Friday, August 6, 2010
For the bicycle enthusiasts, check out the very classy hand made bicycles at the Bespoke: Hand Built Bicycle 2010 . Don't miss out the specially designed seats/saddle, handle bar grips, very selective placement of chrome. Its a must watch till the last slide.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Found on the Yanko Design , interesting bags , Perfect for a day ride or night out in the town, Po Campo's Handle Bar bag easily clips around the handlebar.
- Adjustable attachment clips
- Water/fade resistent fabrics
- Easy open magnetic closures
- Stow away loops
• Easy open magnetic closures
• Stow-away loops
Monday, July 5, 2010
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Saturday, June 12, 2010
The boda-boda taxis are part of the African bicycle culture; they started in the 1960s and 1970s and are still spreading from their origin on the Kenyan - Ugandan border to other regions. The name originated from a need to transport people across the "no-mans-land" between the border posts without the paperwork involved with using motor vehicles crossing the international border. This started in southern border crossing town of Busia (Uganda), where there is over half a mile between the gates, and quickly spread to the northern border town of Malaba (Kenya). The bicycle owners would shout out boda-boda (border-to-border) to potential customers - not to be confused with poda-poda, which is a form of shared taxi in Sierra Leone.
Motorbikes replacing bicycles
While the boda-boda bicycle is still spreading to other areas, in its area of origin, especially in cities in Kenya and Uganda, the bicycles are more and more replaced by motorbikes. The motorbike-taxis have taken the name bodaboda as well, though in much of Uganda, the Swahili term for motorbike, piki-piki, is used to describe motorbike boda-bodas. In 2004 it was estimated that more than 200 000 men in Uganda were working as bicycle bodaboda and already almost 90 000 as motorized motorbike bodaboda.
Okada or Achaba is the Nigerian equivalent to motorbike bodaboda.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
A growing band of young, successful Indians are taking to cycling as a green lifestyle choice, but it's far from a smooth ride, find Tanushree Ghosh and Gargi Gupta. Photograph: Anil Dayal/Reuters
Kaustubh Srikanth goes everywhere on his bicycle. He came to meet us riding one, which is unusual, to say the least, since very few -- with the exception, perhaps, of the milkman and the newspaper vendor -- ride bikes in the Capital. Even more unusual, he carried the bicycle into the coffee shop, neatly folded it into a compact triangle and placed it upright by his chair. "I even cycle to my office in Gurgaon and client meets," says the 30-something IT entrepreneur who lives in South Delhi [ Images ].
Cycling on Indian roads? You may think it's just too dangerous given the terrible disrepair of our roads and the chaotic traffic, but there's a growing band of intrepid Indians -- youngish, city-bred, successful and well-travelled males (for the most part, which is sad) -- who've taken to cycling. You'll find them early on Sunday mornings on the Greater Noida Expressway near Delhi, or the Mumbai-Pune highway, or near the Gachibowli Stadium in Hyderabad -- wearing 'hairnet' helmets and gloves, tearing down the macadam on their expensive bikes. For these, bicycling is not just a hobby, but a lifestyle choice that's healthy and green. Most of them ride on weekends as a form of recreation, but there are some, like Srikanth, who ride a cycle wherever they go.
Joining the club
Take 32-year-old Sridhar Birlangi in Hyderabad, who not just bikes to work from his home in Hydernagar to his workplace in Hi-Tech City (18 kms one way), but has also founded the Bike2Work Club to persuade others to follow suit. "I save around Rs 5,000 a month on petrol. In addition, I don't have to spend on gyms as this is a great way to keep fit," he says.
In Mumbai [ Images ], 40-year-old Anil Uchil, owner of Ellipsis Communications, a marketing and communications firm, cycles to work daily from Mulund to Andheri, and even to client meets, riding 40-60 kms daily. "It is bothersome to travel by local trains. If you use a bus or car, you're bound to get stuck in traffic jams. Cycles are the best alternative; you can go anywhere, faster." Saurabh Gupta, 35, senior manager, human resources, Café Coffee Day, pedals to office 5 kms away in Saki Naka, Andheri East from Powai, deliberately taking a longer route in order to cycle more. "I lead asedentary life and cycling keeps me energetic," says Gupta.
