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The most common problem you will probably encounter while on your bike is the event of a flat tyre. So fixing a flat tyre is a basic skill that you will need to acquire as a cyclist. Practice at home, both taking off your back and front wheels as well as removing and replacing an inner tube. You can follow the video below for instructions on how to remove your tyre and tube safely. Do note that steps might change slightly based on the model and specs of bike that you have.   You should know how to replace a tyre before you hit the road. There are certain things that you need to carry with you always: A compact air pump Puncture repair kit A spare tube that fits your bike model You can check all my recommended accessories and places where I buy them from by Clicking Here. If you experience a flat tyre and are without a spare inner tube, here are the steps to repair it:   Steps to Fix a Flat Tyre: Take the wheel off the bike. Look for anything protruding from the tyre, or any other indicators showing the location of the leak. Remove the tyre from the wheel and extract the inner tube. Pump some air into the tube and listen for the hissing sound of air escaping in order to locate the hole. Use the sandpaper from your patch kit to scratch over the hole. The area you scratch should be a little bigger than the patch you’re going to use. Spread a thin layer of glue, also part of your patch kit, over the sanded area. Place the patch over the glued area and hold it together for about 30 seconds. The glue should dry almost instantly. Before replacing the tyre, inspect it carefully, extracting any rocks, thorns, glass, or other foreign objects that could cause further damage. After you’ve eyeballed the outside, run your fingers along the inside of the tyre to catch anything else that is poking through. Now look at the tyre rim for any spoke ends protruding through the rim tape. If you find a spot, affix a small patch to the area and get the rim looked at after you get home. First, put one side of the tyre back onto the rim. Pump a little air into the tube just so it isn’t completely flabby, and then insert the new tube into the tyre. After the inner tube is fully inserted, put the rest of the tyre back on the rim. Once the tyre is completely reinstalled, pump it up and ride on! For a detailed video on how to put back your tyres correctly, do ensure to watch the video below: I hope this video helps you learn this critical skill that you will need to acquire as a cyclist. If you do have any further questions, do feel free to reach out to me in the comments below.    

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In this article, I’ve addressed a wide range of topics that can affect your cycling effectiveness, for better or for worse. Basically, 9 easy tips that will help you be a Better Cyclist. You will find here some of the best tips and strategies for workouts, safety issues, performance measurement and motivation as well as techniques on how to build your cycling skills.   1. Invest Time The first thing to accept about cycling is that it’s a time investment. Most professionals will attribute their success to all the time they spent on their bike. To improve as a cyclist you will be spending training time both on your bike and off it. Success does not come overnight; it can take years to become a great cyclist. However, as long as you are willing to invest the time, commit to continuous improvement, and embrace biking opportunities, you will remain on the path to success.   2. Start Slow It can take some time for your body to grow used to cycling; the sport works muscles you may not use as part of your everyday life. Don’t push too hard, or you’ll lose your enjoyment of the sport and risk injuries. This is a sport of the long haul. Don’t rush your training; nothing happens overnight. Start off slowly and only step up your riding after your body says it’s ready. For example, start off by completing a one-mile ride, but don’t increase the distance until you are able to complete the one mile with energy to spare. The same rule applies to physical training. Carefully schedule your workouts to avoid over-training any one muscle group and to ensure adequate recovery time between workouts.   3. Join a Cycling Group Cycling groups offer opportunities to learn more about riding by watching and learning from more experienced cyclists. They’re also great places for social interaction. There are lots of India specific groups on Facebook. Find the one for your city and join it. Many riders find greater accountability within groups as well as more enjoyment in the companionship of group rides and training.   4. Ride With Those Who Are Fast To push yourself to grow, pair yourself part of the time with cyclists who are faster than you. You can do this in a cycling group or among your own group of friends. By riding with those who are faster, you are challenging yourself to keep up with them; before you know it, your speed and endurance will have improved.   5. Switch up Ride Intensities Many cyclists fall into the habit of riding at a slow and steady pace. This doesn’t really do much to get the heart pumping, nor does it increase your stamina. Riding at one pace for too long can actually train your body to only go at that pace. To boost your abilities, switch up your riding intensities. Take routes that will challenge you to work harder. Ride with friends you know will set a faster pace. Then surprise your body with an easy ride before ratcheting up the difficulty level again. The variety will prompt your body to build more fast-twitch muscle fibres to allow you to pedal at a more intense rate when necessary.   6. Measure Your Progress Don’t just guess at how you’re doing. Objective measurements let you know that your training is working and can warn you when you’re working too hard and need to give your body a rest. When you think you’ve reached peak performance, measurable results will let you see just how much further you can push yourself. Measuring your results can also point out areas where you can focus your training for additional growth. The simplest measurement of your abilities is to calculate the time it takes to ride a specific route. Every six weeks or so, calculate your time on that route and compare it to your previous measurements.   7. Invest in a Bike Computer A bike computer is similar to a Fitbit. You can attach it to your bike and it will measure statistics such as how fast and how far you’ve travelled, your current RPMs, etc. A bike computer is not essential, but it can definitely prove useful if you’re looking for data to help you track your progress. If you are planning to buy one, you can refer to the dedicated article that I have written on it by Clicking Here.   8. Log Your Rides and Workouts One way to track your progress is to log your rides and workouts. This gives you a visible measurement of where you are compared to where you want to be. Logging these items may seem tedious at first but it can become easier as you get used to it. Keep your logs filled out completely and accurately. It’s not necessary to share them with anyone else, but honesty is important, especially if you want an accurate record of your progress.   9. Use Time Trials Time trials are known as “the race of truth” because, as a single-person race, there is nobody to draft behind and no group to support you. You’re on your own. Participants run a set course by themselves, with cyclists hitting the starting line thirty seconds apart. A time trial can increase your discomfort immunity, as you will be focused on pushing yourself for a set amount of miles. Most cycling groups schedule time trials periodically and can help you prepare for the race. Time trials can help you build speed, endurance, and readiness for your next challenging ride.   Bonus Tip Buy the right Cycling Accessories. This will help you become a more efficient and responsible rider. There are many great products that you can invest in. This List of mine has broken them down into essentials and good to have. Refer that list and buy the ones that you think you need the most.   I hope these basic tips will help you improve yourself as a cyclist. Do you have any other tips that you wish to share with the bXP community? If so, feel free to use the comments section below to share your thoughts.  

