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Comment by shammi sethi on November 24, 2010 at 10:22am
Vaibhav Desai - a green campaigner is planning to ride 80000 kms covering India and 50 other countries - for creating awareness on eco living .On the 5TH OF DEC -he has planned a promotion event -he will be riding from gateway of india to thane -at 12 noon there will be a stop at the juhu rotary centre.Will put up the route soon you guys can join us on the way short distances too doesnt matter -also riders from all over kindly meet us at juhu(u dont have to come to gateway if its difficult) there will be some talks and lunch will be served.Support this great cause.
Comment by shammi sethi on November 23, 2010 at 8:35pm
A Bike Zen Koan

A Zen Teacher saw five of his students return from the market, riding their bicycles. When they had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, "Why are you riding your bicycles?"

The first student replied, "The bicycle is carrying this sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have to carry them on my back!" The teacher praised the student, saying, "You are a smart boy. When you grow old, you will not walk hunched over, as I do."

The second student replied, "I love to watch the trees and fields pass by as I roll down the path." The teacher commended the student, "Your eyes are open and you see the world."

The third student replied, "When I ride my bicycle, I am content to chant, nam myoho renge kyo." The teacher gave praise to the third student, "Your mind will roll with the ease of a newly trued wheel."

The fourth student answered, "Riding my bicycle, I live in harmony with all beings." The teacher was pleased and said, "You are riding on the golden path of non-harming."

The fifth student replied, "I ride my bicycle to ride my bicycle." The teacher went and sat at the feet of the fifth student, and said, "I am your disciple."
Comment by shammi sethi on November 23, 2010 at 8:15pm
If not for Lance Armstrong, Eddy Merckx may have been nonpareil in cycling. While the latter dominated the sport in the 60s and 70s, the former was equally lethal at the turn of the century. Both overcame adversities to rule the world of cycling.

While Merckx overcame a horrific crash in 1969 to win the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia four times respectively, Armstrong survived cancer and went on to win seven Tour de France titles.

But when it comes to body of work and achievements Merckx wins hands down. The Belgian won all the races he participated in at least once. In the end, he had 425 major titles, while Armstrong’sclaim to fame is seven Tour de France titles. The American has never won at Giro or Tour of Spain — two big races after Tour de France.

While Merckx refused to be dragged into who is the greatest-ever debate, he pointed out that cycling is not only about Tour. “Most of the big name riders focus on Tour (referring to Tour de France). I agree it is the most important but cycling is not only about Tour. If everybody thinks like Armstrong their will be only one race,” said Merckx, in the city to launch Tour de Mumbai.

“The sport will benefit when star riders start races. Around my time, we used to compete all round the year,”he said. Merckx had participated in more than 1800 races.

Merckx could have raced more if not for the injury in 1969 which had taken a toll on his body. He retired at 32.

“It was never the same after the injury,” Merckx said. “When I won my first Tour, the second-placed rider was some 18 minutes behind. When I won it again in the next year the gap was down to 11 minutes. So you see it was difficult. I really worked hard and overcame mental barriers to achieve those records.”

Merckx is excited about duel between Armstrong and Alberto Contador. “It will not be easy for Lance. It’s not impossible either. At this point, Contador is the most complete rider. I hope Lance can win but it is not easy as there are so many other good riders,” said Merckx.

And yeah, Merckx was in India some 15 years ago and did find the
climbs in Leh more difficult that those in Tour or Giro. So don’t rule out the possibility of race in the Himalayan region in future.
Comment by shammi sethi on November 18, 2010 at 11:07am
Hi checked out this beautifull 29er raleigh nomad at kohinoor really rides well has anyone experienced riding a 29er i wanna test ride it up a slope and see if it climbs better than a 26 incher
Comment by shammi sethi on November 16, 2010 at 7:11pm
Comment by shammi sethi on November 16, 2010 at 9:50am
Pollution Crisis is a major problem all around the world. It has adversely affected the lives of millions of people and caused many deaths and health disorders.

Pollution is contamination by a chemical or other agent that renders part of the environment unfit for intended or desired use. It deserves emphasis that the environment also refers to the place where you live. Natural processes have released toxic chemicals into the environment throughout the history of the earth. Currently, the pollution generated by human activities presents the most serious problem.

