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  1. Balajee

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    Hi all, happy World Cycling Day! This is the day we need to remind us of that emission free vehicle in these days of fossil fuel emissions making a sterling contribution to global warming. What a world it would be if everyone uses bicycle instead of cars or bikes. True petrol stations will shut down and Arab ||Sheikhs will get down from their Rolls Roy and climb on to camelss and the environment will heave a sigh of relief.

    This is an impossible scenario of course. Motorized vehicles can cover longer distances in shorter times than bicycles. And if you can cover hundreds of kilometers on bicycles, you deserve to win the Tour de France. So motorized vehicles are here to stay The most optimistic picture is an ideal world where everyone uses bicycles for not too long distances saving on fuel and getting exercise and other vehicles run on non-fossil sustainable fuel.

    Funny I am pontificating on the virtues the two wheeler driven by pedals though I should be the last person to do so. I am a black sheep in the family of great cyclists. My father used to pedal all the way to office brushing aside advice that he should get a bike. He never got into public transport u8ntil he got a heart attack.

    My wife and daughter are good at pedaling too. But , I as I said, am a black sheep suffering from what could be described d as Cyclophobia fear of cycles. Initially I was not afraid when my dad decided that his fat kid ("healthy" kid according to my mom) needed some exercise. And he zeroed in on cycling.

    A guy working under dad in his office was my trainer. Initially , he held on to the cycle as I held the handle bar and pedaled slowly. But one not so fine day. I became confident to the point of being suicidal and went on the fast track pedalling furiously as my instructor's screams were held in a distance as he yelled me to stop,

    To my bad luck the break went on a strike and I rrammed the vehicle into a PYT carrying a Pomeranian and all four of us (Including the bicycle) fell into an open drain which luckily was dry. The good news was the plump PYT cushioned my fall. And the bad news was a very angry Pom was trying to get my pound of flesh Shylock-like.

    Luckily. my instructor reached the spot running and for once my dad agreed with me that I should stay miles away from bicycles for the benefit of both yours truly and the vehicles.
    Now I prefer cars (driven by wife or daughter. I am pretty bad with anything on wheels) But that does not mean I can't wax eloquent about the virtues of bicycles. Actually cycling and recycling are the best way to fight climate change and to keep the environment clean. Don;t dump non-biodegradable material. Recycle them and keep cycling. To remain fiut and ensure that the air is od breathable quality. But for me .... Hey where's the car? will someone drive me where I want to go?
     
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  2. Thyagarajan

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    Dear @Balajee Sir,
    Your tryst with bicycle more humorous than pedalling. Super nostalgia for every reader of this blog as i trust every one must have had better or bitter experience with it.

    Though you seemed to have eventually abandoned the effort of learning yet am surprised you have gathered enough knowledge & skill about cycling & recycling & Mentioning of “tour dë France” great.

    You could hv been an Armstrong.

    For learning the skill to ride a bicycle many of my friends generally hire during our boyhood. It was four ānnä per hour. Very first time, when i hired and learn pedalling and riding straight it was eazy as long as you do not attempt to negotiate a turn.

    You hold the handle bar stiff and keep your back erect over that seat. Turn right or left, you fall. ( the book after the fall - marylin Manroe comes to mind).

    As a boy, first time in dense morning rush hour, i was caught in a narrow gap between two huge buses plying speedily in opposite direction. My entire body stiffened for a split second in fear as though am getting sandwiched. I was saved by skin of my teeth.

    But then I learnt to ride scooter in a jiffy. It was within an hour in New Delhi broad roads and in Bhudha Jayanthi Park. Very next day, with L board - i was in wide Shahjahan-akbar- aurangazeep- aajmalkhan roads (with spouse for pillion). ( incidentally it was the day, when chopra children in school uniform kidnapped and killed)

    cycle- bicycle in IL threads speaks volume about it. There are over fifty threads/posts speak about it. That it includes - Winner as Fine Post - in the blog of @umaakumar ’s famous “ mundhè ohguooooo”
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    Bicycle triggers about my participation in slow cycle race in schools and colleges.
    It reminds my watching as one among many spectators in open grounds a man riding a bicycle non stop for more than a day and his doing acrobats on it. Cycle reminds me movie kalyana parisu in tamil which I must hv watched for over 25 times. Only After watching this movie, I began thinking & looking seriously that I must long for some one to love and love me! I bought Afghan snow to get my face look more handsome.
     
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    Tyagu sir, let us hope foir hard times when Petrol prices soar so high that peop[le will go back to bicycles unless they want their cars to be polled by bullocks.
     
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    This reminds me of RK Laxman cartoon where Bullock cart hauls a studebaker. It appeared in TOI DURING 1975-76.
    If EV dream fizzles out there is going to be huge demand for bullocks and carts hauled by bullocks.
    National metro roads and highways and golden triangle will be reeking with dung smell and population of BULLS might exceed cows in Bharat!
     
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    Dear Balajee,

    I am sure cycling will bring nostalgic memories to everyone. I recall the day I learned cycling when I was 10 years old (1964). Because I didn't have enough height to be seated in a cycle, I used to do what I used to call Monkey pedalling reaching one leg through the triangular bar above the pedals. That is the only way I could balance the cycle. After I grew up in height, I tried Monkey pedalling and only resulted in me falling down with a lot of scratches in my body. I used to venture to the nearby towns after I learned to be seated in a cycle and those trips are secrative without advanced knowledge of the parents. Only time, they came to know about the trips is if I got hurt by falling from the cycle. We used to drive through Jack Fruit and Cashew fields located in and around Neyveli, Vadalur and Panrutti.

    Post migration to the US, I never used a bike (Cycle) but taught my son how to use it when he was 8 years old in 1996. I thought I need to run behind him holding his seat when he focused his attention to the road and handle bar. But as soon as he tried the first time (after 25 yards), he just left on his own making my job incredibly easy.

    Regarding recycling, frankly, I was not even aware of recycling until I was in India and learned about it only after I migrated to the US. It is also because we have two bins one for solid waste and another one for recycling with two different colors.
     
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    That was quite hilarious bringing back nostalgic memories to all of us. I also tried learning cycling but I had similar experience. i fell down and had a deep cut in my leg. The scar is still there. My parents became worried and instructed me not to venture cycling any more. I also didn't attempt cycling after that.
    When my daughter started learning, she fell down and suffered an ankle fracture. But she was adamant and after recovering, she learnt cycling and she went to school in cycle only.
     
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    Like fish are natural to water, my daughter is a natural on a bicycle saddle. Sghe started very young and within months got bored with the two small side wheels meant for kids' safety. When her mother put her foot down on removing them. She abandoned the kiddie bicycle and started practicing on many bikes that were parked unlocked in our colony. Luckily they all belonged to her friends who had zero clue that she was using them. One of them saw her on cycle once and yelled "Hey what are you doing with my cycle?" "Riding itA" she replied cooly. If you don't ride it it would rust" "Okay said that innocent boy ahd she had a free run with his cycle!
     
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    Reminds me of my younger daughter. I bought a lady cycle for my daughters when they were kids. I helped them ride a cycle. The elder learned fast enough and was all around the colony cycling at the age of 10. The younger was a bit slow but learned anyway. While riding the cycle instead of clicking the bell, she would shout 'hato, hato' (getaway).
     
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