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Cycling is like any other aerobic sport in which you need to both, ramp up as you begin and ramp down your activity level before you stop. This is easy to overlook in the desire to hit the road ASAP, but your body will serve you better in the long run if you pay attention to the practical tips & Exercises for Cyclists mentioned in this article   Stretching Helps Stretching is an important activity to incorporate into your daily routine. It is especially important for cyclists because biking can cause tightness in your lower body due to the repetitive nature of the motions inherent in pedalling. Smart cyclists stretch before and after riding, incorporating targeted stretches into both their warm-ups and their cool-downs. Stretching can help keep your muscles flexible and strong, enabling you to sustain an active lifestyle. It can also improve your posture, balance, and coordination, all of which are necessary if you want to enjoy your bike outings. Failure to stretch can result in tears or strains; lack of stretching can lead to very painful injuries that sideline you while you heal. Not stretching can contribute to poor circulation, reduced range of motion, and chronic muscle soreness, each of which can block your progress toward cycling proficiency. Many of the common cycling injuries — both those caused by posture and injuries due to over-use — can be minimized, if not outright prevented, by regular stretching exercises. If you adopt the habit of stretching, you will find any injuries you do receive will respond much better to healing treatments. There are mainly two types of stretching exercises, Static & Dynamic. I will touch upon what they are & which ones should you do when later in this article.   You May Like – Bicycle Buying Guide for Beginners   Static vs Dynamic Stretching Static Stretching (SS) means those exercises where you hold your stretch over a period of 20 to 30 seconds while remaining stationary. While Dynamic Stretching (DS) refers to those exercises where in your muscles undergo a repetitive motion to warm them up before a hectic routine like cycling. SS helps improve the overall flexibility of your muscles, however, they are also known to slow down your muscles and hence should be avoided right before cycling. These can be good exercises to cool down post your ride. DS, on the other hand, warms up/loosens your muscles and joints. They work great to help you avoid injuries while doing a strenuous or fast-paced activity. You can read more about them, if need be, here.     Warm Up First Before you start off with your exercises, it is important that you warm up your body first. Warming up helps your body in several ways. First, it increases the amount of blood flow to your heart and other muscles, which helps prepare them for an increased workload. It also boosts the amount of oxygen and nutrients that are sent to your muscles. A good warm-up will lubricate your joints, readying them for activity and can help you mentally prepare to work your body by boosting your energy level and upping your enthusiasm. To start your warm-up you want to engage in light aerobics. This could include a brisk walk, a slow jog, or a spin on a stationary bike. You could also march in place, walk up and down a flight of stairs, bounce on a mini trampoline, take a swim or engage in any other activity that gets your heart pumping.   Dynamic Stretches Once you’ve finished your light aerobic activity, you can complete a light dynamic stretching routine to continue warming up your muscles. The following dynamic routine will both engage your cardiovascular system and continue to engage your muscles. Note: when a description below mentions only one side of your body, perform it on the other side as well. Your objective is to reach balanced flexibility.   1. Prisoner Squats: Stand with your feet slightly farther apart than your shoulders. Place your hands behind your head. Lower your body into a squat and look upward. Squat down as far as possible without bending your knees any further. Hold that position for a moment and then push yourself back up. For additional force building, you can propel yourself up off the ground when you push back up if you choose. The video below will help you understand this better.   2. Jump Rope Rapidly jump up and down while quickly twirling a jump rope underneath your feet. Spring up from the ground using primarily your feet and ankles. I assume everyone is well aware of this activity, so I will not add a video for this routine.   3. Jumping Jacks Stand with your feet together and your arms at rest by your sides. Keeping arms and legs relatively straight, jump up while widening your stance and raising your arms away from your sides to higher than your shoulders. Jump up a second time, returning both feet and hands to their original position repeat this motion without pause until you feel your heart pumping.   4. Ankle Bounces Rapidly jump and up and down, springing off the floor with your feet and ankles.   5. Walking Lunges Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step forward into a lunge and bend both knees to lower your hips to the ground. Avoid touching your back knee to the ground. Shift your weight onto your forward foot and use your back foot to push off the ground; bring your back leg forward and step into another lunge.   6. Side Step Lunge Stand upright with your feet slightly apart and your knees slightly bent. Keeping your left knee and aligned above your left toes, step directly to your left. While your weight is still on your left leg, bring your right foot leftward until you have returned to the starting posture. Repeat several times to the left, and then reverse the lunge, stepping to the right. The video below shows a slightly different technique. You can use it if you are short on space.   7. Toe Touches Stand upright with your feet shoulder distance apart. Bend at the waist, allowing your arms to hang down as you lower your upper body headfirst. Relax and allow your arms and torso to naturally hang in front of your legs for 2 seconds before rising to your original position.   8. Power Skips Skip rapidly as high and as far forward as you can.   9. Arm Circles Stand upright with your legs shoulder-width apart, holding your arms out to each side, palms facing forward. Begin swinging your arms in small circles for at least 10 seconds. Stop and repeat, circling your arms in the opposite direction.     10. Crunches lie on your back on the floor. Place your hands together behind your head. Without bending your neck, raise your torso until your shoulder blades come up off the floor. Lower yourself to the starting position and repeat multiple times.     11. Lateral Leg Swings Stand with a wall or other support to your right, touching it with your hand as needed for balance. Lift your left foot about an inch off the ground. Swing the left leg out (to the left) and back 10 times. Turn around and repeat the process with your right leg.     12. Pendulum Swings Stand a couple of feet behind a chair back with your legs shoulder-width apart. Keeping a straight back and bending your knees slightly, lean forward at the waist and grasp the top of the chair with your right hand. Let your left arm hang loosely from the shoulder socket. Using your upper body to start the motion, swing the left arm back and forth, both from side to side, front to back and in a circular motion, about 10 times each. Then, repeat this exercise with your right arm.   13. Shoulder Rolls While seated on a chair, rest your hands on your legs. Breathe in and roll your shoulders backwards, up, forward and down as you breathe out. Let your shoulders rest, then take another deep breath in and roll your shoulders the opposite direction as you breathe out.     14. Running in Place Run in place for one minute, lifting your knees high.   15. Single Leg Hops Stand on your left leg, behind a marker of some sort. Flex your knee, and then jump forward over the marker, landing on your left leg. You can set up multiple markers for a multiple-hop exercise if you want. Remember to repeat on the right leg.     16. Standing Hip Circles Balance on your left leg, with your left hand holding onto something for support. Raise your right knee up to a 90-degree angle and draw a circle in the air with it. This allows you to open up your hips. Draw a circle in the opposite direction, and then put your foot down. Paulwebb.tv has put together a video containing a really good stretching warm-up routine, called Full Body Dynamic Warm Up. It will demonstrate most of these exercises.   Do Read – Must Have Cycling Accessories   Static Stretching   The remaining stretches in this article are in a special category; they are called static stretches because you hold a specific position for a period of time. Your body needs these stretches, don’t get me wrong. Just be careful when you perform them. Because static stretches have been found to reduce your power output for up to an hour following their use, you should never perform these exercises right before you ride. I prefer to do static stretching to cool down post my ride.   Note – Duration for each stretch is 10 to 30 seconds each. i.e. If you are doing leg stretches. Do a 10 to 30 stretch for each leg.   Here are some of the best stretches for the muscles in your legs and lower body. The muscle groups we’ll target here are your hamstrings, quadriceps, calf muscles, and glutes 17 Standing Quadriceps Stretch Duration – 10 to 30 seconds per leg Stand straight with your right hand against a wall for support; then bend your left foot behind you. Take your left hand and pull your heel to your buttocks. Stand straight and continue to pull your foot up until you feel the stretch in your thigh.   18. Seated Hamstring Stretch Duration – 10 to 30 seconds Sit on the floor and stretch your legs out in front of you. Keeping your knees straight, reach your arms forward as you bend at your waist.   19. Standing Calf Stretch Duration – 10 to 30 seconds per leg Stand facing a wall, one step behind it. Step forward with your left leg. Pressing your right heel into the ground, lower your body and keep your back leg straight as you lean against the wall. Lower yourself until you can feel a stretch.   20. Hip Flexor Stretch Duration – 10 to 30 seconds This stretch will work your hip flexors. Lie down on the floor and bend your knees over your upper body like a baby. Use both hands to grasp your feet between your knees and feel the stretch.   21. Hip Flexor Stretch 2 Sit on the floor and straighten out your legs before you. Breathe in and bend your left knee, putting the sole of your left foot against the top of your right inner thigh. Keeping both hips firmly on the floor, breathe in as you reach your right arm straight up and then forward, breathing out as you lower your arm and let your hand land naturally on your right leg. Slowly bend your right shoulder down toward your right knee, allowing your right elbow to lower to the floor inside your leg until you feel a stretch.   22. Plantar Fasciitis Stretch Sit in a chair and cross your left leg over your right ankle. Grasp...

