PANDEMIC SPURS BICYCLE DEMAND IN INDIA, INDUSTRY EXPECTED TO GROW BY 20%

PANDEMIC SPURS BICYCLE DEMAND IN INDIA, INDUSTRY EXPECTED TO GROW BY 20%

India’s bicycle industry is pedalling to a decadal-high demand growth of 20% this fiscal, with sales likely to touch 1.45 crore units compared with 1.2 crore units last fiscal. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has spurred demand for bicycles owing to improving fitness consciousness and leisure requirements, says Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRSIL).

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MONDRAKER BUILTS A CUSTOMIZED BICYCLE FOR RAFAEL NADAL

MONDRAKER BUILTS A CUSTOMIZED BICYCLE FOR RAFAEL NADAL

Ace Tennis Player Rafael Nadal from Spain adds cycling to his fitness routine with a new custom built bicycle. Mondraker, an independent Spanish Brand Specializing in Mountain Bikes said in a press statement ‘The best tennis player our country has ever had and one of the best players in tennis history, Rafael Nadal, will from now on be using a completely personalized Mondraker F-Podium DC RR to aid in his training, disconnect from the intensity of competition and enjoy our sport’.

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CYCLING IN AMSTERDAM ON KINGS DAY

CYCLING IN AMSTERDAM ON KINGS DAY

It is impressive to know that the world’s biggest outdoor birthday party is held on the ‘Kings Day’ in the Netherlands. Kings Day marks the birthday of the King Willem-Alexander and observed as a national holiday on the 27th April.

Celebrations include concerts and special events in public spaces, particularly in Amsterdam. The festivities are organized by local associations called ‘Orange Committees’.

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TOGETHER WE CYCLE – A PERSPECTIVE ON CYCLING IN NETHERLANDS

TOGETHER WE CYCLE – A PERSPECTIVE ON CYCLING IN NETHERLANDS

Together We Cycle is a documentary film written and directed by Gertjan Hulster and produced under his banner Nieuw & Verbeterd production based in Harleem, Netherlands.

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HERO CYCLES TO MAKE 10MN CYCLES A YEAR AT E-CYCLE VALLEY

HERO CYCLES TO MAKE 10MN CYCLES A YEAR AT E-CYCLE VALLEY

Hero Cycles, a 65-year-old Indian cycle manufacturing company has set an ambitious target to become a global leader in E-Cycles. The company launched its much awaited state-of-the-art export oriented manufacturing unit ‘Hero E-Cycle Valley’ via video conferencing on the auspicious day of Baisakhi (New Year). Based in Dhanansu in Ludhiana, the Hero E-Cycle Valley will make 10Mn Cycles a year, with a production of 4 million premium bicycles and E-Cycles, majorly for global consumption.

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THE BICYCLE DIARIES – BOOK REVIEW

THE BICYCLE DIARIES – BOOK REVIEW

‘The Bicycle Diaries’ is a fabulous piece of research work done in tracing the history of India Cycling by a retired journalist couple Anoop Babani and Savia Viegas. Post retirement, the Mumbai duo settled in Goa in 2005 and started pedaling for recreation and soaking in the solitary lanes of Goa. The idea of writing a book struck when Anoop had a tragic fall and was advised rest for several weeks. This period of inactivity turned their attention towards reading. Subsequently, their interest advanced into a deeper investigation on Indian Cycling, thus, ‘The Bicycle Diaries’ was constituted.

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THIRSTY FOUNTAINS IN THE CITY

THIRSTY FOUNTAINS IN THE CITY

During my trip to Paris in 2017, the tour guide in our bus while giving instructions appraised us about the free drinking water facility available in the city. It turned out to be useful information for our group as we went about exploring the places largely on foot and public transport and in between refilled empty bottles from the taps beating the summer heat. Thus, we could conveniently quench our thirst, save money, reuse and reduce plastic waste.

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