Renting bikes in Ubin is cheaper compared to the mainland. 7 shops vie for business and their bikes can be hired from S$5.00 to S$15.00 per day. Bike rentals at East Coast Park typically start at S$8.00 an hour.
Payment is cash upfront and no deposits or IDs are retained.
Besides ensuring his/her own safety, the onus is on the hirer to test the bike. Here are some tips.
1. Choose lighter bikes as they are generally better constructed.
2. You are allowed to test ride the bikes, check that
a) Both front and rear brakes are working
b) The gears work under load without slippage or clacking sounds
c) The tires are not bald and are firmly inflated
d) The seat are adjusted at a comfortable height and angle.
Given its uneven terrain, avoid single gear “Tokyo Lady” or “Dutch grandma’s” bikes or cumbersome tandem bikes if you are going long distances and cycling through muddy tracks. Do not over-exert yourself to avoid painful cramps.
Think twice also about renting smaller bikes for kids. They are harder to pedal and kids have a hard time catching up. They soon tire and that is when accidents happen. I have seen many occasions where family outings are cut short as a result. Hire a van or take enjoy a slow walk instead.
Kid struggling to keep up
Tandem bikes are not safe for terrain slopes.
Wear proper footwear and comfortable clothes to avoid overheating.
Consider personal safety and rent helmets that are available for 2-3 dollars. Accidents frequently happen when people are tired and disorientated by the heat. There are other vehicles so cycle single file, do not bunch up and go at speeds you are able to control and brake well.
Never leave a kid perched on a bike unattended. The flimsy stand can slip with a nasty fall.