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Cycling across Northeast: Bought a Rs 67,000-gravel bike for the trip

Cycling across Northeast: Bought a Rs 67,000-gravel bike for the trip

One of my Canadian acquaintances, who has been cycling for quite a long time, suggested that I should get the Marin Gravel Nicasio bicycle for…

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One of my Canadian acquaintances, who has been cycling for quite a long time, suggested that I should get the Marin Gravel Nicasio bicycle for my endeavour.

BHPian tatafanatic recently shared this with other enthusiasts. Prelude and continuum

We 5 pals were working on a plan to cycle across the Northeast. The issues with road cycles we had and were accustomed to were mainly: Road cycles are not tourers, they are not designed to haul luggage.

Carrying a backpack on a road cycle is painful, the geometry doesn’t make it a comfortable ride.

Only option left was to have an escort vehicle for the entire stretch which could haul our luggage and let us cycle in peace. So that was being considered and organized. Meanwhile, I read an interesting article here by ‘2himanshu’ – it was a Cycleogue on an MTB (a very interesting one indeed). It appealed right out. MTBs, albeit, not high on speed, make up for that with their comfortable ride and their sturdiness allows taking the odd beaten road without much ado. They can haul luggage as well. For trial’s sake, we did a Solan-Chandigarh stretch on MTBs but speed was a major concern as we had a paucity of time for our NE sojourn and MTBs weren’t going to make it in that time frame. Anything of a stretch with respect to time was not possible so we dropped the MTB plan and went back with the escort vehicle option. The conundrum continued.

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