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What is a Bike Trials?

“Mountain bike trials, also known as observed trials, is a discipline of mountain biking in which the rider attempts to pass through an obstacle course without setting foot to ground.” -wikipedia

What about a Trials Bike?

“Trials bikes are often designed without regard for attaching a seat. Competition riding does not require the rider to sit down and the omission allows for a lighter bike which interferes less with the body movements of the rider.” –wikipedia

 

Ok, so the story goes that ever since I was in secondary school… Some 10 years ago, I loved the idea of riding Trials. But never had the money to buy a proper Trials Bike. When I was trolling Togoparts.com/marketplace for a mountain bike (Another story), I saw a Trials Bike for sale @ $250

I jumped at the chance and contacted the Seller to view, next thing I know I now own the bike and I have to ride the bike back from Pasir Ris. Well, taking a cab would have been much easier, but where’s the fun in that!

So without a seat, super low gearing, fat tires and a rather feminine paint job. I set off!

… A very short while later, I set down at a bus stop huffing and puffing… How do those guys in mountain bike races continue on when their seat posts have gave way? Mad!

At my second pit stop along Old Tampines Road… The afternoon sun is getting to me…

Along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 the last stretch home… By now my wrists, ankle, arms, calves were all complaining… Hot and dripping with sweat…

Only on the next day, did I find out what kind of work out riding in the standing position gave me. The whole body was aching but I felt good, it was only in the army days where one would find your entire body aching! haha. Awesome ride. Now to recuperate and do some Trials!

Commuted down down to Promenade MRT today, took only about 30 mins. Was going really slow too, other than the burning sun. Its all good. And since there was no bike rack in sight (pretty common in town), I looked around for a railing and locked my bike promptly. Might as well take a few pictures to show my point.

 

 

Remember, inside the rear triangle!

I always thought have a kick stand is a serious form of useless weight. Why the extra weight? How often do you really want to the bike to be standing? Just rest it on the floor i say!

Of course unless peer pressure starts building up…

Oopss, all of a sudden I am a space hogger.

As a consolation when I arrived early in the morning my bike was the only one there. My college asked me if I knew my bike was flat on the ground. Lol.

My deepest condolences and Rest in Peace, Paul Lim.

Information about the accident: source mybikeshop

Again, a drunk driver. What I want to know is, what has been done since the accident take involved cyclist Ms Evelyn Toh, 39 source forum

The one thing we cyclist can’t guard against are drunk drivers, there has been much publicity over cyclist that went down due to drunk drivers. One of them that I remember clearly is author of pedaldamnit Ben, he was killed by a drunk doctor just in front of Ngee Ann Polytechnic. And a much hyped about Ghost bike was put up in remembrance at the scene. Only to be taken down by order of LTA.

I then came across this quote,

“The [London] cycle superhighways, for example, could easily be segregated along much of the route. Finally, training also needs to be stepped up when teaching new drivers. This way the next generation of drivers on our roads will be more aware of cyclists. This could be phased into the driving test and potentially require a new motorist to spend part of their lesson on a bike to get a different perspective of the road and how you do feel vulnerable.” – Andreas Kambanis, blogger, London Cyclist

I think it would really be an eye opener for motorists, except that maybe not everyone is able to cycle.

And another quote I read,

“This drunk should have crashed his car into the back of a dumper truck, but chose instead a pickup. Think again how cheap our lives are when we are out cycling on weekends between 4 to 7 am. You may think less traffic is safe, but studies have shown that less traffic means more speeding and reckless driving. And there are many drunk drivers behind the wheels at those hours. I think it is much safer to cycle in peak or heavy traffic, at least people are not speeding but there is congestion only.” -Clarance Tan

I guess it makes commuting during heavy traffic safe from drunk drivers, but again other terrors of the road come about. Mostly traffic itself.

Ride safe all.

This is how I lock my saddle, at first it was due to fears of my market bike have a quick release system. Now it’s just for deterrence. It’s some cheap cable lock i got for free. It’s on the long side so I had to wind it around my seat post a few times. When I had quick release I wound it up pretty tight. Such that if anyone tries to release the QR, the seatpost will slide in towards the frame due to the tension. Making it impossible to pull out. Overkill really.

This is a much cheaper way to secure your saddle, get an old chain. You probably have a chain breaker if your are a hardcore cyclist. If not go to a bike shop and ask a favour or pay a small fee to get it done. Nice bike shops will give you an old chain free, but try getting one that isn’t rusty and clean it up!

