6 road trips in India every motorbiker must go for!

Motorbiker only a biker can tell how amazing an experience it is to be riding through roads that are beautiful. That feeling of the soothing breeze blowing you over, and the ever changing drama of nature’s changing forms are things that can’t be explained within the limits of a few words. The good part is that our country is home to routes that are highly suited for motorbiking enthusiasts. Routes that are challenging, yet, showcase the best of what Mother Nature can enthrall a traveller with.

Here are some of the best motorbiking trips and routes in India. Ride solo, or pick the one you love and let the wheels take you on a journey to remember…

Delhi to Leh

Although it is one of the most popular motorbiking trips in the country, a ride from Delhi to Leh can throw up huge challenges to even the best bikers. A trip which lasts for about 15 days, the ride from Delhi to Leh is filled with myriad adventures and sights that are stunning to say the least. This route takes a rider through Chandigarh and then to Manali, from where the real climb begins.


The landscape gradually changes from urban cities to Himalayan villages and snowy mountains and finally ends in the rocky and stark desert-like terrain of Leh. Dangers on the way are many as the route takes a biker through some of the toughest roads in the country, including Khardung La, the highest motorable pass in the world.

Shimla to Spiti Valley

A motorcycle ride from Shimla to Spiti Valley will let you get enchanted with some of the most stunning sceneries one can experience in Himachal Pradesh. Right from the mix of green and snowy hills of the Shimla region, the landscape gradually changes towards a more rocky yet more beautiful valley on the upper reaches of the state.

While on one hand are the charming snow-capped peaks, on the other are waterfalls, gorges and the occasional green meadows with herds of sheep grazing in Kinnaur and then the sudden starkness of Spiti Valley. The ride is strenuous and full of challenges due to the snake-like narrow mountain roads, sharp inclines, and rocky terrain making it even more difficult.

Bangalore to Kannur

If you are a motorcycling enthusiast living in the city of Bangalore, feel lucky for you have one of the most beautiful routes to ride on. We are talking about the journey from the urban town of Bangalore to the lush green environs of Kannur in Kerala. The ride is picturesque and makes a rider feel great with amazing views of roving cliffs and mesmerising greens of the valleys.


Besides, there are several lakes on the way, where bikers can make pit stops and have delicious meals at the local restaurants. For reaching Kannur from Bangalore, a biker has to ride across beautiful destinations like Nagarhole, Tholpatty, and then Kuthuparamba from Manandvady, and finally Kuthuparamba before reaching Kannur.

Siliguri to Yuksom

Keen nature lovers and travellers would agree that the eastern part of the country is home to some of the most beautiful mountains in the country. You can have one of the best motorbiking experiences on roads connecting Darjeeling and Sikkim. On one hand are the stunning panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and other great Himalayan ranges, lush green environs on the other are a great charm as well.

Some of the highlights of the motorbiking trip from the town of Siliguri in West Bengal to Yuksom in Sikkim are the colourful towns of Kalimpong, Pelling and Gangtok, which also make for great pit stops for the journey.

Bhalukpong to Tawang

If you are keen to enjoy natural beauty of the northeastern part of India, a motorbike ride from Bhalukpong to Tawang is one of the best ways to experience that. While this route is known to showcase the best of this region’s vegetation, birds, flora and fauna, it also proves to be challenging for riders at more places than one.

There are tricky turns on the twisting mountain roads, high inclinations, landslide areas to cross, waterfalls passing through the way and a lot more that can make the journey a tricky one. The snow-covered roads, usually around year end, make it an even more exciting experience.

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Mumbai to Trivandrum

Although it is not one of the most common routes to go on a motorbiking trip, a ride from Mumbai to Trivandrum will offer the finest combination of sea and hills. This coastal ride takes a rider through numerous beaches and unparalleled beauty of these lush green hills of the Western Ghats.

With this one, you get to ride across some amazing coastal destinations, including the hugely popular beach town of Goa, and the tourist-friendly towns of Kochi and Alleppey in Kerala. On this route, a rider can enjoy the beauty of nature’s varied forms including beaches, hills, forests and the backwaters as well.

Cycling the Southern Loop of Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most famous outdoor areas in the world – known for its stunning scenery, impressive animal life, and (most of all) its widespread thermal activity. Yellowstone, after all, is located in the caldera of one of the world’s largest super-volcanoes. It’s no surprise then that the planet’s most well known geyser (Old Faithful) calls Yellowstone National Park its home.

While Old Faithful may be the attraction most visitors to Yellowstone National Park come to see, there is a whole lot more to this protected parkland than just a single regularly erupting pocket of hot water. Yellowstone National Park, while not necessarily known as a cycling destination of any kind, is actually a fantastic place to conduct a short 3-7 day cycling adventure… as you will see if you simply watch the video below.

