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Strolling around Mumbai on Cycle – Tips and Experiences

Bicycles have been one of my best childhood memories. My first love, a gearless Hercules AXN. How could I sleep that night? That night ended waiting for tomorrow’s light. We were together for 4 years before it was stolen.

Tried luck second time with second-hand Ranger Swing, unfortunately, that too remained for a couple of months before getting stolen.

Solo Cycle ride Mumbai

My cycle near Marine drive

Now, after 12 years I have the pedal back. Yes, a long wait indeed 🙂 The excitement was same as it was on the first day with my first cycle. I take it to my office daily riding 4.5 km one way on the chaotic Mumbai roads. Can’t express the joy of getting on the seat and feeling the breeze.

After trying my hands for one month, felt like I should take it for a tour around Mumbai.

So friends, take your popcorns sit back and enjoy the post. And yes, do not forget to comment. You don’t know how much your two words make me feel.

Preparation

Frankly speaking, I had no clue of the kind of readiness required for such rides. To get some, scrolled the Internet.

The preparation part can be divided into 3 sections. Preparing the Cycle, the Rider and planning the Route.

For bicycles, basic service a day before the ride is enough. Basic service includes oiling of moving parts, tightening of brakes, chain and checking the tires.

Why is the height of the Cycle seat so important?

I have Hercules Top Gear 3*6 gears. Since it was almost new, everything was in place except the seat height. It was not high enough for me. And because of the low height, my legs didn’t stretched as required.

Instead of the force coming from hip, the pressure was coming on my knees producing pain in both the knees. To fix this, I purchased a longer rod almost 15-inch long and increased the length such that my legs were straight while pedaling.

How much should be Bicycle seat height

Source   Legs should stretch when pedal reaches down

Preparing myself

This was going to be my first 60+km cycle ride. I had to prepare a lot. I had no idea what would be my condition and how much would I make. Though 60-70 km is not tough when considered as endurance riding. But pretty good for a newbie like me who had experience of no more than 10 km per day.

Before the ride, I made onto the field and improved my jogging to 2-3 km in one go. On the day of the ride, I just had a bowl full of musk melon and nothing else. Throughout the ride, I didn’t have any solid food. All I had was nimbu paani, ganna juice and 200 ml of flavoured milk.

Total distance covered

70+ kilometers

Route map of the bicycle ride

Andheri West –> Juhu –> Khar Danda –> Pali Hill –> Bandra Fort –> Prabha Devi –> Banganga Talav –> Marine Drive –> Fort –> Prabhadevi –> Andheri West

Around Mumbai on Bicycle

Google route map

Summary of the ride

I started the ride at 6:30 a.m. First 30 kilometers were smooth and fast. In all, I had two climbs, Kemps corner and Walkeshwar. Though it was tiring for me, particularly the Malabar Hill climb but I was determined not to step down from the cycle. I kept moving slowly in the lowest gear and made it to the top. I am sure next time would be faster.

Bandra Worli sea link, wallpaper worli sea link

Bandra Worli Sea Link morning hours

Morning at Bandra-Worli Sea Link

Banganga Talav, Malabar hill

Pandits at Banganga Talav, Malabar Hill

Banganga Lake

Banganga Talav, Walkeshwar

Duck Feet photo

Duck Feet, Banganga Talav

While coming back, Marine Drive was quite windy. Winds really make the thing bad. Fatigue started taking a toll when I reached Santacruz. Last 15 kilometers were hard due to high sun and traffic. Took a 10-minute break to ease the cramp in my right thigh.

After the ride, I felt like the distance was correct for me. Not easy but still doable.

Lessons learned …

1. If you are non-regular and going for a 50 km or 100 km make sure to go for 30 km and 50 km respectively.

2. Get an electric bell which sounds scary. I got an okay okay electric bell from Amazon for Rs. 350. Nobody would pay heed to your trinngg trinngg

3. Ride about four feet away from the parked cars avoiding “the door zone”

4. Don’t rely only on Google maps. Explore new routes, it’s FUN:)

5. Stick to the left-hand side and have PATIENCE while crossing or changing lanes.

6. Wait at signals, obey all traffic rules.

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