Monday, April 3, 2017

old bike new life as a market bike!

I had this foldie while I was working at HongKong around 2002 and as with stuff, we normally just chuck it aside and get a newer one. Me included. The old bird is now relegated to market duties and occasional trips to MRT. It still works fine and I decided to equip it with more basket so that its even easier to buy food and groceries. Its not ur rivendale cool cargo but it will do its job. I love it.  
To end it off, have you had a bike which is just rusting away.... forgotten? Why not give it a bit TLC and get it running again?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Cycling to explore the playgrounds by Daniel Seah and her princess

Saw this posting by Daniel at Lovecyclingsg Facebook some days back. Daniel daughter was trying ride but she doesn't want to do PCN anymore. Unless its a LCSG ride.. (wahhh I feel so happy!) So Daddy Daniel had to think quickly on his feet and suggested to go explore the neighbourhood in search of all the playground. 
Cycling makes easy work of the distance and not so tiring. From the photos, it must be really a good time and they even did a map to show how each play ground looks!  Wonderful sharing Daniel! This is how memories are made! 
Photo credits - Daniel Seah 

Now thats a happy look!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sustainable sunday @ Serangoon Gardens 5th March 2017

Chilling at the carpark at Chomp Chomp
This is a ground up event by a person living at Serangoon Gardens. He wanted to make a difference in his back yard and cycling is part of that effort... .so Lovecyclingsg went to support. Francis set up the Fafafa circuit for people to learn how to ride slowly, safely. 
There were also art and quirky stuff on display. Check out the photos by Joeel of this very cool event! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Carfreesunday 26Feb 2017

I couldn't make it to the Feb Carfreesunday due overseas work. This has been a tough couple of months but that's for another posting. 
Here's some of the good efforts of LTA mobility team and LCSG Francis Chu doing the Fa fa fa cycling challenge at CFSG Feb edition.
Nice one to see from a heavy vehicle driver perspective. 

Do you think the driver can see you?

Francis putting the cones for bike handling challenge. The idea is to learn to manuvere at slow speed 

Monday, January 23, 2017

It rained... and rained

I thought I was smart to fold Carryme to work as later evening I had a meeting with Nparks. The rain stopped some what and carried on pissing until now. It's almost 20hrs and its still drizzling. So glad to have my rain coat which gave me some protection. After the meeting, I had about 2 km to reach Botanic garden MRT ... Its not tooooo bad.  . I thought I was pretty badass to ride the carryme in the rain after the meeting. Until I saw this photo on LCSG.  

Now this is badass... It's a non event to him! Keep rocking it sir! 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Cyclists to pay road tax in Singapore - again????

This question comes up as regular as clockwork in our lovecyclingsg Facebook page. At first I must admit I was a bit peeved but then perhaps it's because its called "Road tax" which doesn't really help matters. 
More on the user opinion here.  

And here's the reason why not and posting it here so its easier to find the next time.
"As the Land Transport Authority (LTA) clarified in 2013: "Public roads are intended to be used by all road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. They are built and maintained using public funds collected from general taxes, including those who do not use motorised vehicles."
Furthermore, it can be clearly seen on the LTA's website that road tax is calculated based on a vehicle's engine capacity or power rating. These values are directly or indirectly linked to the amount of emissions produced by each vehicle type. "

Carfreesundaysg 22nd Jan 2017

From Chris who led the folks from Stadium MRT to site. 
"A strong turnout of about 70 cyclists from the Love Cycling SG and Brompton Riders@SG cycling groups showed up bright and early at the meeting point Stadium MRT Station, and eager to not only make new friends but also participate in the 22nd January 2017 Car-Free Sunday.
After a short briefing we rolled on merrily at a very slow enjoyable pace. It was a cool Sunday morning and the ride to the stretch of closed roads was pleasant. The rear was covered ably by Desmond Chia.  Some of the activities featured at this Sunday’s Car-Free Day included a lion dance troupe and drum performances, Chinese Orchestra performances amongst others.  
Wee Seng and Doris rolling and saying hi!
More folks rolling along and my camera cannot keep up... 
I love that parents bring their young. This is the best way for bonding! 
Can walk also.. 
With the opening up of additional roads and lanes in the Telok Ayer and Civic District Loops, riders were treated to the experience of being able to ride safely (without of fear and concern of motorist traffic) on roads they seldom or wouldn’t have the opportunity to cycle on. 
More outdoor activities to participate in as well as the lessening of drink and food vendors, were however things lacking from this event as compared to the first couple of Car-Free Sunday events. That said, it was still another great Car-free Sunday experience."

