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Old 28th April 2016, 10:03   #3016
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Mumbai Cyclists,

There is going to be a night ride from Thane to Town and back tomorrow night (30th April) arranged by the Zero Emissions Group, any BHP'ians joining the same?

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There is going to be a night ride from Thane to Town and back tomorrow night (30th April) arranged by the Zero Emissions Group, any BHP'ians joining the same?

Saw a very large group at NCPA early this morning - there were folks from all over town. Amazing that there are so many cyclists in Bombay. Was at NCPA with the Striders team, which had organised a duathlon (albeit a short one).
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Saw a very large group at NCPA early this morning - there were folks from all over town. Amazing that there are so many cyclists in Bombay. Was at NCPA with the Striders team, which had organised a duathlon (albeit a short one).
I believe BHPian V16 was a part of the group as well. I passed many of the riders as I was finishing my morning ride.

You are right about the number of cyclists in the city. When I started riding (four years ago) there used to be just a couple of other riders seen between 5 am to 6 am. Over the past year or so, this number has grown many fold.

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I ride every week end, but I am not too keen on these large group rides. If I had more time, I might have spent time with these groups.

What me and my riding buddies do is just group up and ride hard. Fewest of pleasantries, and away we go.
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I ride every week end, but I am not too keen on these large group rides. If I had more time, I might have spent time with these groups.

What me and my riding buddies do is just group up and ride hard. Fewest of pleasantries, and away we go.


Large group rides are good for beginners.

But, as you get fitter and faster, you will enjoy more riding with riders having similar strength.
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Finally she's back with me and I hope to recreate that magical feeling of cycling with the wind blowing through my hair.
Good to see cycling passion re-ignited. Cycling is a difference experience
The restoration looks good.
Having said that, these simple bikes cannot give the comfort/ease of the technologically advanced bikes available in the market.

2 years ago, I also started cycling by borrowing my nephews Hero F1. It was a simple gear less bike. After couple of months of riding, upgraded to Montra Blues 1.1 (18k INR). Boy oh boy, the aluminium frame, 21 gears, adjustable seat post, efficient brakes etc. makes HUGE difference. Riding 40-50 kms in one go is piece of cake now.

If you have started riding regularly do think of upgrade.
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Good to see cycling passion re-ignited. Cycling is a difference experience
The restoration looks good.
Having said that, these simple bikes cannot give the comfort/ease of the technologically advanced bikes available in the market.

2 years ago, I also started cycling by borrowing my nephews Hero F1. It was a simple gear less bike. After couple of months of riding, upgraded to Montra Blues 1.1 (18k INR). Boy oh boy, the aluminium frame, 21 gears, adjustable seat post, efficient brakes etc. makes HUGE difference. Riding 40-50 kms in one go is piece of cake now.

If you have started riding regularly do think of upgrade.
Modern bicycles do offer a lot of benefits, but most of these bicycles come with unnecessary stuff that add to the weight and to the price. I see so many people riding in Bombay on mtb's with fat 2+ inch tires and suspension and 21 speeds. They could be riding farther and faster on slim tired suspension less single speed bicycles. At the most, in Bombay's kind of terrain, unless you are riding in Malabar hill, Pedder Road, Malad East, Aarey colony or Kharghar hills, you can make do with a three speed set up.

The frame built to lower tolerances definitely contributes, as do the lighter tougher wheels and far superior calliper or V brakes. Nicer bearings all round make up for a smoother experience. Beyond that most other things like disc brakes and suspension are just additional weight to be lugged along.
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The ride I was part of consisted almost 200+ riders, this being my first attempt at a 50 Kms+ ride wanted to be a part of the group rather than do it alone.

Completed 85 Kms (started at 10:30 pm and finished at 4:30 am), and realised how pathetic our roads are every bump, every crack and those god awful joints between concrete roads. Don't get me started on the paver blocks on roads ( Who's idea was it anyways )

Interestingly, the point I observed (rather painfully) was that I wasn't tired after the ride, my legs where holding up pretty good, felt only a slight discomfort on the palms, but the only thing that affected me was the pain / discomfort while on the saddle.

Researched on the net for the same found out that the probable reasons could be an improper bike fit or poor saddle choice.

Any pointers, fellow cyclists? Dont want to be kept off the cycle if the same can be addressed.

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The ride I was part of consisted almost 200+ riders, this being my first attempt at a 50 Kms+ ride wanted to be a part of the group rather than do it alone.

Completed 85 Kms (started at 10:30 pm and finished at 4:30 am), and realised how pathetic our roads are every bump, every crack and those god awful joints between concrete roads. Don't get me started on the paver blocks on roads ( Who's idea was it anyways )

Interestingly, the point I observed (rather painfully) was that I wasn't tired after the ride, my legs where holding up pretty good, felt only a slight discomfort on the palms, but the only thing that affected me was the pain / discomfort while on the saddle.

Researched on the net for the same found out that the probable reasons could be an improper bike fit or poor saddle choice.

Any pointers, fellow cyclists? Dont want to be kept off the cycle if the same can be addressed.

Cheers,
Vinay
Hi Vinay. Were you riding a hybrid or an mtb?

If this assumption is correct, then what I would point out to you is that for longer rides, a road bike is more suitable. By road bike I mean a bicycle with drop handlebars. This offers two benefits.

One is that because you are leaning further forward compared to the posture on a hybrid or mtb, your rear does not have to carry as much of your weight, because some weight is shared by your hands. As your level of fitness increases and your core strength improves, your spine itself will support your body so that your hands also do not need to carry whatever weight is shifted forward. Because your rear is supporting less weight, it will hurt less.

