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Old 09-16-18, 02:08 PM
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Giant Escape Commuter.

Hi All,
Greetings from India. Getting a good bike is a bit difficult here. I have a btwin nework commuter3.0 whose BB got damaged and I replaced it with a new one. I was looking for another bike with not much choices like USA/UK. I bought a Giant escape + scott helmet yesterday for approximate US$470 equivalent of indian rupees. The frame material is specified as Aluxx R3, how is it different from a 6061? But the bike flies, the fit and everything is awesome. The frame size is a 'M'. It has shimano altus 8speed and a front shimano triple ring. Saddle is not so good I will be swapping it with my better saddle from nework3.0. The tires are 700cX28 kenda. I filled the tires to 75psi but that is hurting my joints can I fill it a more comfortable 60psi without hurting the tubes? I will try to cross the 10 post limit and post a picture of the bike. My daily commute is 20+20 kms. All decent bikes are imported and import+local tax =30+12=42% apprx over the purchase cost of bike. Thanks a lot, you guys are awesome.

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I will be adding fenders as well.
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That should be a good, solid commuter, from what I see.

The two 'dangers' of tire under-inflation underinflation are 'snakebite' flats where the rim pinches the innertube. Pinch flats are not so bad, just inconvenient, as innertubes are not terribly expensive, and can be patched, even. If you experience them, then inflate your tires higher.

The other problem with underinflated tires is the rim striking the pavement. That can dent and damage the rims, and that will be expensive since it usually involves either buying a new wheel and hub together, or buying a new rim and building a new wheel by lacing it to your existing hub using preferably new spokes.

Most tires will have the recommended inflation maximum and minimum printed on the sidewall.

If the ride is too rough, a better option is to buy wider tires, say 700x32 or even wider if your frame clearance allows. Those tend to run at lower pressure and soak up bumps better. If you stay with smooth street tires with soft sidewalls, there should be little to no speed penalty.

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wow which year model is that?


i ride escape too...excellent bike..almost rides like entry level road bike
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Giant escape R3 Specs

https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/escape-r3-2017
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wow which year model is that?
i ride escape too...excellent bike..almost rides like entry level road bike
https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/escape-r3-2017
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That should be a good, solid commuter, from what I see.
Thanks. The ride is good. It was an impulse purchase. If I had searched a bit more I could have got better wheels, cranks, saddle and fork for the same price. Any idea how long will the Kenda 700CX28 tires last? I am planning to eventually shift to schwalbe.
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Maybe up to 3000 miles/4800 kms,
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Good bike. Go ride.
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You want to find a tire pressure that will hold you up without causing "pinch flats." That is when you hit a bump and your rim squeezes the tire and creates a puncture from the pressure. I weigh 77 kg, and I can ride those tires at 50 or 60 psi, maybe even less.

The tires might last a few thousand miles. Some Kenda tires are OK.
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You want to find a tire pressure that will hold you up without causing "pinch flats." That is when you hit a bump and your rim squeezes the tire and creates a puncture from the pressure. I weigh 77 kg, and I can ride those tires at 50 or 60 psi, maybe even less.

The tires might last a few thousand miles. Some Kenda tires are OK.
Thanks, A few kilo miles would be great.
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Muc-off


Got a buy one get one offer for wet+dry combo pack of muc-off. The place had options for park tool, zefal etc. Hopefully this will be as good as the others.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I would luv to ride one of those India Roadsters.
I have one. Very decent on flat smooth terrain, heavy at 22.5kgs, worst rod brakes and very difficult for climbing. I have averaged 20kms for 2hours on my occassional rides over very flat terrain. Overall not bad at all. It was purchased for us$30.

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Sounds like a good bike for you. Enjoy riding it and when it's time to upgrade parts you'll have plenty of recommendations here. Enjoy the ride!
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You are brave riding in India. I've been to Chennai three times and wouldn't even dare to walk there. But Chennai isn't all of India I am told by my Indian colleagues and other places are a lot nicer.

