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Old 6th June 2016, 13:09   #3136
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Sorry if I am coming in late. I gather that you are going in for the Intrepida bike. Comparing it with the Impulso, I would have also preferred your choice. My reason is my personal preference of a more slack head angle. The Intrepida has a 71 degree head while the Impulso has a 71.5 degree head.

About the pump, I am a little skeptical. Such small pumps usually can not manage to fill upto 100-110 psi. Also, while pumping, since you are holding the pump without it resting anywhere, you run the risk of damaging the valve. I would suggest trying it out with a 23c road tire to know how reliable it is.

I also saw some comments about the quality of some tires. I guess I should add here that road tires are more susceptible to flats, mainly because the material is thin to save weight. Also, if you will get a flat or not, is a matter to luck. I have at one point of time, had a spate of flats. On one ride, I had as many as three flats, within 70 or 100 kms. Then all of a sudden, with no change in the tires or tubes, I just stopped having flats. I ride four different bicycles, and over the past two years, I have had just one flat.

During the rainy season, because of road debris, the chance of flats increases. So, if you are riding long distances, its a good idea to carry not only spare tubes, but also puncture repair kits.

Regarding components, I use the 11 speed Ultegra on one bike. It is noticeably better than the 10 speed shifting, particularly the front shifter. However, for even entry level competitive riding, you will not feel any real difference whether you are riding a 105 or Ultegra.
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Sorry if I am coming in late.
Never too late, buddy.

Thank you for sharing your views.

Regarding the pump, yeah, 100 - 110 psi will be tough. The spec says a max pressure of 160 psi/11 bar.

My MTB had enough pressure for a ride, I will definitely share my experience once I get my roadie.
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All bicycle gurus,

I am a complete noob in bicycling world. I always wanted one from the time I stepped into my high school but because of my parents paranoia about traffic and accidents I never got one. Had to make do with riding my cousin's BSA or hercules MTB. Let me not bore you all further and come straight to my question.

I am currently on a warpath to reduce my carbon footprint. Have started using mass transport (from car to carpool and now this) and would like to reduce much more by biking rather than riding. Added benefit is that I would also be fit. Which bike would you suggest to me based on my needs below.
1. To do my local runs to the gym (2 kms each way).
2. Weekend short rides . I do not have the intention or the stamina to do a long runs on the highway at-least for now.
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I am currently on a warpath to reduce my carbon footprint. Have started using mass transport (from car to carpool and now this) and would like to reduce much more by biking rather than riding. Added benefit is that I would also be fit. Which bike would you suggest to me based on my needs below.
1. To do my local runs to the gym (2 kms each way).
2. Weekend short rides . I do not have the intention or the stamina to do a long runs on the highway at-least for now.
Depends on your budget.

I would have gone for a hybrid, if I was in your position. Since your ride is not that long, MTB would also be a good choice, it gots the looks.

But, once the cycling bug hits you, you wanted to go faster and go longer. That is why I said a hybrid is a safe choice.

I too was in a similar situation two years back, I bought an MTB with 2.2' inch tyre, lockable front suspension and disc brakes. I mainly went for it because of the way it looks.

Anyway, for your usage a hybrid or MTB won't make much difference.

MTB - Looks, can go off roading, slower on tarmac.
Hybrid - Faster than MTB, mild off roading.
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Depends on your budget.

I would have gone for a hybrid, if I was in your position. Since your ride is not that long, MTB would also be a good choice, it gots the looks.

But, once the cycling bug hits you, you wanted to go faster and go longer. That is why I said a hybrid is a safe choice.

I too was in a similar situation two years back, I bought an MTB with 2.2' inch tyre, lockable front suspension and disc brakes. I mainly went for it because of the way it looks.

Anyway, for your usage a hybrid or MTB won't make much difference.

MTB - Looks, can go off roading, slower on tarmac.
Hybrid - Faster than MTB, mild off roading.
Thanks ecenandu for the suggestion. Yes I understand about the want to upgrade sooner. But I would like to see how it goes initially before I go for the bigger ones.

My budget would be around 5- 7k. Any suggestions in the price range?
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My budget would be around 5- 7k. Any suggestions in the price range?
Sure.

Just go through this thread, there are plenty of bikes discussed here in that budget.

B Twin Rockrider 300
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Just go through this thread, there are plenty of bikes discussed here in that budget.



B Twin Rockrider 300

Thanks once again ecenandu. I will try to go through the thread and also explore a bit.
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Thanks once again ecenandu. I will try to go through the thread and also explore a bit.
Please do share your experience once you get the bike, will be helpful for others.

Good luck for the cycle hunt.
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So after a lot of deliberation and a longish test ride on my cousin's bike (not sure of the brand) to check whether I will be able to do it or no I finally bit the bullet and bought myself the Firefox Momentum 700 C last Sunday. Hope I have made the right choice
Hi...are you still using the FF Momentum? How is it holding up? I am also looking to buy it. Any issues which you have faced so far? How is the comfort over longer rides? Thanks!
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Dear fellow TBHP Cyclist,

New thread on upcoming Tour de France 2016 is live now.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intl-m...ce-2016-a.html (Tour de France 2016)

Do visit and share your inputs/comments.

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Hi...are you still using the FF Momentum? How is it holding up? I am also looking to buy it. Any issues which you have faced so far? How is the comfort over longer rides? Thanks!
Hi ashver9133,

Yes I am still using it. No complaints whatsoever except for regular servicing needed every few months depending on usage. The maximum I have done in a single ride is 90 kms and there was no issue with the bike. All issues were with me .

I haven't done any longer rides on this so can't comment on that but I'd imagine it to not be too different to my experience.

It's a decent entry level hybrid bike for someone starting out. In fact on many a ride I've noticed many people to have this one.

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Good Luck
Thanks for your feedback. I have finalised the following three bikes:

a. FF Momentum
b. Starkenn Axe 7500
c. La Sovereign Backbone 700C

All are around the same price range. Highly confused.
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  • Garmin 810 performance bundle (by September '16)
Hmm, looks like I don't even need to wait till September. .

Just ordered one, now. Garmin 1000 bundle was only 700 SEK away, so went for 1000, couldn't help it .

I no more have excuses now, MTB, 2.2" inch knobby tyres. Ahem, so this weekend will be a litmus test, then.

BTW, I have tried GPS navigation on mobile and already have a mobile mount on my bike. Battery life is pretty poor with this setup. I almost got lost when I was coming back from Stockholm ride, that was when I thought, I needed a dedicated GPS.

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Thanks for your feedback. I have finalised the following three bikes:



a. FF Momentum

b. Starkenn Axe 7500

c. La Sovereign Backbone 700C



All are around the same price range. Highly confused.

Hi

Are all these hybrid bikes? Can you mention the price range of these bikes?
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Just weighed my MTB, its a beast @ 17 Kg. With all the accessories, lock, stand, rack etc. I expected it be around 14 Kg, anyway, now I know the exact weight.
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