Listening to the Hwa Chong Chinese Orchestra which gave the place really a nice mood!

Susan and her friends came on by! 
From Taiwoon (POV) I was at Telok Ayer road, soaking into the events. The usual quiet road on sunday was made more festive with music from the Hwa Chong JC and Hok San Lion Dance Troupe.
Nice humble and super generous to help share their craft. These are the people from Hok San Lion Dance Troupe 
As the cyclists came by in droves, many stopped to take photos, selfies of the Lion dance troupe and the iconic old conservation houses.  The Hok San Lion Dance team were really nice about it. They generously shared how to move the lion head, the trick and routine. It's not as easy as it looks. I was humbled by the craftsmen ship of the lion head and also the fine motor skills they had. Its obvious they have spend some serious time on this. Salute! 
Ok.. now u hold the lion head.. here's the string to pull the eyelid..  oh my gadd.. so many things!
Hit it baby one more time!
Learning culture in a very fun way
Here's Francis and myself messing around and trying to get folks to come by.... 
Can we get this roll with a bicycle??? 
I really like the feeling of giving life back to the place with street activities and heres more photos to show how it looked. Let's hope with the nice event, more folks will come forward to do their small gig and who knows... kickstart a very nice culture along the way! Keep up the good work #Carfreesundaysg!!! 
Nice voice!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cycle Commuting - Work to Home

As some of you might have noticed. I have changed job and work around the town area(CBD - Central business Singapore terms). 
That has greatly reduced the time for commuting. Be it by bus, motor bike, MRT or cycling.  I have several options at hand now...
Just carried down my foldie from 3 flights of stair... almost ready to roll!
The Bus way. City Direct Bus 666.
Travel time: 50mins to an hour. 
Cost: $2.50 each way.
I am very lucky to that Bus 666 is just beside my home which takes me very close my work place. The route is via the TPE, CTE and turns out at Outram exit and then to Keppel and drops folks off at the CBD area. The traffic bottlenecks at the expressways are horrific in peakhour... but I dont have to focus on driving. Just sit(80% of the time I get one) and zone out. But its just booorring. Thats just me. 
Travel time: 45 min. 
Transfer at Outram MRT. 
Cost: $1.60 each way. 
I stay about 1.8km from the MRT, just abit too far to walk but its possible. A bicycle is a nice addition as u reduce the dependency to wait for feeder bus which can take up to 15 mins to come.  Or you can take a foldie, ride to MRT station and take the train.  The journey from Punggol to Tanjong pagar takes about 45min with a transfer at Outram MRT. I am so very glad that there is the all day access for  folding bikes.   Oh.. or u can also take a PMD,  Arcboard to reduce the last min inconvenience too! 
Route: TPE-KPE- Sims ave- Chinatown-Keongsiak area 
Travel time: 40min.
ERP: $1.00 
Parking: 65 cents!!!!!
Yes... I have one. Get on, zip along the congested bottlenecks at cycling speed. I can reach my work location in 40 min flat.... riding like a grandpa. 
Route: TPE-KPE-MCE -Central Boulevard 
Travel time: 20 - 45min
ERP: $3-4.50 
Parking: Season parking $480
Parking by daily rate: $1.07 per 10 mins. which works out to be $59<<< a day (9am-6pm)  Holy mackerel!!
(Thanks Anthony Tan for ur inputs!)   
I think with all the riding I have done, the distance (to and fro) is not the issue for me at all. The challenge is my current office space is small and I do not have secure parking nor shower facilities.  That might change later in the year with the Kohler experience centre... finger crossed. 

The cycling bug in me is strong, so for the time being I am trying on this on Fridays. That I will bring my folding bike and ride home from office. This is based on my cycling "intensive" local knowledge of the simplest, smoothest route back home haha.. if there's a better route... please tell me.   

Overall it was really nice, nothing too epic and tiring.  Riding home also means I don't have to worry about washing up. This is a good way for anyone who thinking they cannot do it.. to try. Hope this can give u some insights and encouragement to try cycling commute. If taiwoon (lao uncle) can do... so can you!