in lucknow by 1pmwe were at the alambagh nahar on the outskirts of lucknow, 102km, shortly after 1 pm. deepak had gone ahead 3km to buddheswar chauraha - but it turned out that we could follow the canal from kakori bypass itself, so he did some extra coming back. santosh and vijay had to go back a bit after they left their glasses at a shop. suhail was doing a wonderful job at the back, and lovy, deepak, prince and some others were managing the front. after a spot of rest at kakori bypass, we reached our planned lunch site at sahara gunj mall around 3. mcdonalds and tunde kabab were the main choices, and we started back at 5 pm. near charbagh, we considered the possibility of a bus to get us back - there were a/c buses, but it would come to about 180 per head including bicycles; also the group would be split up into two buses, and we would have a longer ride after reaching kanpur. so we crossed transport nagar where the trucks start from. before long lovy and shakeel had hailed an empty truck going to kanpur - it would be rs 25 including bicycles. we quickly loaded our cycles and were off. we left lucknow at 18:20, with the night sky visible through the open roof of the truck. soon, one could hear popular songs being belted out of the back, with gaurav and deepak as the lead singers. it was exactly 9pm when we unloaded the cycles at panki bypass and rode the 12km or so into iitk - a total of 142km of cycling for the day.
at periyar: himanshu abhishek lovy am anish. tea break chakalwansi: anish am vijayK deepak ripu santhosh shaqeel abhishek suhail himanshu
anish santhosh: break at brick bhatti. fATak at maharajgunj
anish santhosh riding
lucknow welcome 30km to go. abhishek anish at bridge near maharajgunj
anish amit lucknow. jd gaurav
sahara mall: mainak himanshu. himanshu vijayK
prince, amit: in truck
returning by truck: binoy himanshu vijay gaurav santhosh. amit deepak.
- amit mukerjee
- anish rao
- binoy kr
- deepak choudhary
- gaurav kumar
- himanshu mohan
- joydeep dutta
- l abhishek
- lovy singhal
- m shakeel
- mainak chaudhury
- prince b
- ripu singla
- santosh vangapelli
- suhail rizvi
- vijay kumar
bicycle and other problemsshakeel had accompanied us to lucknow and his presence was a great saviour. half an hour into the trip, i had a puncture near singhpur. santosh had a puncture on a flyover in lucknow. both were quickly fixed. joydeep's bike stand decided to jam against the tire so he rode quite a few km with high resistance. binoy's cycle had some noise and rubbing. abhishek had seat height problems. anish's bike had a hub jammed - shakeel attended it in lucknow; though it improved, it was still rough. vijay took over and brought it back for the last 30 odd km.
moral of the story
- bike repair
- brakes: should stop well within a bike length at normal speed
- tube: if tube is > 6 mo old, or has had even one puncture, just replace it.
- tire: check tires for ruptures and other weak spots.
- wheel: look at the wobble on the rim. if more than 1-2 mm, get it trued.
- hubs: are wheels sticky? should spin so long that you get bored.
- seat height: raise the seat so the leg nearly straightens out at the bottom of the stroke.
- noise: sometimes you may need to get rid of the chainguard.
- chain slip:does the chain slip often? check the wear on the chain. if not worn, adjust rear wheel.
- at least a bottle
- for the dust
- stretch before you start, and stretch at breaks.
- eat well the night before
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