Now you will think leaning forward and putting more weight on your palms will end up hurting your wrists more. The benefit of a drop handlebar is that you can change hand positions. You can place your hands on the horizontal portions at the top. You can place your hands on the curves where the bars turn forward. You can place your hands on the brake hoods (from where you can operate the brakes). You can also place your hands on the drops (also within reach of the brakes) for a more aerodynamic posture. As you shift hand positions, your back also shifts thereby alleviating any stiffness from holding one position.

Another action to alleviate pain in your rear is to stand up off the saddle now and then.

When a newcomer is mentioned road bike and drop handlebars, his first reaction is Oh! No! That is such a radically crouched posture! Must be hell. The truth is the handlebars of a touring bike are usually set up so that the top of the bars are level with or higher than the saddle. Things can be way different from the posture of a racing cyclist.
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Good to see cycling passion re-ignited. Cycling is a difference experience
The restoration looks good.
Having said that, these simple bikes cannot give the comfort/ease of the technologically advanced bikes available in the market.

2 years ago, I also started cycling by borrowing my nephews Hero F1. It was a simple gear less bike. After couple of months of riding, upgraded to Montra Blues 1.1 (18k INR). Boy oh boy, the aluminium frame, 21 gears, adjustable seat post, efficient brakes etc. makes HUGE difference. Riding 40-50 kms in one go is piece of cake now.

If you have started riding regularly do think of upgrade.
Hi,
Am planning to get into cycling for fitness reasons and am researching/finding out the brands available. Thinking of budget between 15k to 20k. Came across your post and checked the montra site, looks promising, though I will get a better idea if I have a look at it in person.
So how is the bike? Is it worth the cost? Any other brands competing this at the same cost?
Your inputs will be of good help in deciding as am new to cycling.
Also what are the factors one needs to check when buying a bike.
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Wow...I started this thread more than 9 years ago and it is still going strong. My cycling has gone up over the years. Now I ride a road bike (Trek 2.1 bought in 2014 pre-worshipped 2011 model).

Cycling helped in multiple ways apart from fitness. Going out for a ride rejuvenates me completely. I feel freedom when pedaling. It also helped me get great friends who have different occupation and whom I wouldn't have met if not for the cycling. We are all like family. We go out on multi day cycling tours.

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Good to see cycling passion re-ignited. Cycling is a difference experience
The restoration looks good.
Having said that, these simple bikes cannot give the comfort/ease of the technologically advanced bikes available in the market.

2 years ago, I also started cycling by borrowing my nephews Hero F1. It was a simple gear less bike. After couple of months of riding, upgraded to Montra Blues 1.1 (18k INR). Boy oh boy, the aluminium frame, 21 gears, adjustable seat post, efficient brakes etc. makes HUGE difference. Riding 40-50 kms in one go is piece of cake now.

If you have started riding regularly do think of upgrade.
Thanks for the appreciation. I had put in a lot of my time and effort to get it restored. Removing the old paint etc without damaging the chrome was done by me with knowledge off the internet.

Actually when I first bought the cycle, it was a single speed one. Then a year later I got it retrofitted with 18 speed Shimano gears. (The Hercules Top Gear and Hero Ranger Swing, India's first mass market geared cycles were released around that time).

Found the gears were convenient but at the same time maintenance was troublesome with the derailleur often going out of alignment and the pedals becoming loose (some issue with the crank which was never rectified). Nevertheless was useful in a city like Trivandrum which has undulatung terrain.

Any way after a few years got the gears removed and reverted to single speed as the usage was less.

This time around however the mechanic (an old gentleman who took care of my first cycle with trainer wheels 25 years back) has put a larger sprocket at the rear (21 teeth I believe) so that pedalling will be less tiring. I am not lookin at higher speeds and distance for now. Just point A to B commuting.

Maybe in a year's time when I get used to cycling again I may look for an advanced cycle.

My expenses for the restoration

Parts - 2000 ( Includes tyres, tubes, rims, spokes, chain, seat, mud guards, brake cables, crank, pedals, brake pads, reflectors, lock, and rear sprocket)

Painting - 500

Mechanics Labour - 300

Total Rs. 2800. Yes cheap but personal relationship with the mechanic and painter helped.

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Am planning to get into cycling for fitness reasons and am researching/finding out the brands available. Thinking of budget between 15k to 20k.
Use this calculator. It will give you a rough idea of the frame size you need.

At the price, Montras are OK. However, I strongly urge you to try some bikes from Decathlon. I've put many miles on my Rockrider 5.0 and it has never given any problem. It's not fast, but steady, reliable and gets the job done.

If you can bump up your budget, you can get some pretty good stuff from international players.

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most of these bicycles come with unnecessary stuff that add to the weight and to the price.
This is correct. I have seen my friends purchasing MTB because the fat tires look cool to them. Also the disk brake is of no use for city riding. I tried to convince them without any success.


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Wow...I started this thread more than 9 years ago and it is still going strong.
Thanks for starting this wonderful thread. Any idea why Thanks button is missing in this thread?

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I had put in a lot of my time and effort to get it restored.

Total Rs. 2800. Yes cheap but personal relationship with the mechanic and painter helped.
No doubt about your efforts. Any restoration gives lot of satisfaction and when you see the end result, the sense of achievement cannot be explained in words.
Rs. 2800 is not much.
Do keep the cycling bug alive
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