Commuting in Singapore is a relatively simple affair. There is the widely used, cost and time efficient public transport (even though it breaks down every now and then). If you are a Crazy Rich Asian, there is also the convenience of owning a car in Singapore, but then you would have to contend with small charges like ERP, parking, road tax, insurance and if you are not careful, fines that would add up to a really high cost over time!
If you are looking to save money, get fit or doing their small bit to save the earth, you can reap benefits from commuting to work and even home by cycling. These benefits include the obvious increase in cardiovascular fitness, to saving money on transport and squeezing in the sardine-packed trains/buses to avoiding the dreaded traffic jam!
There are different type of bikes you can consider using for your next commute. Below is a short and basic list of 5 different bicycles commuters in Singapore use.
1. Bike Sharing
The advent of bike sharing not only in Singapore, but the world has got everyone on their feet. People are divided between the convenience these bikes provide and how they are an eyesore when irresponsible users abuse the convenience by leaving the bikes everywhere.
One cannot deny the advantages that these bike sharing companies have brought to our sunny island as they take away the worry about cost and even space of owning a bicycle yourself.
With more than 100,000 bikes available in Singapore, cut your travel time by using these bicycles to get from point A to B.
One thing to note though: Majority of the bikes are single-gear bikes and are designed for use by the masses, therefore, it would not be a wise choice to use them for longer distances beyond 10km as it would prove to be quite uncomfortable (you won't want to be nursing a sore bottom!)
Be a responsible user and park them in designated spots to allow others a chance to use it and prevent pedestrian walkway obstruction.
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2. Mountain bike
The trusty mountain bike will never fail to impress the everyday commuter in Singapore.
With big rugged tires and strong suspension systems, show up to work on time as you skip the usual problems other bikes tend to face.
Being durable and hardy, you can be sure to ride through dry & wet conditions without skipping a beat. Additionally, you can take your MTB out for a spin during the weekends and reap the health benefits of doing so!
Some may find the MTB inconvenient and bulky though. With their large tires and frame, it may be difficult to find places to park and you might not be going as fast as you wish to.
3. Road bike
Look like a pro athlete & satisfy your need for speed with the road bike!
A typical road bike is constructed with either steel or carbon frames - the latter costing up to a minimum of a few thousand dollars for starters.
Due to the high price lines, these bikes are usually designed to be light & fast; typically being the sports cars of the bicycle world! Because of their weight, you tend to sacrifice strength & durability when wet weather hits where braking becomes a chore. You also tend to face a theft risk if the bicycle is parked in a public area, as parts are easy to dismantle and steal.
4. Foldable bike
The foldable encompasses all the advantages of commuting to work via bicycle, but is still affordable and convenient as well!
Foldable bikes make 'multi-modal' transportation more convenient as they can be literally brought anywhere when folded up. Additionally, keep it by your side when you work as you would not have to worry about finding a public parking space.
They may be more expensive than your typical bicycle, but being sleek, slim and compact means you are able to get around in an urban space with ease and comfort.
Take note and be wary of potholes and bumps as foldables are not made to withstand huge pressure due to the smaller wheels.
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The different bikes listed above have varying pros and cons - one might be able to do something better than another. But at the end of the day, being able to commute by bike and meeting your main objective of saving time, money or even the earth is what matters. Regardless of any disadvantages listed earlier - if riding makes you happy, the more the merrier!