My Bike Shop supports helmet safety

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Many times at our outlets we encourage our customers to buy a helmet after they made an investment for a bicycle, kick scooter and even inline skates (when we first started we sold Inline skates). Many times, we hear our customers give reasons  for not needing a helmet as follows:

wearing a helmet” I am not a professional rider”       “I ride very slowly”

“I do not go on the road”       “I look silly”

“Too expensive”      “Messes up with my hair”

“It is too hot”        “It won’t happen to me”

THINK AGAIN

There has been many recent deaths due to head trauma from simple falls from scooters and bicycle activity. So we have signed up with our Kali protective helmet supplier – Luminari, we are very pleased to continue to do good.  So from Monday the 16 May, you get to buy the Chakra (Black) for ONLY S$20 when you buy a folding bike/scooter/PAB from us. Each helmet will come with a set of 3 stickers* to make your black Chakra your own.

 

*Stickers are being made available at our stores

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A visit to the URA City Gallery and an inside guide from CLC

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Since the last Car Free Sunday that we took part and brought our customers, I was given a chance to understand more how our city planners were working hand in hand to encourage our goal of being Car-lite.  Yes, I am appreciating much more of what the MND and the authorities such as the URA and the CLC ( Centre for Liveable Cities brings together Singapore’s expertise on photo_2016-05-06_23-31-04sustainable urban development across public and private sectors. It aims to distil and develop Singapore’s experience in good governance, integrated urban planning, effective resource management, affordable quality housing, efficient transport management and environmental sustainability.

I was given a tour of the Singapore City Gallery and what struck me was the history that Singapore underwent and how much depth and forward planning has our city planners been quietly working behind the scenes to blueprint what Singapore has today and beyond. I had a enjoyable time. One word – I was IMPRESSED.

Speaking to the a very passionate manager from CLC, it was apparent that our authorities and government realised that this City state must go beyond the hard aspects of amenities and facilities but about how everything works for the population that is aging and where the mix is changing. I was encouraged that despite her young age and sociology background, she was able to apply her graduate education into the hard science of urban planning.

Attached are photos from the gallery. I enjoyed the models of the city state and also the CBD. Now I know how Gulliver felt in Liliput.

Singapore City Gallery, the only permanent exhibit that tells the story of the nation’s physical planning efforts, has 10 thematic areas and more than 50 audiovisual and

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interactive exhibits occupying the first three floors of the Urban Redevelopment Authority building on Maxwell Road, between Singapore’s Chinatown district and the Central Business District. The first floor is reserved for temporary displays on topics such as urban planning, architecture, and other areas relevant to the Urban Redevelopmphoto_2016-05-06_23-31-38ent Authority’s remit. The second floor houses a scale replica of central Singapore, called the Central Area Model. The third floor comprises permanent exhibits on topics such as preservation of historically significant buildings, sustainable development, and urban design. The Gallery as a whole occupies a total area of 2400 square metres. The gallery is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and is closed on Sundays and public holidays.

If you happen to get a chance to have an hour of so, I highly recommend anyone who is into understanding better of our historical landmarks to visit the Gallery and enjoy the displays that prove to be surprising and entertaining. The people who put the exhibits spared no details and mapped old pictures to current ones. See below:

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I will be back there for more. Best place to hangout and learn so much more about Singapore city life and also the depth of our City planning.

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

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

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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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.

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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