“This is my country. This is my life. This is my people… We dug our toes in, we built a nation.“
We lost our first founding father.
“This is my country. This is my life. This is my people… We dug our toes in, we built a nation.“
We lost our first founding father.
Any 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.)
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.
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
47 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.
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?
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 maybe 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).
You 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 the 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.
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.
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!
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. 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. Upon unfolding, be pleasantly impressed:
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. Ride experience:
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. If there was any limitation on the bike, it would be that it is more suited for riders 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.
My Bike Shop – Entering our 10th year – new bike support policy – MBS Tuneups
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.
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!
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 580,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 25 days for that many people to see it.
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.
Facilitating 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 front, 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 document,
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.
On 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 –
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 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 Bikes 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 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.
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.
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?
Tern 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
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.
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