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Old 31st July 2021, 14:10   #6286
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Bad day today:

As luck would have it, had to abort today's ride just after some 5kms into the ride. I was eagerly looking forward for a decent 50 km ride on my road bike after the lockdown. And the culprit - a small piece of metal piercing my rear tire and causing a flat tire.

I am having almost new tires that covered some 600 kms, and a new tube. I even have tire liners installed for some puncture protection. Still the metal piece could win over all that and made me stop.

I was even carrying puncture kit, spare tube, pump, tire lever etc and I could fix the puncture and carry on, but my tire lever gave in easily. I couldn't remove my tires because of that.

Finally got into an auto and came back to starting point. Auto guy was decent and was helpful. Finally I fixed the puncture after reaching home.

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Narayan bhai, an auro is in the destiny of every cyclist.

Some time or the other.

You know that!

Usually seeing the distances we cover, and the spiralling cost of auto fares, more often than not the auto is costlier than if you'd carried a spare tube.

Or bought better levers

Que sera sera.

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Narayan bhai, an auro is in the destiny of every cyclist

Usually seeing the distances we cover, and the spiralling cost of auto fares, more often than not the auto is costlier than if you'd carried a spare tube.

Or bought better levers

Que sera sera.

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Haha

Thanks Doc. I also feel these auto guys have some connections with cyclists, they still get a chance to carry some bikes.

Today I feel my destiny was not to ride, whatever ways I tried. I have never got a tire lever breaking experience. But I am thankful that the halt was within 5 kms distance, otherwise it could have been much worse for me to get a vehicle to carry us back to start point.

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Haha

Thanks Doc. I also feel these auto guys have some connections with cyclists, they still get a chance to carry some bikes.

Today I feel my destiny was not to ride, whatever ways I tried. I have never got a tire lever breaking experience. But I am thankful that the halt was within 5 kms distance, otherwise it could have been much worse for me to get a vehicle to carry us back to start point.

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Bro twice I've hitched a ride on the highway, once in a mini bus 150+ km from Poona when my rear tyre had a blowout on a 600 BRM, in the day time, and once on a lorry in the dead of night just ahead of Satara about 90 km from Poona on a 400 BRM when in ripped the first 300 km and led the pack, and then felt so sleepy that I stopped by a dhabha and went to sleep on top of the still warm tandoor. Only to ve awoken by mosquitoes and barking dogs, totally cold and disoriented.

It's definitely an experience! Lol
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Was looking for some information on rear cycle mount/carriers. Have you ever used it on Scorpio? I also own a Scorpio and just planning to get a cycle and also thinking of options to carry it in the Scorpio. Good to see that it can be carried inside the vehicle also, bit that is a problem for me as I will certainly have enough luggage's as well. Any thoughts on cycle carriers for Scorpio?
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It's definitely an experience! Lol
That's crazy experiences Doc. Ironically, I haven't faced much setbacks on any of my rides so far, not even puncture. Yesterday was the first one I got while riding outdoors for some years. Touchwood, I haven't also got any mechanical issues to get me stranded on the road. But I haven't done any BRMs except few self supported intercity rides before.

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Was looking for some information on rear cycle mount/carriers. Have you ever used it on Scorpio? I also own a Scorpio and just planning to get a cycle and also thinking of options to carry it in the Scorpio. Good to see that it can be carried inside the vehicle also, bit that is a problem for me as I will certainly have enough luggage's as well. Any thoughts on cycle carriers for Scorpio?
Unfortunately, I don't have experience with the rear bike carrier on Scorpio, I haven't personally seen anyone's doing it also. But I have seen people carrying bikes on Innova rear carrier. So if you really need, those rear bike carriers suitable for SUVs should be able to do the job, I think.

I have carried my bike with lots of luggage inside Scorpio, if you remove both wheels then it's pretty much goes anywhere inside the car. Bike can even be kept on top of luggage, lying sideways. I feel you don't have to look for a rear carrier, if you try this.

