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Togoparts Cyclist's Choice Awards 2015 - Results!

Introduction

Cycling is a passion for many of us, and as with any passion that takes up most of a person’s waking hours, debates about which brand is better is an integral part of it. In fact, many cycling brands often inspire the sort of loyalty that has friends taking opposite sides on the issue of choice.

How do you roll? Do you prefer Shimano or Hope brakes? Who makes a better road frame, Cervélo or Pinarello? Would you pick a Chris King or i9 wheelset? Would you go with Campagnolo gruppo or do you swear by SRAM?

The list of dichotomous choices is long, and many a drunken night has passed with riding buddies hotly debating one or the other of the...

Posted 11th Jan 2016
12 Late-Shopper Christmas Gifts For Cyclists

 

Have you got someone special to buy a Christmas gift for? If you still have not found anything yet, I can kind of understand why. Some people are inherently hard to shop for when it comes to Christmas gifts. You know the type. Likes bikes, wears tights to ride bikes, gets up early in the morning to ride bikes, talks about nothing but cycling, etc … 

And then there are people like myself, who are grateful for being considered gift-worthy at all. Got a T-shirt you can’t fit into? I’ll take it. I won’t fit into it either, but I need rags to clean up my bike with... In other words, super-easy to shop for. I set my bar low. 

But I digress....

Posted 16th Dec 2015
Riding on Coney Island

Riding on Coney Island

About two months ago, Coney Island opened its doors to the public, marking another milestone in Singapore's efforts in conserving nature.  In the same way, it opened another chapter for mountain bikers and casual cyclists alike.  A rich biodiversity in a rustic setting and with a sizeable land of 50 hectares, Coney Island offers itself as a new cycling avenue to novice and skilled riders.  In this feature, we hit the trails in Coney Island to find out the kind of cycling experience that this nature reserve has to offer.

Entering the island

Coney Island is connected to the mainland via the “East Entrance” and the “West Entrance”.  The “Ea...

Posted 9th Dec 2015
Simple, Stylish Bikes For Grown-Ups

Don't Lose Your Nirve

Nirve’s product line of bicycles are all named after words that start with the letter B – Boulevard, Bohemian, Boardwalk, and Beach.

One glance at their product manual, and it is apparent: Nirve is aimed at people who love to have fun on their bikes, and who aspire to a leisurely lifestyle and look stylish doing it. Their motto apparently is “Go In Style”, and by that they mean “fashion-forward” and also “portage in comfort”.

That’s because every one of their frames (except the Belmont and Switchblade) feature threaded fender fittings, kickstand mount plates and double-threaded eyelets on dropouts and forks to accommodate both fe...

Posted 1st Dec 2015
5 Reasons To Buy A Used Bike In Singapore

The Better For Riding With

 

After last week’s tongue-in-cheek story about 5 Reasons NOT To Buy A New Bike Online In Singapore, I was given the idea for a follow-up story on why you should buy a used bike instead. Of course, chief amongst the reasons would be price. But there’s also:

 

1.         More value for money

As mentioned by the TGP member who goes by the nickname albatross, very often, the used bike you are eyeing has had component upgrades or replacements, often with parts from higher-performing groups.

So unless you have a problem with getting more for your money, you’ll appreciate not needing to shell out your hard-saved money for bet...

Posted 9th Nov 2015
5 Reasons NOT To Buy A New Bike Online In Singapore

In Search of A Better Ride

Hardly anyone ever comes up with a list like this. After all, everyone knows that the best way to encourage someone to do something is to discourage them from doing it. The more forbidden the fruit is, the sweeter it’ll taste am I right?

The truth is, once an avid cyclist has his or her mind set on buying a new bike, online or otherwise, hardly anything in the world will disrupt that train of thought. You, me and just about everyone on this website has experienced the red mist that comes over our eyes when the stars of disposable income and a bling new bike cross, sealing our wallets' fate.

With that in mind, there are some hidden ...

Posted 4th Nov 2015
5 Essential Home Bike Mechanic Skills

Start from the top

With a little investment of time in upgrading your skills, you won’t have to pay your local bike mechanic to perform the most basic of tasks. Simply check out my guide to turn yourself into a home mechanic with wicked skillz and keep your bike running well in between component upgrades.

 

1.         Adjusting your cockpit

Of course, first of all, you should learn the most basic skill of all - wrenching. At your disposal should be the ability to tighten or loosen bolts and screws using quality allen wrenches or screwdrivers.  

First, a golden rule when it comes to tightening or loosening screws or bolts – make sure the tip of yo...

Posted 26th Oct 2015
Wheeler's Yard adds caravan to their decor

Many of you would be familiar with Wheeler's Yard, the little (okay not so little) corner off the PCN in Balestier that is a bike shop, café, chillax place and more. Already well-known for the great food and even greater ambience, Wheeler's Yard has earned the affection of cyclists and non-cyclists for being the place to be when you want to step away from the bustling world.

Its rustic charm is created by the use of a large barnyard looking warehouse within which sits a full bike shop and café. The front of Wheeler's Yard faces the PCN and large storm canal that it runs along, giving it a certain park-like feel that takes your mind out of...

Posted 23rd Oct 2015
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