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Old 12th January 2017, 14:54   #3316
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Bought myself a Firefox bicycle. An yearly pass for early morning biking into the Van Vihar National park, Bhopal, has made cycling such fun. Each day opens one to encounters of the wild kind. Just when you are tired and contemplate a brief stop, a furry wild creature would emerge from the bushes or make its presence felt from afar. With adrenaline pumping, out comes the phone and if I'm lucky, the star stays on for a click.
I carry the bike in my scorpio with the second row seats fully folded and the jump seats folded up. Creates a huge loading area.
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Old 13th January 2017, 12:32   #3317
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So here's a tricky one for the pundits out here.
Both me and my wife took a new year resolution to start biking. However, as resolutions go, I am not sure we will be able to take it all the way. I am willing to invest money in buying one bike which both of us can use until we get into the habit of riding. First time riders both of us.
Unfortunately, there is a big height difference between me and the missus. I am about 5'10" and she is 5'4" in her heels! Is it even realistic to expect to buy one bike for both of us or are there any options to increase seat height or something when I ride? Am a complete newbie in the bike region and hence would like wiser heads to comment or offer brickbats/bouquets as applicable.
I can visit Decathlon Pune this weekend to buy a bike if the group suggests one.
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Old 13th January 2017, 22:27   #3318
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So here's a tricky one.......
The first and correct answer should be No!
Having said that you could try a S size bike from Decathlon, preferably one of their basic MTBs to see if it works out for both of you.
You'll certainly need to tinker with the seat height for each rider and you'll have more of a problem with the riding position, but it isn't impossible to consistently ride 15-20 kms on a misfitting bike. I'm saying because I've done rides on smaller bikes and as long as the rides are reasonably short, you'll be able to put up with it.
But, bear in mind that the moment you want to make this a habit and graduated to longer and faster rides, you'll need to buy yourself a proper, fitting cycle.

Just wondering, why don't you choose to buy two properly fitting second hand bikes, for the same money?
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Old 13th January 2017, 22:41   #3319
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Unfortunately, there is a big height difference between me and the missus. I am about 5'10" and she is 5'4" in her heels! Is it even realistic to expect to buy one bike for both of us or are there any options to increase seat height or something when I ride?
Nope, that will not work out. riding for short distances in a wrong sized bike is OK, but doing it day in day out is going to be very uncomfortable and you surely don't want any injury.

Some stores have Sunday Rides where you can rent out cycles for 100-200-400 rupees for the ride. Its a good way to start cycling. They have short or medium and longish rides every Sunday. Rentals are good, but owning a bike opens up a lot of options for early morning ride/commutes etc.

I am also from Pune, and I can surely help you find the right bike. Feel free to PM me.



IMO, start with a budget of 30K if you are looking for a good bike. Don't buy a cheap Mountain bikes with suspension and gears and what not. Those bikes will start showing niggles from day one and one day you will get frustrated and stop using it. They are called BSO (Bike Shaped Objects). More on it here


Goto Decathalon and try out. But don't buy until you visit more stores.

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So here's a tricky one ...
No pandit here, but my 2p:

Am 5'8". I picked up a medium-sized Decathlon. I am beginning to feel that I could do with a little larger bike.

In your case - I suggest 2 separate bikes. Apart from something for the height, you both can ride together. Will make it easier to build up on the activity than going alone each time. And not to forget having to adjust the height ever so often.

And yes- go to Decathlon, try the bikes.
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Old 16th January 2017, 12:06   #3321
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Just wondering, why don't you choose to buy two properly fitting second hand bikes, for the same money?
The major reason is that it will be easy to get rid of one bike if we both decide that cycling is not for us. Plus, my last experience of moving houses convinced me that we have wayyy too much stuff. So now we only buy things we need at the moment.

Thanks everyone for the great advice. Couldn't make it to Decathlon this weekend. Was participating in a club tennis tournament and was not good for anything else after playing 6 mini-set matches in half a day. Will try this weekend.
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My son has been pestering me to go for a bike since months.I also wanted one primarily for my fitness needs. He is 10 years old and 4'7". Yesterday went for a visit to decathlon . Tried Btwin RR500 , 520 and 540 .RR 500 was the only remaining piece and was offered at a discounted rate of 20000/ with accessories. RR520 was retailing for 26000 after discounts. Little guy was adamant that he wanted a new piece since there were minor scratches on 500 So went and purchased 520, paid 28994/ including accessories. Opted for a medium frame since we both are using it. (I am 5'8").
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Old 30th January 2017, 16:29   #3323
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I had a blow out today morning. I approaching a signal and breezed past all the stopped vehicles from extreme left. Signal turned green when I was at the Zebra crossing and just when I was about to pick up speed, heard a loud 'phat'. Moved to the side of the road to inspect.

I am yet to see what caused the puncture, but the edge of the tread has got damaged, probably the tire had already gotten weak. Its a 700x35 C tire. I had replaced the tire just 6-8 months back. I am not happy with Kenda quality.