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Since you have landed on this page, I assume that you either already purchased or have zeroed down on the bicycle that you will be buying soon. If not, I recommend you go through my bicycle buying guide here. Do note that this list of cycling accessories has been compiled with beginners in mind. Those who have just taken up cycling or have been riding casually for a couple of years now. If you are an experienced rider and need help with anything specific, please feel free to reach out to me in the comments below. I have divided this list into two parts. The first one will cover only the essential bicycle accessories. While the second part will cover things that you may or may not need. If you have a limited budget, I recommend you stick to buying products only from the first section. So, without any further delay. Let me jump right into my list of recommended products.   Essential Cycling Accessories:   1. Cycling Helmet: If you can buy only one accessory, this is the one that you should go for. I always recommend all beginners to buy and use a bicycle helmet regular. It does not matter if the trip is a short one. Wearing a good quality helmet that fits your head properly is a must. If you need help selecting one, don’t read this article that I wrote earlier. Since I am only recommending one product of each type, I will go ahead and recommend you to buy the RoadR 100 Cycling Helmet by Btwin. Check the Latest Price & Availability – Decathlon India   2. Bicycle Repair Toolkit You might be thinking that you do not need a toolkit since you are just buying a new bike, wrong. Even if you have a totally new bike, you are bound to buy a few accessories like a kickstand or mudguards. Even if you don’t plan on buying them now, you might need a toolkit to make minor adjustments to your bicycle as per your needs. It is always advisable to have a portable cycle repair toolkit with you when you ride. Plus the basic ones are not very expensive, you can easily buy one on Amazon. Have a look at one such recommended product below. Buy This Toolkit Online – Amazon India | Decathlon   3. Air Pump Keeping your tyres inflated at the right pressure will not ensure their long life but will also help you keep rolling with minimum effort. If you own a bicycle, having a good air pump is a must. Ideally, I would recommend having two. A regular one that you can keep and home and use on a regular basis. A second, more compact pump that you can carry around with you or store it in your toolkit. You can consider buying a foot pump like the one shown below for regular use (at home). Check the Latest Price & Availability – Amazon If you also wish to buy the compact, I suggest you look at the one available with puncture repair kit shown below by Btwin. It is a good quality product, made available at a very affordable price in India.   4. Bicycle Lock Imagine your parking your bicycle for a few minutes and return to find out that the love of your life has been stolen. In India, where it is so difficult to get your stolen car or bike returned. Finding your stolen bicycle might seem next to impossible. Investing in the best lock that you can buy makes a lot of sense in our country. I personally use and would recommend buying Btwin 500 Bike Chain Lock. Buy this Lock Today – Decathlon | Amazon   5. Puncture Repair Kit Next on my list of essential cycling accessories is the Puncture Repair Kit. You never know when you might need. There have been months when I did not need this kit. I actually forgot that I have this kit in my strap on the saddle bag. However, there have also been months when I need it not once but twice. I recommend buying this kit by Btwin. As stated above, it also comes with a handy and portable hand pump. Check Availability & Price – Decathlon   6. Inner Tube Most of the times, you will be able to mend the puncture using the repair kit mentioned above. However, there will come a time, when it will not be worth repairing the tube anymore. It will better and much easier to simply replace your old tube with a new one. So it is advisable to have an inner tube with you at all times. Do reach out to your bicycle shop or buy a tube that is compatible with your cycle tyres.   7. Bicycle Light I have written an entire article on bicycle lights. I have discussed a few good options that you can buy in India and what are their pros and cons. You can read that article by clicking here. However, if you want a value option right away, do consider the product shown below. Check the Latest Price – Amazon | Flipkart Additionally, you should also buy a strobe light that you can fit at the rear of the bicycle. It will be good if this is specialised backlight (Red coloured and not bright white). Remember the rule, be as visible as possible on the road at night.   8. Cycling Shorts This is the last product on my list of essential cycling accessories. This may not seem like an essential for a beginner but if you planning to use your bicycle for your daily commute, you should surely invest in good cycling shorts. They will help you remain comfortable on your seat for a longer time and will also substantially reduce and pain in the backside after a long ride. Check out some good options at – Amazon India | Decathlon     Good to Have’ Cycling Accessories:   9. Water Bottle & Bottle Holder So before you start bashing me around for not keeping this product in the list of essentials, do hear me out. I am not saying that carrying water is not essential. However, buying a new bottle and a bicycle holder for the same is not. You can use the regular bottles that you drink water from at your home. Just carry the same in your backpack. You can surely invest in this product if you have extra budget lying around once you have all the essentials in place. I hope this makes sense. Check out Various Options Available – Flipkart | Amazon   10. Cycling Glasses It is very important to keep yourself safe while cycling. One of the aspects is keeping your eyes safe from the dust, wind and rains. So while it is necessary to have glasses, but like the product above, you can start off by wearing sunglasses that you use while riding your bike etc. However, once you decide to get a pair. Do buy good glasses like the one shown below. Check out Availability & Price – Decathlon (You can find a few cheap options Here)   11. Anti Theft Backpack Like the two products above, you can always use your regular backpack. However, since I always commute to work, I prefer to have a good quality anti-theft backpack. This way I have peace of mind that my laptop, mobile, wallet and other important papers remain safe while I ride on busy streets. The product that I personally own is the one listed below. Check the Latest Price & Designs – Amazon This bag has a capacity of 22 Liters and should be enough for your daily commute. If you do need a bag of different size, you will easily find more options on Amazon (Link above)   12. CycloComputer Once you start riding, you will obviously want to know how well are you doing. Cyclocomputers help you keep a track of each ride. Depending on which type of model you buy, you can easily sync your data on your mobile phone to keep a tab on your progress. I would recommend either buying a bicycle computer by CatEye or by Btwin. I have used both brands and they are quite accurate and robust devices. Check Prices & User Reviews – CatEye | Btwin   13. Windcheater Jacket: There are multiple advantages to owning a lightweight & good quality windcheater/windbreaker jacket. These jackets help you protect yourself from harsh winds, sunrays and dust. It can also protect your clothes from getting dirty. Good jackets are normally water repellent and can also help you protect from a light drizzle. Being light and thin, they do not need a lot of storage space in your bag. Check the Latest Price – Decathlon   14. Cycling Shoes: Almost everyone starts off by using their regular sports shoes for cycling. However, regular and prolonged use or shoes that are built for walking or running can cause injuries to your muscles, if used for cycling. Running/Walking shoes have flexible soles so that they can bend as we move. While cycling shoes have a slightly harder sole, this helps you maintain your grip on the pedals. A lot of advanced cycling shoes also come with cleats. These cleats get attached to pedals (not regular ones) and help the cyclists pedal with more efficiently. However, if you are beginner, I don’t recommend you going for cleats (They need practice and the entire set can be a bit expensive). You can go for beginner cycling shoes like the one shown below. Check the Latest Price – Decathlon   15. Cycling Jersey: You may not need a cycling jersey if you only cycle leisurely. However, if you do ride long distance or plan to do so in the future, you will need to consider buying this product soon or later. Cycling jerseys make you more aerodynamic. These also handle sweat much better compared to your regular clothing. The fabric used is such that the sweat is sucked away from your skin on to the outer layer of your clothing. This helps it evaporate much faster. So, unlike your regular cotton clothing, you do not remain wet and cold while riding. This helps you ride more efficiently. Check out All Available Designs – Amazon | Decathlon   16. Cycling Gloves Again, a cycling accessory that you will need when you planning long tours. Cycling gloves help protect your hands in multiple ways. They provide some protection from the sun and also can protect your hands when you have a light fall (from scratches). However, their main advantage is the cushioning that they provide during long rides. Your hands take up a lot of friction, vibrations and pressure while riding long distances. This can cause sores or discomfort. However, wearing good quality gloves with enough cushioning can really help you avoid the same. Check Availability and More Designs – Amazon | Decathlon   17. Saddle & Pannier Bags There are many types of bags that you can buy for your bicycle. There are bags available for handlebars, bags that get attached beneath the seat, pannier bags and many more options that you can use for long/short journeys. You can choose one as per your needs and travel requirements. If you only commute to work a saddle bag might be enough for your needs. Check all Available Options in India – Amazon | Decathlon     18. Bicycle Rack/carriers for Car This is a useful tool for people who like to travel and carry their bicycle with them. While buying you need to ensure you buy the right rack which is compatible with your car and bicycles that you have. There are racks which can carry even 2 or 3 bicycles. Good addition for families who like to ride together on holiday. If you are looking to buy this product, do ensure you check by buying guide here.  ...

