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Old 18th May 2015, 12:35   #2536
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Good going!

Similar issue here. All of a sudden; my Bianchi's FD has failed.

Wonder how it happened. Another DIY Tuneup will sort things out I guess.

A friend has my set of allen keys. Will have to force him to return 'em I guess. And then tune the bike.

And then buy a set of panniers. Upgrade the tires.....

Life goes on; no?
Very basic question.

Are the very thin margins in repairs/servicing/modification etc. the reason why the "top mechanics" (I call them fitters ..... which is what they are, even if it hurts their ego) have a much worse attitude than any motorcycle mechanic.

I mean the kind of airs, would be more at home on someone tuning Lance Armstrong's bikes. Most are busy all day assembling new cycles, which is where I guess the money is.

So are small cycle service shops (oiling, tightening, fitting, adjusting, air in tyres, part replacements/swaps, wheel truing, etc.) of old a thing of the past or I've been looking in the wrong places.

Obviously please do not suggest the Giant/Trek type 500-750 bucks servicing type shops. They would not touch my bike. That's assuming of course that I would touch them first, which I would not.

Need a decent easy to work with old school mechanic with experience on Indian bikes, and a knack for gears and basic mods.
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Very basic question.

Are the very thin margins in repairs/servicing/modification etc. the reason why the "top mechanics" (I call them fitters ..... which is what they are, even if it hurts their ego) have a much worse attitude than any motorcycle mechanic.

I mean the kind of airs, would be more at home on someone tuning Lance Armstrong's bikes. Most are busy all day assembling new cycles, which is where I guess the money is.
Need a decent easy to work with old school mechanic with experience on Indian bikes, and a knack for gears and basic mods.
Yeah - I understand.

Search about Phadke Haud. And of course - there was this old school mech somewhere near Goodluck Chowk - FC Road.

And of course - There was this mech in Pashan I had mentioned in one of my previous posts. But that'd be too far for you I guess.

My recommendation : Go to Surinder Cycles; Karve road. They service any type of cycle; do it well. Trust me- I know he deals in high end Bianchi's ; but he also deals with the lower end BSA's. Such as the BSA Mach.

Thus; they are expert's at servicing 'em BSA's and Herculeses as well.

Highly recommended.

And I've been going to him for umm.....A decade or thereabouts. For the following bikes :


2004 : 2003 BSA.

2009 : La Soverign Ozone . 26".
2010 : BSA Mach. Scrapped.

2012 : Montra Rock - I. MTB.

2015 : 2014 Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Coast2Coast Reparto Course. Celeste. 52cm. 700C x 23.

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Yeah - I understand.

Search about Phadke Haud. And of course - there was this old school mech somewhere near Goodluck Chowk - FC Road.

And of course - There was this mech in Pashan I had mentioned in one of my previous posts. But that'd be too far for you I guess.

My recommendation : Go to Surinder Cycles; Karve road. They service any type of cycle; do it well. Trust me- I know he deals in high end Bianchi's ; but he also deals with the lower end BSA's. Such as the BSA Mach.

Thus; they are expert's at servicing 'em BSA's and Herculeses as well.

Highly recommended.
The prima donna fitter I am talking about was at Phadke Haud only. Was there most of last afternoon.

Will go there again Tuesday and smash the 16 kilo MTB on his thick head if he does not get my rear gear shifts back to where they were.

Deccan, Karve Road, Pashan are too far for a ready mechanic for your cycle. I live on East Street in Camp, so Phadke Haud is like the outer rim of my acceptable circle.

I spoke to Surender on the phone. Too much gyaan and attitude about how much money I should spend according to my age, how anything lower than the premium cycles he sells is crap, etc. etc. Put me off totally, though in his defense he was typically Punjabi sweetness personified. Too far anyways. Unless to buy a cycle and I get a deal from him that others closer by are not offering.

Got his number from the Fomas website when I was looking at the Fomas Road King Deluxe road bike.

Saw the Schnell road bike yesterday. Very crappy looking brake levers. Otherwise the cycle looked pretty decent. Nice wheels and tyres.

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I had no idea this thread existed ! I'm sharing a few images just for kicks :-)
So EVEN you ride a Bianchi Via Nirone?

The best roadie. Ever.

Kindly refer to : http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ml#post3683390 (The Bicycles thread)

So that makes three of us. You. Me. And @Nareshov I think.
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Update : The transition of my Bianchi Via Nirone 7 Coast2Coast into a touring bike; for my requirements will soon begin.

