Global warming, reducing our carbon footprint and liveable cities

Hi everyone, it’s been a long time since we wrote a blog entry that touched a number of interest topics. We have hit some milestones – more people take up cycling for various reasons – for commuting, for recreation and most importantly for most – improving one’s health. There has been in an increased in the level of focus internationally and locally at various levels and we thought we share some of the key ones that would interest you. I heard on the radio that our earth temperature has risen 2°C which is a cause for concern as images suggest that the ice cap that reflect teh Sun’s UV and heat is shrinking due to Co2 and temperature rise.

news-graphics-2007_1035780aFacilitating more cycling opportunities can reduce carbon footprint which is the number reasons the world is warming up. From WWFAs global warming tightens its grip, the effects are being felt from the highest mountain peaks to the depths of the oceans. In just the last few years there are numerous examples of how this is affecting people and nature all over the world.

• Global warming is melting glaciers in every region of the world, putting millions of people at risk from floods, droughts and lack of drinking water.
• Arctic sea ice reached its second lowest recorded level during the melt season of 2008. The lowest level, since satellites measurements began in 1979, was 2007.
• 2003, Scotland’s hottest year on record, saw hundreds of adult salmon die in Scotland’s famous fisheries, as rivers became too warm for salmon to be able to extract enough oxygen from the water.
• Coral reefs around the world have been severely damaged by unusually warm ocean temperatures. The Caribbean saw its warmest ever ocean temperatures in 2005, combined with the worst coral bleaching ever. At the current rate of degradation, the entire Great Barrier Reef could be dead within a human lifetime.
• Cities like Athens, Chicago, Milan, New Delhi and Paris have sweltered under heatwaves. The 2003 summer heatwave in Europe killed 14,800 people in France alone, according to official figures released in September 2003. The French National Institute for Health and Medical Research said that the death rate was on average 60% higher than usual.
• Summer temperatures in European capitals have increased by up to 2°C over the last 30 years, a WWF report showed.
• Rising sea levels threaten entire nations on low-lying islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

 

On the local fCLCront, the CLC (Centre for Liveable Cities, Singapore)  have a 55 page document on how we can make Singapore a more liveable city and cycling is a big part of this movement as we learn from the best in the world . The CLC has published a very comprehensive ULI-Singapore-Video-780x439-300x168document,

The report brings together best practices in active mobility from cities around the world including Amsterdam, New York, Seoul, Copenhagen and Taipei, but specifically addresses the challenges which Singapore faces as a tropical city. The result is a report whose findings will inform future active mobility programs in Singapore, and will act as valuable guidance.  Some extracts from the report:

While many of the more liveable cities with high active mobility today are in temperate regions, tropical climates can easily support active travel in tropical cities too. Leading walking and cycling cities such as Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, and Copenhagen in Denmark had concerns that their cold climates could not support active transport modes when promotion efforts for active mobility were first initiated, but climate was found to be neither a “deal-breaker” nor a definite “clincher”. Singapore, a high-density city in the tropics, is a potential location for the demonstration of forward-looking ideas for walkable and bikeable environments in tropical climes. This can be achieved through appropriate design measures to address the heat and humidity, and providing adequate end-of-trip amenities such as showers and drop-and-go laundries.

MND imageOn the local front, plenty of active discussions but the MND has taken a lead to understand and make changes that benefits all pedestrians and users of our infrastructure. In a blog entry by National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan; 4-wheels-good-2-wheels-and-2-feet-even-better, he shares his thoughts:

But we are not perfect. In fact, some cities, like Amsterdam and Copenhagen, have raised active mobility to a higher level. Walking and cycling as modes of transport have been honed to be the normal way of life. In these cities, they make up more than half of the modes of transport… Bench-marked against them, we are way behind. Cycling merely makes up 1-2% of our transport modes here. We must now go beyond cycling for recreation. We want it to be a viable transport option for short trips to the supermarket, coffee shop, hawker centre or the nearest MRT station. To do so, we must make such trips safe and pleasant.

Thanks Minister Khaw for encouraging the authorities under your care.

