22 May 2016

Back to Hessaraghatta

Got back in the saddle after another long-ish break yesterday, and what better way to start the season than with a trip to old familiar Hessaraghatta...
Last week's rains have ended a long stretch of unbearable heat here, and the weather was just lovely.


The surface quality of Pipeline road was really good throughout. Many sections have been re-carpeted, footpaths have been made and even nicely painted. It remains to be seen whether all this will stand up to the monsoon in the coming months. Pipeline road also seems to be heading down the 'development' path, with lots of housing and small commercial projects coming up in the area. Some of the familiar orchards and fields had been cleared to form housing plots. The lake area had also got a facelift. The little parking area at the entrance and the path on bund had been cemented and the whole area generally spruced up. Perhaps all is in aid of the expansion of the temple at the top of the bund. I remembered it being a tiny place earlier, so I dug out some photos from earlier...

Before and after
The bund has also been fenced off, so there is no way to ride off the bund on the other side near the check dam.

And the riding season has begun! (For me at least).

26 December 2015

Schwalbe Road Cruiser - Initial impressions

Just received a pair of new tires - 26 x 1.75" Schwalbe Road Cruisers from Wizbiker.com. With the ongoing discount the pair cost me Rs 1200, which is about the same as the Btwin slicks I had on earlier. Here are some initial impressions.

Side view of Schwalbe Road Cruiser 26x1.75 bicycle tire showing manufacturer logos and text
26x1.75 Schwalbe Road Cruiser ready for installation. "K-Guard" refers to the kevlar puncture protection belt, and "Active Line" refers to the 50 EPI (ends per inch) casing.

15 November 2015

Coffeneuring 2015

I first found out about the Coffeeneuring challenge in Dec 2013, just as the 3rd edition of the challenge had ended. The challenge, in brief, is to ride (bicycle) to seven coffee-shops on seven weekends in October and November.

Hot filter coffee (Ride #4) on Karnataka Rajyothsava