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If there is any cycling accessory that you should buy even before buying the bike itself, it would be the Helmet. That too a quality one and simply just the cheapest one that the shop owner gives you for free. I have hence compiled this list of Best Bicycle Helmets in India along with a detailed buyer’s guide.     Summary – Which on to Buy? So after analyzing all the helmets for price & quality. I personally think that the Merida Charger KJ20 offers the most value for money. It is nicely ventilated, comfortable and comes with a  removable visor.  However, if you are on a budget and want something a cheaper, you can go for the Btwin Roadr 100 Helmet. It is a basic beginner helmet but does not compromise on the safety of the rider. For a detailed review and more option continue reading the article further. If you are a beginner and need more info about bicycle helmets do read the section below the recommendation before you place your order.     Thins to keep in mind before you select a Bicycle Helmet: First thing first, please do not compromise on the quality. Wear a cheap helmet is equivalent of wearing a plastic cap. It will not help in any way during a mishap. The helmets mentioned below are unisex and can be used by both men as well as women. Buy the correct size of the helmet for your head. The size chart below will roughly guide you how bicycle helmet size is measured.   Please do remember that not all helmet manufacturers would follow this standard. So do keep an eye on the product page for any specifications mentioned by the vendor. I will now start off with my list of best bicycle helmet in India below.     Best Cycling Helmets in India:   1. Merida Charger KJ201 As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, this is the helmet of my choice (Followed closely by the Btwin helmet mentioned below). It has a nice bright green colour to it. Helping you remain visible on the road easily.   Check the Latest Price & Availablity – Amazon  For some reasons, the vendor does not stock a lot of units of this product. So if you do find it available, place your order immediately to miss out on this helmet.   Key Features: The helmet is suitable for head size 58 to 62 cms (Check the image at the beginning of the article to know how to measure your head correctly) Made using a single in-mold construction. This adds to the structural integrity of the product. Comes with a removable visor. Has a micro dial facility to ensure the helmet fits well to your head Is highly ventilated with 21 holes. The weight of the product is 250 grams (without the visor)     2. Btwin AeroFit 900 If you read my blog, you would know that I am a big Btwin fan. This brand offers amazing products at a very good price. The Btwin AeroFit (and other cycling helmets by Btwin) is no exception. Check the Latest Price – Decathlon  You can also check other helmets by Btwin in the lower price bracket. After AeroFit 900 I also like the RoadR 500 helmet by Btwin. You can check their entire range of helmets by clicking – Here.   Key Features: All their helmets are of really good quality as against the price. Most of the models are available in different sizes. You can choose the size that will fit your head. They offer free shipping and a 2 years warranty on most of the top models (Refer the individual product page for specifics.)   You May Like – Best Cycling Lights in India     3. Schwinn Trasher Schwinn is a well know bicycle brand in the world. They are known for producing really high-quality products that are well tested. This helmet by them is no different.   Check the Latest Price & Availability – Amazon | Flipkart Key Features: The fit of the helmet can be easily adjusted to ensure a good grip on your head Has 21 airflow vents to keep you ventilated during a long distance ride The material used on the inside contains moisture adsorbing pads. This further helps you remain dry during your ride Has a cap like shade on the front of the helmet     4.  Triumph Bicycle Helmet I really like the way this particular brand is introducing its products in India. It seems like they are an Indian brand but I, not a 100% sure about the same. What I am sure about is the quality of the helmet. They have helmets with wide features and functionality and also in different price brackets. This one that I am showcasing below comes with a small LED light on the back. This is a great addon for someone who commutes late in the evening or at night time. This feature will help you remain visible and safe. Check All Available Designs & Colour Options – Flipkart | Amazon Key Features: All their helmets look good and stylish Made using lightweight but very durable fibre. The foam used on the inner side is also of good quality Has nicely designed and integrated vents for air circulation Can be used by both men as well as women     5. Cockatoo Helmets I will be adding one more option for people with a very tight budget (Looking to buy bicycle helmets priced below Rs. 1000). Please do note that I don’t recommend you wear this product. However, this can be a makeshift arrangement till the time you save money to buy a better helmet amongst the one I recommended above. Helmets priced below Rs. 1000 will generally be made using a type of plastic and will not provide good protection in a high impact scenario. So if you can spend a bit more – Go for one of the Helmets I recommended above.    Check all available colours & more User Reviews – Amazon Key Features: The shell is made using a type of plastic (Not recommended for safety) Available in wide variety of colours and designs The size can be easily adjusted, plus the helmet is available in various sizes Uses vents to keep your head ventilated   This concludes my list of Best Bicycle Helmets for Beginners in India. I really hoped you selected a quality helmet to keep yourself safe. I will now cover some basic information. If you are new to this sport or know very little about cycling helmets, you might find the information below helpful.     How exactly does a Bicycle Helmet work/protect me? There are three main components to a cycling helmet. The outer shell of the helmet Foam on the inside The strap that holds the helmet in position Each of the elements has their own responsibilities in protecting you. The strap holds the helmet in position even if you are flying off your bike. Without the strap is in place the other two elements will not be able to do their job. The outer shell’s responsibility is not crack on impact. It also helps you slide on the road/surface so that there is no jerk on the neck or your spin. The foam’s job is to absorb the entire impact. It will collapse on impact and hence you should replace your helmet once it has had an accident or hard fall. The foam helps protect your skull and brain from a direct impact during an accident. You can read more about the bicycle helmets here & here.     Benefits of Wearing a Helmet while Cycling: Following are some of the benefits of wearing a helmet. The first one should be enough to make this accessory a routine. A study states that the use of helmets can have a 66 to 88% reduction in the risk of head or a brain injury amongst all age of bicyclists. Helmets are generally colourful and/or can have lights attached to it. This increases your visibility on the road. More visibility means fewer chances of a motorist knocking you over at night. Can offer protection to your eyes from wind and rain as some helmets come with a detachable visor. As you already know that road safety and respect of road law is really low in India. By wearing a helmet you help set an example for other fellow riders. Adds to your style (Not very important but a good benefit to have)     Types of Cycling Helmets: Most widely used cycling helmets are mainly of three variations. 1. Recreational or Commuter Helmets: These are the most common type of helmets sold on the market. Most of the helmets on my list will also fall in this list. They are designed for beginners and/or commuters and are not designed for long distance ride or races. These helmets will often come with a lot of functionality like visors, lights etc   2. Road Helmets: These helmets are designed for speed and will have really good ventilation to keep your head try and cool during long distance races or rides. They are slightly more elongated and streamlined to make to aerodynamic. They are lightweight and are generally little more expensive compared to commuter helmets of the same quality.   3. MTB Helmets: MTB riders often take up offroad tracks to test their riding skills. The MTB helmets are thereby designed to be the most robust. But on the hindsight, this also makes them the least ventilated helmets out of the three.       How to Choose the Right Size? I have already mentioned at the beginning of this article on how to measure the size of your head. Buying the right sized helmet will depend on you measuring the circumference correctly. If you still haven’t done that scroll right up and have a look at that image. Once you have done that, the table below will provide you with rough estimates of the helmet size that you need. Do remember, each brand might slightly vary their product and might not fit the measurements provided below accurately. General helmet sizing guideline: (Based on the circumference of your head) Extra-small: below 47 to 49 cms Small: 54cm – 57cm Medium: 58cm– 60cm Large: 61cm – 62cm) Extra-large: above 63cm Men – One size fits all: 54cm – 61cm Women – One size fits all: 50cm – 57cm Kids – One size fits all: 46cm – 57cm     When to replace your Helmet? You will need to replace your helmet if your helmet has been in a crash or bumped against something really hard. Do not use a helmet that was not stored correctly for a year or so. Excessive heat, pollutants or moisture can harm the integrity of the material used. If you notice any cracks to bumps on the outer shell, you should replace the helmet. Remember, when not in use. Store your helmet well inside your home,     This brings me to an end of my article listing out the best cycling helmets in India. I hope you were able to buy the right one for your need. Which one did you choose? Do you have any further questions? Do let me know in the comments section below. I will try to answer them to the best of my knowledge. Always wear a helmet when you go out and ride safe!  

