Swaroop C H

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24 Aug 2006

Partly inspired by my gang's craziness, and partly inspired by Shree, I bought a cycle a month ago, and I've been cycling to work on 2-3 days in a week ever since.

Mera cycle

Some observations :


Angeline says:

WOW! that is so cool!! I haven't cycled since school!! And this post reminded me how much fun it used to be. There's something so natural and simple about riding a bicycle, isn't there? :)

Viju says:

Wow. Must be good fun. Me too toyin with the idea of buyin a cycle for quite some days now. I dont know if I'll take it to work, but I'd love to cycle around on lazy sunday afternoons.

karunakar says:

hey, what model is it & cost?.. i am also planning to buy one.. was thinking abt this one - http://www.herocycles.com/siren1.html , or mountain bike one.... fitted with a dynamo headlight & maybe a custom made electronic speedometer+odometer..

karunakar says:

i was a cyclist half my life.. avging 15-20kms daily going to school!.. never gained weight till then!! now 65+ :(

t3rmin4t0r says:

Helmets, knee pads ?

And it takes me ~1 hour 40 minutes to walk from my home to office. The only reason I don't cycle is because if you have one, you can't jump into an auto to get somewhere quick.

PizzaDude says:

Way to go Swaroop!!! Apart from saving on fuel, you also wont be contributing towards the pollution in the city...

Sometine I seriously feel that on one day in a week, we must not use our vehicle at all... A resolution from within us...

Pradeep Gowda says:

Very nice :)

You are right on target about people looking down on cyclists.
Meh. who cares.

Yeah, my mother too summarily dismissed my idea of buying a cycle calling it waste of money. But, that idea might soom materialise since both my wife and brother too want to use cycle for short trips. I will definitely cite your example...

I think the biggest benefit of using cycles is, you can avoid all the one ways and dividers ;)

Kapil Karekar says:

Which bike are you using?

Jayakumar says:

Well done. I hope your can-do attitude spreads and more people will bike to work. I look forward to future Bangalore Bike to Work Day like they have at http://www.sfbike.org/?btwd

Rohith V says:

"People who drive in Bangalore have no respect for cyclists.
The assumption is that the only reason you’re on a cycle is because you can’t afford a bike."

Absolutely. I tried this when in Mysore on a vacation for a week. Given the fact that the traffic mennace at Mysore is lot lesser than in B'lore, I made the same inference in just 2 days. Day 1, I thought I was paranoid but as the consistency of disrespect by fellow commuters stayed on, I realized it was stupid of people to make such conclusions.

Sudeep C R says:

That's very true Swaroop. I used to cycle about 8-9 Kms daily and now I seem to be on the verge of starting back again!
The city traffic is just a big menace----Guess we'll reach our destination sooner even if we walked!

Swaroop says:

@Karunakar, @Kapil : I had got the Hercules "Wow" bike, costed around 4.5K. Btw, the hero cycles website is down because it exceeded bandwidth. Anyway, all the best in getting back to cycling!

@t3rmin4tor : I got a new helmet from someone who came back from Sunnyvale. I don't think I'll ever wear knee pads. Cycle takes me around 50 min to travel 8 km to office from home. And yeah, I take cycles on days where I don't have any plans to go anywhere other than home/office.

@Angeline : Yep, it sure is fun. And as you said, natural and simple, and also gets you "in the zone".

@PizzaDude : Hehe yeah, lesser pollution contribution. A "no vehicle day" might be interesting indeed. Even more interesting would be roller skating friday nights like in Paris :)

@Pradeep : Yeah, I had to spend some time to convince my mom too. And be careful, traffic is not at all kind to cyclists.

@Viju : Just go for it. Don't think!

@Jayakumar : That's interesting, but I wonder if it is possible in Bangalore, too many people would snicker at such an idea.

@Rohith : Yeah, but as more and more people take to cycling (which is apparent by the number of comments here), that attitude could change.

@Sudeep : Hehe true. Last week, I was stuck in a bad traffic jam, I was so frustrated, I could've reached home faster if I was on cycle.

David Hogg says:

2) of some observations says that people think you have a "cycle because you can't afford a bike." So what's the difference between a cycle and a bike?

Premshree Pillai says:

Sakat hot maga!

Swaroop says:

@David : Over here, bike == motorcycle.

@Premshree : Hehe.

Madhooo says:

A very good initiative as usual.:))

Sindhu says:

oey! swaroop yaar! i jus learned cyclign 2 months ago, something i should have done when i was 7...am 17 now. heh ..sadly i had to return back the cycle i borrowed. i want a new one too:( waaaaaaaaaa mutti!

:P weks, anyway lovely blog! ncie design. can u put up some of the themes u make for download ? :D that be awesome!

-danke schoen

alok says:

i am a 20 yr old guy.does cycling increase height even at this age.

Nitin says:

Gr8 goin dude

People who drive in Bangalore have no respect for cyclists.

The assumption is that the only reason you’re on a cycle is because you can’t afford a bike.

I guess the people are not used to this. Switching to cycles would be a huge change and people have to do away with the mental block they have about some stuff like this.

This is almost like a change in ideology which I am sure will take time to digest. Until that, I guess we will have to face this.