Delhi too has a few who brave the extreme temperatures and the fast-moving, brash traffic to bicycle to work and elsewhere as often as they can -- Sudip Bhattacharya, creative director, IRIS Worldwide; lawyers Ashish Prasad and Chander Lall; and Jaspreet Bindra, regional director, entertainment and devices, Microsoft [ Images ] India [ Images ].
Just for pleasure
The numbers cycling for recreation are, of course, far greater -- among them quite a few celebrities. Rahul Gandhi [ Images ] created quite a splash last year when the media caught him pedalling away early morning in Lutyens's Delhi. His party MP Sandeep Dikshit reportedly pedals to Parliament, while filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is a recent convert. Most Indian cities have cycling clubs, whose members bond over e-groups and informal rides on weekends.
There's Bangalore Biker's Club, which started three years ago and now has 2,000 members; the Capital has Delhi Cycling Club, started in 2006, and Pedalyatri in Gurgaon. Besides Birlangi's Bike2Work, Hyderabad also has the Atlanta Foundation and the Great Hyderabad Bicycling Club, started by Deenanath Harpanhalli who heads Invesco, an investment management company, in India.
Most of these clubs organise special 'rides' pegged around, say, Earth Day, which have been drawing huge numbers. At Atlanta Foundation's Republic Ride this year, for instance, as many as 800 turned up. The Mumbai Cyclothon in February this year was a huge success, with 7,000 participants.
Interestingly, there is a lot of corporate support for cycling, especially from new-economy biggies such as Infosys [ Get Quote ], Accenture, HP and Bosch. At Infosys campuses everywhere, for instance, vehicles that run on fossil fuel are banned; instead there are bicycles -- hundreds of them -- scattered all over which employees are free to ride. Many offices also provide lockers and showers, where bikers can take a quick shower after a sweaty ride and get into their workday clothes. Recently, the entire staff of Cafe Coffee Day [ Images ] Mumbai drove to Pune, then cycled to Diveagar Beach, 200 kms away.
There's also corporate sponsorship trickling in for cycling events -- TI Cycles, which manufactures the BSA and Hercules brands of bicycles, part sponsored the Cyclothon held in Bangalore in October last and again in Mumbai this February. The Cyclothon will now be held annually and also in cities such as Delhi and Hyderabad, says Satish Menon, CEO of Sport 18, which co-sponsored the event. Incidentally, Menon too is an avid biker who cycles every day from his home in Bandra to his office in Matunga on his Bianchi Aeron-Sport which he bought in 2009 for Rs 42,000.
Feeding the fad is a range of expensive super-bikes available in India. There's Firefox, which launched in 2005 and sold as many as 10,000 such bikes last year. Firefox makes its own brand of bikes and also distributes Trek, an iconic American bicycle brand, and Popeye -- a recent launch -- for kids. Mercedes-Benz also launched its brand of bikes in India in 2005. Merida, another established English brand, came to India in 2007, while last year Bianchi and Canondale, two other renowned brands of bikes and biking gear, tied up with TI Cycles to sell in India. Giant, Schwinn, Raleigh and Adidas are some of the other brands now available.
These high-tech beauties, some made of titanium and other high-performance materials, don't come cheap -- they start at around Rs 17,000 and go up to Rs 2 lakh. There are also stores that sell high-end accessories such as Decathlon and BumsOnTheSaddle, started four years ago by Rohan Kini, a software developer-turned-cycle evangelist. This year, a cycles-only mall, LifeCycle, opened in Pune.
