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Interview with Leena Deshmane – Avid Chembur Cyclist

Today, people are in search of health and happiness. And what better way than buying a bicycle when it comes to achieving both. Recently, we got in touch with Leena Deshmane, an avid cyclist from Chembur who has fallen in love with cycling. She’s a full-time housewife who loves her family and takes tuitions of school going kids as well.

In her free time, Leena prefers exploring the city on her bicycle, meet new cyclists and of course, relish some mouth-watering breakfast. When Leena started cycling, she could maintain an average of 15 km/hr but today, she easily rides at an average of 23km/hour.

Read her Interview to get more insights into her cycling life:-

After marriage, you would be expected to settle down, which indirectly translates to – give up your career and take care of your husband and kids.

Luckily, I married a very understanding and supporting man because of him I can manage everything. Taking care of my 2 kids. Loving my hobbies. Everything is possible only because of him. A big thanks to him.

Cycling and trekking is my passion and people with great passion can make the impossible happen.

1. What got you into cycling?

A. Initially, I choose cycling for fun and to explore new places in Mumbai. Inspired and motivated by my friends Pooja Jhaveri and Shreyas Sawant.

2. Did your family support you when you wanted to start cycling?

A. Of course. My family encouraged & supported me.

3. What is that one thing that you cannot leave home without?

A. Off course my cycle… I love to travel with my cycle wherever its possible.

4. How do you manage to find time for cycling and take care of everything else?

A. As I am a housewife, it’s little difficult for me to go on a ride on daily basis because of my other commitments towards my kids and house chores. Still, I try to get time to go on a ride on weekends and on vacations.

5. What’s the favourite part that you love about cycling?

A. Because of cycling I explored so many new places and met many new cyclist friends. Cycling makes me more energetic.

6.Do you cycle solo or in a group? What do you like more?

A. I like to cycle in a group. Its a fun to ride with a group and it is safe too.

7. What does a perfect cycling day look like for you?

A. Getting up at 5 am. Going for a long ride to SOBO with my Cyclist friends. While returning having a yummy breakfast at our favourite places.

8. If you get a chance to go cycling abroad, which country would it be and why?

A. Many more places, in fact, I would like to take my cycle wherever I will travel for a vacation.

9. How has cycling changed your life? Has it taught you anything?

A. Taking up cycling was one of my best decisions. Whether I choose to hop on a cycle for health reasons, to help the environment, try a new activity, cycling is a ton of fun.

10. Do you have any cycling advice for women who would want to get on a bicycle?

A. Cycling is one of the most rewarding sportswomen can do—no matter your age or activity level. Cycling is a very sociable sport – and sometimes it’s hard to get active and follow a training plan on your own, so use the sociable side to your advantage. If you’ve arranged to meet up with friends to go for a cycle ride, you have a commitment to go and meet them.


Special Thanks to Shreyas Sawant and Leena Deshmane

Written By

Abhishek Tarfe is a Certified Bike Mechanic from Park Tool School. He enjoys teaching people how to cycle and loves going on multi-day tours. Besides, he loves dogs and coffee. Follow his madness on Instagram

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