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Old 31st August 2016, 16:43   #3226
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Hi Rohit,

I moved on to the Triban 5 myself, about 3-4 months back, although I envy the price point at which you are getting it!

I typically do 25-30 km rides 3-4 times a week and 1 longer ride (60-100 kms) on the weekend. The T5 has grown on me immensely and I love riding this bike.
I wasn't at all happy with the stock Kenda tires, not because the tires were bad, but because they weren't suitable for the bad road stretches that I needed to negotiate before I could hit the straights. After one too many punctures, I moved on to Schwalbe Marathon Plus, which although expensive, have proved to be an excellent tire with zero punctures since.
The rims on the T5 could have been better and I have had two instances of Spoke breakage (but no puncture), so I have learnt to take it easy over bad sections and it's been fine after that. Touch wood!
The Sora groupset meets my expectations from this price-point, no hiccups, no complaints, though I make sure that I clean it and lube it regularly.
No complaint with the brakes either.
The seat, could have been better IMO. The seat contour doesn't have the recess for the inner penis, so you will need a very good quality pair of biking shorts, for your longer rides.
I had some initial concerns with the aggressive riding posture, but notwithstanding my cervical issue, I have zero problem with it.
This bike accelerates very fast, as compared to some other cycles I tried around this price and spec. Maybe it's because of the riding posture, or maybe because of the additional tooth count up front.
Ask if you need some other specific pointers. It's a lovely bike for this price point and Decathlon's service support is stellar, in my area.

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Hello,

Thanks for this, whilst not a directly related but would you have a viewpoint on the Triban 500FB. Going for Rs. 25K. Is it worth it. comes with Microshift and Shimano (Acera I think)
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Replaced both the tires + inner tube yesterday.

Went to the cycle shops near Shaniwar vada.
Most of the shops had Kenda (Rs. 600 + 400) and GRL (Rs. 400 + 250). Found Kenda tire to be a bit wide than what I was looking for. More suitable for off-roading. GRL was narrow than my current tire 700-35C. The thread pattern was more suitable for road use. So went ahead with GRL. It's an Indian brand. Total cost Rs. 1360 with fitting.
Didn't explore the expensive options at all (I may upgrade the cycle in near future). The rim tape is in good condition so did not change.

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Today cleaned the chain thoroughly first with kerosene. But the oil/dirt was not coming off so used diesel. Then finally used the Motul chain cleaner. Chain looks spanking clean now

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Good to see Bicycle thread here. I recently started cycling after a gap of 20 yrs. Heres my ride..Montra Jazz Hybrid.

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Hello all.
I have been looking to return to cycling for a while. Looking to test the waters before spending big $. So Hero Sprint (26T) is in the list now. Any reviews or alternatives? I have seen a deal for 7100 for this bike. Any negatives that stand out on this (other then the non conventional frame)? Particular one is 18 speed with front disc brakes.

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Thanks a lot Roy.

In the same price range I do have option of Fuji Sportif 2.3(45K, Claris shifters) or Fuji Sportif 2.1(52K, Sora Shifters). Since I do not have any experience of a road bike, could you make it easier for me please.
Not really Rohit, sorry. I haven't ridden on either, but the former has been very recently acquired by one of the riders in our group, so it will be some time before we form a view about this bike.

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Hello,

Thanks for this, whilst not a directly related but would you have a viewpoint on the Triban 500FB. Going for Rs. 25K. Is it worth it. comes with Microshift and Shimano (Acera I think)
Not, going by my limited knowledge. I wouldn't suggest getting anything lesser than a Claris on a Roadie. Smooth shifts matter when you are pushing speed.
Having said that, the combination of design elements from both Hybrid and Roadie is definitely interesting and can make for a relaxed yet quick ride. Do give it a go, if you are interested in only casual cycling, and let us know more about how the experience was.

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So, last Sunday, I had my first ever first hand experience of what "bonking" is. I have come across this term a number of times on various bike forums and articles but never thought it would happen to me.
I had gone on a 36 mile route that I had done earlier too. A couple of days before this, I had gone on another 32 mile ride. Anyway, all was going well till 25 miles or so when it seemed I had suddenly hit a wall. I just could not find the strength to continue pedaling. The wind was also working against me so that didnt help either. I found myself dropping to lower and lower gear just to keep going. Turns out that I had run out of all gas in my tank, thanks to very low calorie intake the day before.
Anyway, lesson learnt and from now on, I will always keep a bottle of Gatorade or something like that handy, specially on longer rides.

