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Evon’s first LCSG Ride

by Tay Evon

LoveyclingSG @ Kranji war memorial

I was running late for my first LCSG morning ride. I had my bike folded and tucked behind me in the MRT carriage, hoping to be as invisible as possible to the other passengers (which was actually not that difficult on a Sunday morning at this hour).

Tay Evon

This secondhand folding bike was just bought a month ago from a seller I found on Togoparts* for less than $100. Sure, it’s a bit rusty and clunky with a quirky front brake. But I quite liked its uncommon baby blue colour, complementing the synthetic brown leather saddle. And the fact that it’s vintage, and the seller seemed to have no idea what brand it was; His wife apparently acquired it through a lucky draw years ago, made it even more appealing, in a weird way.

Oh no. I hope they don’t leave without me. I wonder if they take attendance… I pondered, checking my watch. It’s already 7.40am. The group was set to meet at 7.30am and I was already late.

Finally, the MRT door slided open at Kranji station. I dragged my bike off the train and wheeled it down the escalator, and towards the fare gate. After pushing the bike out through the wider gate for handicaps, I looked around.

Ah, there they are! Phew. And I thought I might have to try cycling home if they were gone already. I quickly pushed my bike towards a large group of cyclists gathered at the entrance of the station, their rear lights blinking red.

I hurried to unfold my bike, albeit clumsily. This was one of the few times I’ve had to fold my bike to get somewhere on the train and I hadn’t had much practice. I hope they are not judging my bike handling skills already. Suddenly self-conscious, i nervously clicked my bike frame in place.

As I straightened up and stood beside my bike, I saw that the 40-50 strong crowd was really quite diverse – from young adults, to folks older than her own parents. The diversity seemed to follow on to their bikes too – there were road bikes, mountain bikes, folding bikes, fixed gears, cargo-bikes, recumbents etc.… of all sizes and colours. The cyclists, some dressed in cycling jerseys, some in just plain t-shirts and shorts, were standing around chatting with each other, greeting each other good morning and introducing each other to their new friends.

I’ve always been kind of a socially awkward person, and meeting with a large group of strangers makes me as comfortable as a ballet-dancing elephant in high heels. Too bad my friends aren’t really as enthusiastic about cycling so I resorted to joining a club to meet new people with common interests. I had to do this.

New friends Sharon, Diane and Gwyn

“Hello, good morning!” a woman standing with her friend next to me greeted. They started introducing themselves and I felt myself relax. Maybe this wasn’t such a bad idea after all.

After a few more rounds of introduction and small talk, it was time to set off. The plan of the day was to firstly, ride to the Kranji war memorial for a quick photo, and then off to visit some of the landmarks and farms in the Kranji countryside area.

I took my bike onto the road and mounted. This wasn’t the first time I’ve ridden on the road, but the idea of riding alongside the big scary motor vehicles still unnerves me. But off I went anyway, following the first few riders in front of me, traveling in a line along the left shoulder of the road.

After a couple of junctions, I noticed that people were overtaking me. Oh snap, am I too slow? So I pedaled harder. It was tough to be fast when you’re on a cranky old single-speed foldie.

And even tougher to go uphill, yikes. The turn towards the war memorial was gently steeping and I tried to pedal even harder, panting increasingly as I watched more cyclists overtaking me.

The gates to the war memorial were a welcomed sight when I finally conquered that slope. Gosh, I’m so embarrassingly weak, I despaired.

The group stopped at the carpark in front of the memorial to take a group photo. If there is anything you need to know about LCSG, it’s that they are really kind of an easy-going group that doesn’t take themselves too seriously. They have a signature group photo pose that roughly resembled that of a cross between Johnny Bravo and Action Kamen.

After the photo session, LCSG continued on their bike journey towards the next checkpoint. worried about lagging behind again, I joined the front group, but soon enough, fell behind as more cyclists overtook her snail-like pace midway. I figured They were probably just too polite to overtake right from the start.

When they finally stopped at a reservoir park for a water break, a couple of cyclists came up to her.

Single file!

“Nice bike. Single speed? Wow you’re brave.”

“Yeah. Thanks.” I managed, fumbling with my water bottle for a drink.

“Hmm… Maybe you should try adjusting your seat post higher so you can straighten your legs during the downstroke. It’ll be easier and more effortless to pedal uphill this way.”

“Oh is it? How high should I adjust it? But I’m kind of afraid that I’d lose balance when I can’t touch the ground with my feet.”

“It’s like that when you’re a beginner. I was like that too when I first started cycling. But you’ll get used to it soon, la! don’t worry.”

And it worked. I hopped onto my adjusted bike and was surprised at how easy it pedaled. Although that did not really solve my speed problem. Some cyclists cheered “jiayou!” for me as they rode past effortlessly. I might as well be riding on a century old tortoise.

There were more upslopes along the journey and I struggled to keep up. Luckily there was a “sweeper” behind every group ride to ensure no slowpoke, such as this one, gets left behind.

The sweeper and some experienced cyclists rode behind me, dishing out encouraging pointers such as, “Okay, upslope ahead, pedal as fast as you can now to gain momentum!”

or “Lorry ahead, slow down and be careful!”

or “Switch to the right lane now and follow those ahead at the right turn!”

or “Keep your hands on the brakes while going downhill. Look out for potholes.”

It was like having my own personal trainers on the go.

We stopped at a few more places-of-interest before settling at a vegetable farm for a nice breakfast where I got to sit down and get to know a few more cyclists in the group. A couple even let me test ride their bikes.

