Beating red lights, no registration fees to cycle on car free roads and a chance to see the Civic district up front and personal

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The team at My Bike Shop took to the Car Free Sunday Singapore for April and braving the forecast of thunderstorms, we met the team and a few customers turn up at our Henderson outlet at 645am.

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The weatherman forecast thunderstorms but we went ahead.

A bit about the Car Free Sundays

Car-Free Sunday SG turns part of our city into a pedestrian and cyclist friendly precinct and creates a 5 km route of closed roads in the heart of the city. It is part of the larger movement towards a car-lite Singapore, envisioning our city with fewer cars.

Car-Free Sunday SG takes place on the last Sunday of every month, with exciting line ups of activities for each edition!

The National Gallery Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, and Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall will open earlier at 9am.

Street performances will also be held at Esplanade Park, Connaught Drive and Empress Place throughout the day till 6pm.

This Car Free Sunday for April was slightly different, LTA AMU organised a flagoff that began after everyone had a chance to make a pledge for safer riding

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Although its only 5km in distance, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of momentumcycling through busy Shenton Way. I got to beat red lights, avoid ERP, no need to pay high carpark charges I typically have to pay in the CBD, but most important, I could see plenty of sights in the CBD up front close and personal without the worry of cars hitting me from the back. I get to see exactly how the Momentum is constructed.

Sure you get a longer distance with the OCBC Cycle events but this event is “free”, no registration fees to pay, just grab a folding bike (or not) , hop on the train as its Sunday and come discover the Civic District. It’s truly worth the effort. Feel you like to just cycle there from home? JUST DO IT! Singaporeans are an active bunch as we saw so many people doing aerobics, yoga and people just photo_2016-04-24_12-18-24walking or jogging so it is not just a cycling thing.

The MBS team split up and went exploring the sights along Boat Quay and Clifford Pier, and had alot of fun just enjoying the architecture of our beautiful city centre. Pardon my bike as it really brought me around covering more ground than I could if I relied on walking.

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After an hour of exploring, I stumbled onto Prive, situated just beside the Asian Civilisation Museum,  who served a very decent egg benedict and the flatwhite coffee – a MUST try!

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So a MUST Do and a Must try. If you own a folding bike and you like to experience what we experience last Sunday. You just got to try it. We will try to organise another Car Free Sunday ride but the URA and LTA does deserve feedback and encouragement for them to do MORE of such events.

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Repost from Active Age

Being fit is not just about getting a small waist or toned abs. It is a state that enables you to reach your full potential for a more active lifestyle.

If you think things are starting to get out of hand, it’s probably about time to take a breather. Do you feel sluggish and lethargic most of the time that you can’t perform your duties and tasks effectively? If this is the case, consider getting a break by evaluating your lifestyle for the past couple of years.home-exercise-to-lose-weight

Getting Fit

Being in shape is a decision. It must become a priority in order for exercise to be effective. It won’t help if you feel like exercise is an obligation that you need to fulfill just to get done with it. You have to love exercising in order to reap all its benefits in the long run.

exercise-bike-classesFind the best exercise that you think your body can handle. Try to walk, run or do basic yoga as a start. Forget about doing hardcore exercises since your body may react to it differently. It’s always great to listen to your body when it comes to choosing a workout routine.

Once you have a workout in mind, don’t let your schedule depend on your availability to exercise. You have to make an effort to squeeze working out in between your schedule to make it work. Getting at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily should be enough to get you started.

Encourage yourself to keep going by setting goals. Have you always wanted to lose weight? Now is the perfect time to do so.

Being Happy

Are you aware that your brain releases happy chemicals when you work out? These 8may1chemicals called dopamine are released whenever you feel pleasure and happiness. Since your energy is used every single day, you’d somehow feel a sense of accomplishment after hitting the gym or right after you exercise. This explains why people feel happy every time they’ve managed to get themselves sweat it all out.

Once you develop the habit of exercising regularly, expect your mood to be lively more than ever. It’ll boost your confidence to do better next time, allowing yourself to take on harder challenges you’ve never thought you can handle.

Some people may not agree with this, but regular exercise can be a fun way to spend time on your own. Walking or jogging can give you an opportunity to look around and appreciate your surroundings. It is also an effective way to meditate and think on things while getting your body all worked up.

At the same time, don’t fx_tdy_parental_sleep_150415.today-inline-vid-featured-desktop.jpgorget to sleep early as much as you can. How can your face light up early in the morning if you have a bad headache due to lack of sleep? Be strict when it comes to your bedtime and stick with it. You’ll find yourself more productive the next day, allowing you to accomplish more things and reach your full potential.

Staying Healthy

You must realize by now that exercise alone won’t get you anywhere. Any physical activity should be paired up with the right diet and enough sleep. How is your eating habit treating you for the last five years? Are you used to ordering Chinese every single night just to spare you from the burden of cooking? If this is the case, consider making changes when it comes to your diet.

