Thoughts: Increase in cyclists and PMD users getting caught for various traffic offences

The Straits Times published a new article today (5 October 2016) stating that more than 700 people have been caught for illegal riding/ cycling. In addition, due to the lack of legislation, cyclists and PMD users do not face fines now but they might do so in the future.

While there have been no comparative figures to compare the figures, it raises a very important question. It is clear that cycling and MD devices are getting more popular and if so, what is the government going to do about it ? The increase in traffic offences indirectly implies that the number of people who took up cycling and PMD has increased. Are the offences happening due to a lack of clear guidelines ? Or more importantly, a lack of space?

There have been no breakdown of the age group and gender involved. The evolution of the bicycles. to electrically powered PMD is a fast and recent change. Where in the past one would use his own power to get to their destination, now one can simply switch a motor and go around to their desires. Catching old men on their illegal e-bicycles is not the way to go. Instead, go after the shops who sells the illegal modification, consumers should not suffer at the expense of profiteering commercial firms.

Singapore may not have the cycling lanes of the Netherlands nor it is even on par with the infrastructure in China, but it has taken the first few painful steps of implementing some form of bike structure. The huge number of offenders would mean that the Government would need some form of structure quick, and fast. Building long pathways to nowhere will not simply work, people pick up bicycles and PMD is to simply get to their destination quicker. The future is unclear, but simply cut and paste another country’s model will not work.


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Long term review: Bollé The One Helmet

Bollé first foray into the cycling helmet scene is aptly called The One. Why do they The One ? Nobody knows. The One however does pack a number of extra features, some of them unique when the helmet was introduced back in Interbike 15. The One comes in two trims, a standard and a premium model. The only difference between the two is the inclusion of the “aero” shell cover for the vents. The helmet that I have is the standard. As Bollé pronunciation (I think) is same as the Malay word for can (Boleh) can this helmet be the helmet for everything ?


I was looking forward for a replacement for the OGK that I had. The replacement helmet that came in, a KED Paganini cracked on transit to Singapore and I felt unsafe riding it. This left me scrambling for a replacement and the chance came when I flew to London in March. I purchased the helmet from a Cycle Surgery store and used the helmet for over 6 months. My riding however was quite limited. The helmet sits nicely in the box









Note to self: Claimed weight 280 grams in medium.

The helmet did come with a surprising amount of accessories.

In no particular order, helmet, Led Light, winter lining (which will never ever be used here) and a helmet drawstring bag!

Features and Looks

Bollé website has a number of features listed for the helmet. But here are the ones that are unique to the helmet.

  • LED rear light
  • Winter lining and summer lining
  • Safety QR code

While of the 3, the one that I use is the LED rear Light. I never got around to configuring the safety QR code. For the code, the QR code is a sticker inside the helmet that says “Do Not Remove”.

The helmet has a nice glossy finish and lots of vents to keep you cool in the warmest weather.

Frontal view

Side View

The Led light is quite useful as it serves as a useful backup for your main lights. The light provided are not your cheap S$2 lights that you buy from the value shop. This light are bright and the integration to the helmet is a nice touch. The light come in the 3 modes: off, flashing and non flashing.



A helmet weight has a very important role in keeping the helmet comfortable. Generally, the lighter the helmet, the more comfortable it is. The One has a claimed weight of 280g, this makes it a heavy weight compared to the OGK. How about the actual weight ?

Helmet weight without LED light, with rear back plate.

Helmet with LED light.

Surprisingly, for the helmet that I got, the claimed weight includes the LED light. That is no nonsense proper claimed weight! To forego that 10g or so for the light in my opinion would not be a very wise decision no matter what the weight weenies would say.


I am very hesitant to write about this part, mainly due to the fact that my head cannot get along well with the shape of the helmet. The helmet fits snugly onto the temples and for my first few rides, I kept having terrible headaches from the fit. Over time, I realised that shifting the helmet forward makes the pain disappear. The fit is not exactly the best but it works. It could be due to the European make and Asian heads might not fit well into the helmet. As of now, this is still my helmet to go for riding, and though it weights almost 100g heavier than my OGK, I do not mind the weight.


At 90 pounds (VAT included) this is not a cheap helmet. We can see the premium difference in the accessories and features of the helmet. I like the looks but the shape of the helmet might not fit everyone. It is a helmet that not only looks cool, but has safety of the user in mind which is what a helmet is meant to be used for. Bollé has really made a helmet that is The One to go to, be it for races or for your everyday commute.