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Am looking to buy one more foldable cycle for myself (my wife learnt cycling on the PPOF and is now used to it). Was considering the Montague Paratrooper series. Two questions:
1- Has anyone here used one? And if yes, your feedback would be really helpful.
2- There is a top of line variant called the HIGHLINE MTB which is priced at 78k vs another called just MTB (cammy green) which costs 60k. Can someone advice if that premium is justified and if it is indeed worth going for the top of line or is the 60k one ok. Iím not a pro at bicycling and hence excuse my ignorance. Thanks in advance.
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Didn't see security for bikes being talked or may be I missed it.
Was in outskirts today on a long-ish ride (for me) and the Chaiwallah in a village asked me to bring the bike (which I had carefully laid on its side) inside his makeshift shade because outside it will get flicked in a blink per him.
At night also, my friends said put it inside the home and not just in the compound.
I see folks have MUCH more expensive bikes, what do you do to secure it when outside, carry a chain lock? Surely you guys take breaks...right?
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Didn't see security for bikes being talked or may be I missed it.
Was in outskirts today on a long-ish ride (for me) and the Chaiwallah in a village asked me to bring the bike (which I had carefully laid on its side) inside his makeshift shade because outside it will get flicked in a blink per him.
At night also, my friends said put it inside the home and not just in the compound.
I see folks have MUCH more expensive bikes, what do you do to secure it when outside, carry a chain lock? Surely you guys take breaks...right?
Depends on the situation and location. Generally on the highways/rural areas, I avoid the larger restaurants option for the roadside stalls / outlets. Even if I opt for the former on longer rides, I make sure I have full visibility to the the cycle at all times. I seriously doubt / believe that cycle will get flicked on the highways, but within the city, yes, that is a risk. Don’t carry any locks.

And if you see a security guard, tip him a few bucks. Might not make a huge difference but he’ll probably keep an eye on your cycle for sure.

As for home, I usually keep it inside my house.

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Didn't see security for bikes being talked or may be I missed it.
Was in outskirts today on a long-ish ride (for me) and the Chaiwallah in a village asked me to bring the bike (which I had carefully laid on its side) inside his makeshift shade because outside it will get flicked in a blink per him.
At night also, my friends said put it inside the home and not just in the compound.
I see folks have MUCH more expensive bikes, what do you do to secure it when outside, carry a chain lock? Surely you guys take breaks...right?
The more bike is expensive the more you get worried. Initially even I was apprehensive of parking the bike at secluded places but my numbered wire lock has come in handy. In the picture below you can see the red coiled wire lock just above the blue bottle. It is very light, does not make noise while going on rough roads, length I guess around 3-4 feet, so can be easily winded around a tree trunk or a pole. At home bike is parked in a locked room, so no worries.
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I carry a lock always. I do not worry much about shaving every gram off the bike anyway.
I usually lock the bike against a pole or something fixed and try to be seated in the line of sight at restaurants. If not possible, I tip the watchman before going in.
A LOT of people have lost their bikes parked in their compound. So it is best to park it in the house if possible. In the past I used to park it close to the watchman's room- chained to a pillar.
If I am going to stay at a hotel, I tell the reception before hand that the bikes will be parked in the room only. An Airbnb owner once cancelled my reservation due to this but I can't risk loosing my bike!

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Didn't see security for bikes being talked or may be I missed it.
Was in outskirts today on a long-ish ride (for me) and the Chaiwallah in a village asked me to bring the bike (which I had carefully laid on its side) inside his makeshift shade because outside it will get flicked in a blink per him.
At night also, my friends said put it inside the home and not just in the compound.
I see folks have MUCH more expensive bikes, what do you do to secure it when outside, carry a chain lock? Surely you guys take breaks...right?
I used to carry that cable lock of Decathlon coiled around my stem. All my brevets.

Till I realised any small key can pop it open. Including pointy scissors or a nail file. So why bother.

The seat post can be taken away along with the saddle. So can the front wheel. Even with the bike locked. Essentially you are still jacked. Stranded.

Always keep it in line of sight or in a closed room with locked door with you. No other way to be absolutely safe.

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I used to carry that cable lock of Decathlon coiled around my stem. All my brevets.

Till I realised any small key can pop it open. Including pointy scissors or a nail file. So why bother.

The seat post can be taken away along with the saddle. So can the front wheel. Even with the bike locked. Essentially you are still jacked. Stranded.

Always keep it in line of sight or in a closed room with locked door with you. No other way to be absolutely safe.
Wow, really!? I will try to open my cable lock without a key when I am back home.
The quick release mechanism haven't caught up with the masses yet so we are safe there for saddles and wheels.
I once lost my bike comp when parked in an IT park in Whitefield, Bangalore. The thief didn't know that a simple twist can remove it so he broke it!

