Adding colour to this week's Chingay Parade

Adding colour to this week's Chingay Parade
MOVING LIGHT SHOW: Mr Peter and his friends on their modified electric bicycles. The group were invited to join this year's Chingay after one of the organisers spotted them cruising around Chinatown.

WHEN Simon Peter cycles along the streets of Chinatown and Clarke Quay on weekend evenings, he cannot help but become the focus of attention.

Motorists slow down to gawk at his ride, wjile pedestrians stop to look at the colourful, moving light show.

That is because Mr Peter's trippy bicycle is festooned with so many LED lights that it looks like a Chingay Parade float.

Indeed, the 59-year-old hardware store assistant and his friends will be taking part in this year's Chingay Parade, after being spotted cruising around Chinatown by one of the organisers.

The man followed them in a car and stopped the group to invite them to take part in this year's Chingay, which will take place on Friday and Saturday.

Mr Peter said: "I'm very happy and excited. This is my first time taking part in Chingay."

It has been a long ride to the parade - Mr Peter bought his electric bicycle shortly after selling an older model to a German man for $2,000 in 2012.

Feeling that his new bicycle was too plain, he initially spruced it up with a few LED lights.

Over time, the electric bicycle was transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour, thanks to a multitude of LED lights and stickers.

Now, it even has a modified car alarm and a DVD karaoke system with an amplifier.

Four 12-volt batteries power the added accessories, which have the bike weighing about 15kg, said Mr Peter.

He spent around $6,000 buying and modifying his bicycle.

It took him about three weeks to do it up, a job which he took on himself, with the exception of the soldering done by his godson.

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