MERIDA BIKES – 2020 LINEUP INTRODUCTION

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Merida is a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer that was founded in 1972. Its main purpose was to prove that Taiwanese-built bikes were of better quality than their reputation had previously implied. This is exactly what Merida achieved, starting out by manufacturing bikes for other brands until it was time to launch bikes of its own under the Merida brand name. Merida …

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BUYING GUIDE – APACE TRIATHLON APPAREL

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Apace is a fast-growing sports apparel brands specializing in functional activewear for Running, Cycling and Triathlon. As a brand there is good emphasis on product quality and functionality as they understand that a well designed product is of utmost importance to their customer. Their Triathlon lineup is a new offering keeping in mind the increased level of interest in this …

VINTAGE TECH – SCOTT EQUALIZER SHOCK

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The Equalizer shock by Scott was one of the greatest shocks of its time. It’s been around for more than a decade now and you’ll still find a couple of riders equipped with the Equalizer on their bikes. Our very own Mech here rides a 2009 Scott 30 Ransom with the first DT Swiss-made Equalizer shock. It performs brilliantly on …

BUMSONTHESADDLE MARKETPLACE – CLASSIFIEDS FOR YOUR CYCLING GEAR

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The initial version of the BUMSONTHESADDLE Cycling marketplace was launched in 2012. It was a fun 2-hour project that enabled cyclists across India to sell their old cycling gear to cyclists who were more than excited about squeezing more miles from it. Over 1200 bikes and truckloads of cycling accessories and spares found happy new riders and hundreds of cyclists …

BUYING GUIDE – WAHOO ELEMNT

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The Wahoo Elemnt series of sensor-based bike computers aim to make your rides more enjoyable by providing you interesting ride statistics along with navigation along the way. Wahoo has a broad range of cycling computers in the elemnt series ranging from their entry-level Elemnt MINI to their range-topping Elemnt Roam. Why do I need a cycling computer? A cycling computer …

HELLO FROM SOUMYA CHATTERJEE a.k.a HILL STORM

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I am from a town on the outskirts of Kolkata City. Mechanical Engineering is what I pursued after schooling and then transitioned into working as a production engineer in the Metal and Manufacturing Industries. later on I switched to design in the same industry. After quitting my job as an engineer, I began to focus on my passion for riding …

SOUTH BANGALORE RIDE ROUTE – “MUNINAGARA DAM” | INTERMEDIATE

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Elevation Gain: 635m Distance: 62.3kms Ride time: 4-5 hours Route profile: Rolling Road quality: Smooth tarmac Traffic Level: Moderate. Traffic levels increase in Bangalore on the way back. Strava Route – https://www.strava.com/routes/21793334 A calm and serene route once you get off the bustling Bannerghatta road with newly laid tarmac and gradual curves, good descent, minimal traffic and greenery on either …

REAR SHOCK-EYELET BUSHINGS

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The rear shocks on an MTB are one of the most abused and under-pressure components on the frame. The shock is always under pressure and constant loads from all directions act on it. This means that the shock needs to be structurally very strong and must resist torsional flex. The tiny bushing that is often an overlooked component is what …

ISM PERFORMANCE SADDLES

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We’ve just got our hands on the latest and greatest ISM Performance Saddles. ISM happens to be the current market leader in saddle innovation and technology – they’re also now available at bumsonthesaddle.com. THE ISM STORY ISM (INNOVATIVE SADDLEMAKER) is the brainchild of Steve Toll, an avid cyclist and swimmer living in Tampa, Florida. Following yet another painful bike ride …

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TECH TUESDAY – WORKING ON FOX SUSPENSIONS

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Your bike’s suspension basically isolates you from the terrain under your bike’s wheels. To do this two basic components are hard at work, namely, the spring and the damper. If suspensions were simply fitted with springs, your suspension would simply bounce around for a while after a bump. Suspensions need a way to channel all the sprung up energy in …