My other GRL tire at the front (yes it takes a lot less abuse than rear) is going great guns and it probably 1/3 the Kenda price. Check photos https://goo.gl/photos/tk7yd9JCVrt3pxHa9

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Old 8th February 2017, 16:08   #3324
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Finally got myself a Firefox Cyclone D 19.5 frame yesterday. I would like to know the opinion of the experts on its rideability on paved surfaces and short runs. Got myself a good torch and bottle cage fitted along with a good quality pump. Eager to start riding soon.
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Old 8th February 2017, 18:30   #3325
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I've been cycling on and off for a couple of years now, but the last 8 months has seen me put a complete stop to cycling. A bad knee and the subsequent treatment being the cause.

Planning on getting back to doing short weekend rides to places close to where I stay. Starting slow to make sure I don't cause too much of a strain on my knee.

There are several trails in and around e-city and was looking for company to explore these trails. Anyone from e-city who would be willing to join me on a short trail ride on a Sunday?
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Old 18th February 2017, 19:29   #3326
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Friends,

I am a 34 year old male; 164cm tall and weigh 76 KGS. I am planning to buy a bicycle for a daily commute of 6kms (3+3) on reasonably well paved, flat roads with moderate traffic. I will not be using the bicycle for long distances or on steep trails. I am not (at present) passionate about cycling. Buying a bicycle is just a ruse to cut down on my car usage and contribute towards a greener earth.

I do not have a fixed budget, but given the fact that I have never actually used a bicycle for long, I am apprehensive of spending anything more than 10k for this buy . The bicycle should be simple enough to be serviced/repaired at the regular cycle shops.

I have been a regular follower of this thread. But since my case is a bit different, your suggestions can help me pick up an appropriate bike. It really feels awkward seeking suggestions on buying a low priced bicycle from people whose steeds are far more costly and advanced.

Please don't mind.

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I was a passionate bicyclist when I was a kid. Had a Hercules MTB DX for over a decade on which I must have covered over 25 - 30k km. I used to venture out of town on the bicycle every now and then, lying to parents that I would be at some friend's place I used to go out more frequently than what I do with my motorcycles now (life in a metro city sucks)

P.S: Owning a 'geared' bicycle was always a dream, didn't materialize somehow

Anyway, I'm thinking of getting a bicycle to ride around the neighbourhood on days where I'm too lazy to go for a walk. I also plan to ride to work occasionally. I'd like to start with a very modest budget of 10k. If my passion picks up again I might upgrade. Don't want to start on a big budget now only to have the bicycle end up in a corner unused.

I did search the thread but didn't find any recent post related to it. I was in Decathlon recently, I saw the Rockrider 300 and 340 there. 340 was out of budget. 300 was right in my budget, but seems to be EOL. Would you recommend the 300 for my kind of usage? Any other alternatives?

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I was a passionate bicyclist when I was a kid. Had a Hercules MTB DX for over a decade on which I must have covered over 25 - 30k km. I used to venture out of town on the bicycle every now and then, lying to parents that I would be at some friend's place I used to go out more frequently than what I do with my motorcycles now (life in a metro city sucks)

P.S: Owning a 'geared' bicycle was always a dream, didn't materialize somehow

Anyway, I'm thinking of getting a bicycle to ride around the neighbourhood on days where I'm too lazy to go for a walk. I also plan to ride to work occasionally. I'd like to start with a very modest budget of 10k. If my passion picks up again I might upgrade. Don't want to start on a big budget now only to have the bicycle end up in a corner unused.

I did search the thread but didn't find any recent post related to it. I was in Decathlon recently, I saw the Rockrider 300 and 340 there. 340 was out of budget. 300 was right in my budget, but seems to be EOL. Would you recommend the 300 for my kind of usage? Any other alternatives?
I was in the same situation before I started cycling again. Its all about our lack of confidence which really restricts us to invest more in a cycle when we intend to start. I felt like replying to this because I invested less and bought basic My Bike 7s geared cycle from Decathelon as I was not at all confident about the usage. Infact I was going to buy the basic My Bike but the sales guy at Decathelon convinced me to go for geared one and I am really thankful to him now!

And things started moving smoothly when I started cycling. And with in 3 months of cycling I was regretting of not investing more. Since you were passionate about cycling I would suggest you to increase your budget and go for Hybrids. My Bikes are leisure bikes. And once you start using it you actually come to know the difference. I guess a budget of around 20 K will be good to begin with for a passionate cyclist!

Rockrider series is a good option so you can definitely go for 300. But with full accessories it will cost you around 12K or more.
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I was in the same situation before I started cycling again. Its all about our lack of confidence which really restricts us to invest more in a cycle when we intend to start.

Rockrider series is a good option so you can definitely go for 300. But with full accessories it will cost you around 12K or more.

Thanks zaheer5776. Even though I was a passionate cyclist back in the day, I don't think I'd be taking a bicycle out as much as I used to. Since I live in a metro, I'd have to fight my way through 10+ km of terrible traffic if I have to clear the city limits. That takes all the energy out. To satiate the desires of exploration, I have a motorcycle. For one off rides outside the city, I don't feel like spending more at this moment. If at all I'm proven wrong and I start riding it a lot and find some serious shortcomings with the 10k bike, I wouldn't mind spending more later on

Your words about 300 are encouraging. I wouldn't mind spending additional 2k for good accessories.
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Greetings,
I've been thinking of doing some cycling in the mornings. Nothing big, just a 30min stretch or so. Friend refuses to let me buy the Heros and Hercules and stuff but that's all i know :P

So for a 6ft male what would be a good city bike costing between 10-15k?
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