Recently, a little over a month ago, on June 2nd, me and my friend – Puneet realised a long-standing urge to buy a bike. Not the one which guzzles petrol though, and not the one with three wheels either Yea, its a bicycle! So, after about a week of frantic research and surveys on which one to buy, we zeroed in on the bTwin Rockrider 5.1. Next, began the search for bTwin retailers in Bangalore, as a result of which, we got in touch with a friend of mine – Utsav(thanks a lot bro ), who helped us out.
A quick word about the bicycle – It has a Reinforced 6061 aluminium frame (which means it is very light), has a steel-spring front suspension, powerful front and rear V-brakes, a 3×7 gear drivetrain (which means it has totally 21 gears), a quick-release front-hub and so on.. Overall, the cycle is put under the category of “Leisure MTB”, which means it’s a great choice for a beginner cyclist. Its pretty affordable too – costing 14000-odd, with the bare essentials.
Now, you might be wondering, “14k ain’t bloody affordable!” You’re wrong. Gone are the days of the 2-3k bikes when we were children. Nowadays, a decent Hercules bike costs you around 10k. Moreover, just think about the petrol prices. You do the math, after which you’ll see that within a few months, you’ll be saving a lot of fuel money. As such, it is silly to think you are wasting money on a bicycle. The way I see it, its only a matter of time, before we all have to switch over completely to bicycles.
After riding a bicycle after so many years, a lot of childhood memories came flooding back. But, back in those days, I used to cycle on the country roads of Dharwad with minimal traffic. But, a lot more caution and care is required to ride on the streets of Bangalore, as the traffic is hellish. A couple of weeks after buying our bikes, we headed over to Basavanagudi from Mathikere on a cool sunday morning for some hot dosas The feeling of riding about 30 km on the roads of Bangalore – which in fact is arguably, the cycling capital of the country, is pretty awesome. As our stamina increases, we dream of conquering the Nandi hills one day! Hopefully, it’s not too far away.