Monday, September 29, 2008

Friday at church

Like any big city, parking in Singapore can be painfully expensive. This is where a foldie gallops to the rescue. Free parking was avaliable at my wife's office an easy 1.5km away from church. A no worries 5 min ride for a 6 hour Band practice cum Youth meeting saved us heaps in parking - enough for a simple dinner for 2!

A Bike Friday at church makes getting there so much simpler and cost effective... it helped that the folded tikit virtually took up zero space too.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Foldie Hide & Seek...

Tikit found!

If you are a foldie fan, this game of hide and seek is something we play everyday in our homes. It's truly wonderful to make "dead" spaces alive by storing our precious folding steeds in there.

Two live examples in my living room. My tikit and Speed 8. Good thing my mom does not read this blog!

Dahon Speed 8 "hidden" stealthly

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Folding into the future, NOW!

My brother-in-law Benny is a gifted Product Designer and is fascinated with foldies as well. He owns the stylish Strida and recently submitted his interpretation of what a foldie ought to look like in the latest Polygon Bike Design competition. Not surprisingly, it was selected as a finalist entry.

I think its an amazing, futuristic design with a very innovative scissor fold. Its also a 2WD bike which means excellent traction, very useful in snowy conditions. It boast a very versatile riding position that will suit any type of riding preference.

This sole Singapore entry is absolutely brilliant. If you think so too, please help to put in your vote by clicking the link below. It deserves to win!


Update: Ben returned from Bandung pleased as punch. His design was selected by the experts as the top 3 winning designs. It will be displayed at the Spore Int'l Motor Show in Oct 08. Well done Ben! I hope it makes into production.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pootling the paths of Perth

Patrick's new foldie - Dahon Eco3

No prizes for guessing what bike this is!

New friends spending time together

Got to meet my fellow Bike Fridian and foldie friend, Patrick, who lives in Perth. We did a short 10km ride from his house to Hillary's Boat Harbour. He originally wanted to do a Mandurah ride, about 100km south but I chickened out. It was a bit too cold for me, esp in the mornings. The fun bit is being able to catch the new train back so that is definitely a KIV ride!

What impressed are the beautiful bike paths, awesome beaches, low traffic and an abundance of good restaurants. The Brompton travelled easily in the suitcase with no airline additional charge. One "hazard" which I have gotten used to is that it attracted too many admirers in its resting state while we were enjoying lunch. Over ten people stopped to take a closer look at this strange "push bike". Justina, Pat's wife, joined us for lunch and we packed 2 foldies and the 3 of us easily in the little Toyota Yaris when the fun was over.

So many other areas left to explore like the Swan River, Fremantle, Swan Valley etc therefore I deliberately left my Brompton in Perth with a friend. Now, I have a good reason to return soon!