My Bike Shop celebrates SG50

MBS Celebrates SG50Singapore’s golden jubilee. 50 years as a nation and we have many things to be thankful for and many things more to hope for in cost effective improved quality of living for all Singaporeans. For us, it begins with good health and well being, body soul and mind.  My Bike Shop Outlets will remain open 7th – 8th Aug and will close from 10th -11th Aug. Why not consider cycling to the bay area to watch fireworks? or explore the island via the NParks Park Connectors? You be amazed how much you get to see doing this.  Some exciting news ahead as we enter Q3- Q4. Enjoy the long weekend! Don’t miss our SG50 specials http://mybikeshopsg.com/promo-shop-news/

We will be ranging Swifty Scooters soon.

Swifty-ScootersSwifty Scooters was founded by husband and wife team, Jason and Camilla Iftakhar in Manchester UK. Their shared passion for design, sport, and two wheels gave birth to Swifty Scooters, where Jason hand built and assembled the original SwiftyONE in their workshop. The feeling of riding a Swifty brought a sunnier vibe to life in the North West (UK) and has been embraced by customers from all four corners of the globe.

GQ Magazine, March 2012 “when traffic is glacial, trains overloaded and exercise time at a premium, kick scooters are an appealing alternative for city commuters.”

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My Bike Shop outlets are pleased to range them when they arrive in Q4 2015. We will be getting demos in by July 2015.

Enjoy the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWybXSXrxas

We are hiring again to meet expansion plans

Hiring againWe have full time positions for:

Store retail assistants – 3 positions
Mechanics – 3 positions

Mon to Sat 12 noon – 730pm, no shift work!

We celebrate and pay for performance when the team achieves. For those MBS doing what we lovewho clear our 2 year program, they become mature capable managers who can run teams, build a sustainable business ( all home grown) and achieve million dollar sales revenues. It’s not about paper qualifications that qualify for these jobs, it is an attitude that one takes ownership of outcomes and results, high EQ, commitment to tasks and understanding business principles that guarantees success.

Email us your interest and background to checkmybikeshop@gmail.com
With a 10 years business record and pay for performance scheme, we are grooming specialists in the Retail area. Singaporeans, SPRs and those who comply with MoM requirements welcome.

Wishing all Christians a Good Friday and Easter season

Dear Customers,

We will be closed on 3rd April 2015, Friday. Business will resume on 5th April 2015, Saturday.

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Why do we call Good Friday “good,” when it is such a dark and bleak event commemorating a day of suffering and death for Jesus? For Christians, Good Friday is a crucial day of the year because it celebrates what we believe to be the most momentous weekend in the history of the world. Ever since Jesus died and was raised, Christians have proclaimed the cross and resurrection of Jesus to be the decisive turning point for all creation. Paul considered it to be “of first importance” that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised to life on the third day, all in accordance with what God had promised all along in the Scriptures.

Found a nice link on this http://www.christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html

New model Focus – 2015 Tern Verge X18

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11034203_1034217773258729_4710745671997929179_nAny premium car marque would have a roadster among its lineup, and in similar fashion, up and coming bicycle maker Tern has made its aspirations clear with the latest addition to its stable – the low-slung, long wheelbase Tern Verge X18. (We managed to snap a shot of the Verge X18 with a Porsche 911.)

First Looks

Like any true blue (pun fully intended) roadster, understatedness is not the Verge X18’s intention. The full aluminium body frame, hydroformed to produce the nice signature curves of the Verge series and polished to a chrome finish, plus the subtle angular slants on the frame surface to base the bright blue accents – the Verge X18 is designed to be flashy. The aluminium weld joints have also been sanded down to give a clean look and enhance the chrome visual. But it’s not all looks, “Looking under the hood”, you see the new wheelsets based on the Kinetic Comp X, an ultra-strong 20″ aero wheels, and you feel it the moment you push off. The Verge X18 delivers a complete road bike experience in a bike that fits under your desk.

The Ride

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Back to the first point why a roadster analogy was used, because when you climb into the seat of the Verge X18, you know this is a bike designed to perform like a road bike. With a shorter Physis 3D handlepost than currently available in other models of the Verge series, you get into a very aerodynamic position that you can find similar in a full-sized road bike. The low-slung Verge frame and 406-sized wheels gets you real close to the ground and you can literally see the ground rushing at you when you sprint. Sweet!

Tern has worked with sister companies to get custom-built Syntace VRO

VX18 Shimano SORA  Shifters47 stem and Kinetix Pro X drop bars, resulting not only do you get a very neat package of a folding road bike, you also get comfort both in body and mind that you are riding a bike that is fitted for its purpose. A Kore road performance saddle rounds up the cockpit, making sure you are comfortable and well-fitted.

