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Old 20th March 2023, 22:21   #16
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Its been ages since I have seen you post! How have you been!
These days I spend way more time on my bicycles than in a car, so I have been lurking in the Bicycles sub-forum mostly, occasionally poking outside.
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Old 21st March 2023, 00:18   #17
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Great restart Arun !! Like your beloved Compass thread, I would love to see this thread getting filled up with data, pie charts and bar diagrams. Happy cycling.
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Your experience and advise, clears few of doubts and also gives me hope to take the plunge. Thanks

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Thank you for the very kind words. As they say, better late than never.

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Your journey 1.0 reminded me of mine some 12 years back when alone at home suddenly read (most likely the riding log of one of our Kolkata BHPians, who cycled solo to Leh), I OLXed for bikes found one (some Hero geared cycle) of a 10th class kid for Rs 1500 and around 38 kms away. Promptly went to his home the next day and a visit to the neighboring cycle repair shop later was on my way cycling back to home. Somehow managed around 27 - 28 kms after don't know how many hours and decided it is better to dump it on a Taxi for the remaining journey. Well I think maybe 40 - 50 Kms and around 3-4K Rs spent on repair over the next 3 years realised my journey 1.0 started and ended the same day effectively. Coincidentally my journey 2.0 also started with Firefox (don't remember the model).

Best of luck for a long cycling journey

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Mayank
Thanks a lot Mayank for sharing your experience and for the tips. Yes, it is about keeping up the momentum irrespective of other challenges that we face in our regular schedule. I am determined with this 2.0 as I am already experiencing lot of positive changes in my fitness levels.
Also, this is a good mental break from the hectic work schedule.

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Nice !

Even I have a FireFox Pro Runner D 21 Inches. Probably one of the most reliable bikes in the price range.
I generally go for 50 KM ride every weekend here in Pune and I find this bike really fast but bit uncomfortable.
Yes, at this price point it is good. I have not faced any difficulty in the 2 50Kms ride I have done so far. Not sure how it will respond beyond the 70-80Kms mark.

I liked Trek FX2 in the short test ride which I did. But it is totally in a different price segment and outside my budget.

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Last year has been very inconsistent for me, but it is threads like these which ignite the spark to start it again.
Being consistent is the key for us who are in their 40's, and this is one exercise which doesn't feel mundane and boring. Happy Pedaling.
Thank you silverado for sharing your experience.

Yes, one has to enjoy the activity to be consistent at it. Otherwise, you will give it up at the next available opportunity by making lame excuses.

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Looks like Arun a lot of us in our 50's face a similar dilemma of how to keep weight in check and cycling/running/walking are the means to achieve the same of course backed by a proper diet.

Your write up is an inspiration to rekindle the cycling bug.

Lovely blog.
Thank you vijayols.

Yes. dieting is the most important aspect for people in forties and fifties. :-) One cannot out run a bad diet or in this case, out pedal a bad diet.

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Its been ages since I have seen you post! How have you been!

Like Amitoj mentioned its only start of the journey. The big part is getting to the goal and then maintaining it! Thats where the bulk of the effort goes in.

My suggestion there is make a schedule/regimen which can be a part of your life.
Yes, I get your point. Nice suggestion.
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A great start indeed! For change the Compass will heave a breather!
Its long since Compass went out for a breakfast drive or a just-for-fun drive.

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Great restart Arun !! Like your beloved Compass thread, I would love to see this thread getting filled up with data, pie charts and bar diagrams. Happy cycling.
Thank you! Strava is a great help in tracking the data. Right now, I am not focusing on chasing numbers only learning to enjoy the experience.
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Old 21st March 2023, 11:05   #19
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Nice writeup, Arun.

Cycling is addictive, on a lighter note you will start realizing very soon how expensive it is too
Happy to see you enjoying the rides, I started cycling about 4 years back and graduated to a road bike about a year and a half back, I too love spending time in the saddle and this is one of the best investments I have made. The best part is my Son (who will step into his teens very soon) picked up cycling too and I get to spend good time with him without distractions on our long rides.

