Ok. Although the presentation stated that its about surviving a bicycle commute in Bangalore, that was just to pique your interest. I would like to change it to “How to Enjoy a bicycle commute in Bangalore” My Name is Rohan and I am representing a community of over 600 bikers in the city many of which regularly commute by bicycle.
average child has a shorter life expectancy than his parents inactivity and obesity are compromising out health global warming is threatening our future congestion is eroding our patience and mobility
I want you to commute cause I want a better Bangalore for myself. I want to be able to peacefully ride in the city without all you guys sitting all by yourself in your air conditioned cars whizzing past me spewing out pollution.
Save Time - For most city commutes, a bicycle gets you there faster: door to door.Save Your Body - Riding to work helps you get fitter as you go about your daily business. Cycling therefore tends to be a more sustainable route to staying trim than, say, making time to visit the gym.Save Your Brain - The endorphin-enducing ride to work makes you more alert. The ride home helps you wind down.Save the PlanetSave Money - Compared with using public transport or running a car, biking is very cheap. Poll states they save atleast Rs 2000 per month
these are again numbers drawn up by asking the biking community. We have a few real numbers out there of folks who regularly commute on a bicycle. And its astounding that in most cases folks seem to be moving faster on their bicycles . For most city commutes, a bicycle gets you there faster: door to door.
Safety on the bicycle is a common question. And the best part is most folks who commute on the bicycle think its safe whereas all the rest think its not ! We recently asked the biking community how safe they felt on their bicycles while commuting. A majority of which were neutral. (The really safe is me :D ) Im sure if you put out a similar survey for motorists the numbers saying that their commute is unsafe is going to be higher than this. The Jist - bicycling is safe. So lets get that excuse out.
This is to give you an idea of the kind of distances folks commute on a daily basis. Distance, slopes and bad roads are things of the past with a good bicycle. These bicycles take all this in their stride and give a consistent good ride.
The bicycle is extraordinarily efficient in both biological and mechanical terms. It is the most efficient self-powered means of transportation in terms of energy
These are some issues most bikers deal with
Einstein apparently thought about his famous equation E=mc(2) when he was on a bicycle The wright brothers used to own a bicycle shop and that knowledge played a major role in the first airplane Bush - well. Bush rides a bike :)
Byke Workshop with Bangalore Bykers Club
Please switch off your mobiles or silence them and think about how much you spend on them.
It's not my problem!
Imagine an ambulance amidst this with you and your loved ones.
On an average a Bangalorean loses an hour in traffic each day!
Check this presentation
What's in it for me?
The average American will spend
almost a full work week in traffic,
according to a new study by the Texas
Transportation Institute. The 38 hours
per year the average commuter
spends stuck in their car every year
means 26 extra gallons of gas and
$710 per person.
What's in it for the Organization?
Mass Trasnport Solution
Flabulous or Fabulous?
Honey, do I look fat?
If you can't think straight blame it on your genes but if you can't fit into your jeans...
So what are we talking about?
Anup at 88 Kilos!!!
5 Good Reasons
• Save time
• Save your body
• Save your brain
• Save the planet
• Save money
“Each morning I wake up torn between the desire to
change the world and to enjoy it.”
One can always enjoy it a little responsiby Be an agent of Global Cooling! :)
Fat se Fit Fatafat!
• Cardio exercise comes for free – ur heart smiles...
• No mental stress – what's that?
• You feel good – gr8 actually!
• Immunity – say good bye to medical bills!
• Endorphin inducing ride to work makes you more alert.
• Ride home helps you wind down – sleep like a baby! :)
• Chuck RSIs / Spondylitis / Arthritis out of ur dictionary!
• The water intake shoots up which is good
Be a cardiac patient or a _possible_ road kill. The choice is ur's!
An article on Bupa.
Adam's Ale – What's yours?
You lose about 3-4 litres of water everyday! How much do you take in? If you are not
the optimal temperature is 10°C to 15°C
taking around 4-5 litres of water in any form you are dehydrated. Coffee/Coke/Tea don't help!!!
The optimal temperature
Is 10 to 15 degrees centigrade.
the optimal temperature is 10°C to 15°C
• Cycle Reacts faster to your reflexes.
• Impact at 30-40 kmph
• Accident Stats
Pedestrian accidents: 44%
Cycle accidents : 5%
A detailed article – Is Cycling Safe on Indian Roads?
Percentage Share of Accidents
Source: Road Accidents in India 2009
Source: Road Accidents in India 2009
Saving the 'Buck' (Pun intended)
I spend my money on Bykes, Burgers, Pizza & Donuts! What about u?
Your average expense on :
• Fuel per year
• Medicines annually
• The gym annually
• Vehicle Maintenance
An article on how some techies saved
$3000 in a year
Switching to byking!
The Fast and NOT so Furious! :)
• Bangalore traffic
21 km in 55 mins (Ravi)
11 km in 30 mins (Rohan)
6 km in 12 mins (Pramod)
4 km in 15 mins (Siva)
• Average: 22kms/hr (any other mode?)