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In this article, I will be covering some of the Best Bicycle Lights in India. You should be using them if you commute or ride at night. These lights not only help you see better but also help you remain visible and safe from traffic coming behind you. I have considered a lot of factors while selecting the products. I have listed them down below. Build quality of the product Amount of light it produces Power source. Is it rechargeable? Is it waterproof? Safety of the product (Can it be stolen easily?) Lastly the price I have kept the price of the product as the last factor since anyhow these products are not very expensive. However, please do avoid cheap product being sold online. They won’t last you even a month and you will end up wasting that money. Instead, go with quality products suggested below, a lot of them come with a warranty too.   Summary: The Vioo 720 by Btwin would be my first choice in India. However, if the product is out of stock is a bit out of your budget the second best option would be the Lista 112 Dual Cree.     Top Bicycle Lights in India:   1. Btwin VOO 720 This product is on the top of my list simply because of its great performance, versatility and durability. I have been personally using this light for over a year now and have faced any issue with the same. Check the Availability & Latest Price – Decathlon Key Features: Sports a powerful 180 lumen led light Can be operated in 4 different modes as per requirements Rigorously tested in labs and on bicycles Battery life – Bright: 2 hrs. Medium: 3.5 hrs. Eco: 7 hrs. Flash: 4 Hrs Charge time: 4 hrs from a USB port Can be used a front light or on the helmet Uses a flexible tie. Can be easily removed when not in use Decathlon offers a 2-year warranty on the product     2. Lista 112 Dual Cree  This product by Lista is the second on my list. It has a 160 Lumen output and the output can last you around one and a half hour at full power. The product is a bit bulky since the battery comes in a bag. However, at this price, you are getting a really nice lumen output. Which I feel negates any other drawbacks of the product. Check the Latest Price in India – Amazon Key Features: The product is waterproof and can handle medium rainfall easily Two led lights. Can be useful if one of them stops working for some reason Comes with a Li-Ion battery Comes with a charger and bicycle mount Seller offers a 12-month warranty on the product   You May Like – Best Cycling Shorts in India     3. Btwin VIOO 900 This is the second Btwin product on my list. If you are looking for a quality product that will last you a long time, this is the one you should opt for. The light output of this particular product is low compared to the other two products listed above. This bicycle light only gives out 46 lumens output. But this should be enough for casual riders or on road commuters. Check the Latest Price Online – Decathlon Key Features: 46-lumen output, enough for city usage Like other Btwin cycle lights, this too is road and lab tested for quality and performance Can be used during heavy rainfalls as well Decathlon offers a two-year warranty on the product   You can also check the complete range of Decathlon Bicycle lights Here   I will now cover two non-branded budget options. My recommendation would be to buy one of the three I listed above. However, if you wish to spend less money on this accessory, you can also have a look at the bottom two products. Do note that the quality of these products will not be on par with the ones above.     4. Techzere Machfally QD001 This product was priced well under the Rs. 1000 mark at the time of writing this review. This light is available in 5 different colours and can match the colour of your bicycle. This is a rechargeable light. However, do note that the effectiveness of the product goes down after a few months of usage. You can save money till that time and buy a better product. While you can use this one as a strobe light on the rear of your bicycle. Check the Latest Price in India – Amazon Key Features: The brightness of the light is 180 lumens at the beginning Is waterproof and has a strap to easily attach to your bicycle Can work for around one and a half hour in full brightness and around 5 hours in strobe mode USB port provided for ease of charging     5. SHIVEXIM Rechargeable Light & Horn Combo This product uses two rechargeable Batteries. This is the best feature of the product as you can simply replace them with better quality batteries once they start giving you trouble. This product offers a front & rear light combo along with a horn. I would not recommend using the horn a lot since it will impact the performance of the light. Check the Latest Price & User Reviews – Flipkart Key Features: Comes as a front and rear light combo Has a small wire attached control button that let you control various features of the product You can also long press the horn button to change the sound that it produces. Select the one that you like the most And as I said eariler, you can simply replace the rechargable battries with better quality ones to enhance the performance further   This brings me to an end of my review of the best bicycle light in India for riding or commuting at night time. The good ones I listed at the top can be easily carried on off road tracks as well. In addition to head lights in the front and strobe lights on the back, you can also wear a protective jacket that reflects at night to be the most visible. I hope this aritcle helped you select the right product for you needs. Do let me know your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.      