The crankset does not disappoint – FSA Gossamer crank, chain and bottom bracket, for a stiff setup in the pedals department for a very solid power transfer from the legs to the wheels.10560482_822046621166486_3590908039994905879_o

Shifting is done via a Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur which is very satisfying when you make the crisp and efficient gear changes. The choice of Shimano Sora front derailleur and STI brake levers though, was somewhat surprising. Maybe this is due to it being Tern’s first production of a drop bar model and they were trying to keep the bike to a reasonable specification, or perhaps it is a sign of a higher-spec model in the foreseeable future?10841844_822046584499823_2501962292190747383_o

Sprinter
This writer comfortably did 35 km/h during the test ride, and without maxing out the Shimano Capreo cassette, so your “engine” willing, the 9-tooth sprocket would easily clear the 40km/h barrier without breaking a sweat, and 10986856_822046574499824_3411678239148816792_nmaybe challenge the 50km/h barrier? On a foldie? All these thanks to the stiff frame construction, which did not flex nor creak at all when pushed. This really gives confidence to ride to the heart’s content. Front chainrings : 53/39T with Shimano Capreo, 9-26T, 9 spd delivers the range and the use of the FSA BB386, its pedal to the metal.

And you know you can only sprint as much as you can brake safely. The braking department is supported by Kinetix Pro X caliper brakes (yes…. custom-built).

Aero Wheels
10856447_822046701166478_7273274081841226316_oYou know the feeling – you take your road bike onto the pavement or park connector, and you can’t negotiate the narrow turns or tight spaces without doing a balancing act to avoid falling over. The Verge X18 gives you none of that, with an agility that clears narrow spaces, thanks to its 406-sized wheels. And the aero rims, also custom-built (*yawn*) by Kinetix for Tern, are not just for looks (although it could fully serve its function just on aesthetics). Together with 10446290_822046631166485_2524728074410218715_othe Sapim CX-Wing bladed spokes to really cut the wind and give you that added speed, the high-profile rims also absorb a lot of the road vibrations and gives good suspension, which makes for a really comfortable ride whether at high or low speeds.

Downsides
Let’s touch on the downsides to this compact beauty before we conclude this review. The use of Shimano Capreo cassette means that it can only be paired with Capreo hub. The compact frame and calliper brakes means that the maximum wheel size is Etrto-406 and cannot fit on 451-sized wheelset. So there is a limit on upgrade options. But then again, you wouldn’t use a 9-tooth sprocket on a 451-sized wheel.

And after the generous use of the phrase “custom-built” in preceding paragraphs, yes, the price does not come cheap for this model, with a MSRP of SGD$3,200.

Conclusion
A light and compact bicycle that performs whether high or low speeds, road or pavement. And with the looks to match its performance. If price does not pose an issue to you, go get it!

The Tern Verge X18 is now available at both our outlets. Try it, it sets the new benchmark for road specs foldable bikes!

New model focus – 2015 MITCycle V8

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We are doing a series of new models focus. We are starting this year with the MITCycle V8.  When you see the MITCycle V8 in its folded position, the first thought that would likely strike you would be how compact the fold is – think how much (or little) storage footprint it occupies. This translates to ease of storage at home or when you have to carry the bike around, whether in the car boot or on public transport. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The next thing that would leave an impression is the weight of the bicycle – at 11.8 kg, the MITCycle V8 is the lightest bike in its class. It is really going to be a breeze whether to carry the folded bike into the house for storage (although you can also easily roll it around in the half-folded position), or to lift it into the car boot or up the bus.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAUpon unfolding, be pleasantly impressed:

  • Seatpost with dual screw adjustments for that sweet spot.
  • Internal cable routing so there was no OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmessy or loose cables that would have affected the thin and clean look of the bike frame
  • Open gear system! Means not only that the gearset is easily upgradable, it also means the manufacturer can put popular Shimano and SRAM hubs than more expensive internal hub options. This brings down the overall bicycle cost significantly – a design coup by the manufacturer.

Freewheel design and open gear system is possible on the MITCycle V8 due to the use of a tensioner by the manufacturer – this keeps the rear derailleur in place. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Ride experience:

  • Choice of aluminum for the bike frame means a very light and rigid ride. There was no flex in the frame and really inspires the confidence to push and ride hard if desired.
  • 8-speed gives all the gears you would need, plus enough on tap to accelerate or pick up the pace
  • The result is a very lively ride, not your speed demon but handles well for sharp turns and quick zips

You can expect to ride comfortably at a speed of 10-15 km/h on the bicycle lane. With an upright riding position, this bike is great for either daily commute or leisure riding on our park connector networks to take in the scenery.10940432_814154435289038_9009349125957094460_n10487583_814154541955694_4761742458652100530_n   If there was any limitation on the bike, it would be that it is more suited for OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAriders 1.7m or below.  This writer at the height of 1.75m, found himself stooping  at the seat. Also, the short wheelbase and tall seat position means no aerodynamic riding position, so this would not be a bike you are looking for if you are after a sporty ride! The MITCycle V8 is available exclusively at My BikeShop and My Bike Shop Too!

