Human life necessitates mobility – this need compelled us to invent various modes of transport. The transportation technology, and its convenient affordability is, perhaps the greatest rev
For most of us, our first cycle is tricycle and that is how our association with the cycle begins. We grow and move from a tricycle to a bicycle – in most cases, an old cycle is passed on, and one is told to learn on that. To begin you start hopping on the pedal and some day you manage to sit on the saddle and are gradually moving forward while someone is holding the cycle.
A point comes when you no longer need the support nor anything and you are cycling on your own – that is the most exhilarating feeling!
However, no one really bothers about the height of the child vis-a-vis the height of the cycle, so quite often learning cycling becomes a hassle instead of fun. Unfortunately, due to the feeling of instability, leading to many falls, these children may give up on cycling.
Cycling is a very simple process - if learnt correctly, it will give you pleasure for a life time. Let us try and make cycling fun and exciting for all.
First, it is important to learn the parts of the cycle as each and every part is important. The front derailleur, the chain, and the rear derailleur are res
A bright Sunday morning was made even more vibrant with the sight of hundreds of cyclists ranging from 8 to 82 years of age. The excitement was palpable, and the sound of ‘Tootaries’ and ‘Dhol Tashas’ added to the festive air.
Pune Pedal Power Foundation, a name which has become synonymous with ‘Go Green’ and ‘Save the Environment’, flagged off its 3rd Annual Cycle Rally, ‘Pune Pedal Power’ from S.P College Grounds on Sunday 3rd June.
An oath to conserve environment was executed by Milind Soman, the ambassador for the Pune Pedal Power and Samim Rizvi, the fastest cyclist in Asia. The rally was marshalled by Lt. Gen. Shahrawat.
After a Cycle Salute, there was Collective Flag-Off by representatives from the corporate sector, environmentalists and social activists. Milind Soman, led the rally by riding a cycle.
The cyclists, comprising of corporate leaders, army officers, students and IT professionals, covered a distance of 13 kms, which concluded at Corinthian’s Boutique Hotel. 800 plus cyclists participated in the rally - the oldest being Wing Commander M
I was lost, frustrated and close to tears. Two days before PBP, I was cycling from Paris to Guyancourt, the start point. A 3 hour ride had taken 5 hours already, and done nothing to help me prepare physically or mentally for PBP. Finally turning a corner, I saw a couple of cyclists approaching, and felt a surge of excitement as I recognized Randonneurs! Pausing to chat I soon realized that we did not have a common tongue, but that did not stop us communicating!
I continued with a big grin on my face, and soon encountered many more riders. All of us called out greetings, as we tried to identify which country the others were from. For 10 kms around the start point venue, the Gymnase Des Droits De L'homme, the streets, hotels, restaurants and shops were crowded with Randonneurs. This was a great opportunity to meet the world of Randonneurs! It was exhilarating to be a part of what I had been working toward for 2 years. I was proud to be representing my country at its first attempt at PBP.
Soon however, the looming 1200 km ride had a sobering effect. The last night and day were spent in mental,