While all this means that cycling is finally catching on in India, there are a few who see it as an elitist trend. Divya Tate, a long-distance cyclist who has been cycling around Pune for the last 34 years, is scathing -- "I didn't see too many of these people cycling before the expensive imported bikes came into the country and it became cool to do so." Agrees Sudip Bhattacharya, "It's only when the affluent people start riding that it gets noticed by everyone." "It's all for show," concurs environmentalist Ranmal Jhala.
That may be largely true, but there are also those like Navneet Kathait, 26, a junior clerk at the central excise department. Kathait pedals 10 kms from his home in Kidwai Nagar to his office near the ITO daily and, despite earning only around Rs 14,000 a month, has bought a Firefox bike and accessories worth Rs 30,000. His friends all want to buy a motorcycle, even a second-hand Maruti [ Get Quote ], but Kathait has his eyes set on a Firefox that will cost him Rs 40,000. "It's a way of life now," he says.Bumps on the road
Unlike in the West and China, India does not have dedicated cycling tracks and parking areas for cycles. A lot of city governments have been making noise in recent years about the need for these; some have even taken the first steps in this direction. A look at the cycling infrastructure in a few of our important metros:
Delhi: The BRT corridor provided cycling tracks, but they are mainly used by motorised two-wheelers and autorickshaws. Last year, the mayor-in-council made it mandatory for every proposal by the engineering department to provide for a cycle lane along side roads. In December, the Delhi Cycling Club submitted a memorandum of 11 demands to the state government, the foremost being for cycle lanes. Rent-a-cycle stands have been operating at a number of Delhi Metro stations -- very successfully in stations like Viswavidyala, but not so in most others.
Bangalore: No cycling tracks yet, but Queens Road and Cubbon Road near Chinnaswamy Stadium have auto-cum-cycle lanes. City-based RideACycle Foundation is working with government bodies to make cycle lanes a reality. Bhaskar Rao, transport commissioner, promises city buses will soon have cycle racks for commuters.
Hyderabad: As part of the multi-modal transport system, local trains and buses have the provision to carry cycles. No cycling tracks.
Pune: Cycling tracks along many roads in Bibwewadi, Shivaji Nagar and Kothrud. These are regular pavements with a board stuck on the sides at intervals and so narrow that even two cyclists cannot pass each other. The paving blocks are uneven and have come off in places.
Mumbai: Cycling tracks have come up in the Bandra-Kurla Commercial Complex and along Carter Road in Bandra, but these can hardly be said to facilitate commuting within the city.
Critical Mass are 'political-protest' rides by cyclists drawing attention to the cycle-unfriendliness of city roads. Usually held on the last Friday of the month, these are meant to be unstructured affairs -- a band of cyclists gets together at a designated place and begins cycling, no one person leading the group, on any route that takes their fancy. Other riders join in so that at one point there are only cycles filling up a road. The movement began in San Francisco in 1992 and has spread to more than 300 cities worldwide.
It's been happening in India too, in a few cities like Pune (since 2000), Mumbai (since 2008), Bangalore (on the last Saturday of the month) and Delhi. In most cities it started with a lot of enthusiasm, and a healthy attendance of about 150-200 people, and then fizzled out. Only around six people turned up at the last one held in Delhi. "Sadly Critical Mass does not have 'critical mass' as yet," says Sunil Kalra, a Delhi-based investor who cycles every weekend.
Tanushree Ghosh and Gargi Gupta
Thursday, April 29, 2010
medical activity for the old.
Photo credit: http://www.sports.gov.pk
In most of the cases, a child life starts with a cycle, two wheeled & tri – wheeled irrespective of his/her status of being from a rich, middle or poor family , hence, it may be mentioned that the cycling activity starts in the beginning of childhood and it becomes a sport at 10-12 years of age.
Cycling as a sports was introduced in India with the efforts of Sh. Janki Das in mid thirties. It found its International level when Sh. Janki Das, the lone Indian Cyclist participated in the British Empire Games at Sydney (Australia) in 1938 with Swami Jagan Nath accompanied as Manager.
