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Absolut Road-Test.

Since we are not able to convince any bike dealers in Singapore, Malaysia or Batam to provide us bikes for road or trail test (maybe after reading Tapeworm, they cringed at our honesty), we came out with a new twist to our road tests.

So here's our road test comments and experience. YMMV depending on your level of fitness and bravado... There are 10 items on the menu for now but more will be added in time to come.

1. Pasir Panjang Road. Direction: West to East.
2. South Buona Vista Road aka the Gap. Direction: South to North.
3. Kent Ridge Crescent. Direction: East to West.
4. Dover Road. Direction east to west.
5. Telok Blangah Road. Direction west to east.
6. Adam Road/Farrer Road Direction north to south.
7. Mount Faber. Direction up and down.
8. Vigilante Drive. Direction up and down.
9. West Coast Highway. Direction east to west.
10. Jurong Island Causeway. Direction to-and-fro.

1. Pasir Panjang Road. Direction: West to East.

Road handling: Road surface is good. No cracks or dangerous manhole cover.

Visibility: very well-lit at night. Road relatively broad for a 2-lane road.

Traffic profile: Light traffic, 4 bus stops, but infrequent buses.

Hazards: pedestrian traffic especially near the food stalls/bus stop/junction at the beginning of the road, along the T-junction into NUS, near Haw Par Villa and at the bus stop at Pasir Panjang Village.

Difficulty: Easy. Good for warm-up.

Fun Index: 2/5.

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2. South Buona Vista Road aka the Gap. Direction: South to North.

Road handling: Road surface is excellent. No cracks or dangerous manhole covers.

Visibility: Safety lights necessary at night. Road relatively narrow and twisty.

Traffic profile: Light to moderate traffic in the day, light at night. 2 bus-stops, very low bus frequency.

Hazards: Beng drivers driving at their limit, often encountered during the day. Fortunately  we ride this road at night and we haven't encounter Bengs on their own road test. Occassional truck/bus.

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard. Hard if you try to maintain above 30 km/h for the entire length.

Air quality: Good. Very clean, esp. at night. No diesel fumes.

Fun Index: 4/5. Good rhythm.

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3. Kent Ridge Crescent. Direction: East to West.

Road handling: Road surface is acceptable. Some parts uneven surfaces.

Visibility: Good. Road relatively narrow.

Traffic profile: Light to moderate traffic in the day, light at night. 3 bus-stops, moderate bus frequency.

Hazards: Taxi drivers driving with their eyes and eyes shut. Crazy nurses crossing outside the bus-stop without looking. Often, cars/taxis stop suddenly without warning right before us.

Perpetual road works thanks to SCV/PUB/PWD/etc. Metal gratings set in travel direction to catch your skinny wheels. Very dangerous. Very stupid.

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard. Hard if you try to maintain above 30 km/h for the entire length due to the hills but mostly because of hazards.

Air quality: Acceptable at night. Diesel fumes in the day.

Fun Index: 3/5. No rhythm.

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4. Dover Road. Direction east to west.

Road handling: Road surface is excellent. No cracks or dangerous manhole covers.

Visibility: Safety lights necessary at night.

Traffic profile: Moderate traffic in the day, light at night. 3 bus-stops, low bus frequency.

Hazards: Perpetual road works thanks to SCV/PUB/PWD/etc. Metal plates slippery when wet to catch your racing slicks.

Difficulty: Easy

Air quality: Good. Very clean, esp. at night. No diesel fumes.

Fun Index: 2/5.

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5. Telok Blangah Road. Direction west to east.

Road handling: Road surface is average. Some patches, cracks, and manhole covers.

Visibility: Good visibility at night, but lots of driver distractions due to roadworks.

Traffic profile: Heavy traffic in the day, moderate at night. >5 bus-stops, high bus frequency.

Hazards: Perpetual road works thanks to SCV/PUB/PWD/etc. Metal plates slippery when wet to catch your racing slicks, especially near WTC. Uneven road surfaces. Frequent buses, taxis, pedestrian and trucks.

Difficulty: Easy but occassionally hazardous for beginners.

Air quality: Poor. Diesel fumes aplenty, day or night.

Fun Index: 1/5. Cannot get a good rhythm.

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6. Adam Road/Farrer Road Direction north to south.

Road handling: Road surface is excellent. No cracks or dangerous manhole covers.

Visibility: Safety lights necessary at night. Occassional dark spots.

Traffic profile: Heavy traffic in the day, moderate at night after 9 pm.

Many bus-stops, high bus frequency. Trucks very frequent.

Hazards: Heavy traffic.

Difficulty: Moderate. Gentle slope but it's along slip road into CTE, so a good speed is recommended.

Air quality: Poor in the day, acceptable at night.

Fun Index: 3/5. You can get a good rhythm around MacRitchie.

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7. Mount Faber. Direction up and down.

Road handling: Road surface is excellent. No cracks or dangerous manhole covers.

Visibility: Safety lights necessary at night.

Traffic profile: Light traffic in the day, light at night. no bus-stops.

Hazards: None, but watch out for one deceptive hairpin turn on descent. Occassionally wet surfaces. Beware of opening car doors from illegally park vehicles along the side.

Difficulty: Difficult to extreme, depending on fitness, gearing, and speed, at least for my level of fitness.

Air quality: Good in the day. Usually good at night 'cept for stationary vehicles with engine running along darker areas.

Fun Index: 5/5. No rhythm but what a blast downhill. You feel alive!

Bonus: Great view at the peak and you can do loops near the top if you are strong.

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8. Vigilante Drive. Direction up and down.

Road handling: Road surface is excellent. No cracks or dangerous manhole covers.

Visibility: Safety lights necessary at night.

Traffic profile: Light traffic in the day, light at night. no bus-stops.

Hazards: None, but steep downhill just before T-junction to South Buona Vista Road. Occassionally wet surfaces.

Difficulty: Difficult to extreme, depending on fitness, gearing, and speed, at least for my level of fitness.

Air quality: Good in the day and night.

Fun Index: 4/5. Steep short climb but to dangerous blasting downhill because of T-junction. Bonus: great view on top.

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9. West Coast Highway. Direction east to west.

Road handling: Road surface is good. Some cracks near West Coast Park and near intersection at West Coast Road.

Visibility: Generally good, 'cept for a short stretch near West Coast Park. Few distraction to drivers.

Traffic profile: Heavy vehicle traffic in the day, heavy vehicle traffic at night. Many bus-stops but bus infrequent at night.

Hazards: Longitudinal road cracks, occasionally crates, boxes, planks and metal strips donated by trucks along the road.

Difficulty: Easy (to maintain 30 km/h).

Air quality: Poor in the day. Usually good at night 'cept for occasional dirty trucks.

Fun Index: 3/5. Can get a good rhythm and occasionally you get a nice cement truck to draft.

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10. Jurong Island Causeway. Direction to-and-fro.

Road handling: Road surface is excellent. No cracks or dangerous manhole covers.

Visibility: Very good day and night. No distraction to drivers.

Traffic profile: Very light traffic at night. Dunno 'bout weekday, but no traffic on weekends. No buses, no trucks at night.

Hazards: Some roadworks with metal plates on the road. Slippery when wet, so those on racing slicks you've been warned.

Difficulty: Moderate to hard. Moderate because it's long and there's a gentle slope and strong wind, hard if you're pushing continuously against strong headwind at high speed (> 35 km/h).

Air quality: Acceptable. No diesel fumes but chemical fumes fills the air, smells like a cross between sulfur, fart and prunes.

Fun Index: 4/5. Easy to get a rhythm but the headwind...

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