Thursday, March 1, 2007

On High Octane


After toying with the idea of purchasing a bicycle for sometime, I started looking around for a good mountain terrain bike (MTB). The many visits to local cycle shops were disappointing. Most cycles in this segment were ill designed. The graphics were horrible. The web search for MTB manufacturers in India lead me to Hero cycles, who have brought 4 MTB models (Thunder, Octane 26T, Octane DTB1 and Octane DTB 2) in the market. All 4 are Aluminium frame bikes, which means they are light weight and the price range is 5500/- to 8000/-.
The Thunder is good bike for the price of 6000/- but I settled for Octane DTB 1 (5500/-) which looked appealing as it came without any frills (carrier, mudguards etc.).
DTB 1 also sports central suspension and is equipped with 21 gears (Shimano) . The graphics were poor (I have partly redone the graphics).
So here I am pedaling away in the Mountains (around Ponda-Goa) .I am back on the little saddle after a break of almost 8 years.
It’s been three months now and I am still hooked on. I go cycling thrice a week and cover on an average 15 Kms every trip. It’s a real joy to be out there on the simplest vehicle ever designed.
Recently I had a look at Fire Fox MTBs in Panaji (Goa) . The bikes look damned good and I am tempted to switch to one of fire Fox , however the prices are holding me back ( minimum price is15000/-)

5 comments:

Sangeeta said...

Hi Ajay,
The sole reader of your blog is back here to comment. Nice to c u, sorry, ur bicycle, after a break. I thought u r trapped in entropy forever!!!

But nothing after MTB....

Why dont u make this Empty myndd a devil's workshop and Write about ur rides....????

Jen Lewis said...

Hi Ajay,

Good blog..thanks for the information about the bikes ;-)

22 lives of rambo said...

hi ajay...
if u take a look at firefox website their bikes atarts from 5500/-.....so u can try

shashank

eddie said...

Hi Ajay,
This is Edwin Mendes, from Ponda. Currently i am working in Pune as industrial designer. really liked the kind of work u doing and also ur passion for cycling. I had heard about you from Joyel. He is my schoolmate and a close pal.

I will be down to goa for christmas, hope to get in touch with u soon.

BTW here in pune i own a schwinn searcher hybrid :)


Regards,
Edwin

eddie said...

Hi Ajay,
I am edwin form Ponda, currently working as industrial designer in Pune. Read you blog and liked the work u have done in pottery and photography. I had heard about you from joyel, after reading you articles i think i should meet you, btw i will be in ponda for christmas.

Here in pune i us a schwinn searcher hybrid cycle to commute for work. Have recently started cycling and enjoying it.

C u soon
Edwin Mendes