One can make a beginning in an area,
which does not initially require much exertion. The Terai
forests along the foothills of Nainital give one an
introduction to the pleasures of cycling and yet do not unduly
tax your physical capabilities. One can start from Thakurdwara
and cycle on to Ramnagar on the outskirts of Corbett Park .
From there, a scenically attractive road runs through
Kaladhungi, once home of Jim Corbett on to Haldwani. Along the
way, there are numerous side roads, which you can take to
explore the interior of the Sal and Teak forests that run
alongside the road.
You need to be fit as Indian
trails tend to be narrower, steeper, with sharper turns, and
with unavoidable obstacles such as rocks, roots, and water
bars. Sometimes they are built along the sides of steep slopes
with varying amounts of exposure. Generally, go slower on
narrow single tracks than you ordinarily would -- until you
get used to steering down such a confining course. Obstacles
pose a special problem... To get over a root or water bar or
rock, approach it from a right angle, compress the front of
the bike just before hitting it, and pull up with your arms as
you reach it.
Know your equipment, your
ability, and the area in which you are riding and prepare
accordingly. Be self-sufficient at all times. Wear a helmet,
keep your machine in good condition, and carry necessary
supplies for changes in weather or other conditions.