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 good 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.
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.
The patented LifeGlider represents an evolution in assistive mobility devices, and is
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
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
Not convinced? Come to My Bike Shop Stores to trial the LifeGlider.
Our rides attendance is steadily growing and often we get responses from people why they 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 but we observe a few things:
We ride at speeds we are comfortable
We advocate safety (Helmets, lights and observation of traffic rules)
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.
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.
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.
JTC Corporation formerly known as Jurong Town Corporation, is a Singaporean state-owned real estate company and statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry headquartered in Jurong, Singapore. Established in 1968, the company was set up by the Government of Singapore as the country’s principal developer and manager of industrial estates and their related facilities. Always associated with factories and industrial development, one would not think they only developed concrete based buildings but this Aerospace Hub development is one unique project.
Often we think of only private jets (Seletar Airport) and you see very big factories (also very quiet) names ( Rolls Royce, Hakwer Pacific, Bombardier etc), it is a very popular spot for cyclists as it offers relatively quiet roads to cycle and yes there is the Oval. On weekend evenings, I see plenty of dog owners bring their dogs toget a chance to run around.
There are nice places to grab a bite and plenty of Black/White Bungalows and ex Airforce quarters AND Trees..majestic trees that can be found. We joined a Discovery ride and were given a treat to marvel at a really great tree and had a group photo taken.
I have seen the development of this location having cycled here upteenth times over 15+ years and when you see how the government Boards work together to create a unique atmosphere such as this location, Seletar has become a “happening” place where one can cycle, enjoy nature, listen to the birds chirp away, grab a bite and just idle time away. I just love the way this place has evolved and we call Singapore our home. Keep up the great work JTC!
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.
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.
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.
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.