Thursday, February 26, 2009

D. Raghuram - Videos


People are becoming more health and environment conscious, but that doesn't often translate into healthy habits like cycling

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Many a time we choose to get stuck in a traffic jam, even where a brisk walk or cycling would have conserved time and resources

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Bicycle exercises the largest muscle in the body (lower thigh), and thus burns calories, improves circulation and also de-stresses

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Owning up the responsibility to be healthy is better than outsourcing our healthcare, as if our ill-health is somebody else's problem

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Increasing urbanisation is not contributing to cycle industry's growth, but two-wheeler is more popular because of easy financing and perceived convenience

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First taste of freedom for most children is the cycle, but the challenge is to sustain interest in cycling, which is competing with other distractions like computer games


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Dynamo sales have declined, though we find innovative uses of cycle dynamos

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Cyclist is unfortunately seen as nuisance and with disdain, and is not recognised as deserving space on roads

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Enough technology has come into today's cycle to make it safer, faster and more comfortable

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Weight of cycle has reduced from 22 kg about 50 years ago, to 6 kg now, with the use of alternative materials

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Security of cycles with fork lock, and 'quick-release' to make them theft-proof

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Nearly 90 per cent of 12 million cycles sold are bought by males, and a hurdle to popularise cycles for girls is in teaching them cycling

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In moderation, cycling offers benefits, with no side-effects, and it can be safer than walking

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Options for using cycle indoors, with results better than treadmill

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Gadgets are available to give feedback to cyclist about fitness parameters

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If Nike shoes can talk to Apple iPods, can cycles talk to telecom towers

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Group cycling activities by IT staff

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Are cycle companies eligible for carbon credit

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Can cycle-banks help people convert manual energy to monetisable power

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Will locality-based events encourage cycling in the neighbourhood

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Maintenance a big gap, so much so that many cycles are kept abandoned even for want of air in tires

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Trade-in of old cycles at dealer points for new cycles

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How about assessing the fitness level of a school by looking at the proportion of cycle usage by students

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Technology advancements in cycle tube and tire

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Does technology growth in cycle industry lead to lower price

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Training of cycle mechanics to ensure uniformity in the final product, and also retail initiative to improve perceived quality

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Fascinating experiment to foster entrepreneurship among rural women, along with Hand in Hand

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We are in the process of putting up a racecourse for cyclists

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Wish new models of cycles get media coverage, as much as automobiles get

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For rural consumers, cycle is a high-involvement purchase because of its role in economic activity

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Facilitating cycle use in cities, as in Paris, London

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