Time to join up, gear up and train up.
If you've been hemming and hawing over whether or not you should get wheeled up, here're four good reasons to saddle up and push off.
Our local cycling events are getting a revamp
Now that OCBC Cycle Asia has split up into two events, Cycle Asia (Apr 10-12) and OCBC Cycle (May 29-30), bike enthusiasts have more races than ever to join in. Both will have categories for a wide range of pro and non-pro cyclists, as well as fringe events that only participants can attend: sports photography seminars, even a cafe bike crawl. After all, nothing goes together better than bicycles and cafes...
Bigger and better bicycle shops have opened for business
... just ask Coast Cycles. Not the first bicycle-cafe paring (Wheeler’s Yard came first) but certainly notable all on its own, this collaboration between former pro cyclist Jansen Tan and coffee masters Papa Palheta set up shop last year. You can fuel yourself up at the cafe, shop for new wheels at the store, or even get our bike serviced and cleaned while you wait—they’ll even throw in a free coffee for every service package bought.
Over at Tiong Bahru (a natural home for a hip bicycle store if there was one) there's also Cycle Project, focusing, obviously, on fixed-gear bicycles with a workshop that allows for bike customization services.
Byx should be your next stop. As big-box as bike stores get in Singapore, this multi-make retailer brings in a wide range of revered bicycle makers’ products. You’ll find Niner, Stevens, Kestrel and Fuji represented here, and the store manager is possibly one of the most cycling-passionate people you’ll meet—she bikes between the River Valley location and her Yishun home every day.
There are more bike-focused gyms now
The new traffic laws might just mean safer streets
In February, changes to the Road Traffic Act took effect that makes it illegal for drivers to hold any type of mobile device while their vehicle is moving. Sure, the level of enforcement will ultimately determine whether this will have an actual effect on road safety, but it at least means that drivers will be a bit more discouraged from splitting their attention between WhatsApp, Candy Crush and what's on the road, right? One can only hope, anyway—in the meantime, watch out on the roads (and on the pavements—pedestrians can be equally dangerous and endangered).