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Old 26th March 2017, 15:18   #3361
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Today while fishing for add-ons to the bicycle, I got to land up on this extra suspension fixture. Do anyone have any idea on the pros and cons of functionality of these type of things.

Here's the link to it.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...r?ref=category

Disclaimer: I do not have any commercial interests on any of the things asked in my query. This is just for personal use.
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Old 30th March 2017, 13:37   #3362
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Hi all, so I have been using my Roadeo A-300 for three years now. Commuting to school, tuition classes, playground, and also some off road trail fun with a few like minded friends, it has seen it all. Other than a very few significant problems which keep coming back, the bike has served me quite okay. Since some months though, there have been a wide range of problems. I have been fixing them temporarily somehow myself and keep riding it. But its just not possible anymore to do so. Here's a list of the problem:

1. Front disc brake caliper, which was replaced a year ago, doesn't seem to stay in shape at all and goes haywire in less than a week after it has been opened up and carefully repaired. Right now, there's no front brake and its quite dangerous to ride that way, I wish I could have reverted back to the original Zoom calipers, but that has a busted spring joint(don't have any idea what it's called) and no one seems to be able to repair or replace that. The one that is fitted now is unbranded.

2. Time for tyre replacement. Rear tyre has no treads left anymore. Drains pressure very fast too.

3. Squeaking noise from rear suspension. Front suspension almost unresponsive even after changing the hydraulic oil.

4. Saddle seems to get loose very often.

5. Rusts in some of the places


I don't really know what to do now. This plays an integral part as it is my daily ride around town. I had absolutely no plans of buying a new bicycle now. Suggestions welcome!

Neel

EDIT: Someone I know from school is selling his 2015 June Montra Rock 1.0 for 7k. The original Shimano derailleur needs some work to be done or better if its replaced. Shifters have been changed to ones by Suncross. I know he took good care of it and didnt ride it much and the red and black frame is intact without a lot of scratches. Good deal?
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Has anyone used or know feedback about the TATA Stryder bikes. I saw one at Start Bazaar with 18 speed Shimano gears, dual shocks for INR 6500. Are they good for thrice a week office commute of 12 (6+6) km ?

Else what is the best one to buy within 10k. The lesser the better.
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Old 31st March 2017, 20:32   #3364
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  • Cleaning - FD, RD, Brakes, Cables, Chain, Levers, Frame
  • Lubrication - FD, RD, Chain, Cables
  • Brakes - Replacing Pads, Setting, Tightening/Loosening
  • FD/RD Adjustments - Two adjustment nuts on both usually, that can be used to set the gear shift thresholds
  • Accessories - Installing Meters, Lights, Bags, Panniers etc.
  • Bike Fit - Saddle Height, Saddle position, Stem Position (Shorten/Lengthen), Handlebar angle etc.
1. Would you please list the products that you use for
  • Chain and cables cleaning
  • Lubrication of the above two.

2. I weigh around 75kg. The tyre size is 26x1.75. The bicycle itself weighs around 15 kg. What will the ideal tyre pressure be for rides on pockmarked but decently metalled roads?

3. What should be the general service interval? My daily ride is around 7km.

4. Anything that I can do daily to keep the bicycle in good stead?
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1. Would you please list the products that you use for
As a layman who uses bicycle for commutes and general fitness, this is what works for me

Chain cleaning - I use an old tooth brush and IPA or Kerosene or Petrol. Don't go over board with these; Use as little as possible. All you should need is a couple of tea spoons

Chain Lubrication - I use cheap sewing machine oil. Then do a test ride for 2-3 mins and wipe off the chain with a clean dry cloth.

Tire pressure - Check the tire side wall. It will tell you the max pressure the tire supports. Try to inflate at the max pressure and experience the ride quality. If its too harsh, reduce by 1-2 PSI and try again.
Keep the pressure as high as possible without compromising your comfort. But remember that Higher the pressure, lesser the chance of punctures.
I ride a hybrid bike with 35x700c tires and keep tire pressure around 85-90 psi. I am OK with a harsher ride with an ability to ride fast on good roads.