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In this post, I will be reviewing the Best Cycling Shorts in India for both Men as well as Women. A lot of beginners ask me if they really need to buy a pair of shorts. My answer to them, If I had a very limited budget to buy bicycle accessories, I will opt for a Helmet, a good pair of Cycling Shorts and some Reflectors. Accessories like backpacks, fancy upgrades or cycle computers are good to have but not very essential to beginners. Do note that most of the shorts on this list are all padded. Padded shorts offer better comfort and ease of riding compared to regular ones. They are also helpful if you wish to go for longer rides.   Note – Beginners, please remember you are not supposed to wear underwear underneath your cycling shorts.     Summary: Men in India do have a few good options. You can opt for one from Decathlon (Click here for entire range) or try Cycling Shorts by Triumph (Amazon). Unfortunately for Women, there are very limited options. Most sites do not stock shorts made specifically for women. One really good option that I would recommend buying is this particular product on Amazon.   p.s. – Do browse through the entire article below for other interesting products & designs.     Best Cycling Shorts in India for Men   1. Decathlon 500 Bibless: Nowadays when you think of any sports equipment to buy, Decathlon is one of the first names to pop up in your mind. Btwin cycle (their own brand) is also regarded amongst the most popular cycle brands in India. Their products are known for having a world-class quality and being sold at a very reasonable price. They have a few options for men. However, I really like the Decathlon 500 Bibless cycling shorts. Check the Latest Price in India – Decathlon  Key Highlights: The product has been designed really well using a breathable fabric that dries very quickly. The Padding is also well placed to give you extra comfort while riding.       2. Performax Cut & Sew – Navy Blue Honestly, I was a little surprised when I saw good cycling shorts on Ajio (I always thought of Ajio to be a site for fashionistas). This is the first time that I am recommending an Ajio product on BicycleXP. Performax is a brand on Ajio that deals in athletic wear. I was happy with the product and its performance.   Check out the Entire Performax Range – Ajio Key Highlights: Made using a fabric of polyester blend. Has the comfortable amount of padding. Elastics on the end of the shorts hold well.     3. Triumph Cycling Shorts I could not find a lot of information about this brand online but looks like this is an Indian brand. They import materials from the outside and get these products made in India (I could be wrong on this one). However, the more important thing is that I like their products. You get a lot of designs and options. Do remember to check out both the links below to see their entire range. Check the Latest Price, User Reviews & Colour Options – Amazon | Flipkart Key Features: Made using 100% polyester and lycra. The fabric is breathable and dries quickly. Designed to reduce chafing (Skin injury/irritation due to excessive friction)     4. Sportneer Padded Shorts This product is amongst one of the top-selling cycling shorts in India online. This is mainly due to the fact that it works well and is affordable. Check the Price of this Product – Amazon Key Highlights: Made using 90% polyester and 10% spandex. The product is very light and comfortable. The shorts are breathable and have quick dry properties. The padding is comfortable enough for short to medium range rides.       Best Cycling Shorts in India for Women As I said at the beginning of my post. There are even fewer options available for women in India. You can opt for some unisex padded shorts (like the 4th product listed above) or consider few options that I have shortlisted below. p.s. – If you are looking for regular/non-padded shorts, then you can just look up for your favourite brand on Amazon India (Click here)     1. Decathlon 500 Bibless Cycling Shorts for Women One of the few good shorts available in India which are dedicated made for Women cyclists. The padded shorts make the ride quality much better. These are long enough to help you avoid any chafing of your skin due to friction. Do note that this product remains in high demand and goes out of stock frequently. So do order it asap if you find it available. (Link available below) Check the Availability & Price in India – Decathlon     2. ST100 Mountain Biking Crop Bottoms for Women These are not exactly cycling shorts but it is a much better option compared to wearing your regular clothes. Also, a few women do prefer to have a few long options as well. Check the Availability & Price in India – Decathlon     3. Triumph Firefox Shorts for Women These are more of unisex shorts which can be used by both Men as well Women. The main advantage of this product is that it is available in wide variety of sizes right from small to XXXL. Made using Polyester and Lycra, they are stretchable and avoid chafing during long cycling runs. Triumph does have a few more options for women but I have not included them for the lack of size availability. Check sizes and availability – Amazon   This concludes my list of Best Cycling Shorts in India for Men and Women. However, I would like to add some more information about the importance of wearing these shorts. If you are a beginner, do read them.     Why do I need Cycling Shorts? Do I need to wear them? Well, this can be an article in itself. However, I briefly touch upon the advantages of Cycling Shorts below. Comfort:  When I say biking shorts, I normally refer to the padded ones. As you may know, cycling medium to long distances can sometimes literally be a pain in the ass. However, the cushioning that these shorts have acted as shock absorbers. Avoids injury: Repetative movements of your legs can cause chafing. Chafing is nothing but the skin soreness you get by abrasion while pedalling. These shorts are designed to avoid or at least reduce the amount of chafing. Sweat Handling: Clothing designed for cycling (Not just shorts but Jerseys etc) are normally made using a breathable material. They also dry up quickly compared to regular clothes. Efficiency: They help you increase your efficiency. You can cycle faster and cover more distance because of all the reasons I mentioned above.   I hope this covers any question that you may have about this product. If there is anything else I can help you with, do ask me the same in the comments section below. I will try to answer them as best as possible. If you are considering buying a new bicycle don’t forget to refer to my buying guide. Have a great time riding.  

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Over the last few years, Montra has become one of the most popular and sought-after brand in the Indian Cycling Industry. I often get asked if they are worth the hype. Hence I decided to compile this detailed review of Montra bicycles. I will also put together a list of best Montra cycles in India. This list will be across all three cycle categories namely hybrid, road & MTBs.   Summary: If you running short on time and just looking for recommendations directly, you can go for the models below: Hybrid Bicycle – Montra Blues 1.2 takes the honours MTB – Go with Rock 4.1, this is the best MTB Montra has on sale currently Road Bike – There are only two bikes that Montra offers, Montra Celtic is much better compared to Unplugged Read on for go through the details of all the models offered by Montra and their pro & cons.   About Brand Montra. Is Montra an Indian Brand? The brand name Montra is owned by TI cycles, which is a Murugappa group company based in Chennai. TI cycles also own other successful cycle brands like BSA, Hercules, Ladybird etc. At the time of writing this review, Montra does not have a dedicated wiki page to it. So, yes, Montra is definitely an Indian bicycle brand. Montra was amongst the first Indian premium performance bicycle brands. The brand also boasts of having designed, manufactured and sold the first carbon frame bicycle (By an Indian brand). The quality of their bicycles has consistently increased over ever since they launched. Montra is an ideal brand for someone who wishes to upgrade from their basic bicycle, however, does not have enough funds to own an expensive foreign brand.   I will now list down the best bicycle models by Montra in each of the categories mentioned below.   Best Hybrid Bicycles by Montra: I will start off with the category that most commuters should consider. A good hybrid bicycle can help you exercise as well as with your daily commute to the office, college or school. Hybrid cycles have slicker tyres compared to the MTBs and have a more comfortable frame compared to road bikes.   1. Montra Blues Variants Available (All three variants are available in 2018 & 2017 models) Montra Blues 1.2 Blues 1.1 Blues Rigid   Montra Blues is one of the best hybrid bicycles that you can buy in India. They have a lot of variants available at different price points. They also keep launching new models of each of those variants every year. However, apart from a few components and some minor frame design changes, mostly the product remains the same. So if you do get an older model at a really good price, do opt for the same. If there is not much difference in the current price then you can opt for the latest model. This will also help you get a better resale value if you decide to upgrade your bike couple of years later. Check out the Latest Price of the version – Amazon | Flipkart Key Features of Montra Blues 1.2 (Latest version): It comes equipped with a blues 700C aluminium alloy frame Front derailleur comes fitted with Shimano Altus (3 Speed) While the rear derailleur uses Shimano Acera RD-M360 (8 Speed) The bike has a 50 mm Suntour fork with hydraulic lockout The wheel consists of  double-walled alloy rims fitted with Kenda 700x35C tyres Has mechanical disc brakes The Blues 1.1 model has almost similar specs. However, the biggest difference is that it uses Shimano Altus as the rear derailleur instead of Acera. Acera is a more premium version of the two.     2. Montra Timba Available Variants: Montra Timba 1.1 (Old and New)   For someone like me, who is comfortable riding a rigid fork, the Montra Timba hybrid bicycle is a good choice. They have relaunched the model this year in slightly better, brighter and happy colours. The decal on the bicycles also looks much better and sportier.   