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March 2010 Blog Posts (55)

First Afternoon Ride today: 31st March

Missed this morning ride to worli.

Thought I'd make up partly at least by riding to work today (today has invariably decided to start only now).
So First ride at this time of the day for me. distance is hardly 4.5 km though.
Ended up starting post 1 PM. took the peddar road-nana chowk-little palms flyover onto JSS road then dadi seth agairy lane to Kalbadevi road.
I think its better to stick to JSS road till we hit princess street rather…

Added by Abhishek Daga on March 31, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Silk Route Bicycle Expedition features in National Geographic Traveler '50 Tours of a Lifetime' issue!

An epic journey by bicycle along the legendary Silk Route just became one of National Geographic Traveler’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.”

The Silk Route Bicycle Expedition from Istanbul to Samarqand appeals to travelers willing to move outside their comfort zones and delve into the cultural diversity of five different countries - Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The "50 Tours of a Lifetime" feature will be… Continue

Added by Theresa Brown on March 31, 2010 at 2:51am — No Comments

Shifting Centre of Gravity of Critical Mass

While I too have not been able to attend the CM held last weekend, was just wondering if the CG of the CM needs to be shifted a bit from dadar to say Bandra-Juhu-Andheri circuit?

Also, my assumption is that the maximum impact will be if it is held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM or 7 to 9 PM on the Linking Road-Juhu Tara Road-Lokhandwala Circuit.

Could be totally wrong but worth a try. what say?

Added by Abhishek Daga on March 29, 2010 at 5:20pm — 2 Comments

Kids bikes: Tubeless Tires v/s regular ones

Just got my kids bike tires replaced with "tubeless" ones.

Something is just not right. It just seems like a solid mass of rubber which makes for added friction and lot more inertia.

I suspect that "tubeless" was meant to be something else and it has been reinvented to just a block of rubber.

In any case, whats the verdict? tubed or tubeless?

Added by Abhishek Daga on March 27, 2010 at 3:18pm — 2 Comments

Bigwinn or something Cycling Shorts

just saw these cycling shorts for 899/-. A company called bigwin or bikewin (french).

It did have some form of padding inside (fixed).

Anyone heard of this company before?

Added by Abhishek Daga on March 27, 2010 at 11:32am — 5 Comments

Bike and the mechanics Article in Times of India 'the Crest Edition' 27th March 2010

Bike and the mechanics

They literally go after cycles with hammer and tongs! Faisal Thakur and Zubair Lodi transform humble bicycles into cool machines you can drool over. We take a ride with them…



Added by Faisal Thakur on March 27, 2010 at 10:55am — 19 Comments

Trek 4300 or Merida Matts Sub 40V???

Planning to buy one of them tomorrow, but a bit confused between the Trek 4300 and the Merida Sub 40V. Not a huge difference in the price, but the 4300 is 8 speed while the Sub 40V is 24 speed. Does that make a big difference? (I'll be using it primarily on road, with a bit of off-roading on weekends).
Please help!!!

Added by Vikas Pawar on March 27, 2010 at 9:34am — 4 Comments

NEw York judge rules against Critical mass

Says its an organized event and thus will need a permit if number of bikers over 50. :)

What the legalese on CM in Mumbai?

Added by Abhishek Daga on March 26, 2010 at 4:26pm — 1 Comment

Critical Mass

Isnt the last friday of the month today? Is there a critical mass ride happening?

Added by Abhishek Daga on March 26, 2010 at 12:46pm — 2 Comments

Advise on cost effective new bike


I want to start cycling after almost 13/14 years. Initially dont want to get into anything expensive and want to buy a bike upto Rs 5000. Can anyboday suggest a good bike I should start with..


Added by ambarish sathe on March 26, 2010 at 11:28am — 4 Comments

My bicycle wish

I now share a Hero StreetRacer with my brother. Hopefully, by June 2010, I should have a bicycle of my own. I have been on the lookout through both modern catalogs and some traditional Indian bicycling company catalogs and I thought I should have the BSA SLR.

