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The Winter Bike Rides & More

The weather in Bombay at most times is at an average of 28 to 32 degrees celcius, Come December into January & February is the only time the weather cools down a bit going to an average of about 24 to as low as 18 to 16 degrees Celsius. All times are good for a bike ride but these 3 months are the best 🙂

Early Winter View of the Moon

Early Winter View of the Moon

This is my first winter (if you can call Bombay climate & temperature winter) with my Bike, so the last few days of November where the temperature dipped have been absolutely brilliant for Bike rides. More often than not, I leave for a bike ride early in the morning between 5:30 am & 6:00 am – yup! a lot of you may think this is crazy but trust me, this is the best time to ride on the streets of Bombay which go crazy with traffic post 8:00 am. The weather around daybreak is absolutely amazing, add to that the roads have absolutely no traffic & its just you & your bike cruising, the wind has a brilliant chill & you can hear some awesome birds & sounds other than cars honking away & people abusing. Also, it’s not yet sunny considering Sunrise is at its peak post 6:45 am.

Daybreak to Happen soon!

Daybreak to Happen soon!

Interesting View to Start the Day!

Interesting View to Start the Day!

Awesomeness!!!

Awesomeness!!!

Most of the time, the route I take is from my house towards Nariman Point past Marine Drive. This, according to me, is one of the most scenic & open view places left in Bombay; cruising past Chowpatty & the different Gymkhana’s (Club Houses) towards Pizza by the Bay is absolutely brilliant. Nariman Point itself offers a great view with people jogging, walking, exercising right next to the sea. Also from NP you can see the complete Queen’s Necklace which is what the stretch from Nariman Point to end of Chowpatty looks like when seen from a vantage point :-). Heading back from Nariman Point, you are riding next to the sea & the breeze literally moves the bike…. this is a super feeling! From there, I take the route towards Walkeshwar & past Hanging gardens down Malabar Hill, this is by far & I kid you not, the best part of my bike ride in the morning. The descent from Hanging Gardens & Malabar Hill towards Peddar Road is like you get transported into another zone, there is a clear drop in temperature by about 5 degrees, lush greenery around & the peace & quiet. You have to ride this stretch, it is an absolute must for all whether you are on a bike, car or taking walk do visit this area in the morning it is an experience you will love…

The Queen's Necklace

The Queen’s Necklace

The Best Place for a Bike Ride...

The Best Place for a Bike Ride…

Worli Seaface

Worli Seaface

From the Malabar Hill descent I move past Peddar Road, stop below my in-laws building (in my mind at that point I am stalking them 😉 ). Moving on from how my devious mind works, to the bike ride past Mahalakshmi temple towards Haji Ali & Worli Seaface, the Haji Ali Stretch past the racecource towards Worli is again highly recommended, not for any other reason except the wind which literally smacks you in the face & the trafficless 5 lane road. Worli seaface, again like Marine Drive, is an experiance as you ride next to to the sea. Also, the view overlooks the Sea Link Bridge which is totally spectacular. This is where my ride ends & I head home passing the Atria Mall where the BMW & Ducati bikes’ showroom forces me to stop & stare aimlessly at some stupendous bikes. From there, riding past the race cource always is special considering I learnt how to ride at this place i.e. in the parking lot of the race course which is massive & totally empty in the early hours of the morning. For people who want to learn how to ride a bike in Bombay, I strongly suggest you come here to learn & practice.

The Sea Link

The Sea Link

All in all, I ride for about an hour in the morning which is also kind of therapeutic. Over a period of time, I have realized I have 3 really good shrinks 1) My wife 2) My bike 3) Alcohol  ha ha ha ha ha seriously twisted I am :-). Having said that & before I end this article, let me just reiterate to all reading this blog & are planning to visit Bombay or are living in Bombay, you have to take your ride out past the mentioned route whether the same be a car, bike, shoes or flip flops in the early winter morning, Trust me, you wont be disappointed with the awesomeness you experience!!!

