Sunday, July 24, 2016

Love cycling SG Bamboo Kar

We support the CarfreeSunday initiative because its a paradigm shift in usage of the environment.  With the past CarfreeSunday events, we have seen many folks coming to run, skate and cycle. Some just to walk, stroll around the area. Its nice and I love it.
So to support the event, I came up with the idea of the Bamboo Car which is a visual demonstration of how much space a car takes up in comparison with a bicycle and person.  The name is called Kar Chia with direct inspiration from hokkien. "Kar"- meaning Leg and "Chia" meaning Car.
Here's some photos of on this Sat where my friends and I did the first test ride. It worked fabulously!!!  So relieved and we are ready for the 31st July 2016 #CarFreeSunday!

Come ride and see the BambooKarChia at CarFreeSunday!
turning left, signal   photo credit Christine Gan 

Testing the parking  Photo Credit Christine Gan 
LCSG angels Andy and Christine running along me, just in case I get into trouble. Thank you folks! Photo by Uncle KC 
More really nice photos and videos here. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1115512355172778&type=1


Love cycling SG Bamboo Kar

We support the CarfreeSunday initiative because its a paradigm shift in usage of the environment.  With the past CarfreeSunday events, we have seen many folks coming to run, skate and cycle. Some just to walk, stroll around the area. Its nice and I love it.
So to support the event, I came up with the idea of the Bamboo Car which is a visual demonstration of how much space a car takes up in comparison with a bicycle and person.  The name is called Kar Chia with direct inspiration from hokkien. "Kar"- meaning Leg and "Chia" meaning Car.
Here's some photos of on this Sat where my friends and I did the first test ride. It worked fabulously!!!  So relieved and we are ready for the 31st July 2016 #CarFreeSunday!

Come ride and see the BambooKarChia at CarFreeSunday!

LCSG angels Andy and Christine running along me, just in case I get into trouble. Thank you folks!
More really nice photos and videos here. 

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1115512355172778&type=1


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Bicycles allowed all time for MRT

This is big news for Singapore in the direction for a car lite society.  I am delighted and encouraged that our government have changed their attitudes to bicycles. This shows that the folding bicycle can be a real alternative mode of transport. Awesome Singapore!
During this pilot, I hope our cyclists will be on the best behavior, be considerate and nice. Bag up the bicycle if need to, so that it does not dirty other commuters. 
We MUST make this work! 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Rider Profile Shaun Chua


1. Tell me about yourself
My name is Shaun. Still a relatively new roadie as I just started cycling properly around Feb of 2015. Most of my rides are planned because I want to go to a certain spot to snap some pictures!

2. How did you start cycling?
My earliest memory of getting on a bike was about when I was still in primary school. My parents thought it would be a good idea for me to learn to abandon the 2 training wheels and ride a proper 2 wheeled bike when we were at a family gathering at pasir ris park. It was probably the earliest proud achievemnt of my childhood when I was able to cycle with my mother chasing me behind.
ET phones home... the most iconic BMX  
I had a BMX bike when I was slightly older. Me and my sisters would often cycle in the void decks playing "catching" when we're not doing a few laps around bishan park. Mind you, this was before the internet so we spent quite some time on our bike saddles instead of a chair. The bike was eventually stolen when I left it unlocked outside our HDB flat and I did not cycle much after that.
Fast forward to my army days, I used my first SAF pay to get a cheap hercules mountain bike that costs <$200. I still have it to this day. 
After my ORD, I was starting to pay more attention to my fitness. I've only been running in terms of exercise. My Dad helped me pick out a Cannondale quick 4 hybrid bike. The first ride I had with it was at punggol PCN. That ride was the first time I felt the wind blow past at speeds which I never rode at before. Adding on the beautiful night sky with some music, it was amazing. 

2 months later, my dad decided that I should upgrade to a road bike while he will ride the cannondale. We looked around and I eventually got a Trek Emonda ALR 6. I stepped on the pedals and here I am :)
I've since tackled various challenges like triathlons, duathlons and my proudest achievement is finishing the 168km bike rally where I rode with Mike, Stanley and a few others. I'm now currently one of a group of riders who assist Stanley and Peggy in conducting the friday round island rides.
LCSG RI Leads and angels! 

Cycle and watching the sun go down
3. Why do you like cycling?
What I like most about cycling is the different world that you experience whilst pedalling. Its different. You get to see so much more as compared to walking and you get to soak in the surroundings better than driving. Cycling allows me to cover so much more ground that I ever thought was possible. Cycling has allowed me to travel to marina bay sands, sentosa, woodlands and jurong for free! Most of the time spent on my hybrid was exploring new places and snapping some pictures to share with the facebook group.