Visiting Bollywood farm


Visiting Bollywood farm


Visiting Bollywood farm

By the time the ride ended, the sun was out full-blast and at its peak. The group departed Kranji Countryside back towards the MRT station on their bikes. I was worn out but satisfied at surviving my first LCSG ride as I folded her bike and went up the train.

Can’t wait to see where the next LCSG ride would bring me, I thought with a grin on my suntanned face. //

Lovecycling @ EWalker ride

Yesterday evening I took a bus from Penang back to Singapore, I was worry that I may not be able to catch the Sunday Ride this morning because the bus was seriously delayed. Luckily I managed to reach home at 7am and fetch a Taxi soon after to bring the three demo bikes to EWalker, the main dealer of Pacific Cycles. FuDe, the boss of EWlaker was busy signing up the test riders when I reach there. Today EWalker has offer 12 of their demo bikes for lovecycling.sg group to use for the ride. Many are excited to have the opportunity and had a lot of fun trying the bikes. We started from EWalker at Ubi Road 3, make a small loop around the industrial area, cross Paya Lebar road, there I forgot to ride into Circuit road but instead ride into Geyland East Avenue 1. soon we rejoin the planned route and down to the Old Airport road food center to have our breakfast break. Goash I was hungry and the Chu-Chern-Fan was delicious! This is Choon Yao’s territory and he brought us through the oldest HDB flat near Dakota MRT, after our group photo we move on to ride a short stretch along Kallang River PCN and towards East coast Part via Ford road. We exit East Coast Park from the new Siglap PCN and navigate ourselves back to the Ubi industrial area.
Back at EWalker, I was excited to meet my hero George Lin, the founder of Pacific Cycles and father of CarryMe! Fu De was very kind to organize a buffet for the group. George make an interesting speech about bicycle and tell interesting story about his approach to bicycle making. I learnt today that CarryMe was designed to ride along wheel chairs users to keep them accompany.

Thanks to Tai Woon and the regulars like Clarence, Zack, Andrew, David and others helps to make this ride safe and fun, even after I made a couple of wrong turns. As Taiwoon said, just follow the flow!

George Lin and Francis

My hero George Lin Photo by Tai Woon























EWalker route

EWalker Route

Pungol PCN to Changi Village – 10th April 2011

Pungol is now so different from just a few months ago! That’s the impression I’ve got after this morning’s ride. Kodu to PUB, very impressive water treatment sites which not only help to process the waste water but at the same time become a scenic feature for the public to enjoy.

We rode relatively fast and the weather was refreshing. When we reach Changi Village it is only 9:30am- plenty of time for a substantial breakfast!

Here is the group photo (click on it to view the large version) and my ‘TOP TEN’ selection.

Lovecycling @ Pungol

Lovecycling @ Pungol (click on image to view large version)

Kenneth leading the way

Kenneth leading the way

Let's invade Pungol!

Scenic water front at Pungol

Pungol wood bridge

Surly Stanley

Are we in Pungol?

Safety first

Russia Ruslan

The breakfast, finished

The foldie magic - MRT cheat!

Japan Gambare! Dempsey Rd- Queens Town + Service Demo @ LifeCycle.

2011-04-03 Sunday Singapore
Yet another awesome ride. We have 46 riders including many new comers and most wonderful our riding Queen, Boo, came back after a long long holiday break.
Stanley was the master sweeper accompanied by Brandon. Our regular marshals Clarence, David, Vince and Steve does an excellent job to make sure the ride was safe for all.
Matt, K.C. and I are the roaming photographers. We try to capture and share the wonderful ride.

Video compiled by Matt.

In the fresh morning lights in Dampsey Hill we gather around the “GAMBARE,JAPAN !” poster made by David to show our solidarity with the people in Japan. (Click on the group photo to view the large pics) , We continue to do so in the mid and end of the ride at Livecycle shop.

Japan, you can do it!

"Japan, you can do it!" @ Dempsey Hill

Japan, you can do it!

"Japan, you can do it!" @ Queens Town

Japan, you can do it!

"Japan, you can do it!" @ LifeCycle

more at Taiwoon’s blog.

Let’s close up to some of our cycling stars:


















I will post some more later.

more links:
http://smallwheelsbigsmile.blogspot.com/2011/03/japan-we-are-with-u-ganbaru.html

TJC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

I see hope for the future this morning in East Coast Park – around 100 Temasek Junior Collage students participated in an cycling event call Cycle350.

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park


Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Temasek JC Cycle 350 in East Coast Park

Kranji Bollywood Veggie farm ride

Lovecycling-SG

We ride to Bollywood Veggie farm last year and got an VIP treatment from the owner IVY. Many members requested to do this ride again and hey here we are. This is the second time Lovecycling visit the Bollywood veggie farm. The route was familiar but more busy than we expected. There were many cars and trucks for a fine Sunday morning. Thanks to my buddy Tai Woon leading the pack while keeping the pace comfortable for 7 year old ‘Bay Junior”. All newly joint were very impressed by the wonderful support from Clarence, David, Andrew and Andy. I must mention the additional help from Seh Suan, Kwang Liak and Brandon make the ride safe and enjoyable while we proceeded smoothly. It was quite a sight when 30+ cyclists including whole families from 4 years old riding along the road. For Lovecycling, that’s exactly how cycling should be – anyone can enjoy riding as long as you know how to cycle.

It is really difficult to pick only a few from the many photos I took. Here are the lot!

Video from GL