Anyone else faced something like this?
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So, last Sunday, I had my first ever first hand experience of what "bonking" is. I have come across this term a number of times on various bike forums and articles but never thought it would happen to me.
I had gone on a 36 mile route that I had done earlier too. A couple of days before this, I had gone on another 32 mile ride. Anyway, all was going well till 25 miles or so when it seemed I had suddenly hit a wall. I just could not find the strength to continue pedaling. The wind was also working against me so that didnt help either. I found myself dropping to lower and lower gear just to keep going. Turns out that I had run out of all gas in my tank, thanks to very low calorie intake the day before.
Anyway, lesson learnt and from now on, I will always keep a bottle of Gatorade or something like that handy, specially on longer rides.

Anyone else faced something like this?
For rides that last longer than an hour, it is very important to take care of nutrition and hydration. Depending on the amount you sweat, you may require anywhere from half a liter to one liter of water per hour for hydration, and depending on the intensity of the ride, 100 to 200 calories of nutrition an hour which should also include salts. Carry a couple of water bottles (600ml or 750ml) with one bottle with plain water and another with water mixed with (salt+sugar) substitute like Enerzal, Electral etc. Do not wait till you become thirsty or feel lack of energy. Have a sip of water and enerzal alternately every 10 minutes or so. At the end of an hour start adding nutrition in the form of energy bar or gel or banana. I usually take a bar of snicker (the small one) or a banana every hour. Consume only food that are easy to digest and quickly release glucose to the blood stream (like bananas, energy bars or energy gels). Avoid solid food like bread, cakes or pastries or idli/dosa/vada as these take longer to digest and also divert energy to the digestive system thus depriving you of energy to pedal.

Also, have some carbs 30 to 60 minutes before the ride - again easy to digest. This will get you started with enough energy.

If you follow proper hydration and nutrition, you will easily do 60 mile rides.

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The stock Kenda tires on my Montra hybrid were aging with lot of cracks here and there. One fine day, the rear tire got punctured with a blast. Close inspection revealed that the outer rubber layer had sliced off leading to the tube bulging out slightly.

Realizing that it was time for tire change, I ordered a set of Schwalbe Road Cruiser tires from BOTS. I received them in a couple of days and fitted them on the bicycle right-away.

They seem to be doing great on normal and slightly rough roads. I hope the love continues.
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For rides that last longer than an hour, it is very important to take care of nutrition and hydration. Depending on the amount you sweat, you may require anywhere from half a liter to one liter of water per hour for hydration, and depending on the intensity of the ride, 100 to 200 calories of nutrition an hour which should also include salts. Carry a couple of water bottles (600ml or 750ml) with one bottle with plain water and another with water mixed with (salt+sugar) substitute like Enerzal, Electral etc. Do not wait till you become thirsty or feel lack of energy. Have a sip of water and enerzal alternately every 10 minutes or so. At the end of an hour start adding nutrition in the form of energy bar or gel or banana. I usually take a bar of snicker (the small one) or a banana every hour. Consume only food that are easy to digest and quickly release glucose to the blood stream (like bananas, energy bars or energy gels). Avoid solid food like bread, cakes or pastries or idli/dosa/vada as these take longer to digest and also divert energy to the digestive system thus depriving you of energy to pedal.

Also, have some carbs 30 to 60 minutes before the ride - again easy to digest. This will get you started with enough energy.

If you follow proper hydration and nutrition, you will easily do 60 mile rides.

Happy cycling!
Thank you! I am quoting the entire post because the entire post is very useful! I have a 2L hydration pack that i fill with water before going on these rides and I manage to finish more than half of it. Usually this has sufficed but now I see your point, and from what I went through, that I also need to keep another bottle of water mixed with salt and sugar. Or how about a bottle of Gatorade?
I read somewhere to avoid energy bars because they take a while to digest. But they are ok to consume and hour or so before the ride. Still, between energy bars and bananas, I'd prefer bananas any day.
These are some important tips for me as I intend to increase my riding distance over time, so thanks once again!
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Or how about a bottle of Gatorade?
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I read somewhere to avoid energy bars because they take a while to digest. But they are ok to consume and hour or so before the ride. Still, between energy bars and bananas, I'd prefer bananas any day.
You are most welcome. Glad to be of help.

Yes. You can have Gatorade which has salt, sugar and also minerals that you would lose through sweat.

Even I prefer banana over energy bar. But on very long rides, it is difficult to carry bananas in the saddle bag in the bike. So, I use snickers or some chocolate bar that can provide instant energy. Recently, I saw one of my fellow riders use dried banana which was really good and easy to carry as well. Will try that next time instead of chocolate bars.
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So, last Sunday, I had my first ever first hand experience of what "bonking" is.
I have also experienced this few times.

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For rides that last longer than an hour, it is very important to take care of nutrition and hydration.
Thanks a ton Graaja. Never knew nutrition and hydration would be so much important. I was making a big mistake of not paying attention to what I eat before/after a ride and carrying only simple water (500 to 750 ml).

