Saturday, October 20, 2018

Cycling profile Edmund Chew (Bukit Batok to Tanjong Kling)

am Edmund Chew, 43 years old and I work as a HR Executive. Cycling makes me feel more refreshed. It gives me more stamina and energy. 
Sometimes it rains but its still fun.
Do u cycle commute and how did you start?
Yes. I started bike to work in 1 Feb 2017. I work at Tanjong Kling area and I stay at Bukit Batok. During that time, i was taking part in the Togo Parts Challenge and so, bike to work can help me to clock some mileage. Win win! 
I always like to explore new places and new routes to different places.  
Ever gone to the western tip to the no.1 lamp post? I have... and its farrrrrrrr
As my office is in the industrial area where a lot of big trucks and heavy vehicles travelling on the roads.
So going on road is not an option for me.  After a few weeks of trying out different routes to my office, going via the various pcns seems to be the better and safest options.
Rain will not stop me.
So now my regular routes are something like this.
Bukit Batok St 24 - Bukit Batok East Ave 6 (BB Park Connector) - Bukit Batok Ave 1 - Jurong East Central (Jurong Park Connector) - Chinese Garden (Boon Lay Way) - Lakeside (MRT) - Jurong Central Park - Jurong Park Connector - Jln Ahmad Ibrahim (Pavement) - Pioneer Road (Pavement) - Tanjong Kling Road (On Road)
There isn't a proper PCN from Pioneer road to Tanjong Kling road so have to ride on pavement.
Strava Link.
This route is relatively safe except for the traffic light crossing at Jln Ahmad Ibrahim toward Pioneer Road where alot of cars will dash through red lights.  To play safe, i will wait for all cars to stop before cycling across.  I have experience a few occasion where cars did not stop at red light.Its always a relax ride to work where the PCNS are nicely done and the ride is smooth.

Bromptonworldtravellers- tell me more about the group and where do u ride? 
I first join them to ride in Singapore. They will ride to interesting places like hunt for murals (wall paintings) around Singapore. 
My first oversea cycling trip with BWT is to Thailand. The trip is very well planned. Price is very reasonable and hotel and meals arrangement are awesome.
 Most important is that the organizers really took good care of us. All help each other like loading of bikes into cars and coaches, getting the luggage at the belt in the airport. 
Cycling also makes u hungry! 
In Singapore, we will plan ride to see interesting places or events in SG. 
Example, Singapore iLight festival, car free day, NDP ride and the coming one is Halloween Ride.
Added note : Edmund is one of the leaders of Bromptonworldtravellers. (He just pai say to say haha) . 

First memories of cycling
My first cycling experience was in primary school where my dad will bring me to ecp to rent a 4 wheeler for me to cycle. 
Something like this (taken from Carosel) 
Only when I'm in sec 3 then I learned how to cycle on 2 wheels.  My first own bike was a GT stunt bike.
Back then was very popular in the 80s. After sec days, I stopped cycling and soon was into NS. Then I start to ride MTB with a few of my ex school mates. After my NS, I stop again due to work. 
Lol.  Then in 2015 dec. I wanted to buy an e-scooter but my wife encourage me to buy a bicycle instead as it's more safe and healthy. So I bought my first polygon MTB. In 2016 Feb I decide to try small wheel folding bike and so we bought two terns on Valentine's day. After a few months of cycling, I decide to change bike, and I bought a term X20. 
From there on, I start to take up Togo challenge and clocking more distance on my foldie. Now I have a Tyrell fsx and a Brompton.


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