Monday, July 16, 2018

Nice extensive PCN routes photos by George

http://j0035001-2.blogspot.com/2013/11/map-of-singapore-park-connectors-and.html

I was looking around online to find more information on the Round island route and stumbled on this.
It has lots of information and photos of the various PCN.  I am also very excited on the NS connectivity, hope it get completed asap. Check it out!


Monday, July 9, 2018

LCSG and NParks PCN improvements 7th July 2018

More hands make light work. Good folks. 
With the good folks of LCSG and MBG, we gathered at Yishun ave 7 junction to help widen the landing area of a junction. This was feedback by the local community that the narrowness of the area was causing issues on safety.  In addition, we also did some potting around the area to make it nicer. 
Here are some of the nice and meaningful collaboration we did over a sat morning. Awesome photos by Eugene Wee and uncle KC.
 Never seen so happy workers, guess they know its for the betterment for the community at large 
The good folks of the Park PCN

Uncle KC and Anthony,stopping for a photo
Potting plants is no easy task 

Widening the congested area 

aunty audrey 

Lets get working! 


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Building floating plant platform at Punggol Jetty with Nparks 26th May 2018

In Singapore we are very lucky to have the park connector network, where many will enjoy a simple walks, run or cycle. Over the years, we have also worked with the PCN team to bring fellow cyclists to do improvements for the PCN. 
It is also partly a way to bring community involvement and bonding between the parties. On 26th May 2018, sat morning we did just that. This time was abit different where we used recycle PRT bottles for floation devices and made plant platform which could be used around the parks.  
We are glad to see cyclists, young and old come together and getting to work with the Nparks team. It was a nice feeling to see such cohesion. During the event there were lots laughter, smiles, sweat and lot of zip ties! 
 Here's some really nice photos taken by Eugene wee and uncle KC for the event. If u like to get involved in such activities, pls shoot me a mail so I can loop u in the coming ones. Thanks! 
Daniel and family with their used PET bottles 




Make it better by getting ur hands dirty! 


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Rider Profile - Francis Toh

Hi, I’m Francis Toh working as Service Engineering in ASM Pacific Technology. I like to share my cycling history.

I started with a 7 speed Tern bought by my wife as Birthday Present in 2013, this is how I started my cycling journey. Occasionally, I cycled in East Coast Park with my colleagues after work on Friday.
During my cycling journey, I got to know lots of new cycling friends with lots of events such as oversea cycling event organized by cycling group and community events.
Volunteering for World water day as Safety Marshal 
Seen and Be Seen Safety Marshal 
Rolling with my team for a good deed
2016, I have done the Ride for Rations 1K ride. This is a fund raising event and the main cycling event is Malacca to Singapore in 2 days, a total of 240km. However, I have joined a group of 6 fellow cyclists to cycle a total of 1000km in 11 days, including the main event from Malacca to Singapore. It was a good experience for me as I have never cycle with a group in a constant rolling speed of 20-25kph. Besides the fun-filled 1days of cycling, we also raised money for Sunlove Home, which Ride for Rations supported.


I decided to sell away my car use to commute to work and occasionally for outing and start cycling to work covered about 30km each way on road starting at 5am to avoid heavy traffic. Of course there is a risk to cycle on road but individual has to keep alert look out for any dangerous situation. We as cyclists on road are not as visible as compare to other transports, I always keep myself visible by wearing light color visible cycling attire, equips my bike with 2 rear blinking lights and a video cam.  
Bike to work 2015

Bike to work 2016
I really enjoy cycling now as it is my only form of exercise and I get to cycle to every corner of Singapore and Oversea. I can enjoy sunrise with fresh air and sunset while cycling to work. Most import message is I keep both my body and pocket fit and healthy. Hope my experience will inspire u to cycle and perhaps cycle commute!  
Below is my cycle commute from home(AMK)  to work (Yishun). If you need help on bike to work, pls send me an email at francis.toh57@gmail.com and I will do my best to help u out. 


