Hero Thunder Racer

Almost a year since I bought the Hero Thunder Racer its time to write about this road bike. In this one year though there is some sound that comes from pedal which I am still living with.
I have done very few maintenance like gear adjustment, never done oiling or cleaning with kerosene. Only thing I make sure is to fill air in tyres properly. For filling air I use the pump (manual pumping) at the cycle shop nearby or use the foot pump at home. I have not changed the break shoes yet.
Yes, the seat tube is short compared to other imported cycles. The probable reason for this could be the average height of Indians. For me it looks perfect.
The first major event that I went for on this cycle was duathlon 2009. I was able to pedal faster than most other cycles.
I did few short rides after this and travelling to office. It looked all perfect that I recommended this cycle to my friend and who used the same for Tour of Nilgiris. When he told me how the cycle survived all kinds of stretches during the tour I was more impressed with it.
Later on in the past few months I have doing few 50kms+ rides and cycle was still standing fit.

What inspired me to write this post is not that. Yesterday, I did about 75kms of cycling with few more friends. A ride to Chikka Tirupathi. There are quite a few stretches where there are no roads. Only rocks and mud. To test my cycle further I rode at good speed on all these rocks. Yes, if the tyre had burst would have been an issue. But then nothing untoward happened. Racer just kept going and going, how much ever I kept hitting the sharp edged rocks and stones. Enroute we also checked the BBCh race trail. Again mud no issues. There is no bend in the frame. The pedal noise is still there and cycle has learnt to live with it.
At the end of the ride I was happy that cycle withstood every test i did on it. The more I ride it the more am feeling happy with it and falling in love with it. Am looking for more rides on this road bike and maybe win some race in time to come. 😉
All said and done, Indian made cycles looks like they are specially made for Indian road conditions.
Infact today another friend of mine is buying same model. Hopefully he would join me in rides for further testing.

Overheard conversations

Incident 1:
A girl was walking few steps ahead of me. On the mobile and laughing. Suddenly her voice changes and she shouts “Why are you laughing (pause) Stop laughing”.
Madam few seconds back you were laughing why sudden change of mood?

Incident 2:
Girl: Kum volvo me jayange
Guy: Haan Haan

Hello, BMTC has very good bus services and very good buses. Why only volvo?

Sign boards

Sign boards are meant to convey directions or messages to people. A sign board like this, what does it convey? The straight direction is indicated to lead to Whitefield. From where should one take this direction? Straight if one heads to leads into Radha Hometel.

Does the board make any sense? This is found near exit gate of RMZ NXT Building, Whitefield.

Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaya (Tamil) – Movie Review

Before the review, lessons learnt from this movie.
1. If you are a guy and like a girl, be dedicated and sincere. Returns would be there.
2. Humour & fun moments fill romance part of life initially. When reality strikes sorrow is definite.
3. Break-up in first love is always a difficult part.
4. Whatever happens where ever you go, memories and butterflies of first love will remain. Sparks fill fly at any given instance.
5. Girls move on after a break-up. They try to adjust to new life.
6. Guys always hope for slim chance that the girl will come back.

A simple love story from Gautham Menon. Simbu as Karthik and Trisha as Jessie fall in love with one another. Karthik is a Hindu while Jessie is Christian. Jessie always has the fear that her dad would be against their love. She even goes to stop her wedding on the day of marriage as she still wants Karthik. Turn of events they seperate and go on different ways. Karthik becomes a director as was his dream. She moves to America. While shooting his movie he meets Jessie again. Whether they join again or not? In typical movie they will join together as Karthik’s movie titled Jessie. But in real life it does not happen is what Gautham Menon goes on to prove. Its not always, alls well that ends well.
They are some dry moments in the second half. Made up by the climax. Just be patient enough.
Background score by AR Rehman is good at few places otherwise nothing much to notice. Songs of course stand out.
Camera work is amazing especially for the song “Omane penne”.

A movie worth watching. Repetitive audience am not sure.