Yellowstone National Park

In this article we’ll be discussing what it’s like to cycle around the southern loop of Yellowstone National Park – parking your car near the Grant Village Visitor Center on the western edge of Yellowstone Lake and then cycling in a circle for approximately 3 days (95 mi / 152 km) while stopping along the way to explore some of Yellowstone’s most iconic geysers, thermal pools, waterfalls, rivers and other points of interest.

Driving to Yellowstone & Parking Your Vehicle

While it is possible to cycle into Yellowstone National Park on your bicycle, most people who visit the Park come in a motor vehicle. If you’re coming to Yellowstone in a motor vehicle with the goal of cycling around the Park for several days, then you’ll need to find a place to safely park your car for the days you are away on your bike… and the best place to do that is at the Grant Village Visitor Center on the western edge of Yellowstone Lake.

Just outside the Grant Village Visitor Center is the backcountry office. Go into that office and tell them you are planning to cycle around the Park for a few days and that you need a safe place to park your car for the days you’ll be away on your bike.

The people in the backcountry office will ask about your intended route and then, they should, give you a permit to place in the window of your vehicle. This permit is basically a piece of paper that says which day you plan to return to your vehicle… and states that you are away on a multi-day bike trip.

Once you’ve received that permit for your vehicle, ask the people in the backcountry office where you should park your car, truck or van. The location of these parking spots may change depending on the time of year you visit the Park and which person you ask. When I visited Yellowstone National Park in late September, I was asked to park my van in the parking lot across from the US Post Office right outside the Grant Village Visitor Center.

Place the permit for your vehicle in the front window of your car, truck or van and then load up your bicycle. Your bike tour through Yellowstone National Park begins right now!

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Camping & Permits

Wild camping or free camping (whatever you want to call it) is not allowed in Yellowstone National Park. You can’t just camp wherever you want (unfortunately). If you are planning to cycle across the Park, you need to camp in either one of the large, designated group campgrounds or in one of the few backcountry campgrounds scattered throughout the Park.

During my 3-day bike tour in Yellowstone National Park, I spent two nights camping in the larger established campgrounds and a single night camped out in one of the backcountry campsites along my route.

If you are traveling on a bicycle, there’s no need to make reservations in advance if you plan to spend the night at the large established campsites. Each campground has a designated area for hikers and bikers… and if you show up at one of these campgrounds on your bicycle, they will make room for you – no matter what! (Don’t quote me on that though.)

If, however, you plan to spend the night at one of the backcountry campsites, some advanced planning is required. First of all, not all backcountry campsites are accessible by bicycle. In fact, most of the backcountry campsites are only accessible on foot and most trails in Yellowstone do not allow bicycles of any kind. So, do your research in advance and know before you go, which campgrounds you’ll be able to access with your bicycle.

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Once you do decide on the backcountry campsites you want to stay at, you’ll need to get a permit before you can camp. To get this permit, simply pay a visit to the backcountry office in the Grant Village Visitor Center before you take off on your tour. Tell them where you want to camp and which night(s) you plan to stay there. If no other campers have already claimed that campsite, you’ll be issued a permit for a single night of camping in that location.

As you can see, backcountry camping is risky and does require both some planning and good luck, as these campsites can fill up fast in the prime tourist season (summer)… and you might discover, only upon reaching the Park, that the backcountry campground you wanted to stay at is already booked and you can no longer camp there.

What to See & Do

There are a million things to stop and see, do and explore in Yellowstone National Park. If you’re cycling the southern loop of the Park, however, I recommend you stop and see:

  • West Thumb Geyser Basin
  • Natural Bridge of Yellowstone
  • LeHardy’s Rapids
  • The Mud Volcano
  • Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
  • Norris Geyser Basin
  • Artist’s Paintpots
  • Firehole Falls
  • Grand Prismatic Spring
  • Biscuit Basin
  • Black Sand Basin
  • Old Faithful
  • Lone Star Geyser

Each and every one of these attractions has been marked on my cycling map of the southern loop of Yellowstone National Park. Click here to download the map.

Roads in Yellowstone

Before going to Yellowstone, I had been told that the roads in the Park were really bad, narrow and dangerous. Other tourists in the Park echoed these sentiments… and the Park Rangers themselves warned me to be careful when cycling around the Park on my own, as the roads were narrow and the drivers would be distracted.

Despite all the negative things I had been told about cycling in Yellowstone National Park, I decided to give the Park a try… and to be completely honest, I don’t know what everyone was talking about!

I found the roads in Yellowstone to be on par with any of the roads one might cycle in the United States. Yes, there were a lot of cars (usually passing in big groups with 20-30 vehicles driving past all at once, and then a short time afterward with no vehicles passing at all). And yes, the shoulders were kind of narrow in some sections, but if you are accustomed to cycling in the road anywhere else in the world (or anywhere else in North America), you’ll find the roads in Yellowstone National Park to be about the same as what you would expect just about anywhere else.

