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Old 3rd August 2011, 21:32   #901
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I am looking for a good bike with 10k budget. I liked the Btwin Rockrider 5.1. Please suggest any alternatives.
RR 5.2 I have it and absolutely love it. Comes at 14599 though. Worth it over the RR 5.1.
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Hello Folks, time is come when I start looking after my weight. 100 was the threshold and looks like I have crossed it.

I have become a lazy bug and want to reduce it. Fun and yet reduce the weight what better than cycling.

I am looking for a good bike with 10k budget. I liked the Btwin Rockrider 5.1. Please suggest any alternatives.
I was at a similar weight around 6 months ago.
You can pick Hercules ACT 110, i bought one for around 9800 in Bangalore.
Its a hybrid, has 24 gears, the components are pretty decent.
Nice bike to start cycling with. I have been using it for the last 6 months without a problem.
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RR 5.2 I have it and absolutely love it. Comes at 14599 though. Worth it over the RR 5.1.
Yeah, Spitfire, got the same set of pedals yesterday and man does it GO!!!!
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Ok folks, here is what I have.

1. Rockrider 5.2 - 14599/- MTB
2. SCHWINN SEARCHER 2011 - 16600/- Hybrid
3. FRONTIER SPORT - 14900/- MTB
4. GT AGGRESSOR 2.0 - 16500/- MTB
5. GT AGGRESSOR 3.0 - 14500/- MTB
6. SCHWINN FRONTIER COMP - 15400/- MTB
7. SCHWINN SPORTERRA - 14980/- Hybrid
8. Giant Boulder 2 - 17800/- - MTB

All hybrid's have thinner tyre profiles.

I am about 100kgs, should I pick the hybrids or play safe with MTB's.
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Ok folks, here is what I have.

1. Rockrider 5.2 - 14599/- MTB
2. SCHWINN SEARCHER 2011 - 16600/- Hybrid
3. FRONTIER SPORT - 14900/- MTB
4. GT AGGRESSOR 2.0 - 16500/- MTB
5. GT AGGRESSOR 3.0 - 14500/- MTB
6. SCHWINN FRONTIER COMP - 15400/- MTB
7. SCHWINN SPORTERRA - 14980/- Hybrid
8. Giant Boulder 2 - 17800/- - MTB

All hybrid's have thinner tyre profiles.

I am about 100kgs, should I pick the hybrids or play safe with MTB's.
Deepak:

1. Are you going to ride this bike only on tarmac?
2. Are you only looking at fitness/commuting?
3. Are you comfortable with drop handles - the ones you see on racing bikes?

If you answered YES to all then you need a road bike. If you answered NO to the third question, you need a hybrid.

Consider a MTB only if you answered NO to Q1. Shocks on a bicycle are very different from the ones on motorcycles and make no difference on potholed roads. Riding a MTB on tarmac will make you hate cycling altogether.

Hope this helps,

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I would like to add that any indian city roads can be bad, unless one is looking at riding in MGroad or indirangar etc

Cycling is fun when you use it for exploring, riding in some narrow gullies is the best part, so in these cases its best to have an MTB



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Deepak:

1. Are you going to ride this bike only on tarmac?
2. Are you only looking at fitness/commuting?
3. Are you comfortable with drop handles - the ones you see on racing bikes?

If you answered YES to all then you need a road bike. If you answered NO to the third question, you need a hybrid.

Consider a MTB only if you answered NO to Q1. Shocks on a bicycle are very different from the ones on motorcycles and make no difference on potholed roads. Riding a MTB on tarmac will make you hate cycling altogether.

Hope this helps,

Rajan
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I would like to add that any indian city roads can be bad, unless one is looking at riding in MGroad or indirangar etc

Cycling is fun when you use it for exploring, riding in some narrow gullies is the best part, so in these cases its best to have an MTB
MTBs are best where there are no roads. Jungle trails where you might need to ride over overgrown roots, boulders, etc. MTBs usually come with thick knobby tyres to improve grip and hence have a much greater rolling resistance than road bike tyres

Racing bikes are equipped with slicks for this very reason as they offer the least rolling resistance and are meant for going faster and longer distances with the same effort

Deepak seems to have an apprehension about thinner profile tyres being able to support his weight - 100 kgs, as he says. Road bike tyres can easily support that weight.

