Being a newbie at this bicycle commuting, I ride extra carefully. The first few times, the legs got wobbly after getting off the bike. But now I am slightly fitter and I just ache rather than wobble.
I have to say that Singapore drivers have no patience with bicycles. The buses seem more patient. Maybe the bus drivers have been briefed to be nicer to bike riders. It also never occurred to me before, but bus lanes are nice for
cyclers cyclists too. At least in the morning, I share the lane with buses only, and cars need to stay out of it.
I used to ride a lot in the army. My second-hand bicycle I bought for $50 from an army mate about to ROD took me from the Seletar camp entrance to the deepest parts of the East Camp where my unit was. It was a racing bike with a straight handlebar, and a pink Christmas bell attached.
You had to buy second hand crappy bikes because even a lousy bike can get stolen from the pile of bikes dumped near the fence at the camp guardhouse.
It was great to ride in those days. At night, when it was time to book in, I would speed down the quiet road inside the camp, getting to the Coy line before 2359h. No need to wait for the stupid feeder bus that took forever, and did not take me all the way to the camp anyway. I sold my bike to the next dude when I left the army.
So here I am, twenty years after, riding again.
I added some lights (a white Cat Eye HL-EL135 in front and a red Cat Eye TL-LD1000 behind) and a mirror (Cat Eye BC-500G) for safety. I also have an Amoeba JY-R1 rack connected to the seat post.
I wear a
simple Prowell grey Giro E2 helmet and my old Bolle Golf Vigilante sunglasses (for the sunny mornings). I was in two minds about the helmet at first (who wants to look dorky and have helmet hair, right?). But decided that I'd rather reach my destination with my head intact.
I also recently bought a Field Gear UltraMicrofibre, anti-bacterial suede bath towel for showers. It is a great towel (though a little expensive). Folds up small and compact, soaks up tons of water, and dries really fast. Good for travelling and the gym, I reckon. My brother uses a smaller version for his swim bag and he also loves it.
I foresee more accessories to get. Bikes got many things can zhng one. Maybe it is a middle-age thing, but I found out another friend, Jason, also got a bike recently. We can all use the exercise, anyway.