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Old 21st May 2016, 07:06   #3076
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Maybe not so much applicable yet in India. But I thought I would share with you an interesting bicycle application: GPS.

Yes, GPS is used for bicycles as well. In my home country the Netherlands, there are several websites where you can find all sorts of bicycle routes all over the Netherlands.

There are various types of bicycle GPS around suitable for bicycles. I use a fairly simple but robust and water proof Garmin Etrex 30.

http://www.amazon.in/Garmin-010-0097...b-8ca7f9d9aa3e

I have also used this Etrex extensively here in India riding my Royal Enfield Bullet.

Maps are free of charge and enthusiast have made, free of charge, unbelievable detailed cycle map of the Netherlands. You can plan a route on the computer and upload on the Etrex, or just go an cycle and the Etrex will plot out your track via a so called bread crumb trail. A very dense set of locations, spaced less then half a meter apart.

Here is an example of a route I made earlier. Sorry all in Dutch, but you get the idea. You are supposed to provide a little narrative on the route, places to see, places to rest, some pictures etc. In this case I provided in the description various links to time tables of the various ferries. These are all dedicated pedestrian / bicycle ferries.

http://gpstracks.nl/fietsroutes-zuidholland.php?id=4844

If you click on the google map button on the bottom you get to this overview

http://www.gpstracks.nl/googlemap.ph...Zuid%20Holland

This is an 129 km route. My usual cycle distance is typical 75-150 km. The Netherlands is mostly flat, but it can get very windy especially in this part of the country.

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Now this makes it more confusing. You mentioned Acera but Montra website says Altus.

Can anyone guide me on the hierarchy of Shimanu and let me know whether Acera is better or Altus?
https://www.evanscycles.com/coffeest...eir-hierarchy/

https://www.evanscycles.com/coffeest...eir-hierarchy/
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Old 21st May 2016, 12:06   #3078
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Awesome Info, thanks. Well a bit surprising though is no mention of Tourney at all.
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Think the tourney groupset is discontinued,even on the Shimano site tourney groupset is not shown.
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Hi Guys!
I am a newbie in the cycling world...I currently have a BTWIN 7S since the last one year which was used mainly for short weekend rides. However, more recently I have started going for longer rides (>50km). I feel the need to upgrade my bike. I have put a budget cap of 20K for a new bike including necessary accessories.
I want to purchase either a Hybrid or an MTB. Would love if you guys could help me out with options. I stay in Mumbai and will primarily be riding on tarmac with a little off roading.

Many thanks and Happy Riding everyone!
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Hi Guys!
I am a newbie in the cycling world...I currently have a BTWIN 7S since the last one year which was used mainly for short weekend rides. However, more recently I have started going for longer rides (>50km). I feel the need to upgrade my bike. I have put a budget cap of 20K for a new bike including necessary accessories.
I want to purchase either a Hybrid or an MTB. Would love if you guys could help me out with options. I stay in Mumbai and will primarily be riding on tarmac with a little off roading.

Many thanks and Happy Riding everyone!
Since you already have a BTWIN and know the BTWIN ecosystem (accessories, parts, upgrades, support etc), I would highly recommend the RockRider 340, which retails at Decathlon for about 15K INR. That would leave you with about 5K to invest in accessories and other riding gear. For the price, it is quite a nice package, although I am not a fan of the Grip Shifters.
Mind you though, if you wanted to eventually take to some proper Off-road cycling then the BTWIN RockRider 520 would be a much better choice, though at exactly double the price!

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Old 23rd May 2016, 20:05   #3082
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Dear Sir - I am part of the gang of cyclists in Indirapuram and we do 25-30 km rides on weekdays and more on weekends. Look up ICC on FB or PM me.
I can come along and help you kick start this habit.
All the best.
I went to the Jhandewalan Cycle Market in Delhi, and based on a couple of test rides and comparative analyses + Shortlisting the models on the bases of my budget of 15-25K I have shortlisted two bikes :
Firefox Target D 21 S (24k with insurance - you need it if you live in GZB / Noida , After surviving carjacking just want to be prepared for cycle Jacking)
Suncross Surge 29 ER 20.5 Inches. (20 K With Insurance)

Although I liked the Suncross better, and features / specifications wise both of them seemed same to my novice eye, I would like to have your views on this. My visit to decathlon has been postponed by 15 days for now, as I would be going on a short trip in the intermediate weeks, and have certain matter that I need to handle.

