BOTS RANDONNEURING GUIDE – HOW TO GEAR UP FOR A BREVET

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Brevets (long-distance endurance cycling events of 200/300/400/600 kilometers that are supposed to be completed in a stipulated time) have caught the fancy of cyclists across India. With various randonneuring clubs in different parts of the country and with spirited participation from a handful of Indian cyclists in the recently concluded Paris-Brest-Paris 2015, there seems to be a spike in interest in …

WHY RIDE A PURE FIX? INTRODUCTION TO FIXED GEAR & SINGLE SPEED CYCLING

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All across India there is a sudden spike in interest in cycling as a fitness and leisure activity. Be it the social aspect of riding in a group, commuting within the city to avoid the ever-so-problematic traffic, or just pushing yourself to your limits to get fitter and faster, the possibilities seem endless. As someone who is looking at taking …

How to Choose Mountain Bike Wheels?

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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 Size When it comes to mountain bikes, one can choose from 26 inch, 29 inch …

PRODUCT REVIEW: PURE FIX FIXED GEAR/SINGLE SPEED BIKES, IF IT AIN’T FIXED, ITS BROKEN

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I remember the first time I saw the movie Premium Rush, I was left completely fascinated by the idea of riding a fixed gear bike. I mean, riding without brakes, not being able to coast, weaving through peak hour traffic, sounds like something that someone with a death wish would do. But then, what bigger adrenaline rush can you get …

HOW TO CHOOSE BICYCLE HANDLEBARS – BUYERS GUIDE

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The main function of a handlebar is to provide support to the rider and to enable the rider to maneuver the bike. Handlebar design, dimensions, and geometry play a huge part not only in determining how your bike handles but also in how well it fits you. Designers make the most out of mordern technology and material technology to shed …

HOW TO CHOOSE BICYCLE CHAIN LUBRICANT – BUYERS GUIDE

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Overview All moving mechanical components of your bike require timely maintenance and care. The same applies to the drivetrain components. Maintaining your chain well will not only give you a smooth riding experience but also enhance the longevity of your drivetrain components and save you quite a bit of money. For someone who has just picked up their first bike, …

WINTER CYCLING: TURN ON THE HEAT

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It’s 6:00 am on a chilly Saturday and you are woken up by that dreaded sound that you just do not want to hear – the alarm clock. Eyes half shut, your hands begin to reach out to the snooze button while your inner voice starts giving you a million reasons to go ahead with that decision. ‘Just 5 more …

BASIC BICYCLE MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE

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Regular bicycle maintenance is necessary to prevent undue wear n tear of expensive components. Slow shifts, unresponsive braking, and hard to use levers are good indicators that you need to pay attention to your bike. Cleaning and lubricating your bike is quick, easy, and very satisfying. Always ensure you lube a bike after it has been cleaned. It’s Important that …