Beating red lights, no registration fees to cycle on car free roads and a chance to see the Civic district up front and personal

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The team at My Bike Shop took to the Car Free Sunday Singapore for April and braving the forecast of thunderstorms, we met the team and a few customers turn up at our Henderson outlet at 645am.

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The weatherman forecast thunderstorms but we went ahead.

A bit about the Car Free Sundays

Car-Free Sunday SG turns part of our city into a pedestrian and cyclist friendly precinct and creates a 5 km route of closed roads in the heart of the city. It is part of the larger movement towards a car-lite Singapore, envisioning our city with fewer cars.

Car-Free Sunday SG takes place on the last Sunday of every month, with exciting line ups of activities for each edition!

The National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall will open earlier at 9am.

Street performances will also be held at Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive and Empress Place throughout the day till 6pm.

This Car Free Sunday for April was slightly different, LTA AMU organised a flagoff that began after everyone had a chance to make a pledge for safer riding

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Although its only 5km in distance, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of momentumcycling through busy Shenton Way. I got to beat red lights, avoid ERP, no need to pay high carpark charges I typically have to pay in the CBD, but most important, I could see plenty of sights in the CBD up front close and personal without the worry of cars hitting me from the back. I get to see exactly how the Momentum is constructed.

Sure you get a longer distance with the OCBC Cycle events but this event is “free”, no registration fees to pay, just grab a folding bike (or not) , hop on the train as its Sunday and come discover the Civic District. It’s truly worth the effort. Feel you like to just cycle there from home? JUST DO IT! Singaporeans are an active bunch as we saw so many people doing aerobics, yoga and people just photo_2016-04-24_12-18-24walking or jogging so it is not just a cycling thing.

The MBS team split up and went exploring the sights along Boat Quay and Clifford Pier, and had alot of fun just enjoying the architecture of our beautiful city centre. Pardon my bike as it really brought me around covering more ground than I could if I relied on walking.

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After an hour of exploring, I stumbled onto Prive, situated just beside the Asian Civilisation Museum,  who served a very decent egg benedict and the flatwhite coffee – a MUST try!

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So a MUST Do and a Must try. If you own a folding bike and you like to experience what we experience last Sunday. You just got to try it. We will try to organise another Car Free Sunday ride but the URA and LTA does deserve feedback and encouragement for them to do MORE of such events.

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Repost -18″ FACE OFF : Tyrell IVE & Chedech 5

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photo_2016-04-20_12-09-55This article compares two leading 18”wheel foldies. Tyrell’s great compact IVE and the amazing new all-carbon Chedech. Reposted and adapted with permission

Part One: Tyrell IVE

Everyone is familiar with the benefits of small wheels for commuting and city riding but the 16 inch category for a long time was very much a foldable domain that started it all. Bickerton, Brompton and Dahon were the early starters in this field and modern day challengers came in the likes of Bike 1Friday Tikit. With the advantage of modern day design and innovation, many after riding a Bike Friday Tikit would say it’s got the fastest fold and the ride of a big bike. But this is not a review of 16 inch wheeled foldables. It’s a focus on two brands who took the challenge of attempting to give you a better small wheeled commuter.

Commuter Bike Must Haves

  1. Folds small and is light weight
  2. Can be pushed and stays stable when folded
  3. Sufficient gear range for long straight runs within the city
  4. Decent low gears for some small climbs
  5. Fits pannier racks

The TYRELL IVE

Hirose Masahito, the ecletic designer from Tyrell Japan gave rise to the preferred minivelo design pitting his rigid frame “slant” design (the M. HiroseTyrell folds around the frame not through the frame for maximum rigidity) against the likes of Dahon and Tern.

In the end, his well regarded FX and FSX (both leading lights of the 20”category), are now ridden by men and women alike who not only want to go fast but look good.

From this obsession of design, great ride, looks and quality, he set to design a bike that would give riders a new experience with the goal of achieving ride performance and yet folding innovations that rivalled compact dimensions of early commuter brands.  He took 2 years as he wanted to offer more to his buyers and so the IVE was eventually born.

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IVE – means “the simple one”, even the logo resembles a budding plant, ready to grow in prominence. First look of the bike, compact in fold and can be pushed around after being folded, 11kg, 9 speed Shimano Sora with a 53T chainring (Upgradable to 58T), 18 inch wheels with Schwalbe Marathon Racer.  Kadowaki powder coating painting. Front truss mount. Mounting holds for rear rack and front racks.

3Innovation: Tyrell calls it Swift Folding Technology where at a press of a button, your rear lower triangle is released for folding.