Keep spinning.

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Great write-up Arun. I can fully understand your situation. Last month, one fine day, I also thought of starting cycling as a hobby, since I got bored with my daily walks. The last time I cycled was around 20 years back. I was not sure whether I would be able to cycle and thus went for the pre-worshipped route. After a lot of search, I bought a pre-worshipped decathlon rockrider 520 for 7000/- from FB marketplace. The cycle was seldom used in the 2 years of ownership of the previous owner. Thankfully he serviced the cycle before selling.
Now I am using the cycle almost everyday for 30-45 mins.
I am new to geared cycle and trying to understand how the gears work while riding. Also, I am facing a lot of body weight on my arms on the handlebar and trying to figure out my perfect riding height as well. In the meantime, the Strava app is of great help.

Keep spinning!
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Thankyou for a motivating read. The only thing that is putting me off cycling here in Mumbai is the traffic and no road discipline towards cyclists especially from bikers and rickshaws.

You are lucky that you have destinations within cycling distance to move out to. Here in Mumbai I would have to wade through heavily choked roads for 10-15 kms before I could reach a "cycleable" road.

I think however good a hobby and whatever benefits they give to you personally , it is not worth pursuing if it puts you in mortal peril and endangers your life and the disrupts the lives of your dear ones.

Can you please also post on what safety measures you take while cycling on the roads (single or in a group). ?

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Nice writeup, Arun.

Cycling is addictive, on a lighter note you will start realizing very soon how expensive it is too
I have already started realizing it :-). It think as long as we keep it simple with 10-20Kms rides, its not expensive. But the moment you start doing long rides then yes it becomes expensive.

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The best part is my Son (who will step into his teens very soon) picked up cycling too and I get to spend good time with him without distractions on our long rides.

Keep spinning.

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I follow your updates in Whtsapp, Nice to see him shine and winning trophies.

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Now I am using the cycle almost everyday for 30-45 mins.
Good to hear about your experience.

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I am new to geared cycle and trying to understand how the gears work while riding. Also, I am facing a lot of body weight on my arms on the handlebar and trying to figure out my perfect riding height as well. In the meantime, the Strava app is of great help.

Keep spinning!
This is probably because of incorrect riding position. If possible get a bike fit done, this will help enormously.

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Thankyou for a motivating read. The only thing that is putting me off cycling here in Mumbai is the traffic and no road discipline towards cyclists especially from bikers and rickshaws.
I understand your situation, it is difficult to ride in city traffic. I have done this few times and faced lot of issues with these bikers.

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I think however good a hobby and whatever benefits they give to you personally , it is not worth pursuing if it puts you in mortal peril and endangers your life and the disrupts the lives of your dear ones.

Can you please also post on what safety measures you take while cycling on the roads (single or in a group). ?

Regards
Diesel
Nothing as such, cyclist are the slowest on the road, so we need to show lot of patience. I am not using rear view mirror so it is very important to avoid sudden change in line. I try to avoid being in between two bigger vehicles. When on downward slopes, I keep slowing down by applying brakes so that I don't lose control.

In today's world lot of things can happen, so be positive.
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Re: One Pedal at a time | My Cycling Journey with Firefox Road Runner Pro

[quote=subhro1988;5516007] am new to geared cycle and trying to understand how the gears work while riding. Also, I am facing a lot of body weight on my arms on the handlebar and trying to figure out my perfect riding height as well. In the meantime, the Strava app is of great help.

One major reason could be, one is putting weight on the arms while cycling.Try practising by holding the bars with just a finger or two, to steer the bike. Slowly, one will notice that ones upper body strength improves and one will experience less or no pain in the arms.
Gears on a cycle work the same way they do in a car or bike. The difference is we have front derailleurs too ! One rule of thumb to ensure smooth shifts is to ensure no load while shifting ( shift at the bottom of your pedal stroke) and keeping the chain as straight as possible. Use Gear 1 on Front derailleur restricted to Gear 1-3 on Rear, Gear 2 on FD to Gears 3-5 on RD and Gear 3 on FD for Gears 5-7/8 . This way chain remains straighter and lessens chances of snapping. And yes, shift gears before hitting that gradient, just like in an automobile.