There is something called a Kryptonite bike lock which is considered safe out of all locks in the market.

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but within the city, yes, that is a risk. Donít carry any locks.

And if you see a security guard, tip him a few bucks. Might not make a huge difference but heíll probably keep an eye on your cycle for sure.

As for home, I usually keep it inside my house.
I'm mostly doing within city rides.. I think I'll use chain for now. Have already started keeping the bike inside home almost all the time now. There have been cases where small?/light items just vanished in our colony.

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In the picture below you can see the red coiled wire lock just above the blue bottle. It is very light, does not make noise while going on rough roads, length I guess around 3-4 feet, so can be easily winded around a tree trunk or a pole.
Exactly something I have in my mind. Didn't see many people using it so I was curious. Thanks!

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I carry a lock always. I do not worry much about shaving every gram off the bike anyway.
I usually lock the bike against a pole or something fixed and try to be seated in the line of sight at restaurants. If not possible, I tip the watchman before going in.

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Me too. Honestly I'm too much of a beginner to worry about few added grams.

I have read your INCREDIBLE Rajasthan travelogue and have wondered how did you manage to keep that Bianchi safe.
If anything touristy places have taught me to be always on guard for your valuables!

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I used to carry that cable lock of Decathlon coiled around my stem. All my brevets.

Till I realised any small key can pop it open. Including pointy scissors or a nail file. So why bother.

The seat post can be taken away along with the saddle. So can the front wheel. Even with the bike locked. Essentially you are still jacked. Stranded.

Always keep it in line of sight or in a closed room with locked door with you. No other way to be absolutely safe.
Damn. I was getting hopeful.

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There is something called a Kryptonite bike lock which is considered safe out of all locks in the market.
If it's a chain lock made of some compound that can't be cut by angle grinder or regular bolt cutters, I would imagine the thing to be extremely heavy. Back in USA where motorcycle theft was common, I used Kryptonite chain which was a good 5 kg or more. Just one look at it and you would know this is serious business! Expensive but worth it. Their U locks are also popular but don't think they can withstand abuse like that of those chains.
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I transfer my bikes in the back of my Storme quite often, usually just laying them diagonally to one side. I put a folded newspaper wherever a hard bit is resting on a seat etc. And I tie the bike down front and rear with 2 inch wide long strips cut out of a old MTB cycle tube, permanently kept in the back tailgate pocket of the Storme for exactly that purpose. The bike will not budge an inch regardless of how aggressively I drive or suddenly I brake (the bobbing head doggie on my dashboard flies into the windscreen like clockwork every time though, head bobbing very disapprovingly ...).
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Could you please post a pic of this setup?
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Second the request for sharing an image and any additional pointers - we plan to take our cycles in our SCross in the coming months and were thinking of doing this exactly.
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In the front the rubber strap goes around (behind) the downtube and the metal hinge of the folded and flipped forward center seat, at the back the strap goes through the wheel around the rim and on the left the grab handle of the Storme, and on the right the frame of the right side folded up jump seat.

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Some photos of my ACT and CAAD actually tied down.

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Update: Saturday morning I saw that the Whitefield store had stock of the ROCKRIDER ST 30 in Large size. Went down there but sadly they were not assembled and could not test ride them. They also did not have the RC 100 Drop bar available.

Test rode the following inside the store and TBH it did not help
1. ROCKRIDER ST 30 Medium size : small for me, did not have the stock saddle but the colour is still gorgeous.
2. Rockrider ST-50 Large: Being the first time riding a geared cycle, spent most of my time figuring those out. Seems like that if I seriously look at ST-30, this should also be revisited since its a model higher up.
3. Rockrider ST520, Large: Maybe it wasn't setup for me correctly, but did not enjoy this

Basically, made no progress so far. Will need to go for a longer test ride some other day.



Shows as available on the website - at least in one of the Bangalore stores. https://www.decathlon.in/p/8389398/m...8389398&type=p
Next update - I haven't been able to get longish test rides but got to try out the ST100 in red at the Brigade Road and liked it. Seems like this can be a better upgrade from my riverside 50 and will keep me happier longer than the ST30 would. What do the experts say?

Haven't been able to get hold of the RC 100 Drop bar yet to try it at all.
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