USP: Metal fenders with a roller. I guess Hirose wanted fenders that would last even if you had an impact.

The ride feels firm, no flex exhibited even by a heavy rider like me – 89kg, 1.78m tall. I was told that the current wheelsets are rated for 85kg and if I put on weight, I could upgrade the wheels to Wheelsport Sunny series and that would push the limit to 105kg.

It has an aggressive feel and riding posture and the 9 speed Sora does the job well. Personally I would swap the Marathon Racers for Kojak to get better acceleration.

4Comparing with other bikes that fold small but bear in mind that the IVE is 18 inch wheeled, I felt Tyrell made progress here while not sacrificing ride quality.  Hirose is obsessed with ride quality and when I had a chance to speak with him in his first visit to Singapore, he shared with me about his design philosophy and also how he would not sacrifice ride quality and not achieve his goal for improvements. Mention IVE18BUILD4RIDE from 18 April till 18 May at any of our Singapore dealers and get a FREE RACK worth S$130 when you buy the IVE. (while stocks last)

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7Designed by both a foldable bike rider and Brompton enthusiast.  This story runs similar to Bike Friday when the founders felt that they could build a better touring foldable bike after they purchased two Dahons, used them and found room for improvement.

Chedech is 3 years worth of passion and personal cost where a passion for everything you wanted in a foldable bike was pursued. Frame material, locking mechanisms, wheels size, ride performance.

Chedech works with a high quality carbon fiber manufacturing facility that combines the right levels of carbon fiber weaving, special resin, minimum pre-preg used and the layup to produce a carbon fiber frame that is super strong and light.  The first ride off the block and immediately feel it.  The Chedech could go well below the 9kg level if you put in a single speed hub but it’s a waste.

9The locking mechanisms is an innovation itself. Using spring loaded catches, no more twist knobs and folding latches.  A simple push and turn is ALL it takes, your latches are unlocked.

First look of the bike, compact in fold and can be pushed around after being folded, 8.9kg, 5 speed Sturmey Archer with a 46T chainring. 18 inch wheels with Kenda tyres.  I wished they used Schwalbe Kojak so that the bike can go faster.  Chedech decided to go for 5 speeds rather than 3 speeds Sturmey archer to offer wider range and smoother gear shifts.

10Innovation: Not a standard Carbon fiber frame but reinforced to prevent twisting and improves torsional rigidity. To the layman, it means – less flex and all power transferred from pedal to the transmission with little loss.

USP#1: Carbon fiber frame – m8akes it light yet strong

USP#2: Locking mechanisms that is easy when you fold and unfold.

USP#3: Pedal to the metal! You press, it goes, you pressed harder it goes faster

I know many will want to compare it to older brands with the same folding mechanism but do not just do that. You HAVE to ride the Chedech to appreciate what it stands for: new frame material – carbon fiber, innovations in folding mechanisms, pursuit of improvements, innovation that is now for you to own. It is a design from South Korea, the same country that produces high quality Hyundai cars and Samsung smartphones that we see everywhere.

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But for those who need a reference point, I compared it with a MITCycle V8 that sells for half the price of a Chedech. The 18 inch wheels do not look any larger from a distance but its confirmed using 18 inch rims.

Promo code: Mention CHEDECH18BUILD4SPEED and you when you buy the Chedech and get MKS UB Lite pedal set.

MBS goes to Car Free Sunday April

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Calling all MBS patrons. We are going to organise a ride to go along Henderson PCN joining Alexandra Canal Linear PCN via the Clarke Quay to the Civic area. MBS goes toCarfreeSG AprilThe Civic District and parts of the CBD will be transformed into a walkable, cyclist-friendly, and activity-filled precinct for families and friends at Car-Free Sunday SG. With the roads free of cars, the streets can be given over to walkers, joggers and cyclists while

the adjacent spaces will host sports and fitness sessions, family-friendly activities

and a breakfast picnic area.

From 7am to 9am, the roads around the Padang – St Andrew’s Road, Stamford Road and

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Connaught Drive – together with Fullerton Road will be fully closed to vehicles, while Shenton Way and Robinson Road will be partially closed, creating a car-free walking, running and cycling route of approximately 4.7 kilometres. St Andrew’s Road and part of Stamford Road will remain closed until 12pm

BESV PS1- LTA approved PAB eBike open for booking

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Preorder yours now and get a Preorder bundle worth S$350. Bundle consists of Morpher foldable helmet, Airsmith Floor pump and Tern Cargo rack (Takes 25kg load).