General maintenance - Just keep the bicycle clean, make sure to wipe down the frame once a fortnight with a wet microfibre cloth.
Everytime I want to go on a ride. I just check the brakes, ensure the spokes are fine. Its a good practice to just lift the bike 2 inches and let it fall on its wheels a couple of times. If anything is loose you will realize it before you start riding.


There are specialized cleaning tools/solutions for each of these items depends on how much moolah you are willing to spend

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My office commute is 1.5 kms hence thinking of buying a cycle. Any recommendations?

Budget - need a decent cycle without gears or any bells and whistles.

I weigh around 90kg and height 6'3. Need a cycle that does not look puny next to me.

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My office commute is 1.5 kms hence thinking of buying a cycle. Any recommendations?

Budget - need a decent cycle without gears or any bells and whistles.

I weigh around 90kg and height 6'3. Need a cycle that does not look puny next to me.
Decathlon sells a Btwin branded bike named Mybike. It should be about around 8-10 K. Its a no frills bike which will suit your needs. Go an take a test ride.

For your use, don't fall for those cheap suspension bikes with disc brakes etc.
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Decathlon sells a Btwin branded bike named Mybike. It should be about around 8-10 K. Its a no frills bike which will suit your needs. Go an take a test ride.

For your use, don't fall for those cheap suspension bikes with disc brakes etc.
Current price is Rs.4499/-

https://www.decathlon.in/p/8304742_m...57-m_1m65_1m75

Do you know if this is available in any other cycle shops in Pune city? Wagholi Decathlon is too far for me, and I am a bit wary of buying such stuff online.

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Current price is Rs.4499/- Do you know if this is available in any other cycle shops in Pune? Decathlon is too far for me, and I am a bit wary of buying such stuff online.

Cheers,
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I haven't seen Btwin bikes in any other shops other than Decathlon.
Check shops in Budhwar Peth. But, don't fall for cheap bikes with "features". They will be a pain to maintain and you will lose interest in cycling.

Take some time out and do visit Decathlon, you will get to take a test ride and decide on which frame size fits you. You will also have a choice of other bikes to look at (in case you want to up the budget).
Don't buy bikes online. Every new bikes needs a bit of tuning, and buying in person make a lot of sense.
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Take some time out and do visit Decathlon, you will get to take a test ride and decide on which frame size fits you.
Thank you, looks like a Kothrud - Wagholi trip will be needed Rather than serious cycling, I just need a no frills cycle for short distances around the house (going to the ATM, gym, corner store etc.), and this model fits the bill perfectly!
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Thank you, looks like a Kothrud - Wagholi trip will be needed Rather than serious cycling, I just need a no frills cycle for short distances around the house (going to the ATM, gym, corner store etc.), and this model fits the bill perfectly!

Two shops close to Kothrud.Check it out.

Life cycle.
https://g.co/kgs/on2dlL

Surender cycle mart
https://g.co/kgs/jjeXi2

Test ride the cycles. Budget brands to consider are BTW in, Montra and Schwinn. Hope this helps.
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I just wanted to ask you guys how you manage to ride in the heavy traffic, noisy, pothole ridden, dusty indian roads. I love cycling but I am holding off thinking I won't like to ride on these roads and that the expenditure will be a waste. Please state your experiences how you manage the traffic, noise and dust.
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Two shops close to Kothrud.Check it out..
Thanks, will give them a try. Though from what I read online, Btwin (specifically the MyBike) seems to be sold exclusively in Decathlon; but no harm in checking.
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Current price is Rs.4499/-

https://www.decathlon.in/p/8304742_m...57-m_1m65_1m75



Cheers,
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What is the difference between two options on website i.e. M75 & M80?
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I just wanted to ask you guys how you manage to ride in the heavy traffic, noisy, pothole ridden, dusty indian roads. I love cycling but I am holding off thinking I won't like to ride on these roads and that the expenditure will be a waste. Please state your experiences how you manage the traffic, noise and dust.
Let me try and answer your queries:

1) Heavy Traffic - use very bright rear lights and a mirror
2) Noisy - Procure ear plugs which filter noise
3) Potholes - Procure suitable cycle - Hybrid with fat tyres or a MTB
4) Dusty Roads - Procure filter

Better yet - Try cycling early in the Morning or late evenings or even night time.
That's what I do - stay in an area with good roads and limited traffic.
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