September 16, 2015 by Rohan Kini

BOTS - cycling community in bangalore


BUMSONTHESADDLE are loved as much for their name as for the community of cyclists they’ve built in the city. This cycling group aims for nothing less than to redefine the way bicycling is done in India. Besides regular bicycling trips in and around Bangalore, they also operate a state-of-the-art store for bicycles and related gear.

– Check out the other communities on Little Black Book, Bangalore



September 1, 2015 by Rohan Kini

The BOTS Expert Series are sessions aimed to bring cyclists and experts together, in a inspiring setting, to impact cycling positively.

Triathlon Bangalore / India - BOTS Expert Series
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We had a fantastic session of Triathlon lead by some of the best in the scene in one of the best bike shops in the country, the Specialized Concept Store.

Our expert panel comprised of Anusuya Alva, Farah Avasarala, Nagaraj Harsha, Namu Kini & Vivek Radhakrishnan.



September 1, 2015 by Rohan Kini

MEDIA055 - Bangalore Mirror - Wheels of Change


Good to see a splash of BUMSONTHESADDLE and Specialized on Bangalore Mirror today.

You can read the entire story online (link)

How to Choose Mountain Bike Wheels?


August 6, 2015 by Akshat Khanna

Wheels are among the most confusing components you can buy for your mountain bike; there’s a seemingly endless array of choices, all with their own set of claimed benefits.


Factors to consider

1) Size

2) Tubeless or not?

3) Rim Width

4) Weight


When it comes to mountain bikes, one can choose from 26 inch, 29 inch or 27.5 inch (650b) wheel diameters. Here is a short jist of the pros and cons of each of these –

26er – Smaller wheel base makes the bike more maneuverable and easier to accelerate or decelerate since inertia is lower. Over rough terrain the ride quality will be slightly rough compared to the 29er and 27.5 size wheels

29er – Bigger wheel size means the wheels will carry more momentum and the ride will be smoother over rough terrain. However, due to the size, manouverability is not as nimble as a 26er

27.5 (a.k.a. 650b) – Just like its size, this ends up being the jack of all trades. Has the advantages and disadvantages of the 26er and 29er to a lowered extent.

So what wheel size should you choose? Well, if you already own a bike and are just looking to change the wheelsets, then you will be restricted in choice to your original size of wheelset due to suspension and brake clearance/lengths on your existing bike. As for someone who is looking at picking up a new mountain bike, I would say there’s no better way than to test ride a few bikes before seeing what suits you best.


Tubeless or not?

There’s a lot of talk now a days about going tubeless on mountain bikes. Tubeless set-up’s might take longer to get started with, but when one looks at the advantages that they offer a rider, especially if riding on terrain where the chances of getting a puncture are high, they do make good sense. Also, these tires can be run at lower pressures than non-tubeless wheels, hence giving a more comfortable ride over rough terrain, if required.

Moreover, some tubeless rim designs are also inherently stronger and more durable than traditional ones so there’s little reason to pass over that feature.

So if you are looking at going tubeless, make sure the rims chosen to build your wheelsets are tubeless ready rims.


Rim Width

Rims these days are trending wider (and keep in mind that the critical dimension here is internal rim width, not external). While 19mm used to be the standard for mountain bike wheels, the typical dimension is more like 21 to 23mm with some models going up to 30mm or more.

With wider rims, tire stability, contact patch size and air volume increase, which aids in providing better traction. Though generally this is accompanied with a slight weight penalty. So it would be wise to keep your intended use in mind. For cross country riders where grip is not going to be as much of an issue, narrower rims make better sense.

Also, some tires are less rounded than others. And on wider rims, if one installs tires of that kind, the contact surface ends up getting quite squarish. Not that it’s a bad thing, but just something to keep in mind for performance riders since it does impact rolling resistance of the tire.



Lighter wheels are generally preferred over heavier ones, all else being equal. The reduced mass not only equates to easier climbing but also quicker handling as there will be less of a gyroscopic effect to battle when changing directions. Even braking performance is improved as there’s less rotational inertia.

Lower weight should never be pursued at the expense of your particular durability requirements, however, and of course, less is more when it comes to cost. Those lighter wheels are fun to ride but you’ll also spend a pretty penny in the process.




July 24, 2015 by Rohan Kini

BOTS Press: Women Cycling - The Power of Pedaling


As over 100 women in Bengaluru prep for a 100 km cycling challenge, two pros share tips that’ll help one go the distance

As a mother of twin boys and brand head of a media house, Saraswathi Anand (35) would rarely find the time to exercise. The only time she had to herself was while commuting from her JP Nagar home to office in Chamrajpet. “I had to do something to stay fit. It’s scary how women are prone to lifestyle diseases,” she says.

read more online on the Bangalore Mirror website

A nice writeup on the BOTS WOMEN initiative and the upcoming WOMENS100 ride that we are running in Bangalore.

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