There are basically 3 types of Pollution
. They are:

1) Air Pollution

2) Water pollution

3) Land Pollution

Some of the major Causes of the Pollution Crisis are as follows:

i) Deforestation - For the establishment of factories, industries and due to urbanization in various parts of the world, trees are cut on a large scale without any adequate efforts to plant new trees. This leads to deforestation, which has caused a rise in the pollution levels and distortion of natural order.

ii) Polluted rivers - The wastewater and liquids from plants and factories are linked with nearby river water, which are polluted when they release disposal from these units. People in Developing/Undeveloped countries also pollute rivers by using the water in these rivers for washing clothes, utensils, bathing and other activities.

Oil spilled from ships pollute oceans around the world.

iii) Sound pollution - The machines used in factories make noise throughout the day, and this disturbs the peaceful atmosphere in the vicinity, as machines used without proper covering lead to sound pollution. This puts heavy mental strain on the people staying in the nearby areas. Noise is the most pervasive pollution in America.

iv) Air Pollution - Each year industrially developed countries generate billions of tons of pollutants. Many pollutants come from directly identifiable sources; sulphur dioxide, for example, comes from electric power plants
burning coal or oil. Others are formed through the action of sunlight on previously emitted reactive materials (called precursors). For example, ozone, a dangerous pollutant in smog, is produced by the interaction of hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides under the influence of sunlight. Ozone has also caused serious crop damage. The increasing number of vehicles have also lead to an increase in Air Pollution, due to the harmful gases like Carbon Monoxide emitted from these vehicles. Gases generated in the Chemical plants also cause air pollution. People suffer because of smoke and bad smell from the industrial units particularly from chemical plants.

v) Soil pollution - Dumping of wastes in many areas is a major cause of Soil Pollution. Also, when soil in and near production areas becomes dirty due to disposal of waste material, such land cannot be used for agricultural operations.

Pollution is also caused by iron and steel mills; zinc, lead, and copper smelters; municipal incinerators; oil refineries; cement plants; and nitric and sulphuric acid plants.

Effects Of Pollution Crisis

Of the suite of pollutants that taint urban air, fine suspended particulate matter, sulphur dioxide (SO2), and ozone pose the most widespread and acute risks; however, airborne lead pollution is a critical concern in many cities as well. Recent studies on the effects of chronic exposure to air pollution have singled out particulate matter as the pollutant most responsible for the life-shortening effect of unhealthy air, although other pollutants may also play an important role. These pollutants cause respiratory and other health disorders.

Besides increasing blood pressure and stress levels, noise pollution can also have deleterious effects on hearing. There are two categories of hearing loss resulting from noise exposure. Acoustic trauma is hearing loss resulting from a single exposure to a very loud sound such as an explosion. Noise induced hearing loss is hearing loss arising from repeated exposure to moderate noise. The latter is the more common form of hearing loss due to noise pollution.

Water pollution infects the water and renders it unfit for drinking and other purposes. It is also a major cause of most of the water-borne diseases.

Measures Of Controlling Pollution

Various countries have set standards in legislation in the form of concentration levels that are believed to be low enough to protect public health. Source emission standards are also specified to limit the discharge of pollutants into the air, so that air-quality standards will be achieved. However, the nature of the problem requires the implementation of international environmental treaties, and to this end 49 countries agreed in March 1985 on a United Nations convention to protect the ozone layer. This “Montreal Protocol”, which was renegotiated in 1990, called for the phaseout of certain chlorocarbons and fluorocarbons by the end of the century and provides aid to developing countries in making this transition. In addition, several international protocols have been aimed specifically at reducing the incidence of acid rain.

Awareness among masses, regarding the adverse effects of pollution around the world, can also help in reducing the intensity of pollution. This awareness can be created through various media like newspapers, television, radio, flyers, seminars, etc.


It is high time that we take this issue, of 'Problems of Pollution' seriously, or it could have adverse effects on our future generations.
Comment by shammi sethi on November 15, 2010 at 4:16pm
Comment by shammi sethi on November 15, 2010 at 3:37pm
Comment by MAK on November 15, 2010 at 11:24am
Shammi pls put as the group profile pic....!

Comment by shammi sethi on November 14, 2010 at 7:05pm
Also can try to organise a yoga for cyclists class out there let me know accordingly will fix things up

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