Whether you already own a bike or just purchased a new one, and consider it as your main transport means or just a fun outdoor hobby, consider adding a few bicycle accessories to make riding safer and more convenient for you. Other than your helmet and basic repair kit, here are a few more cycling accessories you may want to pick up from your favourite bicycle shop for your next ride around Singapore.
If you’re planning to ride at night, your bike should have front and rear light on it—or at the very least have reflective lights on. The lights you need are more like for making you visible to other motorists than lighting your way, unless you plan on riding through the forest at night. Before riding, make sure to check that your lights are fully charged or you have enough batteries so you won’t run out.
2. Phone Mount
Although you should be keeping your eyes on the road, seasoned cyclists prefer to have phone mounts as one of their essential bicycle accessories. This accessory makes it convenient if you are headed somewhere unfamiliar and need Google Maps for directions.
3. Bike Trailer
If you use your bike as your primary means of transportation around Singapore, you should invest in a bike trailer. A good bike trailer can make everyday trips easier. You can go grocery shopping, run errands or pick up packages with your bike without worrying about burdensome boxes and heavy grocery bags.
For city dwellers, one of the must-have bicycle accessories is a set of fenders or mudguards. Go to a bicycle shop in Singapore and look for a pair that fits the size of your bike. These are very helpful to keep mud and rain water from hitting you and staining your clothes. They also serve as a great space to attach your rear lights to.
5. A Lock
Even if your workplace has indoor storage that lets you park your bike, a lock is always good to have in case of unplanned stops. You never know where you need to leave your bicycle, and of course you would want to find it just where you left it.
6. Waterproof Jacket
This one is technically not a bike accessory, but an essential for the bike rider. To keep you (a little bit) dry under the rain, get yourself a cycling jacket. This is not just any jacket, but one that suits your cycling needs. A good bicycle shop offers a selection of high-visibility ones made from reflective, breathable and waterproof materials. Make sure to get yourself a good one.
When riding your bike, especially for long rides, your safety and comfort should always be considered, and this may require equipping your bike with the right bicycle accessories. Other than the necessary safety gears, such as your helmet and knee pads, these accessories can offer much more comfort and safety anywhere and anytime you wish to ride.
*This list is compiled in no particular order.*
Find yourself going to the pet grooming service too often and it’s too expensive? Then why not do it yourself?
Though there can be some dogs that aren’t afraid of going through a little trim, most would start running under the kitchen table at the sight of clippers. However, trimming your dog’s coat doesn’t have to be that hard – once you get them to calm down, there’s really nothing to be afraid of.
Here are some tips that you should follow to keep your pet’s precious coat feeling luxurious and healthy:
- Bathe and brush your dog regularly.
A good part of making any pet grooming service easier is to make sure that the fur coat clips easily, and that means bathing and brushing your dog regularly.
It helps to cut off any matted hair because the locked-in moisture as well as the dried skin could host bacteria and mites that could cause irritation, as well as prevent tangling and clumping that could make grooming difficult, or even painful.
- Go for clippers.
Most clippers are really cheap and you can go for any style, but if you prefer to go for something more specialized just for your dog, make sure that you buy a clipper specifically designed for pet grooming in Singapore from local pet shops.
You should also take care of your clippers. Invest in clipper spray to keep your blades clean and well-lubricated. Make sure that the blades are sharp, as they’re more likely to hurt your dog if they’re blunt.
You should also make sure that the blades don’t get too hot, as they can burn your dog. Make it a habit to turn them off regularly and check their temperature by touching them. If your blades get too hot, you can either let the clipper rest, switch out the blades, or put the hot blade on a cold baking sheet.
- Know when you should trim your pet’s coat.
If your pet has a long coat or one that keeps on growing, a time period of six to eight weeks would be a good start. Dogs whose fur coats are regularly brushed to make sure matted hair does not grow are usually fine without grooming, but for dogs whose hair mats easily, you may need to clip their fur coats short more often.
What you should never do to your dog, however, is shave them completely. Though the humid climate in Singapore may make you want to make sure your pet is cool by removing their fur coat, you might actually end up making them more prone to overheating instead.
- Know your dog and its coat.
Though this doesn’t mean you can’t go for a little creativity when trimming your pet’s hair, it’s probably a smart decision to visit a pet grooming service or a veterinarian at least once for advice on what your dog’s ideal fur coat should look like and/or how thick it should be.