Added on 6 Nov – More comments from MPs –

Ms Irene Ng: https://www.facebook.com/msireneng/posts/874845759200696  

Dr Faishal’s comments and reply : http://www.mot.gov.sg/News-Centre/News/2014/Oral-Reply-By-Associate-Professor-Muhammad-Faishal-Ibrahim,-Parliamentary-Secretary-For-Health-And-Transport-On-Developing-A-National-Integrated-Cycling-Strategy-And-Policy-Framework/

Not to mention the Green Corridor – In The Green Corridor proposal, NSS refers to the Railway Lands as several plots of land, at Tanjong Pagar, Kranji, Woodlands and Bukit Timah, The-Green-Corridor-3the two main lines of track, the Woodlands – Tanjong Pagar and Jurong lines and other small disconnected stretches. The combined area for the Railway Land is 173.7 hectares, almost three times the size of the Botanical Gardens (63.7 hectares), and 0.24% the land mass of Singapore.

Its great that we are preserving very much its form, a stretch of green “lung” within our city state that has immense potential to brighten up our lives recreationally and even encourage cycling as a viable mode of transport to connect dwellers in the Kranji Woodlands area to the City. Go support, share and enjoy the corridor.

Several folding bike brands have started to work with train operators and big events but Tern and Dahon lead the way here :

Tern Links Public Transport and Folding BikesHVV Klapprad in 10 major German Cities and Regions. Urban bike maker expands roster of transit authority partners to cover over 30% of nearly 10 billion annual passengers in VRN Verkehrsprojekt (1)Germany.

Turning bicycle advocacy into progressive public policy is close to the heart of our brand,” said Josh Hon, Tern Team Captain. “We are amazed how quickly this program has spread and look forward to helping more people understand and take advantage of multi-modal transportation systems.

 

For Dahon, the Dahon campaign asks people to take an online pledge to change their mobility habits and join the worldwide fight against carbon emissions. Dr. David Hon, CEO and Founder of Dahon states, This campaign is designed to encourage everyone to make a change, whether that’s carpooling to work, replacing the car with public transportation or choosing to bike more often. Every conscious decision to reduce carbon emissions helps and with enough support, we can make a huge difference.

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While we have seen a more receptive consumer buyers and adopters of folding bikes. The increased number of cyclists everywhere fuels Singapore’s National Cycling Plan that envisions a cycling network of 700km by 2030, cycling networks that include intra town and inter town networks linking all the 26 HDB towns so you can cycle from your homes to neighbourhood centres and MRT stations.car free sundays jkt

In Jakarta, they have a car free day  Sundays that create a very family/carnival atmosphere for citizens in Jakarta.  Jakarta is one of the most congested cities in the world with a limited number of parks and green areas. Yet there is a ray of hope with the introduction of car free days. The result has been clear and quick in coming. The sun has broken through the grey clouds that are too often a signature of the city and the streets are now filled with runners, families, mini football teams and cyclists.

The next 15 years is going to see improved infrastructure to encourage a lower carbon footprint mode of transportation for sure.  Let’s support as many of these initiatives that encourage healthier lifestyle through mobility. I like the approach that we encourage through better facilities and infrastructure by the government and taking baby steps is good to ensure we get inputs from everyone.   I hear that is that there is talk about closing parts of City roads on Sundays and we hope it’s Shenton Way – Marina financial district.   :)

Let’s show our positive support if that happens in Singapore. When its a carnival, you will encourage baskers, pop up kiosks, small enterprises to sell their wares and I am sure Singaporeans know how to have fun too. A Singapore Mardi gras?

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New Stock of Tern bicycles have arrived at our outlets

MBS OctTern Joe C21 Black/Orange – $699
Tern Joe C21 White/Black – $699
Tern Link B7 White/Red – $499
Tern Link B7 White/Blue – $499
Tern Link B7 Black/Blue – $499
Tern Link B7 Black/Green – $499
Tern Link D8 Black/Grey/pink – $799
Tern Link D8 White/Grey/blue – $799
Tern Link D8 Black/Red/grey – $799

 

And of course we hold stock of the Link D8 White/Red and Black/Grey S$799

Divali is now on the 22 Oct 2014

Dear all, as per MoM announcement, Divali public holiday is now set on the 22 Oct 2014 which falls on a Wednesday. My Bike Shop outlets will be closed on the 22 Oct 2014. Normal shop hours will resume on the Thursday 23 oct 2014. We wish all our Indian customers a happy Divali.

