MBS Tuneup/BRUcare card holders get a paid 1 year GetDocPlus subscription

Picture1 (2)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.MBS Card 1 Oct

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

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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.

Sample of Email to MBS BRU cardholder

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Watch out this space as we tie up with more merchant partners.

It’s our way to say Thank you!

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Reposting – A lifetime of regular exercise slows down aging, study finds. Credit to University of Birmingham

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.

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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.

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My Bike Shop SG – Get Active!

Hey everyone,

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.

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Fees cover:
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
Goal:
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
FAQs
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?
ce7d2db4-c96a-42b0-b1a1-cc49dc5e8752Ans: 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?
Ans: No, we do not refund for such circumstance.

What happens when you want something better in a folding bike after you looked at Entry level bikes?

Something between S$600 and S$999?

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.

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Bickerton Argent 1808 8 speeds 20 inch

Tern’s Link D8 with Andros

Tern Link D8 with G2 Andros
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Accessories from Tern that work on all foldables BUT you must have a luggage Truss and Truss mount

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

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Dahon Horize 8 speeds 20 inch

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.

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Schwalbe Big Apple

How about bikes in the premium range that cost S$2500 and above? Click HERE

Take me back to S$500 budget levels bikes

Offering foldable bikes at that S$500 level THAT offers global make and quality

We need the exercise and we love cycling!  We worked with our suppliers during this period and we lined up a few sub S$450 – S$550 price tag foldable bikes that must meet below criterion:

  • A global brand
  • FIVE years warranty
  • Optional upgrades:  Fenders and Rear rack (Hey its rainy season and at least there are affordable upgrades)
  • At least 6 speeds
  • Designed with folding joints that won’t hurt your fingers ( or wallets)
  • Take rider weights of at least 105kg
  • Priced between S$450 – S$550

So here is our lineup (unless stated, prices are without fenders and rack):

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Tern Link A7

TernLink A7, stepped down from Link B7/C7 ( no front luggage truss mount) at S$499, is the 3rd iteration of the value foldable.

Review on Link A7

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Junction 1406 – 6 speeds 16 inch 

Bickerton Portables – the widest line up with  16 inch Junction 1406 S$399.  (comes with rack and fenders)

or 20 inch Junction 1306 6 speeds at S$399 (If you are aged above 59 years, we sell you the bike for S$299)  (including  fenders and rack)

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Bickerton 1507 7 speeds 20 inch

and 7 speeds Junction 1507 S$499 that offers the new benchmark for a 7 speeds foldable at this price tag inclusive of rack and fenders.

How can one forget Dahon?

DahonRoute/Vybe at ranging between S$499 and S$550

Read review on Vybe C7A

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Dahon Route 7 speeds 20 inch

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.

What if you want something better?

We are Twelve today.

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We like to thank everyone for this milestone. A decade of doing business was something we did and time passed very quickly.

We deeply thank everyone for their years of support.

Some interesting things about the number – 12:

The largest quantity that can be spoken in the English language with only one syllable.

Also known as  – One dozen.

The square root of a gross.

The quantity of Little Twelve-Toes’ fingers or toes.

Twelve Disciples selected by Christ
12 years is a good year for Single Malt Whiskey

Twelve is a symbol of cosmic order.

Twelve is the number of space and time.

Time is measured in two groups of 12 hours

We find the twelve year cycle in Asia.

European Union flagThe EU flag. The flag has 12 stars. The number of stars does not have anything to do with any number of countries that are members.

The number 12 was chosen for the symbolism it represents.

Membership benefits

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.

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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
2) Cycle:
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 checkmybikeshop@gmail.com and the contest admin will send registration details.

Car Free Sunday comes to One-North 29 April 2018

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

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This April 2018, Car Free Sunday goes to One North.

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It promises to be fresh and fun! See you all there!

Another step as a combined team – joint announcement from BRU/MBS

Hi everyone,

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!

 

We now offer our customers – Smart blood pressure measuring and Fat composition devices

Hippo devices

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.

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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.