Many times at our outlets we encourage our customers to buy a helmet after they made an investment for a bicycle, kick scooter and even inline skates (when we first started we sold Inline skates). Many times, we hear our customers give reasons for not needing a helmet as follows:
” I am not a professional rider” “I ride very slowly”
“I do not go on the road” “I look silly”
“Too expensive” “Messes up with my hair”
“It is too hot” “It won’t happen to me”
There has been many recent deaths due to head trauma from simple falls from scooters and bicycle activity. So we have signed up with our Kali protective helmet supplier – Luminari, we are very pleased to continue to do good. So from Monday the 16 May, you get to buy the Chakra (Black) for ONLY S$20 when you buy a folding bike/scooter/PAB from us. Each helmet will come with a set of 3 stickers* to make your black Chakra your own.
*Stickers are being made available at our stores
Since the last Car Free Sunday that we took part and brought our customers, I was given a chance to understand more how our city planners were working hand in hand to encourage our goal of being Car-lite. Yes, I am appreciating much more of what the MND and the authorities such as the URA and the CLC ( Centre for Liveable Cities ) brings together Singapore’s expertise on sustainable urban development across public and private sectors. It aims to distil and develop Singapore’s experience in good governance, integrated urban planning, effective resource management, affordable quality housing, efficient transport management and environmental sustainability.
I was given a tour of the Singapore City Gallery and what struck me was the history that Singapore underwent and how much depth and forward planning has our city planners been quietly working behind the scenes to blueprint what Singapore has today and beyond. I had a enjoyable time. One word – I was IMPRESSED.
Speaking to the a very passionate manager from CLC, it was apparent that our authorities and government realised that this City state must go beyond the hard aspects of amenities and facilities but about how everything works for the population that is aging and where the mix is changing. I was encouraged that despite her young age and sociology background, she was able to apply her graduate education into the hard science of urban planning.
Attached are photos from the gallery. I enjoyed the models of the city state and also the CBD. Now I know how Gulliver felt in Liliput.
Singapore City Gallery, the only permanent exhibit that tells the story of the nation’s physical planning efforts, has 10 thematic areas and more than 50 audiovisual and
interactive exhibits occupying the first three floors of the Urban Redevelopment Authority building on Maxwell Road, between Singapore’s Chinatown district and the Central Business District. The first floor is reserved for temporary displays on topics such as urban planning, architecture, and other areas relevant to the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s remit. The second floor houses a scale replica of central Singapore, called the Central Area Model. The third floor comprises permanent exhibits on topics such as preservation of historically significant buildings, sustainable development, and urban design. The Gallery as a whole occupies a total area of 2400 square metres. The gallery is open from 9am to 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
If you happen to get a chance to have an hour of so, I highly recommend anyone who is into understanding better of our historical landmarks to visit the Gallery and enjoy the displays that prove to be surprising and entertaining. The people who put the exhibits spared no details and mapped old pictures to current ones. See below:
I will be back there for more. Best place to hangout and learn so much more about Singapore city life and also the depth of our City planning.
Preorder yours now and get a Preorder bundle worth S$350. Bundle consists of Morpher foldable helmet, Airsmith Floor pump and Tern Cargo rack (Takes 25kg load).
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Hey everyone, the world leading PAB that has won awards in Germany, Japan and USA is now available here in Singapore. The new BESV PS-1 pedal-assisted electric bicycle is all of these things, and more. Extremely lightweight, the PS-1 is the perfect choice for urban riders, with our advanced proprietary Algorhythm power drive system ensuring the smoothest of rides, for daily commutes and fun rides around town.
Awards won :
China Cycle Creative Award.
Japan Good Design Award (G-Mark) Best 100.
Golden Pin Design Award
German Red Dot Award
Colours available : White, Red and Yellow.
Quote from Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong ;
“Car-Lite Singapore” by promoting and developing other modes of transport, making them convenient. We have to rely less on cars on the roads because we cannot keep on building roads – more roads for more cars. So we will provide more options for Singaporeans that are better than cars. Buses, more of course. Expanding the MRT network – that is happening everyday – but also other modes of transport for example, bicycling…”
So as a business having helped many get into cycling and owning a folding bike so you can enjoy the various infrastructure that the government has invested in, we spared no efforts to work with manufacturers, suppliers and level headed opinion leaders on what would work? So we completed our first wave of cargo bikes that have their own USPs and features/benefits.
Introducing the Tern Cargo Node, Kiffy Flash AND Bike Friday Haul-a-Day.
Tern Cargo Node – a full sized cargo bike that folds
The Cargo Node is a full sized cargo bike that folds. It’s designed to fit in an elevator, at 24.5 kg it’s easy to store in an apartment. It’s equipped with an adjustable Andros stem, so riders can fine-tune their position on the fly. With a high efficiency dynamo hub and 150 lumen front light, it’s perfect for night riding. It sports wide gearing, so it’s perfect for hilly climbs, even when loaded with up to 160 kg. The Cargo Node is a game changer for people who live in cities. Thanks to 350 lb (160 kg) of carrying capacity, big wheels and an ultra-stiff handlepost, it’s a full-sized cargo bike, yet it folds down to 1/3rd its total volume in only ten seconds. It’s the ultimate transportation solution for people who want to live car-free.
Kiffy Flash – a 2 speed hub adult trike with a front payload
The Kiffy can be disassembled and transformed into a pushable hand cart for use in a grocery store. The 4-foot-9-inch-long bike folds down to take up just 2′ by 2′, so it’s easily rolled into a subway car or an elevator. A clever front suspension system dubbed “Swing” allows the front of the tricycle to tilt like a regular bike, providing stability even on slopes. Front disc brakes keep everything under control. The inventor, Norbert Peytour, says that cycling is a form of care-free travel, with no fuel levels to watch, little to no maintenance, no engine that can fail. He rejects “advances” like the electric bike, which add complexity (and fuel consumption) to the mix.
