Congratulations on getting your first bicycle! Now that you have one, it’s time to start gearing up for all those future afternoons seeing the sights while pedaling all over Singapore.
Here are four things you need to know to start pedaling like a pro:
1. If you can walk, you can ride a bike.
Leaning how to ride a bicycle is easier than you think – all it takes is a little practice and a willingness to take the time (a few hours at worst) to learn.
If you’re having trouble with getting your feet on the ground, adjust the saddle height. This keeps you from falling by allowing your feet to reach the ground enough to stop and balance yourself.
2. Always have spare parts on hand.
Whether it’s a tire, a whole rim, an extra chain, or an extra set of brake pads, having these in handy does a lot to minimize the hassle of having to look for replacements from your nearby bicycle shop in Singapore, especially for customized bikes or hybrids.
When it comes to bicycle accessories, be sure to get ones that are best suited to the kind of cycling that you’re planning on doing. For instance, there’s no need to attach a basket on the front of your mountain bike or dirt bike, as chances are that whatever’s in there might simply bounce and fall off because of bumpy terrain.
The same could be said for you. Cycling can work up your muscles and tire you out, so always be sure to carry a towel and a bottle of water whenever you pedal.
3. Traffic safety!
Use the sidewalk (or the bicycle lane) when cycling on the road. As much as possible, stick to the sides to minimize any chances of you running into angry drivers, metaphorically and literally.
Follow traffic signals and pedestrian lanes! As a cyclist, you fall somewhere between a vehicle and a pedestrian, which means you have to give priority to both.
4. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance.
This is especially important when you’re planning on off-road biking in Singapore, as rough terrain can easily wear out certain parts of your bike. The same can be said for the brakes (a simple way for knowing when to replace them is by checking if there are no grooves on the brake pads).
But this can also apply to ordinary bikers as a precautionary measure. Even though a bicycle shop is just a few minutes away, you would find that constantly replacing parts and bicycle accessories can be a bit of a hassle.
Fortunately, looking for a bicycle shop is easy in Singapore, and you can even order from a wide range of spare parts, bicycle accessories, and even an entire bike. The best part? You can even order online and have your order delivered right to your doorstep.
Taking care of your bike is really easy to do. All you need to clean it is a good rag, an old toothbrush, soap, and water. As long as you dry it thoroughly, you can keep your bike looking good as new for a long time.
(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)