Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Will be heading up to Malacca for a Church Conference from 28 Nov - 2 Dec. I've been to Malacca twice with folding bikes and love riding around the historical quaint city. This time, some of my friends going up will be bringing up their foldies too.
It should be great morning fun as we do a spot of riding before the morning sessions. I have bought another Pacific Carry Me mini-bike for my wife (red) so that she too has one. Space in our car is always a premium for such conferences. We have 5 people plus luggage, and the brilliant compact fold of the CM makes it possible for me to bring along 2 bikes.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I live in Singapore - a very congested modern city in a smallish island measuring 40km x 22km with 4.2 million people in South East Asia. It is blessed with one of the best public transport system of trains and buses in the world. Car ownership is discouraged through high taxation (US$40,000 for a Toyota Corolla) to ensure that traffic congestion is "manageable". Even so, it can be trying to get around the island especially during peak hours.
In my opinion, the best way of taking advantage of the excellent Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system is with a bicycle. It will get you to your destination to/from the nearest train station quickest and cheapest, emission free. Problem is where do you park your bicycle? And will it be safe at the public parking areas?
Introducing the solution - The folding bicycle! It redefines personal mobility. You can bring it along with you in the trains (yes, its legal!), on buses and even in taxis with ease. It takes very little space in the office or at home, under a desk or behind your closet - hidden and unseen until you need it. But doesn't it ride funny with such small wheels? Believe it or not, a good folding bike rides as well and as fast as a full size bicycle. Found on the Bike Friday website...
A Bike Friday tikit to explore...
Ever since then, I've been sold on folding bicycles and have just acquired my 8th one (sold off 2) since Feb 2006. May I invite you to join me in the continuing adventures with my foldies here in Singapore, and overseas (more about this later) ...
And if you are a fellow foldie, may I welcome you not just to read, but to share your experience as well.