The author is not sponsored nor paid by Bollé or Cycle Surgery. The item in review is paid for using the author’s own money. As at the point of writing, the author still owns the helmet.

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Review: Bryton Rider 310

Bryton released the Bryton Rider 310 at the end of 2015 as an replacement for the Rider 30. It offers all the features that the rider 30 has but with the addition of being able to support input from your power meter. Think of it as version of the Garmin Edge 500 but way cheaper. The Rider 310 is available in a variety of packages ranging from  just the unit itself to all the way to being offered with speed/cadence sensor and heart rate montior.

I purchased the Rider 310 as the old Rider 20 had died due to faulty charging ports. I was unsure as to whether to support Bryton, or to go back to Garmin. Ultimately, the Rider 310 won me over with its pricing of 79.90 euro(with VAT) on Bike 24 which is even much cheaper than Edge 200 (which does not offer heart rate support). I opted for just the unit(also known as the Rider 310E) itself as I had a speed/cadence sensor as well as the hrm.


Upon receiving the package, the box and accessories provided is the same as from the previous bryton Rider 20.


The side of the box showcasing the features of the Rider 310

Content of package in no particular order
1x Bryton Rider 310
1x Micro USB cable
1x Instructions
1x Bicycle mount with rubber bands

In comparsion to the other  GPS unit that I have, the Rider 310, is in the middle.


One added improvement that I like about the Rider 310 is the rubber rain cover for the micro usb port. As stated previously on my Rider 20 review, one thing that I didnt like about the Rider 20 is the charging/data transfer port where the ports would be prone to dust and damage from being exposed. Here, Bryton has went back to a tried and tested proven design of using a usb port and a rubber rain cover.



The Rider 310 that I had weighs in at 53g slightly lighter than the claimed weight of 56 grams.


I wont be going through all the functions of the cycle computer as there are way too. There is the usual, sensor detection and bike profiling for the sensor.

One of the more interesting functions being available here (and I am rather amazed given the price point) is the fact that you’re able to customize what data page you need to display while cycling. There is a maximum of 8 data fields to be displayed on the screen at one go, with a maximum of 5 data pages, giving you a maximum of 40 different types of data to be seen while riding. 8 in my opinion is too much as the screen of the Rider 310 is relatively small compared to other computers that provide this functions. This is useful, as different forms of riding may require different types of data to be displayed.





The new mount is thicker than the old mount, so should you be upgrading fron old Brytons, the old mounts will not be compatible with this new device. Mounting this cycle computer is the same, via rubber bands. Fit- wise, there is barely enough space for me to press the button on my 100mm stem,



The Rider 310 is at such an attractive price,and it is jam packed with features. As at the time of this writing, it is probably  the cheapest GPS cycle computer in the market that supports power meter functions (although I do not own a power meter to test it out).

Stats of Bryton Rider 310

Weight 53 Grams
Function GPS
Heart Rate

The author was not sponsored nor paid by Bryton or Bike 24 and any other companies mentioned in this post.The product in this review was paid for using the author’s own money and was not returned after the review. Every point made in this post has been the writer’s opinion.


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B’Twin Count 4 cycle computer

Not everyone has the financial capacity to triple digits, nor have the willingness to spend that much on a cycle computer that gives you all the stats you need about your ride. If one needs to get a basic computer that tells you just the time of the day, your ride distance and your current speed, look no further than the B’Twin Count 4 cycle computer, which offers those functions at the price of a good meal at a restaurant in Singapore.

As the name implies, B’Twin Count 4 is a wireless computer that offers 4 functions, Current speed,Distance, Current Time and Odometer. At just under 30 dollars, this is super great value as online cycle computers are just slightly cheaper than this. So how does it perform? I purchased it and used it for a few days to see how it would feel like.

Setting up
Out of the box, the Count 4 was advertised as having no tools required, this is not entirely true, you still need a tool (namely a piler or cutter) to cut the cable ties that secure the speed sensor to the bike. The package below is everything you need to run the computer properly.

Problems arose when I tried to mount the Bike Computer to my stem. The rubber band that was provided couldn’t fit my stem. Fortunately, I could reuse the old garmin rubber band and that worked perfectly. The cable ties felt abit soft but then again, cant complain much especially for a product at this price point.

