Did you know that despite the outbreak of the Covid-19 worldwide, there has been a surge in the number of people cycling on the streets? With many cities under lockdown and governments urging citizens to keep a social distance from one another, many have turned to riding a bike as their form of transport to travel around. The best way to keep a distance from others during this sensitive period, when we do move, is by walking and cycling. Riding a bike allows you to strengthen your immunity and exercise outdoors while keeping a distance from others!
Benefits of Cycling amidst the Pandemic
Bikes are the biggest fitness trends right now as they are easy to use for exercising outdoors while keeping a safe distance from others. Cycling allows symptom free members to stay healthy and a safer way to make their essential journey by avoiding public transport.
Riding a bicycle outdoors builds up your immunity as you take in fresh air and sunlight.
Based on a research done by Rochester University, breathing in fresh air can increase our energy levels and boost our moods, resulting in a sharper mind. Jumping on a bike gets your heartbeat going and breathing in deeply clears your lungs and throat of all impurities and bacteria, warding off chronic illnesses.
With cycling as a viable transport and exercise option, it provides the dual benefit of minimising the risks of contagion and reducing the risk to key workers and others who need to take public transport.
Thus, cycling is the way to keep yourself healthy, both mentally and physically, while you’re living in a socially-distanced world.
Cycling in the East
The Park Connector Network (PCN) introduces a fun and different way of exploring the island. It brings people closer to nature and motivates one to exercise, with each network having its own distinct personality.
A favourite amongst bikers, runners and rollerbladers will be the trail along East Coast Park (ECP). Bringing you a diverse habitat that covers rainforest, wetland and coastal environments, ECP has always been a popular location for many to unwind from their busy week during the weekends.
Located in the North Eastern part of Singapore, the North Eastern Riverine Loop cycling trail links up to 4 different parks – Punggol Park, Punggol Point Park, Punggol Waterway Park and Sengkang Riverside Park. Leading you to parks, reservoirs and scenic spots, the loop has a colourful variety of birds and a unique range of plant life for you to discover.
Different from other loops, the Northern Explorer Loop goes through plenty of urban scenery, linking towns of Sembawang, Woodlands, Yishun and 11 other different parks. The loop spans 25km and covers 4 districts. Cycling alongside quiet waters, shady trees and a distance forest to get a quiet escape away from city life.
Cycling in the West
The Western Adventure Loop is the one for adventurous souls. This 20km network is a loop around Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang and Bukit Batok, linking up to 8 parks for you to cycle and explore. Encompassed with both city and forested trails, this route brings you through the western greenways of Singapore.
With the expansion of Singapore’s green corridor, the National Parks Board (NParks) has launched a new Coast-to-Coast (C2C) trail. The C2C trail cuts across Singapore, connecting Jurong Lake Gardens, in the west, to Coney Island, which is located in the north-east of Singapore. Cutting through 18 parks and nature areas, like the Bukit Batok Nature Park, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, there will be a total of 10 checkpoints spaced out along the 36km stretch for riders or joggers to explore.
Singapore may be small in size, but there are definitely tons of green spaces for you to exercise and cycle, and take in the fresh air. It need not be cycling, something as simple as a brisk walk or jogging is sufficient to enjoy Singapore’s greenery.
Convenience of a Foldable Bicycle
With the increase in the amount of people considering cycling as a transport option comes the demand for bicycles. Many have opted for foldable bikes as they are lighter and portable. At times when you do need to take public transport to travel to your destination, foldable bikes can be easily folded down and rolled into the MRT or bus without taking up too much space.
Once you alight at your location, you can easily unfold it and you are good to go. Foldable bikes can be ridden on pavements and roads. You can also bring them almost everywhere, from shopping malls, to trains or even up the lift. You no longer need to find a bike rack or a pole to lock your bike.
Now that you know how much more convenient and healthier it is to cycle through this sensitive period, you must be wondering which bike shop in Singapore to visit. Well, Mighty Velo’s got you covered.
Mighty Velo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycle’s bicycles across SouthEast Asia. Bringing you foldable bikes of quality that suit your needs and bikes that are compliant with Land Transport Authority (LTA) transportation regulations.
Birdy New Classic
The 8 Speeds Birdy New Classic is the way to go if you are looking for entry-level foldable bikes. A throwback to the Classic Birdy, the New Classic retains its vintage appearance. It has a retro tubular main frame that comes in Polished Silver. Equipped with the Shimano Acera 8 Speed derailleur, shifting through gears has never been easier. Now on promotion at 15% off, the bike is now S$1,614 (UP. S$2,050). The New Classic model will make a great introduction into the world of Birdy.
Looking at bikes that pair well with both road and pavement? The 9 Speed Birdy City is built for everyday cycling. Equipped with the Shimano Sora 9 Speed derailleur, this bike will provide you with a smooth-sailing ride. Thus, Birdy City also comes with its all-purpose CST 18-inch wheels, combined with its front and rear suspension.
Mighty Velo is also the only bike distributor that provides you with 17 different colours to choose from. The colours range from standard gloss, to premium matte and even premium gloss. Hence, once you pick your colour, we will build your bike. Choose your favourite colour and you are off to go.
If you are looking for a bike for your daily needs, head down to our new Experience Store at Breadtalk IHQ, 30 Tai Seng Street, #02-14, S534013 to view our various Birdy, Reach GT, IFMove, CarryMe and CarryAll bike models on display. We are open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm.
If you would like a test ride of any of our bike models, please email at [email protected] or find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Carousell.
(Note: We do not sell e-scooters anymore. Mighty Velo is now selling good performance folding bikes.)
(Note: Promotion for the Birdy New Classic has ended.)