Knee pain from cycling?

Just like everything else, the bicycle has to fit the rider’s anatomy. If we ride without adjusting the bicycle to our needs, it could result in knee pain, which is a common issue with riders.knee_pain_man_holding1

The 4 most common causes of knee pains are due to improper saddle height or position, have a crank that is too long for the rider, rider pushing excessively high gears, or poor foot alignment.

Here are a few things you can try out before heading to the doctor’s.
If the pain is in the front of the knee (Anterior Pain):

Pushing too high gears          ->              Lower gear, and increase cadenceknee-anatomy-diagram

Saddle too low or far forward             ->              Raise seat or move seat back

Foot too far forward on the pedal              ->           Move foot back to have toes in line with the pedal

Crank arms too long         ->             Shorten crank arms by 2.5 cm
If the pain is in the back of the knee (Posterior Pain):

Saddle too high or far back          ->          Lower seat, or move seat forward

Too much pedal float             ->           Limit float to 6 – 8 degrees
If the pain is in the inner side of the knee (Medial Pain):

Incorrect foot position on pedal (toes pointed out)          ->             Narrow foot position by adjusting foot parallel to bicycle

Too little pedal float          ->              Limit float to 6 – 8 degrees

If the pain is in the outer side of the knee (Lateral Pain):

Incorrect foot position on pedal (toes pointed in)          ->              Widen foot position by adjusting foot parallel to bicycle
Too little pedal float           ->             Limit float to 6 – 8 degrees

If all else fails, you might just need supplements to aid you. Consider Jointplex Pro. We sell  them and many experience its efficacy.

Girasol Pushbikes – kids NOW have the benefits of bicycle geometry and performance innovations on their bike

Dynamic structure.jpgWith Luminari, we have agreed to range Girasol Kids Pushbikes. Girasol? What brand is that? Girasol logo.jpg

Girasol as a brand is Sunflower in Spanish. It represents passion, loyalty, sunny and positive. Founded in Tainan Taipei in 2011, it has been in the bicycle business for the last 8 years.

We love the idea of ranging stuff from young to old and Girasol puts kids Pushbike to the next level. None of these plasticframes that flex and hard rubber tires that are hard on your kids buttocks and spine. 35 PSI pneumatic tires that offer ride comfort and control when they need it. Sealed bearings for Girasol’s wheelsets bring kids bike to adult level specs.

100% Aluminum and light weight, your child will thank you for it!

We understand that Girasol will bring the competition circuit from China, Taiwan and HK to Singapore!

So some information about the Girasol PRO design:

Lightweight, rear suspension, sealed bearings for wheels, saddle designed for our young riders, proper headset weighing only 3.5kg. MSRP is S$380.

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Let’s look at the Girasol GK, designed with shorter wheelbase so it’s easier to ride and handle. Kids as young as 18 months can start with this. It has a Safety Seat stay to prevent feet getting scratched. Weighing in at 3.3kg, your child will just fall in love with it. MSRP S$300.

We do recommend that your child dons a helmet and you get a S$10 off when you show the stores this article.

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Supplements that target the root of issues

As we age, our bodies start to show signs of slower recovery and our sedentary lifestyles do us harm. With lesser and lesser time for stiffexercise, we often find ourselves suffering from aches and stiffness. On another front, we consume supplements and vitamins to improve our performance in various aspects in sports and in bed.

dreamstime_s_30220773The more I read and personally seeing peers and family dealing with knee issues, worries about kidney disease and diabetes, we have decided to focus on supplements that do not boost performance but instead on regimens that reignite our internal “systems” to “heal ourselves”. Speaking to labs that are designing supplements that show positive improvements, we start with TWO supplements that you should read:

 

Jointplex Pro (S$69.90 a bottle, 100 capsules) is a premium natural herbal supplement that combines the powerful anti-inflammatory and cartilage-protective properties of 4 natural herbs, namely Boswellia, Ginger, Withania and Curcumin. It is ideal for athletes and people affected by arthritis, cartilage injuries and chronic inflammation.

