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Old 25th December 2016, 17:43   #3301
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Hello BHPians,

Not sure if this is the right thread to post my query but since it is a bike thread hence I am going to post it anyway. Mods: please move/delete the post it is off thread. Thanks!

I have been deputed in Pune city for an year, prior to that I was putting up in Gurgaon. Since everything (Deputation) was done in the zero hour, I didnít get a chance to transport my vehicle but I thought let me reach there (Pune) once then I will get my vehicle transported to Pune. Now seeing things here I am in dilemma and I need your valuable opinions on.

- Do people use bicycles here (Pune) to go to work/offices? In Gurgaon, I was living in Shushant Lok and my office was in DLF 9B and I occasionally rode bicycle to work( Depending on traffic conditions).
- Any BHPian working in Business Bay would know if there is a proper parking for cycles there?
- I am staying in Eden Gardens (Viman Nangar) and my office is Yerwada (Business Bay) which is roughly about 5 KMS. If I walk for few meters on foot path, traveling distance would come down to roughly 4Kms (Map Below)
- I could see number of websites who are willing to rent a bicycle for as low as 3K a month, is it worth renting or should I go for buying a new one?
- Lastly, I would also require little guidance on which bike should I go for. I have been riding pretty basic Bicycle so far. I am 29, 6"1' and weigh roughly about 80 kilos.


Looking forward to your replies. Merry Christmas everyone!
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Old 26th December 2016, 14:32   #3302
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Hello BHPians,

- Do people use bicycles here (Pune) to go to work/offices? In Gurgaon, I was living in Shushant Lok and my office was in DLF 9B and I occasionally rode bicycle to work( Depending on traffic conditions).
- Any BHPian working in Business Bay would know if there is a proper parking for cycles there?
- I am staying in Eden Gardens (Viman Nangar) and my office is Yerwada (Business Bay) which is roughly about 5 KMS. If I walk for few meters on foot path, traveling distance would come down to roughly 4Kms (Map Below)
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Not sure how it is gurgaon, but considering the general traffic sense in Pune (Wrong side driving / 2 wheelers riding on footpath), I would surely not recommend riding a cycle to work especially around Yerwada which gets jam packed in rush hours.

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- Do people use bicycles here (Pune) to go to work/offices? In Gurgaon, I was living in Shushant Lok and my office was in DLF 9B and I occasionally rode bicycle to work( Depending on traffic conditions).
- Any BHPian working in Business Bay would know if there is a proper parking for cycles there?
- I am staying in Eden Gardens (Viman Nangar) and my office is Yerwada (Business Bay) which is roughly about 5 KMS. If I walk for few meters on foot path, traveling distance would come down to roughly 4Kms (Map Below)
- I could see number of websites who are willing to rent a bicycle for as low as 3K a month, is it worth renting or should I go for buying a new one?
- Lastly, I would also require little guidance on which bike should I go for. I have been riding pretty basic Bicycle so far. I am 29, 6"1' and weigh roughly about 80 kilos.


Looking forward to your replies. Merry Christmas everyone!
- Yes folks do ride bikes to office. Back in 2014, when I worked out of Pune, I used to do a 15km ride one side from Lohegaon to SB road daily. A few of my colleagues used to do 5-10 km rides depending on availability of shower facilities at their work.
- Bike parking: Pretty sure there aren't common areas. Invest in a good lock along with the bike and check with your office for parking spots - they might have one.
- Renting vs owning: your call. If you don't want to spend a lot on a new bike, one of the rockrider series of decathalon should be a decent investment for now
- You have average body statistics. Go to a bike shop, try some bikes and pick a hybrid/city bike that suits your style. Most probably a large frame would suit you.

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Old 27th December 2016, 15:23   #3304
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Hi guys,

I used to bicycle regularly until about an year back. I started in 2011 with a ride in Nov that was arranged by TAF (The Atlanta Foundation) and have ever since done almost every TAF ride in Hyd. Until end of 2015. I guess I got bored and lost interest.

I would like to revive my interest again. I would like to do the 26th January Republic ride (100 kms) within 5 hours. I have done this ride around 4-5 times earlier, and have always taken more than 6 hours. This time I want to practice well so that I avg at 20kmph.

Below is what I was planning for. Starting tomorrow-
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Couple of points -
* I can only spare 1 hr to a max 1hr 30mins on a weekday.
* In the 3rd week of training, I am riding at 22 kmph for a week. Just want to try out if I can sustain that for 1 hour. I'll fall back to 20 if I find it too much.
* I would like to do atleast one 80km ride before the actual 100km ride on 26th Jan.
* I haven't given any rest day. Knowing myself, I am sure I'll add a rest day on an adhoc basis .

Do you have any suggestion on this training plan?

I still need to work on my nutrition for these 30 days. Any suggestions on that are welcome too.

Thanks in advance!