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Revised shop hours, 12 noon – 7:30pm effective from 18 Oct 2014

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Hi everyone, we had a chance to sit down with staff and also to hear from them their wishlist(s) and majority feedback – they would prefer an earlier closure time to allow them to grab an earlier dinner and also to spend time with loved ones. For the hardworking staff and their families, we just simply cannot say no.   And as we enter our 10th year helping all of you discover the joy of cycling and owning a foldable bike, we like to say a big thanks and understanding for the 30 minutes adjustment. So from 18 Oct Shop hours will be 12 noon to 730 PM

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Shore bags from Thailand – casual and stylish, designed for the cyclists

We are happy to range the growing popular Shore Bags in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Designed with style in mind, the designers of Shore Bags from Thailand inject a flair of adventure and style to bike bags that we know today. Currently they have the Brighton Classic series and they come in 6 colours. Brighton Classic series

Water resistantThe bags are made from waxed canvas and leather. With high capacity within the bag design, this bag will contain all your needs. Designed with the cyclist in mind, it will fit cyclist’s use. Smartphones, tablets, cameras – this bag is made to protect your valued gadgets. The bag construction is made to weather good protection via the soft and water resistance materials. So you could be sure that your stuff will be safe even in inclement weather.
This shore bag is designed to straps onto the loops on the back of saddles like Brooks, Berthoud, Rivet and Selle Anatomica. It will fit other saddles with additional loop adapter.

 

 

 

 

Shore bag on Road bike

The Brighton bags -Measurements: 30cm (Length) x18cm (Height) x15cm (Width) 9 litres (Approx.) 750grams
• Available in 6 colors, black, dark brown, light brown, light grey blue, Mustard yellow, Green
• Adjustable long strap is provided, so it can be also used as a shoulder bag for everyday use, or anytime you want to take a walk with Shore bag
• Safe side pocket, with zip top closure, this is smart solution to keep all item safely. Eg mobile phone, car key, wallet, etc… 4cm (Length) x10cm (Height) x15cm (Width)
• Convenient side pocket, great solution for frequently used items, such as mobile phone, note, coins, pen, flashlight, etc…4cm (L) x10cm (Height) x15cm (Width)
• Safe front pocket, with zip top closure 22cm (Length) x10cm (Height) x4cm(Width)
• Camera bag insert, perfect way taking camera with you everywhere you ride. Fit with compact and mirrorless camera 8cm (Length) x13cm (Height) x13cm (Width)
• Rear Tablet slot, It fits the iPad and 10-inch tablet. Best fit with iPad mini and 8-inch tablet
• At the bottom, elastic rope is designed to take stuff like portable mini pump, camera tripod, even shoe
• This bag could also be strapped onto the handlebar.
• Saddle loops required for non Brooks saddle

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Caution – Fraudulent site and persons representing My Bike Shop SG business

Fraud Alert

Dear all, it has been brought to our attention that person(s) and parties have misrepresented themselves as My Bike Shop SG outlets,  impersonated staff emails and even owners of the business. They have been found using unauthorised use of names, logos and images of our branches. We like to highlight that the brands of bike brands that we sell  are found on authorised web/blog pages  www.mybikeshop.com.sg or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MyBikeShop.

My Bike Shop Outlets are  GST registered and ACRA listed. Please check before you complete any purchase and do not provide credit card details or personal details online. If in doubt, please call us at 67757133 or 66941750 or email us at checkmybikeshop@gmail.com so it is recommended that you check before releasing personal details and credit card information to the site.

The relevant authorities have been alerted but we have been advised to post up an alert. The illegal site has been closed down and if you do find any of such phishing and fraud sites, please notify us at checkmybikeshop@gmail.com

 

A focus on Kali Helmets – yes we are ranging them along with other brands

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CHAKRA™ Meaning: Hidden Power

Bringing the immortal power of the CHAKRA™ Helmet to market has long been the dream of Kali Protectives. The possibility of featuring an ultra lightweight polycarbonate shell and an EPS liner bonded together with patented COMPOSITE FUSION™ technology at a reasonable price point. For Adults and kids

The PLUS version includes all the advantages of the CHAKRA™ helmet along enhanced graphics and fit-adjustment system, plus a lower polycarbonate wrap for long lasting durability.

