With the recent COVID-19 epidemic many in Singapore have been finding ways to avoid crowded areas. One such place that many find hard to avoid are public transports, like the MRT and buses. Singaporeans usually commute through these methods, after all, so finding an alternative can be tricky. Taking the taxi or Grab can be expensive and it doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get the disease. There is, however, one sure-fire way to keep away from the disease and keep fit at the same time. And that is through cycling in Singapore.
Benefits of Cycling
Cycling has been a pastime for many Singaporeans for years. But now, it can be more than just a leisure activity. Opting to cycle in Singapore is the way to avoid crowds and reduce risk of getting COVID-19. Singaporeans are starting to realise this too as quite a number have already made the switch. And not only is it a good way to avoid the risk of getting infected, it will help build up your immunity as well.
Unlike most other sports, cycling is a low-impact activity that helps relieve stress and build immunity. It has been shown in studies conducted in the U.K that cycling builds up muscle mass and strength with age instead of it deteriorating. The test also found that the anti-ageing effects went deep into the immune system. An organ called the thymus, which makes immune cells called T-cells usually starts to shrink from the age of 20. But the thymuses of older cyclists were found to be generating as many T-cells as those of young adults.
Now you know that cycling is a good way to avoid getting sick while also building up your immunity. You may be thinking about getting your own bike from a bicycle shop in Singapore and joining in. Before you do that, however, here are a few tips we recommend you follow. They will definitely enhance your cycling experience.
The first thing you’ll need to do is get some good gear and a good bike. Luckily you can find a bicycle shop in Singapore at almost every corner. Most sell a variety of bikes to meet their customers’ needs. If you’re new to or returning to the cycling scene, we recommend getting a folding bicycle.
Folding bikes in Singapore are very popular for a few reasons. The biggest being that they give you convenience other bikes can’t. You won’t need to worry about finding a bike rack or pole to lock your folding bike to, for starters. Just fold it up and roll it into your house or workplace with you. No need to worry about bad weather either. If it starts raining while you’re cycling, just fold up your bike and find shelter or call a cab.
Find a good route
This boils down to more than just finding the fastest route. Finding a route that has pleasant scenery and is bike-friendly is just as important. Use Google maps to map out a route beforehand so that you can save time. There are many shared paths and park connector routes to ride on in Singapore. Pick one closest to you and get riding. Like the Round Island Route, a continuous 150-kilometre park connector that circles the island.
Follow the rules
When you are cycling the rules to follow on footpaths, shared paths and the road. For footpaths and shared paths, they are relatively simple. Always give way to pedestrians and keep within a 10km/h speed limit on footpaths and 25km/h on shared paths. It is also good to have a bell on your bike so that you can signal pedestrians when nearing them. The maximum weight of your foldable bicycle cannot exceed 20kg, and maximum width must be within 70cm.
There are more rules to follow when cycling on the road. This is to ensure your safety and those around you. Before you even set off riding on the road, make sure you have a helmet on. Along with a helmet, make sure that your bicycle has both front and rear lights attached. It is illegal to ride on the road without these three things. The lights will make you more visible to cars when on the road.
When cycling on the road, you will need to follow all the traffic signs and rules that motorists do. Travel in the same direction as the flow of traffic and keep to the left side of the lane. Cycle in a single file on single-lane roads and during bus operational hours. Otherwise, cycling two abreast is allowed.
Choosing a Bike
So now you know more about cycling in Singapore, you might be thinking of joining in during this trying period. With this new knowledge, you might be wondering where to buy your folding bicycle. There are many bike shop in Singapore that sell folding bikes. But none know more about them than us, Mighty Velo!
Mighty Velo are currently the official distributors for Pacific Cycles in South East Asia. We prioritize the needs of our customers and make sure they leave with a bike that’s perfect for them. We carry the Birdy, Reach GT and IF Move performance bikes and the CarryMe folding bike and CarryAll folding tricycles.
For those new riders and cyclist looking for a daily commuting bike, here are a few suggestions you can consider.
Birdy New Classic & City
For a daily commuter, there are a few folding bikes which will suit you best. The Birdy City and New Classic are German designed bikes that are made in Taiwan by Pacific Cycles. Both are great for daily riding to work and even longer rides on the weekend to places like Coney Island.
The Birdy New Classic is an 8 speeds bike that has a retro tubular frame that bike fans adore. It features 18” CST tyres, Shimano Acera derailleur and trigger shifter and full suspension for a comfortable ride. It comes in a super sleek High Polished Silver colour, a bonus for those who want to stand out. For the latest promos on the Birdy New Classic, click here.
The Birdy City, on the other hand, is a 9 speeds bike and has a third Gen Birdy frame. This single weld monocoque frame is sturdy and stiff, giving little flex when riding. The City features 18” CST tyres, Shimano Sora derailleur and trigger shifter and full suspension. It is perfect for riding on park connector networks and cycling paths, giving a super smooth ride overall. The Birdy City is also highly customisable and you can add new accessories to suit your ride style. There are 17 frame colours to choose from for the Birdy City. Pick your favourite and we’ll build the bike for you after. Check out the latest promotions on the Birdy City here.
A great bike which is versatile, compact and very stylish is the CarryMe. It will be perfect for those who want to have a more flexible riding route. It’s the lightest folding bike in the world at only 8.4kg, so you can fold it up and carry it if need be. And since it’s so compact in size, you can also ride it down more narrow pathways with ease. The small wheels are backed by a large 84T crank, giving you enough pedalling power to climb inclines. The CarryMe comes in 9 unique frame colours to choose from too. So you can brighten your ride with one in your favourite colour. For the latest promos on the CarryMe, click here.
The IF Move commuter folding bike, on the other hand, is stylish and sleek. It will fit right in if you decide to travel to areas like Orchard and Marina Bay Sands. The futuristic build of this folding bike makes it stand out. It was designed and built in Taiwan by Pacific Cycles, so expect a high-quality ride. The key feature of this bike is that is had the quickest fold out of all folding bikes. It takes less than three seconds to fold or unfold the IF Move. The IF Move also features 20” Maxxis DTH tyres, Sram X7 9 speeds derailleur and Sturmey Archer freewheel. This makes the overall ride experience really comfortable, even on rougher roads and paths. The IF Move comes in two colours, Matt Grey and Gloss Black. Check out the latest promotions on the IF Move here.
Now is the time to get the perfect bike to ride daily. Build up your health while staying safe from disease with one of our foldable bikes. Visit our online store at shop.mightyvelo.com to get started on your cycling journey. For enquiries email us at [email protected].