Olive Brown, Matt Black and Gunmetal Silver @ S$1099.

The My Bike Shop bike support program – MBS Tuneups

My Bike Shop – Entering our 10th year – new bike support policy – MBS Tuneups

10 years

My Bike Shop (MBS) values your patronage and support that has enabled us a decade in the business of folding bikes. A folding bike purchased from us can be used well and for a long time as we stand by the quality of the brands of folding bikes that we range.

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We have achieve a significant milestone dealing in folding bikes, thanks to everyone who made this happen! Buying from a local bike establishment means your bikes will have a support plan and the establishment is around to help you keep your bike at tip top shape for ride safety. As labour costs rise and labour is tight, we have been working towards ensuring our customers get the necessary bike support/services so we needed time to build this up.

It’s not getting easier and it alot goes behind the scenes to ensure that we have the necessary bike range supply, parts supply and knowledge and trained staff, but we sat down and we are going for it!

Picture1 (2)We are pleased to launch My Bike Shop – MBS Tuneups.  If you discover a manufacturing defect that is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, we will contact the manufacturer/distributor, and perform all replacement labour for free during the first 2 years of purchase. Shipping charges and local delivery charges may apply.

2 years

We stand by our effort and commitment to our products. We give every new bike a full tuneup during assembly including truing, and every bike we sell is eligible for a full year of free tuning to keep your bike running well. This is applicable for all bikes purchased since 1st Jan 2014.

What is covered in MBS Tuneups :

• Original parts on folding bike purchased at MBS, owned by the first owner.
park tools• We carry out one about a month after you buy the bike*, and another any time you need it within the year.
• Covers brake and derailleur adjustments, hub, bottom bracket and headset adjustment
• Tighten any loose nuts and bolts.
• Any adjustments covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.tube
Free 2 years inner tube replacement for 2 years from date of ownership for first owner based on original tire profile, subject to a maximum 12 inner tubes a year
• Must be booked via our online booking system Monday to Friday
Proof of ownership will be original invoice and warranty card matching owner registration and loyalty card*

What is NOT included:
• Crash damage or user neglect or use outside the manufacturer’s recommended use
• Non-original parts and accessories.
• Labour cost to install new parts and accessories (except for brake pads and chains).
• Tire replacement due to road damage or neglect.
• User maintenance such as lubricating the chain and parts and proper tire inflation. But we’ll be happy to show you how to do these yourself.

*Why do we recommend a one month tuneup?
Every bike in the world experiences a mechanical run-in period. This means that the moving parts wear against each other and produce that last bit of adjustment before they settle into a stable relationship and fit for the rest of their working life. The length of the run-in period depends on extent of use, but is usually a month after the first use. This means the cables stretch, the wheels will need truing one more time, and bolts may vibrate loose. A tuneup shortly after the run-in period means you keep the mechanical parts in a good fit and avoid possible problems in the longer term.

Interesting facts about the number 10

Stumbled onto some old images of Singapore’s coins but ten cents have always been a coin denomination that is useful. Gone are the days when 5 cents was used for pricing  of items and goods, its typically ending with 99 cents.

However 10 is always a significant milestone. Count to 10. Get me 10 kilos of rice, sugar, powder etc. What is a nice sum of money? – 10 million, 10 billion dollars, pile-of-money-wallpaperwindows-10-desktop_storyWindows 10? LoL

Ten is a composite number, its proper divisors being 1, 2 and 5. Ten is the smallest noncototient, a number that cannot be expressed as the difference between any integer and the total number of coprimes below it.

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Ten is the second discrete semiprime (2.5) and the second member of the (2.q) discrete semiprime family. Ten has an aliquot sum σ(n) of 8 and is accordingly the first discrete semiprime to be in deficit. All subsequent discrete semiprimes are in deficit. The aliquot sequence for 10 comprises five members (10,8,7,1,0) with this number being the second composite member of the 7-aliquot tree.

Ten is the smallest semiprime that is the sum of all the distinct prime numbers from its lower factor through its higher factor (10 = 2 + 3 + 5 = 2 . 5) Only three other small semiprimes (39, 155, and 371) share this attribute.
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Ten is the sum of the first three prime numbers, of the four first numbers (1 + 2 + 3 + 4), of the square of the two first odd numbers and also of the first four factorials (0! + 1! + 2! + 3!). Ten is the eighth Perrin number, preceded in the sequence by 5, 5, 7.

A polygon with ten sides is a decagon, and 10 is a decagonal number. Because 10 is the product of a power of 2 (namely 21) with nothing but distinct Fermat primes
Ten is the smallest number whose status as a possible friendly number is unknown.

Ten is also known as a Decade and we have something planned soon. Watch this space.