Traffic is drastically higher in the summer months, so keep that in mind. Non-peak seasons are the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park if you are planning to go there with a cycling trip in mind.

Be sure to pay attention to the vehicles around you. Drivers are limited to going no more than 45 miles per hour when they are within the Park (which is a good thing), but those same drivers are often times distracted by the animals and natural features around them, and they may not be looking for a cyclist on the side of the roadway. Make yourself visible, use a mirror if you think it will make you feel more comfortable, and stay alert for distracted or reckless drivers whenever you are cycling on the roads within Yellowstone National Park.

Important Things to Keep in Mind

First of all, theft is not a big concern when you are cycling in Yellowstone National Park, but it’s a good idea to bring a good bike lock with you when touring Yellowstone by bicycle. Not only will you need to use your bike lock when staying in the large established campgrounds, but you will also want to use your bike lock any time you step away from your bicycle to explore the numerous geyser basins, waterfalls and other tourist attractions within the park. When you do leave your bicycle, be sure to remove any valuable items from your bicycle and carry those items with you as you walk around the Park.

Secondly, there are large, dangerous animals in Yellowstone National Park and these animals are a serious threat to individuals traveling on a bicycle. Do not approach bison or bear within the Park and be sure to practice safe food handling techniques when camping in the established campgrounds and in backcountry campsites. While the larger campgrounds will have metal bear boxes provided for you in which you can store your food and toiletries, hanging your food is a recommend practice when spending the night in any of the backcountry campsites.

Finally, be sure to practice safe cycling while in the Park… and be a good representative of the cycling community for bikers who may come after you. Cycle only on the roads and trails where bicycles are allowed; wear a helmet; ride safely in the shoulders and take the lane only when necessary; smile; be friendly; act smart; pick up your trash; properly dispose of your waste when backcountry camping; share your campsite with other cyclists when need be; and be a good representative of the cycling community.

Got Questions? If you have any questions about cycling the southern loop of Yellowstone National Park… or you need help planning your own Yellowstone cycling adventure, leave a comment at the bottom of this page and I (or someone else in the Bicycle Touring Pro community) will respond to you within a matter of hours/days.

Five Bike Rides in Five National Parks

Your national parks are some of the most scenic places in the world. Why not explore them by bike and go on that adventure you crave, away from your office and the daily grind? Your parks look even better from the saddle of a bicycle, at a slower pace, and with fresh air and the sun warming your face instead of the glare of your computer screen.

Even better, you can do one of the following rides on Bike Your Park Day and National Public Lands Day, always the last weekend in September, which means national parks offer free admission that day — even for those entering the park by bike. To spark your wanderlust, we’ve got five great bike rides through U.S. national parks, as well as opportunities to join a group and ride these parks on Bike Your Park Day.

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Grand Canyon National Park Ride along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon car-free for seven miles one-way. This inclusive ride offers jaw-dropping views of the canyon with nine designated viewpoints. Ride out and back for 14 miles or turn around sooner. Either way, stop at Verkamp’s Visitor Center to view exhibits about one of the seven natural wonders of the world followed by a break at Bright Angel Bicycles & Mather Point Café for a postride espresso.

If you’re joining Bike Your Park Day, you can register your own Grand Canyon National Park ride or join the Grand Canyon National Park Greenways Trail Ride.

Natchez Trace Parkway

With 444 miles of scenic drive winding through three states, the opportunities on the Natchez Trace Parkway are endless. Ride along the parkway for a week and stay at bicycle-only campgrounds along the way. Or just hop on the Ridgeland Multi-Use Path that parallels the parkway for five miles for a traffic-free experience. It’s worth a stop at the Reservoir Overlook 3.5 miles from Ridgeland, Mississippi. Grab a picnic lunch or refreshing drink in town and ride to the overlook to rest and enjoy the view.

Register your own Natchez Trace Parkway ride or join Visit Ridgeland’s ride with Mayor John McGee.

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Acadia National Park

Ride all or part of the 45 miles of carriage roads in Acadia National Park car-free. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., financed the carriage roads for horses, hikers, cyclists, and cross-country skiers between 1913 and 1940. Local granite was used for the road material and wild blueberries and native ferns elegantly line the roads. Ride around Eagle Lake and take a respite from your bikes to hike Conners Nubble, a 3.5-mile out-and-back jaunt.

Register your own Acadia National Park ride or join Bicycle Tour de Force of Maine.

National Mall

Urban parks count, too! Get around the mall at a quicker pace to allow yourself more time to stop and see the sights, including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Vietnam War Memorial, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Don’t have a bike? No problem. Borrow one from the Capitol Bike Share and extend your ride to the Mount Vernon Trail or C&O Canal Towpath. Be sure to treat yourself to one of the many restaurants in the Washington D.C. area postride.

