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had such a harrowing time today...cycling back home...i mean how far left can one keep...
in a span of just one hour...must have avoided getting bumped off at least 8 to 9 times..
just dont get it...the road's almost empty but they just want to whizz past u...dunno this...but m seriously thinking of getting mirrors...
although m not gonna stop cycling...today was a real eye opener for me...welcome to the real world right...
aaargh....m so angry right now....

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Comment by archangelsunshine on October 26, 2009 at 11:47pm
WELL WELL ONE MORE COMMUTER
THERE ARE NO RULES ALL INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES ARE OUT THERE TO KILL YOU.
ALL PEDESTRIANS ARE BLIND.tHATS IT TO CYCLING ON ROADS.

wHATS YOUR ROUTE?
i HAVE BEEN COMMUTING LAST COUPLA DECADES.lAST 5YEARS TO THE INTNL AIRPORT AND BEFORE TO DOWNTOWN MUMBAI.20YEARS!!!! YES i AM ANCIENT.
wISH TO RIDE WITH YOU ON ANY OF YOUR COMMUTES
Comment by Sonu on February 4, 2009 at 9:43am
hmm...thats another good suggestion...but amit...really...lesser traffic in the evenings!!! my route back home is frm JVLR highway (east) to Jankalyan malad (west)...do u have any suggestions??
hey i will remember the 20 points :).... cause i did that too :)))
Comment by Sonu on February 4, 2009 at 9:38am
ive already tried hypercity malad...no luck there :-(
Comment by Amit Gawde on February 4, 2009 at 7:23am
Good - for the back home safe bit. If you're sufficiently to the left, then you really shouldn't bother if someone honks, swears, or whatever. BUT, use your ears and eyes. I've been forced off roads by buses, cars, autorickshaws so I know what you're saying. It's almost like - "there's a cyclist. Let's get that blighter off the road. Ten points if he goes off, twenty if he stops and swears..."
Also, if there's a less crowded road, take that even if it's a little longer. I've found myself cycling almost twenty percent more when I take certain roads, but the enjoyment factor is worth it. On the visibility and safety part, you're doing just fine. So, good.
Also, cool down. Use that anger to propel you faster. Of course, only if you like riding hard and fast. Else, just thrash any bloke that you get your hands on...;)
See, cycling's too good a thing to spoil by getting worked up. Scumbags that can't drive or be civil - just let them be.

All the best.
Comment by Renny Varghese on February 3, 2009 at 10:50pm
Since you havent been able to get the Firefox rear light. You can try the Raleigh ones available at Hypercity(try malad preferably). That one works great too!
Comment by Nelson OJ on February 3, 2009 at 10:07pm
bravo! keep at it.
Comment by Sonu on February 3, 2009 at 9:31pm
hey guys...m back home safe :-)...consciously did some things...didnt ride far left...didnt pay heed to the honking...and i did a lot of tilting my head back to see the flow of traffic...that helped...but no hand signals yet...have this niggling fear that i may lose the hand at the end of it :-)
but all in all had a lot better ride than yesterday..except for a minor hiccup...
m gonna get better with practise...and staying calm surely helps...cause if i had it my way would have thrashed every single one of them...
Comment by Sonu on February 3, 2009 at 2:18pm
hmm...dont see the sense in getting mirrors...and i dont actually ride far left...try to keep on the left but the other vehicles just try to push u off the road...yesterday a truck tried doing that and at the same time a car zipped past my left..was just numb for a sec...and the grip gets wobbly...wanted to strangle both of them :-)...but i guess would have never caught up...
but hey....thanks to u guys know a lot of things now...and m gonna put them to practise...starting today...
Comment by Nishant on February 3, 2009 at 12:47pm
Al the years while driving my car I learnt art of using hand signals...You give indicators but no guarantee its going to be noticed..But you stretch your hand out and you can be quite sure of that being noticed..So when I started riding right from first day I was using hand signals...If you are new to riding its better if you practise them on an empty road once or twice so that you are sure that you can balance your bike properly with one hand (as you will be also taking off your hand from brake of one side..)
Comment by Nishant on February 3, 2009 at 12:40pm
I had fitted mirrors on my bike a year ago..But they were of very poor quality..Whenever bike went over a pothole or uneven road (like paver blocked surface) the mirror alignment would get disturbed and the rear view image would be of no use till mirror alignment was corrected again...This kept on happening so often that finally I got mirrors removed...I tried to get some good quality mirrors but couldn't find any..As Prabuddha has said there are mirrors that can be fastened to helmets..During CM last Saturday there was a guy with Kamachi helmet which had a mirror (When I fast saw the helmet it reminded me of doctors in ENT clinic..!!)..But the mirror wasn't fastened but part of helmet design itself...

About rear blinkers..I think you should try to find them at some place other than at malad shop...Probably you might get them..

The BEST buses,rickshaws and taxis - all are going to make your ride difficult...On a bad day you might even lose your temper or get into a argument with some cab/rick driver..Avoid that...All these 'obstacles' are a part of riding on Mumbai streets...You just need to stay cool and concentrate on your ride..With time you learnt to tackle them in much better way...

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