After 5 years of riding my “Hercules Wow” bicycle, I decided to upgrade to a Trek 3700 bicycle.

I bought my cycle from Bums on the Saddle, and if you’re considering cycling, I definitely recommend that you talk to them, they’re some of the most knowledgeable guys about cycling!

Trek 3700!

Many of my observations about cycling still hold true, but thanks to efforts such as Go Green, GoCycle and Namma Cycle, things are getting better.

For any errand or meeting people that is in the vicinity of my home, say 4-5 km, I tend to take the cycle, and this has made life much easier in the age of the vanishing parking spots, increasing petrol prices, decreasing health and increasing health costs.

On the other side of cycling, I already did a 55 km cycling ride to Sarjapur town and back with a couple of best friends. Never thought that a sport could bring us closer together.

Bottom line : Getting out of the four walls and away from the three screens is a good thing. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the place around you. Bangalore has changed so much and I have realized that I have started to notice more things when I’m cycling, because you’re not zooming fast and because a bit of physical effort will cool down your hyperactive email/sms-hungry senses to be peaceful enough to listen and observe.

Every time I go travelling within India, I have noticed that the foreigners always seem to find the best spots – whether it is hidden beaches in Goa or amazing lake-side guest houses as I noticed in a recent getaway to a houseboat in Alleppey, Kerala. “How do they do that?” was a question that lingered in my head for a long time after that.

One hypothesis I came up with is that there are two reasons:

  • They spend money on the travel itself and go cheapskate on accommodation. Exactly opposite to what a typical Indian does.
  • They travel for longer number of days, so they take their time in landing at a place, exploring it and then seeking accommodation.

I was not really sure this was true because, in hindsight, I didn’t speak to any of these foreigners, I could have just asked them!

But it seems to be true to some extent from this tip by Ryan Estrada on how to travel cheaply:

Don't book in advance when you're travelling


P.S. A few photos from Alleppey: