100 Days of Cycling – Week 2

From 1 January 2016 I am riding every day for one hundred days to raise money for children with cancer.
friday 01 january – saturday 09 april 2016

what I know is that it will be a journey of self discovery and testing oneself with the intention to see if one person can make a difference.

if you see me on the roads, please join me I am always up for a chat.

Like > if think I’m crazy
Donate > if you care
Share > if you want to help make a difference
Comment > if you want to send me a word of encouragement
Ride > with me if you want to hear stories of my suffering.

#100daysofcycling

strava: strava.com/athletes/6151

https://give.asia/movement/onehundreddaysandonehundrednightsofcycling


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Cycling is a lot like life… you spend a lot of time dodging traffic and chasing the guy up the road. It’s when you hit the front your true colour shine… do you stick with the tempo or break away?

North Buona Vista Road

Chasing wheels this morning.

Today’s distance: 33.8 kms

 

 

 


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Cyclists always get excited when they wear a new jersey for the first time.
Yesterday I received this one from THE PEDALER in Brisbane and couldn’t be happier with it.

Today’s distance: 34.8 kms

 

 

 

 


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Discipline is training hard even when no one else is around.

Keppel Road

Solo Sunday

Today’s distance: 36.5 kms

 

 

 

 


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It’s taken eleven days for these legs not to be tired every day when I ride. Hopefully it’s a sign that I’m hardening up a little and becoming a real cyclist.

Today’s distance: 33.3 kms

 

 

 

 

 


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There’s something about riding through a tunnel.

Today’s distance: 63.7 kms

 

 

 

 

 

 


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It was chaos in the Pelaton this morning… With surging, shouting, pot holes and running traffic lights…. and that was just the first half of the ride.

What a shit day it has been today. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to link two group rides together into one ride.
Boy was that a bad idea.. been feeling exhausted all day.

Today’s distance: 74.1 kms

 

 


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After feeling like crap all of yesterday I did some reflecting on the last 2 weeks and realised that I have been seriously neglecting my nutrition. Had a big meal last night and feel better today.

Today’s distance: 22.7 kms

 

 

 

 

 





100 Days of Cycling – Week 1

From 1 January 2016 I am riding every day for one hundred days to raise money for children with cancer.
friday 01 january – saturday 09 april 2016

what I know is that it will be a journey of self discovery and testing oneself with the intention to see if one person can make a difference.

if you see me on the roads, please join me I am always up for a chat.

Like > if think I’m crazy
Donate > if you care
Share > if you want to help make a difference
Comment > if you want to send me a word of encouragement
Ride > with me if you want to hear stories of my suffering.

#100daysofcycling

strava: strava.com/athletes/6151

https://give.asia/movement/onehundreddaysandonehundrednightsofcycling


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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single pedal stroke.
It’s new year, a new beginning so I’ve decided to ride every day for 100 days.

Today’s distance: 123kms

 

 

 

 


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My bike for the next 99 days is built around this custom painted SPEEDWERK CONCEPTS frame.
Light enough to get me over any hills but strong enough for me not to worry about it breaking under my weight.

Today’s distance: 26.9kms

 

 

 

 


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The thing about Singapore roads is that you have to get out super early so it’s clear of traffic. It ends up being cooler that day also.

Today is a Sunday and had just rained so it was exceptionally quiet.

Today’s distance: 42.1kms

 

 

 


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I’m not super religious but the story of Saint Michael resonates with me and cycling as its about preparing for challenge and good vs evil.

Today’s distance: 34.9kms

 

 

 

 

 


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I have always had a love hate relationship with climbing. Being a bigger rider it’s always been hard for me bit a grand tour is never won by a rider who can’t climb.. so onwards and upwards it was this morning.

Today’s distance: 35.5 kms

 

 

 

 


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Cyclists always get excited when they wear a new jersey for the first time.
Yesterday I received this one from THE PEDALER in Brisbane and couldn’t be happier with it.

Today’s distance: 34.8 kms

 

 

 

 


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Snapped this from the top of Mt Faber this morning as I took it a little easier to give my legs a bit of a rest. 100 days is a long time so I’m going to have to take care if myself.

