PRODUCT OPINION: SPECIALIZED ROUBAIX PRO TIRE

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December 8, 2016 by admin

The Specialized Roubaix Pro is an endurance road tire that’s well suited for smooth and rough roads alike. That’s because it’s fast like any competitive road tire, only it features a bead-to-bead Endurant casing, plus patented Specialized BlackBelt technology for puncture protection. This way, it rolls smooth over any terrain.

 

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  • ENDURANT – overlapped, three-layer casing for triple-wall protection
  • BLACKBELT – a woven strip under the tread for puncture protection
  • GRIPTON – propritory compound to reduce rolling resistance & increase traction

THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A TRAINING OR ENDURANCE ROAD TIRE

DURABILITY – Flat protection is important! The Roubaix Pro uses two flat-protection technologies: Blackbelt, a woven strip under the tread, and Endurant, which is what Specialized calls its overlapped, three-layer casing. Covered bead to bead for ultimate peace of mind. No punctures or tire rips on the tread as well as the side wall.

COMFORT – riders end up spending a lot of time on the bike which can lead to fatigue. The Specialized Roubaix tires have a special 23/25C casing format – 23C tread on a 25C casing! Larger volume of a 25C but the tread that is in contact with the road is 23C to minimise rolling resistance. The larger side wall absorb the buzz from bad roads.

LONGETIVITY & DURABILITY – Endurant tech give tires long life and 2 wear indicators embedded into the tire. You need these tires to last long and maintain the ride characteristics all along.

ACCELERATION & HIGH SPEED CORNERING – The patented and highly acclaimed Gripton compound in the tires inspire confidence as it grips roads with better traction in both wet and dry weather. As Specialized says – black magic in your tires!

WEIGHT – Whilst weight is not really the biggest thing to consider while buying endurance or training tires, it is an important tire characteristics which impacts ride quality. The Specialized Roubaix Pro’s are not as light as some of the uber light racing tires out there but are light enough to pass off as a competitive road tire.

Yup, these are some of the better tires we’re ever used and well received by a ton of riders across India.

KEEN TO RIDE THESE TIRES?

 


CYCLING TO WORK: COMMUTER PROFILE – MOHAN SUBRAMANYAM

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December 2, 2016 by Archana Seshagiri

We love bicycles, and at BUMSONTHESADDLE we aim to share this passion with as many people as possible. Biking to Work can be one of the simplest things most Bangaloreans can do to kick off a fantastic day. The BOTS “Wheels of Change” project aims to get more people biking to work via corporate workshops, partnerships, events and simply sharing the joy of cycling to work!

Want to be a part of the Wheels of Change team? Shoot us an email – support@bumsonthesaddle.com


Mohan Subramanyam’s father used to commute around the city on a bicycle and this was the only vehicle at their home for a very long time – inspiration is always around, it is your choice to draw energy from it. Mohan gifted himself a bicycle on his 41st birthday and has been flying around the city on his bicycle ever since!

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His first ‘ride to work’ was in 2008 at Beijing when he went onsite for work. It was 10KM commute with beautiful roads and organized traffic and he fell in love with the city and cycling. Mohan brought his love for cycling back to Bangalore. He rides a Trek 3700 and records a distance of 35km every day.

Mohan strongly believes that the bicycle is the easiest and fastest means of commuting within Bangalore city. Cycling to work has helped him maintain discipline and build confidence. It has become his energy shot for the day when he reaches work and again once he rides back home. Cycling moments he cherishes are riding in the rain, zipping through water logged traffic jam packed roads and the stop overs at the tapri chai guy and chomping hot mirchi bhajjis. Absolute nirvana.

The simple infrastructure his office provides is something Mohan appreciates – a dedicated cycle parking and a shower facility. From being the only bicycle commuter at this office, to now more than five inspired colleagues who regularly commute on bicycle, Mohan hopes to see motorbikes being replaced with bicycles in his office.

