I didn’t know how to cycle when I first came to the company. It was funny to me, a bike shop employee who couldn’t cycle. I didn’t need to. Every school I attended was cursed with having more stairs than the average school. Everyone who signed up to those schools became a hiker by the end. Anywhere that was too far to walk to, I could simply take public transport for it. That said, I tried to learn cycling once and learnt nothing. My coworkers reassured me I would learn it quickly. I was not confident. However, I was open to learning. Hence, the circuit breaker was a silver lining. Covid-19 freed up time for me to cycle. This is how I got acquainted with my CarryMe.
Experience with the bike before CarryMe
As I said, I had already tried to learn how to cycle before. However, the bike was hard to learn. At its best, even someone with experience with the bike violently snaked left and right before being able to ride it in a stable manner. I took the whole day but I could not even step down on the pedal. Every time the bike shook, my body was screaming to tell me to save myself. That was about three years before. Hence, I had no confidence in how quickly I could pick up cycling.
Bringing the CarryMe home
I took the CarryMe home to learn after we closed for the month. Unable to ride, I rolled the bike. Luckily, with its small rear wheels and compact design, I was able to travel easily even without knowing how to ride one. The CarryMe was also very light at 8.4kg. It was fun in its own way to chase down MRTs wheeling the bicycle like a trolley. The bike’s unique folded design fit beside me comfortably as I stood in the MRT.
Using the CarryMe in the Neighbourhood
When I first tried to learn how to ride, I took the CarryMe downstairs. My first thought is that the bike was rather stable compared to the other bike. However, I still gripped onto the bars like I was hanging off a cliff. By the end of 15 minutes, my whole body was shaking. However, I learnt how to put my feet on the pedal and travel forwards. A big leap forward compared to the other time I tried.
Although I was aching a little at first, the muscle pains quickly healed. I continued to cycle every day in short 15-30-minute sessions. The bike, despite having small wheels, could bring me far with a single crank. After learning how to pedal, I learnt how to turn. Afterwards, I learnt how to loosen my grip on the handlebar and how to brake. The me from a week ago that shook from travelling on a bump on a road didn’t exist anymore. Soon, I was confidently whizzing around the block. Instead of feeling dragged down by a bike, the CarryMe carried me further.
Extension Circuit Breaker
I did look forward to being able to cycle in a park. Unfortunately, I could not. They just announced the second extension. Hence, I graduated out of cycling within two blocks and learnt how to cycle around my neighbourhood. I also learnt a bit about my neighbourhood. I underestimated it. The incline near my house was rather steep, however, it was nothing compared to the hill on the other end of the neighbourhood. At first glance, it was deceptively easy. It was a long road. however, it curves and ramps up in steepness near the end. The first time I tried to cycle over it, it took a while, but I overcame it without taking a single step.
Storing the CarryMe
After riding, storing the CarryMe at home was easy. It only takes 15 seconds to fold and unfold. Its folded design comes with a second benefit. When folded, it measures 32cm(H) x 25cm(W) x 93cm(L). Hence, you could store it under a desk or stuff it in a corner of a room.
Getting a foldable bike
Overall, the CarryMe is extremely beginner-friendly and offers a smooth ride. If you are looking for a bike for leisure riding, the CarryMe cannot be beat! I look forward to cycling more vigorously after the circuit breaker.
If you are looking to get a CarryMe for yourself, you can buy one from Mighty Velo. Our online store is open for business. Mighty Velo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. Our Mechanics have been trained directly at Pacific Cycles HQ in Taiwan and can do proper maintenance and repair work on our bicycles. Every bicycle comes with a 2 year warranty on frame and 1 year warranty on parts.