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 …

WEEKEND RIDE ALERT – SATURDAY ROAD RIDE

Payal Kini Tips & Tricks

Its been a few weeks since my previous long ride (which one?) and this Saturday ride (link) would be perfect with everyone out of Bangalore holidaying over the long weekend! The prev ride proved that being prepared pays off when clocking in longer distances. Indicators were my sore bum, aching palms and cramped quads that did a good mexican wave on …

Bike theft: How to recover your stolen bicycle

Rohan Kini BOTS News, Tips & Tricks

ARE YOU A VICTIM OF BIKE THEFT? Don’t despair. Here are 10 things you can do to get your bike back! Spring into action immediately! Check around the area incase the thief has stashed the bike to pick it up later File a FIR with the police (more details below). Record identifying features on the report – accessories, photographs and …

Basic bicycle maintenance tips – how to wash a bike

admin Bike Skills, D.I.Y, Tips & Tricks

Quick tips from Shamala, one of our bike mech’s, on how to keep your bike clean and sparkling. Time: 20 mins Skill rating: Easy Tools: Hot water, degreaser, a bicycle specific chain lubricant, brushes, rags photo credit: blog.atg-training.co.uk “What you see is what you believe” – most people think a clean bike is the first sign of a great service. Some …

The Whip – jumping skills

Rohan Kini Bike Skills, Tips & Tricks

Credit: Dave Trumpore Do read up more about The Whip, a cool jumping technique. We did get to watch a couple of our bikers try these at our prev DownHill Race at our awesome Bangalore Bicycle Championship race. Check out these guys in action Check out more of these amazing photos of bikers flying! Rohan KiniWHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING …

Finding and fixing creaks and noisy bicycles

Rohan Kini Tips & Tricks

Its Tech tuesday at Pinkbike and they have a very good writeup on finding and fixing creaks in your bicycle Definitely a must read. How we quieten noisy beasts Tools required Your noisy bike Allen keys Grease Degreaser A clean cloth Torque wrench Some patience and an open mind Procedure Understand if the noise is rhythmic or sporadic. Rhythm indicates …

How to choose a good bicycle

Rohan Kini Tips & Tricks

So, you are on a hunt for a sexy new bike and you are confused to bits with all your research. Looks like this is a pretty common experience. The local market is a glut of noise – brands/models/prices/spec’s and opinions. So how do you decide on the bike of your dreams? Well it’s kinda simple. You need to have …

BOTS University – Basic maintenance session

Rohan Kini D.I.Y, Tips & Tricks

Time to kickstart BOTS University at the new location Where: BumsOnTheSaddle When: Saturday, 6 Aug – 11am to 12:30pm Do signup for the event on facebook or on a google spreadsheet The session would be basic maintenance and upkeep of your bike – more of a discussion rather than a hardcore session. The hardcore ones will follow the next couple …

Numb fingers and painful hands while cycling

Rohan Kini Tips & Tricks

Shot by GNUYoga, Veloscope Palms/Hands pain on longer rides ? A common problem that should be solved immediately. It could lead to loss of strength and grasping power and advanced stages leave us with completely numb palms that sometimes persist for days. Scary! This problem could be an issue with bike setup or riding technique. Bike setup Bike setup is …