Our friend Kenneth has been MIA for the past month from our rides due to a football injury and an overseas holiday to Singapore. He joined us this very wet morning with his souvenir from Singapore - a brand new shiny green folding bike. This is an impressive Ventura Speedtouring. Frankly, I've never heard of this brand before but the specs are very respectable.
Shimano 105 gear train with 24 speeds via a triple chain ring. Quick release hubs.
Cane creek headset. Aluminium frame - Dahon patented. Kenda 20 x 1.2 high pressure fast tires. It happened to be the time for the Great Singapore Sale (as well as the dealer clearing his stock) and Kenneth picked it up for a mere US$500. Great value I reckon.
Like any new toy, we boys got excited and did a thorough inspection upon meeting up.
It was another wet ride and we had to don our rain coats with the dark and looming sky racing towards us. It was a challenge to ride against strong headwinds and my raincoat acted more like a parachute and I got more than a workout.
We got pelted but we did have bursts of sunlight as well.
In all his excitement to ride his new foldie, Kenneth forgot to pack his morning tea. We had a very interesting conversation about the advantages that community offers, compared to just money per se. This was aptly demonstrated by all of us sharing our morning tea with Kenneth. Because of Koinonia, he did not need to spend one cent to buy an overpriced bagel from the nearby kiosk but enjoyed a delicious sandwich, fresh fruits, nuts and 2 different types of tea, served with bright smiles and glad hearts!
Looks like another one just contracted Foldinitis - a most healthy disease that those around me seem to get infected with! So once again, congratulations Kenneth. Wishing you great times on your new bike. I know this disease will do you good.