79 – interesting number

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As we enter September 2015, 79 has always been a very unique number.

Where can we find  “9” or “79”

The Marina Barrage was designed in the shape of a “9” with 9 Water crest gates.

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In mathematics

• The smallest number that can’t be represented as a sum of fewer than 19 fourth powers

•An odd number
• The smallest number that can’t be represented as a sum of fewer than 19 fourth powers
• The 22nd prime number
• A fortunate & lucky prime
• A lucky prime

In science

In Sportscar racing

The Lotus 79 was the first F1 car to take full advantage of ground effects aerodynamics, pioneered in its immediate predecessor, the Lotus 78.  The undercar pressure problems in the 78 were resolved with the 79.The 79 lotus type 79proved to be almost unbeatable during the 1978 F1 season and provided an unprecedented level of domination. The car took six more victories during the season giving the drivers’ championship to Andretti, and the constructors’ championship to Lotus.

In rare bikes and from a Bike Show in 1979

Guerciotti produced this Oro for the 1979 New York bike show, after which it was bought by a collector, who ensured the rubber never made contact with tarmac. 12 years later, Ray Dobbins bought it and enjoyed its viewing pleasure for 16 years. It must have made a wondrous mantel piece item. It’s up for auction! Yes it’s gold plated – not fake gold

Guerciotti Oro 1979

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 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

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.
It is the aliquot sum of only one number the discrete semiprime 14.images

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.

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 the 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 WWF –  As 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

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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