AVITA™ PC Meaning: To be protected

The AVITA™ Helmet utilizes patented COMPOSITE FUSION™ technology to capture the best features of polycarbonate materials. Weighing in at just 300 grams, the AVITA™ kali-protectives-composite-fusionhelmet provides the new reference in lightweight, full-featured and expanded coverage mountain biking helmets.

AMARA™ Meaning:Immortal

Borrowing from its Sanskrit name meaning Immortal, the AMARA™ Helmet is one great all-mountain helmet. Featuring an ultra lightweight polycarbonate shell and an EPS liner bonded together with patented COMPOSITE FUSION™ technology, the AMARA™ Helmet is sure to fill your all-mountain needs.

AVANA™ Meaning: To be protected

The AVANA Helmet utilizes patented COMPOSITE FUSION PLUS technology to capture the best features of CARBON FIBER and polycarbonate materials. Based on the core of the AVITA helmet, the AVANA adds deeper EPS protection in the back of the helmet while also enhancing the overall fit and comfort you’ve grown to love

MARAKA™ XC Meaning: Killer 

The MARAKA™ Helmet introduces patented COMPOSITE FUSION™ PLUS technology into the high speed Cross Country racing category. In addition to these geometric shapes of softer foam next to the rider’s head, the MARAKA™ also introduces SUPERVENT™ technology, providing a critical reinforcement to each helmet’s venting structure in case of helmet impact. Lastly, the introduction of the BUMPER FIT™ SYSTEM assures a precise fit with special pads designed out of an absorbent cross-linked polymer material to both hold your head in place as well as absorb shock on impacts.

Weighing in at just 300 grams, the MARAKA™ helmet provides the new reference in full-featured, lightweight cross-country cycling helmets designed specifically for the type of impacts cyclists encounter with higher speeds. Yes, we were thinking of 29’er racing!

LOKA™ Meaning: Everything Not here yet.

The LOKA™ is Kali’s introductory level road helmet, still featuring many of our top end technological advancements. Such features include COMPOSITE FUSION™ PLUS technology, which combines the benefits of COMPOSITE FUSION™ (EPS foam molded directly into the rigid helmet shell, eliminating gaps between shell and EPS) with a layer of pyramidal EPS cones within the cross-section of the EPS liner.

LOKA™ follows the Kali model of including industry leading technologies and features at each price point.Loka

SAVARA™ Meaning: Hellhound

Tough to beat, the KALI SAVARA™ helmet sets the pace for introductory level full-face downhill helmet protection.

IMG_8132aThe Technology

The purpose of a helmet is to absorb the energy of an impact to minimize or prevent a head injury. A helmet does this by transferring the energy to the foam, which crushes as it absorbs the impact. However, the way in which a helmet is constructed can play an important role in how the helmet absorbs the energy.

There are basically two ways that most companies construct a helmet. The traditional construction of full-face and skate-style helmets features impact foam glued to a hard outer shell. The other common way, which is typically used in cross-country-style helmets, has the foam molded directly to the hard exterior shell and is commonly referred to as in-molding.

Using an advanced form of in-molding, Kali has developed two designs that effectively disperse impact energy better than a traditional full-face helmet, which allows them to offer the same or better protection as other helmets in a lighter package. The secret is in their patented manufacturing technique and tooling; Kali is the first company to figure out how to produce the full outside shell of a full-face and then to have the EPS injected inside that formed shell. Here’s a quick overview of a traditional full-face helmet construction compared to Kali’s COMPOSITE FUSION and COMPOSITE FUSION Plus technology:

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G-Force Scale

Based on thousands of actual test results, this G-Force Scale demonstrates how impact force is registered and dissipated as the helmet takes impact. As you can see by the illustration, different types of helmet construction and materials absorb and dissipate impact energy differently.

Traditional As a traditional helmet absorbs the force of an impact, the transition from the hard shell to the foam is highlighted by a dip in the impact energy being absorbed (as the shell breaks down). This is not only inefficient, but can allow the energy to slightly magnify rather than continue dissipating.

COMPOSITE FUSION™ The way in which a COMPOSITE FUSION helmet absorbs the energy of an impact is much more fluid and effective than a traditional helmet. The smooth curve provides constant impact dissipation through the super tight shell/foam connection, reducing energy spikes.

