April 10, 2015 by Akshat Khanna
No questions asked on this – If you ride a bike, you have to wear a helmet. Why? Well, a study done by the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute found out that 85% of the head injuries caused to bicyclists was because they weren’t wearing helmets. Another parallel study done in New York proved that 97% of road cyclist deaths happened to cyclists who decided to give their helmets a skip.
The truth is, its easier than ever to be safe on your bike. And much more comfortable, stylish and convenient that it was a few years ago! If one is armed with basic knowledge regarding how to pick a bicycle helmet, then making the right choice is not difficult.
Most of the helmets in the lower end of the price range come with a universal fit. They contain dials at the back of the helmet and adjustable straps that can be fine tuned to fit the needs of almost all riders. Other helmets come in sizes based on the circumference of the head of the rider. It’s supremely important to choose the right fit for a helmet and this is something that must not be compromised.
Now a days, most of the helmets available to us are made of expanded polystyrene foam (EPF) and a tough-but-thin plastic shell outer casing that is either glued to the EPF (for helmets at the lower end of the price spectrum) or moulded into the EPF (for helmets at the higher end of the price spectrum). Both the helmets are safe. Though moulded helmets are lighter and have more vents. On impact, its the EPF that gets crushed and hence ends up protecting your skull. Its important to replace ones helmet after a crash. The helmet might not show any exterior damage, but the interior structure of the EPF would have weakened considerably. Hence rendering the helmet unsafe for use.
Now a days helmets come in a variety of styles. Be it their purpose of use (commuter, road cycling, mountain biking, downhill, time trial etc) or simple things like colours and design. Road cycling and cross country helmets will be light weight and have more ventilation. MTB helmets offer more protection on the back of the head. Downhill helmets are full face helmets. Time trail helmets are designed to be as aerodynamic as possible. For commuters, the focus should be on buying a helmet from a reputed brand (they are put through strignent quality testing).
How to measure head circumference?
Take a measuring tape and wrap it around your head so that –
- There is a two finger-width gap between the top of your nose and the tape.
- The tape at the left and right sides of your forehead should be passing from the point one-finger-width above the top of your ear.
- Note down the reading shown by the measuring tape and then pick the appropriate helmet.
To view out complete lineup of helmets, click here
April 10, 2015 by Akshat Khanna
Picking the right bike computer for yourself does not need to be a daunting task. If one is aware of their riding needs and the parameters they would like to measure, it becomes quite simple.
1) Basic computers
Most of the basic/entry level cyclocomputers will generally come with the following features –
- Speed – Average speed, Max speed and current speed
- Distance – Total distance, Trip Distance
- Time – Total trip time, Time of day, Interval lap timer
These bike computers are best suited for commuters, weekend leisure riders and riders who are not too worried about the performance aspects of their riding, but still like to be aware of basic statistics to an extent.
Most of these computers come in 2 types, wired and wireless. The wired ones are slightly cheaper than the wireless cyclocomputers. The wireless cyclocomputers, on the other hand, are more pleasing to the eye considering the fact that you wouldn’t be having an extra wire running from your fork to your handlebar
2) Intermediate Cyclocomputers
If you are wanting to take your performance to the next level but are unsure of spending huge sums on a top end cyclocomputer, there are many options available in the market to suit your needs.
Some of the additional features that these computers will pack in themselves (other than the features in basic cyclocomputers) are –
- Calories burnt counter (approximate value)
- Second bike sensor recognition
Having a cadence (for the uninitiated, cadence is the measure of the rate at which you pedal while cycling. It is measured in revolutions per minute of the crank arm.) sensor greatly improves riding performance. Especially during long endurance rides where one would like to ride more efficiently, combining both the speed and cadence data will not only give you an idea of the pace you are riding at, but also whether you are riding at the right gear.
3) Advanced Cyclocomputers
If you are one of those riders who are really serious about your training and have definite goals when it comes to getting better on your bike, getting maximum amounts of data on your rides can make the difference between being just good enough to being the best. Most of the cyclocomputers in this category come with a multitude of additional features. Some of those are –
- Elevation data – Total ascent, total decent, %gradient
- Power data – Average power, Threshold Power, Max Power
- GPS data to map out the route
- Heart Rate data – Average/Maximum Heart rate, Heart Rate Zones
Training on Power is the most effective way to train and is used by professionals world over. However, for the serious enthusiasts, the cost can be a detrimental factor. In such cases, a cyclocomputer measuring heart rate is a very good substitute if one knows how to use it effectively and efficiently. Heart rate data coupled with cadence can give you a very good estimate of how you are riding on a given day based on your training routine.
The data obtained from these cyclocomputers can be Synced to your home computer/laptop for even further analysis and understanding of your ride.
Examples of Advanced Cyclocomputers – Garmin Edge Series
To view the complete lineup of quality cyclocomputers available on our website, click here
March 30, 2015 by Payal Kini
Pedaling down tree lined streets ignoring the traffic, whizzing past the pink blossoms adorning Bangalore – there’s something about being on a cycle. To be free, independent and to ride strong!
To me cycling in empowering. I feel free, I feel independent and I feel strong. We are three women working at the bikeshop, we play different roles but we LOVE to cycle. We put our heads together and started the BOTSWomen ride initiative. One that we are looking to grow with other women bikers to get more women’s cycling for whatever reason you cycle.
