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 of 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:

 

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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

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

Let’s 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

 

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

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

24 March 2020 ADVISORY: We are observing recommendations and will suspend these large group organised rides.

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.

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

Ride 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!

What happens when you want something better in a folding bike after you looked at Entry level bikes? Something between S$699 – S$999.

A fiercely contested category of folding bikes in the S$699 – S$999 range. 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.

Tern bicycles

Link C8 12.8 kg
Link C8 12.8 kg

 

Dahon

 

 

 

Bickerton Portables

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.

Feedback from many of our customers point out plusher ride, better rolling, sturdier handlepost.

And if you are the adventurer type, Bickerton 1618 with 18 speeds, mechanical disc brakes ONLY at S$899.

18 speeds 13.1 kg Mechanical disc brakes

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How about bikes in the premium range that cost S$2000 and above? Click HERE

Take me back to S$500 budget level bikes

Accessories from Tern that work on all Tern models BUT you need to install a Luggage Truss and your bike must have a Truss mount. Delivery of Tern AM is S$20 per trip as items are larger.

Dahon accessories available

Bike prices and accessories depicted on the bikes are subject to change. For avoidance of doubt, please check with the store staff.

Offering foldable bikes at that S$450 – S$599 level THAT offers global make and quality

We need the exercise and we love cycling!  We work with our suppliers and we lined up a few sub S$450 – S$600 price ranged foldable bikes that must meet below criterion:

  • A global brand that has been in existence for 5 years
  • FIVE years warranty
  • Optional upgrades:  Fenders and Rear rack
  • At least 6 speeds
  • Designed with folding joints that won’t hurt your fingers (or wallets)
  • Take rider weights of up to 105kg
  • Priced between S$450 – S$599

Bickerton Portables -the brand that offers a value 16-inch wheel Pilot 1406 S$450 (comes with rack and fenders).

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email checkmybikeshop@gmail.com to enquire for availability

And for our younger ones (heights at least 1.2m), the single speed Bickerton 1501 Scout.

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Our entry level stocks have ALL SOLD OUT.

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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?

I want 26 inch wheel folding bikes

Dahon and Tern entry level models are all OUT of stock

Expected restocking updates

Link A7 S$575  Aug/Sep 2020.

Bickerton 1307 S$599 Sep/Nov 2020

Dahon Route S$600 Nov/Dec 2020

Bike prices and accessories depicted on the bikes are subject to change.

 

 

 

Cashback program – Exercise and get cash rebates

Get rewarded when you get on your bike the first 10 days of ownership.

Cashback Jan 2020

The current promo above covers the mid range bikes and the cashback is worth the effort.

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 first  10 days from qualifying bike purchases. Please check for the latest applicable bikes on the program.

 

Hold on to your MBS Tune up cards – you get 10% off your 2nd purchase for bikes and Free return delivery for full serviced folding bikes

  • 10% discount on 2nd bike purchases*
  • Free return transport for Folding bikes sent for FULL service**
  • Applicable from 1 October 2017

MBS Card 1 Oct

Yes it’s true. Cardholders can get 10% discount for their 2nd purchases and help their friends enjoy these discounts too. Discounts cannot be combined with promotional and clearance items.

Terms and conditions are as follows:

* Cash terms and not applicable on promotional and clearance itemsImage result for 10% discount

* Inner tube replacement is no longer extended

* Not applicable for Clearance or bikes on Sale and limited to 3 bikes per purchase

* Owner of original card MUST be present

WAIT… there’s more.

When you book your bikes for FULL service (Folding bikes ONLY), it now comes with free returned delivery to your home or office.Image result for delivery return

Terms and conditions are as follows:

** Service must be paid in full when folding bike is deposited

** Delivery within Singapore and delivery between 10am to 4pm. ADD S$10 for after 4pm requests

** S$25 will be refunded if bike is self collect

Why scooting isn’t just for kids — 5 health benefits- Strengthens core muscles and your tush

Reposted from https://swiftyscooters.com/blog/%E2%80%8A5-health-benefits-for-scooter-mums/

Yes we see many PMDs around, powered by motor and a rechargeable battery and offering many a commuting choice. However, take a look at Swifty Scooter premium adults skate scooters, they strengthen core muscles and for those who need to get back into shape, using that Skatescooter for your errands or exploring the city or neighborhood REALLY gives you a workout. PLUS it gives you that longer range than running or jogging. We are really helping everyone try to own one of the latest SwiftyOnes and they not only offers you the mobility, they allow you to fold, roll and bring them onto the SMRT (Now that that they have extended folding bikes onto trains the WHOLE DAY!) For December, GET your Swifty Scooter SwiftyOne at S$699.00. The SwiftyOne take up to 150kg.

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If your kids love their scooters, investing in a quality adult version not only gives you a ticket to join the fun on the school run, but also provides a host of additional benefits.

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  1. Scooting can increase core strength

How often do we find time in our daily routines for the planks and sit-ups that aid core strength? Scooting is excellent news for core strength, as you balance a scooter you engage your bum. The need for stabilising whilst standing on a scooter places a positive demand on muscles that we all too often take for granted. In particular, having a good foundation of the muscles around the stomach, back and pelvis, can protect against back problems that affects as many as half of us in adulthood.

