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#1 Sep 1st, 2010, 18:40
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Hello All,

I used to be registered with IndiaMike back in 04/05 when I planned and completed my first trip to India (although I forget that username )

So here I am, back again, after landing a job with a local NGO in Pune and having been here 1 week

I just have a few questions and wondered if anyone would be able to assist me in finding a reasonably priced bicycle shop, or even a secondhand bicycle shop so that I don't have to use the bloody rickshaws I don't mind them but I would prefer to cycle.

One further question.. does anyone know which bars (presumably in Koreagon Pk) which show the English Premier League?? Football on a Saturday night would be nice

Might hit up the Pune meetups thread too.. I'd hate to become one of those people that signs up, asks a question and never logs on again!

Thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by burndt View Post Hello All,

I used to be registered with IndiaMike back in 04/05 when I planned and completed my first trip to India (although I forget that username )

So here I am, back again, after landing a job with a local NGO in Pune and having been here 1 week

I just have a few questions and wondered if anyone would be able to assist me in finding a reasonably priced bicycle shop, or even a secondhand bicycle shop so that I don't have to use the bloody rickshaws I don't mind them but I would prefer to cycle.

One further question.. does anyone know which bars (presumably in Koreagon Pk) which show the English Premier League?? Football on a Saturday night would be nice

Might hit up the Pune meetups thread too.. I'd hate to become one of those people that signs up, asks a question and never logs on again!

Thanks in advance
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What is your budget for the bicycle and where are you located (would help me and others to suggest something nearby).

Also from where to where do you plan to commute on a bicycle.
Trust me some routes can be a nightmare for a bicycle ride.


Hope to catch up with you at the next meet !
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What is your budget for the bicycle and where are you located (would help me and others to suggest something nearby).

Also from where to where do you plan to commute on a bicycle.
Trust me some routes can be a nightmare for a bicycle ride.


Hope to catch up with you at the next meet !
Hey n_t,

Thanks for the reply.. I was being quite optimistic regarding the bicycle and hoping to spend around 1500-2500 rps on one, or failing that, the maximum I could stretch to is about 4500 rps.

Not wanting anything too flashy, just a reasonably sturdy frame/build etc that will last me a year

I'm staying near Eklavya Polytechnic College in Kothrud and will be cycling from there to roughly Sai Anand Park in Karve Nagar.

My colleagues inform me it's about a 45-50 minute walk, and that there are a variety of routes to choose from. The trip pretty consistently costs just over 40 rps in a rickshaw using the little 'price conversion' chart.

I had planned to stick to main roads to avoid getting lost and move onto quieter ones when I've been here a while.

Thanks again
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Originally Posted by burndt View Post Hey n_t,

I'm staying near Eklavya Polytechnic College in Kothrud and will be cycling from there to roughly Sai Anand Park in Karve Nagar.

My colleagues inform me it's about a 45-50 minute walk, and that there are a variety of routes to choose from. The trip pretty consistently costs just over 40 rps in a rickshaw using the little 'price conversion' chart.

I had planned to stick to main roads to avoid getting lost and move onto quieter ones when I've been here a while.

Thanks again
Surely a crowded area for cycling on peak traffic hours
The budget is fair enough for a decent bicycle.
Sadly I am not too aware of what should be a good place nearby for a good deal - let me check it with someone . meantime lets hope that someone else has some suggestion.
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If you would go to Budhwar Peth, near to Shanivar Wada, you should find many bicycle shops.. This would give you chance to select bike of your choice.
About budget, a normal bike without gears should cost you around 2000 or more.. I think, you would go for a MTB style bike rather than roadster model.. So, it should be around 2500-3000 Rs..
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post Surely a crowded area for cycling on peak traffic hours
The budget is fair enough for a decent bicycle.
Sadly I am not too aware of what should be a good place nearby for a good deal - let me check it with someone . meantime lets hope that someone else has some suggestion.
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Originally Posted by patilsushant001 View Post If you would go to Budhwar Peth, near to Shanivar Wada, you should find many bicycle shops.. This would give you chance to select bike of your choice.
About budget, a normal bike without gears should cost you around 2000 or more.. I think, you would go for a MTB style bike rather than roadster model.. So, it should be around 2500-3000 Rs..
Cool, thanks very much to both of you. Hehe, yeh I think it is quite a crowded area for cycling too, but am determined to at least try and am hoping it will get easier as the days go by

Good news about the budget too.. I will check out Budhwar Peth sometime this week and report back to let you know how I got on!

Thanks again
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Hey, just thought I would let you know that I picked up a new Hercules from a shop just off Laxmi Rd for Rs.2800 with all accessories included (seat, rack, lock & bell)

It was thanks to my friend who bought one at the same time so that made it a bit cheaper and also, she's Indian, albeit from Delhi, so that helped VERY much - the guy said to her that if I had come alone he reckons I would have been expected to pay Rs.5000
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Originally Posted by burndt View Post Hey, just thought I would let you know that I picked up a new Hercules from a shop just off Laxmi Rd for Rs.2800 with all accessories included (seat, rack, lock & bell)

It was thanks to my friend who bought one at the same time so that made it a bit cheaper and also, she's Indian, albeit from Delhi, so that helped VERY much - the guy said to her that if I had come alone he reckons I would have been expected to pay Rs.5000
Good deal and thanks to your friend. You owe her a treat for saving you almost 1 K.

So did you get to ride the bicycle on the roads yet?
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Good to hear that!! May be you will join next meet up on your bike
Between, I am also thinking of changing my bike with a new one.. Hopefully, I will find a good deal
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Originally Posted by patilsushant001 View Post Good to hear that!! May be you will join next meet up on your bike
Between, I am also thinking of changing my bike with a new one.. Hopefully, I will find a good deal
I would have said go for a bullet but I think it would appear too big for you.

How about a pulsar !
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post I would have said go for a bullet but I think it would appear too big for you.

How about a pulsar !
New_traveller, I am talking about bicycle not motorbike .. Between, I have Pulsar at my home which I am driving since last 5 years
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I thought you had a hero honda Unicorn. Sorry mixed up with someone elses bike.
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Originally Posted by new_traveller View Post Good deal and thanks to your friend. You owe her a treat for saving you almost 1 K.

So did you get to ride the bicycle on the roads yet?
Yep, I probably owe her dinner for about 2 weeks straight!

Hehe, we threw ourselves into the lions den as we decided to ride them back from Laxmi Road to Kothrud after we had eaten dinner.. I doubt I'll ever have to experience such an insane ride again!

I don't mind the roads and people/animals/traffic dodging so much, but crossings and junctions can be scary.

Also, rode it to the office yesterday and today and am getting the hang of it.. ringing my bell every 5 seconds.. as if anyone can even hear it - or actually pays any attention!

I like motorbikes but went for the cycle with my budget and fitness in mind. That said, my fitness may improve but my health is in grave danger!

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I thought, you would buy a MTB.. Do you find this one comfortable?
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Originally Posted by burndt View Post Also, rode it to the office yesterday and today and am getting the hang of it.. ringing my bell every 5 seconds.. as if anyone can even hear it - or actually pays any attention!
So you one of the crazy honkers on the streets who thinks the whistle moves the train


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Originally Posted by burndt View Post I like motorbikes but went for the cycle with my budget and fitness in mind. That said, my fitness may improve but my health is in grave danger!
Yes be careful and dont mess with the insane whizzing cars/bikes and rics on the roads.
Its also eco friendly to drive a bicycle. Something you can always boast about.

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