Cycling has solved 99% of my problems and its the best medicine in my opinion.
However, the best part about cycling is that I get to eat anything I want! XD

4. When you met LCSG ñ How was it like and how you meet us?
I first chanced upon the LCSG via its FB group . Funny thing was I wasn't accepted within the day and I pm-ed all the admins which got me a response and I was accepted into the group the following day. So much nice pictures were shared by other members and it gave me ideas and motivation for my next ride. Sharing my picture after my rides was my favourite thing to do and everyone is so kind and positive that it made me look forward to my next photoshoot/ride :P

My first ride with LCSG was the first round island ride on friday evenings. Me and my buddy took on the challenge even thou we weren't sure if we could complete and we haven't rode that distance before. The atmosphere is friendly and I loved my first experience riding with a pelaton. The 105 kilometers was suprisingly fun and not actually that scary. We than joined some of the riders for supper at the nearby coffee shop as we were sure we needed some ba chor mee! The organisers were very nice and controlled the pace very well which led to my future participation in future ri rides.

After the ride, my eyes were opened and I remember telling my buddy that I have a new perspective on fitness. The riders were all so strong and some of them don't even appear to be tired at all. This motivated me to keep coming back to improve on my cycling and the ride has gotten easier and easier as time passes.

5. Your steel horses ñ names and more details
The bikes that I currently still own is my old and worn hercules mtb, a cannondale quick 4 hybrid and my trek road bike.

6. My favourite cycling kakis
The regulars who make it for the friday round island ride! You guys make every ride fun fUN FUN!

7. Where is your favorite stretch to ride?
I honestly like punggol PCN when there is little human traffic. I've since taken to the roads after I deemed the pcn to be too crowded. I do enjoy mount faber and I would say its my favourite place to ride.

8. Other things to share. Life motto etc
Cycling is the closest to FLYING! Other than plane rides of course :P

Monday, July 11, 2016

Sharing with PM Lee abit about Lovecyclingsg

We ride alot on the Nparks Park connector (PCN) network and last sat we went to give our friends at PCN team the support they need.  I have been working with them over 6 years and I know how much it took to make things happen. This is why I push and rallied hard to help them. I was really glad to see a nice happy turn out. About 60 folks turned up and was waved off by our Prime Minister Lee himself.
Folks at bishan end point 
 For myself, as part of the Friends of Nparks committee, we also did tree planting to remember this day for being the start of the Round island Route (RIR). You can see more details from Straits Time.
While planting the tree, I got to chat with the PM and share abit about what we do as LCSG.  To share about how we ride, find places of memory, where we grew up and then grab a simple meal, chat.  E.R.P (Eat. Ride. Photo)...
PM Lee waves us off !  Photo From PM Lee Face book 
And my goodness, PM Lee shared his experience to all on Facebook! I hope one day we can have him riding with us.  That would be so cool. Yes, I told him face to face... I will show him my fav wanton noodle store! 


Thank you PM Lee for leading the way to help make SG a more bike friendly place to be!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Learning cycling from a story book - Bike for Tykes

This is a cartoon book on learning to cycle which we found at the Singapore National Library some years back. The title of the book is Bikes for Tykes by Azhar Yusof, illustrated by Eliz Ong. It's a local book! 
What I like about this story book is how attractive and friendly it is, for kids and big kids(Me). 
Momo was flipping about the pages and looking at the words/images. I think it also encouraged her to try out cycling.  If you like to know how I teach Momo to ride, here's my way. 
Also included in the book are simple, usefultips for parents as well. Do check it out at the local library if you are looking for a nice story book on bicycle for ur kids!  Happy cycling!

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Rider Profile Eugene Wang and TNers

Cycling was put behind me for almost 4 years after my accident along Mandai road, lost and forgotten until I moved into a place in the North called The Nautical (TN).
It never occurred to me that our place is surrounded by PCN and many places of interest. On 28th Feb 2016, a lazy Sunday morning, one of my neighbors suggested that we go for a short morning breakfast ride, just the 3 of us.
I am the one with the cool pink Singlet! 
After the ride, this idea struck us to “jio” (invite) some ‘谈得来’ (nice) neighbors for a short ride, thus the journey of TNers (Residents of TN) began. Our first group ride fell on 6th Mar, a short ride (less than 15km) from our place to Sembawang Park, we visited the amazing Black and White house and the old mosque. Notice the equipment we had then and now are worlds apart.


