My cycling expeditions. I love cycling. It is a mode of transport that allows me to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. It provides just the right speed of travel – not too fast, and not as slow as walking (which I love too, but not as much as cycling). I like to use a mountain bike as I prefer off-road and routes in the countryside where roads are either non-existent or in bad shape. Read about some of my cycling expeditions here.
After a break of about a month, I was eager to get back on the cycle. I started early at around 5 am, and cycled along the Western Express Highway till Mira Road, then took the detour towards the shore … Read more →
Elephanta Caves on Elephanta Island is one of the well known tourist destinations around Mumbai. However, I decided to visit the island to try something different – I decided to take my mountain bike there. My last cycling expedition was … Read more →
After our bike trip to Bordi on our Bullets, I was itching to cycle along the coast further north of Vasai. And having already cycled to Vasai fort, the next fort along the coast is Arnala. Arnala is an island … Read more →
As a follow up of my new year resolution to cycle to all the forts in and around Mumbai, the second fort I tackle is Sewri Fort. The history of Sewri Fort seems intriguing (Wikipedia): Up to the eighteenth century, … Read more →
This year I plan to cycle to as many forts in and around Mumbai as possible. My first fort trip is to Madh fort. Madh Fort (also called Versova Fort) is a small fort in northern Mumbai, India situated at … Read more →
Aksa beach is located along the mangroves near Malad. The entire mangroves stretch from Versova to Malad is only accessible via a ferry that you can cross over at Versova jetty to reach Madh. One of the favourite cycling routes for the city! Read more →
Ann DeOtte’s designs solve a basic problem: Can you bike in comfort and dress with style?
Her clever answer is Iva Jean, a line of functional clothing for women cyclists that works on and off your ride. DeOtte’s pieces employ just a few clever nips and tucks to seamlessly transition from road to office.
Take the Reveal skirt, pictured above. The tailored skirt unzips in the back to expose additional fabric for easy pedaling, and features a high-waisted cut for comfortable coverage. It’s safety first and fashion forward at the same time — and it’s also our Project of the Day.
A Colorado company sees the future of tires on mountain bikes, and they are puncture-proof and airless. Britek Tire and Rubber also envisions mountain-bike riders as being in a far happier mood when they learn they can leave their patch kits and pumps at home. For several years the company has focused its prototyping efforts toward airless tires for automobiles but it is now turning its attention to working on airless tires for mountain bikes. Company founder and designer Brian Russell has several patents and more pending for his dream project, the Energy Return Wheel (ERW). In addition to not having to worry about punctures, he says people will find that ERW can deliver better efficiency.
Portland, Oregon and New York City, two very different cities, are finding something similar about cyclists and pedestrians – they tend to spend a bit more money in local economies.
Transportation Alternatives has been promoting the ‘bicycle economy’ in New York’s East Village, finding that:
“Streets that promote bicycling and walking mean more business for local shops and restaurants,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives (TA). “When it comes to the impact bike lanes have on local businesses, it’s a case of ‘if you build it, they will come.”
A few snaps from our mountain biking trip up Yeoor Hills
During my visit to Germany last month, I had a great opportunity to do some mountain biking with Gerhard. He introduced me to the mountain trails in the woods behind Heidelberg, and it was an experience to remember… fortunately I had carried my Contour Roam camera and captured some of the moments.