Register your own National Mall ride as part of Bike Your Park Day.

Lassen Volcanic National Park

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This northern California park is abundant with hydrothermal sites, scenic views, and high-elevation riding. Ride 28 miles one-way through this volcanic wonderland to the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center at 6,700 feet elevation. The road through Lassen Volcanic National Park isn’t as busy as other national parks and the road is in good condition. The climb is moderate, but you should still treat yourself to a panini at Lassen Café & Gift. Take it to go and soak in the view before gliding down the hill.

Register your own Lassen Volcanic National Park ride or join the Anywhere, Anytime ride from Old Station (north of Lassen NP) to the peak and back.

If none of these rides through national parks works for you, register your own ride in any public lands or join one of the hundreds of rides already planned for Bike Your Park Day on the last weekend in September.

How Many Calories Do You Burn Cycling?

Riding a bike is intense exercise, and you burn a lot of calories doing it. But how many calories do you burn cycling? This post shows you how to calculate how many calories you burn while cycling.

Burn Cycling

The short answer to the  question of how many calories you burn cycling is: really a lot of calories! You burn calories all the time, of course, even while you are sleeping. These are the calories that are required to keep your body functioning. But once you start cycling as well as just existing, you need extra calories.

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If you weigh 150 pounds and you bike at an average easy pace, you will burn up 400 calories in an hour. That’s a lot of calories burned cycling – enough that if you bike an hour or two a day, which happens naturally if you’re commuting, it becomes pretty hard to put on weight – and relatively easy to lose weight.

Work out How Many Calories are Burned Cycling in an Hour

To work out how many calories you burn in an hour, while cycling at an easy, average pace of between 15 and 20 kilometers per hour (10 to 12 miles per hour), do this:

  1. Start with your weight in pounds, e.g. 180 pounds
  2. Divide this by 2.2 to give you your weight in kg, in this case, 81.8
  3. Multiply 81.8 by 6, to give you 490 calories per hour – pretty cool!

Of course, if you go faster, you burn even more calories – so get on your bike and get going! And the more weight you lose, the faster you will go, the more calories you will burn, the more weight you will lose, the faster you will go … it’s great to be stuck in a GOOD cycle! With so many calories burned cycling, it’s no wonder so many cyclists end up in such GOOD SHAPE!

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How Much Weight can you Lose by Cycling?

If the average person cycles for three hours a week, he or she will burn off an extra 1,470 calories a week. In a year, this will amount to 76,440 calories burned cycling. pound of body fat equates to approximately 3,500 calories. So 76,440 calories burned could see you losing 22 pounds a year – without cutting down on food.

You Can Lose Weight Cycling INDOORS!

If you are on the large size, it may be intimidating to go outside and ride a bike. Well, first of all, do NOT be intimidated! Our permanently popular post, a Guide for Fat Cyclists, will give you a LOT of encouragement about going out and cycling, even if you don’t look like a greyhound.

But if you are still feeling a little shy, remember that you can get all the great benefits of cycling within the privacy of your own home. You can simply buy a gadget that converts your regular bike into an indoor trainer. Check out our in-depth comparison of the features and prices of 5 of the best indoor bike trainers right here.

Revolt RV400 – First Ride Review

Electric vehicles have been in a very confusing state in the country. There was a sea of concepts which were displayed at the last Auto Expo but not one actually made it into the real life production form which you can buy and is good enough to replace your traditional ICE powered vehicles. But things may change soon.


Not long ago we were invited to get our hands on the Revolt RV400 which is pitted as India’s first fully electric motorcycle. So is this really the answer India needs? And does all the show has the go? Read below to find out.

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The Revolt RV400 is a compact looking motorcycle packing a number of eye catching bits here and there which certainly makes it interesting to look at. At the front you get these intimidating looking LED headlamps which are used in a very compact assembly, and reminds of the aftermarket headlamps which KTM used to sell for 125 and 200 Duke, in the European market. The USDs at the front are thick and give it a muscular appeal. And that along with the nicely executed side panels does make it a decent looking motorcycle.

At the rear sits a white-dipped mono shock, and the silver finished sub-frame which has been left exposed just like some premium motorcycles do. Furthermore, it makes use of smart looking LEDs tail lamps at the back, and a sleek aluminum swing arm which looks neatly designed. In terms of overall size it really is a compact motorcycle and if you are anywhere above 5’10” with average built it may look smaller on you.

Being a beacon of innovation, the EVs are supposed to be packed with all the bells and whistles that can make the world go gaga and the RV400 does have a fair share of such features in its pocket. To start off with, it gets a fully digital instrument panel which displays all the necessary information like current speed, battery level, ODO, range, ambient temperature and ampere range. The display is plain and simple, and the fonts are large enough for easy readability even when its sunny outside. It also gets three riding modes,  keyless-start function and a dedicated phone application which syncs-in data from the motorbike and displays the same in an intelligent format on your smartphone.