Happy cycling and a fitter you!
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This is really inspiring! I recently got back into cycling in Bangalore after the stint in college days. Would love you join you for rides in this amazing city!
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I have already started realizing it :-). It think as long as we keep it simple with 10-20Kms rides, its not expensive. But the moment you start doing long rides then yes it becomes expensive.

I follow your updates in Whtsapp, Nice to see him shine and winning trophies.
It is not about the rides .
Iam talking about the equipment. This is an addiction and once you get sucked in you will itch to upgrade first, then shoes, jerseys, indoor smart trainers, rollers, power pedals, sensors, and a whole new world to create enough dent in your pocket costing more than any mid segment car in the market.
Just a matter of time, before you realize what I am talking about

We too never expected our son to pick this up so seriously and compete in the sport at this level, he is enjoying it and we are supporting where ever we can.

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Bike Fit done @ Candence90 and 35 Km ride to Coconut Point Chikkanna

Bike Fit done @ Candence90

I restarted cycling with an objective of riding 15-20 Kms in a day or on alternate days. But with the interest to ride more growing in me, I decided to get the bike fit done. I was told that this will help to tune my riding posture for better comfort and increase the efficiency. And more importantly, it will avoid injuries due to wrong posture/saddle height etc.
My friend asked me to get this done at Candence90 as he was happy with their analysis for him. They charge 850/- for the same.
The major adjustments that were done for me was on the saddle height, foot position, handle bar and gear shifter.

This is the setup for Bike Fit

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Saddle Height:

The analysis was done by technician Jerome. After doing a thorough review, he advised me to have a higher saddle position. As per the measurements taken by him, my cycle frame is one size smaller for me. This is currently an 18 inch frame and the saddle height is already at max. However, this saddle height is not enough for an optimal foot/knee position. A 19-inch frame would better suit my height. Since I don't have any immediate plans to upgrade the cycle, the workaround was to change the saddle seat post. This helps increase the saddle height. So, I took this option as of now and will revisit the plan to upgrade the cycle later as the proper solution is to get the right frame size.

The saddle seat post costed me around 2.5K.

Note: It is very important to get the right frame size while buying the cycle, at times the shop guys try to push the stock they have. I missed checking on this during my purchase.

Other changes:

Based on the saddle height position, he also helped to tune the correct position for my handlebar. The hand should be relaxed on the handlebar. Any stress and tightness will pass the impact stress directly onto the shoulders which will result in shoulder injuries.

The gear shifter was moved to a very comfortable position on the handlebar, earlier it was difficult for me to shift the gear.

We removed the additional seat cover that I had on the seat.

After all these changes, I did a short test ride and felt more relaxed during the ride. He asked me to take a 50-60Km ride and then share the feedback. If there is any discomfort, then further tuning will be done.

Overall, it was a very nice session with them. This process took around 45 minutes.

Full Service:

I got a full service done as well with all the parts disassembled and lubricated properly. As mentioned earlier, I was not happy with the service done at Jayant Probikes which looked more like a water wash. These guys did an excellent job, and I could feel a world of difference.

The cost for this service was 2K.

Jerome also advised me to dust the chain after every ride. I took degreaser and dry lube from them, will use them every 100Kms to clean the chain.

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35 Km ride to Coconut Point Chikkanna

This ride covered the internal roads from Bannerghatta Road(Meenakshi Mall) to Kanakapura road to Link road. During the onward journey almost 80% of this stretch is full of downward slopes. The roads were really nice. Especially the 100ft road from Kanakapura road. This also touches the Turahalli forest road.

During the return we took the Technology road and then connected to the Kanakapura road. Return was tough but we were able to make it successfully. I felt comfortable and more relaxed throughout this ride.

