With the ongoing rage of Covid-19, Singapore has decided to extend its Circuit Breaker period from the 4 May to 1 June. This partial lockdown aims to curb the further spread of Covid-19. Government has urged citizens to stay indoors and if they do head out for their daily exercise or grocery shopping, it has to be done alone. During this time, many have also opted cycling as their choice of exercise. With exercising or cycling solo is very much recommended by Sports Singapore, it makes even more sense for you to start cycling alone and safe distance from others! Here are a few reasons why cycling alone during the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker is actually the best.
With more than 70 percent of Singapore’s population working from home, facing the 4 walls for an extended period of time can be rather stressful and claustrophobic. Cycling can be incredibly meditative. Cycling alone also means that you won’t be able to have any conversations to distract you. You can clear your mind from whatever that has been getting to you over the weeks. It provides the occasion for you to get comfortable with yourself and benefit from your own “me time”.
Cycling alone is another great way for you to cultivate your own confidence. It allows you to focus on your personal development and build up a sense of achievement. With absolutely no companionship, you will have to rely only on yourself. You are not dependent on those around you to dictate the pace and you get to choose your route. You are also your own competitor. Ride solo and compare the results each time. With improvements from each solo cycling trip, you will get to improve your performance training and give yourself a boost of confidence.
No fear of getting dropped
For many cyclists, the worst feeling of cycling in a group is getting dropped by the rest of the group. It’s even worse when you have to tolerate some teasing from those at the top of the climb. Well, you will not face such fears when it’s just you and your bike. You are free to pedal as slowly as you want or to ride to any destinations whenever you want. There is no need to chase up to the pack and you can cycle at your very own pace, with no fear of getting dropped.
Appreciate your Surroundings
The partial lockdown of Singapore has also led to Singaporeans being able to only exercise in their own neighbourhood parks. So, why not take this chance to take a good look at your neighbourhood? Prior to Circuit Breaker, we are always rushing to work or to our location, with little or no time to take in and appreciate the surroundings that we are in. Riding solo during this time gives you an opportunity to explore the area that you are staying in. However, do keep in mind to go home straight away after you finish exercising and avoid lingering around.
Safety Tips for Solo Riding
While solo riding is encouraged, it is also important to take note of our safety when we cycle. There are many steps that you can take to ensure you avoid unnecessary incidents and to keep yourself safe. Here are a few steps to take into consideration when cycling alone.
#1 – Plan your route and tell someone
Planning out your route and telling someone where you are going is the first step to a safe solo cycling trip. This would allow your family members to know about your whereabouts and not get worried when you are not back for a long time. It is also a great idea to share your location via your smartphone with apps such as Whatsapp or Iphone’s Share your Location function. With someone knowing about your whereabouts, it offers you a little more protection and peace of mind when venturing out alone.
#2 – Vary your routes
If you like to cycle alone often at a certain time, you should also consider switching up your route regularly. This will not only create unpredictability when a stranger notes your schedule, it also prevents you from getting bored. You can discover new areas while cycling. While this does not mean to cycle out of your way, especially to trails or mountains at times like this, you can ride around different parts of your neighbourhood.
#3 – Carry Protection
However, if you do feel like someone is following you, always trust your instinct. Try riding to somewhere with people around you and this will prevent the culprit from doing anything dangerous to you. Needless to say, it is always better to be safe than sorry. It might be a good idea to carry pepper spray, which can come in handy in case of attacks.
If you are riding at night, it is also extremely important to arm your bike with tail and headlights so that pedestrians or traffic at night can spot you from afar. This will also help prevent any possible accidents.
Cycling is still a very much enjoyable form of exercise during this Covid-19 period. While you are out cycling alone, do remember to head home immediately after you finish your daily cycle. Just like any other stores, Mighty Velo’s retail store will be closed till the 1 June, or when the Circuit Breaker is lifted.
During this period, our online store remains open, at shop.mightyvelo.com. Mighty Velo is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. For any enquiries, drop us a message on our Facebook or Instagram. Remember to adhere to the safety tips when riding solo and have a safe cycle ahead!