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Old 11-19-18, 12:30 AM
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Nice ride my man.

I usually do quite a few holidays in India/year. Usually on the Kerala coast or in the mountains between Kerala/Tamil Nadu in the tea harvesting areas.

That bike should be more than adequate for your needs. I'm a big fan of B'twin for the best cost/performance ratio. However, the Giant is slightly better on the quality.

Last time I was in India I flagged down a taxi in the middle of Madurai and took it to Varkala. About 7-8h for about 5000 INR. Couldn't speak Tamil to get a discount

Very nice country, wouldn't mind living there for a while after I get bored of the UK/Europe.
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Just got back from my seaside morning run.

I found the cycling in India pretty OK. The road surface especially in/near the urban areas was really good. Traffic was similar to most Asian cities or Eastern European cities.

Here's one from Madurai, TN showing the standard traffic on a side street ... not so bad to navigate actually.



We went after the monsoon to Kerala (mid SEP before the academic year started) and had the beach to ourselves ... two years back and missed the massive flooding ... also very cheap (20/night for a ocean-side cabin ... 50m2 for both of us ... lots of Indian tourists as well ... I guess it is "God's Own Country" after all!




Munnar was very nice as well and had some hill stations and tea plantations.



On the whole, very beautiful country while chill/cool people and a nice change of pace from the west (people still seem to remember what's important in life.) However, there's probably an extreme North/South divide that I'm not cognisant of.
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Also, quick tip for those thinking of India for holidays ... learn to eat with your hands from banana leafs in large "mess halls" and the locals will love to chat with you. Also haggle/barter like a mofo unless you in an ultra modern district as it's quite fun

Also also, if you can't make it, read some Aravind Adiga (at least his first/second novel) as it sound/feels about right for living there
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I have an escape 3, 2016 model year, and I agree they are awesome commuters! The only bad thing I can say is that the stock tires suck horribly, but otherwise I'd recommend it all day.
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Originally Posted by mr geeker View Post
I have an escape 3, 2016 model year, and I agree they are awesome commuters! The only bad thing I can say is that the stock tires suck horribly, but otherwise I'd recommend it all day.
Yeah, I had a set of Kendas that were garbage on the bike originally (Kenda KWEST K193s). Then had a Schwalbe Durano that split. And put on a set of Gatorskins. The rear lasted about 2000 km and tore through. Still have the front. Now run a Schwalbe marathon that's beginning to wear out but never the front Gatorskin nor the rear Marathon has flatted except when I was run over by a van and both went flat and dragged the sidewalls on the pavement that did the reflective strip in on the Marathon and the mesh a little on the Gatorskin.
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I would run the front at 45-50 and the back at 55-60 - This is the range I am running on my commuter with 700x28 tires with no issues. I weigh 173 and have a 15-20lb backpack most of the time. When the tires wear out, I would by the widest tires your frame will accommodate and with the highest possible TPI your budget will allow.

I would love to do the same except I will have to go to smaller rims

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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Also, quick tip for those thinking of India for holidays ... learn to eat with your hands from banana leafs in large "mess halls" and the locals will love to chat with you. Also haggle/barter like a mofo unless you in an ultra modern district as it's quite fun

Also also, if you can't make it, read some Aravind Adiga (at least his first/second novel) as it sound/feels about right for living there
Eat with your right hand, not the left.
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Eat with your right hand, not the left.
True, true, I like all the handwashing stations in the restaurants as well Cool place, India!
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Nice ride my man.

I usually do quite a few holidays in India/year. Usually on the Kerala coast or in the mountains between Kerala/Tamil Nadu in the tea harvesting areas.

That bike should be more than adequate for your needs. I'm a big fan of B'twin for the best cost/performance ratio. However, the Giant is slightly better on the quality.

Last time I was in India I flagged down a taxi in the middle of Madurai and took it to Varkala. About 7-8h for about 5000 INR. Couldn't speak Tamil to get a discount

Very nice country, wouldn't mind living there for a while after I get bored of the UK/Europe.
Hi,
Sorry for the very delayed reply. The hills west of madurai are very good, especially towards and inside kerala. Great to hear that you had a good time in kerala.
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Hi Acidfast, Great pictures. Hope you had a great time. Have you explored coastal karnataka? That place is also worth a visit. My bad that I have not explored kerala so far. Got to do that.
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Originally Posted by mr geeker View Post
I have an escape 3, 2016 model year, and I agree they are awesome commuters! The only bad thing I can say is that the stock tires suck horribly, but otherwise I'd recommend it all day.
Thanks, Actually the tires are so far not bad. Let me check if they last for some more time.
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Originally Posted by ara_biker View Post
Hi Acidfast, Great pictures. Hope you had a great time. Have you explored coastal karnataka? That place is also worth a visit. My bad that I have not explored kerala so far. Got to do that.


Didn't get that far north

Only up to Edeva near Varkala!

Will go back soon after the daughter is born!

Guten Rutsch!
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