Roadbiking in India – Introduction!
Roadbiking / Cycling dates back to 1938 with Cycling Federation of India as the governing body taking care of this sport. India also prides being a part of 1948 Olympics in London in this category.
With the COVID pandemic, Cycling is again picking pace among enthusiasts and health-conscious citizens alike across the globe.
Cycling is not just a sport but also a medium to explore your city while being on a cycle.
Type of Bikes
Bikes explored in India include:
- Road bike
|Riding Surfaces||Bike Types|
|Paved roads and bike paths||Road bikes, hybrid bikes and electric bikes|
|Pavement (from pristine to potholed) and natural surfaces||Hybrid bikes and electric bikes|
|All-road riding||Gravel and touring bikes|
|Dirt roads and trails||Mountain bikes and electric bikes|
Roadbikes are typically used for city or normal roads and not preferred for off-roads due to their thin tyre design.
MTB is Mountain Terrain Bikes predominantly used for Off-roading and riding in unpaved roads in the mountains.
Hybrid Bikes are popular as they are a mix of features from Roadbike and MTB’s and are value for money.
Selecting the correct Roadbike
The first parameter to consider is to select a bike based on where you would be using it the most.
The next parameter, which is very vital that you don’t end up having injuries is a buying a bike which is ideal for your height.
Finally, ensure that you check the performance of the roadbike that you are looking to purchase and explore multiple models.
There are many brands in bikes in the market ranging as below basis prices:
Starting range according to $ / ₹:
I personally ride Trek Bikes Domane AL, and boy it is very convenient and comfortable even when you do a 100 kms round trip. I felt it very comfortable though a bit high on price.
Benefits of Cycling
Some of the benefits of cycling are staying fit and a lot more in the times of enhancing immunity, the list is long and not limited to the below:
- Enhancing cardiovascular fitness
- increased muscle strength and flexibility
- improved joint mobility
- decreased stress levels
- improving posture and coordination
- strengthened bones
- decreased body fat levels
- prevention or management of disease
My Roadbike experiences
My cycling journey started with a basic Atlas cycle a couple of years back and I ended up commuting to work on a few instances.
This coupled with regular running and trekking made me start a serious thought of cycling in a proper manner and riding a bicycle ideal for my height.
This made me start exploring for bicycles and zeroed in on road bikes after a lot of research.
Coming to roadbikes, my hunt next during the relaxation of lockdown was on which road bike and almost all places had them sold out.
A friend recommended me to check out Yellow Jersey in Hyderabad and I bumped into a Black carbon frame masterpiece.
My son and I finally decided to buy Domane AL of Trek bikes and bought it home.
Three months and close to 900 KM’s lafter, I am very happy with the purchase.
Should Trekking be of interest to you, please read my blogpost on Everest Base Camp
For those who are serious about road biking, I will recommend the following add-ons to make your ride experience better:
- Hand held air pump
- Multiple water bottle holders
- Poncho (rainy seasons)
- Bike multitool kit
- Vanity bag to carry your basics like energy bar and the above items
- Good variant Helmet
- Cycling Shorts with extra cushion
- Punctute kit ( DIY Puncture)
Let me know in comments if I missed on any essential must carryon.
Latest Addition to Roadbike
Last few days saw me purchase a Indoor Trainer with the traffic coming in full swing onto the streets. Also with working picking up.
Headed over to Decathlon and purchased their Indoor Trainer and a Basic Sensor for calculating Speed and Cadence of the efforts at home.
A first hand experience from my side, it would be a tad costly depending on which bike and make do you purchase but I personally felt it to be a worthy investment to stay fit and inculcate a healthy lifestyle.
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