Monday, May 16, 2022

Nice LDP ride in the eastern part of Singapore

 I love wheels... big and small. This is Long distance pumping aka LDP at a popular route in the eastern part of Singapore. Welcome all to come ride and skate! 

Monday, May 9, 2022

Bike Friday pocket rocket Swept bar conversion

I have had the Bike Friday Pocket Rocket for some years and its a great zippy bike which I took it to some memorable trips.  But now I find it too stretched and its getting harder to ride the road bars. Guess age is catching up and I find myself riding it less.  Also I realised I ride on the hoods like 97% of the time... 

And yes while I do like the look of BF pocket rocket with road bars.... it was not so comfortable to me now. 

Looking at my fleet of bikes, I realised the most frequently used ones are the swept back bars and so I decided to make the switch. Due to the folding nature of the bike, it required the cabling to be routed in a longer arduous way and it affected the STI shifting abit. So I decided to go back to the simple thumbies route... which worked all this time on my old other bikes.  Bike friday also had some trick part like the goose neck interrogate handle post.  I used a 35.4mm seat post, sawn off on the saddle mounting and tried it out. It works! The last few weeks was spent riding and resetting all the touch points.  Now its a zippy and comfy ride! 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Lovecyclingsg visits the Sembawang hotspring 24April2022

After 2 years hiatus due to Covid measures, we finally restarted LCSG sunday rides. Well maybe not as regular but hopefully it can kickstart more folks to jio rides. We met at Khatib MRT and it was a nice healthy crowd (40).  Many new faces and also very heartening to see the regular ones coming back too. Some rode with LCSG since 10 years back. It was really nice to chat up with them and meet new ones.  I am sorry if I forgotten ur names and pls remind me when we meet again. 

The route was simple, tracing the PCN and abit of the pavement thru some really congested junctions.  The nice thing was everyone was really chilled and we had no issues clearing even the crowded places. In about 15 min of really slow cycling, we reached the Sembawang hotspring and many took their eggs, and boiled it using the hot spring water.  Brenda and her friend (Lynn?) was super serious doing up the eggs and offered some to the riders. Its so nice of u!  I took the chance to dip my feet on the water and chill with Francis. Its nice.May be an image of 6 people and people standingLater on we visited the memorable Mee jiang Kway at Blk 313 Sembawang and some breakfast.  

Then headed towards the Sembawang park, with the really nice colonial black white houses. It was then, Mr Lim shared this was his training route and offer to bring us around... oh mannnn can he ride like the wind and it was a heart pounding bonus slope ride. Most amazingly he felt not warm up yet while we were all panting and sweating buckets.  What an cool demonstration of fitness, by a 82 year old senior! 

more cool photos of the ride here by Eugene and Francis

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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Changi Bay Point PCN 22Jan2022

On the behalf of Lovecyclingsg, we went to give our support to Nparks team to opening of the Changi Bay Point PCN. 
This allows a 75 km route from Rower Bay (Yishun Dam) and all the way access to the City- west wards!  Check out the red line on the ST map. VERY NICE ONE NPARKS!!!! 

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Rolling with Lightning P-38 at Punggol Park connector

Crazy work week and so looked forward to rest abit on weekend.
This time I rode the Lightning Dynamics P-38 as its not so common in Singapore. This is a "dated" design that stood the test of time. It rides very well and so very comfortable. This is how it feels like riding it. Hope you enjoy it. 
Design by Tim Brummer 

Little rocket ship

I checked again. The SD card is in

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Coney island explore

This is another hidden gem off the Punggol PCN. 
I remember we used to do Army boat assault drills there and didn't really think much of it then. Fast forward 25 years and I find myself living at Punggol. I ride this stretch of PCN daily and overlooking the PCN is this island. Connected on the ends, its now super accessible. 
This is a beautiful quiet place and in SG context- total luxury. Green and free! Pray it will be like this for a long long time. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Punggol PCN with insta360X2

Sorry I have not been updating my blog... as I kinda of didn't know what to write.I was also resisting for the longest time to get another camera but eventually succumbed to it. The insta360 X2. You can see the specs and gizamadoooo here. The cool idea is that u can just take all the footage with out really thinking too much what to take during ur activity. Then come back home and choose the angles. It makes video abit more engaging and provides more angles rather then a fixed mounted way....  I am still learning from all the experts in youtube and many other channels. But like they say, u just gotta try it and make it up as u go... so I did. 

Here's the footage of my daily route which I really enjoy. Punggol Waterway PCN which is just a stone throw from my home.  This is a gem and truly a lifesaver in the heavily urbanised Singapore.  

Footage on Insta360X2, edited on Insta 360 Studio (Desktop) and combined footage on iMovie Hope you enjoy the video and tell me what u think!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Stripped to the basics

John showing how its like in Singapore 
A friend shared his observation on bicycles. The purely"function" type which is usually left chained on the barriers. Perhaps it was even  "stolen" and resold.  Used 24/7, rain or shine, as a form of practical transport in Singapore.  Dirty, beaten, rusty and just hacked to work, at times.
Strictly for getting around. Not like a "sport" and the recreational sports type, hi tech carbon fibre ferraris (nothing wrong and I actually fall into this group but in the Steel category haha). 
And it made me reflect... 
latest tech and innovation 
In our "modern" ways, there are always the latest innovations of sorts, claiming better shifting performance and better tech.   
For Cycling industry, it is what drives sales. Add in the Tour de france races, where many super fit riders go about in amazing speed  for weeks with uber cool bikes. Where winning can definitely generate huge sales in the showroom. 
We can many replicating it on local scene with the winning teams color scheme as well... maybe not as fast but still impressive. Hey, everyone loves a winner don't they? 

As the industry innovate,  it also tend to have issues on compatibility and confusion. So many standards on the BB, wheels size, brakes, hubs, shifters, gravel bikes (I tot we had MtB for the longest time) and what not. For those who love bikes, its just so amazing to be in this time and age.... 
But ever considered for a moment, that those who are to start cycling... it might be a tad just too much techno babble that can cheese off and discourage to even start to cycle.... 
What??? 200 pounds for a carbon handle bar?? Are we mad?
This feather baby here close to 200 pounds. 
Then I see another approach from a small org. 
They don't have much resources and naturally not much talked about. Their idea is based on simplicity and recycling. 
What if we can make a shifter with min. part, using recycled material which is discarded?   
I feel this type of initiatives deserves more eyeballs,  support and this is why I reshare this again on my blog. 
Send them a note of encouragement, or maybe start an initiative in ur neighbourhood to give old things new life!