If you’ve been burning a lot of carbs, it is normal for you to crave more food. However, did you know that regular exercise helps you avoid stress eating? Look for a much healthier option whenever you dine out with your friends. You can always look for low-fat meals that are still delicious to keep your carbs in check.

Instead of snacking on junk, try to look for healthier substitutes. Bring an apple to work index.jpginstead of the usual bag of chips you normally have. Skip the glazed donuts for a healthier peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You can use whole wheat bread instead of the usual white one. Your healthier choices will soon add up, allowing you to reap the full benefits of exercise.

Getting fit, happy and healthy is a choice. Take that leap of faith and start living a healthy lifestyle today!

Join Active Ager Asia, a membership community to help you keep healthy and stay fit. Members can sync your wearables or preferred mobile pedometer app with the system, get educational articles from the Active Age and enjoy privileges. Through the portal, members are encouraged to keep good health by walking to earn incentives. More information at Active Ager Asia.

Repost: Our First Car-Free Sunday SG

Living in Singapore, the cycling infrastructure is really coming together led by NParks PCN and also the Green corridor. Reposted from another blog.

Our First Car-Free Sunday SG

Over the past few weeks, I’ve met and spoken to many Singaporeans who support the vision of a car-lite and people-friendly city.

It will take tremendous effort and time to make our vision a reality.

Car-Free Sunday SG_2But if we want a future city that’s cleaner and greener, and provides an even better quality of life for all, we must start to make changes now.

Think of how we transformed Singapore over the last 50 years.

Likewise, the small steps we take today, accumulated over several years and even decades, can result in another wave of transformational change.

That’s why we’re working hard to improve our public transport and infrastructure for active mobility options like walking and cycling.

We’ve also been facilitating weekend road closures – initiated by local communities – around Singapore.

Later this month, we will take this a step further with our first Car-Free Sunday SG in the heart…

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My Bike Shop – Reloaded

Hi everyone,

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My Bike Shop – RELOADED. We have started operations and begun to know who our neighbors are. There is a Church on the right and a planned canteen on the left. The sheltered walkway even offers our customers to keep testing even if there is rainy weather.

As in the words of the late Glenn Frey of Eagles joked to the audience: “For the record, we never broke up; we just took a 14-year vacation.” MBS- the original took a 2 month vacation LoL! See you folks at the new store and watch our freemiums with bikes purchased here.

How to get here:

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Pay more than S$2500 for a folding bike? Warning – long article

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We have almost all the marques from all over the world- Japan, UK, USA and Taiwan. So when it comes to folding bikes, we get customers who appreciate their top end bikes like they enjoy their fine dining, exquisite cars and their finer things in life. Like cars, the exquisite bicycle brands have models with very much similarity.

First, the Alex Moulton range, the cycling equivalent of owning a Bentley or Rolls Royce.
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AM GT with BentleyThe Moulton Bicycle is the original full-suspension, separable, small- wheeled, high performance bicycle, world renowned for speed, efficiency, durability and comfort.
Double Pylon with Rolls Royce.  Expertly engineered for over 50 years and handcrafted in England, these bicycles are the world’s most efficient form of transport – designed for universal use, real performance and comfort.These bikes are not hard to spot, whether gleaming in Stainless Steel or resplendent in a custom paint job. Starting at just over S$8,000 (AM Speed) and running MoultonWebGraphics_03as high as S$32,000 (Double Pylon) the powerhouse of the range is the Moulton Speed in Stainless Steel at just over S$15,000. The Moulton Speed is an exquisite bikes with superior build and performance.

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How do you know you are staring at one of the high end, hand crafted Moultons and not

the standard Moulton TSR range (that gets you on a Moulton for just under S$3,000). Other than the refined components, you will notice the “kinked” bottom section of the spaceframe. This is a dead giveaway that you are looking at a top end Moulton, with the enhanced performance and comfort characteristics.
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The Moulton Jubilee, is all about comfort, whether you are planning a touring trip or want comfort, control and ease of riding as a weekend warrior. We are offering the Jubilee at a great price of S$7,999

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But not to be too aristocratic about it, the TSRs are truly awesome to ride, thanks to Dr Alex Moulton’s pioneering work on suspension design for small wheels. Moulton have taken everything they learnt in engineering design and conceived the SST. Although no “kinked” spaceframe, Moulton wanted to improve on the TSR series, and have introduced a whole host of engineering innovations – the SST is the result and is YOURS for S$5,999.

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Next came the American revolution and putting the first man on the moon. Dahon. 30+ years in folding bikes but like Ford cars, trying to find brand prominence again. Built on the ever popular Mu Rohloff i14 frame, Mu_Rohloff_i14_Folded.jpgthis speedhub_logo.jpgperformance bike sports a top-of-the-line component package for unparalleled riding experience and durability.Fronted by the zero-maintenance Rohloff Speedhub, this internal hubgear gives you 14 speeds to conquer any terrain or slopes. Paired with a Gates carbon belt drive means you have a smooth silent transmission that is clean at the same time, no more fears of oil stains on your pants or skirt! For S$5,500, you take home this beauty,  no need for re-tuning, all the maintenance within the Rohloff hub.