And to all of you that have responded, if you haven't been to India you have no idea at all what it is like to ride there. It is nothing like here. The biggest obstacle is cows. It is common and encouraged to honk as you pass, so the honking is constant. Traffic lights are a suggestion. A family of 5 on a motorcycle? No problem!

I had this fantasy of trying to ride a bike, but once I got there I totally gave up on that idea.

But to the OP, Good luck! Enjoy the ride. And where exactly are you located?
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You are brave riding in India. I've been to Chennai three times and wouldn't even dare to walk there. But Chennai isn't all of India I am told by my Indian colleagues and other places are a lot nicer. And to all of you that have responded, if you haven't been to India you have no idea at all what it is like to ride there. It is nothing like here. The biggest obstacle is cows. It is common and encouraged to honk as you pass, so the honking is constant. Traffic lights are a suggestion. A family of 5 on a motorcycle? No problem! I had this fantasy of trying to ride a bike, but once I got there I totally gave up on that idea. But to the OP, Good luck! Enjoy the ride. And where exactly are you located?
I am from Chennai(old name Madras), but based out of Bangalore as well and commute between these cities very frequently. When did you last visit Chennai? Cows are the most harmless beings on the roads and they are found in much lesser number on the roads these days. There a lot of attributes that has contributed to the current life threatening chaos on our roads. A cyclist just cannot claim the lane here. Bangalore and Chennai are both great cities to bike minus the horrendous traffic.
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You don't ride a bike between Chennai and Bangalore, do you? Google tells me it's 346 km.
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I am from Chennai(old name Madras), but based out of Bangalore as well and commute between these cities very frequently. When did you last visit Chennai? Cows are the most harmless beings on the roads and they are found in much lesser number on the roads these days. There a lot of attributes that has contributed to the current life threatening chaos on our roads. A cyclist just cannot claim the lane here. Bangalore and Chennai are both great cities to bike minus the horrendous traffic.
It was about 8 years ago the last time I was there. I remember it taking an hour to just about anywhere by car with horrendous traffic the first time, but by the third time they had built a number of flyovers to get traffic moving and it wasn't so bad. The few people on bikes looked to be transporting one thing or another. I never saw a recreational cyclist or even someone just riding to get somewhere.
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You don't ride a bike between Chennai and Bangalore, do you? Google tells me it's 346 km.
Mostly by train. There are a few that do bike the distance. Its on my wish list. chennai sea level bangalore 920 meters above sea level.
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watch out with that wet lube. meaning use sparingly? I tried some toward the end of last winter (diff. brand) & it was good, but real thick. then, once the weather cleared up, it took a long time to clean it off the drive train, so I could switch back to a dry lube. I may have put too much on to begin with, but because it was so thick, that seemed like the best way to get it on the whole chain
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When I worked in a bike shop I assembled many giant escapes. We considered them the best deal in cycling. Very reasonable money and a great bike. You could commute or even tour on it if u set it up right. Nice purchase.
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watch out with that wet lube. meaning use sparingly? I tried some toward the end of last winter (diff. brand) & it was good, but real thick. then, once the weather cleared up, it took a long time to clean it off the drive train, so I could switch back to a dry lube. I may have put too much on to begin with, but because it was so thick, that seemed like the best way to get it on the whole chain
Thanks a lot for the advice. I am yet to yet clean my chain and lube my chain. Go to do it soon. Am almost 500 kms over the last 3 weeks, can i clean it once every 800kms?
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When I worked in a bike shop I assembled many giant escapes. We considered them the best deal in cycling. Very reasonable money and a great bike. You could commute or even tour on it if u set it up right. Nice purchase.
Many thanks. I was a bit apprehensive whether this bike would be as good as the trek7.1fx i had earlier, but so far it has been good, very very good. I covered 20kms in just 46 minutes during one of my commutes back home!!!
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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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