The BOTSWomen ride is your perfect opportunity to get back on the saddle. If you strive to explore, improve and push yourself as a biker come be a part of our rides. We will be conducting short rides, long distance rides, training plans, women’s nights and lot more knowledge sessions to facilitate us as bikers – awesome bikers!
20km ride coming up on the 4th of April at 6:15 am.
Get a friend to sign up, more women more power!
Sign up http://www.bumsonthesaddle.com/women and stay in touch.
March 18, 2015 by Rohan Kini
This is a invitation for the 2nd Fixed gear party – The Fixed Collective.
An initiative by BUMSONTHESADDLE to share our love for fixed gear bikes and to showcase some of the best fixed gear and single speed bikes in India.
This time we are going to be showing off not one but 3 awesome brands
- Pure Fix Cycles – we love these guys for making some of the slickest looking bikes out there! Beautiful and affordable
- Fyxation – another good brand thats now available in India which brings us good quality reliable fixies. Frames too! Tons of happy riders on these too.
- SCOLARIAN BIKES – the latest kid on the block. An Indian cycling company thats all set to launch their brand at this party. The bike designers will be there to talk about the product, talk about the process and share how exciting it is to bring a product to the market! We wish them the very best!
- 8:00PM – Music and party in on!
- 8:20PM – Launch of Scolarian bikes
- 8:40PM – Test ride of all fixed bikes
- 9:20PM – Set out for a night ride to the designated watering hole that Craig Raynes points us to! Get your bikes or your skate board!
Check out the event on facebook (link)
THE CALL GUY
Shashank Ck – 9611314804
warning – Shashankh loves to ride fixed and might be injurious to your N+1 bike equation!
March 14, 2015 by Akshat Khanna
There is nothing that can motivate one to go out and ride than a well maintained and clean bicycle. A rider who takes care of his bike is rewarded not only with the pleasure of getting to know his machine well, but also ends up saving quite a bit of money on replacement parts and frequent visits to your local bike shop for problems which could have been easily avoided!
Why should I do a Quickie bike wash?
So before we get into detail regarding how to do a quickie bike wash, lets discuss why one needs to do so in the first place!
Grime and dirt collecting on the drivetrain components like the chain, cassette, derailleur jockey wheels etc not only reduces the overall efficiency of the rider, but also leads to faster wear and tear of the components due to all the grinding between the metal and the dirt.
Mud and dirt collecting in and around the brake pad area will have the same effect on other components like the rims of your bike (for rim brakes) and the brake rotors (for disc brakes).
So the bottom line here is – Give your bike some love and attention from time to time with a quickie bike wash and you could avoid having to spend exorbitant sums of money on replacement spares more frequently than you would have anticipated. And hey! These spares don’t come cheap now do they?!
What are the things I will require for a quickie bike wash?
- Pedros Pro brush Kit
- Finish line Multi Bike Degreaser
- Liquid dish wash soap (Pril works well)
- Pedros Ice wax (dry weather conditions) or Pedros ChainJ (wet weather conditions)
- A rag cloth
- Pedros Chain Machine Tool
- Parktool GearClean Brush
- Liquid dish wash soap
- Pedros Ice Wax (dry weather conditions) or Pedros ChainJ (wet weather conditions)
- A rag cloth
How do I go about doing a quickie bike wash?
Step 1 – Mount your bike on a workstand
It is important that the bike is stable while you are working on it. In case you do not have a bike stand, you could either flip your bike over, or rest it on its side stand (if it has one)
Step 2 – Drivetrain cleanup
If one is short of time, the first (and maybe last) thing that they need to clean on their bike are the drivetrain components (chain, cassette, front derailleur, rear derailleur and crankset).
- Spray liberal amounts of Finish Line multi bike degreaser on the drivetrain components. The degreaser will break down the dirt stuck in hard-to-reach corners of your bike; like the space between the cassette sprockets, the rollers of the chain and the jockey wheel pulleys.
- Run the rag cloth through the chain and use the Pedros Pro Brush kit to brush off the dirt on the other drivetrain components.
- Repeat the above two steps once more if required.
- Use a mild soapy solution of pril and the rag cloth to get rid of all the excess degreaser on the drivetrain and then using a mug of water to remove any soap deposits on the drivetrain.
Note – You could also use the Pedros Chain machine tool for a hassle free and accurate cleaning of the chain on your bicycle. (link)
Note – Do not use a pressure hose to clean the bike with water. Water might seep into the wheel hubs and cause damage to them. Just using a bucket of water and a mug should suffice.
Step 3 – Cleaning the rest of the bike
After cleaning the drivetrain, if you are not short of time, use the sponge and the mild soapy solution of dish wash to clean the frame and rims of the bike. Make sure to get rid of all that soap on the frame and wheels using some water at the end of it all. Again, do not use a power hose for this purpose
Step 4 – Lubricate your chain
Apply an even coating of the Pedros Ice Wax (in case of riding in dry weather conditions) or the Pedros ChainJ (for riding in wet weather conditions or for trail riding) on the chain.
Using the rag cloth, lightly wipe of any excess lubricant on the chain.
Note – It is always better to lubricate your drivetrain at least a night in advance before you head out riding again so that the lubricant can settle well in between the chain’s rollers.
And Voila! You have yourself a clean and swanky looking bike!
How often should I give my bike a quickie wash?
Well this is a very subjective thing and depends on a lot of factors. The weather conditions, on-road or off-road and the frequency of riding are some of them. As a rule of thumb, the moment you find a lot of muck building up in and around your drivetrain, that would be a good time to give your ride a wash.