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Old 12th August 2015, 17:12   #2746
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I have fixed the pump on the top tube. If you carry only one bottle, you can fix the pump on the seat tube. Usually, the pump holders have the same mounting hole spacing as of bottle cages. I have seen some people fixing it to the fork as well, but I do not prefer this as
Any recommendations for the pump. Saw two hand pump models (Btwin) on Amazon. I think you are using the same MNP200.
Do you need to purchase extra tube for this pump?
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Any recommendations for the pump. Saw two hand pump models (Btwin) on Amazon. I think you are using the same MNP200.
Do you need to purchase extra tube for this pump?
I think Btwin MNP200 would be a value for money product if you are ok with the absence of pressure gauge. There is no need to buy any tube for the pump. The pump should come with the tube and schrader/presta valve adapters.

I have the Topeak Road Morph pump. This has a pressure gauge and is compatible with both schrader and presta valves. Though I felt this was expensive, as I go often on long rides, I bought this for the solid build, reliability and ease of pumping due to its long cylinder.

Before this I was using Giyo hand pump which is very similar to the Road Morph. This is the one that fell off my bike.

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So which one did you choose? If you haven't, I'd say between those two, Cannondale anyday. But what is more important is what bike suits you - do a test ride (the longer the better) and then choose. Online reviews and information will only get you till a stage. Trying it out is the most important part.

For the riding you are looking at, road bikes are not necessary - atleast for now. And you can reach good speeds using these bikes too.
Ah your advice came a few days too late Sir! I bought a Specialized Sirrus Sport on Saturday. Unfortunately I have not had a chance to ride it yet apart from the test ride. Maybe this weekend I will get a chance to ride it for at least a short duration.
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Any takers for the August 15th bicycle ride in Hyderabad?
I finished the ride in 3hrs 28mins. I was aiming to finish the 68kms ride in 4hrs (avg speed of 17kmph). But I think the relatively flat terrain helped me keep the speed up (avg speed of 20kmph). The last 20kms were grueling, but fun!
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I'm a novice when it comes to choosing a cycle. Please can the forum members help suggest a cycle for my below requirements:

1. Usage would be on road.
2. The objective to ride a cycle is to shed excess weight. 15 kilos atleast over 1-2 years.
3. I'm short at 5 feet 4 inches.
4. Ride comfort and bike build quality must be top notch.

Budget: 50000 INR plus/minus 10000 INR.

Does CANNONDALE Bad boy suit my requirements?

Where do I buy the above or other brand cycles in Hyderabad?

Thank you very much.
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Old 17th August 2015, 11:31   #2751
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I'm a novice when it comes to choosing a cycle. Please can the forum members help suggest a cycle for my below requirements:

1. Usage would be on road.
2. The objective to ride a cycle is to shed excess weight. 15 kilos atleast over 1-2 years.
3. I'm short at 5 feet 4 inches.
4. Ride comfort and bike build quality must be top notch.

Budget: 50000 INR plus/minus 10000 INR.

Does CANNONDALE Bad boy suit my requirements?

Where do I buy the above or other brand cycles in Hyderabad?

Thank you very much.
In Hyd, there are couple of reputed stores.

- Decathalon - They have 3 stores in Hyd - Shamshabad, Kompally, Uppal. They have Btwin cycles which are VFM. However, they don't have many hybrids. They have a good range of roadies though.

- The Bike Affair - This store is in Kondapur. It is run by a bunch of cycle enthusiasts, and if you are looking for advice on choosing a bike, these guys are good. They have lots of choice. They'll let you try on the bike for sometime and don't push you to buy any bike that you are not comfortable with. They have a website as well where you can see the bikes they have.

Apart from these, there are a couple of other stores - Peddlers Point and Yellow Jersey. But I would not recommend them to a first timer as they are purely commercial establishments.

Also, I can appreciate your focus on bike's build quality. But you can forget being comfortable on a bicycle. After a ride, you have to be tired, and in pain in few parts of your body. Only then you'll accomplish your goal of getting fit/losing weight.

Finally, your budget is quite a lot for a hybrid bike. You can buy a very good hybrid bikes (like Trek 7.1, Canondale Quick 5, etc) for around 30k. Maybe you can start with one of these 'cheaper' ones and then upgrade after couple of years if you really pick up cycling. You can splurge on accessories (for example - cyclometer to count the calories, distance, speed, etc) with the remaining cash.

