Friday, March 6, 2015

LCSG and Nparks Bike workshop @ Jurong 28th Feb 2015

When a community comes together to do help and make a difference, its always inspiring and delightful to see. Thats what happened on the 28th Feb 2015 when Lovecyclingsg did the cycling workshop at Jurong for the public.  We were supported by Nparks who kindly provided the venue and light refreshments for the attendees. 
About 40 attended the workshop lead ably by LCSG Angels Pierre Chew, Tiger Wan Gracie Koh, Cha Cha Ray, Seng tat, nixs and afew more.  
The workshop was a hands-on approach, in LCSG style.  
I see, I forget, I do and get my hands dirty I remember for life :) 
It was pared down to the basic essentials to make it easier to remember. Learning to change out the tubes(which happens) and checking the brakes and general parts are in a working condition(for safety).  
I am especially happy when I see newbies trying to out to fix their issues with the help of the more experienced riders. This is really an expression of a communal help. Kampong spirit!  Well done. 

Thank you LCSG Angels and Nparks for the great workshop. You folks rock! 


getting into it

young participant learning from uncle Pierre

live demo 

Oh gossip.. we have to do this??? yes. 

sweat.... slowy ok!



Monday, February 23, 2015

Milestone for Momo

22nd Feb 2015. Sunday. 
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This is the section that runs parallel to Coney Island. Nicest stretch!

We went for a ride around the North Eastern Riverine PCN Loop
Taken from Npark website 
That's very near where we live at Punggol Fields. It's a nice ride and a special one. Because she did it all under her own power and completed the whole route. 
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Rolling 
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Pungol waterway. My neighbourhood! 
I really like the part nearer to the Punggol Jetty where Nparks kept a small path of dirt. This made it bit more challenging for Momo but not impossible for her to ride.  It was nice also to see a lone kite circling around the sky near Coney Island. That's not too often a sight in our urbanised country. 
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bumpity bumpity 
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Its fun 
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That's Coney Island. I remember doing army beach head exercises here. Before the wall was made. 
The path was more crowded when we were at Punggol End. We saw many families and people. Some were cycling, some sitting at the steps facing the sea, enjoying the sea breeze. Its a nice lepak feeling.  
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Sitting at the steps and enjoying the sea breeze 
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Couples on a tandem 
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Momo keeping left, watching out for traffic as we neared the Punggol end. 
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Boats at Punggol Marina 
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New bike rental @ Punggol Marina
We carried on towards Punggol Marina and it was here, Momo complained that her butt hurts bit . I told her it was around 1/3 of the journey and lets do it slowly together. With plenty of stops, chats and encouragement, we eventually managed to complete the journey. It was a 20km ride and while its not in any way Epic distance. I am really proud of her. For her persistence and determination to continue the ride. I could see she was also very pleased with herself to have done it. She told me" very tired but fun. And jelly legs" haha..:) 
Do try out this route with your child some day. Its really fun! 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

All you need to know about Thumbshifter or Thumbies

This is an excellent collection by Rafael of Spain on  how thumbies/thumbshifters can be used on bicycles.  With Google instant translate, I am able to make up what he wrote.  You got to see this if you are looking to try a new/older way of shifting.  
Screen grab from http://aventurasenunabiciplegable.blogspot.com.es

I suppose these are not for every one in an era of Brifters... why would you even bother doing it the "Old" way?  I thought so initially as well until I got to try thumbies on my old Trek 930 
Its like driving a manual car, you need finese and once u get it, the drive train sound so sweet!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Simple life simple pleasures

I had a nice morning with my little girl, Momo. She asked if we could have Mac Donald's for Breakfast. Yes sir, they are not exactly the breakfast of champions nor the most healthy choice. But when I see her doey eyes, the answer was clear. We will have Mac Donalds! 
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Welfie using the HTC RE camera 
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Check out the wide pavement @ Punggol. This is prime potential for a cycling path! 
It was about 3 km away and we took the bicycle. The morning air was cooling and nice for a ride.  On a sat morning, there was also less frantic traffic which was good for riding. 
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Rolling slowly and feeling a cool breeze brushing on my face
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Momo says Yummy!!!
The journey was 95% on Pavement and we took special care to slow down when pedestrians were near by. No fuss no funny look. Just plenty of smile when they see my little gal with her Mega smile and pink bike. 
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Let's go explore a different path home.... 
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We found a nice playground! 
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Let's pump it up 
Life is simple. Lets not complicate things. The best things in life are just around you. Treasure them, Love them. 
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Momo: "Daddy, i like it very much.. can we do it again?" Me:"  hahah of course!"  

LTA focus group on cycling 2015

Dr Faisal, Francis and myself @ the LTA focus group
Attended LTA Focus group on Cycling yesterday evening. The aim was to share and feedback how best to make cycling safer in Singapore. We were asked to keep the discussion confidential for now and I am sure LTA will share the findings in due course.  
I am glad to share my thoughts directly and see so many passionate cycling advocates there too.
Kevin who cycle commutes regularly 

Siva who has being documenting the cycling progress over the years and ecology advocate shares his thoughts 

 Loveyclingsg will continue to help and contribute in what ever we can.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

How Japanese folks bring their road bikes into the subway

We all know folding bikes are easy to multi mode travel. That is, cycle abit and perhaps take a train to a further place. Deploy the folding bike and explore abit.
However with a road bike it's almost unheard of to do so in Singapore. In Japan, this is quite normal. I saw that its possible in Japan and the 2 video shows you how to pack your road bike and take the train.




On the SG train
Francis Chu is like the only person I see bringing a full size bike into MRT in SG

Nice non preachy cycling manners booklet by Tokyo X2

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Simple and non preachy approach
As cycling gets popular in any city, tensions would no doubt arise due to dangerous riding and inconsiderate behaviors both on the cyclists and drivers part. This booklet by TojyoX2 is trying to address that, before it gets out of hand.
This is a very cool and non-preachy approach by Tokyo X2 which aims to impart courtesy and proper cycling manners in Japan. Full information here. 
They even have a full set of cycling hand signals which over time can help make cyclist's intention(if turning or stopping) easier to understand by cars and bus drivers.

Video on hand signals 
I also feel this is would also work in Singapore. Concentrating on a simple, non judgement presentation on what is proper cycling manners and not appear to be too contrived. What do you think?
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Nice style and not soo "stiff"... or holy then you 
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Make it humourous but gettting the message across. Dont cycle in a wide formation
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Cyclist keep left