I used to go jogging in evening time just trying to lose some weight especially when my metabolism slows down around my age But due to my Flat feet (also called pes planus or fallen arches), it’s quite annoying having pains after some running exercise. Since then, I started to look for another alternative and stumble upon cycling.
In Singapore there are more and more people picking up cycling as the Park Connector Network is getting better connected than before. So I decided to get a bicycle.
But the question now is what type of bike I want to get? Road Bike, Mountain Bike, Hybrid, Fixie or Foldable? Due to my space constraint, I think foldable suits me most.
Now the choices are narrowed down to what brands should I go for? Considering the fact I’m newbie (although I learned cycling since 10 years old) and don’t even know whether will I be persistent about it. I am looking at a budget around 500 bucks. With this budget, I can get quite number of decent bikes but just entry type.
Start looking at Vert V8 (local brand), Dahon Route, Tern C7, Bickerton, Java Fit 6S. Kind of lock down to Java Fit and Dahon Route and decided to head down to local bike store to test it out.
Upon reached the bike shop, was introduced to Bickerton, Dahon Horize, Tern Link D8 and Dahon Speed Falco. All these was out of my budget which means I need to fork out more if I really want it. After some test rides, I feel Speed Falco gives me the best impression in terms of speed and stability (451 wheelset and steel frame) where Horize has more grip (wider tyre and better design). Both offered at 999 and 899 respectively. I chose Horize at the end because it is a latest model (2015).
Took it for some rides near my neighborhood.
Recently try to pick up the interest to cycling again. I remembered the last time I cycle when I was 12 years old.
Although safety helmet is not mandatory to cycle in Singapore but I advise to wear helmet all time when cycling. There is an incident I brake too harsh until I flipped and fall off from the bike. and thanks God that I wear a GIRO helmet. Just saw in Facebook that a mid age man fall from the Electronic Bicycle and hit his head on the road curb. The photo is gory as his skull cracked and brains splashed all over the place. It happened at Tampines. So guys, to be safe, wear a helmet please.
Today I want to review a Allston helmet from BERN UNLIMITED. I bought it from Amazon and it is a great product. The exterior feels sturdy and have quite number of big gap for air flow. It also has a detachable visor so it doesn’t look like common helmet.
A piece of advice before you buy, make sure buy a size larger than your head size as the internal visor cushion takes up plenty of space. It might be too tight if you chose the exact size.