Step 1: Basic Panniers.

A bit small- but for now they shall suffice.

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Shimano OEM.


They are to be hung/mounted from the frame.

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On a side note- The Shitmano's on my bike aren't quite shifting.

The RD is shifting properly; (Shimano 2300) but; the FD is throwing up problems. Again; this one is a Shimano- but I'm not sure if it's a 2300. Might be something else- Claris?

Will try to DIY tune them. And use 'em for maybe ~1k kilometers. And then say goodbye to Shitmano for good.

Will shift over to Campagnolo. Italian gears on an Italian made bike!

I believe Campagnolo is Bianchi OEM; but as my bike is one of the ''cheaper'' Via Nirone 7's; mine comes with Shitmano as OEM.

Neways- I had bought my bike for the frame- and not for the gears. The gears- I knew were junk.

Campags have heritage- and they always remind me of the Tour De France for some reason. Proper; excellent Italian components!
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@FINTAIL can you help me locate/procure a MTB handlebar that is

1) slightly more raised than normal (normally you have the flat kinds and the slightly raised types)

2) Around 26" wide in span from tip to tip.

My current one is 23" and just slightly bent so I have to bend down too much to reach it (which puts pressure mainly on my elbows)

I want a wider one so that with the side bull bar risers, I can still put full length grips and my hand does not get squished on the old narrow ones (that come standard on all grip shift bikes).
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I want a wider one so that with the side bull bar risers, I can still put full length grips and my hand does not get squished on the old narrow ones (that come standard on all grip shift bikes).
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Any Indian cycle that has a wider than 23" handle (MTB) ?

I got some really neat grips. Now I want to get some good bull bar raisers (for coasting and to come up for breath and release pressure on elbows) put foam tubing around them, and I'm set.

After the current tyres wear out (or start getting punctured) will change over to nice 26x1.75 Continental touring/city nylons. Current ones are also urban smooth-ish tread, 26x1.9. Should make things a bit easier/faster is the hope.

Right now I need to make my ride position more sorted. Which is the effort.

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So went around looking for bicycles in my restricted budget.

I tried a few bikes, including a, A Schwinn Searcher(the 2015 bicycles come with pathetic grip shifters!), a Canondale Quick 5(2015, Hybrid), Bergamont Helix 2.0(2015, hybrid), a Bergamont Revox (29 incher, MTB).

While they were all very good to ride, the MTB made me feel a little more comfortable, but little heavier too.

Another option suggested by both, Surinder cycles and BOTS is to get a 29'er MTB with more road oriented set of tyres, as they are cheaper, stronger, look cooler IMHO as they are hefty, have suspension lockouts for riding on roads and mostly come with disc brakes.
I know that Disc Brakes are definitely not a necessity but they are definitely cool to have, and they do offer quite a feel.

The only downside is that MTBs are heavier than Hybrids, which, I have a feeling shouldn't be too much of an issue for me.

Two MTB 29er options I am looking at are:-

1. Cannondale Trail 7(29'er) - http://www.trackandtrail.in/index.ph...015&Itemid=175

2. Specialized HardRock Disc - http://www.bumsonthesaddle.com/displ...k-disc-29-2014

Both of them are similarly priced, specced similarly too, please suggest which one should I go for!

Edit: Just found out that even Giant has a Bicycle in my budget, well a little bit over it but manageable for sure.

GIANT Revel - http://www.starkennbikes.com/BikeDetails.aspx?id=621

Please help me zero in on one, I want to buy a Bicycle in the next ten days max!

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The only downside is that MTBs are heavier than Hybrids, which, I have a feeling shouldn't be too much of an issue for me.

Two MTB 29er options I am looking at are:-

1. Cannondale Trail 7(29'er) - http://www.trackandtrail.in/index.ph...015&Itemid=175

2. Specialized HardRock Disc - http://www.bumsonthesaddle.com/displ...k-disc-29-2014

Both of them are similarly priced, specced similarly too, please suggest which one should I go for!

Edit: Just found out that even Giant has a Bicycle in my budget, well a little bit over it but manageable for sure.

GIANT Revel - http://www.starkennbikes.com/BikeDetails.aspx?id=621

Please help me zero in on one, I want to buy a Bicycle in the next ten days max!
The Giant looks better. Acera gears are really good components. The Cannondale would also be good. Don't know about Hardrock. Would personally stay away.

