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    Critiques of Singapore bicycling forums anyone?

    There is an abundance of bicycling forums in Singapore, from niche to general, youth to retired, commercial and independent. I don't spend enough time in the hot and sweaty island to make investigating worthwhile. But perhaps others have done so. What I mean is not discussions within forums but reviews from outside, for example (ficticious)...

    forum 1: Large readership, friendly

    forum 2: sports riders, mostly in 20s and 30s it would appear

    forum 3: small but enthusiastic readership, moderated well

    forum 4: sarcastic but best threads on MBXs, forum activity comes and goes

    forum 5: sponsored by major dealers, organizes rides to reservoir

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermespan View Post
    There is an abundance of bicycling forums in Singapore, from niche to general, youth to retired, commercial and independent. I don't spend enough time in the hot and sweaty island to make investigating worthwhile. But perhaps others have done so. What I mean is not discussions within forums but reviews from outside, for example (ficticious)...

    forum 1: Large readership, friendly

    forum 2: sports riders, mostly in 20s and 30s it would appear

    forum 3: small but enthusiastic readership, moderated well

    forum 4: sarcastic but best threads on MBXs, forum activity comes and goes

    forum 5: sponsored by major dealers, organizes rides to reservoir
    I only know of of togoparts.com, which is one of the biggest and most well-known. I believe most of the rest have cycling sub-forums but are not wholly dedicated to bicycles per se.

    I don't think the cycling community here is big enough to support multiple sizable forums for Singapore alone.

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    (How is this related to folding bikes?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermespan View Post
    There is an abundance of bicycling forums in Singapore, from niche to general, youth to retired, commercial and independent. I don't spend enough time in the hot and sweaty island to make investigating worthwhile. But perhaps others have done so. What I mean is not discussions within forums but reviews from outside, for example (ficticious)...

    forum 1: Large readership, friendly

    forum 2: sports riders, mostly in 20s and 30s it would appear

    forum 3: small but enthusiastic readership, moderated well

    forum 4: sarcastic but best threads on MBXs, forum activity comes and goes

    forum 5: sponsored by major dealers, organizes rides to reservoir
    I was reading a strida singapore forum once but it was a pretty dead forum. And when there was a posting about how awesome the government was letting folding bikes on to transit I questioned how useful was that because the hours they let you on is basically useless for working people (after 10am and before 4pm and then after 8pm). Well funny thing was the very next day my work IP was banned for life lol. It was easy to get back on there to see going through my home network or different proxies but that forum is pretty dead and not worth my while if you can't have an open discussion like we do here. For me Bikeforums is the ONLY biking forums I check because it has such diverse categories and we have members around the WORLD talking about bikes. I do learn alot of and see things from different perspectives here.

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    who needs another forum ?
    this one is pretty active and filled with knowledge ....
    Having fun selling Terns and Dahons for a living. My personal website is also my business website, same as my profile name, therefore no link given to follow forum rules.

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    you 2 sort it out beween yourselves , you're there ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by photobiker View Post
    I'm a photographer, and would love to photograph Singapore. Sounds like a visually and otherwise interesting place. I really like their ban against chewing gum -- I'm like Felix Unger from The Odd Couple in that respect. I wound up buying a Tern 7i -- which I'm growing to like more and more. I find I get to 7th gear pretty often, and it would be great to have more gears. I learned that Alfine has an 11 speed -- that would be great. I'm not happy with the difficulty of transporting the Tern when folded. For that reason I'd like a second bike -- such as a Brompton. The MIT specs interested me, and I contacted the company, but the cost of shipping and the bike makes it too close to Brompton pricing. I asked if I they would sell without seat, seat post, pedals, and tires -- but they wont. These are items I would want to replace. I replaced the pedals and seat on my Tern, which were awful. I bought a Brooks B67 and MKS folding pedals, and those are perfect.
    You're going to be disappointed. There's some excitement to be had, but overall it's a pretty streamlined place.

    We have basically 18,000+ people per square mile, in comparison USA has 84, and Australia has 7, so who has the space to be creative? We are only as interesting as the government allows us to be.

    Also, you need to apply for a permit to start a protest, there is also a place called "Speaker's Corner" which was initially meant to be an area where you can speak your mind, except you have to apply for a permit to talk about politics, race, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keyven View Post
    You're going to be disappointed. There's some excitement to be had, but overall it's a pretty streamlined place.

    We have basically 18,000+ people per square mile, in comparison USA has 84, and Australia has 7, so who has the space to be creative?
    creativity happens in the space between your ears, keyven.

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    Just posted this on togo...

    "US-based (?) bikeforums.net has a long thread about my huge disappointment buying in Singapore at a famous bike shop in Midcity View. Look up 'Flamingo NX7' The short story is this - I spent SGD1250 plus about 300 in accessories and upgrades - only to find out that my very clearly expressed requirements were ignored by salesman and manager."

    See how many hours it lasts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermespan View Post
    Just posted this on togo...

    "US-based (?) bikeforums.net has a long thread about my huge disappointment buying in Singapore at a famous bike shop in Midcity View. Look up 'Flamingo NX7' The short story is this - I spent SGD1250 plus about 300 in accessories and upgrades - only to find out that my very clearly expressed requirements were ignored by salesman and manager."

    See how many hours it lasts.
    dude. you seem like a nice and sincere guy.

    but, you were warned not to buy this bike. in one of the 15 different threads you created about this topic, i personally recall encouraging you to wait until you got to thailand where there are 100s of friendly bike shops with zillions of different bikes. you came to this forum seeking advice and you received it form various points of view. ultimately, you made a choice. now, you can either live with it or get rid of it. another piece of free advice: if you don't want it, get rid of it before it depreciates any further. chalk it up to experience and move on.

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