Check out Latest Prices of both Version – Flipkart | Amazon Key Features: Uses the same 6061 aluminium alloy frame as the Blues above Comes equipped with a rigid steel fork Uses Shimano Altus for the rear and the front derailleur (RD-M310 & FD-M310 respectively) The wheel is fitted with double walled alloy rims and Kenda 700x35C tyres Apart from the changes in the looks and minor changes on the pedal, brakes & grips etc, both models are almost the same. There is hardly much difference between the new and old Timba. I will suggest you go with one that you like the most or if you get a really good deal on the old model.     3. Montra Trance Variations Available: All of them will have new and old models Montra Trance Trance Pro Trance D Montra Trance Women Montra Trance is one the best selling models. Also, as expected from a popular model, there are a lot of variations available for the same. Montra also has a bicycle for women. This I feel, is one the best bicycles for ladies in India. Check Prices of these Model & more user Reviews – Amazon | Flipkart I will not dwell into the individual specifications of each of the models in this post. You can check the same using the links above or on the official website of Montra.     4. Montra Helicon Montra classifies this bicycle model as an urban sports bike. Basically, this more inclined toward a road bike compared to your average hybrid bicycle. So, if you have experience riding a hybrid and looking for a bike which is not a road bike but is faster compared to average hybrids, this one is for you. Add this bike to your shopping cart – Amazon   5. Montra DownTown Variations Available: Montra DownTown old and new models This is the last hybrid bicycle by Montra on this list of mine.  A bicycle with a rigid fork, this is the most economical model of the lot. Check out the current offers on this bicycle – Amazon   If you are a bit flexible about the brand you wish to buy, you can also refer to my guide on the best hybrid bicycles in India for more options. Key Features: The bicycle is equipped with alloy frame and rigid steel fork It has Shimano Altus as the front derailleur. However, this model is cheaper as it uses Shimano Tourney (7 speed RD-TY300) as the rear derailleur     Top Montra Mountain Bikes (MTBs): I will now list down the MTBs offered by Montra in India. MTBs have thicker tyres and stronger frame to help you tackle difficult terrains. Mountain bicycle is ideal for people who love a bit of offroading, exploring new dirt trails etc. MTBs are also very popular amongst younger folks. School and college kids love riding their mountain bikes.   1. Montra MadRock Variations Available: Montra MadRock 29T MadRock 27.5T MadRock 26T This is a popular MTB by Montra as it is also the most affordable one in the entire range. The MadRock is available in three different tyre sizes, the regular 26T, 27.5T & 29T Check available colour options & latest price – Amazon | Flipkart Key Features: This is a hardtail MTB made with lightweight 6062 aluminium alloy frame It uses a zoom suspension fork on the front Both the front and the back derailleurs use Shimano Tourney. This is an entry level Shimano derailleur The rims on the bike are made using double walled alloy. It uses Wanda P1197, 27.5X1.95 MTB tyres     2. Montra Rock Available Variations: Montra Rock 4.1 (29T & 27.5T) Rock 3.1 (27.5T) Rock 2.1 (29T & 27.5T) Montra Rock 1.1 (27.5T & 26T) & finally Rock 1.0 (27.5T & 26T) As I had called out earlier, often the best selling model has the most number of variations available for sale in the market. The same can be said about Montra Rock. This bike has the best specifications amongst all the MTBs sold by Montra. Check all the Model, Colours and Availability at your Pincode – Amazon | Flipkart Key Features of Montra Rock 4.1: Uses a hardtail MTB frame made using 6061 aluminium alloy The front suspension uses Suntour 100 mm fork with hydraulic lockout The front derailleur on the bike is Shimano Altus 3 speed, while the rear derailleur used is Shimano Acera 8 speed Equipped with Shimano Altus gear shifters Double walled alloy rims with Kenda K1010, 29X2.1 MTB tyres Uses mechanical disc brakes     3. Montra BackBeat Continuing on with my list of best Montra cycles in India, BackBeat is the third and the final MTB on this list. BackBeat is priced in between the Rock and the MadRock. Check the latest price online – Amazon     Best Montra Road Cycles: Montra does not have a wide variety of option in this segment. However, the two models available are good enough for beginners.   1. Montra Celtic The Montra Celtic is definitely the better bike amongst the two road bikes that Montra has on sale in India. Available Variations: Montra Celtic 2.1 (New & Old)   Check available options and latest price in India – Amazon Key Features: Lightweight 6061 aluminium alloy frame Uses Shimano Claris as both rear and front derailleur (8×2 gears) and Shimano Claris ST 2400 shifters The crank used on the bike is Shimano Tourney, FC-A070, 50/34T. You can upgrade this later if needed   2. Montra Unplugged I think this is the most affordable road bicycle that a beginner can start off with (There are much cheaper options available. However, I am talking about a quality bike that a beginner can use) Check the colours and user reviews of both models – Amazon     This brings me to an end to my review on the best Montra cycles in India. As I have said earlier, Montra Blues 1.2, Rock 4.1 and Montra Celtic are the best bicycles that they have to offer in each of their individual categories. I would also like to give a special mention to Montra Trance Pro, which is also my personal favourite. Which one did you like? Have you ridden Montra bicycle? How has been your experience with the brand so far? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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It is unlikely for a girl in India to not think about BSA Ladybird while considering to buy a bicycle. This particular brand has been in the Indian market for around 25 years now. Ladybird cycles were launched in the year 1994. At that time, this was the only bicycle dedicated made for girls in India. Ladybird now has multiple different models. Although all of them are still single-geared bicycles. I have listed down the latest and best selling models in the article below. BSA Ladybird has come up with a new anti-slip chain. This will help you enjoy your bicycle without having to worry about the chain coming off. Have a look at the commercial for the same below:     Top BSA Ladybird Models & Prices:   1. Breeze Breeze is one the most popular Ladybird model currently in India. This bicycle has slightly thicker tyres compared to regular BSA Ladybird. This helps give more stability to the bicycle. Thicker tyres also help you counter bad road patches with ease. Colours Available – [4]  Lavender Purple, Tiffany Blue, Flamingo Pink & Butter Yellow This bicycle is available in two tyre sizes – 24T & 26T. The 26T is the regular size bicycle, while 24T is a little smaller in size. Check the Latest Price in India Online – Flipkart | Amazon   Most of the models of Ladybird Breeze are priced around the Rs. 7500 mark. However, use the links above to get the latest updated price of all variations. Key Highlights: Thicker tyres integrated with the model colour Carrier is integrated with the frame. This gives better stability and durability to the same Stylish dress guard with an integrated rear reflector Front basket   Also Read – Best Bicycles for Girls | Top Ladies Cycles in India     2. Evita The stylish frame design is the highlight of the Evita model. You can easily identify this model by looking at the lower frame design. This bicycle is priced around the Rs. 6000 mark. Colours Available – [3] Blossom Pink, Periwinkle Purple & Dark Metallic Pink This bicycle is available in only one standard size of 26T. Check the Latest Price and Available Colours – Amazon Key Highlights: Unique but comfortable frame design Printed mud guards for extra style quotient Carrier is integrated with the frame for stability and durability   3. Shine The frame design of Shine closely resembles that of Breeze covered above. The main difference is that Shine has a much smaller lower stem. The bicycle is priced roughly around the Rs. 7000 mark, hence is a quite affordable bicycle for girls. Colours Available: 24T Variant has 2 colours – Ruby Pink & Iris Blue 26 T is available in 4 colours – Pearl Pink, Cadbury Purple, Rich Burgundy & Deep Pearl Red   Check all Colour Variations & Latest Prices – Flipkart Key Features: The dress and chain guard come printed with cute graphics Integrated carrier with the frame Large enough front basket to carry bags etc   4. Dreamz This particular model has a more classical frame design as well as colour combinations. This is perfect for someone who likes a bit of rustic product. This cycle is available in three different colour options – Egyptian Violet, Flamingo Pink & Midnight Blue Online this bicycle is priced around the Rs. 6000 mark. Use the link below to know the latest price.   Check Availability at you Location – Amazon Key Features: An etched floral design on the seat of the bicycle Unlike the models above, this model does not have an integrated carrier. A separate carrier is installed on the bike Both dress, as well as chain guards, have unique designs   5. Sofia This is one of the newer models introduced by BSA Ladybird recently. It has a more modern and curvy finish to it. The design of the bike looks really premium for the price you pay. The highlight of the product is the use of butterflies in the design. If you girl child loves butterflies, she will fall in love with this bicycle. Colours Available: [3] Pearl Pink, Regalia Purple & Rich Burgundy Check Available Colours & Latest Price – Flipkart Key Features: The Carrier integrated with the bicycle frame Large front basket with fine mesh. Makes it easy to keep small objects in it Low twin tube frame, makes it easy to climb up and get down from the cycle   Some other Noteworthy models of BSA LadyBird are shown below:   6. Splash Check out all Colour Variations & Updated Price – Flipkart   7. Velona For more Colour Variations & Latest Price, Visit – Flipkart   8. Bliss Check the Latest Price – Amazon   9. Cleo Check all Options & Availability in your City – Flipkart     This brings me to an end of my review of the Best BSA LadyBird bicycles in India. I have covered their prices as well as colours that they are available in. You can easily and safely place your order online with either Amazon or Flipkart. You can watch a commercial below which shows all the latest BSA LadyBird bicycles in India.   Do remember the bicycle comes in a semi-assembled state, however, you can easily assemble it at home or visit you nearby bicycle shop to get it fitted. If you have any further questions, leave them in the comments section below. I will try and answer them at the earliest.    

