I am used to bicycles since I was a kid at my home town. I used to ride it school for almost 5 years. So getting back to those days is comparatively tough especially in a different city and different traffic conditions and after so many years. I did have it in mind as the traffic on our roads are showing no restrain. I made my mind up and bought this bicycle. I wanted something that will be good for the Mumbai rains. Seeing many cycles portraying rusted outfit on the side of the building's parking lot, I opted for a full aluminum one.
It sure did shoot the cost of the cycle upwards and made it beyond buying proposition, more difficult on my financial pocket, especially in the troubled times of credit crunch and falling economy. I was totally hellbent towards improving my health and also creating an atmosphere wherein, I take this traffic hell pot out of the equation.
Cycling is fun, when you are not obese and a little fit when it comes to demanding slopes. I found out that the roads of Mumbai are built on hills. They are so steep to climb. My cycling gears helped climb even the very steep slopes with ease. As it is made of aluminum; it is very light in weight. With wider tires and nice feeling breaks, it does feel a little comfortable compared to normal bicycles.
Having a good road sense and also gauging the speed of your cycle is very important when you are riding on these roads. Learning the cycling gears have also given me something interesting to work on while riding. I shopped a bit for the helmet and gloves. I got it from Hypercity mall Malad. Traveling to work on a cycle does take your energy a little bit early in the morning. But these are just initial days. After some days, you will feel better and energized.
The best compliment I got was, when I was riding up the slope trying to figure out which gears to click on, one guy on the bike waved his hand and gave me a thumbs up. He said very good or well done something like that. So when a complete stranger says something nice to you, it does encourage you more. Check out the snap. The dog in the snap is not mine. A boy came out in the morning to take his dog on a stroll. I told him that I will hold the strings of his dog and asked him to take a picture. It has come out cool!! :) :)