PS - Not connected to any of the above mentioned stores. I have given the above feedback purely based on my experience with these stores.
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Thank you so very much Shifu. Agree with you on 'being comfortable' part. The bike affair people looks like genuine ones. I will get one from them.
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I picked up a Bianchi Via Nirone 7, . This is an entry level Road Bike with the most basic groupset (Shimano 2300). I have replaced the stock Hutchinson tyres with Vittoria's. Other additions are a Sigma Bike Computer with a wireless speed/distance sensor and cadence sensor, Front and Rear Lights, Original Bianchi Saddle bag, Parktool Toolkit, Helmet and of course some cycling apparel.
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Welcome to the growing via Nirone 7 club, @pedrolourenco. Post pictures?
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Feasting my eyes on the specialised Allez elite these days. Thinking of getting it from the U.S.
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Thanks for the insight. I am a lot fitter now than what I used to be. Just yesterday I did a non stop 2:30 hrs cycling with on the go hydration. All in preparation for the ride to Stockholm.
At last I have done the trip. A total of 257 Kms, the plan was to ride to Stockholm, camp for the night and head back the next day.

My aim was to average around 20 kmph. Saw many videos on how to prepare for long rides. Like this one.


My onward journey was tough as I broke the important rule, to starting off slowly and gradually increase the pace. I was trying to keep up with my mate, who was obviously way faster and because of that I had to take a lot of breaks.

Onward Journey.

Distance - 125 Km
Average Speed - 21.1 Kmph
Ride time - 5:55 hours
Elapsed time - 9:30 hour

Had an awesome time in Stockholm, camped in the park and this is what I woke up to.
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Then we went to Vasa museum, It is truly remarkable. To see a ship from 1628 in its old glory. More details about the museum in the following link.
http://www.vasamuseet.se/

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For the return journey, I started very slowly keeping my heart rate between 150 to 160 bpm. I made a conscious effort to stick to this as my onward journey was very tough on me and I was very weak toward the end. More over I didn't get a good sleep, hardly slept for four hours.

Return Journey.

Distance - 131 Km
Average Speed - 20.2 Kmph
Ride time - 6:30 hours
Elapsed time - 8:15 hour

Total calories burned : 11.273 Kcal as per Sigma.

We started from Stockholm after having lunch, so didn't take the lunch break like the onward journey. My average speed was below 20 Kmph for most of the return leg, my friend had to wait for me for almost 45 minutes(total) so that I can catch up with him. The last 31 kms was fun, it was getting dark and we didn't have proper headlights, so I decided to draft behind my friend and asked him to ride at my pace. We dispatched the distance in 1:15 ish hours with a 5 minute break thrown in between.

Question for you guys.

I was carrying a backpack about 6ish Kg and a sleeping bag 1.5 kg, how much do you think this will effect the average speed. I just want your thoughts.

May be I have to find out myself with out the extra luggage .

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Old 25th August 2015, 14:21   #2757
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Backpacks (or the lack of it) make a big difference IMO and should be experienced to understand it. Have you looked at installing a rack to and fixing the your bag to it?

Here's something that should work if your (most roadbikes) bicycle doesn't have eyelets: http://www.thule.com/en-us/us/produc...ck-_-pp_100016
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Picked up a Rockrider TT 300 men(formerly 5.0) from Decathlon, Pune on 15th Aug, Enjoying the rides so far.

Fellow BHPians in/around Viman Nagar , we can catch-up for early morning / weekend rides . It is more fun to ride along with friends / like minded people.
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Welcome to the growing via Nirone 7 club, @pedrolourenco. Post pictures?
Thanks. Unfortunately I can't post pictures as the net is slow on board. I have 2 threads lying in the assembly line which I am unable to complete due to pictures not getting uploaded. Surprisingly I was able to upload pictures on some other forums. Let me search the threads on some cycling forums I had posted on and copy the links. Otherwise you will have to wait till I get home.
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I was carrying a backpack about 6ish Kg and a sleeping bag 1.5 kg, how much do you think this will effect the average speed. I just want your thoughts.

May be I have to find out myself with out the extra luggage .
It is not just the weight, but how you carry it also greatly affects your speed, stamina, breaks etc. When you carry 7.5kg weight on your back, it puts lot of strain on your core, back and shoulders. Longer the time, the higher the strain. This will result in not only reduction in speed, but the need to take frequent breaks to relieve the stress on the back. Cycling with backpack is ok for short rides less than an hour - like office commute. But for a 125+ km ride, a back pack is a definite NO. It is not just the speed that is of concern, but you also risk injury.

For cycling and overnight camping, a rack and/or pannier is a must. Invest in a good rack and pannier and you will see the difference in the ride.

Keep up with those awesome rides
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