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Old 9th May 2024, 01:12   #7321
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Re: The Bicycles thread

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Hi Doc,

One of the main advantages I can think of is the riding posture and also the weight of the bike to some extent. A proper vintage "dutch" bike even has its handlebars so near you that one can feel like they're sitting on a nice chair and pedalling. The upright riding posture is usually suited for the daily errands such as dropping kids to school, supermarket runs that require around 5KMs of riding. The Dutch also have couple of other bikes for respective purposes, such as touring and carrying loads. The culture is also a very big factor as you mentioned l. Most people believe, if it ain't broken, don't fix it types for lot of things here.
@ebonoho Doc, There were some sentences/words missing in my reply which make my reply seem incoherent. Anyway clarifying them below

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weight of the bike to some extent
This point I think is a major one because the Dutch headwinds are strong, so the weight helps a lot to keep the bike planted and people can carry on with their daily activities. On some days the winds really brutal that the cyclists just stand stationary on the road during such winds or hold onto something.

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The culture is also a very big factor as you mentioned l. Most people believe, if it ain't broken, don't fix it types for lot of things here.
Most people here live by if it ain't broken, then don't fix it. Also Dutch value longevity a lot. That's why a heavy bike, with hub gearing system that require less maintenance have been very popular for a long time as these age really well. So there were less incentive to move to a hybrids. Although, a lot of people have hybrids/road bikes as their secondary bikes, the proper Dutch bikes are quite common and popular.

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Old 9th May 2024, 18:05   #7322
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Although, a lot of people have hybrids/road bikes as their secondary bikes, the proper Dutch bikes are quite common and popular.
The Dutch style of bikes seems pretty unique to the country, geared towards utility than anything else. I looked up if similar styled bikes are available here but apart from Trek Cruiser lineup couldn't really find anything close from other mainstream manufacturers. Bikes here, even the flat handlebar ones, are quite different from Dutch styled including the equipment. It's really fascinating the way cycling culture has evolved there. Japan probably has similar culture too.

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Old 12th May 2024, 15:50   #7323
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My first bike was a Hero in early 90s. BSA SLRs were all the rage those days and Hero was making an almost identical model for a cheaper price. Like a good middle class dad, my dad saw no reason to spend extra money for the brand. So Hero it was.

Since then -

1) Firefox - India, still around.

2) Cannnondale - US, sold.

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3) Decathlon Riverside, Stella, Piaggio, Riese en Muller and a few more - Netherlands. Sold or Lost

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4) Urban Arrow Family Active - Cargobike - Netherlands - Still around.

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5) Harley Davidson Serial 1 CTY Step Thru - Netherlands - Still around.

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I wrote about it recently (I finally bought a Harley Davidson. In a Dutch way…). Warning - It is a long thread.
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Old 14th May 2024, 21:58   #7324
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Dear all
I am new to cycling. My cycling experience dates back to my school days when I used to own a BSA Streetcat. Now it's been 20 years. I have recently managed to get an old bike from a friend, the BTWIN rockrider 300 MTB 26inch. I took a few 25 km rides which involved riding for nearly 2 hours. But I find the bike to be a bit uncomfortable. I am riding it at the highest seat height. I feel a lot of load on my wrists and the hands start paining after some time. I am 5 ft 8 inches tall.

I am planning to buy a new bike. I will be mainly riding on city roads and highways and occasionally through country roads. I am very much impressed with the BTWIN riverside hybrid bikes. The 120 and 500. Can you guys guide me on narrowing down on one of them. Of course there is a price difference of nearly 8k rupees. But is the aluminium frame, front suspension and disc brakes in riverside 500 worth the extra amount being spent. Also kindly advise the exact size of the bike i should get for my height. Thanks in advance.
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Old 22nd May 2024, 22:07   #7325
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Recently purchased my first road bike - the Giant Contend 3. A big thank you to everyone on this thread - both the questioners and the respondents! Even though I didn't participate on the discussions, I still learnt so much.

Buying Decision:
I really wanted a road bike on a budget. The initial options were the RC120, some local Indian makers (like FitTrip and Battalion), and a used Polygon Stratos S2 on OLX.
The RC120 was the forerunner, but finally I decided against it due to the many reviews of the spokes/hub breaking. I live in Solan, H.P. and the nearest Decathlon is over 70 km away. I didn't feel like taking a risk with this bike.
The Indian makers were promising, but I felt that they were offering too much at too low a price. It usually means compromises in other not-so-flashy areas (like the frame and hubs).
Just when I was thinking of finalizing the Polygon, I saw that Giant's official website had a 10,000 Rs discount on the Contend 3 and it was available with no-cost EMI. I wasn't thinking of crossing the Rs 50k mark, but the EMI option made it within budget. Used a bike fit calculator to get to my size and placed the order online.
After the bike arrived, I spent an unsuccessful 2 days putting it together. I got the brakes, the saddle, the handles and the rear derailleur installed, but the front derailleur eluded me. Finally admitted defeat and took it to Chandigarh to an authorized Giant dealer. The technician there set the bike up in under 2 hours. It was amazing to see!

