September 22, 2014 by Rohan Kini
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September 14, 2014 by admin
For a new rider, choosing the ‘right’ bike can be an issue — Road or off-road rides, city commutes or long distance fitness rides? And the list of questions is long.
We believe we have a simple solution – one bike to do it all.
We are offering the BERGAMONT VITOX 6.3 in a great ‘first-bike-owner’ package. Heck, we are even calling this the ‘peoples bike’.
- 0% EMI
- Free slick tires with the bike. Great for commutes (Why slicks? -http://bit.ly/1y1yKoe)
- Free shipping if you’re not in Bangalore and don’t have access to a kickass LBS dealing with Bergamont in your city
September 4, 2014 by Karan Bhuta
I’m sure everyone remembers their “bicycling days”. Most of us don’t realize it, but the bicycle was and will always be every child’s most sought after toy. We spent quite a large chunk of our childhood riding a bike! From learning how to cross roads to finding those shortcuts around your house the bicycle was often our best buddy.
Most folks at some point move onto more “developed” means of motorized transport. But anyone who has gotten back onto a bicycle has definitely experienced the unparalleled sense of accomplishment and joy of riding a simple bicycle.
The bike we are going to talk about today is the Bergamont Vitox 6.3, according to us it’s one of the best no-nonsense bikes you will find at the INR30k Price range in India. There is no other bike that can match the specifications nor the fantastic ride quality offered by this bike. The German designed super light frame and well spec’d components work flawlessly to give you a taste of how amazing cycling can be. Interested in giving cycling a shot? Well, you gotto try out a Bergmont Vitox 6.3.
From trying out your first trail ride to zipping through the city streets this is one of the best bikes to start riding on.
A no compromise setup. The handlebar are the longest in its category, allows for more control, easier breathing and better positioning for balance. Coupled with brilliant tires you actually feel the control!
Once aboard you notice a majority of all alloy components. These keep the weight of the bike to a decent 13.5 kilos (M frame). The bikes frame has been modified in the 2013 version to allow for better stand over height – riding on the trails is that much safer.
Moving on the saddle, the saddle has nice color-ways, coded to match the bicycle and has a nice well padded yet firm seating area. The tough cover definitely resisted a couple of crashes and rough usage! Absolutely great for newbie mountain bikers.
The pedals are a let down though and I recommend an alloy upgrade for anyone who is going to be riding trails or even riding in wet conditions. You get cheapie wellgo ones in the market for less than Rs 500 and they are worth the upgrade.
HANDLEBAR – The bike comes with the LONGEST HANDLEBAR in the market at 700mm. A long handlebar allows for more control on the trail, helps in power generation, a better positioning for balance and enables easier breathing! And packs in more confidence to steer out of any tricky situations!
- Bike Radar: Handlebars, the width issue
- PinkBike – Tech Tuesday: How wide handlebars affect your ride
FRONT SUSPENSION – The SR SUNTOUR XCT can be a tad too bouncy for many people but on the flip side it is also fantastic for beginner riders as its not super stuff but a tad playful. As a rider you may still need to play an active part of the suspension by absorbing recoil, at the same time at this price point we think the suspension is pretty neat and more than sufficient for the riding you set out to do. I would pick the 100mm SR Suntour suspension over any other in the market. The fork allows you to use almost 90% of its travel.
DRIVE TRAIN – The shifter’s are the new improved SHIMANO EF51’s, with a nicer looking gear indicator. The feel of the shifter remains the same as the older version and we have nothing to complain about there. The cabling and cable housing play a very important role in any bike. The full length housing allows for lesser tension, which is important on longer cables like those along the downtube. The side effect of this is precise shifting. The cable guide’s on the bottom of the down tube could have been better quality though as they can really frustrating to pop back in place once they pop out. Moving onto the crank and the cassette, the Vitox 6.3 comes with a M171 SHIMANO CRANK, one up from the basic M131 which we seem to find on most bikes in this category. The crank comes with a nice plastic chain-guard which protects your trousers from being ripped! Perfect for that commute. The cassette is a 14 -28T and the crank is a 42/34/24. Some good rations for trail and city riding, maybe not so much long distance road. The higher crank to ground height lets you roll over obstacles without worrying about damaging crank teeth. The rear derailleur is a SHIMANO ACERA, durable and perfect for a new rider. It’s the perfect balance of quality and price. In fact you’d be pleasantly surprised to see the rear derailleur surviving tons and tons of riding.
BRAKES – Tektro has an amazing line up of brake all the way up to their TRP brake’s and their basic one’s are no shy of awesome. The Vitox 6.3 comes stock with TEKTRO V-BRAKES. The spring’s are flawless and their brakes work perfectly for years. These coupled with the Shimano EF-51 Brakes (and shift) lever do a pretty sweet job. The Shimano lever’s have a nice reach adjust on them which is great for riders with shorter fingers. When setup right, the brake’s have a nice bite at the end. We have done everything from riding downhill to stoppie’s with these brakes are nothing disappointed us. Yup, during rains anyone would love to have a pair of discs, but these are perfect and will perform at par if not better than any low priced bike with “disc” brakes.
WHEELS AND TIRES – we leave the best for last. As if going with DOUBLE-WALLED RIMS was not enough in the 2013 version of the Vitox 6.3, Bergamont has moved from a 32 hole spoke rim to a 36 HOLE SPOKE RIM making it way stronger and bombproof. We have ridden the Vitox quite a bit on the trails, not delicately and the wheels have not really required any kind of truing. Good bombproof light weight wheels. Matched with SCHWALBE SMART SAM’S! Fantastic control at a fantastic price. These tires are perfect for basic trail riding and also not bad for riding around in the city or if you like to commute on your bike.