One of the most humble and down to earth endurance cyclists we know, Mohan has ridden thru most South Indian cities and currently aims to explore North India as well. Mohan recently completed a 1200km endurance ride in Goa and is is looking forward to crack the toughest Brevet ride in India – Bliss in the Hills, which kicks off from Bangalore. Apart from cycling, Mohan enjoys watching movies a lot! He recalls a childhood memory of his father taking him on bicycle to watch English movies regularly.

Thank you Mohan for being awesome and spreading the joy of cycling!

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CYCLING TO WORK: COMMUTER PROFILE – DIVYA KOTTADIEL

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November 25, 2016 by Archana Seshagiri

We love bicycles, and at BUMSONTHESADDLE we aim to share this passion with as many people as possible. Biking to Work can be one of the simplest things most Bangaloreans can do to kick off a fantastic day. The BOTS “Wheels of Change” project aims to get more people biking to work via corporate workshops, partnerships, events and simply sharing the joy of cycling to work!

Want to be a part of the Wheels of Change team? Shoot us an email – support@bumsonthesaddle.com


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On her way to work, she stopped at the signal as it turned red. A little school going kid points at her and expresses to the mother riding the scooter, “I want to be like her”.

Meet Divya Kottadiel who has been riding her bicycle to work ever since she moved to Bangalore. She cycles from Ulsoor Lake to Basavangudi every day where more than 90% of the route is through the busy streets with heavy traffic. Initially she found it daunting, however, she made consistent efforts and eventually learned to negotiate the traffic and the busy junctions. She kept at it simply because cycling to work is fun, sustainable, economical and she reached her workplace and home faster, fitter and happier.

Divya works for World Resources Institute(WRI) and as an environmental organisation, they encourage active modes of commute. A lot of them at WRI bike to work and sometimes they face space crunch while parking their bikes! That’s a lot of bikes!
Divya says its great to see a lot of people using bicycles for their daily commutes. As the number of cyclists on road increase, the safer the roads will be, she adds.

Divya rides a KHS Vitamin B, 20km everyday since 2015. She has also spent time riding on weekends but mostly enjoys cycling to work. She’s also a pianist, a baking enthusiast and enjoys running outdoors.

Thanks Divya for being awesome and doing your bit for the city!

 


THE SPECIALIZED ALIBI – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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November 25, 2016 by admin

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The Specialized Alibi on Indian roads!

BASICS

HOW CAN A TYRE BE AIR LESS?
Most bicycles come installed with pneumatic tires – a rubber tire casing with a bicycle tube inside which needs to be pumped up regularly. This design has multiple benefits offering a comfortable ride, light weight and good traction and have been the preferred choice on bikes from most bicycle manufacturers. The only problem with pneumatic tires and something we hate as cyclists is that we dread and hate fixing punctures on our rides.

The tires that come on the Alibi are completely solid. No tube inside!

Benefits of having solid tires

  • no more punctures!
  • no filling in air before rides
  • items you no longer need to own: Pumps, spare tubes, puncture patches, tire levers, on-ride pumps, tire liners etc.

HOW CAN A CHAIN BE RUST PROOF? WHAT ARE ITS BENEFITS?
Chains normally require minimal maintenance to make sure they are well lubricated and clean to prevent squeaking, fast wear and tear and to also make sure they don’t rust. A quick splash of water on a chain which is not lubricated could develop a layer of rust if the bike remains unused for a few days.

The Alibi uses a galvanised chain so rust won’t be a problem. You still need to lubricate the chain to make sure its not squeaky, but you wont have to worry about your components rusting!

EXPERIENCE QUESTIONS

HOW LONG DO THESE SOLID TIRES LAST?
Specialized claims these tires last 4000 – 4500kms but a lot of factors can affect mileage – riding conditions, road conditions, braking, etc. Either ways, the rider profile for this machine is not high mileage and mostly fall into the urban commuters and neighbourhood fitness category. The tires are bomb-proof and should last a long long duration.

MORE ABOUT THE TIRE
The Nimbus Airless is a Specialized proprietary tire developed in collaboration with a leading solid tire manufacturer, Tannus.