For starters, it gets a 3.24KWh battery which has been placed under the compartment designed at the same place as a fuel tank in the regular bikes. It is easily accessible with a twist of a key, and the tank flap snaps opens in no time. This battery juices up 3KW motor which is claimed to return 50Nm of peak torque (that’s the territory of say a 500cc motorcycle). But stop jumping on your shoes just yet, there is more to it than just the numbers.

How does it ride?

Well, frankly, its hard to judge an electric bike from the regular standards. It is a completely different feeling that wheels are being powered by a motor and there is no fire inside which is propelling the motorcycle forward. You just twist the throttle and with an abrupt jerk you are off the start line, without a sound. To my surprise, the pull was strong throughout till the upper limit, say 65kmph which was the fastest we could do at a Go-Kart test track. The torque hits instantly as soon as you twist the throttle in the EVs, and that isn’t hard to experience even on the RV400. But in comparison it still isn’t anywhere close to the rush a 50 Nm internal combustion engine delivers.

Though the bike is undoubtedly quick on its feet when it comes to 0-60km/h runs, but there is a point of concern underneath which needs to be addressed. The on-off throttle transitions without using the brakes are totally fine, but when you are on the move and bound to pull the brake levers in stop and go situations, there is a certain power gap of milli-seconds which isn’t found on the regular bikes. So apart from controlling the throttle abruptness, even this ‘power-gap’ needs attention. There was also some discussion around its regenerative-braking, may be this has to do something with the above concern as applying the brakes deactivates the throttle which makes smooth corners impossible and thus will also prove to be tedious in bumper to bumper traffic.

Throwing light on its power modes (Sport, Normal and Eco), these can be easily selected from the button provided on the handle-bar. The Sport, as the name says, is the only exciting mode of them all. It has been rated to propel the bike up to electronically restricted 85km/h but returns the lowest range of 85-90kms. The Normal mode sits in-between, and we find not much use of the same and then comes the Eco mode which is for typical commuters who just want to squeeze out the highest range of around 155kms on a single charge.

The RV400 though isn’t completely a silent motorbike, there is a button added to the bar which turns on/off soundtrack from speakers which imitates the sound of an ICE powered bike. But at the same time, it is merely just a poor imitation and the bike doesn’t sound anything close to the real thing.

It weighs 108kgs (approximately) and it sure feels that light, nimble and compact. In terms of handling, there is nothing to complain about and it handles just like say a typical light weight motorbike does. But we still need to put it though its paces on everyday roads which sounds like a real test.

Talking about the ergonomics, it isn’t hard to see that this might be a certified daily commuter in terms of comfort at least. The handle bar is higher set, the single seat is wide and nicely designed for all kinds of riders and the foot pegs position is almost mid set. And all of this, combines to make the the RV400 an ideal motorcycle for your daily office commute.

Electric bikes still have a long way to go when it comes to convincing an average two-wheeler rider to choose them over the conventional bikes. But if you really are open to the change then the Revolt RV400 is currently your closest shot at it. With the recent revision in the GST charges and additional benefits from the FAME II subsidies, the company has priced it at INR 1,29,463 (ex-showroom) but even at this cost the RV400 is nothing but an expensive appliance to invest in and still needs some minor improvements to prove as a worthwhile product.

Top 10 Cycling Trends for 2018

Cycling Trends

We all remember our very first bikes, and think about how much has changed in the cycling world since!

Remember downtube shifters of the 70s? Those things are now in the past. The advancements in cycling over the years have made our rides smoother, faster and more comfortable, and bikes more durable and light.

Think back to last year, since then road bikes have become faster, shifting is going digital, and mountain bikes are changing their frame geometry. It’s exciting to see what changes and trends will continue into 2018 and beyond.

So whether you’re a newbie to cycling (maybe considering your first tour), or a committed cyclist takes a peek at a few of our predicted top cycling trends in 2018 before you hit the road or the trail.

1. Manufacturers Are Going Aero

Time trial/triathlon bikes are no longer the only bikes being built for speed and aerodynamics. Ever since the UCI has declared a 6.8 kg minimum race bike weight limit, many top-of-the-line road bikes can’t get much lighter, but they can continue to get faster through better aerodynamic design.

For example, Giant’s new Propel Disc aero road bikes are first of its kind for the popular bike manufacturer. First seen last year in the Tour de France, the Propel Disc is now available on the public market. Giant claims it has the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any bike in its class and has lower drag coefficients due to the addition of disc brakes.

The Specialized Tarmac has a new D-shaped frame and new seat tube and Seatpost design that makes it more aerodynamic. The new Orca Aero from Orbea is a beautiful aerodynamic design that pushes the boundaries of speed. You’ll start seeing many of these new bikes at all the big cycling tours in the coming racing season.

