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New Cat eye strada

Posted by karthikjcecs on May 9, 2009

Finally got my cyclo computer by travelling  all the way from Amazon.com to Davenport to Pune to Bangalore. There was not hassle for installation. It is working fine till now, readings are quite accurate and consistent, water resistant, easy to change mode while riding as it has only one button to change mode. Speedometer is displayed in large font and easy to read. It gives total pedling time, using it you can find out the total idle time in your trip. I wanted this feature to know total time I spend in signlas, believe it or not it will be less than 5 min (in my 15 ride) and the best case was 1min. Such a small idle time can never happen in motor bike/car. This is the major time saving as I feel. My friends wonder about how I can cover 15km in 55mins, I simply give this reading 🙂

Cateye mounted on stem

Cateye mounted on stem


Current reading
Total distance: 183 Km
Avg speed: 15.8 (had even crossed 16.2)
Max speed: 44.6 (Do not get shocked, its in a downhill, not my effort)


Few drawbacks

  1. Display cannot not be easily dismantled
  2. No light so it requires street light help to know the readings at night
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Finally purchased Trek 4300

Posted by karthikjcecs on March 28, 2009

It was my dream since I came to bangalore to buy a good cycle and use it in place of my two wheeler to commute inside bangalore. After experimenting with BSA mach for about 8 months finally purchased my dream bike Trek 4300 on 21/03/2009 from BOTS. After a huge analysis of various models and brands finally went the one I had in my heart initially. Some times you cannot come out of intuition.

Motivation:

Bicycle is best suited for Bangalore traffic as it takes almost the same time that of two wheeler and far less time compared to four wheeler. My office is 18km from my home and I take between 55 min to 1:05 mins. In my two wheeler best case is 40 mins and worst case would be 1:10 mins. In a four wheeler less than one hour is really a miracle.  It gives way to appreciate your intelligence rather than scolding Bangalore traffic at the time of traffic jams/clogging. I do not prefer to spend time in gym or park to have physical exercise (I am sure it works not more than 3 day 🙂 ). Why not find a easy, enjoyable way to commute along with having a very good physical exorcise.

About the bicycle:

It is not the right time to write a review  but would like to share few happy findings of my bike. I am very happy to say that my bike climbed a overpass at windsor mannor bridge WITHOUT EVEN A SINGLE PEDDAL by picking up the speed in the previous downhill. Same thing happened in Mekri circle under pass. Its very good and enjoyable on it. Initial ride gave pain in some parts but after few adjustment to suite my physic, all is well.

Cateye Strada:

Cyclo computer, which gives speed, odometer, trip meter and so on. Ordered one from Amazon.com and my friend is will be bringing it in first week of april. I did not investigate much on this, just stick on to few reviews, I had bad expirience by purchasing some non branded wireless cyclo computer,  so this time just blindly ordered a well known brand.

Thanks to all who helped to making decision and buying it.

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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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