Today, after yesterday’s disappointment, I gave obike another chance. I dropped La Serpiente off at school, looked for a nearby bike on the app, and set off to find it, walking down an alleyway in Tiong Bahru liberally studded with dog turds. The bike I found was parked outside the door of a flat, right next to a very nice looking road bike that was locked up. This second obike was much better than the first; instead of being some rubbish old bike with a few stickers on it and detachable handlebars, it had a huge, sturdy frame and a pair of handlebars held on by the kind of stem clamp you’d expect to see on a downhill racing rig.
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An app-based bicycle rental company has launched in Singapore. (Savour that sentence for a moment, a series of words that would have made little sense a decade ago.) It’s called obike and they’ve put white and yellow bicycles all over the island. You sign up to their app on your phone, then scan the QR code on a bike, which unlocks the contraption and lets you take it for a ride.
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Spinning in Nova Scotia

After several years of visiting Nova Scotia and not getting round to it, tonight I went to a spinning class in Dartmouth. I’ve been going to 7Cycle in Singapore for over a year, but I’d never been to any other spinning class, so I was interested to see what the differences were.
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Goodbye Disco Slippers

Billy Bragg’s guitar had a sticker on it reading "This machine kills fascists". I think Singapore could do with a similar slogan: this climate kills clothes.

This morning, for the first time in ages I was going to the Parkrun. I’d got my gear together and for the first time ever I was going to be able to ride there with my new clipless shoes. Well, I say new. I bought them at the start of 2006, a gleaming pair of shiny carbon-fibre soled Specialized mountain bike shoes, beautiful and light and very, very silver. But because I don’t like wearing new clothes (I don’t want to get them dirty, after all) my shoes travelled with me from the UK, first to Hong Kong and thence to Singapore, and it was only a month and a half ago that I actually got the cleats attached to them so I could use them on a bike.

Clipless pedals are wonderful. They make you feel much more attached to the bike and allow a far more efficient pedaling action. I was looking forward to riding to the race in super quick time and being extra fresh.
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