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Some 180 kilometres later I’m back at home, discovering parts of my leg aching that have never ached before! Thinking back…

I slept at around 2 am, after tinkering with my bike; adding a WOHO classic roll bag, changing my tires to Scwalbe Big Apples inflated to 70 PSI, platform pedals to SPDs, brand new brake pads (after discovering mine were pretty worn out while I was changing the tires which I went down to my local bike shop Chapter 2 Cycle to get), woke up at 3.20am there abouts and made my way to Marsiling MRT cutting through Mandai rd via the new unlighted park connector to woodlands ave 12.

Brake pads: Becareful! Once the indicators are gone(left one has no more grooves right one still has some) would mean serious wear on your rims and much less braking effect!

At those hours, the roads before Kota Tinggi were pitch black and was quite an experience to ride in. We had a brief breakfast and pushed on to try to get to Sungai  Rengit before 12.30pm and push onto to the ferry terminal before 2.30pm to secure a ferry back to Sg.

Can you spot the low lying hazard?

I was clearly struggling to keep up with the roadies and a inhuman guy on a full suspension bike with knobbies, at the junction of Route 92 & 90 a choice was given to opt for a more scenic but longer yet flat route of 35km filled with hard headwinds or a hilly but shorter less scenic 28km route absent of headwind. Every cell in my body wanted to take the easy way out, but dang scenery is everything to me! And that the route was flat had to be a major draw!

The only two MTBs on the journey

In the end, it had to be the toughest ride and had embarked on! The pressure to make it in time, my slow bike, my weak legs, the strong headwind, the scorching sun, everything was out to slow me down. And persevered and thankfully my buddies decided to let me draft them to make up for lost time. We had to the 35km strech in 1.5 hours that would mean a 20km/h average speed. Sounds easy? But thats after I did a 90km ride here!

We made it to Sungai Rengit just before 1pm for a quick lunch, “The Shig” suggested we pass him our passports so he can leave early so as to have a better chance at securing a boat back to Sg. A really wise decision on his part as, as it would turn out we got the last available ferry back to Sg! Phew!

The Boat ride back: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150237952626283&comments

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The Storm had made the waters really chopy…

The longest ride of my life, so far. Shiok!

Check out the strobe pattern!

Looks like Prague is very much encouraging it citizens to cycle, either that or its citizens love to cycle. I can’t think of a more apt place to encourage cycling! A petrol station!

Imagine that you always drive maybe 2 km to the supermarket or coffee shop just to grab something small necessity or a cup of coffee, than you pull into the petrol station and get a rude shock at how much the price of fuel has gone up. As you pay for the gas, the counter staff notifies you that you have enough points to redeem a bicycle! How cool is that. Than you go on the redeem it and try it out! Bingo! You are addicted to cycling, it cuts cost, makes  you fitter, etc!

And everything you need to start out is at easily redeemable, no need to spend! Woo hoo!

 

Whether or not its a bike hack or a well done product, its definitely a good looker. Got to love it when cyclist are everywhere overseas!

Dead tired from the ride, finally a post! If you are interested in the trail that we went… A word of warning though, we couldn’t really follow the marked out trail via GPS… So we just locked onto a direction and rode in plantations! Fun!

http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=1145623

There were some really nice views, a nice break away from urban Singapore.

Not long before entering the trails, we started to smell something unpleasant… And eventually came across the source…

And the guy herding the cows was riding a motorbike! He helped as clear the way 🙂 Although there were many freshly deployed land mines ahead!

Heading in a direction with no visible trail ahead meant overcoming certain obstacles along the way! Teamwork! Barbed wire fences, steep loose rocky slopes, beautiful moss covered palm plantations, mad dogs that chase you, scorching open lands, etc!

Notice the rubber tube tied around the tree trunk? I used it to help me climb the many slopes we encountered! But little did I know…

I was pricked by this little caterpillar! Many thorns were in my skin and I was screaming like a girl when I pulled them out… One. By. One. Ouch!

The ride was great with good food too! Macdonalds breakfast, KFC lunch, Cendol break, Prata dinner, Nasi Goreng Supper. Covered about 130km according to my friend’s speedo! Legs are still tired!

A typical bike rack in Salzburg, mainly cheap full-suspension mountain bikes… About the same in Singapore! Just that the bikes there are a lot newer! Bike theft there also seems to be less of a problem since most are locked poorly with cheap cable locks.

And of course, cycling is largely encourage over there and at most other European countries. Many Ministers set examples and bike to work, which has probably something to do with improved infrastructure of the cycle paths there.

A nice vintage looks bike with a brand badge of “Amsterdam” , the country where I referred to many times on how their citizens lock up bicycles. Long story short they lock their cheap badly trashed bikes with the most expensive of locks!

 

I’m back in Singapore, but jet lagged. Stay tuned 🙂

Being here for sometime, i usually plot routes to a touristy destinations or places of interest. Some how, one way or another, the easier landmarks a probably rivers! Just ride beside the river till <insert road name here> than turn left or right. And it usually works, even if you don’t get there you know pretty damn sure you are nearby!

River sides are really great to cycle in, ducks waddling around in the water, breeze blowing, no traffic lights, no traffic, meaning a faster commute too!

I want to write more about the benefits or cycling beside the river here, can’t remember… So till next time!

Picture edited with Cyan Tone… Again, playing with the different settings available for editing… I find that this tone I am about to see more details in the sky (Not much, but a cloud or two), since the sun was shining directly to the lens probably resulting in over exposure… But what do I know? I am no photographer.

Where in the world can you find such awesome people? Although the bike is not exactly in working condition… But hey! It’s something to be happy about and thats what I’m doing wahaha.

Experimenting for the yellow filter for the picture… Not quite black and white but just lots of filter… Light some colours lighter instead of getting a darker shade immediately when using black and white filter… Chim! Hi there, any tips from photographers?

Here’s a picture I took while waiting for a friend to arrive based on the original cycle(More later). Unfortunately, there was only one lady that cycled pass and she wasn’t facing me. So this picture will just have to do.

At 1 Degrees Celsius, it was pretty cold out there, yet this guy looked relaxed and composed. And nicely suited up if you ask me.

One of my radical stimulus to ride is to go to Cycle Chic and look at all those finely dressed Copenhageners and wonder if I can dress better while commuting. If you haven’t the faintest for ideas as to what to wear when commuting slow, it is the place to go for a reference. Style over speed they say!

This shop right here is proabably the equivalent of the Rodalink or T3 Bikes of Singapore, they are a chain of bike shops and this is probably the biggest i have yet to see.

The shop house on the right is quite big, it houses all kinds of lower end step through frames with basket meant mainly for commuting and a few hybrids. Probably for the main consumer.

The separate building on the left houses children bikes in the basement, level 2 dedicated to foldies and cruisers, level 3 Mountain bikes, hybrids and road bikes, level 4 is the holy grail tri-bikes, high-end road and hybrids. Sweet. Taking a look at the price tags there, they must be doing quite well to be able to bring in those bikes there. the foldie range include a couple of Bromptons too! Cool!

Let’s face it, it definitely cool when you own a Lamborghini car and bicycle. Heck, its cool just to own the bicycle.

Or if you are like me, a mere peasant. Owning a Chevy sounds awesome too!

“My choice of transport, is my trust Chevy!”

“Drove my Chevy to the Levee!”

In the land that produces a significant portion of the world’s cars, I am not surprised!

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