JointplexPro Benefits

  1. Those suffering from arthritis (osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis) or cartilage injuries.
  2. Endurance sports athletes looking for a natural solution to post-exercise joint and muscle inflammation.
  3. Those suffering from chronic inflammation and pain (and who do not wish to take long-term painkillers for fear of the potential side-effect

 

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Arterial Formulation® ( S$79.90 a tub that will last 30 days) is a natural all-purpose arginine-rich dietary food supplement that has been developed by Salutem Supplements to help the body improve and support the well-being of the cardiovascular system.

Arterial Formulation provides a balance of specifically chosen Amino Acids and Vitamins that may work synergistically to deliver levels of nutrition to the cardiovascular system that may support general health and wellbeing.

There is evidence that suggests that the amino acids and vitamins that are contained within Arterial Formulation may:

  • Support the production of nitric oxide
  • Improve blood flow
  • Relax the arteries
  • Support healthy blood pressure
  • Support a healthy immune system
  • Improve energy levels
  • Increase feelings of overall well-being
  • Reduce fatigue and tiredness
  • Improve mental clarity
  • Improve sleep patterns
  • Support healthy hair growth
  • Reduce body fat
  • Improve skin health
  • Reduce cellulite
  • Increase exercise stamina
  • Support the increase of lean muscle
  • Support sexual performance
  • Reduce the negative effects of menopause

Lets get working on supplements that work!

MBS/BRU card holders GET 10% off.

 

LifeGlider – mobility device that assists you to walk

Singapore like many Asian countries is aging fast. With it we have a growing population faced with illnesses that comes with the aging population. Of course diet, exercise and Senior people walking outdoorsgood management of lifestyles goes a long way to have a better retirement life.

But what happens when tragedy strikes and you suffer a stroke or lost your ability to walk independently? The rehabilitation regime is always a walking aid. But most walking aids require you to hold on to it and your posture is often not ideal.  They are not on wheels (therefore mobility is slow) and you will need your hand(s) to operate.

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Enter the LifeGlider™. It is a new mobility device that permits upright, hands-free mobility.

It is designed to reduce the fear of falling and the fatigue sometimes associated with struggling to walk.

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The patented LifeGlider represents an evolution in assistive mobility devices, and is

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unique in the way it secures the user’s center of gravity. This enables upright posture, balance, and greater confidence as the fear of falling is minimized. Securing the body’s center frees the hands, since gripping the device is not necessary. (No need to hold the device – the device holds you.)

 

THE KEY TO STABILITY: SECURING THE CENTER OF GRAVITY

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BUILT-IN SEAT: FOR FULL OR PARTIAL WEIGHT ALLEVIATION

The LifeGlider’s built-in seat is positioned to support the pelvis at the seat bones, and may be used to alleviate all, some, or no weight, as needed. When walking, the seat provides extra security and stability, enabling even those with limited leg strength to enjoy mobility and conduct daily activities

 

LG to change the world

 

Not convinced? Come to My Bike Shop Stores to trial the LifeGlider.

Rides with friends of MBS/BRU – which ride should I join?

Our rides attendance is steadily growing and often we get responses from people why 458b3c45-4350-4905-93e4-9dc60145379ethey do not join mostly centering around  a few reasons:

“You guys are too fast”

“I do not like riding on the road”

“I do not ride at night”

We FULLY understand. but we have a growing number of riders AND we observe a few things:

  1. We ride at speeds we are comfortable
  2. We advocate safety (Helmets, lights and observation of traffic rules)
  3. We wait for each other and especially newbies

If you look at our photos shared, a number of our riders are women and young adults and our rider ages have a wide range from 16 to 60 years. We typically split into 2 groups: the regulars and the noobs.

Routes on Fridays are the Western side of Singapore, at that time of the evening, traffic thins after 9pm.

 

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With the new rules and speed limits on PCNs, the newbie rides for Saturday mornings have to be at locations where the roads are quiter and so far, we have identified Seletar Aerospace Hub as a good route. We will be encouraging riders to ride the “horseshoe circuit” on the road as it is 10km each time. Also it allows riders to build up confidence while on the road.

 

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For those who are thinking of joining us, below is a guide

 

Last but not least the Monday night rides:

3-4 loops around Seletar Aerospace hub at night. This one is just sustained rides at the average 28-30km/h pace. We have strong riders who pull the rest and it is a ride regime that allows you to train up your stamina.

 

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See you soon!

 

 

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!

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)

Bickerton Junction 1306 6 speeds 20 inch
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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?

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.

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.