today. Lower.

Was it because of the cycle?
Perhaps.

I stopped at the showroom. Got off. Dismounted. Inspected her again.

On the fork- One thing was very evident. A minor detail.

What was it?

Carbon Fibre. Carbon Fibre. Same stuff all those Ferrari's of the world use, I guess. The tires were whitewalls.

Paisa Vasool- I thought. Paisa Vasool. Paisa Vasool.

Ladies and Gentlemen, say 'hi!' to Piranello (I know Piranello is a high end Italian bike manufacturer. Bianchi is one of the better- or even 'exotic' Italian bike manufacturers. It is like calling your Maserati or Alfa Romeo - a Ferrari! But I cannot think of any other name at the moment, lol)

So, here's Piranello:

Take a bow, Piranello
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That was just a trailer pic, lol. Some 'customization' is going on at the moment.

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You should always be sensitive about how the rear sprocket shifts - use that to guide your service intervals.
Thanks phamilyman. Will keep close eye on the sprocket.

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I pay the same amount at Surinder (or as I like call the place- *Surrender Cycles* !)
Surrender Cycles

Servicing has made lot of difference to my bike (in positive way). Over last couple of days, I have beaten my own segment records on Strava
Totally worth it.

Congrats on the new purchase. When can we see it? We want photos.
What happened to old bike?

We posted at the same time. Just read your quick bike review. Simply awesome. Eagerly waiting for more updates.
BTW, Nice name: Piranello

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