Two girls on a bicycle in South India

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#1 Oct 29th, 2017, 19:36
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Hello,
This is my first message.
I hope I put it in the right forum.

In november my girlfriend and I come to Bangalore by plane.
We take our bicycles from the Netehrlandds wiht us.
And want to cycle around in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
It will be our FIRST time to India


Question:
- What's the best way to take an train to a strating point, with out bicycles.
Any suggetsions???
For exapmle from Bangalore to the east.
- Can we book the day before our travel any train ticket? Ormust we book in advance??
- Were will the store the bicycles in the train? Is that save?

Clothes:
- We cycle normally in shorts en shirt.
Is that o.k in the South for the local people?
We want to take a sarong for the moments we don't cycle and go to a shop ect.

Places:
- Any suggetsions which places to avoid in the South as to women?

Thnaks so much for any reaction.
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#2 Oct 29th, 2017, 20:28
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Hope you have a good trip!

First TN and Kar are not at all flat, you might have to get off the bike and push!

Beware the dreadful traffic, there are no rules of the road in India, but keep as near to the edge as possible , and do wear HI VIZ clothes. PERHAPS FLAGPOLE MIGHT HELP?

People will be wonderful and helpful.

Please do not be put off by my post.

Whatever you might have thought of India in the past, it is not a country of cyclists, but an upwardly mobile aspirant car/ big 2 wheeler road hogs with no sense of rules.

Take a helmet and insurance. And hope
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Originally Posted by AstridHo View Post
Question:
- What's the best way to take an train to a strating point, with out bicycles.
Any suggetsions???
For exapmle from Bangalore to the east.
- Can we book the day before our travel any train ticket? Ormust we book in advance??
- Were will the store the bicycles in the train? Is that save?
On a site like etrain you can find the trains between destinations and the availability of seats.
In most cases you have to reserve the seats in advance, for details see man on seat61.

This, somewhat old, thread and the mentioned links gives an idea about the method of transport.
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And be sure to stay in good guesthouses, and do not get caught out somewhere on your bikes after sunset. Indian maps are not good for telling you if there is not a hill or wilderness between two seemingly close towns.
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Besides what othes have said, the 'first time in India' and the shorts thing are both kind of worrying, for safety reasons.
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what the capt. said.

combined with the horrible traffic in India even in rural areas. not so much the amount of traffic in rural areas but the speed of it. someone could easily knock into you and keep going. I mean, of course that can happen in your home town, but the speed at which people drive is crazy. I've seen accidents more than once at the side of the road in rural areas where SUVs were overturned onto their roofs. I've been on the back of motorcycles in both cities and rural area and the traffic speed around us was...

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Not sure if this is a joke post.

Dress does not seem appropriate. Cycling in Kerala is not as easy as you think, make sure you have insurance incase you get injured.
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Two girls on a bicycle in South India

Might be a joke. I suspect it is serious, and I'm sad we have to be negative, but, sorry, ladies, we do.

You have never even seen Indian traffic, and you think you can bicycle in it? Maybe one day, but first time... No.

Please note that the people answering you either live here, or spend long periods of time here. We know our traffic; we drive in it.
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I do not wish to put you off in the slightest. I think that you will have an amazing time.

In India I always wear shorts, knee length, and have had no problems.
I was once reprimanded re shorts by a Western woman swathed in while, sari ,shalwar, head enveloped also. I thought she was nuts and totally ott.

I would aim to cycle shorter rather than longer distances, some of the main roads are badly deformed due to lack of maintenance and the rains.

As already said , maps there are pretty useless. To language and the pronunciation of names, carry a notebook to write your requests in/ or look for a chemists, they can always speak English.

I have not been to B' lore for a long time but the traffic there was scary and the pollution dire! Think about a pollution mask.
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Originally Posted by fsg View Post In India I always wear shorts, knee length, and have had no problems.
Same here. Hope it isn't something with our legs!
#11 Oct 31st, 2017, 12:32
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Maybe it is too early, chai didn't kick in yet so i might missed input on the weather...but if i didn't, here it is- cycling around in hot and humid climate might be very exhausting, combined with traffic it becomes pain in the butt
Let me get this straight, it ain't Netherlands where cyclists are ruling the traffic, driving around on perfect cyclist infrastructure in(at least most of the year)cyclist friendly climate.
If you gals want to feel the wind in your hair, you might get a motorbike, those Enfields are quite cool!
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Perhaps you should consider bicycling in your second trip to India. After you evaluate and observe traffic conditions in India during your first trip, you will have better idea whether or not you should venture into bicycling in India.
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Two girls on a bicycle in South India

I agree.

It's not a no way, it is finding out what they works be letting themselves in for and how to handle it.
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A few years ago a Japanese girl 22year old , arrived at my guest house in Chennai, first time in India -- she had landed in Calcutta and rode down the coast road.
She had a high end off road type bike, and a good spares kit. She said her greatest asset was her mirrors -- one on the handle bars and one attached to her helmet -- they saved her life on many occasions. She had no maps just google maps on her phone, and was riding between 40 and 100k's per day. On a few occasions when she couldn't be bothered riding, she just hailed a truck or whatever vehicle and took a rest.
From a motorcyclists point of view, i think it is easier to tour in the south than the north as towns and villages seem closer together, which would be a bonus for bicycling.
Personally i think it is easily doable just bring lots of time with you and try to stay off main highways as much as possible -- that is assuming the OP's have inherent resilience, and cast iron constitutions, and possibly a strong faith in a god of some sort may also come in handy.
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Originally Posted by redninja View Post A few years ago a Japanese girl 22year old , arrived at my guest house in Chennai, first time in India -- she had landed in Calcutta and rode down the coast road.
She had a high end off road type bike, and a good spares kit. She said her greatest asset was her mirrors -- one on the handle bars and one attached to her helmet -- they saved her life on many occasions. She had no maps just google maps on her phone, and was riding between 40 and 100k's per day. On a few occasions when she couldn't be bothered riding, she just hailed a truck or whatever vehicle and took a rest.
From a motorcyclists point of view, i think it is easier to tour in the south than the north as towns and villages seem closer together, which would be a bonus for bicycling.
Personally i think it is easily doable just bring lots of time with you and try to stay off main highways as much as possible -- that is assuming the OP's have inherent resilience, and cast iron constitutions, and possibly a strong faith in a god of some sort may also come in handy.
Sounds like a halfwit. Bloody dangerous thing to do. Its stupid people like this who are a danger to themselves and others.
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