The Central Business District added another layer of joy to the Chinese New Year mood with the Car-Free Sunday SG on 22 January, where cyclists, trishaws and even a lion dance troupe took to the traffic-free streets of the Civic District and Telok Ayer for a fun-filled morning. Whilst it is traditionally held on the last Sunday of every month, the January edition was pushed forward by a week so that it will not clash with the first two days of the Chinese New Year.
Now, Singapore has a new-found feature that is already so common in many other developed nations: Bike sharing. Residents who stay in the northern and western areas of Singapore would already have noticed the white, single-geared oBikes that are available for rental at several MRT stations, including Buona Vista, Jurong East, Bukit Batok, Woodlands and Sembawang.
Öhlins, the premier suspension leader in the motorsports racing circle, has announced its collaboration with Specialized to allow riders from renowned UCI downhill team Specialized Gravity to have exclusive use of the all-new downhill-specific fork designed and manufactured by Öhlins throughout the 2017 season.
The Sennes DH 29 is probably the first production downhill bike to be fitted with 29" wheels. Designed and manufactured by Alutech, a well-established brand in Germany, the Sennes DH 29 is the fruition of several generations of the 26" and 27.5" model. Just before the Sennes DH 29, the German bike manufacturer has successfully concocted the right blend between 29-ers and gravity-based mountain biking with the Tofane enduro 150mm bike.
The latest Galaxy folding bike from 700Bike has a streamlined aluminum frame which is not only thin but also stiff, a very critical component considering that it is the only main structure that holds the entire bike together.
The infamous, or rather, illegal HolyCrit races that made headlines last year has staged a comeback. Last Saturday night (3 December), race participants competed with one another in the now-legalised HolyCrit, after its two organisers, project manager Zulkifli Awab and bicycle shop owner Eric Khoo Shui Yan, were imprisoned and fined in October for organising HolyCrit competitions without obtaining permits from the relevant authorities.
For those who visited Taipei before, the concept of bicycle sharing is unlikely to be unfamiliar to you. The capital of Taiwan boasts more than 7,000 bikes that are available for rent from any of the 222 self-service, card-activated slots. Very soon, you need not have to travel overseas to get a taste of what bike-sharing at the national level is like. MoBike, the company that runs bicycle-sharing programs in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, is looking to expand its operations to Singapore by 2017.