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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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Four Adventures in Four Days

Am on our holidays this week. Started on our adventures since Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Can’t wait to start exploring. So much so I am ready even while the Missus was washing up.

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Now both of us are ready to set off. But first, we need some breakfast. So off we go to grab some breakfast.

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Found a McDonald’s nearby and settled for that. Had wanted other food but they were not opened yet. A bicycle parking area for all cyclists having breakfast at McDonald’s. Nice touch.

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After breakfast, we pushed ahead and came to Bedok Jetty.  Lots of people were fishing early in the morning. We also saw lots of tankers awaiting to enter the port of call. A friend who used to work as a sailor told me that the wait could be as long as a month.

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Panoramic view of the area around the Bedok Jetty. The jetty is on the right.

After this image was taken, we headed back to the car park as we received some happy news from friends and were eager to meet up with them.

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Thursday
Supposed to explore the west but Missus thought otherwise. Ended up exploring one of the parks in the central region.

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Glorious morning with the beautiful sun shining down on us.

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Panoramic view of the park we explored.

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At night, scoured a local bike shop for some additional rear red lights for the helmet and finally found a replacement for my more than 5 years old helmet. Have done an entry for the new helmet, a matte green MET Crossover.

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Friday
Finally explored the West Coast area. Also looking out to the sea, yet the view is more industrial as there were a lot of maritime industries in that area. It’s also the first time the MET Crossover is going for a ride.

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Halfway through exploring the area, we came to an underpass which links the two parts of the park together. And once again, I met our nemesis, slopes. This slope is at an almost 45 degree incline. Had to push the Bs up the slope instead of riding up.

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After completing exploring the park, all 3.8km of it, we sat down for breakfast. Missus prepared some curry, flatbread and fruits at home and brought it along for this exploration. After setting up the Helinox chairs, we had our breakfast facing the sea.

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Some of the food for breakfast.

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Missus filling up her stomach with some curry potatoes and carrots.

This adventure was sort of an experiment for us as we wanted to find out the possibility of bringing along hot food during our adventures.

In future when we go touring with our Bs, we know we can bring along hot food to be consumed along the way.

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Saturday
Before starting on Saturday’s adventure, I noticed that the waters in the river was extremely still. Quickly took this image before the ripples set in. It clearly reflected the clouds in the sky. Question is, which is the right side up?

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Cycled along this road to bring us to another town. Seems to go on forever.

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Before joining the usual path that will lead us to our planned destination, we came across this path. Seems unexplored. Definitely going along this path on the next adventure.

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Finally we came to the end of the tracks. A very nice view to reward us for cycling there.

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Once again, set up our chairs and brought out or foos containers to have our breakfast by the sea.

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What we had for breakfast. Noodles with lots of vegetables and eggs.

This marks a 4-day adventure we embarked on during our holidays. The next day is the last day of our holidays. Definitely going to spend it exploring more places.

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Great Day Out

Went out for a ride with the Missus, when the Sun is out.

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All ready to roll.

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Reached the most eastern point of the country. Gorgeous afternoon. Blue skies with gorgeous cloud formations, with warm rays of the Sun shining down on us. What more can one ask for while cycling?

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To take this image, I had a couple of fire ants crawling up me. Cleared most of it although bites were sustained in the process. Still, there was one lone ranger who decided to explore me even more. Finally found the lone ranger and all was well.

Talk about exploration.

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First Ride After A Month’s Break

Took a break from cycling during the holy month of Ramadhan.
During this break, I lost a total of 10kg, and intend to lose another 20kg more to achieve my ideal weight-height of 72kg.
This would be the first ride after a month’s break. Missus is continuing her fast and thus am out for this ride alone. Am glad that my stamina has not deteriorate too much. Still am able to clock in an average speed of 18 to 20km/h.

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End of the cycling path.

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Or is it just the start?

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Reached just in time to catch the sun rising a fair bit off the horizon.

Well, till the next ride.

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An Interesting Discovery

Last Saturday, I went to recce a new route which one of my friends had gone on. I knew the route will loop back to my place. So off I went.

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At the beginning of this new route, I realised that even though it was next to a busy highway, it was surprisingly quiet from where this image was taken.

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Was quite glad that it was  straight up to a point where I met my nemesis, up slopes. 4 to be exact.

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By the time I reached this point,  I was faced with the 4th and steepest slope.

Once I cleared this slope, it was downhill all the way. And what an exhilarating downhill ride it was. Achieved speeds of up to 40km/h.

Once I rejoined the main road, it was road cycling all the way.

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Along the way, stopped by here for an image opportunity. The clouds were gorgeous on this day.

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Along the way back, stopped by a small eatery for a cup of lemon lime to quench the thirst and hide from the scorching sun for a while. Little did I know that the storm clouds were coming in.

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Managed to reach a shelter before the downpour started. It was so heavy that the windows were pelted relentlessly by the rain.

Nonetheless, it was an interesting ride out that afternoon, with lots of new discovery.

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Into the Storm

Came home early on one of the rare workdays. Picked up the Bromptons and headed out for a ride.

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Halfway into the ride, saw this scene in front of us. Missus and I decided to continue to continue.

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I was pleasantly glad that we pressed on. The storm clouds were still there but we managed to sneak in a shot.

Headed home immediately and boy, we were amazed at the speeds we reached that day. Just to ensure that we will not be caught in the storm.

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Cycling to Work on a Brompton

Had the chance to cycle to work on one of the weekends. Total distance to and fro is 15+ km. Great way to exercise, arrived at my office, zero carbon output. Killing 3 birds with 1 stone.

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Stopped by a local coffeehouse for some breakfast amd beverage.

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How the folded Brompton fits under my table in my temporary office. Perfectly fitted.

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On the way home, stopped by for an outdoor shot.

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