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Archive for May, 2008

Back to cycling

Posted by karthikjcecs on May 30, 2008

Yestarday I purchased a new BSA Mach racer in dispencery road show room at 3300(Incl of registration and road tax 🙂 ).

First day ride:

Guy delivered at 6pm. I took it and rode to my friend’s place at Koramangala. Its around 4km. Between the ride faced problem in the signal, I wanted to go straight but I was standing at left. All motor racers were so fast , could not cross till green appeared next time. Spent time till 9:25 there and started to my friend’s house in bannerghatta road (7 km). It was great expirience. It started raining heavily, I did not back off. In bannerghatta road, it was a complete traffic jam. I use to get my cycle on to the footpath and back to road frequently. I was always thinking sitting on motor bike in such traffic jams “If I were on a cycle I could have easily went through footpath”. This came true after spending almost a year of miserable bike ride on bangalore roads. Reached friends place safely at 10:25. With every good excersise and was feeling fresh.

First day ride expierience:

Riding was not too hard even after started to cycle after 5 years. Found it bit difficult to adjust with motor bikers and autos. Few slight misses of hitting me, thats ok still I have to learn some stuffs to safely ride. Rain was irritating a bit. I wear specs too, so had to vipe it occassionally to have clear vision.

Second day ride to office:

It took me 45 mins to cover 11km to office. I even climbed one flyover. Came accross the busy area like silk board, sony signal. Traffic did not disturb me much. I started to work with a fresh mind. Frankly, finished writing this blog before starting to work.

About the bicycle

Its great as of now. This is not the right time to write a review on it. Just tell my first instincts. Its the bent handle, one has to look for the fit before purchase. If its not of proper fit then you may feel so uncomfortable and may get back pain also. Need to change posture frequently as break is in the bent handle. If you have to apply break you have to bend. Another set of brake lever is there which you can apply without bending but it wont stop the bike. For slight braking you can use it. Its without gears. I did not found much difference. I climbed even fly overs with not much difficulty( I accept its harder than with gears). saddle moves horizontally for just about 1 in. I wanted it to move a bit more. Not that comfortable also. I am thinking of the change it. If felt efficiency is good. It keeps ooon moving for few pedals. Another thing is feeling lot of pressure on my hands, I think I need to take handle bars bit up and saddle bit backwards.

The speedometer:

I purchased one wireless digital speedometer at 550 in RR cycle mart. Its chaina made, some KCA 937 is written on it. It supposed to show Max speed, avg speed, trip distance, total distance, time and all. Ok, I fixed it as per the manuall and rotated the wheel, Shit!! km/hr display was sleeping at 00.0 km/hr. The components with it are a small magnet that has to be fixed on the front wheel spokes and a senser on the front fork. The senser transmits data to a digital display fixed on handle bars. What I though was sensor sensed magnet even if that magnet comes close. I removed senser and magnet and tried doing by hand itself, my friend grabbed from my hand and contacted those few times, Bang!! display started showing some reading. I became happy for not loosing money for a crappy thing. I went home fixed again and rotated wheel, shit!! again its not working. This was because of range problem. The digital should be with in 30 cm. The crapy manual had mentioned its 60cm range. Fixed those components closer, its working. But sometimes stats showing 0 as the reading even when moving and againg starts showing reading. The reading are not accurate. I am having a feeling that analog meters are pretty good than these type of wireless gadgets OR I haven got a good one. One thing is make sure it works properly before purchasing these kind and its better to ask that guy to fit and give.

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Why Mach:

I was interested in buying trek 3700. I had also test rode trek 3700 in http://www.bumsonthesaddle.com. I fear of discontinue forced me not invest more. I know trek is cool enough to keep you interested in biking but also could not take risk. My plan is to use it for 4-5 months and purchase a trek after. I had a top gear in my high school. I wanted to try racers. MTBs usually have durability compared to racers. Anyhow this is used only for short term, so thought of tring it. Mach fits me well compared to hero hawk. And thunder is costly for 5 months’ use.

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New urge of cycling

Posted by karthikjcecs on May 12, 2008

Yes the urge stated again. where and when to cycle? Thinking of cycling to office everyday so that it fits into the routine. Will get good physical exercise.

Before go on purchasing one, thought of doing some reseach on it. My god I had never imagined number of things to consider before buying. The best fit, budget, type of bike, nature of use Huff. Got really cofused, so decided to take help from known ppl. Who are the known ppl?? its Bangalore-bikers@googlegroups.com, damn good mailing list. Guys here helped me a lot, guided just like kinder garden teacher teahing to a kid (off-course I am kinder garden student to this field).

For a bike to best fit you there are some of your body measurments to be taken and calculate the geometry of the bike. Also if you want to puchase a best fit bike then you have to go for a higher end bike. The low cost bikes comes with fixed geometry, not efficient too. Some of the bikes I researched are Trek 3700 – feed back for this is very good in this range of bikes. LA soverieng, not knowing about this much. Merida – Good and expensive moutian bikes, some road bikes are also available, hero – comparitively low cost bikes, feed back was good if not planning serious biking. Good one to start with in the city, The thing is hero wont come in different frame sizes, its your luck if it suits you. Some of the links below to find out best fit bikes for you,

http://www.ehow.com/how_14104_determine-correct-frame.html
http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/bike-fit-guide.html

http://www.cyclemetrics.com/pages/Docs/6-BikeFitting/LemondSystem/fit_formulas.htm

All my bangalore-biker suggesting me to go for a trek (high end) bike, I am still thinking, expect purchase story in my next blog.

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