Noel Teh (above photo), 19, is a national road cyclist and Ian Krempl, 25, is a national downhill cyclist. Apart from the fact that both of them are national-level cyclists, the other common thing is that both also won their races at this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore on somewhat unique bikes- Tyrell mini-velo bikes from Japan.
To the uninitiated, mini-velo bikes are basically bikes with smaller wheels, usually 20 (406) or 22 (451) inches, very much like the ones that are seen on foldable bikes. However, mini-velo bikes are usually not designed to fold. An exception though is the Tyrell FSX which was used by Ian Krempl at the OCBC Cycle Ultimate Foldies Challenge, being one of only 2 foldable bike models (the other model is the FX) in the company’s entire product range.
Above: Ian (in t-shirt & berms) in action at the inaugural Ultimate Foldies Challenge at this year’s OCBC Cycle Singapore event