Setting up the actual computer is easy, just turn on the computer when you first purchased it and it will ask you to set the current time and the diameter of the wheel that the sensor is on and its that simple!

Weight and Usage
The combined package of the sensor and computer weights in at a measly 42 grams,

That is crazy light, given that the Edge 200 weights in at 59 grams, the b’twin count 4 reminds me and looks like the mavic wintech computer.

At the point of this writing, the magnet that came with the bike dropped off while I was riding, so I replaced it with an old Polar magnet that I had. The computer works pretty fine for its price , it feels flimsy compared to the other computers that I had use and the sensor could move around the fork(probably due to the round fork) despite tightening the cable ties all the way.

The computer is relatively idiot proof to operate once you configured it, 2 big buttons are all that is needed to scroll the lower half of the screen while the top half is used for the very big speed display.

4 functions which is where the computer got its name from! While riding the large chunky numbers made it easy to read when glancing in the day. At night, the lack on an backlight on this computer made it hard to read and having one would be good.

The B’twin Count 4 is amazing value especially when it costs less than the tire (note 1 piece) mounted onto my road bike. It works well for its pricepoint given that there is no nearest competitor at street prices. This computer is mainly aimed at those who do not need fancy GPS, HRM and power and just want a computer to tell them their distance, speed and current time. If B’twin could include a backlight for around 5 sgd more that will make this computer an even better buy! I like this product, cheap and functional.

Stats of B’twin count 4

Weight (Actual)
16 grams Sensor
26 grams Comuter

Current Speed
Trip Distance

The author of this post paid for this product with his own cash and was not approached by B’twin or Decathlon to make this posting. as such the product is not a “test” product. At the time of this post, the product is still in the hands of the author.


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Raleigh MV8 Upgrade

On my previous blog post, I reviewed the Raleigh MV8, where I liked its long wheelbase, but didn’t like its stock wheel. It was a good riding frame for 400 sgd or so. I made the faithful decision to upgrade it a couple of months ago. and it was finally completed after a few months.  While I do not have the luxury of time to ride it around, the build was interesting and taught me much about bike re-build.

Completed bike build



Build List

Weight of the bike is an estimated 9.3kg using a weighing machine

Bike Build in Details

The frame as mentioned previously is internally routed, so I tried to reuse the housings and cables as much as possible so as not to avoid the problem of trying to fish the housing out of the frame. The fork was also cut to the finalized position shearing off 4cm off the fork. As for the brakes, I would say that the assembly procedures for this bike is quite bad. The rear brakes dug into the frame housing so badly that the whole mounting bolt came out with the rear brakes. I was finally able to remove the mounting bolt with the help of the hair dryer. Granted, the bike doesnt even costs 4 digits, but surely a few dabs of grease would be good?

I replaced the stock brake pads with a pair of AVID Single digit 7 V brakes. They offer the advantage of increased braking power and  the ability to remove the wheels without fiddling with the cable clamp bolt. While the stock Promax bolt is slightly lighter at 184 grams, 5 grams is an okay penalty to pay for the convenience and power of the brakes

I took the opportunity to upgrade to a 10 speed drivetrain. As above, its a mix and mash of parts using some old and new parts. The highlight of the drivetrain is the 61t Gebhardt chainring mated to a SRAM S300 courier crankset.


On the old 53T crankset, I find myself frequently on the 1st 4 cog of the cassette, I hope that with the larger crankset, I would be able to utilize  a heavier spread of the cassette.

Enter the SRAM S300 courier crankset, which is cheap for an outboard bearings system. It uses the GXP system which is somewhat similar to the Shimano Hollowtech 2/ FSA MEGA EXO system using the NDS to tigthen the crank. However unlike the Shimano/FSA system where it uses 3 bolts to set the preload and to tighten the crank arm, the SRAM system uses a single bolt to preload the bearings and to mount the crank in.

The chainring bolts were weirdly coated in locitite, and the LBS which I went to had problems removing it, destroying a couple of drill bits in the process.

The rest of the drive train are relatively standard old Shimano 105 stuff. Nothing needs to say about the reliability of the shifting system.

I used the Time Egrodrive handlebar, the bar seems a little on the fat side particularly at the top. Not much could be said as I have not been riding it yet.