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2. Disc Brakes Are Becoming Mainstream in Road Cycling

Once the brake system just for mountain bikes, disc brakes are continuing to become more mainstream in road cycling. The pro cyclists are still trialing the disc brakes in the peloton, but they are likely to become standard in road bikes in the coming years.

German pro cyclist, Marcel Kittel, road last year on a Specialized Venge ViAS Disc on the Quick-Step Floors team. He became the first rider to win a stage of the Tour de France on a bike with disc brakes. Many of the high-end 2018 bikes come standard with disc brakes, like the Trek Emonda, Giant Propel, Scott Foil, and more.

3. Gravel Bikes Continue to Gain Popularity

We said it last year—gravel bikes are becoming more popular worldwide in 2018. Gravel bikes are a versatile bike on and off the road making it attractive to a variety of riders. Last year gravel bikes exploded in popularity across the United States and they are growing rapidly into the international market.

Gravel events are also popping up everywhere—there might just be one on a forest road near you!

4. Wheels and Tires Are Still Getting Wider for Road Bikes

Once again, we predicted this last year. The trend is still continuing into 2018. While 25mm wide tires are still the standard for road bikes, 28mm isn’t uncommon.

Unlike like traditional rim brakes, disc brakes allow manufacturers to offer more clearance for wider tires and wheels. We predict that the 27.5 x 2.6 width will become the momentary “standard” this year.

5. Power Meters For All Budgets

Power meters are no longer for just the pro cyclists and the wealthy. With new technology and new manufacturers jumping into the market, power meters are becoming more affordable. Shimano, one of the cyclist’s largest component manufacturers, has finally decided to dip their toes into the game this year.

While the jury is still out on the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P power meter, Garmin has released the new Garmin Vector 3, which measures leg power independently. The budget-friendly Vector 3S, which measures one leg and doubles it for total power, will gain more attraction this year due to its price tag under $600 USD.

6. Indoor Training is Getting Smart

Smart trainers are becoming more popular, like Zwift, TrainerRoad, and other apps. The new Wahoo Kickr Climb is the first of its kind by simulating climbing. The indoor trainer adjusts the front end of your bike to simulate real-time grade changes. You can ascend hills up to a 20% grade and descend down to a -10% to mimic real road conditions.

7. Mountain Bike Frames Are Changing

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Not only are road bikes getting more aerodynamic, but mountain bike frames are changing. The top tubes are getting longer and the head angles are getting slacker. With the changes in the top of the frame, offset forks are becoming shorter to adapt to the wheelbase. The Transition Sentinel is pushing the design of mountain bikes with its new steeper seat tubes.

Longer travel 29ers are becoming popular. The Orbea Rallon is an innovative design that is leading the trend of slacked-out 29ers enduro race bikes. The new geometry turns these popular cross-country and enduro racing bikes into a fun all-mountain trail bike, too.

8. Shifting to Digital Shifters

Both mountain and road shifter are continuing to go digital. While we predict that digital shifting is not going to stick for mountain bikes in 2018, it will continue to grow in the road cycling industry.

FSA just released their new K-Force WE groupset and Shimano has updated its Ultegra Di2 set this year. While we’d like to see digital electronic shifting on the lower end models of bikes, that is probably not going to happen this year.

9. Integrated Cockpits Are Coming

Once mainly reserved for TT/triathlon bikes, integrated cockpits are becoming more popular in road bikes as road bikes continue to become more aerodynamic. Integrated cockpits have their pros and cons. They can help tidy up cable routing and save weight. But, if you ever want to change the length of your stem or make any changes to your bar angle, you can’t do that without swapping out the whole assembly.

10. eBikes Will Continue to Become Popular

It doesn’t matter if you think riding an e-bike is cheating or not. They are continuing to become popular for both mountain and road bikes. The Market Urbanism Report predicts that 2018 will be the year of the e-bike.

Many bike manufacturers are making them now, like Giant, Bianchi, and Focus. Cities like San Francisco and New York City have electric bike-share programs that are a huge hit with commuters and tourists.

eBikes are not just commuter bikes either. The Focus Project Y looks just like your fancy road bike, but with a hidden motor inside. It just might be the perfect commuting or touring bicycle. Our bike partner, Orbea has a collection of road, mountain, leisure, and urban e-bikes to meet all your riding needs.

Give an eBike a try—we think everyone should love them.

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People think we’re from another planet’: meet Karachi’s female cyclists

Aliya Memon Cycling may be one solution for women to acquire personal and economic liberty but it’ll be a long and bumpy road ahead — quite literally, awarded Karachi’s potholed streets. For many, cycling is just a recreational weekend action, not a means to sail. Karachi doesn’t have bicycle paths or bicycle parking, and the motor traffic is chaotic. The few cyclists on the roads are largely daily-wage earners employing basic bicycles.

