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Old 20th February 2017, 20:41   #3331
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Cycling is really catching up, way back in 2011 I bought my first expensive cycle and during that time spotting a cyclist was very rare but offlate cycling has become pretty common and people are taking this hobby pretty seriously.

A decade back touring on a motorcycle was considered big, but today many here have taken-up touring on cycles, people easily do 100/200kms on cycles in a 8-12hrs. best part i know many in the age group of 50s and 60s who have taken up this hobby very seriously and are doing extremely well.

Sharing pictures of my bikes, my first bike was Giant Revel 2. a year back i sold it and bought Giant Talon 3.

Will share my experience and learning's on cycling soon.
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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.

PS: Gears are not really a necessity. Or, are they?
I was exactly in your situation a few months back and I got myself a BTWIN MyBike7s for 7999+Accessories =~ 10K at Decathlon. I use it to commute to work (3.5km+3.5km) and I find it pretty much satisfactory for my requirements. I am 5'10" and I got myself the L frame since I found the M size a tad small.

Since its hot nowadays, I use it to do some early morning biking (since the weather during mornings is much cooler) maintaining the same distance approx.

I initially wanted to get the non geared version (since I did not know whether I'd be really using it regularly) but I found that the gears do help in steep inclines.
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Old 26th February 2017, 19:23   #3333
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I was exactly in your situation a few months back and I got myself a BTWIN MyBike7s for 7999+Accessories =~ 10K at Decathlon.
Thank you. Will keep it in mind. However, servicing it in my place may prove to be a headache. Hence hesitating a bit.

Any Btwin bicycle users from places that don't have Decathlon outlets? Your service experience will be of immense use. Please share.
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I think you can look for a used cycles in 15k range, am sure there will be plenty of options. couple of years back i sold my Giant Revel2 for 17k.


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Thank you. Will keep it in mind. However, servicing it in my place may prove to be a headache. Hence hesitating a bit.

Any Btwin bicycle users from places that don't have Decathlon outlets? Your service experience will be of immense use. Please share.
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Did my longest ride so far last Sunday. It was almost 80 miles in below freezing temps.
I was so distracted by the cold that i didn't realize i am putting too much pressure on my hands. Ended up with a numb left pinky finger. Did some internet research and discovered that this is called Cyclist's Palsy and will take a few weeks to heal.

Anyway, so that was the season opener kind of ride of around 127 kms. My goal this year is to do a century ride (100 miles) and some brevets (200 kms) But as I look around the cycling scene, I keep coming across these events called Grand Fondos. They seem to be pretty expensive, though they have better support services than randonneuring.
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Old 19th March 2017, 22:37   #3336
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Nice. Please restore it. Have a look at pictures of vintage steel bikes on various biking forums for ideas.
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Anyway, so that was the season opener kind of ride of around 127 kms. My goal this year is to do a century ride (100 miles) and some brevets (200 kms) But as I look around the cycling scene, I keep coming across these events called Grand Fondos. They seem to be pretty expensive, though they have better support services than randonneuring.
To what I have observed the Grand Fondos are more attended by pros. I have always found brevets more relaxing. But hey, it's been over a year since I did either; so who knows!
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To what I have observed the Grand Fondos are more attended by pros. I have always found brevets more relaxing. But hey, it's been over a year since I did either; so who knows!
Hehe the only thing that might have changed in one year is probably the latest in-thing bike.

But if they are for pros, then I better not show up there with my flat bar bike I already get berating looks from the local bike rides that start off from the bike store here. On the other end, randonneurs dont seem to care much for what bike you have.
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Hehe the only thing that might have changed in one year is probably the latest in-thing bike.

But if they are for pros, then I better not show up there with my flat bar bike I already get berating looks from the local bike rides that start off from the bike store here. On the other end, randonneurs dont seem to care much for what bike you have.
Nopes they don't. And they are a lot friendlier bunch - last brevet I did (@Wisconsin) I was the last to finish Submitted my brevet card and the organizer closed shop & walked back to the parking lot with me. There I realized my car battery had died. Pronto he got his car next to me and gave me a jump start; and helped me get back on the road.

Btw I have found the flat bar bikes to be better for these brevets than the road bike; but that's my own thought.

Finally warm days are here! My bike hasn't been touched for over a year :( Been focusing on half marathons over the last 18 months. I need to get it completely serviced to the nut; but that costs a fortune out here!!!

Bhpians based out of NY/NJ, any jugaad cycle shop that might be cheaper?
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Any leisure/pro bikers in NY/NJ? Let me know if you want to get riding or are interested in joining me this spring onwards; looking to start riding this month onwards. PM me if you are interested


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So I have been in Mumbai for close to 5 month for client work. I was always thinking that I should rent a bike on weekends and explore Mumbai. Come the weekend and I used to feel lazy to call up the stores for renting a bike. Plus, 500 per day really did not make sense to me.

Went to a local bike store 2 days back to get a new bike under 10K. I was looking at Mach city bikes as those were the ones that were in my budget. The plan was to sell the bike while leaving Mumbai.

Here is how the conversation went.

Me to the store owner - I want a bike under 10k, bare basic. Nothing fancy.

Store owner - What's your height, sir?

Me - 6 feet 2 inches.

Store owner- Err, Sorry! I got nothing for you in that case.

Store owner(once again) - Wait! I might have something for you. Then he mentioned that there has been a very recent launch of this Montra bike which has got a flip-flop hub. Single speed and a fixed gear.

Me - Show Show!

Me(after looking at the bike) - Do you accept credit cards?

You cannot deny buying this bike after having one look at this beauty. Presenting the Montra Fixie for your viewing pleasure.

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Already covered 100 KMs on it and it is just a dream to ride. I have been riding a mountain bike for the past 2 years and this came as a welcome change.
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You cannot deny buying this bike after having one look at this beauty. Presenting the Montra Fixie for your viewing pleasure.

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Very smart! What's a flip flop hub?

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Looks really cool! How much did it cost you?

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Very smart! What's a flip flop hub?
Reference - https://www.montaguebikes.com/foldin...fixed-vs-free/
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On a regular rear wheel, there are cogs on just one side of the hub the drive side. On a flip-flop rear wheel, there is a single cog on either side of the hub (although you only use one at any given time). One of is a fixed cog, and the other is a freewheel. The freewheel body means that the rear wheel can turn even when youre not pedaling. In a word, it allows you to coast.
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Thanks. Im familiar with fixed and free wheel cogs, but I have never heard this term or seen this concept on a bicycle. And I come from the Netherlands, the country were the bicycles outnumber the population!

Do you like riding the fixed cog? As the article mentions it it is typically used for very special track races. And I might add, I have in the very distant past used fixed cogs as well. I was part of a (youth) circus and we had a bicycle act. The two wheeler had a fixed cog. Because it allows you better control of the bicycle at very low speeds. And most importantly, it allows you to reverse bike as well! Very important in a circus.

For regular use I would not like to be without my 24-speed bicycle though.
Enjoy your bicycle, looks very neat!

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