I was in a dilemma, whether to use a superlight wheelset or a aero wheelset. In the end, I opted for the litepro s42 wheelset. At 320 sgd, they are not cheap, the finishing was great and thats where all the good part ends.  At that price range, I would expect the wheels to be perfectly true, while my front wheel was completely true, the rear wheel was slightly out of true, which is kind of disappointing given the fact that road bike factory wheels at lower price range (think Fulcrum racing 7) are have a much higher quality control of the trueness of the wheel. I must add that the aesthetic of the rims appeal to me, the black and red complemented the colors of the build overall. I did not have a chance to weight the wheels as I took delivery of it while at the bike shop.

This bike will be designated as my commute bike, or a bike where I intend not to go all out.  The upgrades I hope will give a new life to the bike and make it a more enjoyable bike to ride overall. The best part for me was perhaps to see the combination of multiple brands to make the bike work.

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First Look: Time Ergodrive Handlebar

Carbon bits are expensive, especially one from a renowned company such as TIME where its bicycle frames and accessories are made in France. This is rare in an era where companies would rather outsource its carbon production to Taiwan or china as manufacturing stuff from carbon is fairly labor intensive. People love carbon stuff as its light, strong and it doesn’t corrode (important to me!)

Enter the Time Egrodrive Handlebar, saw it on massive discount and without even thinking I grabbed one. The model that I have is a 2013 model, but Time is still manufacturing these bar as this article is being written. It looks impressive, it does come in a variety of colors such as black, red and white but when I purchased it, the only bars left in my size was white. The packaging is impressive, showcasing its product in a transparent casing.

Whats included in the package

  • Handlebar
  • Removable Housing Cover
  • Installation CD

The bars itself is not relatively light at a claimed weight of 230 grams (in comparison the 42cm Egronova LTD weights in at below 200gram) Mine bar came in at 228 grams with an addition of 18 grams for the housing channels.

However, what I do like about them are the features. The bar features an aluminum clamp bonded into the carbon to increase the rigidity, and the gripping surface is added at both the shifter clamp area and as well as the stem clamping area. The bar also features an unique cable housing channels with an removable housing channel cover (which are the 4 screws and the plastic sleeves). This means that you don’t need to use ugly electrical tape to tape your cables to the handlebar.

Time makes its entire product from carbon inhouse and this includes the carbon fiber weave and as well as the impregnation of resin into its carbon tubes. This makes the Egrodrive bar super stiff, though I have not tried the bars.

The shape of the bar follows the compact design similar to that of the Egronova, an flat, egg-shaped top mated to a shallow drop. I like it compared to an classic shaped handlebars, flat tops means being able to rest your arms on the top and cruise your way around. Shallow drops means you don’t need to have the flexibility of a gymnast to maintain your positions on the drops.

Time will tell whether I would like the bar (I would be mounting this bar on my mini velo but I am still in the midst of planning future upgrades for it) but as for now, I like the bar, 50 grams of weight gained is an OK trade off for the amount of proprietary technology on the bar. The bars are pricey given the pedigree of its manufacturing processes and the country of origin. TIME has cut itself a niche in the market as a premium manufacturer and this bar shows it.


  • Time Egrodrive 42cm bar in white
  • Made in France
  • Claimed weight 230 grams, real weight 227 grams (raw weights without housing channels)
  • Removable housing channels for cable routing

The author was not sponsored nor paid by Time to review this product. This product was paid for and purchased by the author (who has no working relations with Time)

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Tighter rules for E-Bicycles

Recently, LTA has decided to introduce tighter rules for E-Bicycles , and I welcome the toughened rules. Besides having a more stringent rules, they also increased the fines for illegal E-bikes. However, in my opinion, this has not solved the root of the problem which is that of E-Bikes inconveniencing pedestrians walking on foot way.

Currently, there are 6 rules which relate to the construction, the speed, the weight and the standards which the E-bikes must adhere to. The crux of the problem, in my opinion doesn’t lie in the construction of the bikes, but rather in enforcing where these bikes should be allowed to travel on.

At 25kph, they are too slow for the roads, and too fast for travelling on pavements. One solution proposed would be to increase the legal speed of e-bikes to 40kph (where it is 10kph higher than the average speed on aertial road according to LTA 2014 report) LTA, however would need to ramp up the enforcement of e-bikes not being allowed on pavements through the usage of officers and cameras.

Excessive modding of the motor should not be curbed by fines, send the offending e-bike at the owner’s cost, to de-modify the bike back to its original state, and at the same time levy a fine.

There are other further legal issues involved such as when there is personal injuries or property damages involved, but that can be tackled at a later date.

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