I am sure taking to cycles will become a necessity in a few days ... Thanks to the steep increase in traffic

Aarthi says:

Awesome to see that you have a bike - I'm a huge fan of cycling. I cycle about 6 km a day. This is what mine looks like (bought it two months ago) - http://herocycles.com/razorback1.html

Yes, it is a lot of fun! :)

Binary Karma » Cycling your way to good health says:

[...] Swaroop has posted an entry on cycling to work in Bangalore. Cycling is very good in many ways. Apart from getting a person from point A to point B, the by-product is very good exercise. Given that my office is just about 4 k.m from where I live, this one is a very good idea to try out. Since I’m very lazy and largely unorganized, I do not (have time to[excuse]) exercise. The only physical activities I am involved are praying almost all 5 times a day and cleaning my car(once a week). The muslim prayer also serves as a good physical exercise. [...]

Shree Kumar says:

Strange - I am seeing this post now. Enjoy cycling !

ravi says:

I have the same bike I bought it last year. Unfortunately it is all chinese!!!
Anyway I am 35 and on the Healthy side. I ride it every morning for abt 5-7 Kms. Yes people look down on cyclists feeling they cannot afford a Motorbike. But I still have fun it feels great esspecially in the winter.
moutain biking has not cot up in our country yet.
Now I have my eyes on a 12-14K Raleigh bike with drum brakes looks absolutely neat!!

Farhad says:

I cycle about 36Kms a day to work. I do it 3 times a week. Am in Mumbai and my timings are 7:40am to 5pm. So I don't face the traffic much. Its a nice cool ride and an excellent workout.

supriya says:

Great going! Ive been planning to buy one too . need a scond hand one though - not feeling too plush! Any suggestions?

NAWAL says:

Hi there,I am 12 yr old and planning to buy a cycle.I am confused between the hero ranger DTB and the hercules wow.
The wow looks cool but i don't know about its shockups(suspension).The ranger has good suspension but it doesn't look cool than the wow.

NAWAL says:

sorry but what is the meaning of the term #K?.what is the 'k' for?pls answer me about the suspension of the hercules WOW.Also its colors and the DTB's colors.

NAWAL says:

Hey there,i have'nt got any answer.i am sure to but a hercules wow now.my budget is not more than 9k.hercules wow looks cool.i want to know its suspension and the cost.pls help me.

Shiv says:

I have been riding to work with my Hero Hawk Nu age cycle for the last one year, apart from that I do weekend cycling. I have seen that I have re-discovered my passion for cycling.

It's a racer cycle with out gear. I also maintain enteries of cycling activities I do through out the year. On an average I do 100 to 120 kms a week. My work place is 12 kms from my residence. I prefer a racer cycle to MTB, as they tend to be lighter in weight and the thin tyre allows me to bike at a good pace.

Ppl who want to ride cycle for fun,workout, here are some thing to note -
1. Always wear bright cloths especially when riding in a ring roads.
2. Make sure your rear reflectors are installed.
3. If cycling for more than 15 kms, ensure you wear paded shorts so that it can protect your wangs.
4. Avoid cycling in nights on highways or ring road, as you could be a sitting duck for MV and you may not be able to spot the small pot holes which can cause pain in your groin and a**. If you can use bright lights in the rear and front, then go for it.
5. Do light streches before getting on the cycle as it will ensure that your back, lower and upper body is not sore after cycling. After a ride ensure that you do enough streches.

I lost lot of inches after I took up cycling(from waist 38 i have moved to 33) and hope you all can enjoy cycling again :)

ayush kumar says:

hey i want to buy a cycle.can u give me a suggestion?i am planning to buy ranger dtb.will it be fine?how will i check the gears?pllzzzzzzz give me the answers!!!!

ayush kumar says:

hey i haven't got any answers???????????

Swaroop says:

@Rohan: Yes, I've seen it, and glad to see such stuff.

@Ayush: I had replied to you in email long ago, please check.

syed adnan asgahr says:

i drive this cycle it's awesome

Roshan says:

hey dude nice post
i used to cycle to work 2 work but stopped after i met with a minor accident.
will start soon...so i am on the look for a new cycle.
hows the wow dude. please mail me ur comments!!

shivku says:

Crap...You got every single thing right! :)

Santhosh says:

Hey nice post ....

@Payal ... Its safer for everyone who drives safely. there is no differentiation between boys and gals....So just enjoy the RIDE. just be in left most side of the road and dont try to compete with any motorists.
And if you tell your budget i can suggest you something.

Payal says:

I am planning to buy a cycle.....but dont want to spend too much.I want it just for fun and may be sometimes commute to office....which will be good....?
Is it safe for girls in b'lore to ride?

ROhan Kini says:

hey Swaroop,
How is the biking coming along ? Hope you still bike to work.

Have you seen this - www.bumsonthesaddle.com

Audi says:


how you doing dude?
this is audi. Balaji's and Srini's friend. SKCH.
i cycle to work too.
Let me know if there are any cycling clubs existing in Bangalore for weekend biking.
If there are none, let me know your interest levels for starting a new one.
Nothing big, just gather a few people one of the weekends and cycle to some place away from the city.
Let me know.


ROhan Kini says:

Sure there are quite a few.


AtHaR says:

hey iam a student and i have hercules Topgear 26y 18sp cycle but it has no shocks and iam planing to buy a new one now ans i stay in bangalore, iam confused between WOW and RANGER DTB1, and my budget is 3.5K to 4K so please sugest me a good cycle between WOW and RANGER.

waiting for your email please email me which cycle is better wow or ranger.


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