Overall, the Bergamonts have performed exceedingly well. We are extremely choosy about the bikes and brands we keep at BumsOnTheSaddle. They not only have to be a great product, but the brand also has to satisfy a lot of our internal criteria to ensure we can provide fantastic support to our riders!
We have never been disappointed with Bergamont on this aspect.
September 1, 2014 by Rohan Kini
This is his attempt at setting a Guinness record for the longest distance in the shorted time on a bicycle.
Started: from Pune on 22 JUNE
Total distance: 15,000KM
About 50 more days on the saddle.
He and his support crew have had quite a journey as seen on their digital camera. His goal is to meet Rahul Dravid in Bangalore!
Prasad blessed by Milkha Singh enroute his journey
Journey till now: Maharashtra – Gujarat – Rajasthan – Delhi – Haryana – Punjab – UP – Madhya Pradesh – Andhra Pradesh – Karnataka (BOTS)
Next: Tamil Nadu – Hyderabad – Maharashtra – Chhattisgarh – West Bengal – Orissa – Andhra Pradesh – Tamil Nadu – Kerala – Goa – Pune
Was definitely good talking to someone so passionate about his ride.
Q & A with Vishnu
Q: What motivated you to cycle?
A: I was initially interested in fitness and then discovered cycling. I loved to ride my bike. My earlier bike was heavy but I could still ride it over long distances. With the new imported cycles, riding longer distances is so easy.
I searched the internet for “long race” and discovered the World Cycle Race (http://worldcyclerace.com), decided to apply for it and was chosen.
And the journey begins.
Q: Why are you looking to set a Guinness record?
A: I always wanted to set a record. When I started cycling this became a possibility.
In 2 years I want to become an Indian champion and in 3 years I want to become a champion worldwide.
With a cycle anyone can become a champion.
Q: How are Indian roads?
A: U.P, M.P and Bihar have really bad roads. Everywhere else is great.
A: Gujarat and Rajasthan were really hot. I was burn black there. Well, actually I am already dark skinned (laughs)
Riding in rain is ok, but wind is the killer. It reduces overall speed and I am on a mission to finish this ride in time.
Q: What do you do apart from cycling?
A: At the moment, its only cycling.
Q: How do people around you support you?
A: Everyone is very supportive. My mother runs an eatery back home and helps me financially.
I also have solid support from my entire family – including my wife and 4 year old daughter.
I also have on-ride 4 member support team. They drive, I ride.
Q: How much are you spending on this? Are you sponsored?
A: I had initially budgeted about 5 lakhs. Two months on the road and it looks like I will need about 6 lakhs for the 15,000 KM journey.
This includes everything for me and my support team. I am spending all this money out of my pocket with the hope to land a good sponsorship deal once I set the Guinness record.
I am extremely positive about getting sponsorships once I set the first record and show the world!
Q: What’s your message?
A: I just wanted to break records when I started out. I did not start out with a message. My goal was to ride 200KM a day.
On the ride I met a reporter who said I should add a social message to get more ride support. He also recommended I stop and talk to people to let them know about my journey.
This made me think and change my initial plans. At the same time I wanted to support something that made sense to me.
I have a girl child and I ride a lot – these were my two major social messages!
– Dont kill a girl child
– Bike to the Future
I ride so much. I’m sure folks everywhere can ride for atleast 1 hour a day and save petrol, money and get healthy at the same time!
Cycling can solve so many of the worlds problems.
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August 11, 2014 by Karan Bhuta
A clean bike is a happy bike! Keeping your bike clean is an essential part of bicycle maintenance ensuring better performance, increased safety, easier repairs, increased life of all parts of the bike, and more fun on your next ride!
The Pedro’s Chain machine tool (link) equipped with its 104 counter clock-wise rotating brushes is the perfect tool to get your chain back to its sparkling new state. A very thorough cleaning setup.
The cleaning works best with Pedro’s OranJ Peelz citrus based degreaser which comes as a part of kit. I would recommend this kit for the best results. Being a bike shop we have experimented on everything from Pril to toothbrushes, different types of aerosol; Isopropyl and petroleum based. But this cleaner seems to have won our hearts. The Oranj Peelz bottle that comes with the kit will last you about 20 cleaning cycles of your chain. For most riders that would almost one-and-a-half years.
Pedro’s chain tool machine is compact and self reliant. The tool also has a arm like contraption that you can hook onto a rear derailleur so that the chain machine tool can operate hands free! Our experience has been that its easier to just hold the tool rather than figure out how to place it around the derailleur cage. The Shimano Altus RD has a bigger jockey wheel and we find the tool struggling when it comes to the Altus RD.
To make the use of the degreaser more effectively the chain machine comes with two chamber’s a button controlled upper and the lower. The two separately controlled chambers really help since it separates the clean degreaser stored in the upper one, from the soiled one which settles at the bottom. The upper one is a closed one which allows you to decide how much degreaser to release on the chain. It basically allows the degreaser to be placed more effectively and precisely on the chain. The chain is only in contact with the clean degreaser at all times. Great idea since good quality degreasers don’t come cheap!
We typically follow the run thru the degreaser with hot water. This not only cleanses the degreaser from the chain, it also cleans out the chain machine and keeps it ready for the next use.
The box has a nice set of directions for use which will help you accomplish your monthly chain cleaning. Another tip we would give to user’s is; you should look out for the ground as most of us will not realize that the tool is filled and we need to empty it before the next round of Hot water or Degreaser enters.
Bottom Line – Hands Free, accurate chain cleaning!
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