New to cycling and looking for some new friends to ride with?
Want to explore the different parts of Singapore on 2 wheels with some experts to guide you?
We met this cycling group that cater to the needs of different types of cyclists in a very systematic way! Time to get to know them.
THE SOCIAL ASPECT OF CYCLING
As cyclists, we sometimes prefer to ride alone and sometimes we prefer to share the fun with a group of friends. Man is a social creature, afterall.
The accessibility of social media had made finding like-minded friends to share a hobby much easier. Often, the bond between such new-found friends grew quickly from the shared common interest.
This bond is especially strong amongst those who meet up at least once a week as it forms a pattern in their weekly routine. The cycle group usually shares some similarity - cycling discipline, skills & expertise, preferred riding spots and riding time slots.
This largely unspoken entry criteria in informal social cycling groups has also had the effect of filtering off cyclists who may eventually lose interest, or who have not managed to keep up with the energy and intensity of the cycling group they joined.
A quick look at some social media groups that are active currently would show that the groups with the most members are those that are "all-inclusive" and cater to new entrants to the sport.
But many do not organise group rides on an official level. For newbies, it's still "shape up or ship out!" when they join the rides. There must be a easier and systematic way to learn the finer points of cycling.
SINGAPORE CYCLING TOURS
Wouldn't it be good to have a riding group that caters to the skill and fitness levels of the different members, caters to both road and trail riding, rides at a variety of locations around Singapore, has a proper administrative network to communicate with members and it's all free of charge?
Meet the guys from Singapore Cycling Tours.
Started in 2013, it's original objective was to create an avenue for Shangrila Adventure to meet more cyclists. But they eventually became a well-organised cycling group that had been helping to promote cycling in a leisurely and fun way, free of charge.
Yes, Singapore Cycling Tours may be sponsored by Shangrila Adventure but the rides in Singapore are free for all to join. You will only pay when there are cost incurred during the ride, eg transport or entrance fees.