Tomorrow’s my tenth NTU Bike Rally which might see me clock a century ride (160km = 100 miles) by cycling to and from the start/end point at the F1 Pit. It will be my 11th round-island ride and my 10th NTU Bike Rally. So I’m no stranger to long rides and the preparation required – see this preparatory list from a decade ago.
Before a ride, I run through a battered piece of paper on my fridge door – my bicycle ride check list, which ensures a safe and enjoyable ride.
It looks like a long list but it gets sorted out through regular rides, during which maintenance and supplies will be sorted out with some shopping at our regular bicycle shops. Lights in particular keep improving.
The first aid kit requires attention of its own but I have to tend to that for field trips so that get sorted out too.
I’ll be riding with my Zendogs buddies Kevin and Kenneth so we’ll be in contact for emergencies. We’ve helped fellow cyclists in the past and while we hope no one will gets into trouble, we’ll be ready.
Now, if that haze will just peter out.
- Front lights (2): USB and battery powered, charged, working and clear of debris.
- Rear lights (2): USB and battery powered, charged, working and clear of debris.
- iPhone w/Runkeeper in Biologic casing, mounted.
- Water bottle, 0.8L, in cage, filled.
- Cables, gears and chain: clean, oiled, tension adequate.
- Brake pads clean and functioning.
- Wheels: tyres inflated, rims clean, no oil, balanced.
- Saddle, correct one for ride, aligned, tightened.
- 10,800 mAh powerbank
- Salonpas muscle rub.
- Panadol extra.
- Spare inner tube, powdered, in ziploc
- Topeak multi-tool.
- SOG tool
- Patch kit & Tyre levers.
- Saddle cover.
- AAA & AA batteries, new.
- Helmet, no cracks, no strap entanglement.
- Helmet rear light working, bright enough.
- Halo headband and head cap.
- Clear glasses: washed and antifog applied (early morning).
- Jersey with cash and cards in rear pockets.
- Gloves & Watch.
- Shorts with keys in zipped pocket.
- Reflective ankle bands.
- Socks and shoes (w/clip-on for Norco).
- Camelpak 3L.
- First aid kit: recheck and update.
- Sun glasses in protective case (late morning)
- Totobobo mask.
- Crank Brothers pump.
- Isotonic tablets
- Power gels
- Salonpas muscle rub
- Civet poop ziplock bags and glove
- Carcass trashbag
- Cable ties.
- External rear light, battery powered.
Photo by Kevin Lim, 11 Jan 2014
I feel uneasy when the young ‘uns won’t eat their tomatoes and think to dispose of them.
So a reminder.
“Food loss and waste a barrier to poverty reduction.” World Bank media release, 27 Feb 2014 and “Food Waste: Doing the Math,” by José Cuesta. Voices, 27 Feb 2014.
WorldBank info graphic:
See also, “Pope Francis says wasting food is like stealing from the poor,” by Josephine McKenna. The Telegraph, 05 Jun 2013.
The pontiff dedicated his weekly audience in St Peter’s Square to the United Nations World Environment Day to draw attention to the excesses of consumerism and food wastage.
“This culture of waste has made us insensitive even to the waste and disposal of food, which is even more despicable when all over the world, unfortunately, many individuals and families are suffering from hunger and malnutrition,” the Pope said.
“Once our grandparents were very careful not to throw away any leftover food. Consumerism has led us to become used to an excess and daily waste of food, to which, at times we are no longer able to give a just value.
“Throwing away food is like stealing from the table of the poor and the hungry,” he said.
My second home since 1987, thanks to D H Murphy.
I see OCBC Cycle Singapore “Respect”
posters up on lamp posts along Lornie Road. Cyclists use this stretch in wee hours of the morning and there are three turnoffs/turnins to/from PIE which can make the climb dicey, even at 6am.
I am always well lit and have been gratified by drivers who keep their distance and slow down instead of racing past and cutting in. Thank you drivers!
The “NEW” Google Sheets promises several improvements including offline access in Chrome, faster loading and scrolling, new function editing tools, spreadsheet functions, filter views and improvements to advanced conditional formatting [link].
To use the new Google Sheets, you’ll need to opt in by doing the following:
- Open Google Drive at drive.google.com
- Click the gear menu in the top right corner of the screen and select Settings.
- Click the Editing tab.
- Select the checkbox next to “Try the new Google Sheets.”
The caveat? Well, some features are not ready yet
- Protected sheets and ranges
- Notification rules
- Spell check
- API support
Up an at ‘em!
Have you updated your iPhone software to iOS 7.0.6?
All you have to do is go to Settings > General > Software Update. If you cannot manage this, ask a friend!
The significant security flaw in Apple’s OS X Mavericks was identified last Friday and the fix is here. So do update your macs immediately, as this is critical.
OS X can be automatically updated by clicking the Apple logo on the top-left of your screen. But this is incremental and the better option is to manually download and apply the combo updater. It is available at the Apple Support page.
The combo updater applies a wholesale update of all affected system files instead of onlly specific files. This is the option I’ve adopted for over a decade now.
I ran my update after posting this!
Recently, Civetgirl Weiting and I have been walking Southern Ridges from NUS to Harbour Front weekly. We enjoy seeing people using Henderson Waves which, at 36m above Henderson Road, is the highest pedestrian bridge in Singapore [see the NParks guide]. The bridge connects Mount Faber Park to Telok Blangah Hill Park.
Photo by Brandon Chia
What we love seeing even more are wild long-tailed macaques, indifferent to the humans around them who are behaving sensibly and enjoying the experience of watching a wild native species of Singapore.
The best signs put up by NParks about how to behave around monkeys are to be found all along the Southern Ridges. These were put up a a year or two ago, possibly in response to an aggressive male which had learnt to approach people carrying plastic bags and erm, insist on a reward for his efforts!
A long-lasting and hopefully pre-emptive solution? Signs which educate the public clearly about how to behave around macaques. These also add a unique clear message for those who would persist in bad behaviour (inevitably resulting in the call to kill monkeys) – “please avoid this trail if you are not comfortable with the presence of wild monkeys”.
With not a single plastic bag in sight and everyone mostly keeping a respectful distance from the macaques as advised by the signs, the public stopped to admire and photograph the three monkeys yesterday evening. The long-tailed macaques ambled along the bridge edge of Henderson Waves with quadrupedal grace as the sun sank into the horizon.
Thanks to Amy Klegarth for bringing my attention to that very special bit of advise on the sign earlier in the day.