Thursday, April 16, 2009

Cycling to office!!

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!! :) :)

21 comments:

shreeja said...

hey it ws fun readin cycling to office!!! esp the last line! haha! n nice pic too!

LAN said...

hey thanks man!! its fun going to office on cycle!!

Rohit Nyss said...

hey that's great, I love cycling too and just bough myself a Firefox Reloaded 2.1. I don't go cycling to office but do cycle here and there for leisure. I wish I could cycle to office, but cycles aren't allowed into that part of town. Anyway happy cycling and to keeping the environment green.

nitin said...

nice bicycle!cheers!

LAN said...

@rohit: yes!! cycling is fun....provided you are fit :) :)

@ nitin: thanks man!!

Nim said...

cool...cycling 2 work is an amazing idea...wish i could ride my bike to college..but its just not possible..

LAN said...

hey; cool going the green way!! :)

Winder said...

The dog is as lazy as u!! ;)

Sriram said...

Keep enjoying.....

LAN said...

@Winder: The dog is very obedient like me!! hahaha

@sriram: Thanks da!! :)

Patricia Torres said...

I am so impressed... way to go!!

LAN said...

:) impressing a girl was not my plan!! hahahaha, but i think looking at so many turning heads of girls when i go to office!! even i am impressed!! :) :)

Deepika Gupta said...

nice... i wish i could do the same :)

LAN said...

@deepika: thanks for stopping by!!
yeah man; it is like a dream come true for me too!! :)

et said...

Ah man, I shud really do something about my old bicycle forbidden in the garage to rust out! So cool of u!

Well, at first i thought u wer gonna make the li'll doggy run wid ya..with u pulling his belt and flying on the cycle! The pic holds a potential cruelty to animals! Beware!! :D

Smi said...

wow...u are good example to many smoke emitting vehicles..keep going.

and I dont see a ToolKit and First Aid box ??...atleast the FAB

Thumbs up

LAN said...

@ smi: :) it is just 20 mins cycling my office!! so no first aid box!! :)
thanks a lot.....

LAN said...

@et: hahah no no; it was not my dog, look how cooly he is sitting in the snap and giving a pose!!

I love dogs!! hahah just for the records!!

anusha said...

my frenz usually go to office by cycle.. first i was like ha?but now i think yea nd that doggie is really chweet and hey thankz 4 stopping by my blog and leaving u r precious coment[:)]!!

LAN said...

hey anytime!! you have a nice blog!!

MM said...

hey lano..ur hitting two targets with an arrow..keeping urself fit with ur new cycle and helping in keeping the environment green..cool great job :)