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Old 20th June 2012, 20:08   #1231
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I'm toying with the idea of getting myself a nice bicycle. I'm fed up of the traffic in and around the area I say in, and the parking-space is at a premium like you've never imagined. Plus, I'm trying to avoid taking the car out for short distances and burning 80 bucks for a liter of fuel when I rather use man-power. Besides, it's good exercise too! For trips to the shops and for the odd ride to work/college, a cycle is making a lot of sense.

Of course, I will definitely invest in riding gear (helmet, guards, etc)

But there is one huge flaw in my otherwise perfect plan. Where do I park it when I reach my destination, and how do I prevent it from being lifted?

Any thoughts on this guys?
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I bought a bike about a month back, hyper full suspension from walmart . 3X7 gears. I have never used geared bikes before. Quick Q, how do we lubricate these bikes? regular machine oil/grease/anything else?

Curious because I took it to beach and it has some sand here and there that I need to clean and lubricate. I heard a little cheen cheen sound from the front wheel (even before the beach trip).

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Hi Vivek,
I use the mini grease gun with the mini cartridge purchased from walmart, as you know my bike is shaft driven and has grease nipples under the differentials (underneath middle of the frame).
May be you could buy the similar grease gun and check for grease nipple in your bike's underbody area. Even if you don't have you can still pump the grease to lubricate the chain, gears and suspension.

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if you want it for regular commute, I suggest buying the most regular bike possible, no eye catching configuration/colors. And then not only you will limit your loss in case of a theft, but you can use regular locks too. Park with other similar bikes if possible, use cable lock to attach to a nearby pole.

Even better, buy a battered used bike for a trial from a local mechanic.

PS: This was for Suhaas.

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Guys - climbed Kodai in my reliable Q5. It was a 2000m climb in hot and rainy condition. Took me close to 4 1/2 hours to complete.

Garmin data - uphill

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downhill - downhill was easy, but one needs to be very careful in not allowing the bike to gather speed...



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Awesome stuff. The q5 is a super good Hybrid. I know, I ride one too.

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if you want it for regular commute, I suggest buying the most regular bike possible, no eye catching configuration/colors. And then not only you will limit your loss in case of a theft, but you can use regular locks too. Park with other similar bikes if possible, use cable lock to attach to a nearby pole.

Even better, buy a battered used bike for a trial from a local mechanic.

PS: This was for Suhaas.
+1.

and Vivek: you may want to get a decent lube for the chain. It makes a lot of difference. Don't use engine oil, hair oil etc. Also never use wd40 on the chain.
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But there is one huge flaw in my otherwise perfect plan. Where do I park it when I reach my destination, and how do I prevent it from being lifted?

Any thoughts on this guys?
BikesZone - Cycling • View topic - Hypothetical questions about a hypothetical folder etc can help you get started. lots of initial planning qs as well as later locking questions as well.
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BikesZone - Cycling • View topic - Hypothetical questions about a hypothetical folder etc can help you get started. lots of initial planning qs as well as later locking questions as well.
Many thanks Phamilyman!

That was a very helpful link.

I spoke to my parents about this and even though my dad is alright with the idea, my mom thinks it's outright dangerous and is vehemently discouraging me from riding a cycle. She says that it's just too dangerous, given the sorry state of Bangalore roads, unruly traffic besides.
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My fastest ride back home today. Totally enjoyed it.
Took a longer route via the Taramati Baradari stretch.

Average speed was about 31 kmph. Distance covered was 31 kms.

Feel very happy about it.
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Had been to Turahalli recently during and captured the DH practice session. Here are some images.

More images here. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...8457241&type=3
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Did my first Half Century ride today. On a roadie. GT4Series. Feeling really good. Doing my Brevet 200 this weekend at Bangalore. There are 80+ riders. Anybody from this group here?
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Is it safe to fill air at a petrol pump for my schwinn sporterra?
Hope the attendant doesnt get scared when i ask him to fill 60 and 70 psi front & rear respectively
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Is it safe to fill air at a petrol pump for my schwinn sporterra?
Hope the attendant doesnt get scared when i ask him to fill 60 and 70 psi front & rear respectively
Most petrol pumps will not be able to cross beyond 40-50 psi.
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Got the tires filled up to 60 & 70 psi at the neighbourhood BP outlet.
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Is it safe to fill air at a petrol pump for my schwinn sporterra?
Hope the attendant doesnt get scared when i ask him to fill 60 and 70 psi front & rear respectively
I would think it would be reasonable to fill much lower for Indian road conditions. 70 psi is suitable for track-smooth conditions, isn't it?
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Got a Firefox Toxin bike for my nephew. Looks really cool and the quality is great too! Cost: Rs. 8k.
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Ok finally took the plunge. After sitting on the sidelines for close to 6 months, took my son's birthday as the excuse and bought him a firefox MTV dirt. Big advantage, I can ride it too. And I should. At 5'6" and 70 kgs, the bike was calling out to me
Good bad ugly, its a decision I will live it.
Cost Rs.14.3 K, Grin on family's face: priceless
Here goes...(P.S. the smaller BSA in the foreground of the last picture is what we are upgrading from)
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