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^^ The way to improve your speed is interval training & to get an average of around 20 you will need to ride around atleast at the pace of 25 kmph.
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^^ The way to improve your speed is interval training & to get an average of around 20 you will need to ride around atleast at the pace of 25 kmph.
On my best day, I am at 13mph (~20kmph). This is on a flatter surface that is also a dedicated cycling track with no stop signs. I have a long way to go to be able to keep up with regular cyclists. Pic from my ride this weekend around a nearby lake.

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Kicked off 2017 with a 110km populaire.
https://www.strava.com/activities/818075502

This was also my longest ride as per Strava, although i think the one I did back in November was longer because I rode to and back from the starting point.

Anyway, this was my first experience riding with snow on the ground. Also, last populaire, I noticed that without fenders I was spraying water all over. So, I got myself a set of Bontrager fenders and fixed them on the bike before the ride. Also got myself a pair of shoe covers, because vented shoes are not good at all in protecting your feet from cold winds. Maximum temperature that day was going to be 40F, which is like 4C.

The ride was beautiful, winding through small towns and occasionally parallel to a river! Though there was a 3/4 mile stretch of a dirt road that was totally iced over. Had to carefully and slowly ride down that hill. Main thing to keep in mind was not to hit the brakes hard when riding on ice!

I dont know whether I will be able to go for the February populaire. That will probably require studded tires.

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- Do people use bicycles here (Pune) to go to work/offices? In Gurgaon, I was living in Shushant Lok and my office was in DLF 9B and I occasionally rode bicycle to work( Depending on traffic conditions).
- Any BHPian working in Business Bay would know if there is a proper parking for cycles there?
I cycle to work 2 times a week in Pune. Been doing it for 2 and a half years now. My commute is 9 km one way. I absolutely love it.

I can zip thru small bylanes if main roads have a jam or just get off the bike, cross the road walking and start riding again.

Pune was once known as a Cycle city, it transformed to a place where its a norm to ignore traffic rules and road etiquette.

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Well, I am in the market for a cycle. Been to Decathlon and figured out that an L size Hybrid original 500 suits me the best. I loved the riding height, handle bar position,etc.
I already have an Old Hero MTB so I figured out that its going to be a Hybrid due to better riding posture and larger wheels to cover longer distances and the best setup.
Now the offer price @decathlon for the 500 Hybrid model was at 20k with basic accessories... Which is slightly higher than my expectation.
I intend to pickup a Hybrid Cycle with Gears (must) and a Cycle carrier to be fitted behind my Duster for around 15k budget.
Any suggestions? No compromise on Hybrid and Gear setup, that's a must.
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Kicked off 2017 with a 110km populaire.
https://www.strava.com/activities/818075502

This was also my longest ride as per Strava, although i think the one I did back in November was longer because I rode to and back from the starting point.

Anyway, this was my first experience riding with snow on the ground. Also, last populaire, I noticed that without fenders I was spraying water all over. So, I got myself a set of Bontrager fenders and fixed them on the bike before the ride. Also got myself a pair of shoe covers, because vented shoes are not good at all in protecting your feet from cold winds. Maximum temperature that day was going to be 40F, which is like 4C.
This is very inspiring Amitoj! Longest ride in 40F. It is 60F near my house today, and I could feel the chill. I should certainly quit complaining and get tuff
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I should certainly quit complaining and get tuff
It is easy to be tuff when you have the right stuff

I was wearing a balaclava under the helmet, a base layer for the upper body, a biking jersey over it and a rain/wind cheater jacket on top of it. Plus I had arm covers and leg covers. Hands were protected by gloves.Feet, I have already mentioned.

There are quite a few people who bike regularly around the year here in New England! One gentleman I met commutes 10 miles one way on his bike, every day of the week!
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It is easy to be tuff when you have the right stuff

I was wearing a balaclava under the helmet, a base layer for the upper body, a biking jersey over it and a rain/wind cheater jacket on top of it. Plus I had arm covers and leg covers. Hands were protected by gloves.Feet, I have already mentioned.

There are quite a few people who bike regularly around the year here in New England! One gentleman I met commutes 10 miles one way on his bike, every day of the week!
Makes perfect sense. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear!
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! One gentleman I met commutes 10 miles one way on his bike, every day of the week!


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Makes perfect sense. There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad gear!
Gearing up is all fine. I did a lot of rides in the snowy winter of Chicago in 2015 but then I stopped considering the possibility of having to manage a puncture in that weather. So be ready for such possibilities too
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Gearing up is all fine. I did a lot of rides in the snowy winter of Chicago in 2015 but then I stopped considering the possibility of having to manage a puncture in that weather. So be ready for such possibilities too
Oh yes. That was a big factor playing on my mind. There is no way I would be able to fix a flat in the cold, wearing gloves.
I think while I am out riding, my wife is always prepared to get a call from me, asking her to come pick me up
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This old Royal Enfield Fire Fly was lying with my sister for a while in Yercaud. It came with some property she bought long time back.
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