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Skate Scooters are one of the best gifts you can give to your kids. They not only provide a fun activity for the kids but also have multiple health benefits for the children. Parents currently struggle to keep their kids away from Televisions, Mobile Phones and Video Games. Kick Scooters are amongst the best options that the parents have to keep their child outdoors. In this review, I will be listing down the Best Kid’s Scooters in India   Factors to look at while buying a Skate Scooter in India: Age Group – Not all Scooters are built the same. Carefully look at the age group that can use the particular product before buying it. Safety – Always buy a good quality product for your kid. Especially when your child would be riding it at a high speed outdoors. You don’t want the handle or the wheel to come off while it is in use. The number of Wheels / Type – These scooters are now available in various different tyres. Some have two wheels, while others have three. A few products have two wheels on the front while some will have two wheels at the rear.   Also, Read – Best Bicycle for Kids.   Confused which one is the right fit for your child? Read on, to look at the recommendations I have shortlisted.     Best Skate Scooters in India   1. Micro Mini & Maxi Scooters If you wish to buy a quality product for your child, look no further. Both these products are from Micro Kickboard, a Swiss company known globally for its kid’s scooters and kickboards. They now also make quality products like Tricycles for Kids and other mobility solutions for adults. Micro Mini: One of the best-rated kick scooter for 2 to 5-year-old kids A 3 wheel scooter for which can be easily ridden by young children Highly durable wheels made using Polyurethane. Safe for indoor use as they are non-marking Large deck, comfortable for kids to place both feet on top Check Latest Price in India & More User Reviews – Micro Mini | Micro Maxi   Have a look at Micro products in action:     2. Smoby Mighty Battle Scooter However, if you are looking for a product that is more cost effective on the pocket, you can opt for the Smoby Mighty Battle Scooter. The Smoby Mighty Battle is one of the top-selling products online in this category.  The scooter has been EN-71 certified (European Safety Standard for Toys).  Check the Latest Price & User Reviews – Amazon   Key Features: Suitable for kids aged 4 years and above Uses a strong metal frame with three level adjustable handlebar The scooter can be easily folded and carried in the boot of the car Uses Rear fender brakes. Press to stop Maximum load capacity of 50 Kgs   Whichever product you choose, Don’t forget to buy a good helmet along with it. Safety First!   3. B1 Scooter Frame and Deck – By Decathlon A quality product from Decathlon. The scooter has been designed for kids in the age group of 2 to 4-year-olds. 3 wheels provide additional support and stability of infants as they are just starting out on their scooters. You can later upgrade to 2 wheel scooter as your child becomes more confident in riding his/her toy. If you wish to buy this product, you will have to place an order for two things. The first and more expensive piece is the frame. You can then choose a shell that you can place on the frame. This shell is available in multiple colours (Two colours at the time of writing this review.   Check Availability – Frame | Shell Use the link above to view the frame and the shell. The shell is actually not very expensive and you can buy multiple colours. This will enable you to change them every few days to keep your child engaged.     4.  Sapphire Adjustable & Folding Scooter for Kids: Similar to Smoby product displayed above, this is also a budget option for parents. Check More User Reviews & Latest Price – Flipkart A good option for older kids aged above 5 years. The best feature of this scooter is the build quality. The product is very robust and should be able to a beating at the hands of your kids. The product is available in various colours. You will find colours suitable for both boys as well as girls offered by this brand.   5. Razor A Kick Scooter Razor is a world-renowned Scooter brand from the United States. Model A is the first model that they launched in the year 2000. The product uses aircraft grade aluminium frame, tube and deck. It has adjustable handlebars and highly durable Urethane wheels. This product is suitable for kids with age above 5 years. Check out all colour Combinations & Latest Price in India – Amazon At the time of writing this review, the model A was available at a significant discount to its MTR on Amazon. The product is available in 6 different colour combinations.     6. Decathlon Oxelo MID 1 & MID 7 Two amazing product for a really good price offered by Decathlon. As you know, bicycles sold by Decathlon are sold under the brand name of Btwin. Similarly, Scooters by Decathlon are sold under the brand name of Oxelo. The two products are almost similar. The major difference is the age group that these scooters cater to. The Oxelo MID1 is suitable for children in the age group of 6 to 9 years. While the Oxelo MID 7 is more suitable for kids above the age of 10.                   Check the Prices of the Two Models Online on Decathlon – MID1 | MID7     7. Zinc GTX-R Spark If you are looking for a scooter with premium and innovative features, the Zine GTX-R Sparks is what you need to buy. This product comes with a working speedometer that records speeds in both Kmph as well as Mph. It also keeps a track of the highest speed achieved on this bike. The second innovative features that this scooter boast of are the sparks that it produces once you hit the brakes.                   Check the Latest Price in India – Amazon The product comes with an adjustable handlebar and can be used by kids aged 4 years and above.     8.  Razor 13111231 – Best Electric Scooter for Kids in India This is an electric scooter for kids by Razor. The frame of the bike is made using durable steel. It uses twist throttle to deliver power to the wheels. This bike has a max speed of 10 miles per hour (Around 16 Kmph). The maximum run time on full battery is about 30 to 4o minutes (Depending on the conditions) Check the Latest Price & Availability at your Pincode – Amazon The bike needs around 12 hours to recharge fully. It comes with brakes on the front wheel. It is recommended that you explain the kids about the potential injury it this product can cause to self as well as others. This will help them develop a sense of responsibility. You should also ensure your kids wear proper protective gear while riding the same.   This brings me to an end of my review of the Best Kid’s Scooters in India. Do let me know the product you selected to buy for your child. If you have any further questions, do feel free to reach out to me using the comments section below.  

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