Before buying a bike

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Have you ever been stuck in a heavy traffic jam while commuting by bus that you desperately wanted to avoid? The question is very funny in the context of Dhaka city! Because the experience of commuting on the roads of Dhaka is not at all pleasant but always terrifying. Imagine flying through traffic like a hummingbird if you were on a 2-wheeler yourself!

Bicycle is a very popular vehicle which is a popular mode of transportation in rural areas. There is not much use of bicycles in the major streets of the city. But the city is also growing in popularity.

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Why buy a bicycle?

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Bicycles can be purchased for many reasons. The biggest reason for this is transportation. If you want a simple vehicle that takes you to work and brings you home after work, then you should definitely buy a bicycle. It will save your daily bus fare and you can use the narrow roads comfortably by bicycle. You can move forward without getting stuck in a traffic jam. This saves you from the hassle of returning home with the bus handle hanging. Many times buses do not ply on the road. Then the bicycle is your best friend.

Good health can be achieved through cycling. Regular cycling boosts morale and helps build muscle. It stimulates blood circulation in the heart, lungs. Cycling means you don’t have to think about daily exercise. Your appetite will increase and you will sleep better at night.

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Which bike to buy?

There are a few things you need to consider before buying a bicycle. First of all, what type of bike is best for you will depend on what you want to cycle for. Do you just want to ride a bike for fun? Or commute? Or are you planning to go on a long trip by bike? Your needs will lead you to the desired decision. But for Dhaka city and casual commuting as well as beginners, mountain bike (MTB) is a good choice.

‘It is suitable for the roads of Dhaka and easy to manage’, says Sakul Islam Antar, admin of one of the active cycling groups in Dhaka, ‘Riders 71’.

You’ll notice that bicycles have different styles of handles, different types of brakes, and more. Choose a bike that you feel comfortable riding.

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Managing Director of Golden Wheel Bd. ‘For daily use, try to choose a bike without gears,’ says Zubair Ahmed. Gear maintenance is a very troublesome task. So it is better to buy a bike without gears for long term use.’

Things to keep in mind before buying other accessories

After buying a bicycle you will need a few other things to make your trip safe and smooth First you need to buy a helmet which is the most important thing. Safety should be given utmost importance so cycling should not be done without a helmet. Gloves, knee pads and a pair of goggles should also be used for personal safety.

Bicycle is your companion but if it gets stolen it will be difficult. So, for bicycle security, lock must be purchased. There are many types of locks, choose the lock as per your choice. For road riding, you need to buy a horn and if you have any plans or chances of cycling at night, you need to buy headlights and taillights. Both of these things should be used for urban cycling.

Maintenance

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Think of the bicycle as a steel horse. Just like a horse needs care, so does a bicycle. Regular use and maintenance will keep it in good condition for a long time. Leaving the bike in a corner of the room when not in use will reduce its performance. Maintenance cost is not too high. Most minor problems can be fixed by yourself with a few simple tools.

“If you have a patch kit, tire lever, allen key, pliers, chain cutter and pumper, you can fix any bicycle problem yourself,” says Sakul Islam Antar.

However, complex issues such as problems in complex braking mechanisms should not be fixed by oneself, in this case professionals should be resorted to.

Where to buy a bicycle?

There are many places where you can buy bicycles in Dhaka. Gulshan Link Road, Tejturi Bazar, Mirpur – these places have many bicycle shops. But ‘Banshal Cycle Market’ is the biggest cycle market in Dhaka.

Golden Wheel Bd. Zubair Ahmed said, ‘Bicycle market is very dependent on imports and Bangshal is the major importer there. You will find all the necessary accessories and tools for the maintenance of the farm.

Cafe Cyclist, Bikeshop BD, Cycle Surgery are some of the famous shops in Dhaka that offer various accessories along with bicycles.

A life of cycling

Learning to ride a bicycle doesn’t take long and is easier for adults. Once you start cycling, you can also plan bike tours with friends and family. Around Dhaka there are several spots in Basila, Keraniganj, Mawa Road, Green Model Town, Amulia Model Town, Mirpur which are suitable for cycling.

You can join any cycling community as they regularly organize various weekly events. These communities are a great way to explore, make friends, and improve yourself.

BD Cyclists, Riders 71, North Dhaka Cyclists, South Dhaka Cyclists, Family Cyclists are some active groups.

Remember, cycling is an easy way to save time. But reckless cycling should always be avoided to save time. Bicycle is the lightest vehicle on the road. Therefore, in the event of an accident, the cyclist is the most likely to be injured. So, be safe, cycle safely and always use a helmet.

Translated Fabiha bint Haque

The article is in Bengali

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