More rides followed, to name a few,
  • Night rides (Seletar Loop)
  • Punggol Waterway
  • ECP F2 carpark to Changi Village
  • Bishan Park
  • Zoo and Sembawang Hot Spring
  • Woodland Park
  • MBS, F1, Merlion
Later, kids got involved, we planned all rides on PCN for safety reasons. They are thrilled and always looking forward to weekend rides, waking up at 5am waiting for the event to start.



We also did seen and be seen ride as a group and it was really nice. 

The group grew, more and more TNers joined our (almost) weekly rides. Some creative neighbors who came out with unique designs for our first edition t-shirt for guys, ladies, kids and even a baby version, orange, turquoise, navy blue and yellow respectively
One of our biggest turn outs came close to 50 riders (The attractions we came across included Big Splash, Marina Barrage, MBS, Merlion, F1, Kallang River). I think we occupied nearly 25% of the sitting space of Old Town Restaurant during lunch.
As we grew, things started to fall in place, there were route planners, medics, logistics and transport planners, ‘makan’ organizers too. We even have an admin section to help announce our next trip, compiling the attendance list, places we are visiting, also some important key points, they are really professional. Some of our domestic helpers also join in the rides helping to look out for the kids and also get to have some exercise and enjoy the day with the TNers family. Our community spirits grew by leaps and bounced in such a short span of time.


Cycling builds towards a healthy lifestyle, also tags along with some special moments:
One of our youngest riders, a little 8 year old named Shai-ann, completed several 25km and more PCN routes with slopes, finished Mandai PCN on a 14’ single gear. That’s an achievement even many adults can’t compete with!

Another 9 year old, Kerryn, was unwell for the past 3 days but rode the entire 25km with a bike weighing a ton (in my opinion), I personally thought she would drop out but she was determined to make it to the finishing line……Steady!

Mr Alan, who just celebrated his 60th birthday, had a near death motorbike accident 8 years ago. He couldn’t ride for 10 mins without stopping when we first started. He was among the first few finishers who completed Mandai Slope to the Zoo just recently. This is very respectable!!

Our first biker’s casualty, he was injured skidding along Seletar Loop. A strong guy, with an iron leg, big lungs and a bigger heart. He is recovering well and will join us soon.

I get this a lot from my kaki about spreading ‘poison’, sometimes I’m just wondering how much ‘damage’ I caused, I meant for it as a constructive suggestion…..haha. True enough, the ‘poison’ started from borrowed bikes, rusty frames, broken spokes and non-functional gears giving way to lighter bikes, more efficient gears, some even started reading about parts and paying more attention to accessories. The ladies were discussing about their attires, matching with different colored shoes and helmet. Old bikes and those often regarded below par were slowly struck off and replaced by shining sub 10kg speed machines. It’s really getting into their heads.
Most of us are on foldies and small wheel bikes, flipping Carousell and Togoparts to upgrade parts and buy accessories became part of our favorite pastimes. For many without a single bike, till today, at least 3-4 bikes per family, some up to 6 in less than 2 months, the way I look at it, it’s contributing to the economy.

We started off as a bunch of jelly legs and ‘cannot make it” (CMI) riders, I remember our first ride to Mandai PCN, quite a handful turned pale when going up those steep slopes. In a short span of 3 months, most of us easily conquered the same route again, even the kids are racing ahead of us. A few daddies are carrying a load of more than 30kg of bikes and kids.

Cycling comes with many incentives, not only do we get to lose a few unwanted pounds, it also strengthens the bonds between neighbors. We have regular events such as BBQs, Birthday celebrations, Tea appreciation sessions, tasting each other’s tantalizing culinary works of art, daily chat groups which, if left unattended, could easily accumulate hundreds of messages in hours. Everyone would come together when someone “chut” (bought) new bike or some new accessories. It has now become a regular sight for kids riding in the compound in the evening abandoning the television and mobile games and to the extent of setting up their own ‘cycling gangs’ and chat groups.

Little did we realize, our actions discreetly promoted a scene not commonly found in today’s context ……. Kampong Spirits……… an intangible item that money can’t buy. Cycling becomes an avenue, an opening line or merely a reason to start a conversation. I had parents claiming that their TV is becoming a piece of furniture, no one is watching and it’s collecting dust. Telephone bills and data plan bills used to be high, but now do not exceed their subscription package. Kids would be running and cycling every evening, ladies are busy cooking up some “smell already also cannot tahan (resist) recipes and guys will be sitting around discussing on upgrading parts or a new bike project.

Eugene Wang