While some people today ride bikes to complete rapid errands, the anxiety of being robbed deters a lot of cycling to utilize a laptop, for instance. While there is security in numbers, many cycling groups rely on service cars and mechanics. Women don’t ride alone on main roads. “When you are on a bike, you feel a certain sense of liberty,” says Sadaf Furqan, 42, on a Saturday morning after completing a 25km ride with a Cycologists group.

But biking unaccompanied, she says, is not an option. “I long for the day I can take my bike and head out on my own but I must bank on other people to ride. If I go on a long ride, then there have to be at least five men in the category.” Habiba Allahdad, 39, a resident of Lyari, was reluctant at first, thinking her weight could be a barrier. “Do not you wish to take a rest?” “No,” that they shout and continue chasing each other about.

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“They need to scare girls so that they do not head out to cycle, and neither do others,” states Allahdad. “Because if girls ride a bicycle then they are also able to ride a bike. I believe it’s also jealousy at seeing girls getting ahead.” Deciding there was safety in numbers, they trained indoors for seven months, studying from four women that already knew how to ride a bicycle.

If they had a big enough group, they ventured out on your way. As cycling gets more popular, many men and women are returning to bicycles for the first time since youth. For Aliya Memon, 30, who climbed to a bicycle last September after a 15-year gap, the memory of how to ride instantly came back. “I started cycling again since it’s a psychological outlet,” she says. You have a sense of achievement.”



Follow Guardian Cities on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to join the dialogue, catch up on our best stories or subscribe for our weekly newsletter That has not deterred the girls of Lyari, nor some of the women who have discovered biking provides a release from the pressures of life at Karachi. Early on Sunday morning in Karachi, a group of girls are riding loops across a vacant stretch of road away from the colonial-era Custom House. In 6am they left the narrow alleys of the old neighbourhood of Lyari, branded a war zone by federal and global media after a protracted and brutal gang battle. Two hours later they’re still happily pedalling away, in ballet slippers and also headscarves tucked under helmets.

It’s rare to see women cycling in Pakistan but scenes like this are increasingly being performed over Karachi on weekend mornings. Numerous cycling groups take over the vacant streets, like the Critical Mass movement. There are also sponsored and themed bicycle rides, such as ones to raise consciousness of polio, to mark the start of mango season and also to honour Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the country’s founder. “People think we’ve come from some other world,” Dawood says.

Zulekha Dawood, the planner at Lyari Girls Cafe, first started cycling on her neighbourhood’s uneven roads with another colleague. “It felt great, like we were liberated,” Dawood says, sitting in the front area of the cafe on a quiet weekday afternoon. The electricity has gone out, and a loud generator hums in the background.

“We faced some immunity [out of ] the pupils of the madrassa, some religious people… [but] if you cease a girl’s path in 1 way, many more ways will open up” “I used to cycle independently,” states Gullu Badar, 15. “It is nice to cycle here since there is no danger, no cars. It feels good that there are different girls cycling with me also.” In addition to safety risks, women must contend with social acceptance.

Ladies ride side-saddle on motorcycles and are frequently advised to stop cycling when they are teenagers. “We have been brainwashed [to think] that we can not take action,” states Rizvi. “For women my age there is no imagination to do anything.” The self of our guys is fragile. If someone is looking for something new that they Can’t tolerate it Since Karachi has developed from a fishing village to Pakistan’s initial capital and now its economical hub, traffic and commute times have grown.

Transportation options are dismal. On the town’s dilapidated buses, women squeeze into a cramped reserved section with just a few seats. Sexual harassment is rife onboard and at bus stops, and also the limited service forces passengers to walk long distances. For ladies, the only other options are to talk about a rickshaw or taxi — an often costly proposal — or rely on man relatives to induce them to school and work.

Conservatives in Pakistan have been riled by female cyclists. In Peshawar, religious-political parties objected to a cycling rally for women organised by Zamung Jwandun (Our Youth), a regional NGO. Wafa Wazir, the group’s 23-year-old founder, had been motivated by accounts of girls who wanted to push rickshaws or ride bikes. As opposition grew, however, Wazir was made to put the plan on hold, citing the security of participants. “Regardless of how advanced men and women become, if a person is trying something new they can’t endure it,” Memon adds. “The ego of our men is quite fragile.”

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How to Find Good Mountain Bikes

Selecting Good Mountain Bikes begins with selecting the right type of mountain bike (MTB) for you. Yes, it all comes back down to the type of riding you do.

My current bike is thirteen years old and still going strong. The questions I am about to share with you, are the ones I used when researching good mountain bikes for myself. Recently I used the same questions to find a good MTB for my nine year old son’s birthday. I began researching kids mountain bikes and applied the same questions to help select the right bike for him. I am pleased to say, the bike is a perfect fit for him and has renewed his love of bike riding.

