In Feb 2016, we had our first Car Free Sunday event and it was bold and novel as an idea that the URA took a lead and throngs of active people gathered at the Civic District. Roads were closed and everyone had a fun time cycling on roads on a Sunday that allowed us to see many buildings of interest upfront and personal. Car Free Sunday then went on for a number of months. Read the article
This April 2018, Car Free Sunday goes to One North.
It promises to be fresh and fun! See you all there!
Meet Darren – previously a high flying senior executive managing brands in the FMCG sector, decided to pursue his dream of creating foods that are gluten free. In our series of Live Right, eating right is very integral to achieving our goals.
Darren believes that one should eat well to live well. We are on a mission to bring you foods that are not only healthy and delicious, but foods that help your body recover. While organic is great, it is also not affordable for many in the long run. We want to make accessible food that is as natural as possible without the cost of being certified organic.
His own Brand story: I started on a gluten-free diet due to a genetic pre-disposition that causes gluten-sensitivity. For me, it isn’t a fad diet or trend I follow. It is physical condition in my gut. The undigested gluten proteins (prevalent in wheat and other grains) hang out in my intestines and are treated like foreign invaders, irritating my gut and reducing my absorption of nutrients from the food. This leads me to experience symptoms of malabsorption, psychological symptoms – depression and physical symptoms – blistering skin that turned sore and inflamed. Removing gluten from my diet allowed my gut to heal and kept the symptoms at bay.
This meant that I couldn’t eat noodles or cakes and pastries or even common mueslis and most of all granola! I mean, there are some supermarket granola brands but those I’ve found contain additives, preservatives, artificial flavours or LOTS of sugar. This gave me very limited options especially for breakfast in Singapore.
So I started sourcing the best ingredients and making my own mueslis and granola to fill that gap! Added berries and other fruits and seeds which I absolutely love too complemented my recipes perfectly!
MEET the idea and business – Singapore made : Oatberry is a healthy alternative to breakfast cereal, with Oatberry, we want to help people do your best work of their life, with the best mornings – Start the day right!
Product info: Oatberry is a range of 100% natural, allergy free, healthy oat granola – milk free, soy free, egg free, vegan. Is a great source of daily dose of beta glucan and fiber, which is good for kids with many allergies. For breastfeeding mothers its especially good for promoting lactation.
Darren says this – We have 4 flavours right now – original, double chocolate, cinnamon Apple, and maple pecan, and developing on the way – 12 by next month.
Do check us out on www.oatberry.com for our story and product pictures, and our Instagram @theoatberry
ORGINAL – 16.90
CINNAMON – 16.90
CHOC – 16.90
MAPLE PECAN – 19.90
While we have yet to get these into all our stores so that you can just pick them up, you can order them online and 15% discount is extended as Darren does his launch, just enter promo code MBSXOB
Between MBS and BRU, we have extended reciprocal service support and also customer events. This Chinese New year, both business owners and new investors have agreed to combine staff and resourcing as we try to contain costs. The management of both MBS and BRU stores will work as one team as we manage staff transition. From a customer’s point of view – nothing changes except you will see a combined store sales and service team at all stores and MBS/BRU crew at the three stores.
We like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters and hope that 2018 will see better times ahead for retail and more peeople focusing on a healthy lifestyle!
20% off Prices for Launch promo.
MBS/BRU card holders get a further 10%*
*please refer to the price posted
Hippo devices are medical grade and are bluetooth connected so that the Hippo App tracks the Blood pressure and track your body fat. If you are trying to live better, watching your weight and blood pressure is required.
Taking care now for our years when we get older is an act of kindness for the ones who will be taking care of us.
Together with our partner store – BRU, we have launched a fun program called 7DBike cashback program. We know how much Singaporeans love to bargain but retail these days are expensive to run and we do need to remain viable, we are trying hard to get a win win situation to reward those who cycle well. When the initial founders set out to build this business, we wanted to help people get fit and at the same time get into a low impact sport – Cycling! We were reminded that when we grow old, being able to age well is an act of kindess to those who have to take care of us!
So based on living well in 7 steps – Get active is the number one call and to incentivise our new folding bike owners for 2018, we have launched our Cashback program. The basis is simple:
Cycle 100km in 10 days and show proof via Strava, MBS/BRU will give you CASH back. Terms and conditions apply.
The level of Cashback varies on the model that you purchased and it ranges from S$40 – S$400! No vouchers, no points, real cash back!
Cashback is NOT applicable for bikes on promotions or discounted items.