Thoughts on the bike: My immediate reaction while riding the bike for the first time was "wow, this feels really odd". It is so different to anything I've ridden thus far. I have been ridden on high saddles, but the high saddle with the low handlebars was another thing altogether. I can easily ride with 1 hand on a hybrid bike, but here it feels scary. Same goes for riding off the saddle. I guess (hope?) things will become easier.
The bike itself is great to ride. I can easily do really steep ascents (gradients of over 10%). The bike has a 1:1 gear ratio at the easiest level (34/50 and 11/34), so climbs are easy. I wish the tires were slightly wider. There's lots of broken roads where I stay and I'm always nervous riding on them.
The saddle is hard, but I'm getting used to it.
The last thing is that while going downhill, my hands hurt. It makes sense as more of my bodyweight is on my hands, but it would be nice to find a solution.

Overall, I'm extremely happy with this bike. Planning to do my first medium ride (~50km) this weekend.
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Wise folks of the forum, seeking a little advice.
My company is sending me to Singapore for month and I was planning on buying a bike there as my cousin who is living there, rides extensively with his group. Have already decided on the bike which will cost me SGD 800 - about 49k. I would like to bring the bike back with me to India. Now, since the cost of the bike is below the Duty Free Baggage Allowance (50k), will it be allowed through without any Customs hassle or will I be subjected to a duty?

If anyone can share their experience or opinion on this, will be a big help!
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Old 29th May 2024, 10:35   #7327
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Should not be any problem. If you have the bill, and its already been used.

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Now, since the cost of the bike is below the Duty Free Baggage Allowance (50k), will it be allowed through without any Customs hassle or will I be subjected to a duty?
No you won't; as long as you are able to showcase that it's a a used bike.
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If anyone can share their experience or opinion on this, will be a big help!
Scroll back a few pages of @amol4184's experience of bringing a used cycle back to India from overseas.
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Honestly, if you have this opportunity, buy something better and get it back. Iit does not make sense to buy a brand new sub 50k bike abroad and take the trouble of getting it back here. More than enough such bikes being sold locally in India already. Yes you might get the equivalent a bit cheaper abroad. But that's not really worth the trouble. International airfare and luggage is a premium. Maximise it.

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If anyone can share their experience or opinion on this, will be a big help!
The post that Ninja is referring - https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/bicyc...ml#post5770523 (Transporting Bicycles across India)
It is your personal used item and should be treated as such similar to every other used item in your luggage e.g. clothes. The big box might attract attention of the people at exit gate but you can tell them its a used bike (like I did). You might get lucky and won't have to explain/open the box at all.

and as Doc said it perfectly, definitely get a high-ish end bike and bring it back here! 49k bike is probably not worth the effort of doing all the packaging and *possible* hassle at customs. Don't waste that opportunity unless you plan to do this trip again and again.
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Thanks a lot for the reply Doc, Amol and Ninja! Truly appreciate it! Helps me with a lot of anxiety.


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Honestly, if you have this opportunity, buy something better and get it back. Iit does not make sense to buy a brand new sub 50k bike abroad and take the trouble of getting it back here. More than enough such bikes being sold locally in India already. Yes you might get the equivalent a bit cheaper abroad. But that's not really worth the trouble. International airfare and luggage is a premium. Maximise it.

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The post that Ninja is referring - https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/bicyc...ml#post5770523 (Transporting Bicycles across India)
It is your personal used item and should be treated as such similar to every other used item in your luggage e.g. clothes. The big box might attract attention of the people at exit gate but you can tell them its a used bike (like I did). You might get lucky and won't have to explain/open the box at all.

and as Doc said it perfectly, definitely get a high-ish end bike and bring it back here! 49k bike is probably not worth the effort of doing all the packaging and *possible* hassle at customs. Don't waste that opportunity unless you plan to do this trip again and again.
Thanks a lot for the advice, will definitely consider this and try to scout something with a better spec. Thanks for sharing your experience amol, such a relief to know this.
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Old 31st May 2024, 06:22   #7332
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Thanks a lot for the advice, will definitely consider this and try to scout something with a better spec.
+1 for what Doc said. If you are open to used bikes, Carousell sg has some nice deals if you find a size that fits you right.
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