Will be more careful while planning long rides

On a side note, I'm seriously thinking of installing the cycle rear carrier so that all the stuff can be loaded on it instead of backpack. It will be a big relief for shoulders. Any pointers to a decent generic carrier?
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Yes. You can have Gatorade which has salt, sugar and also minerals that you would lose through sweat.
I tried the same 36 mile course last Sunday, with a few changes.
1. Had a nice carb rich meal for dinner the night before.
2. Had a proper 8 hour sleep.
3. Carried a bottle of Gatorade and a snack bar.
4. Stopped at the 20 mile mark for 5 minutes, where I ate the snack bar.
5. Sipped on Gatorade and water. 1 sip of Gatorade and 2 sips of water, spaced out evenly.

The result was much better. Finished with an average speed of 16.9 mph as opposed to 15.6 mph earlier. Plus, had enough energy left to help around in the house with cleaning and have some friends over later in the evening to do some grilling!

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On a side note, I'm seriously thinking of installing the cycle rear carrier so that all the stuff can be loaded on it instead of backpack. It will be a big relief for shoulders. Any pointers to a decent generic carrier?
What do you have in your backpack?
I have this under my seat:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It contains a spare tube, a flat repair kit, 4 levers and a multi size allen wrench tool.
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Thanks a ton Graaja. Never knew nutrition and hydration would be so much important. I was making a big mistake of not paying attention to what I eat before/after a ride and carrying only simple water (500 to 750 ml).

Will be more careful while planning long rides
You are most welcome! Good luck with your rides


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I tried the same 36 mile course last Sunday, with a few changes.
1. Had a nice carb rich meal for dinner the night before.
2. Had a proper 8 hour sleep.
3. Carried a bottle of Gatorade and a snack bar.
4. Stopped at the 20 mile mark for 5 minutes, where I ate the snack bar.
5. Sipped on Gatorade and water. 1 sip of Gatorade and 2 sips of water, spaced out evenly.

The result was much better. Finished with an average speed of 16.9 mph as opposed to 15.6 mph earlier. Plus, had enough energy left to help around in the house with cleaning and have some friends over later in the evening to do some grilling!
That is really a good improvement in average speed. And the fact that you had energy to party in the evening shows that your nutrition and hydration were adequate. Keep practicing this and in no time you will be doing 62 mile rides with ease.

On another note, are you on Strava (or any other fitness tracker)? I use Strava to track progress in all my activities and it is very useful.

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Keep practicing this and in no time you will be doing 62 mile rides with ease.
Ah the metric century! Yes, one day. Although I have done a 65 mile ride earlier this year. Here's the Strava link:
https://www.strava.com/activities/629088407

Next goal is the century ride now. But with winter season approaching fast, I will have to save it for next year maybe.

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On another note, are you on Strava (or any other fitness tracker)? I use Strava to track progress in all my activities and it is very useful.
Let me know if you can see the above link or not. We can connect on Strava as well then.

Speaking of Strava, yes it is a very useful app except for one glaring flaw. The map is always oriented northwards. That makes it somewhat difficult to follow directions. But now I am getting used to that as well.

Yesterday I bought the Wahoo cadence sensor as well. But I dont know yet whether it will pair with Strava or not, without me having to buy premium membership!
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Folks,

I am right now into shopping a new bike for myself and a bit confused. Need your help and advise in selecting a bike right for my usage.

A bit about myself and the usage. I am 5 10 and weigh 75 kgs. I am looking at buying a cycle for strickly usage inside city and for riding max of 20-25 kms weekly.Also I would use it atleast thrice a week for going to gym. My budget is around 15k which can extend upto 20k if the bike is really good. I have shortlisted few and have personally went and checked as well.

1. Btwin Rockrider 340 : Bike is light and felt good to ride. Cant say much as I could ride only inside the store and its very difficult to judge.

http://www.decathlon.in/p/8359148_ro...57-l_1m75_1m80

2. Firefox Rapide 21S : Bike was not as light as Btwin and also didnt like the riding posture . Probably because the size was small but they did say that they can procure a large size.

http://www.firefoxbikes.com/BikeDetails.aspx?BikeId=54

3. Montra Trance : I could not see this bike in store. But it does tick the boxes and also falls under the price range.

https://montra.in/hybrid-bike/montra-trance-pro-2016/

4. Montra Urban sport : Again liked the looks but have not personally seen this.

https://montra.in/urban-sport/montra-helicon-2016/

1. Can you please suggest me which one I could go for?
2. Any people owning the bikes from Montra? Can you please share the riding experience?
3. Any multi brand store where in I can see all the brands under one roof?

The people at Track and trail in Jayanagar where I went to see Montra were not even keen on telling about the bikes. They simply showed me one bike (I dont even know the name but definitely not the ones I have shared) and said that the price is 16000 and went off. I simply walked out of the store. So any recommendations for a good multi brand showroom in Bangalore would help.
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