Sunday, February 4, 2018

Rider Profile Gil Russel




Hi I am Gil and I like to share my cycling story.
This is the long winded version starting from US.... If u like to know my SG ver... u can scroll down lower :)
I started biking seriously in 1982. I had a top of the line low end bike. It was a 10 speed Murray. I bought it at Toys R Us. I think i spent like $100 for it back then. At that time I only starting to bike and was not riding much, maybe 10 miles a week if I was lucky.
My life changed drastically in 1983 when i ended up divorced. I moved to Hollywood Florida and had no car. My work was 12 miles from my home to my work, which was 24 miles each day, rain or shine. There were some very cold mornings in the winter to ride. I did this for 18 months. After that I still road but not nearly as much. In 1986 I developed some sort of Lung disease and went from riding regularly to not being able to walk across the hanger (less than 50 meters) without running out of breath.
In 1987 I moved from Florida to Oregon, changer of jobs. I still had my team Murray but was not riding much. In 1992 I signed up for the MS150 bike ride. I needed to get support and pledges for the $200 entry and that I did. I started training I was riding most evenings after work. I was building up my strength and endurance.

The event was the Best Dam Bike Ride. Started in Troutdale, Oregon and went up the old scenic highway in the Columbia Gorge. The dam part of it was when we crossed over the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam. This continued up the gorge to Hood River. We then turned south and headed up the back side of Mt Hood (elevation 3,429 m) we stopped at Odell (220 m) for the night. I must clarify that this was a fully supported ride and transport of camping equipment and all meals and water stops provided. The next morning started after a carbo loaded breakfast and it was back in the saddle. Up and up and up some more, I remember telling myself one more peddle one more step, I was hoping for a lower gear but I was at the bottom already. I finally crested with a much needed lunch stop. After the quick lunch it was all downhill from Government Camp (1,346 m), ending up in Gresham (99 m). That was the fun part. Well I had accomplished my goal to complete the MS 150. Not in record time but I finished. 

Two years later i did another MS150 but it was not nearly as challenging or as much fun as the first. The route was from Portland, Oregon to the Coast. Don’t get me wrong it was a fun ride. During this time I completed another ride. I convinced a work college to ride to the beach. The event was called Reach the Beach. After this I just occasionally rode and did not do anymore supported rides. In 2007 I accepted a position in Sydney Australia. I did not ship my team Murray so after living in Newington for about a year and having so many trails to ride in the Olympic Park I purchased my first MTB. Again nothing flash just a solid Fluid MTB, I think it was $299. I was riding randomly, but nothing real serious.

Here is the Singapore leg and what lies ahead...
2014 my company moved me to Singapore, I moved into a condo in Marine Parade and love that I was so close to East Coast Park. I dusted off the old Fluid and started riding a little. I then found the LCSG face book page and soon joined in a few rides. Seeing they would do rides in the |West i bought a foldie. Not knowing much about them i just bought one online and again $299 was my price. I have managed to put a lot of miles on is Apollo 5 bike. I preferred my Fluid over the foldie but it allowed me to take the MRT to the west to join in more rides. I continued riding more just on the weekends but was getting out more often.
Left and after cycling actively
Beginning in 2017 my wife and I both decided to start doing life differently in order to lose weight. I started biking every morning, starting at 10 km a day, and started using Lose It to track some weight the amount of food I was eating. I had topped out at 120kg and decided to get serious about losing. By May, I was feeling and looking healthier, in large part due to the daily exercise, (now increased to 20 km per day) which was helping me lose inches, even if the weight loss was slow.
The photos above show me at a few lbs above my goal weight on 10/11/17. I have lost a total of 76 lbs. I continues to bike, tracking a total of 4800 km in 2017. I continue to track me food with Lose It daily since February I am confident that I can maintain my current weight following the simple Code Red lifestyle of clean eating (cutting sugar out), drinking water, and sleeping.



I joined the TOGO Half challenge last fall and killed it. I ended up first finisher and as a prize i now have a Dura foldie bike. I am pleased with the performance of this bike and tend to split my time between it and the longevity Trek bike I received from the company. To date my longest single day ride is 102km with a monthly goal of 550km.
I don’t ride for speed I don’t like riding on the street, give me the PCN anytime.






