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Hello, Am new to this about it in the Sunday Times. I stay
at Broivili and am interested in joining some group to pursue my
interest in cycling. Though I dont own a cycle as yet but i do enjoy
this activity since my childhood days. I dont want to pursue it as a
sport but more as an interest. I dont have the required fitness levels
either. But that can be worked upon. Need some advise on how to go about
it starting from buying a cycle as I am pretty novice at it.
Thanks and waiting for your comments.

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Comment by Rajesh Karia on April 27, 2010 at 3:00pm
hi shraddha....last week i bought a Releigh geared bike for my kid frm Hypercity, goregaon for 5.8 K + got a Rs.1000/- cash voucher free, there were a few wht u call a all ladies or female bikes frm Releigh on the shelf for around 6-7 k & were quite decent for the money, u can check it out..!

PS : if u have the budget, than as Manish suggested TREK is the best long term investment..!!
Comment by Manish Joshi on April 27, 2010 at 2:43pm

Hi Sharada, nice to know that u are interested in cycling and want to take it up for enjoyment and for fitness sake. I agree with Anil Uchil and what he has said. First u have to identify the type of riding u want to do, then u will yourself get the answer which type of bike u want to buy. Secondly, done that, u can window shop at different cycle shops in Mumbai and find out the cost of the bike u want to purchase. Here I like to mention one thing is that if u buy a MTB/ATM type of bike, it will solve your entire bike riding problems, as u can cycle anywhere or any part of the city with it. Again I would mention, don’t have a fixed budget, but stretch your budget a little. With a preset mindset u may not get a good bike, more a correct bike. I had a budget of Rs.12000/-, but I ended buying a bike costing Rs.23000/-, including accessories.

If u ask me, my recommendation is to buy an international brand of bike. The reasons are many. The reasons being, u will get a correct frame size according to your height. This is the most important thing to begin with, when taking up cycling. The frame comes with six to one year warranty, depending on the make or brand. And if u purchase a TREK BIKE, it will come with lifetime frame warranty. The frame will not corrode, even if the colour of the frame wears out. The most important thing, the frame will be light in weight, so the ride quality will be superb and in case u stay in the an apartment building with no elevator, then carrying the bike up and down will not be that strenuous. The wheels will be of alloy, again will not corrode. The brakes, shifters, derailleur and fork suspension will be of international standard and will perform to their full potential. You will also get six months to a year’s free service. The total package will be good, but u will need to spend more. One more thing and its important, don't purchase the FOMAS brand of bike, its made in China and will not last u more than two to three years and once its colour starts wearing out, the corrosion will start.

Why an international brand? if u may ask, I would say this, so because, firstly u will get a very good bike and if incase after sometime u think that, enough with cycling and cycling is not my cup of tea, then u can even sell your bike and being an international brand u may receive many buyers and even get at least half the price or may be more than half, if not less, for your bike. But with an Indian make, firstly the frame is heavy, because the cost of the bike is less, so one may not enjoy the ride and hence no buyers later on and if from the onset you’re cycling endeavor begins on bad note, then I leave u to decide as how the end will be, as it is said all that starts well ends well.

I firmly recommend u to buy TREK Brand of bike. Though the entry level bike the Trek 3700 will cost u Rs.19070/- excluding accessories, it’s a very very good bargain in the long run. I’m not discouraging, as far as price is concerned, but I’m speaking from experience, as I own a TREK 3700 model. It’s superb in all respects and better than most of the international brands in the market.

Lastly u can read the comment that I have written yesterday to Dr. Milind Chaudhary, by going to his mypage on cyclists. in, that will still enlightened u further far as cycling knowledge is concerned. Or u can even call me if u wish on 9833 43 6688 / 981 981 2284. Bye, take care and God Bless.


Manish Joshi.
Comment by Zubair Lodi on April 14, 2010 at 12:50am
Hi Sharada welcome ! good to c ur interest n concern. you can buy a new bike or get a custom made specially for U. U can join Borivali bikers group on dis site where in u wil find riders frm borivali U can contact dam personally n arrange for da rides at ur comfort. do check out my album on dis site or visit or call me on 9833964439/ Faisal 9221159363.
Comment by Sharada on April 13, 2010 at 8:20pm
@ Anil, Puneet - 1) As I have already mentioned I am a novice. I dont want to take it up as a sport. Its just that I love cycling and want to join some group which conducts cycling tours. And maybe initially I may not be able to even complete the tour/event. 2) Budget - about 5000 - 10000 bucks. It should be simple and easy to handle. Do you get good Indian brands also? Thanks for the reply.
Comment by Anil Uchil on April 13, 2010 at 1:02am
First, you need to answer two simple questions:
1. What kind of riding do you intend to do?
2. What's your budget?
Answer those two, and we can identify the right bike for you... :-)

Comment by Puneet Mishra on April 12, 2010 at 11:46pm
Sharada please mention what's ur budget.....U get good cycles starting at Rs. 5K from Fomas and can go upto 35-40K with brands like Trek/ Bianchi / Cannondale / Scott etc.
Comment by sanjay s kalra on April 12, 2010 at 11:29pm
Hey u can come down to the store.


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