The 700C tires are 38mm in width, so there’s plenty of contact with the road surface. The tires are made of a micro-closed-cell polymer resin which Tannus calls Aither similar to the compound used to make your running shoe soles.

Specialized quotes 900g for the tire, which is similar to a standard city tyre and tube of this width.

WHERE CAN I GET REPLACEMENTS FOR THE TIRES
You can reach out to your closest Specialized retailer across the country or even buy these Nimbus airless tires online.

WHY DOES THE HANDLEBAR LOOK DIFFERENT?
The bike offers an upright, comfortable riding posture and the handle bar plays an important role in this design. The rise and back sweep on the handle bar allows weight to be eased off the wrist and also helps with a very comfortable reach.

Riders can easily switch out the handle bar with a flat bar or a bar with a much smaller rise to opt for a more performance oriented aggressive position on the bike.

CAN THE BIKE BE UPGRADED TO HAVE GEARS IN THE FRONT?
Not possible sorry. This particular model has been designed with seven gears to keep only the gears necessary for most urban commutes and shorter fitness rides.

Simplicity, Reliability and Comfort dominate the ride experience on the Alibi.

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ALIBI AND SIRRUS IN TERMS OF RIDE EFFICIENCY AND RIDE FEEL?
Test riding these bikes is the way to really experience this. Both the bikes have a very very different feel because of the geometry of the bike, the components on the bike and the way the rider is actually positioned on the bike.

The Specialized Sirrus is clearly targeted for riders who aim for a faster ride and have longer distances in mind whereas the Alibi is more suited for the urban commuter or the neighbourhood fitness rider.

 

Have more questions on the Specialized Alibi? Do let us know, please do shoot us an email at support@bumsonthesaddle.com

 


CYCLING TO WORK: COMMUTER PROFILE – GANAPATHY SUBRAMANIAN

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November 22, 2016 by Archana Seshagiri

We love bicycles, and at BUMSONTHESADDLE we aim to share this passion with as many people as possible. Biking to Work can be one of the simplest things most Bangaloreans can do to kick off a fantastic day. The BOTS “Wheels of Change” project aims to get more people biking to work via corporate workshops, partnerships, events and simply sharing the joy of cycling to work!

Want to be a part of the Wheels of Change team? Shoot us an email – support@bumsonthesaddle.com


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There are commuters and then there are the zippy commuters. Ganapathy Subramanian has been zipping his way to work through the busy streets of Bangalore on his Silver Shadow (Polygon Zenith single speed bike) since January 2015. And loving it!

Ganapathy commutes 55km every day to work and back and uses this distance and time as a form of training coupled with his commute. These training rides build an overall sense of preparedness for the endurance riding that he loves. Talk about multi tasking – saving time, money, commuting green and having a blast. All at the same time!

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He loves riding at 25-30kph in service lanes while most of the traffic is at a standstill (silkboard as an example). Simple pleasures in life :wink: There are times when he’s forced to take his motorbike to work and those are the lethargic super-long-never-ending days that he hates. Riding a bike brings immense energy which allows him to stay energised and super-productive.

There are lot of welcome distractions through his commutes. He’s had motor-bikers cheer him when he overtakes and autos giving a smile to egg him on. Lately, even the BMTC Volvo buses seem to be bike friendly, he adds. The journey from starting out as a curious commuter with a lot of ‘what if’s’ to now a seasoned zippy commuter, Ganapathy has inspired many of his teammates at Hewlett Packard to bike to work and has contributed to the growth of the commuter’s tribe at HP.

His advice to fellow commuters – “Don’t let traffic bother you. Anticipate the speed and flow of motorized transport and enjoy the commute by looking at the travel time differently – enjoy chasing flyover climbs, glide thru greener traffic by-lanes and wizz past slow moving traffic in most parts of the city”

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Ganapathy is also an endurance athlete. He is one of the very few randonneurs in India to have completed the toughest brevet – a 1200km ride in Karnataka – aptly named “Bliss in the hills”. You can also spot him racing for the Cleated Warriers team in various races across Bangalore city.

Thanks for being awesome, Ganapathy.

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