Have a look at the programs here:
Other steps to aging well:
2. Eat Better
3. Lose Weight
4. Stop Smoking
5. Control Cholesterol
6. Manage Blood Pressure
7. Reduce Blood Sugar
For those who are already MBS/BRU card holders, watch this space as we will be launching a rewards based cycling where you will get discounts at our stores WHEN you achieved those kilometres cycled.
The MU Series from Dahon. The original swoosh frame concept that was started by Dahon. After going on to win many accolades – MuSL as a weight weenie and a top rated commute bike. It has gone through many iterations. The most notable was the sneak launch of Mu C9 from Japan. Since then, many have gone to follow this design but Dahon continued to improved build and specs. With 8 speeds and new colours, the Mu D8 is a step down from the Mu D9 and with this decision comes a lower price point – MSRP S$899. Launch price is S$799 and it makes it a great option this month to buy rather than the Horize or Vitesse SAME PRICE ( and even comparing with Tern Link D8) The ride is typical Dahon but the matt Agate Grey is really eye-catching.
Next, the Mu SP9. Now with 451, the Mu SP9 continues to offer smooth finishing on the welding. Something the Japanese introduced with JDM. The ride feels like a Verge N8 with 451 wheels and with the launch price of S$999 (MSRP is S$1100). It is GOING To give Tern Verge N8 and Verge D9 a run for her money.
Last but not least. The Dahon MuSL10. If you are 451 series lover BUT you do not like the hard jarring from high-pressure tires, the MUSL10 is the Dahon recommendation. Equipped with 35mm dual clamp offset stem system, it offers riders with preferred fixed handlebar positions. At 8.6kg, it is the intermediate model between the MuSLX and the MuSP9 for price/weight of bike. Again thanks to the Japanese, the welding joints are smoothened. Launch price S$1200. (MSRP S$1400).
In efforts to help extend reciprocal support and membership events, My Bike Shop and BRU have agreed to extend Customer events from the current Service support arrangements.
This means valid cardholder for both MBS and BRU can book bicycle support via the booking site. They can now RSVP for free bicycle maintenance clinics and get to know more cyclists via the combined rides.
The reciprocal arrangements DOES NOT cover store sales and promotions.
- 10% discount on 2nd bike purchases*
- Free return transport for Folding bikes sent for FULL service**
- Applicable from 1 October 2017
Yes it’s true. Cardholders can get 10% discount for their 2nd purchases and help their friends enjoy these discounts too. Discounts cannot be combined with promotional and clearance items.
Terms and conditions are as follows:
* Cash terms and not applicable on promotional and clearance items
* Inner tube replacement is no longer extended
* Not applicable for Clearance or bikes on Sale and limited to 3 bikes per purchase
* Owner of original card MUST be present
WAIT… there’s more.
When you book your bikes for FULL service (Folding bikes ONLY), it now comes with free returned delivery to your home or office.
Terms and conditions are as follows:
** Service must be paid in full when folding bike is deposited
** Delivery within Singapore and delivery between 10am to 4pm. ADD S$10 for after 4pm requests
** S$25 will be refunded if bike is self collect
When Carolyn Stafford’s leg started hurting her, medical tests couldn’t find a cause for the pain. Her doctor suggested that stress might be creating the problem.
At the time, Stafford was working a pressure-filled job in computer support. “I was constantly trying to solve people’s problems,” she says. “I had a lot of stress coming from that.”
Since she enjoyed bicycling, Ms. Stafford decided to see if riding her bike to and from her job would help. She rode five miles each way. “It worked wonders. If it was a frustrating day, I’d get on that bike and I hammered coming home!” she says.
The effects of daily cycling were so beneficial for the Dallastown, PA, woman that when her employer temporarily moved the office nearly 10 miles from her home, she kept on riding. Her coworkers couldn’t believe that Ms. Stafford, then in her early 50s, was going to continue the bike commute. She did—and when the office moved back to its original location, she adjusted her route so that she could still ride almost 10 miles each way. In winter, Ms. Stafford put studded snow tires on her bike and dressed in layers.
When she retired two-and-a-half years later, she continued her commitment to biking every day. She uses her bike instead of her car when she needs to travel into nearby York (eight miles from her home) for a haircut or a doctor’s appointment or to go to the bank, post office or other errands.
Last year, Ms. Stafford rode 10,400 miles on her bicycle and drove her car a mere 3,000 miles. “I only use my car if I have to go someplace quickly, or if I’m taking people,” she says.