As I said earlier, if commuting or fitness is the objective, then MTB may not be a good choice. Considering that Deepak is in Bangalore, I would suggest him to go to bicycle dealers and get test rides of both MTBs and Hybrids and then make a decision.

Rajan

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Agreed, there are 2ways to look at it all MTB's is not meant to do tough trails if one is serious then has to go in for better rides.
indian roads aint good everywhere even a well laid tarmac can be bumpy, i used to like to ride only on old airport road...however the newer road bikes maybe good but an MTB will be an all purpose bike, atleast am not regretting

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MTBs are best where there are no roads. Jungle trails where you might need to ride over overgrown roots, boulders, etc. MTBs usually come with thick knobby tyres to improve grip and hence have a much greater rolling resistance than road bike tyres

Racing bikes are equipped with slicks for this very reason as they offer the least rolling resistance and are meant for going faster and longer distances with the same effort

Deepak seems to have an apprehension about thinner profile tyres being able to support his weight - 100 kgs, as he says. Road bike tyres can easily support that weight.

As I said earlier, if commuting or fitness is the objective, then MTB may not be a good choice. Considering that Deepak is in Bangalore, I would suggest him to go to bicycle dealers and get test rides of both MTBs and Hybrids and then make a decision.

Rajan
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Hi Folks,

I'm planning to buy a non-geared bike and have zeroed in on the BSA Photon. If anyone has used it, please do share your feedback about it.

The BSA site list 2 variants, the only difference between them being "MTB style bar ends". However, try as I might, I haven't been able to spot the difference in the photos. Could biking Gurus on the forum point it out to me please?

https://www.bsahercules.com/Product-Features.asp?pid=33

https://www.bsahercules.com/Product-Features.asp?pid=34

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Guys, its my first post and its a Cannondale Quick 5. Just rode the bike back from showroom, didn't have a clue of how what gear to be in different situation, looks like there's a heck a lot to learn. While nearing my office, a biker slowed down and inquired about the bike, he wasn't aware that my knowledge about bicycles are pedestrian (just couple of weeks of research), but spoke to him as if I was an expert...
Guys - glad to share that after 23 days after buying the bike, I have done 1114kms. Did 100+ today & yesterday.

So far so good.
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Krishna, wow 1114kms in 23days!!! man you are munching kms, keep it going!
must say cycling is addiction and once you get used to it its fun!

guys have a question, riding down the hill is something which has made me think in terms of the braking, my bike does not have discs. any tips on this? will be of great help. thanks!
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Guys - glad to share that after 23 days after buying the bike, I have done 1114kms. Did 100+ today & yesterday.

So far so good.
WOW.

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Krishna, wow 1114kms in 23days!!! man you are munching kms, keep it going!
must say cycling is addiction and once you get used to it its fun!

guys have a question, riding down the hill is something which has made me think in terms of the braking, my bike does not have discs. any tips on this? will be of great help. thanks!
I have a couple of steep climbs and declines on my route. I usually keep the brakes pressed in a little to keep the speed in check.
One stretch (Banjara Hills Rd 10, Hyderabad) is a road with couple of speed breakers as well. If I don't keep the speed low, the speed breakers will cause me to topple over.
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Krishna, wow 1114kms in 23days!!! man you are munching kms, keep it going!
must say cycling is addiction and once you get used to it its fun!
Thanks Lohith. Yes, I am enjoying riding more than I thought and cycling along with a group is a real fun and it keeps me going. Luckily I was introduced to group seasoned cyclists on the day after I bought my cycle and it was the best thing that could have ever happened.

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Thanks bb.
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Have an MTB. Rear tyre needs replacement. ANy good brands suggestions ? I 'm planning to go for thin profile tyre. Mechanic said I can buy one and put in front and move the front broad one to rear. So front will be thin and rear broad tyre. ANy suggestions before I go for it ? Next time I can replace rear also to thin profile.
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Have an MTB. Rear tyre needs replacement. ANy good brands suggestions ? I 'm planning to go for thin profile tyre. Mechanic said I can buy one and put in front and move the front broad one to rear. So front will be thin and rear broad tyre. ANy suggestions before I go for it ? Next time I can replace rear also to thin profile.
Don't mix slicks with knobby.

Slicks : continental city ride
MTB tires, buy any except the rs 500-600 kenda sold by Firefox. It rolls really bad n is simply a pain.

@tifosi : u rock man. Awesome. Has your wife disowned u yet? good show man!

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