In this same price range would also urge you to consider Bergamont and Merida (both owned by cycling buddies - the Merida is lighter). Both are 26 inchers, but am sure they would be having 29ers as well.

An MTB with road tyres is a better option for you than a Hybrid because it is more versatile and built tougher, and can take more punishment and payload. The extra weight is marginal (less than a couple of kilos). An MTB would be around 14 kilos, a hybrid around 12, a roadie around 10 - all in this sort of price range. From there to reduce to 8 kilos and below, prices jump exponentially.

Ride the bikes, shift the gears, and see which bike fits you best and you are most comfortable on. As well as comfortable shifting and selecting gears on.

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The Giant looks better. Acera gears are really good components. The Cannondale would also be good. Don't know about Hardrock. Would personally stay away.

In this same price range would also urge you to consider Bergamont and Merida (both owned by cycling buddies - the Merida is lighter). Both are 26 inchers, but am sure they would be having 29ers as well.

An MTB with road tyres is a better option for you than a Hybrid because it is more versatile and built tougher, and can take more punishment and payload. The extra weight is marginal (less than a couple of kilos). An MTB would be around 14 kilos, a hybrid around 12, a roadie around 10 - all in this sort of price range. From there to reduce to 8 kilos and below, prices jump exponentially.

Ride the bikes, shift the gears, and see which bike fits you best and you are most comfortable on. As well as comfortable shifting and selecting gears on.
While GIANT has the brand value advantage and better components, it is about 5k more expensive than the other two.

The only advantage that the Specialized has is that it comes with a front suspension lock out feature. Which the other two lack. While Drivetrain can always be upgradwo lack. While Drivetrain can always be upgraded for cheap, upgrading forks is not the cheapest thing to do!

Bergamont has nothing in the price range as of now, only entry level hybrids, MTBs start well above 50k, I was impressed by the frame design of the Bergamonts though, reminded me of my Polo, plain simple German design efficiency!

Will look at Merida too. I like to check out all the options always, even if I am looking for a pair of jeans, so will definitely not hurry into buying a 40K bicycle.

Thanks Doc.

How is Specialized as a brand, is it as big as say, Cannondale?!?!
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While GIANT has the brand value advantage and better components, it is about 5k more expensive than the other two.

The only advantage that the Specialized has is that it comes with a front suspension lock out feature. Which the other two lack. While Drivetrain can always be upgradwo lack. While Drivetrain can always be upgraded for cheap, upgrading forks is not the cheapest thing to do!

Bergamont has nothing in the price range as of now, only entry level hybrids, MTBs start well above 50k, I was impressed by the frame design of the Bergamonts though, reminded me of my Polo, plain simple German design efficiency!

Will look at Merida too. I like to check out all the options always, even if I am looking for a pair of jeans, so will definitely not hurry into buying a 40K bicycle.

Thanks Doc.

How is Specialized as a brand, is it as big as say, Cannondale?!?!
Bergamont which my friend has (in the bad night photo I posted) is just a shade under 40K and definitely has a fork lockout. As does the Merida of my other pal. Also 40K, with lockout, and definitely lighter.

Frankly if all you are going to be doing is cycling on roads, having a front suspension makes no sense. Since 99% of the time it is going to be on lockout anyways. It just simply adds complications, maintenance and most importantly, WEIGHT. An alloy fork would be so much lighter. Ditto discs versus calipers. Modern calipers are VERY powerful, even at full speed downhill.

Do not buy a front suspension bike without a lockout. Period. You'll hate it, keep bobbing up and down like a pogo, and tire yourself out.

Also, you could change over to 700C semi-slicks from the shop itself. Either in exchange for the balloon knobbies (totally useless for road, and too fat) or extra. Your legs would bless you.

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I was told by a colleague that Giant bikes made in Taiwan are "better" than those made in China. Check where your Meridas and Specialized are made at. And Bergamont too (is it made or only designed in Germany?)
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I was told by a colleague that Giant bikes made in Taiwan are "better" than those made in China. Check where your Meridas and Specialized are made at. And Bergamont too (is it made or only designed in Germany?)
All these are rumors mate! I have heard the same argument for the Sony TVs manufactured in Indonesia as compared to the ones made in China. I don't think it makes any difference. All these products are subjected to the same quality control. If not, then the brand is at stake

In other news, the Italian lady has come out of the hiding and I have started the commute to work, 2 days a week. To and fro 60K (round trip, HSR layout to Manyata), and I am loving it, proves to be faster than car

Pardon the messy photograph, this is where all our family bicycles are kept
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