Even before reaching the meeting point at Vivo, I'd already made some friends at Seah Im carpark. It's quite simple really; you see someone with a bike, and give a knowing smile or nod. Turns out it was their first ride too.
|Meeting point at Vivo, ready to roll.|
I was warmly greeted by Taiwoon, and walked around the group, checked out the variety of bicycles and had some small chats.
After a safety brief, we went off towards Keppel Bay. It was a first for me, riding in such a big group. There were probably 40 or so cyclists, age ranging from primary school children to retirees (my estimation) and all sorts of bicycles - road, foldies, mountain, recumbent, market...
It was really interesting going to places which I would probably never experience, and to places that I haven't been to in a long, long time.
|Labrador Park - photographer's finger cameo appearance|
|My Ride went to Hell and back, unscathed|
We went from Vivo - Keppel Bay - Labrador Park - Telok Blangah (breakfast) - Hort Park (plus killer slope!) - Haw Par Villa - Vivo. Something like that.
I didn't take many pictures as I was simply focusing on enjoying the ride, but photography is definitely in the plan for future rides. Did I say future? Yes, I will definitely join this group for more rides for a variety of reasons:
Inclusivity - anyone with any type of ride is welcome. There are fast rider groups and slow rider groups. Pick yours.
Fun - the group is not too serious. There are bike experts and there are noobs like me and all sorts in between. It's ok.
Food - do I need explain?
Adventure - How much of Singapore have you seen? You cannot say there's nothing to do and nowhere to go in Singapore.
If you want to find out more about the group you can check out the forum or facebook group.