Saturday, August 22, 2009

My love for bicycles

To say that I love bicycles is an understatement. I am passionate about it, I am obsessed with it. It has been my best companion for 8 years. More ever, it is healthy, environment friendly, inexpensive and low maintenance. By they way, I just bought a new Hercules AXN DX cycle from Bharat Cycle Centre, Puttur for Rs. 3275. I am very excited about it.




To talk a bit about my history with cycles,
My first cycle
During my 7th standard, I was pestering my dad to get me a new cycle. My dad relented and said he will buy me one if I score more than 90% in mid-term exam. I normally scored about 85%. For this exam I worked hard and managed to score 89.17%, still 5 marks short of landmark 90%. Anyway my dad considered it only as a motivation for me to do well in exams. And he didn’t deny me a cycle for not crossing the mark. So, I got my own cycle Hercules Town N Trek for Rs. 1500 from Imperial cycle centre, Puttur.
I used to roam around every nook and corner of Puttur with my neighbour friend Sadananda. Used to go to Swimming pool at Parpunja 8 kms away along Mysore Road, go to Balnad (our ancestral home) again a village 8 kms away. I went to Philomena high school and college using this cycle except during rainy season. It was great fun.

Mysore
During my 3rd semester of Engineering, Avinash and I decided to go to an expensive gym for 3 months. Gym was about 2 kms far, Avinash had a bike and there was no problem. But 15-20 days later Avinash started showing his talent (that is laziness ;-)) and he stopped coming. I was determined, didn’t want to waste the gym fees and continuity. Avinash suggested me, “Look, our super senior Manjunath just completed his course and has thrown his cycle. So, why don’t you repair it and use it?” It was lying just outside my room at ground floor, I took it and the repair cost me 200/-.
I used it well for 3 years, went around beautiful University Campus, Kukkarahalli lake, Mysore city and everywhere. Since it was not the one I bought, I left it at the same place after I left the hostel.

Japan
I was on an onsite assignment at Japan for 5 months. My living apartment then was 6 kms from office. Monthly local train pass costs 5000 yens. I had to walk half a kilometre each from apartment to railway station and railway station to office. I didn’t like the routine. Also I wanted to cover as many places as possible over there. I didn’t waste any time and bought a new cycle for 15,000 yens, returned it to the same shop for 5,000 yens. Money was not a problem. People on overseas assignments are paid extremely well. It was that well paid period that changed me from being a thrifty spender to a spend thrift now!

I have been at Bangalore and Mumbai for long periods of time. But I didn't have cycle there as they were dusty and busy cities. It wouldn't be a pleasure there to go on a cycle at all.

Now
I need to go to our office/retail outlet, shops for research, roam around for time pass, to ice-cream shop and so on. A cycle is very handy now again. It was easy to own a cycle during teenage and abroad. But now it isn’t easy considering the social stigma attached. If somebody goes by cycle it means he is not well to do. In our family, even my younger brother has his own car apart from my dad’s car. Society asks many questions, assume things their own way. I still bought one, because I thought, if somebody thinks negatively I should give a damn to him, for others who think positively there is no problem. My dad isn’t happy that I bought but I think he will get used to it over time.

9 comments:

  1. good love for bicycles and I even liked your athers pity and frame n you although you scored 85% he gave you a bicycle

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  2. great going anna :) ..You have the chance to make your passion fashionable in the city :) .Also being a good example for the younger generation to make their own, eco friendly rules ..

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  3. way to go...and come!
    enjoy cycling around, while you have the time to do this.

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  4. hehe i relli dint know u lovd bicycles so much anna!!cool!!

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  5. Good to know about your love for cycles. Please keep it going!

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  6. Thanks Sudhir for your support. But as I have mentioned in this post it is very difficult to keep it going. People at large don't see it positively.
    Now though it is raining throughout the day and it is not possible to go out cycling.

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  7. It was really good to know about your love for cycles.
    I too do want to go to work or anywhere else on a bicycle but as you said, it has the social stigma attached to it. If somebody goes by cycle it means he is not well to do. But your blog inspires me.
    Please keep it going!

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  8. Hi Keshava Ram,

    Nice to read your interest and love on Bicycles. Its friendly and pollution free bike. Easy to handle and you can enjoy riding. Its very good for health also..today I have purchased the same Bicycle but the price is bit High compared to your bicycle it is 4100 Rupees. Hmm its okey...may be Bicycle rates Increased or He took more from me but I will not worry about it.
    Its good to have Bicycle with us now a days. People should follow these stuffs to avoid pollution and to save our beautiful environment.

    Thanks for your time for reading

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  9. Hi Keshava Ram,

    Nice to read your interest and love on Bicycles. Its friendly and pollution free bike. Easy to handle and you can enjoy riding. Its very good for health also..today I have purchased the same Bicycle but the price is bit High compared to your bicycle it is 4100 Rupees. Hmm its okey...may be Bicycle rates Increased or He took more from me but I will not worry about it.
    Its good to have Bicycle with us now a days. People should follow these stuffs to avoid pollution and to save our beautiful environment.

    Thanks for your time for reading

    ReplyDelete