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Some nice roads
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Re: One Pedal at a time | My Cycling Journey with Firefox Road Runner Pro

Hi, Arun. It was really an inspiring read. I am in the band wagon for getting a new bike - commute and weekend rides. I am torn between a MTB vs hybrid. Predominant route would be old airport road and in and around Whitefield. Consider bad roads with multiple potholes, patchworks, steep flyovers and me being a newbie what's your take on the choice of cycle? Enquiries with colleagues and shop owners were confusing as each suggested different type with different logic.
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Learning from Experience:

When we started going on group rides, one of our friend asked us to buy a puncture kit, inflator, spare tube etc. This is basically to fix the punctures by ourselves instead of depending on puncture shops. And while on rides, it is very difficult to find a puncture shop unless we are inside the city. We didnít think much of this suggestion as we were mostly sticking to city roads and thought we wonít need it. Also, we didnít face any punctures during our initial solo/group rides. So, none of us bought the puncture kit.

Two weeks back, during one of the planned 50 Km ride, while riding near Jigani, I felt a sudden loss of air pressure in the back tyre and when I checked the tyre was totally flat. My immediate assumption was that it should be a cut or a big puncture as the air was lost in no time. This happened around 5:45 am and so I couldnít check the tyre nor was there any shop nearby. I updated the group to proceed ahead and tried to scout for any cycle shop near by. It was too early for shops to be open.

I was 18-20Km away from home so walking back with the cycle would be a pain. Tried searching online for mobile puncture shop but couldnít find any. Finally, I decided to book a Porter pickup and I got one who was just 5 mins away. Took the cycle in this Tata Ace and reached back home.

Later after the group returned from the ride, one of my friend who knows how to fix punctures, removed the tyre and tried to fix the puncture. But the cut was big and there was also a bulge when we tried to fill the air. The tube was unusable. So, I got a new tube and fitted it. Putting back the rear tyre was a challenge as we didnít have the experience to do it. After 20-25 mins of struggle, we successfully fitted the rear tyre.

Few days later, another friend got a puncture during a solo ride, and he returned back in auto.

So, after back-to-back puncture incidents, I got a spare tube for emergencies but I still didnít buy the full puncture kit. But another thoughtful friend in the group bought a complete kit.

The spare tube and the mini-inflator
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Today, while riding to the Mariapura lake near Kaggalipura, after 7-8 Kms from start I got my second puncture and this time it was the front tyre. Thankfully my friend had the complete kit handy and this was a good opportunity to test our skills.

He was immediately on the job removing the front tyre and we directly replaced the tube. While checking the tyre, we found the culprit which was a small iron piece. We didnít have any plier (another lesson) to pull that out but we somehow managed to pull it out. Overall, it took us around 15 minutes. And it was a good learning experience.

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After this episode, we have asked everyone to carry a spare tube at least and get the mini-inflator + puncture kit as well, as this is essential during solo rides.

We proceeded ahead with our ride, reached the lake, and spent some time there. The challenge was the return. itís almost entirely uphill till we join the Bannerghatta road. We took couple of stops before reaching Bannerghatta road. Stopped on the Bannerghatta junction for some tender coconut and we continued our ride to reach home.

It was another nice and satisfying ride with our first experience of fixing the puncture ourselves.

Here are some pics,

Some nice roads

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This was at another lake which was just before the Maraiapura lake
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When we stopped for some tender coconut
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Hi, Arun. It was really an inspiring read. I am in the band wagon for getting a new bike - commute and weekend rides. I am torn between a MTB vs hybrid. Predominant route would be old airport road and in and around Whitefield. Consider bad roads with multiple potholes, patchworks, steep flyovers and me being a newbie what's your take on the choice of cycle? Enquiries with colleagues and shop owners were confusing as each suggested different type with different logic.
I am not an expert yet but I think for city rides, hybrid would work. In my hybrid, I have done some mild offroading as well, but didn't face any issues. And regarding potholes, whether its hybrid or MTB, you will anyways slow down unlike driving a car.
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