The Japanese challenge came – Tyrell, rising from the East and of the rising sun. They introduced the XF, titanium and complete with GOKISO hub. Very much like the way  Toyota and Lexus came and introduced quality and aesthetics to the eye and handling. The XF will set you back by S$16,000 and a 3 months wait.New-XF

So why S$16,000? Only 50 will be built, the XF is crammed full of innovation.They have used a GOKISO hub. As Hirose-san, CEO and Founder explained; “GOKISO make probably the finest hubs in the business, ensuring super accurate rotational performance.  We wanted the best for the XF”. But that’s not all, Tyrell have also used electric shifting, integrated with a carbon handle. And to achieve a spectacular finish as well as strength and lightness, the XF is built completely in Titanium.

If you want something lighter on your pockets – The FSX , retailing at just S$4,100, you get 406 wheels on lightning fast frames and the 2016 will come with a choice of Ultegra or 105

tern bicyclesTern – brokeaway from Dahon and HQ-ed out of Taiwan, management team trained in the USA and possessing a global mindset. Armed with innovations, Tern is like the Tesla brand of cars. Fast, eco friendly in mind, innovations at many levels,  a new look at folding bikes, putting together innovations at the component levels and winning awards across the globe. Their answer for a top of the line premium bike – Verge X20 retailing at S$4,200 and currently selling at our outlets for S$4000 (excl pedals as most owners opt for clipless or very light weight pedals)

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Added 28 Jan – Tern introduced the 2016 Eclipse X22. The Eclipse X22 is designed to be the fastest folding bike in the world. With hand-built 26” wheels and race-tuned geometry, it’s a full sized road bike, but it folds down small in 10 seconds. It boasts an Ultegra drivetrain, and—just in time for the UCI’s new regulations—a set of Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. With a stealth black finish, hydroformed fork, red Syntace accents, and perfected engineering, the X22 inaugurates a new chapter in Tern design. AT S$3500 (promo launch price). We would are say its the most affordable top end luxury bike.

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Wow, so if you have S$2400 – S$2700 as a budget, that Dahon Mu SLX, Verge X10, or Tyrell FX  10 speeds folding bikes start looking very good value for money. LoL!

 

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Sneak preview of new location for My Bike Shop – Original outlet

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Hey everyone,

Yes,  reno works are underway and we are almost there. Contractors are doing their best but some things just cannot be rushed.  Wacth this space as we kit out My Bike Shop before the Chinese New Year!

MBS consolidated overview

We have lined up a brand new showroom with an expanded section to include Road bikes , components and latest lifestyle products.

How does one get there?

If you drive, head towards the old HDB Hub, its now known as Surbana, turn into Henderson Rd, turn left once you see Scanteak which is at 211. Go all the way down, along 221 and its a circular road heading towards the main Henderson Rd again BUT  before you exit, turn left into the CP that goes into Blk 213.

If you come by Bus, you can alight at the Bus Stop right in front of Blk 213 Henderson, Bus service: 57, 145, 175, 176, 272, 273

If you end up at Bkt Merah Bus Interchange, its a 5 min walk.

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

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Come the launch of the JDM Dahon Boardwalk. Price S$699 ( S$650 launch price) this bike has that classic and Japanese infused chic

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We have been moving good quantities of folding bikes in the the S$750 – S$800 category. The brands we ranged all come with minimum 5 years warranty against manufacturing defects (Omnipax come with 2 years) and they look good and come with better specs that result in better roll, better grips, less flex and you can have the options of adding front truss and rear racks easily.

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Feedback from many of our customers point out plusher ride, better rolling, big apple tiressturdier handlepost but for some, they say – cannot feel the difference. That’s why at MBS, we encourage our customers to come dressed for bike trials and you can decide for yourself.

Due to out of stock situations, we did not feature the Bickerton 1808 and the Omnipax R6  right now but we inserted photos into our Media slideshow. However we are watching this space to see if we can get more stocks from suppliers. Straight talk, no sales talk, we post feedback from customers.

 

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

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Haze has gone away!* So traditional monsoon season now starts but one thing remains – 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 foldables that must meet below criterion:

  • Global brand
  • FIVE years warranty
  • Comes fitted with Fenders and Rear rack (Hey its rainy season and at least there are affordable upgrades)
  • Has at least 6 speeds
  • Designed with folding joints that won’t hurt your fingers
  • 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):

TernLink B7, stepped down from Link C7 ( no front luggage truss mount) at S$499, 7 2015Link B7speeds.

Bickerton Portables – the widest line up with  16 inch Junction 1406 S$450. Limited units of the Green. Admiralty blue running low on stocks

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or 20 inch Junction 1306 6 speeds at S$41306 wo fenders50 1306 Fells Red(without fenders and rack)

and 7 speeds Junction 1507 S$499 (without fenders and rack)

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So, times could get hard and weather could get wet but the haze has gone away and with a average ownership of a well designed foldable that you would own and ride for 2 years. That’s only a less than S$20/mth for TWO years (or 67 cents a day investment) 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.