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    Default Re: How to select a bicycle according to your needs and budget?

    @ The Monk - will a fatter tyre absorb the potholes better, transmitting less shock to the rims than a thin tyre?
    Reason is, I've added the Firefox Viper to my list, because it's got 2.35 inch tyres, as well as beefier front forks. I had one 10 years ago, and it served me well for 8 years. The new model has a few updated components too.

    I've considered a hybrid, but they have such skinny tyres, I don't trust they can take a pothole hit at 35 kmph. I'll keep in mind the Firefox Roadrunner Pro. It's around 17k on the site.

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    Default Re: How to select a bicycle according to your needs and budget?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Hey have you bought your bike yet? If not, don't go by this warped idea of bicycle sizing. Standover height is irrelevant when finding the right size.
    I was told the same ting at Decathlon yesterday.... that the top tube should be as low as possible from the groin area.
    Bike shops in India don't really have experts yet I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leech View Post
    @ The Monk - will a fatter tyre absorb the potholes better, transmitting less shock to the rims than a thin tyre?
    Reason is, I've added the Firefox Viper to my list, because it's got 2.35 inch tyres, as well as beefier front forks. I had one 10 years ago, and it served me well for 8 years. The new model has a few updated components too.

    I've considered a hybrid, but they have such skinny tyres, I don't trust they can take a pothole hit at 35 kmph. I'll keep in mind the Firefox Roadrunner Pro. It's around 17k on the site.
    The tyre is your first shock absorber, since it is the thing in contact with the road. So a wider tyre will absorb more bumps, but it will also absorb more of the power being transmitted. A shock works both ways! 2.35 inch tyres is way overkill for the road. 1.5 inch tyres are what most people slap onto their MTBs for commuting.

    Add to that the fact that MTBs are in general heavier than hybrids. Heavier, more rolling resistance etc. means more pedalling effort. Ride the two back to back and you will feel the difference.

    You will be riding at 35 kmph on an MTB (insert 'shocked' emoticon!). Please can you lend me your legs for a few rides

    Check this Facebook group called Cyclop to see if you can get a good deal on used bikes in your budget.


    Quote Originally Posted by raghavtlwr View Post
    I was told the same ting at Decathlon yesterday.... that the top tube should be as low as possible from the groin area.
    Bike shops in India don't really have experts yet I guess.
    True. But i have also seen these poor shop guys giving prospective buyers correct advice, but the buyer is hell bent on believing that the top tube is all that matters. After a few experiences like that even the salesperson would probably give up convincing!
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    Hi Guys,

    I'm on the fence between the Ibike 7 speed and the Munich Speed 21 (both by Mach city). I intend to do only some light riding around the city as a hobby. Which would be the better/more suitable buy for me?

    I have a fellow willing to sell the Ibike 7 speed for 5k (5 months old, barely used according to him, he lives some 10 minutes away) and Munich 21 for 6k (1 month old) from another seller (only downside being he is too far off, like ~ 25 Kms)

    Please advise.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newby_x86 View Post
    Hi Guys,

    I'm on the fence between the Ibike 7 speed and the Munich Speed 21 (both by Mach city). I intend to do only some light riding around the city as a hobby. Which would be the better/more suitable buy for me?

    I have a fellow willing to sell the Ibike 7 speed for 5k (5 months old, barely used according to him, he lives some 10 minutes away) and Munich 21 for 6k (1 month old) from another seller (only downside being he is too far off, like ~ 25 Kms)

    Please advise.

    Thanks.
    No clue about the Ibike. But a few people have said decent things about the Munich. So for the price i would suggest the Munich.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newby_x86 View Post
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    I have a fellow willing to sell the Ibike 7 speed for 5k (5 months old, barely used according to him, he lives some 10 minutes away) and Munich 21 for 6k (1 month old) from another seller (only downside being he is too far off, like ~ 25 Kms)

    Please advise.

    Thanks.
    Go with munich.

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    @ The Monk, only on a flat road or downhill would I touch 30-40 on the Viper. But the roads here are very narrow, and I have to make a sudden jump off the road to escape from the buses coming up behind. However I feel if I can do higher speeds (50-60) on a hybrid, I don't have to worry much about buses overtaking me, as the speed difference would be less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leech View Post
    Schnell is an Indian brand with a European name. Confused me.

    Did you repair that 29er? How much did it cost? I feel part of the issue is that 29 rims are generally weaker than 26 inch rims, all other things being equal.

    cost me about 850 bucks, rims alone cost me 750, 100 for mechanic charges

    i am thinking to exchange my 29er with 27.5 one, given that i get any buyer who's interested in exchanging location Pune: if anyone interested kindly let me know via pm,

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    Quote Originally Posted by leech View Post
    @ The Monk, only on a flat road or downhill would I touch 30-40 on the Viper. But the roads here are very narrow, and I have to make a sudden jump off the road to escape from the buses coming up behind. However I feel if I can do higher speeds (50-60) on a hybrid, I don't have to worry much about buses overtaking me, as the speed difference would be less.
    When was the last time you rode a cycle?

    On descents you will go at whatever speed you go.

    On climbs you will be 5-20 kmph depending on gradient and fitness.

    On flats if you can do 30 kmph on an MTB, then sir you have legs of steel 50-60 kmph, well God help you!

    The best athletes on the best machinery in a peloton average about 45 kmph. We don't! What's the Average Speed of Tour de France Riders in MPH? - SLO Cyclist | An Online Road Bicycling Magazine
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    @ The Monk, I was 19 when I rode the Viper on the Chennai - Tindivanam highway. I remember seeing 20 mph on the speedo for a second after a long exhaustive pumping on the pedals. I casually mentioned this to the Firefox mechanic and he told me if I could do 30-40 on MTB, I could go 70 kmph on a road bike. Thinking it was a sales pitch for the Merida he had on sale, I didn't believe him.


    I can't calculate average speed, because I like to stop for snacks often.

    Right now, I have a Hercules Dirt rider which has 2.125 front and 3.0 rear tyre. Pain to pedal, I could achieve only 21 kmph due to it being a single speed.

    Is there any app for Android where I can verify my speeds using GPS?
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