I recently purchased the TRIBAN500 FB from Decathlon in Bengaluru after a lot of shopping around, researching, knowledge gathering and tips from cycling enthusiasts.
Triban 500 FB Road Bike
It has an aluminium frame and 21 speeds. The straight handlebars provide a much more comfortable position than on a classic road bike. The bike is designed for occasional road cycling and prioritising comfort.
Storytelling – How did I choose this bike?
One day, I went to Decathlon on Old Madras Road to buy some cycling products. Out of curiosity I walked up to the cycling department to check out their range. I looked at a couple of bikes, asked for the prices and then left. That weekend, I rode 98 Kms i.e. from Bengaluru to Kolar and back on my Firefox Hard Trail Bike which I purchased in May 2012. After riding 70 Kms, I found it extremely difficult to continue my journey. So, I decided to buy a new bike that could ride faster, gives me comfort and making it easier for me to cover long distances. And, quickly started asking a few of my friends who cycle regularly, some cycling enthusiasts and of course researching online.
The very next week, I went to Decathlon on OMR and took a test ride on the Triban 500 and Triban 500FB. I loved both the bikes but felt the later is much more comfortable and of course much more less expensive than the former. The price of the bike was Rs 24,999/- and it was too good to refuse. I did not end up buying it immediately. So, I went to a bike shop in Indiranagar and did a test ride on a couple of bikes which I personally felt were amazing but did not give me the comfort to ride. And, the owner of the bike shop gave me a few tips and suggestions on how to choose a ride bike and what kind of bike would help me cover long distances besides what I already learnt from my research. The owner of the bike store and his colleague even suggested a Road Bike with flat bar handle but the price of Rs 45,000/- was exceeding my budget even though a 0% EMI option was offered. So, I took all the tips and suggestions and went back to Decathlon. Now, I assured myself that the TRIBAN 500 FB was the bike for me.
But unfortunately, they had only the small frame which was not the right size for me ergonomically. I was left even more disappointed after the B TWIN cycle department’s head Mr Arun indicated that there was no stock across the country. I lost hope for 2 days. But, I did not want to accept what he said. So, my intuition told me that one of the branches would definitely have a Medium Frame bike in stock and that I could go and purchase it. The first call I made was to the Mysore Road branch and one Mr Upadhaya, who is the B TWIN department head indicated to me that they do have one piece in stock and that I could purchase it before someone does. I then called up Mr Arun and asked him if he could get it intra-transfer to his outlet so I could then pick it up from him. He phoned me back and said it is not possible unless I pay a delivery charge of Rs 1000/-. I was not willing to pay that so quickly checked online the distance from my home to the outlet. It said 52 kms and that the nearest metro station was Mysore Road. Now, all I had to do was take a metro, go up to the Mysore road Metro station, take a cab and go to Decathlon. The very next day I did that and reached the store. I asked them to assemble it based on my requirements. After that was done, he asked me to take a test ride inside the store. When I was taking a test ride, I skid and fell down but nothing happened to me. I take that as a good sign haha. A lady screamed after I fell down too. Good attention haha!
The 52 kms journey | First ride on the TRIBAN 500 FB
I purchased the bike. It was 9:45pm. There was heavy traffic on the highway road. I strapped on my helmet, wore my gloves and started my journey. I rode 52 kms back home and reached 11:45pm. Beating my own personal record of riding 49 kms in 2.5 hours was fun and amazing. Riding late night on the highway was a nice experience though I have done a similar ride from Madras to Mahaballipuram between 2:30am and 7:00am 4 years ago.
Special thanks to Mr Upadhay for
- giving me a free water bottle after forgetting to bill me for 1/2 bottle while I was exiting the store. I appreciate the security for having overseen this while checking the bill
- cleaning the new bottles with hot water and filling them with cold water for the ride upon my request
Subsequent Rides on the TRIBAN 500 FB Road Bike
My second ride on the bike was for 13 kms and I did it under 25 minutes.
My third ride was for 24.08 kms in 1 hour and 2 minutes with signal breaks of over 6 minutes.
My fastest speed till date and I can't wait to beat this in the coming days. It's just absolutely amazing to compete with myself, experiment with my fitness and mind, and wanting to achieve more slowly without having to worry about anything. My longest cycle ride this year has been 98 kms on a single day and am hoping to beat that soon. I haven't set a target purposely. I want to take one step at a time and keep beating previous personal achievements. My fitness is extremely good and can't wait to keep improving. . . Am so so inspired by amazing cyclists around the world. . . #motivation #cycling #speed #fitness #fitnesslife #menfitness #bike #riding #triban500fb #decathalon #PritishSocial #instahappy #instamoment #happiness #achievement #bangalore #india #cyclinglife #cyclinglove #cyclingtrip #cyclingporn
Second long ride on the TRIBAN 500 FB
On 21 May 2017, I ride 124 kms i.e. from my home to Kolar and back. Upon entering Kolar, I came to know that there is a McDonalds 10 kms from there. So, I rode up to McDonalds so I could eat a burger for lunch and I was very hungry. I carried with me only Rs 100/- for the ride. The burger cost me Rs 42/- inclusive of taxes but since neither of us had change she returned Rs 60/- and also filled my water bottle with cold water.
The moment I entered the food court, Baskin Robbins was on the left and on the glass door was a PAYTM sticker. To confirm, I asked the staff if they accept Paytm and he said yes. By now, I was on cloud 9 because I could eat the burger and the ice-cream.
Riding from Bengaluru to Kolar and back i.e. 124 kms in just 5 hours and 10 minutes was by far my best personal best. It was truly an amazing experience riding this bike and covering such a long distance.
What did I carry along with me for the ride?
- 1.2 litres of water
- Rs 100/-
- A Snickers Chocolate Bar
Photos from cyclists using the TRIBAN 500 FB
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