With the pioneering of these two, Indian Cycling was to secure affiliation of National Cycling Federation to the National Cyclists Union of England. A few years later, another stalwart Sh. Sohrab H. Bhoot of Bombay & Sh. Janki Dass joined hands in furtherance of cycling sports & formed the National Cyclists Federation of India in 1946 & secure affiliation of this new body with Union Cyclists International (UCI). The same year, Indian Cycling Team participated in World Cycling Championships held in Switzerland. Thereafter, Indian cycling teams participated in London Olympics in 1948 & World Cycling Championships at Amsterdam in 1946 & Brussels in 1949.
Cycling was one of the sports in 1st Asian Games held at National Stadium, New Delhi in 1951.
The first facility for cycling sports appeared in the form of a concrete track in National Stadium, New Delhi which was built around an athletic track in 1951 for 1st Asian Games with a maximum elevation of 27 degree on the curves & a length of 466 mtr.
Extracted from the website of Cyling federation of India
Cycling is an amazing way of exploring a city !!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
People's Way: Urban Mobility in Ahmedabad
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
Environment" in Auroville, 150 kms from Chennai and 10 kms from Pondicherry (http://www.auroville.org/index.htm).The workshop was centered in creating a bicycle friendly environment thus demotivating the use of motorized transport which does not go along with the environment of auroville.
The workshop as a whole was focused on different area of development w.r.t bicycling.The basic outline of the project were:
• Each participant will work in one of the five mini-projects (tentatively: pathways,shelters, lighting, signage and accessories) within the overall theme.
• Each mini-project will have a small team of 3-4 people from different backgroundsand will be mentored by a senior Auroville expert.
• The collaborative design process, research techniques and decisions making will befacilitated through out the workshop by an expert.
• Teams will be provided space with Internet facilities at the mentors business unit.
• A series of plenary sessions, talks and videos will be scheduled throughout theprogram for sharing of results and experiences.
• The resulting concepts will be demonstrated by building prototypes.
• Participants and mentors are free to publish and show case the results in the publicdomain free of restrictions.
As the outcome of the workshop, a small stretch of bicycle path will be constructedand show cased with prototypes:
1. Bicycle shelter and stand
2. Bicycle path andentry barrier
5. Bags, bike wear etc.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
- It is regarded as an unsafe activity for women and
- It is not the social norm
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
We found out that all the 25 resident brothers, under scholistics training in the Jesuits house, are given cycles so that they can use cycle as the mode of commuting in the city. The cycles are then used and maintained by the brothers themselves. Their are 15 cycles at the moment and 25 brothers, so some of them share theire cycles.
When he was student here, they used to have picnics on cycles and used to go for longer trips of 30-40 kms. He feels that now a "motor bike as a status" thing has made huge difference to the number of cyclists. "People now have a poor sense of self-esteem".
According to him, for a motorist driving a vehicle, the only aim while driving is reaching his destination as fast as possible, where as,
"Cycle says much more than just cycling"
Accoridng to him Ahmedabad is yet to wake up in green aspects. The amount of traffic has increased in last 10 years so much as that cyclists get pushed around on the roads. Its not easy cycling even around the university area, which once used to have quiter, cycle friendly raods.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Puran Lal, 54. Has a fleet of 41 cycles for renting out.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Link to the pictures of the inaugural ceremony of the bike sharing system "ReDsicover bicycle"
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
The official inauguration ceremony is taking place on Wednesday the 24th at 10:30am, under hostel A parking area (middle gate) NID Paldi campus!
We have invited the director of NID to cut the ribbon and be the first participant to use the bike sharing system, as well as members of the press.
From now on all NID campus members will be able to use the bikes, and journey around Ahmedabad where ever they please!
Feel free to join us on the day, to help us celebrate this great event! Hope to see you all there!
Cheers, ReDiscover Bicycle Team!