Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Mumbai Third Critical Mass is here are you riding???

Date & Time: Saturday 28th FEB 2009 5:15PM(ones with rental plans arrive earlier)
Meet Point: Shivaji Park (Near Tennis Court)
End Point: Shivaji Park (Near Tennis Court) Its a LOOP!!
Ride Distance: 6Kms approx.
Dress Code: White, Preferably
Considered Compulsory: Helmet/CAP (Helmets are a life saver. A one time investment can save you from a lot of time and injury)

Shivaji Park- Tilak Bride via Plaza Cinema- Cross 1st Circle under Flyover- Left on Mancherji joshi Rd- Five Gardens-St.Joseph School- VJTI/Khalsa/Don Bosco- Maheshwari Circle- Loop Around to take road leading to Matunga(Central)- Podar/Ruia College rd-Left from DPs Hotel junction towards Highway-Take highway to Tilak Bridge -Cross Sena Bhavan junction to Shivaji Park .

Critical Manners :
• Please follow lane discipline and road signals where necessary.
• This is not a Race, but a silent march. Be Proud not in a Hurry :)
• A Helmet should become your ALL TIME best friend every time you cycle.
• We are NOT a group/organization/party-just a bunch of people who have together with a single passion in mind- Cycling!
• Please Carry Water with you ( Backpacks/ Bottle Holders)
• This will be peak hour time so some locations maybe clogged with traffic. Be Careful and Alert.
• There is no leader/ organizer for Critical Mass. You are on your own but we co-exist around each other.

P.S- All those coming for cycle rentals please go to the cycle rental shop near mahim well in advance.(address and contact)
Carry Photo ID proof with you.
Cycle rental is your personal responsibility. Please make sure that you return it back to the Store.

1)Tayeeb bhai - no phone number - has 6 big cycle
2) Abu cycle Shop (Javed) - 9769764899 - 3 big cycle, 4 bmx, 2 sort of bmx
3) Shamim Sidui - 9892784745 - 2 big cyle and 2 bmx

Previous Critical Masses Images

Post Courtesy (Renny)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tungareshwar Ride 31st Jan 08

Sorry for delay in posting.

Tungareshwar Ride was on 31st Jan 08.

15 cyclists had come in for Tungareshwar ride.

Few of us came via train till Virar station and rest rode from Fountain hotel (Bhyander).

Apart from covering such long distance. People were geared up for the climb.

We fueled our self and headed towards mount top at 8am.
Initially it was fun as the surface was rocky and hard.

Then we reached to Shiva Temple at 9:00 am, had a cup of tea, and waited there for some time. And headed towards the mate baba (if I am right), famous for his herbal tea. Which local people informed us. But we forgot about the tea. Because our brain and body was not working as usual it use to be after reaching the top :)

As on the way it was soft mud (almost 2 to 3 inch) every where and deadly incline.

Initially most of us had the power to ride but then slowly some of them got of the bike and started dragging the bikes.
After reaching a point almost every one waited and took a break. Kaushik and Prabbhuda started riding towards the top. Only they completed it first with just 1 or 2 halts.

Kaushik has improved his cycling skills and stamina with
help of TFN and Rnair, oh and ya he was on a flat smooth tyre.

Rest all of us reached there by 11:30 am with our bikes full of dust. There was soft mud ever where, passing vehicles would also spread the mud all around; ultimately we had to cover our whole face.

After reaching top every one was exhausted as it was some 2250 km above sea level and torturing heat, no one remembered herbal tea.

Hats off to all those on single speed. Cycling long distance with out gear is very difficult, at least for me :)

After reaching top we got our self freshened up. Anindya, Amit, Chetan and Rupali left via the same way. 11 of us rode on the other way down hill.

And all of us were on really amazing speeds. As this side road was good.

Moral of the story: - It took us hours to reach the top and just 12 min to reach down.

One of the Best ride... some were cursing initially but later on ever thing was ok. Was fun riding.

All of us started riding towards Virar station. All reached back home safe.
I stopped at a place know as dhata pada(Temple), Family and relatives were
present for a function. Met them all had lunch and by 5 pm i headed towards
Manor (vada) some 40+ km from Virar.

Reached the farm house of Hemant who started the bicycle project along
with Simona.

Very nice place worth riding the Manor spot.

Morning we went to the school distributed 70+ cycles to tribal school kids.
Cycle were given out on two criteria 1st Merit and 2nd Distance covered
daily by the student(walking) to reach school.

Kids were so happy about the whole cycle distribution thing.

If you have old cycle please help them repair and distribute to a needy kid.

more pics

Monday, February 2, 2009

second Critical Mass Mumbai

What a superb ride!

75+ cyclists turned up for 2nd Critical Mass Mumbai.

At 5 pm we were only 5 to 6 cyclists, but then people reached in group of 5, 10 and 15 almost at 5:30, so we were surprised and energized after seeing cyclists in good numbers.Also few cyclists joined us on the way. As few of them were late.

There were journalist from Afp, DD, Hindustan Times (please note this time HT Journalist Damini rode along with us, Thank you for the support and hope to see you and other for more rides in future :)

We left Shivaji Park at 5:45 pm. and rode through Tulsi Pipe road till Haji Ali, we covered some 7 km. Some left for Nariman Point to relax and cyclists who stay near South side of Mumbai left for their home. And some of us headed back to Shivaji Park and from there towards our home.

No injuries or accident, because all of us were riding together in a group.

This time we could notice a lot of elderly people joined in for the ride. next time two more legends are suppose to ride along with us. they have committed. Both are in the age group of 75 to 80 old.

It was fun. Thanks to all the rides for making this event memorable.

Also keep coming in for rides. Don’t want to write long story and bore you all. Enjoy Images

Images by Anindya