What are some of my plans for the future? I will be returning to the USA the end of 2019, with the plan to retire fully shortly after that. That being said, my biking in the future has Cycle Oregon (https://www.facebook.com/CycleOregon/) on the horizon. Another sponsored ride that crosses Oregon in 5 days. Another is the STP (Seattle to Portland https://www.cascade.org/rides-major-rides/kaiser-permanente-stp-presented-alaska-airlines). Another bigger dream ride for me is BRAN (Bike Ride Across Nebraska http://bran-inc.org/wp/). Why Nebraska you ask, my birth state. Haha.  Thats my story and if u like to ride me, pls contact me at my FB https://www.facebook.com/gr29488. Happy cycling! 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The making of Bamboo Kar


Sharing a very memorable time where a group of us, came after work to make this happen.
Planning took afew days but the most amazing thing was the cooperation during the fabrication.... winging it as we went along. If u like to see the final rolling Bamboo kar, u can!
See u at Carfreesundaysg on the 28th Jan 2018 at the padang! 


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Find the correct Boom distance for Lightning P-38 Recumbent

Its been raining non stop for the past 4 days and its not a ideal condition to ride. So I setup my trainer at my living room. To adjust the boom of the Lightning P-38 Recumbent. The first longish ride, I felt the distance was abit too short ( I move the boom all the way in). And this time I adjusted it 1 cm longer and tried out. It felt better but I am not too sure. Can recumbents and bike experts give me some advice? Thanks. 
Here's some of the video of the adjusted boom length.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Lightning P-38 Recumbent

P-38 at Punggol end 
Recumbent bicycles are not readily available in Singapore and while I do have a few friends who own them, its not so easy to try riding one.  I was looking for a comfy version, something like what uncle KC had
Uncle KC and his KingsCycle Bent 

With google and Face book, it was easy and fascinating to read up on the design, development of the recumbents aka "Bents". So cool to see many people tinkered and made their own bents. I wish I got the time and garage space to do it. 
Here's the local SG bent community if u are looking for folks to cycle together.   Just for sharing, here are some link I read up on. 
Reading up, I noted one of the brand that had a long illustrated history is Lightning Dynamics cycle which you can read more in the company link.  
They reminded me of Alex Moulton, Bike Friday or the earlier days of Brompton company. I felt it was a company that was wholeheartedly into the recumbent product. Not too good at marketing. Just look at the retro website...  BUT if u look beyond, THEY have been around for a long time.  They seem to be folks who are out to make a good product and they KNOW recumbents. 
I really like the position of "sofa couch, nothing too dramatic or low slung(ferrari like). Just something comfortable to ride around and for long distances.  Anyway, I had too much bikes and it was just in the back of my mind.  I didn't really do much nor look around. Maybe a few emails to secure a 2nd hand overseas and that didn't worked out... mainly due to the shipping aspect.  It helped when it wasn't available or that u can visit a Bent shop in Singapore... haha... so I thought.   
Until we went for our year end holiday to Tokyo and Osaka. Frankly, 2017 was a really busy year with Momo at P4 and I changed job to Design in toilet/ bath space. So did not have much time to ride with LCSG this year sadly. We kind of booked the tickets , accommodation and just wing it using Trip advisor + Siri.  
At Kyoto, after visiting the deers and temples, we got some extra time and went to visit Loro Kyoto which wasn't too far away from we were. 

I researched earlier and they have a range of bends at hand around Asian. This is the place to go... I felt would be good to "check it out".  And hahah yes, after a while of test fit...  I got the P-38! 
It was too bulky to "bring back" myself and Yagi san help to arrange the shipping to Singapore. Thank you very much for your help Yagi San! 
The bike was hanging on the wall! That's Yagi san of Loro Kyoto 
After 16 days, it finally arrived to our sunny island on a friday evening. I spent about 2 hours unwrapping the meticulous packed bike and installing it. Referring to the photos, it wasn't too difficult and the next day early morning did some test ride around my neighbourhood park.  It took me about 5 min to be able to ride it wobbly around. It's a very different feeling and muscle group. I think I need more time to get used to it.  
Still, happy like a bird and looking to more rides with this bike! 
Here's how it came in and some photos of riding around the PCN. 
That's how it came to SG

Every part was neatly packed and wrapped with bubble wrap. The fork also had the anti crush support. Nice. 

The front fork 

Main body with steering column 

After 2 hours... its ready to ride!