Or you could simply wrap it in a old tube, or sew up some rags/cloth to cover the chain. Variations on the path the chain takes it totally at your disposal.

It can really give a slick looks, since you can control the length and alter the material used to cover the chain.

That cable you bought together with your ulock is fine too, just lock it through the saddle rails.

Or if you have a spare U lock… The saddle is a Brooks btw… Premium stuff.

Or just lock it together with your beefy chain my letting the padlock go through one of the saddle rails! Brooks saddle again.

Certain pictures have been taken from here : bikesnobnyc

This is more of a repost from my personal blog… Since my dad recently told me that the police has sent me a letter regarding the incident. Not sure about the letter’s content though.

Basically I was cycling home from school, on Bukit Timah Road. heading towards Adam Road from just before National Junior College. Bukit Timah road is a rather nice place to cycle, espeacially the direction of which I was heading. It always felt like a really minor descent, nice straight road with few traffic lights and decent sized road width. I was spinning on full outer, going faster than usual. But being careful, as most cars think cyclists move at the speed of pedestrians. Cautious about cars about to enter the road from the left and buses that were overtaking me.

Right, so I was spinning saw some dude flagging for a taxi. Just before the bus stop for NJC under the bridge. Next thing I know, from the corner of my eye, coming from the right. A yellow city cab. A new Hyundai Sonata. Red brake lights come on. I’m on the brakes hard. The Taxi swerves in. My rear tires start to skid. I endoed into his rear bumper.

I looked at the guy who flagged the Taxi, he was obviously in a rush to go somewhere. Staring at me. I gave him a “you still want to take this taxi I’m gonna start yelling at you look.” And he started running away, to try get another taxi. The driver still oblivious to what has happened was wondering where his customer went. And slammed on the boot of the taxi and he got out.

The picture shows the first thing he did when he came out. I’m fine thank you. After his inspection he asked me in Mandarin, “You hit my car ah?”.

I replied” Ya, you didn’t see me ah?”

“Never, really never”

“IC please.”

“Why you want my IC”, takes out his IC.

“I want to make a police report.” Actually, I just wanted to “take” down his details and basically scare him so he doesn’t drive that way again.

“Boy, No need make police report la. Why you want to make?”

“So that if you do it again, the police has records that you are a repeat offender. And justice will be served.”

The taxi driver was pissed, he took another look at his precious bumper and drove off. What really made me angry was that he wasn’t the least bit apologetic, didn’t care whether i was hurt, and even tried persuading me to do away with the police report.

So, I didn’t to make the police report anyway. Who knows? Maybe he has a dozen drivers horning him from behind thanks to his dangerous techniques used to get customers. If he keeps it up, people are going to get hurt.

When I made the police report, I asked the officer, “It’s true I was unhurt, but can I make a police report for the record?”

“Actually, as long as a accident involves a pedestrian. You must make a police report. Cyclists are considered pedestrians.” The officer said as-a-matter-of-factly.

Ride safe all!

I was riding home after work, on a Friday (Does rebecca remind u of anything?). I wanted to take a hill easy, so I wanted to shift up a couple of gears. I pushed the thumb shift and CLICK. I stopped. Looked around to see if anything broke, saw nothing I continued riding. Only to have the gear shifter down instead of up, initial reaction was maybe it just out of tune and shifted down. So I wanted to shift up, but there was zero tension/resistance.

That was when I guessed the shifters itself gave way, although i now know it was the cable instead. I was able to continue riding, the rear dee went to its “natural” position (the smallest cog). Yesterday, I went to inspect the bike and saw this.

Sweet. I searched youtube oh rear dee adjustment as i knew there were such things as lower and upper limits. So what was initially a 24 speed bike, after losing a cog was supposedly to be a 21 speed bike, but the actual usable gears are more like a 18 speed bike( after my bike hack with a paper bag), is now a pitiful 3 speed bike. Thanks to the front dee. Gee…

 

If any1 is wondering, I screwed the “H” limit all the way to try and get a lighter gearing. Good to know stuff.

If you know about Youtube, you probably know about Vimeo, and so should know about Streetfilms! Sometimes they really upload some really nice videos on commuting. And it motivates me to commute by bike. Cheers!

Sister site bikecommutinginsg is thanking me for promoting the blog hahaha. Feels good.

 

Guide to lock you bike in Singapore updated slightly

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