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Missus First Ride of 2014……and After 6 Weeks

Missus had not been well 3 weeks prior to our trip to South Korea for 3 weeks. So in all, she had not been cycling for 6 weeks. So time to get some distance on her Dr Seuss.

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Cycled to another town for breakfast, a good 8.5km away. Had some Burger King and off we went on our return home.

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Some posing before heading off.

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Along the way home, we detoured to visit a hot spring which was near our home. A place which we have never visited although Missus and I have been living in this area for more than a decade and a half.

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Found a toad who was admiring Citrus.

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Information about this hot spring.

Going to revisit this gorgeous place some time soon.

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Last Ride for 2013.

Went on a morning ride to mark the last ride for 2013.

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More rides come 2014.

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Second Attempt at Riding to Neighbouring Town

Months ago, Missus and myself had wanted to ride to a neighbouring town but we stopped midway.

On Sunday, I decided to attempt this trip again, this time completing the whole journey.

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Midway along the journey. Possibly the last untouched natural setting around.

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The reward upon reaching the neighbouring town? Sea  breeze on a cool, humid and hazy morning.

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Before returning home, I took a detour to explore some parts of the town that will be developed into housing in the near future. A metro station and tracks were already built in preparation. And it remains unused till this area is developed.

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Along the way home, dropped by a local eatery to grab breakfast for the Missus, who was sick and resting at home,  and had a cup of longan drink to replenish some sugar.

It was really a good feeling to be riding again, especially over long distances. One very important lesson I learnt from this ride was how to cycle correctly so that I can cycle more effectively and efficiently, especially when I am at gears 5 and 6. Something which I have always done incorrectly.

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Ride for Breakfast

Woke up real early to complete this ride before the Sun became too sorching hot for Missus to continue. And since we are at it, might as well head for breakfast.

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Panoramic view of the neighbourhood. Soon, that piece of open land will make way for other developments. 

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Made our way slowly amd steadily for our breakfast of coffee, tea and pan fried Indian dough with curry called roti prata. Had a filling breakfast and we were on our way home.

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Just a day earlier, I purchased a new water bottle. For this ride, I tested some of the recommendations given by fellow Brompton riders to secure the bottle using the velcro strap. It worked and did not come loose at all.

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Bombardier. I like that name.

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Endurance Ride from Town to Town

The day after installing the 54T and new front light mounting, I brought Citrus out for an endurance ride with the Missus. This ride will take us from our town to a neighbouring town via a newly constructed path.

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Halfway through the journey, the path split into two and we took the one which led us to this dead end.

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Took a selfie with the Missus while rehydrating. Once we rehydrated, we u-turned and took the other path.

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Along the way, we saw tgese beautiful lallangs by the side of the path. Couldn’t resist posing our Bs next to these lallangs for an image.

As we had started late, the heat from the Sun became too scorching. We headed home after riding midway between both towns.

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Upon reaching home, I realised that one of the bottles had dropped off the bottle cage. And it was the new one. Sigh. Looks like a purchase of another bottle is inevitable. Did some research and found that the design of the cages and bottles are crucial. In my case, the bottle did not have the necessary grooves for the cage to clamp onto.

Bearing that in mind, the hunt for another bottle became easier.

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Gorgeous Sunday Ride

Started off pretty late for today’s ride. Left home for the starting point at about 7am. By the time we reached the starting point, the Sun would already be blazing in the sky.

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Halfway through the ride, we reached this bridge where we saw this scene. Nowadays,  very seldom we can find a river or a stream with lots of greenery on both banks.

We headed for breakfast soon after and after breakfast, continued on the planned route.

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At this juncture, we are on the final stretch of the route. The road in this image actually connects the main island to another island, called Coney Island. It was only built in recent years during the development of the area on the main island.

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This is where the adventure for today ends. Any further, everyone we know will read about us in the next day’s newspapers.

Beyond these gates lies Coney Island. Before this entire area was developed and the road built, we would only be able to access Coney Island via kayaks and canoes from a jetty where we started today’s adventure. Now, everyone is simply waiting for the completion of the development of Coney Island, which is actually part of a masterplan to develop this area into an eco-town, capable of providing housing and recreation all within a town.

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Before heading back to the starting point, I simply cannot resist taking a couple more images of our Bs with the gorgeous blue sky.

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Final image to end this morning’s adventure.

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Fifth Adventure in Five Days

On Sunday, Missus and I went for our fifth adventure in five days. As we did not explore the park in its entirety the previous day, this adventure would be to cycle all the way to the end of the park while exploring the various parts of the park.

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We knew we had to start cycling towards the park before the sun rose. So we set off for the start point at 6.25am. This time round, we settled on dates, Goober grape sandwiches, tea, black coffee and plain water for breakfast. Not much preparations needed, yet it will provide the energy and hydration needed for this more than 10km ride.

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After cycling for close to 35 minutes, we reached the end of the park. Time for breakfast.

The sky was getting darker as we were having our breakfast. Never did it occur to me that it will turn out to be a rather wet ride for us. Hurriedly, we finished our sandwiches, took a few sips of hot drinks and returned to where we started.

Thank God we did not meet any heavy rain along the way back. There was a slight drizzle and the roads were wet with puddles of rainwater.

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Made it back to the starting point relatively wet. Not for our Bromptons though, which went through a lot of puddles of water on the road.

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In the evening, after a nice hot shower, I took apart Missus’ B for a good clean and degrease. Her B has undergone more than 100km without every being taken apart for degreasing. So out came the tools to dismantle the B and fluids to degrease and lubricate the various parts.

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The sprockets before and after degreasing.

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Too tired to remove the links on the chain.  So this is the next best way to degrease the chain thoroughly. Clean and shiny now.

With both Bs washed and cleaned, and five riding adventures in five days, it was time to hit the sack. Work week going to start all over again and it will be a break of few days before riding again.

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