Today’s distance: 22.4 kms

 

 

 

 


 




because it’s easy to blame the cyclist

I write this today I am tired of being blamed for all the problems of traffic congestion and the ills of road transportation.
Every day I see posts about “inconsiderate cyclists”, “cyclists blocked traffic”, “cyclists riding two abreast” and the latest one.. “Cyclist riding with no hands on the handle bars!” All of which are not against the law, but a mere nuisance to the offended driver as if the cyclist delayed them for hours. Most of the time there is a photograph of the cyclist attached and lots of comments from others agreeing with the disgruntled driver about how “cyclists shouldn’t be allowed on the road” or “cyclists don’t pay road tax”. The driver is usually so preoccupied with holding their phone still while taking the photo while driving that they don’t realise that there are actually one or two adjacent empty lanes that they could easily take that wouldn’t inconvenience them at all.
Every time I saw one of these posts I would dismiss it, until a few days ago I saw one about “an inconsiderate cyclist cycling up a hill and I couldn’t pass while dropping my kids to school” and therefore “cyclists should be banned from single lane roads”. I happened to be cycling up the same route that morning and was slowed by a bus slowly winding up the hill so I thought to myself… This guy would be laughed off the internet if he posted about an “inconsiderate bus driving up a hill and I couldn’t pass while dropping my kids to school”. So why is it any different?

Because it’s easy to blame the cyclist.

I am not talking about law breakers that run red lights or stop signs… breaking the law is illegal no matter if you are in a car or on a bicycle… I’m talking about genuine road users minding their own business trying to get from A to B.
So I started to look around and every where I saw examples of cars doing the equivalent of the complaints against cyclists… double parked on the side of the road so they can get something to eat (inconsiderate car blocking traffic), main roads jammed because of parents dropping or picking up kids from school (illegal parking in no parking zones), street sweepers and garbage trucks crawling along (vehicle slowing traffic), people talking on phones and looking at iPads (illegal)… then it started getting ridiculous.. kids in the back seat with out seat belts or car seats … Kids in the front seat without seat belts… I even saw a few cases of kids in the front seat with car seats. Surely these actions are far more dangerous and serious than the slight inconvenience of passing a cyclist so why don’t people take photos and post these activities?

Because it’s easy to blame the cyclist.

It’s easy to target the cyclist as they are easily singled out, but cars are they are indistinguishable from others… it’s a classic case of the majority singling out the minority (they look different or act differently) as they are an easy target and perceived as a threat.

Is blaming cyclists the 21st century racism?

Is that what this is about?
Is cycling perceived as a threat to the comfort of the mainstream driving community? One day there may be so many cyclists that the infrastructure will have to be modified to accommodate and cars may lose their stranglehold on the roads. So marginalise cyclists while they are still emerging and a minority? Why?

Because it’s easy to blame the cyclist.

Has our society become so impatient that we don’t even have the grace to lift our foot off the accelerator for a few seconds to slow a little to pass a fellow road user?
Are we so impatient that even other law abiding vehicles are practically being run off the road just because they are slower?

Why can’t cyclists be treated just as any other slow (or not so slow) moving vehicle on the road?
Why is that such a difficult concept to grasp?

Because it’s easy to blame the cyclist.

Just remember, cyclists have mothers, fathers and families too.. not so different from you.

ride on!

Martin (the bike fitter)

Welcome to the new and improved thebikefitter.com

Since moving to Singapore last year one of my goals has to get a better site up and running.
Previously it was just a banner site that provided basic information about how to get into contact with me, but I always had bigger and better plans for it so here is the first iteration of it.

I’ve tried to keep this site as informational as possible so anyone in the world can leave with a better understanding of bike fitting.

If you need to get a hold of me for a fit or just have some fitting questions there is still enough information here for you to find me.

So after quite a few sleepless nights on how I want the site to look I am pretty proud of the new site.
There have been a few minor technical issues such as my email address at martin@thebikefitter.com being completely shut down since my MX record got screwed up, but I think that is behind us now.

Anyhow, take a look around browse the site and let me know of any comments you may have.

I welcome the feedback as this is very much a dynamic site which will continue to evolve as time goes on.

ride on!

 

Martin (the bike fitter)