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My Bike Shop, 213 Henderson Rd #01-06 S159553 Contact Tel: 6274 3968

My Bike Shop Too! – 26 Sin Ming Lane #01-120 S573971 Contact Tel: 66941750

My Bike Shop Tres (3) – 106 Faber Drive #01-106 S129415 Contact Tel: 6268 5323

Hey everyone, the world leading PAB that has won awards in Germany, Japan and USA is now available here in Singapore. The new BESV PS-1 pedal-1035_1134_mainassisted electric bicycle is all of these things, and more. Extremely lightweight, the PS-1 is the perfect choice for urban riders, with our advanced proprietary Algorhythm power drive system ensuring the smoothest of rides, for daily commutes and fun rides around town.

Awards won :

China Cycle Creative Award.
Japan Good Design Award (G-Mark) Best 100.
Golden Pin Design Award
German Red Dot Award

Colours available : White, Red and Yellow.

Car-lite beckons and better products are being introduced but will they take off?

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Quote from Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong ;

“Car-Lite Singapore” by promoting and developing other modes of transport, making them convenient. We have to rely less on cars on the roads because we cannot keep on building roads – more roads for more cars. So we will provide more options for Singaporeans that are better than cars. Buses, more of course. Expanding the MRT network – that is happening everyday – but also other modes of transport for example, bicycling…”

So as a business having helped many get into cycling and owning a folding bike so you can enjoy the various infrastructure that the government has invested in, we spared no efforts to work with manufacturers, suppliers and level headed opinion leaders on what would work? So we completed our first wave of cargo bikes that have their own USPs and features/benefits.

Introducing the Tern Cargo Node, Kiffy Flash AND Bike Friday Haul-a-Day.

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Tern Cargo Node – a full sized cargo bike that folds

The Cargo Node is a full sized cargo bike that folds. It’s designed to fit in an elevator, at Tern Cargo Node and Josh24.5 kg it’s easy to store in an apartment. It’s equipped with an adjustable Andros stem, so riders can fine-tune their position on the fly. With a high efficiency dynamo hub and 150 lumen front light, it’s perfect for night riding. It sports wide gearing, so it’s perfect for hilly climbs, even when loaded with up to 160 kg. The Cargo Node is a game changer for people who live in cities. Thanks to 350 lb (160 kg) of carrying capacity, big wheels and an ultra-stiff handlepost, it’s a full-sized cargo bike, yet it folds down to 1/3rd its total volume in only ten seconds. It’s the ultimate transportation solution for people who want to live car-free.

Kiffy Flash – a 2 speed hub adult trike with a front payload

The Kiffy can be disassembled and transformed into a pushable hand cart for use in a photo-yves-salvatgrocery store. The 4-foot-9-inch-long bike folds down to take up just 2′ by 2′, so it’s easily rolled into a subway car or an elevator. A clever front suspension system dubbed “Swing” allows the front of the tricycle to tilt like a regular bike, providing stability even on slopes. Front disc brakes keep everything under control. The inventor, Norbert Peytour, says that cycling is a form of care-free travel, with no fuel levels to watch, little to no maintenance, no engine that can fail. He rejects “advances” like the electric bike, which add complexity (and fuel consumption) to the mix.

Bike Friday Haul a Day

When Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz and Kidical Mass Co-Founder Shane Haul a Day alan_.1MacRhodes put their heads together to come up with the perfect versatile bike for a Safe Routes to School class leader, the Bike Friday Haul-a-Day was born.The Haul-a-Day quickly earned a reputation as a great Family Bike as word spread quickly through Social Media by mothers and fathers that the Haul-a-Day delivered a great ride.  Watch Alan Scholz vision

The Haul-a-Day is set up for the ultimate in convenience.

  • Frame adjusts to riders (1.2 m to 2.0 m)
  • Starting weight just 16kg
  • Low step-over height
  • Big load capacity, low center of gravity
  • Light and agile, rides like a real bike
  • Made in the USA

Baby steps but we have to start somewhere and with the rules and guidelines getting better and the encouragement for shared paths and tolerance for other users, am sure we will see more and more folks carrying payloads on their bikes. We think and believe Car-lite will be a reality in Singapore!

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Looking for product reviewers

Reviewrs wants

If you love to write, love to ride a bicycle and have the right disposition – you could be the one.

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With so many new brands and models lined up for 2016. We like to invite and form a neutral panel of reviewers. No names, just your profile when we publish the review.

Send us an email stating your name, age, gender and profession with a minimum 100 word review on a bike brand we sell with pictures. Tell us how your reviews can help others, we love to get you onboard.