COMPOSITE FUSION™ PLUS Compared to a COMPOSITE FUSION helmet, a COMPOSITE FUSION Plus helmet is even more efficient at absorbing impact energy, thanks to it additionally channeling impact energy laterally through its geometric shapes of dual-density foams. This promotes constant energy dissipation until the impact is relieved.

Training well with the latest tech devices make exercise fun and easy

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Smartphones are here to stay. And with a huge number of new applications they allow anyone who takes up exercise a means to track, monitor and train EFFECTIVELY.AC082863l

We have had the pleasure of meeting trainers and dieticians from our clientele base and they all have the same advice – train correctly and safely!

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So the world of smartphones and gadgets are really helping us achieve that. Look at the chart – that’s where you want your cardio to be for effective weight management or fitness improvements according to your age. Don’t over train or undertrain – train RIGHT!

So whatever exercise gets you happy – just do it. There are many apps that you can share – get a few friends to share, it is a fantastic way to motivate you and spur you on!

And for Cyclists, we wanted to mention just a couple of Apps that we like.

PanoBike App – The ultimate cycling performance app that utilizes your phone’s powerful Bluetooth Smart capabilities and transforms it into your bike computer, personal training and health management device. This app combines the functions of your phone, cycling computer, GPS, music player, camera, and heart rate monitor (requires purchase of separate PanoBike Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Monitor) into one, allowing you to have loads of fun on your bike ride.

Highlights of this app includes:

Panobike Trip information:
- GPS Speed: Current speed, Average speed, Maximum speed
- Distance: Ride Distance

 - Time: Ride time
- Grade
- Altitude
- Cadence and Wheel Speed information (requires purchase of PanoBike Bluetooth Smart Cadence & Speed sensor)
- Heart Rate (requires purchase of PanoBike Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Monitor)
- Pre-set Maximum Heart Rate and Cadence alarms

bikebrain_v2BikeBrain is available free from the App Store.
Latest Version: 2.8. In this version, we’ve optimized for iOS 7 and added the capability to connect to a Bluetooth v4.0 (Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth Smart Ready) sensor for accurate heart rate, speed and cadence measurements^. You can also pair of up to two speed and cadence sensors for two different bikes and auto start/pause/resume recording trip data when motion is detected by you speed or cadence sensor.

Inventor Sam Pearce on (literally) re-inventing the wheel

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These types of stories inspire everyone who dares to dream. Inventor Sam Pearce on – literally – re-inventing the wheel… Posted November 8, 2013 by & reposted with permission from Speedmatrix

Sam Pearce talks about his journey to invent his bicycle wheel Loopwheels at The Do Lectures 2013

What makes some one set out on a journey to re invent the wheel by adding integral suspension? And when the going is tough, why stick at it?

Just recently I had cause to think back six months to April 2013, when we had just launched our Kickstarter loopwheel-bodycampaign.  I heard from the organisers of The Do Lectures that they had posted online a talk that Sam gave at the 2013 Do Lectures. It made me realise how far we have come in six months. The Do Lectures describe themselves as “a tiny event that started out in a quiet corner of West Wales that inspires you to go and do amazing things”. The 2013 event in Wales took place just 10 days after we had launched Loopwheels and our Kickstarter campaign. Sam felt hugely honoured to have been invited to speak, and though Sam is very uncomfortable with public speaking, he was determined to take part.

The whole “making and do-ing” philosophy of the Do Lectures is just what Sam is about. Talking about his long journey to reinvent the bicycle wheel and bring Loopwheels to market was a challenging and emotional experience for him, and that comes through very clearly. But if you want an insight into Sam’s journey, watch it. Sam nurtured and developed his idea for six years before he felt he had a product which was ready to be launched.

loopwheels-2Sam took a couple of Loopwheels bikes with him to Wales. They got a lot of riding. The Do camp is not your typical commuter journey of roads, towpaths and pavements, as it’s a beautiful rural setting in West Wales, but the Loopwheels bikes didn’t mind. Sam didn’t take many photos, but here’s one, of two Loopwheels bikes looking a little bit lonely! Thanks to everyone at The Do Lectures for welcoming Sam (and the Loopwheels bikes).

loopwheels at the Do Lectures in Wales

cropped-mbssmall.jpgMy Bike Shop SG will be working as a dealer to carry and install these fantastic new age suspension wheels.