You don’t have to log thousands of miles to gain rewards from riding your bike more and driving your car less. Regardless of whether you’re on a fancy new two-wheeler or the battered old reliable you bought years ago, bike riding gives you a terrific workout with lots of interest and fun to keep you going. And with U.S. gasoline prices running higher than $3 per gallon, using a bicycle for shopping, commuting, visiting friends or just taking a joy ride may help your financial health at the same time it boosts your physical condition.
Bike riding lets you add a fitness activity into your day even when you think you don’t have time for a workout. “You get the same cardiovascular benefits from cycling that you get from any other form of aerobic exercise—walking, jogging or dancing,” says Lisa Callahan, MD, medical director of the Women’s Sports Medical Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “It can be a very effective cardiovascular benefit.”
Your muscles get a boost, too. Bike riding strengthens your thighs, hips and rear end. If your route includes climbing hills, your arms and upper body will benefit as you stand to pedal. What’s more, cycling is gentle on your joints and helps preserve cartilage. That’s especially advantageous for women who suffer from muscle strain, foot problems, knee troubles, back pain or impact-related injuries caused by running, jogging or walking, Dr. Callahan explains.
“If you’re overweight and start an exercise program, sometimes it’s harder on your joints because you are overweight,” she adds. “So something like swimming or biking that’s not pounding on the joints can be a good thing.”
Daily routine biking also can help fight the incremental weight gain and waistline expansion that many women experience at midlife.
Dr. Callahan points out that cycling on stationary bikes indoors is generally a lighter workout than riding outside because there’s no wind resistance or challenging terrain. “In the gym, you have to work a little harder to get the same result,” she says.
Fit to ride
The health benefits of cycling will be as flat as a punctured tire if your bike doesn’t fit your body correctly. Poor fit causes all sorts of problems, so it’s important to have your bike correctly adjusted specifically for you. “You can’t just go someplace and buy a bike because you like the color,” says Dr. Callahan, who not only treats sports-related problems but enjoys cycling on weekends.
When your bike is too big for your body, you can develop neck and back problems. Seat height is another source of woes—if the seat is too low, it may stress your knee and cause knee cap pain; too high, it can also aggravate your knee.
For the right fit, position the seat so that when you pedal downward to the lowest point, your leg is almost straight. There should be a small bend in your knee of about 10 to 15 degrees.
To get a reliable fit, Dr. Callahan advises taking your bike to a bicycle shop and having them assess how well the frame height, seat and handlebars suit you. A few adjustments can make riding more comfortable and protect you from fit-related troubles.
While bicycle riding is both fun and great for your health, you need to take some wise precautions to make each ride as safe as possible. Although millions of us enjoy bike riding every day, it’s an inescapable fact that bicyclist injuries and even deaths also occur. Annually, in the United States, more than 500,000 people suffer bicycle-related injuries severe enough to send them to hospital emergency rooms, and more than 700 die.
Before you hit the road (or trail), make sure you follow these safety tips:
- Wear a bicycle helmet on every ride, no matter how short. Head injuries are responsible for about 85 percent of biking-related deaths. Most state helmet laws apply only to children and adolescents, but more than 80 percent of bicyclists killed are aged 16 or older. Yet only 18 percent of adult cyclists in one study reported wearing helmets while riding. Staying away from cars won’t protect you either: about 70 percent of bike injuries occur in situations that do not involve a motor vehicle.
- Be visible. Wear bright clothing when riding. Use a flag to maintain space between you and other vehicles. Travel in daylight when possible. If night riding is unavoidable, wear reflective clothing (found in bike shops) and use bicycle headlights and rear lights. For riding at any time, the National Safety Council
advises equipping your bike with front, rear and spoke reflectors, pedal reflectors, a horn or bell and a rearview mirror.
- Choose your travel time carefully. When possible, avoid early morning and late afternoon rush hours. Bad weather also lowers visibility and negatively affects handling for both bikes and motor vehicles.
- Obey traffic rules. Bikes must follow the same road rules as other vehicles. Ride inthe direction of traffic flow, use hand signals before turning, obey light signals (make a full stop at red lights and stop signs) and yield right-of-way. Ride single file. Keep to the far right of the road except when making a left-hand turn. Stay alert—watch for opening car doors, debris in the road and turning vehicles. Cross intersections carefully.
- Other safety tips: Wear shoes that protect your feet—not sandals. Carry repair gear and a cell phone to call for help if needed. Avoid riding on sidewalks because drivers can’t see you coming at intersections. And don’t drink alcohol if you’ll be cycling, for the same reason you don’t want to drink and drive a motor vehicle. Intoxication leads to serious and even fatal injuries.