No brand or shop bashing please.  Email to checkmybikeshop@gmail.com

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Only MBS tuneup card  holders qualify

Our first workshop at our new MBS premise @Henderson

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Hi everyone,

We have received alot of requests for this free workshop that we organise for our members. Members of MBS are those who possess and hold our MBS Tuneup card. Please do RSVP by email to checkmybikeshop@gmail.com

So keep the 26 Mar 930am free, strictly for members and 1 member/card as we are trying to manage 30 pax for this event. Of course do let us know if you have a guest and we will try to accommodate but priority for MBS card holders so email us please if you have only 1 card but have a need for another person to attend.

You will be taught essentials for bike care, buy cleaners and lubricants at 15% off and test some bikes that are being featured for the very first time in Singapore.

Enter the Chedech from Korea!

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Retailing at S$2999, the preorder is S$2850.

Adapted from Chedech’s website

Began with a obsession to improve on value proposition that many loved. Compact, easy to fold and filled with style.

One of the joys of cycling is to feel the “wind blowing through your hair and alongside your cheek while riding a bike.

The feeling tempts you to buy a more expensive bike, and you don’t regret the cost. It’s worth it because you will enjoy riding that much more! Before long, you become obsessed with the bike and want to ride it everywhere, even to work. But commuting has it drawbacks — you arrive to work sweaty and have difficulty finding a secure place to keep your bike. So you look out the window every chance you get to make sure the bike is safe. Instead of focusing on your work, you worry about your bike. Therefore, you invest in a folding mini-velo. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but you soon after discover its shortcomings. It’s too heavy to carry; it’s not suitable for long rides; it vibrates more than normal sized bikes; and it’s too heavy and awkward to carry, even when folded.”

You ask yourself, “What good is a folding bike that is too heavy and uncomfortable to ride long hours?” Then your never ending zeal starts and you imagine the perfect folding bike. You desperately want to make it as light as possible, and you don’t care about the cost. After spending several thousand dollars more, you have a light bike, but it’s still uncomfortable. It’s also too expensive to ride everywhere and is missing some essential features. For example, you got rid of one brake in order to reduce the weight. Still, your bike seems heavy and insecure to ride fast and long hours. You wonder if it is possible to make a fast, light, folding bike. Perhaps you could get an Idea of what you want, but it doesn’t exist. Then you discover Chedech, the ultimate carbon folding bike:

1. Folds small in one quick moment, with ease.
2. Light enough to carry by hand.
3. Runs fast and pleasant to ride.
4. Absorbs riding impact for comfort.

Is it possible to make such a folding bike?

◆ The answer comes from the material; Carbon

Every experienced cyclist knows that a carbon frame is lightweight and allows for fast and comfortable ride. Mini-velo’s small-sized wheels deliver greater stress on the rider’s wrists and body, but we can limit the shaking and vibrating movement from riding when we use carbon material. Then we ask, “Why are there so few mini-velo made out of carbon material?” What could be the reason? There you might have stopped your journey, but we did not. So, our investigation and development began from that place. Our hard-working journey took many years, but alas — we designed Chedech!

1. Fast and easy to fold into a small, convenient, compact size.

One of the main features of Chedech is its small-sized folding function, which is perfectly suited for commuting. You can ride many hours without worrying about your endurance, because you can take a taxi or bus when you are tired. And, when you arrive at work you don’t need to let your bike stand alone outside in bad weather, unwatched. You can keep it under your desk and then quickly unfold it for the ride home. Chedech’s folding mechanism was built with time management in mind. We adopted quick release system and even invented new hinge system for the main folding part. When folded, Chedech is secure and easy to carry.

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2. Lightweight.

Chedech uses a special carbon material that is used throughout the frame (main and rear) and handles.
All the major parts are made of carbon fiber, and that leads to a comparatively lightweight bike. For example, our chedech is only 9kg. (without pedal)
This lightweight design helps you to ride faster, and you can also ride uphill more easily. Just like a good carbon road bike, it feels like someone is pushing you from behind per each stroke.

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3. Strong and Durable.

We completely understand where to use carbon and where to use metal. For the folding hinges, we used metal to keep it strong for folding movements. For the other frame parts we used carbon to keep the bike light and comfortable. In addition, we use a stronger carbon material for the parts connecting the metal hinge and carbon frames. This is done by adding extra chemicals, which make those linking parts stronger than the other carbon areas.

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4. Flexibility.