So how do you go about choosing the right bike? Simply by asking a series of questions designed help you select the best bike for you.

  1. What is your riding experience?
  2. What is the age and height is the bike rider?
  3. Is the bike going to be used for commuting or cross-country riding?
  4. Is the bike going to be used for mountain cruising?
  5. Is the bike going to be used for rocky trails?
  6. Is the bike going to be used for rugged downhill tracks?
  7. Is the bike going to be used for jumping and aerial tricks?

The type of riding you intend to undertake will greatly influence the style and bike configuration. Although most mountain bikes look similar, there is a vast difference in frame types, steering geometry, suspension, gearing as well as the wheels, brakes and tyres.

As a rule of thumb, a beginner rider will best be served by a recreational cross country bike. If you intend to do a lot of riding on pavement and off-road, choose a model with good front suspension, no rear suspension (hardtail) as they have the best efficiency and comfort. If you intend to do more off-road riding, a full suspension frame is best.

If you intend to use it exclusively off-road and mostly over rough terrain look for a higher end full suspension model as these will have a greater range of suspension travel and a heavier more robust frame and brakes. This will help with the comfort and stability of your ride.

Downhill MTB’s must be very heavy duty in design and have lower, looser steering geometry. These design changes make the bike more responsive at fast speeds down steep slopes; these bikes are designed for the more experienced rider.

Depending on the type of riding you wish to undertake the following is a list of good MTB brands which I have found to be good quality and good value for money. They are Giant, Diamondback, Kona, Trek, Norco, Schwinn, Mongoose and GT brand bikes.

The last thing you need to decide is, do you want good, or do you want cheap. The words “good” and “cheap” are not synonymous, nor are good bikes generally found in discount department stores.

While researching Kids mountain bikes, I discover a renewed passion for the sport as both my sons now have mountain bikes. We purchased a 21 speed – 24 inch “GT Stomper” for my nine year old son while my eleven year old son rides a five year old, 7 speed – 20 inch Schwinn.

My eleven year old does well to keep up with us on our larger and faster bikes. His bike is much more agile over jumps and tight tracks. He now wants to upgrade to a larger 26″ bike. Due to his age and height, frame selection is critical as he is going through rapid growth spurts. He is currently just that little too short for a medium frame size. We are waiting until his next birthday before choosing a good mountain bike with a larger frame size that he will not outgrow too quickly.

I must commend my son as he has learnt that there is a difference between a cheap bike, a good bike and a reasonable bike. We said we would look at a GT aggressor, a reasonable bike, good for its price range; however, he has his eyes on the Mongoose Tyax Comp or if he can stretch his savings a GT Avalanche 1.

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4 Tips For Preparing Your Dirt Bike For Resale

If you decide to sell your used dirt bike there are a few tips you can follow that will help you give the prospective buyer a good impression and not force a substantial drop in your asking price. Here are a few of those tips:

– Clean It Thoroughly
– Check for Wear and Tear
– Change the Tires
– Perform a Safety Check

Clean It Thoroughly

It might be cool to have a prospective buyer come to your house, and see a dirt bike covered in mud. You want them to see that you use the bike regularly, but this could be just the thing that turns them off. A buyer wants to see the bike, not the dirt. Cleaning it up will give the buyer an impression the bike has been taken care of and not neglected. Clean the dirt bike so it shines like it did when you bought it new.

A clean dirt bike is the best way to give a prospective buyer a good first impression.

Check for Wear and Tear

The best way to get top dollar for your used dirt bike is to take the time to check for wear and tear. When you find things such as; bent spokes, split cables or a ripped seat, take a few bucks and repair them. You can then pass on the cost by increasing the resale price. If you let these things go without repair you may not get as much as you want for the bike or you may lose the sale completely.

You can get a better price and sell the bike quicker if you are willing to spend a few dollars to repair obvious defects of the bike.

Change the Tires

The condition of the tires is one of the first things that a prospective buyer is going to see. If you have spares that are in better shape then the ones currently on the bike, change them. This will make the dirt bike more appealing and you will be able to recoup the cost of the better tires with an increase in the selling price. Otherwise the buyer is going to want to reduce the price of the bike right from the start even if you priced it at rock bottom.

Worn, stripped or damaged tires will immediately bring the price of the dirt bike down if they are not replaced.

Perform a Safety Check

After you have cleaned up the bike you will want to double check to be certain everything is working properly. Check the throttle cable, lights, and brakes; this way when the prospective buyer asks to start up the bike, they all work. In the buyer’s mind if something doesn’t work, it will cost them money, and this will bring the price of the bike down in their mind. By double checking you will be certain all systems are go, and can get your asking price for the bike.

Check all the dirt bike safety features be the buyer arrives so you can be certain they are operating properly.

Source by Billy Whitmire