We have been monitoring the level of walk-ins on Saturdays and it seems like between 7pm to 730pm on Saturdays see very low footfall. We like our staff to get the opportunity to head home early on Saturdays and so we will be revising closing time to be 7pm. Of course if you do call us OR if we are still attending to customers between 7pm to 730pm, we will do the ncessary and even work beyond 730pm which we have always been with a BIG SMILE
So on Saturdays, official hours will be 12 noon to 7pm!*
We want to say a big Thank you for a difficult year for retail and also the local scene for bicycles. We do not think its the bike share servics as one company actually went bust and we read on an article that a second may decide to call it quits and many are going through hard times. OK the concept is great as it offers convenience but everywhere they operate they create a mess and that includes our garden city and unfortunately taxpayer money will have to be allocated to clean them up. Some cities have even banned them.
Delivery services and online convenience has made us less willing to get out to get out own stuff but enjoy the “click and wait” for the item(s) to come to you. Nothing wrong really but it has made us lethargic to get out and move around. Everyone have the consensus that we are less active as a nation. Worrying when we are aging and disease like Diabetes and Heart disease is on the rise.
For those whom we could persuade you with cashback and regular rides on Mondays and Friday nights, we believe the feedback and growing numbers support the programs and we see health of participants improve and smiling pictures for these activities. For 12 years many of you have given us a chance to be part of your cycling life. We hope to continue to do another 12 years. It’s is hard to convince and persuade but we will keep trying. As the team take another well deserved long weekend, let’s welcome 2019 and to good health!
Currently, any bike purchase above S$500 earns our customers the MBS Tuneup cards which offers up to 12 inner tube replacements, bike adjustments and various discounts on future purchases. The most substantial is the Refer a friend program and next bike purchase.
We decided to change the benefit to include cost savings not just for bike related stuff but also for health visits to GPs, Dentists, TCMs, Chiropractors, Allied healthscreen, See Panel
This 1st year membership is free for our card holders and you need is to download the GetDoc app, change the temporary password that comes with the email invite and you will get to see your GetDocplus digital card.
Watch out this space as we tie up with more merchant partners.
Researchers at the University of Birmingham and King’s College London have found that staying active keeps the body young and healthy.
The researchers set out to assess the health of older adults who had exercised most of their adult lives to see if this could slow down ageing.
The study recruited 125 amateur cyclists aged 55 to 79, 84 of which were male and 41 were female. The men had to be able to cycle 100 km in under 6.5 hours, while the women had to be able to cycle 60 km in 5.5 hours. Smokers, heavy drinkers and those with high blood pressure or other health conditions were excluded from the study.
The participants underwent a series of tests in the laboratory and were compared to a group of adults who do not partake in regular physical activity. This group consisted of 75 healthy people aged 57 to 80 and 55 healthy young adults aged 20 to 36.
The study showed that loss of muscle mass and strength did not occur in those who exercise regularly. The cyclists also did not increase their body fat or cholesterol levels with age and the men’s testosterone levels also remained high, suggesting that they may have avoided most of the male menopause.
More surprisingly, the study also revealed that the benefits of exercise extend beyond muscle as the cyclists also had an immune system that did not seem to have aged either.
An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T cells, starts to shrink from the age of 20 and makes less T cells. In this study, however, the cyclists’ thymuses were making as many T cells as those of a young person.
The findings come as figures show that less than half of over 65s do enough exercise to stay healthy and more than half of those aged over 65 suffer from at least two diseases.* Professor Janet Lord, Director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham, said: “Hippocrates in 400 BC said that exercise is man’s best medicine, but his message has been lost over time and we are an increasingly sedentary society.
“However, importantly, our findings debunk the assumption that ageing automatically makes us more frail.
“Our research means we now have strong evidence that encouraging people to commit to regular exercise throughout their lives is a viable solution to the problem that we are living longer but not healthier.”
Dr Niharika Arora Duggal, also of the University of Birmingham, said: “We hope these findings prevent the danger that, as a society, we accept that old age and disease are normal bedfellows and that the third age of man is something to be endured and not enjoyed.”
Professor Stephen Harridge, Director of the Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences at King’s College London, said: “The findings emphasise the fact that the cyclists do not exercise because they are healthy, but that they are healthy because they have been exercising for such a large proportion of their lives.
“Their bodies have been allowed to age optimally, free from the problems usually caused by inactivity. Remove the activity and their health would likely deteriorate.”
Norman Lazarus, Emeritus Professor at King’s College London and also a master cyclist and Dr Ross Pollock, who undertook the muscle study, both agreed that: “Most of us who exercise have nowhere near the physiological capacities of elite athletes.