It’s commonly known that a carbon frame gives a much more comfortable riding experience, especially for long journeys. Many bike riders think that it’s natural for a mini-velo to shake and vibrate a lot because of the smaller wheels that rotate more cycles per distance as compared to standard size wheel sets, as well as of shorter forks. We solve this shaking (or vibrating) problem by using a carbon material, because carbon absorbs impact and vibration. Unfortunately, the vibration caused by smaller wheels and forks also cause additional physical stress for the bike rider. So, many people even think a mini-velo is not apt for long rides, but this is not the case with Chedech, which gives the rider a smooth carbon bike and flexible riding experience. You will feel and enjoy the carbon body in each pedal stroke. The bike will glide a long way even you stop pedaling. You cannot help agreeing with top cyclists, who always choose carbon bikes for competitions.

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This bike was designed with many technical improvement and new inventions.

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This clearly indicates our development process. The main frame has a hexa form, which makes the frame resist against a twisting impact. In order to make it foldable into a compact, small size, we adopted a one line frame system, not a triangle system that often leads to an unstable riding condition due to the bike being affected by twisting impact between the handle and the saddle. Therefore, it had to become a hexa form and also thicker than usual pipes bikes are using for their frames.

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2. Chemically Reinforced Carbon Fiber.

Our study group tested many different carbon fibers in order to diminish the twisting movement on the frame. We did everything possible to come up with a more stable frame, such as testing different fibers, adding extra chemicals, or adopting various ways of adding carbon sheet per each part. As a result, the final product has a much stronger frame than our first sample bike of two years ago.

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3. Hidden Wall Inside the Frame.

To reinforce and strengthen the frame to resist the twisting impact, we came up with a new design concept. A wall is inserted into the frame that gives more support that resists against pulling in one direction. This added a little weight, but it helped us to complete a dream bike that featured a one line carbon frame bike that does not shake while riding. We inserted this internal wall in main frame, handle post and seat post, and our Chedech became more stable than initial models.

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4. New Folding Mechanism.

In order to make a more competitive folding bike, we paid careful attention to the folding mechanism. We studied the way other bikes folded and tried to make our own way to attain a more stable and faster movement while folding. The hinge between the main frame and rear frame is a new invention that allows speedy folding and unfolding. Special hinges were developed for this new quick release system. However, we are not completely satisfied with the current hinges and will continue to upgrade them into smoother moving ones.

5. Optimum geometry for a one size frame bike

Most folding mini-velos are limited in frame size due to its folding mechanism, and they offer only one size, regardless of the bike-rider’s height. Nevertheless, it’s very important to design a one frame size bike that is capable of accommodating different sized cyclists. We were well aware of the shortcomings of Chedech, which has short distance between two wheels due to the small folding size. If the bike’s geometry allows a large difference on the bike-rider’s saddle location per height then the bike will be insecure for uphill riding. This is because the front side will not be pressed enough with the bike-rider’s upper body weight. So, we tried to keep the weight balance, regardless of cyclists’ body size, and that made the one size Chedech very stable for most bike-riders, regardless of uphill or downhill cycling. This well-balanced geometry allows a wider variety for the bike-rider and more stability.

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6. Speed

The main concern for a bike is speed. But this factor is forgotten for many folding bikes. Most manufacturers ignore speed in order to make the bike foldable. Impact absorption is often sacrificed in favor of small wheels. So, this foldable mini-velo is not fast or does not allow fast riding with added vibration. But you don’t need to worry about losing speed with foldable mini-velo now. With Chedech’s anti-twist main frame design, you can run fast as much as you do with carbon road bike. Most testers started their review with one sentence, that they could feel the riding emotion when they usually have with a carbon road bike, and we think that is good explanation for the final Chedech. It gives fast and smooth riding condition.

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7. Weight

All bike designers are stressed-out about weight, especially with folding bike designs. A lighter bike is often the reason someone buys. For a folding bike, weight is a topic of much discussion and research because most cyclists want to carry their bike inside public transportation, into buildings, and even store under their desks. A stable carbon folding bike could not be made for several decades, so the task has been impossible to solve until now. With Chedech, you can have the first hand-carryable, light, folding bike. Chedech is 9.3kg only.

 

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My Bike Shop Tres – end of season Exclusives

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End of season  units on SALE. Project bikes and pilot configurations that are done before we commit to a container on SALE too! But we are having these at My Bike Shop Tres ONLY.  WHY?

For starters, FREE PARKING. Secondly, we have our longest serving Mechanic (8 years) – Jelani there and the warm friendly service of Nikki, Liz and Jing (New). And the cafe@ Bucktile Street next door has a pleasant ambience and good coffee.

These bikes are now on Sale. MBS Tune up card holders get an additional 5%

So give us a call if you are keen. Tel 6268 5323.

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