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Old 17th April 2015, 14:35   #2476
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Oh, and I recently got this made. Made from wood after giving the dimensions to a neighbourhood carpenter.
Wow, that is a very nice setup. Brilliant idea. Just one question, if we place the cycle directly on the wood, do we not risk some scratch or paint damage. Not sure if you have done this but maybe adding some thermocol sheet in that section might be a solution.

A very simple and effective bike storage....
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Old 17th April 2015, 15:31   #2477
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Wow, that is a very nice setup. Brilliant idea. Just one question, if we place the cycle directly on the wood, do we not risk some scratch or paint damage. Not sure if you have done this but maybe adding some thermocol sheet in that section might be a solution.

A very simple and effective bike storage....
The wood has been filed and sanded to avoid any sharp edges. The actual place where the cycle rests on is actually very smooth. Initially I was going to get it polished, but I liked the raw look more.

The thermocol idea is good. I will try to get some and stick it and see how it feels.
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Hello all,
I dont know how I missed this thread.

To start with: I Love Cycling.
Ive been cycling right from my childhood days, and was a serious mountain biker during my school days. In fact, during my weekends and vacations, me and my friend used to cycle for 30+ kms easy, and there was a phase when we used to cycle from Aundh Road to Khadakwasla (areas in Pune) dam and back every single day!
I used to ride a Ranger Swing in my school days. Once I got into mountain biking, I realised that the cycles I was riding just were not enough. I went through 3 Ranger Swings in 2 years (irrepairable frame neck damage).

I then upgraded to a Firefox Viper. This is also when I got into jumps and stunting. The Viper was a decent bike (then) and was perfect for stunting and small 2-3 ft jumps. I managed to destroy a fork and 2 sets of rims on this bike.

Then came my college years where I started riding motorcycles. Also stunted (a lot) and toured on motorcycles. Cycling reduced, to twice a week (on weekends) and then over the college years, reduced to once a month. I basically then just continued stunting on the cycle as and when I got the time. Cycling took a back seat. I eventually sold my Viper to a friend, and properly started motorcycling.

After a near- fatal bike crash in 2009 (I escaped with A LOT of road rash), I decided to take a break from biking.
It was the perfect time to get back to cycling, and I was on the hunt for a nice mountain bike. I wanted a bike I could take on light but fast trails, and also a fair bit of small jumps and stunts.
Went to a friends (and fellow MTBer) shop and decided that I needed a bike I could upgrade in the future. So I wanted the basic components (frame, brakes and derailleur) to be of decent spec. The Orbea Sate with its hydroformed Aluminium frame, hydraulic disk brakes, 100mm travel suntour xcr adjustable forks fit the bill perfectly. I added on a few parts, and rode home a happy man.


The bike is fantastic. Rides well, handles well in corners and dirt and above all, its a nice jumper. The rims have held up pretty well, and so have the forks. But I plan to upgrade the forks soon.
Over the past few years, Ive upgraded the rotors to 8" and tyres to 3.00". Grip in dirt is now fantastic, and the 3" tyres are eye candy.
Few pics follow. Will put up more soon.
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Old 17th April 2015, 17:41   #2479
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The thermocol idea is good. I will try to get some and stick it and see how it feels.
Simplest would be to wrap it with rubber cycle tube !

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Old 17th April 2015, 23:29   #2480
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The wood has been filed and sanded to avoid any sharp edges. The actual place where the cycle rests on is actually very smooth. Initially I was going to get it polished, but I liked the raw look more.

The thermocol idea is good. I will try to get some and stick it and see how it feels.
I feel that you're worrying a bit - too much!

Besides, an update : The odo in my Bianchi is almost at 80km.
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I feel that you're worrying a bit - too much!

Besides, an update : The odo in my Bianchi is almost at 80km.
Lol. I will stop all that worrying now.
80km! Nice. If I wake up early enough tomorrow morning, I will do a quick palm beach road trip.
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Old 18th April 2015, 18:37   #2482
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The real next options ...
Ride the bicycle for the next 6 months and then upgrade to a better bicycle. In terms of everything. Till then, happy riding.

Yeah- nearly 5 months are over......
Umm....This is the fifth month.

Are you upgrading?

OT : I know Surinder quite well. Have bought (all) my bikes from him. A total of 4.

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Have you guys heard about this, airbag for cyclists.

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Went for a camping trip last weekend, total of 161 Kms. But it was tough because I had to carry a ~12 Kilogram bag. While coming back, I carried two bags for 30 odd kms because the girl who was carrying got tired.

My average speed was only 19, we did take a lot of breaks. And the weather was awesome.

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Guys, any cyclists here from Noida? Would be fun to plan a group ride on weekends.
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Here's the first proper shot of {Piranello a.k.a Pi3.14 (I'll give a reason for the name )}.
Why is a Bianchi called a Pina? Curious.

Also, that is a DISASTER waiting to happen. You cannot have a stand on a road bike stays. Sure to damage them. Serious.

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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)
OK, got the name :-)

Is a Maserati/Alfa Romeo better or worse than a Ferrari? Just trying to figure out whether you think a Bianchi is higher end or a Pina is.

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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
Neat looking bike. Have fun with it!
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Mind answering a few questions for the noob?
Our family bought two Btwin rockrider 5.1s 6 months back. While one bike performs well enough, the other has several issues. We bought both bikes from Decathlon.

Some problems we noticed were:
1. Gear changes seldom occur smoothly. The chain makes loud clattering noises.

2. The gears sometimes don't shift at all. For instance, when I'm on 7th at the rear and 2nd on the front, and I attempt a down shift to 6th, all I get is noise. I downshift further to 5th and then the chain actually moves to 6th. Then, when I attempt an upshift to seventh, the chain sits stubbornly on 6th.
The front gears are better. It takes some effort, but I can easily shift between 1st and 3rd.

3. The brakes make squeaky noises. I don't know which part to lubricate.

4. The pedal sometimes hits the chain when I'm pedalling

I've done some research and found that adjusting the rear dérailleur could solve the problem. I've tried to do that but haven't had much success. Also, I've noticed that the gear cable seems to be loose and hanging slightly.

On a related note, my chain and gears aren't in very good shape. That said, the gears have all their teeth and the chains are hopefully not stretched. Are there any degreasers and lubes you would recommend?

I'm trying to see if I can fix these issues myself instead of taking the bike to Decathlon. I'm 'trying' to gain more knowledge about my bike, and want to be able to do basic fixes in the future.

Apologies if similar queries were posted before and if I sound a little too ignorant.
I thank you all in advance for your help.
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After 5 months of effort since taking up cycling at the age of 45, this is what I have to show for my efforts last weekend.
Feeling proud.

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After 5 months of effort since taking up cycling at the age of 45, this is what I have to show for my efforts last weekend. Feeling proud.
Congratulations LonelyPlanet!
I bought my self a Rockrider 5.2 a couple of years ago from Decathlon and was actively cycling for a few months after I bought it. A couple of months down the line, lost interest and that coupled with a knee surgery I had last year made me completely stop cycling. Well to cut a long story short, I started cycling again yesterday. Went on a short 20 KM ride in the afternoon and returned home feeling very proud. Wanted to make it a daily affair but as luck would have it, both the tires were flat when I checked the cycle today. I hadn't changed the tubes since I bought the cycle and I guess they may have gone weak. So this weekend I am off to Decathlon to get the tubes replaced, fix mud guards (what with the unseasonal rains!) and a pannier. Once all this is done, I hope to be back on the saddle more frequently.

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