|Critical Mass - Photo courtesy Satish Vangal|
|At RIS junction - Photo courtesy Go Green Rao|
As we start pedalling after 50 mtrs we need to take a left turn. That first turn was like, driving the truck on an uphill, we were on the edge of the curve. One side it is on coming traffic and the other side is steep valley. What we were focusing is not on taking the turn, but making sure we don't end up in valley. That was our state while taking that turn. It is a long bike compared to regular bikes. No gears. Sanjay is weighing 78 kgs, me 59 kgs and bike is around 20 kgs, makes it 157 kgs. That makes it a huge amount of weight to manage. Add to that at this moment I was holding the bike in one hand as tightly as possible to the extent of kind of influencing the bike to lean that side. To neutral it Sanjay needed to waste a lot of energy.
|Way to Cubbon Park 13 kms on tandem- photo courtesy Samarth Kapse|
|Sheshagiri and Nitya on tandem bike - photo courtesy Promise Gangani|
|With Janardhan sir on Nitya's bike - Photo courtesy Naresh Khandai|
|Few female bikers - Photo courtesy Go Green rao|
He goes on to say, "Critical Mass! Happens in 300 cities world wide last friday or Sat/Sun of every month. Different groups/individuals all come together to take back streets and show that cycles can be part of traffic too. Slow ride 10 years old to 60+ !". Today we had 8 years old to 80 years. Would like to mention few riders with whom i interacted, Ravindra, Krishna Chand, Saurab, Promise, Yash, Ashwin pal, Srikanth Gururaj, Shanth Kumar andAbhinandan (please excuse if i have left out any names). I thank everyone who were part of this ride, Rohan Kini for starting it again, Satish Vangal to leading it and Go Green Rao for joining hands.
|With Dr. Ali in the back ground and 13 kms on this - Photo courtesy Rohan Kini|
By 9.15 am they all returned to the starting point (Press club - Cubbon Park). With a photo session of the entire group it was declared new era in Critical Mass rides. Signed off in style by singing National Anthem. After speaking for few minutes with fellow bikers, shook hands and we all left.
After seeing excitement in Nitya's eyes, dip in Sanjay's energy and guilt in me for pushing Sanjay, we decided to swap Nitya's bike. Nitya riding tandem with Sanjay and I riding her bike to reach back home. Sanjay was very comfortable riding tandem now. Krishna Mohan, Sheshagiri, Nitya, Sudharshan, Samarth we all rode together after the breakfast we all dispersed in different direction. We felt tandem bike is not good for 2 adults. I was riding her bike and that comes with a back rest, due to that I was finding it very comfortable to ride.
|The Bikers - Photo courtesy Promise Gangani|