Bike Friday Haul a Day
When Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz and Kidical Mass Co-Founder Shane MacRhodes put their heads together to come up with the perfect versatile bike for a Safe Routes to School class leader, the Bike Friday Haul-a-Day was born.The Haul-a-Day quickly earned a reputation as a great Family Bike as word spread quickly through Social Media by mothers and fathers that the Haul-a-Day delivered a great ride. Watch Alan Scholz vision
The Haul-a-Day is set up for the ultimate in convenience.
- Frame adjusts to riders (1.2 m to 2.0 m)
- Starting weight just 16kg
- Low step-over height
- Big load capacity, low center of gravity
- Light and agile, rides like a real bike
- Made in the USA
Baby steps but we have to start somewhere and with the rules and guidelines getting better and the encouragement for shared paths and tolerance for other users, am sure we will see more and more folks carrying payloads on their bikes. We think and believe Car-lite will be a reality in Singapore!
My Bike Shop – Entering our 10th year – new bike support policy – MBS Tuneups
My Bike Shop (MBS) values your patronage and support that has enabled us a decade in the business of folding bikes. A folding bike purchased from us can be used well and for a long time as we stand by the quality of the brands of folding bikes that we range.
We have achieve a significant milestone dealing in folding bikes, thanks to everyone who made this happen! Buying from a local bike establishment means your bikes will have a support plan and the establishment is around to help you keep your bike at tip top shape for ride safety. As labour costs rise and labour is tight, we have been working towards ensuring our customers get the necessary bike support/services so we needed time to build this up.
It’s not getting easier and it alot goes behind the scenes to ensure that we have the necessary bike range supply, parts supply and knowledge and trained staff, but we sat down and we are going for it!
We are pleased to launch My Bike Shop – MBS Tuneups. If you discover a manufacturing defect that is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty, we will contact the manufacturer/distributor, and perform all replacement labour for free during the first 2 years of purchase. Shipping charges and local delivery charges may apply.
We stand by our effort and commitment to our products. We give every new bike a full tuneup during assembly including truing, and every bike we sell is eligible for a full year of free tuning to keep your bike running well. This is applicable for all bikes purchased since 1st Jan 2014.
What is covered in MBS Tuneups :
• Original parts on folding bike purchased at MBS, owned by the first owner.
• We carry out one about a month after you buy the bike*, and another any time you need it within the year.
• Covers brake and derailleur adjustments, hub, bottom bracket and headset adjustment
• Tighten any loose nuts and bolts.
• Any adjustments covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
• Free 2 years inner tube replacement for 2 years from date of ownership for first owner based on original tire profile, subject to a maximum 12 inner tubes a year
• Must be booked via our online booking system Monday to Friday
• Proof of ownership will be original invoice and warranty card matching owner registration and loyalty card*
What is NOT included:
• Crash damage or user neglect or use outside the manufacturer’s recommended use
• Non-original parts and accessories.
• Labour cost to install new parts and accessories (except for brake pads and chains).
• Tire replacement due to road damage or neglect.
• User maintenance such as lubricating the chain and parts and proper tire inflation. But we’ll be happy to show you how to do these yourself.
*Why do we recommend a one month tuneup?
Every bike in the world experiences a mechanical run-in period. This means that the moving parts wear against each other and produce that last bit of adjustment before they settle into a stable relationship and fit for the rest of their working life. The length of the run-in period depends on extent of use, but is usually a month after the first use. This means the cables stretch, the wheels will need truing one more time, and bolts may vibrate loose. A tuneup shortly after the run-in period means you keep the mechanical parts in a good fit and avoid possible problems in the longer term.
Sam Pearce talks about his journey to invent his bicycle wheel Loopwheels at The Do Lectures 2013
What makes some one set out on a journey to re invent the wheel by adding integral suspension? And when the going is tough, why stick at it?
Just recently I had cause to think back six months to April 2013, when we had just launched our Kickstarter campaign. I heard from the organisers of The Do Lectures that they had posted online a talk that Sam gave at the 2013 Do Lectures. It made me realise how far we have come in six months. The Do Lectures describe themselves as “a tiny event that started out in a quiet corner of West Wales that inspires you to go and do amazing things”. The 2013 event in Wales took place just 10 days after we had launched Loopwheels and our Kickstarter campaign. Sam felt hugely honoured to have been invited to speak, and though Sam is very uncomfortable with public speaking, he was determined to take part.
The whole “making and do-ing” philosophy of the Do Lectures is just what Sam is about. Talking about his long journey to reinvent the bicycle wheel and bring Loopwheels to market was a challenging and emotional experience for him, and that comes through very clearly. But if you want an insight into Sam’s journey, watch it. Sam nurtured and developed his idea for six years before he felt he had a product which was ready to be launched.
Sam took a couple of Loopwheels bikes with him to Wales. They got a lot of riding. The Do camp is not your typical commuter journey of roads, towpaths and pavements, as it’s a beautiful rural setting in West Wales, but the Loopwheels bikes didn’t mind. Sam didn’t take many photos, but here’s one, of two Loopwheels bikes looking a little bit lonely! Thanks to everyone at The Do Lectures for welcoming Sam (and the Loopwheels bikes).
My Bike Shop SG will be working as a dealer to carry and install these fantastic new age suspension wheels.