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Thread: Bicycle commuting in Chennai

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    Default Bicycle commuting in Chennai

    Hi all,

    Just wanted to share my experience of Bicycle commuting in Chennai. I have been commuting here in cycle for past two years. My one way commute is about 20km and i used to do it thrice a week. Then after introduction of metro i have combined my transit to partial cycling & partial by metro.

    The change when we commute by cycle is obvious, I have experienced a change in my temperament and thoughts after a cycle commute. while commuting in my motorbike / car it was easier to catch road rage; which is almost nil during a cycle commute.

    Main Cons of cycle commute are non availabilty of safe parking facilities and refreshment facilities in many of offices. But a talk with HR can do many changes ( In my office they have now provided a dedicated parking lot for cycles)

    For the people who have not yet tried it please try it.

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    Anand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anand1983 View Post
    Hi all,

    Just wanted to share my experience of Bicycle commuting in Chennai. I have been commuting here in cycle for past two years. My one way commute is about 20km and i used to do it thrice a week. Then after introduction of metro i have combined my transit to partial cycling & partial by metro.

    The change when we commute by cycle is obvious, I have experienced a change in my temperament and thoughts after a cycle commute. while commuting in my motorbike / car it was easier to catch road rage; which is almost nil during a cycle commute.

    Main Cons of cycle commute are non availabilty of safe parking facilities and refreshment facilities in many of offices. But a talk with HR can do many changes ( In my office they have now provided a dedicated parking lot for cycles)

    For the people who have not yet tried it please try it.

    Regards
    Anand
    Hey mate, Good to hear you've been cycling to office for the past 2 years. How do you manage to cycle in the summers? I'm just curious to know.

    Cheers!

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    Hey mate, Good to hear you've been cycling to office for the past 2 years. How do you manage to cycle in the summers? I'm just curious to know.

    Cheers!
    Hi Brother,

    In summers it may get difficult to ride during peak sun timings, Luckily my usual commute starts at 0730 and evening at 1800. Hence Sun God bothers me less.

    Moreover, I split my commute to partially by cycle and part by metro ,thereby lessening my exposure to sun.

    And for sweating, I commute wearing a tshirt which i change in my office and some baby wipes and deodorants mask the sweat.

    Happy pedalling
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    Default Re: Bicycle commuting in Chennai

    How long does it take you to cover the distance one way?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Purnakalik View Post
    How long does it take you to cover the distance one way?
    My one way distance is about 20 km. I usually cover it on my cycle in 50-55 min in morning and in evening 1 hr to 1 hr 10 min

    comparing it with my RTR200 commute in which, mornings I take about 35 to 40 min and evenings it is 1 hr to 1 hr 15 min normal due to traffic

    The main difference which i feel is the difference in patience levels with which i ride cycle & motorcycle.

    The ugly angry man inside me seldom comes out during cycling. and my temperament after reaching home is always pleasant.

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    Have you had any scary experiences on the road? Where motorists do not see you and end up hitting you?
    What cycle do you use?
    Can someone weighing 120 Kilos use a normal cycle or are there some special cycles for people who are overweight?
    I'm really interested in cycling, but the carelessness of other road users and my weight is an issue for me.
    Thank you for opening this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alphamike_1612 View Post
    Have you had any scary experiences on the road? Where motorists do not see you and end up hitting you?
    What cycle do you use?
    Can someone weighing 120 Kilos use a normal cycle or are there some special cycles for people who are overweight?
    I'm really interested in cycling, but the carelessness of other road users and my weight is an issue for me.
    Thank you for opening this thread.
    Usual issues like, slow drivers / MTC buses and wrong side drivers are an issue, but if we are careful enough i dont think it is a severe problem which can deter you from cycling.
    I use a basic Hybrid , Montra downtown

    Please visit any decathlon / Just buy cycles / probikers (OMR) for trying on cycles. They all have good cycles.

    Before starting to commute , be comfortable with your cycle first. Then commute is a breeze.

    BTW which area are you from in Chennai?

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    I'm from Kodambakkam.
    Will visit declathon, after this pandemic is over.

    Thank you.

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