Help me chose a model in this price bracket. My wife feels I should not spend more than 10k on my first bike, however, their were none in that price range.

Thanks in Advance !!

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Firefox Target D 21 S (24k with insurance - you need it if you live in GZB / Noida , After surviving carjacking just want to be prepared for cycle Jacking)
Suncross Surge 29 ER 20.5 Inches. (20 K With Insurance)

Help me chose a model in this price bracket. My wife feels I should not spend more than 10k on my first bike, however, their were none in that price range.
I would still reiterate the advice I gave here (The Bicycles thread).

While initially Suncross, Firefox, Montra etc. might seem like a good deal, you will eventually (if you cycle regularly) run into problems with the dearth of well-trained support and unavailability of spares with outside shops, unless you stay in the vicinity of Green Park Delhi.
Over the last 3-4 months now, I have noticed that Decathlon does a very good job of supporting their BTWIN bikes with accessories, upgrades, service and repairs, especially the Indirapuram branch.
In fact, I am so fed up with the lack of support, that I have decided to upgrade to either the ALUR or the Triban 500 within the next 2-3 months.

P.S. Both the shortlisted bikes (Suncross and Firefox) have decent entry level components, and I have seen both cycles amongst our local riders. They both ride well, for an entry level bike, but it is the overall Service support that is the concern.

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While I do not own any of these bikes, I have a Fuji road bike - Altamira 3.0, and I have inspected other Fuji road bikes, I would definitely vouch for Fuji quality.
And Yes, finally got a Fuji Absolute 1.9D
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And Yes, finally got a Fuji Absolute 1.9D
You started off thinking of Montra / Firefox and you ended up with a Fuji. I'm sure you won't regret your decision. Get a good helmet, some gloves and a nice and bright rear light.

Enjoy the ride!
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You started off thinking of Montra / Firefox and you ended up with a Fuji. I'm sure you won't regret your decision. Get a good helmet, some gloves and a nice and bright rear light.

Enjoy the ride!
Oh yes, had a lot of thought before buying it. Hopefully it makes my decision a good one.
Since I am new to cycling finding the seats hard, pains like
Will be buying the needed accessories this weekend.
Above all the reason I chose cycling, "LOSE WEIGHT, GET FIT" will hopefully be achieved.
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Guys between mybike and mybike 7s, any real advantage of those gears?

Planning to buy one for exploring nearby locations and burn some calories.

I felt gears 4-7 are pretty same as regular mybike. I could not test on inclines, so no sure about how great help 1-3 gears would be of?

As of now I don't have any serious cycling plans, but who knows if I fall in love? In which case I will definitely need something better than mybike7s

It would be great if someone can help me list the advantage of mybike7s
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Go in for 7S, there is a significant advantage. I would suggest a model higher rather, RR340. It an Alloy frame bike, so lighter than MyBike, 7s.
I first bought a MyBike, then upgraded to 7s. After that there's another model with more gears, finally settled for 340. Front suspension has its own benefits.

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Go in for 7S, there is a significant advantage. I would suggest a model higher rather, RR340. It an Alloy frame bike, so lighter than MyBike, 7s.
I first bought a MyBike, then upgraded to 7s. After that there's another model with more gears, finally settled for 340. Front suspension has its own benefits.
there is another model RR300 which is priced at 10000.

May be i will try to grab a 7s and test its 1-3 gears on an incline. I am looking for weekend drives < 10 kms only. So I guess i will not go beyond 10K unless i really feel the urge and interest that i want to do long distance.

Assuming that 7s can help me explore countryside(rough roads) and cover 10-20 kms without much fuss.

Which saddle are you using ? I felt the btwin default saddles are really a pain in the *** for even few min of riding. They do have some saddles costing 1K or so. Any experience ?
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Hi Rajshenoy, I agree with AWD about the BTwin 7s. I ride one too, including on climbs. One of the climbs that I do regularly has "a total ascent of 100.35 metres and a maximum elevation of 57.42 metres" (according to mapmyride), and I usually do this climb on the lowest gear i.e. the biggest cog on the rear derailleur.

Also, I am partial towards steel frames, so I prefer this over my aluminium-framed bikes. The longest distance I have done on the BTwin 7s is about 35 km without any stops. However, I do find the seat is not too comfortable on long rides. I intend to change it.

I have done a few changes to the 7s to make it more capable and comfortable, including changing the handlebar and stem, and adding a pannier rack. I use bags on the rack when required, and a baby seat when I take my son on rides. See attached photos.
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