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  1. Aerobic and anaerobic fitness systems get a look in

Scooting on the flat provides an opportunity for gentle aerobic exercise by elevating the heart rate. On even ground, you’ll spend the majority of your scoot-time in the aerobic ‘fat burn zone’, but you’re never far away from an anaerobic challenge, especially if you live near any steep inclines. The moment you hit a hill on a scooter is where anaerobic capacity comes in – hills will challenge you more than on a bike. By challenging yourself in bursts and then giving yourself a break, you’ll give yourself a high intensity interval training (HIIT) session, which is known for greater post-workout benefits including elevated metabolism, for longer fat-burning effects. Scooting up hill also means one thing – there will be a down hill!

  1. core-muscles Say hello to your new bum and thighs

We’d forgive you for thinking that it’s only the kicking leg that gets a workout on a kick scooter. Whilst it’s true that propelling yourself along by pushing off the ground provides a powerful workout, it’s your supporting thigh and glute muscles do the majority of the stabilising work. If you want to go that little bit further for a really good conditioning session, think about engaging your bum whilst in action, and ‘squeezing’ the glute on the kicking leg. Don’t be surprised if your glutes and quads ache for a few days after scooting for the first time, and always remember to swap legs for an even work out!

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  1. Challenge your stability ( even more so for ladies after pregnancy )

    Overall stability from top to toe is so important for everyday activities. When we talk about stability we’re referring particularly to even strength in the abdominal muscles and pelvic floor, the areas that gets stretched and weakened in pregnancy. It’s important to get those muscles working again for your long term physical well being, and especially so if you enjoy high impact sports like running, where any imbalances are accentuated and can lead to injury.

We all have a stronger and weaker side, yet don’t often have a chance to discover which is which. Scooting can improve your stability as the neurological messaging between your brain and muscles improves when challenged. It’s really important to use alternate legs for an even work out. Try 3 kicks with the left, swap and 3 kicks with the right, once you get into the rhythm, any imbalances should even out as you feel your core muscles engaging.
Exercise: If you aren’t sure which is your weaker side, stand on one leg and bend your knee, then straighten it again keeping as still as possible. One side will feel more stable than the other. For a real test — do this with your eyes shut! Use this awareness in your training.

  1. Mental wellbeing

It’s joie de vivre for all ! It’s hard to resist a smile on a family scoot, and that’s good for the heart and the mind. What’s more, getting involved in an activity that your children already love enables more family ‘togetherness’ time. There aren’t many activities that us grown-ups and young children can share, equally enjoy and you’ll feel the benefits too.

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Diabetes – a concern for Singaporeans

A silent killer especially Type 2 Diabetes. we should watch this very carefully. This blog entry is adapted from Texas Diabetes Council. Some hard facts that will make one sit up. That by 2050, 1 million Singaporeans could be affected by diabetes. But diabetes has other longer term complications that makes this disease so dreadful.

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In 2005 when we decided with a goal to make exercise convenient but avoid the membership gyms was our goal. Hence the notion of a pair of inline skates, folding bike or that you could unpack  anywhere an exercise you reach home from the office came about.

Many people have diabetes and don’t know it because they don’t have any symptoms. Diabetes causes your blood glucose (also called blood sugar) to be too high. Because the cells in your body can’t turn the blood sugar into energy, the sugar builds up and can damage many parts of your body, such as your heart, kidneys, eyes, and nerves. Over time, diabetes can cause stroke, heart attack, or coma.

Some helpful Myth busters

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In so many years, exercise is one thing but we believe that diet remains the key – what we ingest from carbo and liquids makes that difference! Go for low GI rice – basmati rice, drink alkaline, high oxygen water and take your slow release Vitamin C.

Go for low GI rice – basmati rice, drink alkaline, high oxygen water and take your slow release Vitamin C AND complement that with regular exercise. Those who are high risk to diabetes or already diagnosed with Prediabetic, you can manage this dreaded disease.

There are 3 types of diabetes

What is type 1 diabetes?

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Type 1 Diabetes (Insulin-Dependent Diabetes)

  • The body’s own immune system fights the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin.
  • Sometimes called juvenile diabetes, but it can affect people at any age.
  • Symptoms include thirst, frequent urination, dehydration, blurred vision, and weight loss.
  • No cure, but patients can control their blood sugar with daily insulin shots.
  • Not preventable.

What is type 2 diabetes?

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Type 2 Diabetes (Non-Insulin-Dependent Diabetes)

  • The body doesn’t make enough insulin, or it can’t use the insulin correctly, so the cells can’t process blood sugar correctly.
  • Most common type of diabetes.
  • Often has no symptoms.
  • Family history can increase risk.
  • Being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising, and having high blood pressure increase risk.
  • Can be prevented with healthy eating and physical activity.

What is gestational diabetes?

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Gestational Diabetes

  • Affects some women during pregnancy.
  • Family history can increase risk.
  • Being overweight, eating unhealthy foods, not exercising, and having high blood pressure increase risk.
  • Often prevented with healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Increases risk of problems during pregnancy.
  • Usually disappears after pregnancy, but mom has increased risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Babies are more likely to be obese and have diabetes.

Taking a few simple steps can help you reduce your risk and prevent type 2 diabetes.

Set a weight loss goal.

If you’re overweight, the key to preventing diabetes is to lose weight. The most successful plans use a combination of eating healthy foods that are lower in fat and calories, and being physically active. Set a goal that you can achieve. A loss of five to seven percent (3 to 5 kgs for a 75kg person) can have a big impact on lowering your risk of diabetes.

Eat healthy foods.

Choosing to eat healthy foods will help you reach your weight loss goal. Figure out how many calories and fat grams you should have per day. Set a goal for losing one to two pounds each week.

Move more. Walk, Run or Cycle!

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