( however fictitious the numbers may
look, they are all accurate )
Look at the extensive study here done
by Manoj. Another article here.
Slip through the traffic like it didn't exist! :)
How can I cycle so much?
Kiran Kumar does 60 km
Renny does about 52 km
Ravi does about 43 km
Rohan does about 22 km
They cycle each day and enjoy it too! (not fictitious, still actuals)
Fun is it?
Its all about having fun! :)
( not fictitious, still actuals )
Beating the Pollution...
• Breathe through the
• Get a pollution mask
• Fly through junctions
Srini sporting the mask says
people won't mess with you
with that look! ;)
No Buts! (pun intended)
• Bath – get it done!
• Sun Tan/Burn –
• Mugging / Eve teasing
• Traffic, congestion n safety
• The saddle is too tiny and my ... hurts!
• Tired - Not as much as in your car
• Time - Commuting and Gyming at the same
time. You actually save time
• Rain - Mudguard or
just enjoy it
• Fit - I am not fit
enuf - let me get fit
• Lack of
• Social mindset towards a person on a
• Lack of knowledge of what a good bicycle
• No cycle lanes – who needs them anyway?
See some of the activities of RAC-F in this area
Kick start err pedal up!
Daily routine - Commute to Work
Get a biking partner - Do it now
Good bike - Flaunt it ☺
Put on your favorite music
Join the community
Rent a byke and test it
Seek help on the forum
Mera wala byke
– KHS Ultra
– Trek, Kona, Bianchi, etc
– KHS Alite 150
– Trek 3500, 3700, 3900 & Trek 4300
– Merida Sub 10, 15, 20, 40, etc
– Btwin Rockrider 5.0, 5.1, 5.2, etc
– Scott Aspect Series
Road bikes (Good bikes start only over 30K)
– Hero Hawk & BSA Mach < 5K
– Trek, Merida, Scott, etc
Check how to pick a bike?
Get a generic bike that allows you to do a lot more stuff! :)
Beware of BSOs and...
Source: Why NOT to buy a BSO?
Right Frame Size – A Must!
Bike Frame Size
4'11" - 5'3"
25” - 27”
13” - 15”
5'3" - 5'7"
27" - 29"
15” - 17”
5'7" - 5'11"
29" - 31"
17” - 19”
5'11" - 6'2"
31" - 33"
19” - 21”
6'2" - 6'4"
33" - 35"
21” - 23”
Find the frame size you need using this frame size calculator.
A more detailed sizing table is available here.
And the saddle height?
You’ll be most efficient if your seat
is the right height and your knees
and balls of your feet are in line.
Your knee is bent at around a 25 to
30 degree angle.
It will make it harder to pedal. If you
want to travel a long distance, it will
soon become tiring.
Your knee is locked.
For step-by-step instructions, visit this site.
There are various techniques to set the saddle height check here. To
calculate bike fit check this.
Ooh Aah Ouch!
Back Posture – Core Engaged! Check this presentation.
Ankling & Feet Posture
A useful resource on bike fitting can be found here. One on pain points.
Some Famous Bykers
The CEO of Philips
VP, Accenture, India
Founder of Cadem
CTO of Strand life
Many many more! :)
Stars on Bikes!
Others are doing it
Just get your BumsOnTheSaddle
The man the machine...
• 18 eggs a day, on Wednesdays bikes to Mysore and back and
to Mysore and back.
• 600 Kms in 24 hours
• Runs to Mumbai and cycles back
in 22 days.
Lies, damned lies and statistics!
Transport Mode share Bangalore
Intermediate Public Transit 7%
Intermediate Public Transit
Public Transport 35%
2 Wheelers 17%
While 5600 BMTC buses transport about 40
lakh people daily, 20 lakh cars carry about 25
So much for Car Pooling...
BSA Tour oF
“The 900km+ bicycle ride
called the Tour oF Nilgiris
(TFN) is the longest
organised bicycle ride in the
country with the highest
participation. A quick
introduction to the TFN can
be found in Wikipedia. Also,
visit the site www.tourofnilgiris.com
A very enthusiastic group of cyclists
who are keen to promote cycling by
conducting weekend Cycling Trails.
They also offer customized cycling
tours and corporate group Trails.
Organized Trails to exotic locations
like Chikamagalur, Coorg and
Waynad so far and more to come.
There is more!
1. http://bangalorebikersclub.com/ - a cool group to join
2. http://bicyclesafe.com/ - learn about bike safety
3. http://www.bikeszone.com/forum/- a forum to discuss bikes
4. http://www.streetfilms.org/ - watch cool videos
5. http://rideacycle.org/ - a NGO promoting byking
6. http://www.bangalorebicyclechampionships.com/ - for race
7. http://notebook.bumsonthesaddle.com/ - a lot of useful
8. http://www.tourofnilgiris.com/ - a 900+ km tour of the Blue
9. http://cyclerecycle.in/ - donate your old bike for a student
- organized tours
- organized tours
- one of the better tours
Rentals - http://notebook.bumsonthesaddle.com/lists:rent
Second Hand bikes - http://www.bumsonthesaddle.com/marketplace/for_sale