Going through their website, the closest thing that matched that description was something called the BSA Photon-Ex.

That's the bicycle I'm going…


Added by Pradeep on March 25, 2010 at 4:04pm — 3 Comments

tilted saddle

i need help. my LA spectrum has a slightly upward saddle. it doesn't have an adjustment option in this plane. it can only be moved forward/rear. have done a bit of riding and i find it a bit discomforting. since it is factory fitted, doesn't look like a mistake. any views/suggestions?

Added by anil kumar on March 25, 2010 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment

New babe in town !!!!

Its 15 months since Fomas started selling cycles in India, Initially started with low end bikes to understand the market and gradually increasing the range of products to more than 30 different models.

I Had my chance to get a preview the new high end Road Bike to be launched by Fomas

Before I had my first look and the new babe from the stable of Fomas , I had mixed conceptions about the finish quality and the components used.

I was quite taken aback to learn that the… Continue

Added by Faisal Thakur on March 25, 2010 at 1:06pm — 18 Comments

Mobile Socials - we should have them in India

BikeHugger is a website that I frequent and Mobile Socials is one of their efforts. In their own words Mobile Socials are efforts at the intersection of biking, technology and culture.

There are many places in India that excel in all of these and people who do all of the above. Can we have Mobile Socials in India?

Added by Pradeep on March 25, 2010 at 12:45pm — No Comments

newbie update

its been almost 10 days since i started cycling. have done 200+ km since then :-)
started with small rides of 5-10 average about 25-30km early in the morning before i leave for office...

the funny part is...u just have to worry about reaching half of your targeted distance...coz when you are half way through, you have no option but to do the remaining half if you want to reach home in time ;-)


Added by Vikas Pawar on March 25, 2010 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

the unconquerable slope

Not been able to cross this incline at one go even after multiple attempts.…

Added by Abhishek Daga on March 25, 2010 at 11:00am — 3 Comments

"Earth Hour" coming up this Saturday. (I guess one mingey hour is better than nothing:)

"Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million homes and businesses turning their lights off

for one whole hour.

Only a year later and this global warming awareness event had become a global sustainability movement with up to 100 million people across 35 countries… Continue

Added by Theresa Brown on March 24, 2010 at 8:30pm — 1 Comment

Tour d'Afrique riders reach the half way mark in Tanzania.

The first half of the 2010 Tour d’Afrique Bicycle Race and Expedition is complete!

Tour d'Afrique riders celebrate arriving at the Equator in Kenya.

Recovering from clocking up 5,232 km in 48 days through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, the riders recently enjoyed three well deserved rest days in Arusha, Tanzania.

Now back on their… Continue

Added by Theresa Brown on March 24, 2010 at 7:38pm — 1 Comment

start them young... and watch them go!

i am totally blown by my kids.... their enthusiasm, their energy and their endurance!!

Pankaj (12yrs) has been cycling with me regularly (100-150 kms weekly) in the last 4 months, but hadn't done more than 50 kms in a day. Rohit (14 yrs) hasn't cycled for 5-6 months and also hasn't done more than 50 before this. both have been riding with me for many yrs and started long country rides about 4-5 yrs back. apart from slowly building up their physical ability, which is…

Added by Divya Tate on March 24, 2010 at 10:30am — 9 Comments

My Goa business follow-up visit & my friend doing a Banglore - Goa ride to join me. March 19-21, 2010

Life can't be better than this. Work smart (not hard) & Play hard. I seem to getting more opportunities. The purpose of the Goa visit was to review progress at my Goa Factory, review electronic development work which is handled by my Banglore cyclist friend & offcourse visit my aged in laws.

My friend Chintamani left Banglore afternoon 4.30 on March 17, 2010 and entered Goa through south border at 10pm on March 20, 2010.

In the meantime I…


Added by Vinoo Chari on March 23, 2010 at 4:54pm — 5 Comments

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