That be my Awesome Bike!!!

That be my Awesome Bike!!!

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Posted by on December 4, 2012 in Trips & Rides

 

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Cruisin’ with the right Gear

While we have been talking about bikes, rides, bikers, builders, etc. we haven’t spoken about basic safety gear; so today’s post is dedicated to the same – basic hygiene equipment you have to own while you are riding. This is the moment most of you will think this is a boring post reviewing or selling gears made by some brand, etc. Do not stop reading as clearly this is not one of those posts.

Ideal Attire

They do look Cool!

Helmets are a must because Judge Dredd (Sylvester Stallone’s Movie) said “I am the Law” & clearly you don’t want to go up against him. Some cool stuff is available in the market as you can see in the pictures. Also if you want more details on the same, do check out our Helmets & More section & the Hardcore Post.

Ultimate

Next, most important tip, keep your pants on, make sure you wear denims or pants – shorts are a no no considering you can burn yourself on the exhaust pipe which is exceedingly close to your leg while the bike is not in motion and also if by chance you skid, friction burns are a bitch! Remember the scene in the movie Torque where the guy in the beginning skids and rolls screaming, “I am burning! I am burning!”, that’s what bitch burns can do. Wearing pants or jeans will not only protect against the bitch burns but also make you look cool! Options are a dime a dozen in the market: Hollister’s, Diesel, Armani, Levis, Lee Cooper, etc. if you have the money; otherwise, like me, jump down to the local imports / 2nd sale / rejects shop and get a cool pair for dirt cheap. I buy mine from Clothes Rack or Apparel Store in South Bombay, just of Cumballa Hill Hospital.

Need to get one of these

Another thing you want to make sure is a wear a good shirt or a t-shirt (in Bombay I don’t recommend Jackets unless the weather permits), I know in movies you see guys wearing ganji’s (vests) or riding bare upper body. Trust me, absolutely and totally avoidable considering the danger of bitch burns; also, from time to time, and if you like riding on open roads like me, then a good idea is to be covered as the wind can translate into a cold before you say Jack Daniels. A good scarf or a piece of cloth while you ride in the city is also a good idea as it safeguards against pollution and also lets you swear at people without them knowing unless you are in a heated argument or brawl :-). Also, if you have long hair you can use the same to tie your hair and on long rides use it like a bandana to avoid a sweaty smelly helmet.

Must Own

A good pair of shoes is a must. If you can get boots, even better, though the no no in this case is chappals, floaters and flip flops; beyond bitch burns the problem with all of the mentioned is that they just do not look or feel cool.Try riding wearing boots…. just the feeling when you mount your bike in boots versus anything else is just so different…after a point anything else feels just simply wrong. I have a pair of Rockford’s in Black & Brown which i use. Boots at local stores are available from as low as Rs 99/- to Rs 9999/- so budget permitting, go get them trust me you won’t be disappointed.

Cruising Time

The last thing which definitely needs a mention is a good pair of shades/glasses. Remember Tom Cruise in Topgun and the Ray Bans? Not only did the same revolutionarize the business of eyewear but also made every Tom, Dick & Harry buy a pair. Also for all you bike fans here’s an interesting piece of info – Tom rode a Kawasaki GPZ 750 900 Ninja in the movie wearing those cool shades.

If you dont have a helmet with a built-in visor then shades/ glasses are an absolute must as without them it is more or less Mission Impossible & I strongly suggest you do not accept the same. Shades on the streets of Bombay are available from Rs. 100/- to about Rs. 1000/- and in stores for all you brand addicts, from Rs 1000/- to 10000/- & upwards. If you don’t own one get a pair or more now! Also, just for the record, the bike used by Tom in Mi2 was a Triumph Speed Triple (an urban bike with a 1L engine) – super awesome!!!

This is why you need Shades

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Helmets & More

 

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