“We exercise mainly to enjoy ourselves. Nearly everybody can partake in an exercise that is in keeping with their own physiological capabilities.
“Find an exercise that you enjoy in whatever environment that suits you and make a habit of physical activity. You will reap the rewards in later life by enjoying an independent and productive old age.”
The research findings are detailed in two papers published today in Aging Cell and are the result of an ongoing joint study by the two universities, funded by the BUPA foundation.
The researchers hope to continue to assess the cyclists to see if they continue to cycle and stay young.
As we step up our customer activties and encouraging more to get active. What better way then to jointly commit and to help those who are new to cycling and our PCNs through our Riding program. This is ideal for those who want to commit to 4 Saturdays of exercise!
Ride program: 4 Sat mornings. S$80 payable upon registration at the store. 20km per ride on PCNs. Four rides.
Registration required. Sign up your parents or yourself.
1xKali helmet (it’s yours to keep after the ride for hygiene purpose)
Use of foldable bike for 4 sessions. so it’s S$20/ride.
Min 4 pax registered to start a group. Max 10 per group
1) Get active outdoors for 2 hrs every Sat morning
2) Explore the PCN at comfortable 10 -15 km/hr and 1 drink
3) Commit to cycle 100km
4) Start from MBS Northstar at 9am or MBS Henderson at 9am
1. If I have my own helmet, is there any refund for the helmet?
Ans: No – we have designed this for those new to cycling and we would feel safer if you had a helmet that was certified and properly fitted. When you register and come down to pay, we will hand you your helmet.
2. Will I get any refunds if I stop after the first ride?
Ans: No, the fees are really to cover the helmet cost, use of the bike and the drink that we will pay for in those 4 rides.
3. If I do not complete the 4 rides, can I join the next group?
Ans: The design of these rides will provide you the opportunity to discover the Park Connector Networks and the joy of cycling. You are encouraged to continue to keep riding but the designated rental bikes are for registered participants for that particular batch. But we welcome you to own your own foldable bike and to join us. We will try our best to accommodate your participation if you miss a scheduled ride.
4. What if weather is bad, does cancellation mean the ride count is forfeited?
Ans: No, we will count that ride as canceled and we will “credit” that batch with 1 more ride.
5. If you are unwell or away, do we get credit for that missed ride?
We have been moving good quantities of folding bikes in the S$600 – S$999 category. The brands we ranged all come with minimum 5 years warranty against manufacturing defects and they look good and come with better specs that result in a better roll, better grips, less flex and you can have the options of adding a front truss and rear racks easily. It is a wide range.
The Bickerton Argent is a beautiful bike. A new hinge and components that make that ride plush and relaxed. Designed after the first 1971 foldable bike, it now offers MANY fans in Singapore.
Tern’s Link D8 with Andros
True to Dahon, this IS their strongest lineup with the standard fold and wide range of formats and colour choices (Horize, Mariner, Vigor, Mu D8 , MuSP9). In addition, they have a strong 16 inch line ups too – Curve D7 and the EEZZ
Feedback from many of our customers point out plusher ride, better rolling, sturdier handlepost but for some, they say – cannot feel the difference. That’s why at MBS, we encourage our customers to come dressed for bike trial rides and you can decide for yourself if they do give a better ride.
So many reasons you’d buy a foldable bike from us.
Cost of ownership: The average ownership of a well designed foldable that you could own and ride for 2 years. That’s only a less than S$20/mth for TWO years (or 67 cents a day investment), a small footprint, comes with gears and gives you plenty of natural endorphins each time you cycle. Do the maths, you’d understand why you should buy a reputable brand – it’s truly affordable now.
Cashback for bicycles has been a great program and we will continue to work with our suppliers to include more models. Hold ON to your cards. Cashback participation is 10 days from qualifying bike purchases.
We are inviting all MBS/BRU cardholders to take part in more cycling and a chance to WIN the store jersey for FREE. Format is similar to Cashback and registration is required.
For those who are not up for the cycling, Cardholders get clear discounts for purchases of gloves, bike wear and also for pumps of all kinds.
For the Win a Jersey challenge, you can :
1) BUY the jersey for only S$40 OR
a. Cashback winners – cycle an additional 200km within 45 days and redeem our store jersey FREE. BRU/MBS card members qualify.
b. For those who are not Cashback winners, 300km must be ridden within 45 days (6-7km/day) to redeem the jersey FREE. BRU/MBS card members qualify.
Registration required for all MBS/BRU card holders before your ride counts. Send email to email@example.com and the contest admin will send registration details.
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!