I began commuting by bike in Chicago out of frustration with the public transport system there. Then I moved back to Singapore and wrote a bunch of posts here related to cycling advocacy in the Singapore context. The situation there was much more backward compared to Chicago, and my frustration with it shows in the archives here. Nevertheless, I continue to believe that a transition to a cycling-friendly culture is inevitable even there. Weather is not an excuse. The weather in Chicago is much more brutal for almost half the year, and still there were lots more cyclists than there are in Singapore.

In August 2009, I sold my fixed gear bike and moved to Pittsburgh, where the conditions for cycling are about on par and arguably better than Chicago’s. I now ride a commuter bike with full fenders, a belt drive, drum brakes and an internal hub — all in anticipation of the winter months.

If you cannot guess that Ponder Stibbons is a pseudonym, then you should read the Discworld series.

Correspondence is highly welcome at pstibb [aet] gmail [tod] com.


13 Responses to “About”

  1. 1 pixelus September 27, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    It’s good to find another bike addict blogger! I am from the Philippines and I also bike to work daily.

  2. 2 Jin January 4, 2008 at 5:25 pm


    I read with great interest your thoughts and experience with cycling in Singapore (I was supposed to wake early for a ride from LH but am now 3+ hrs past bed-time). πŸ™‚

    I drive but occasionally cycle the stretch between Simei to Alexendra to work. I am seriously considering cycling more often though – raising fuel cost, exorbitant cost of car ownership and building a substantial endurance base are compelling reasons.

    You are right saying that the cycling culture is just not built into Singapore (yet?). Your many posts eloquently put a finger to the frustrations I’ve had while communting on my bicycle – great stuff!

    I have been considering a fixie for 3 months now and may just take the plunge soon!

    Take care, ride safe and keep your blog-post coming.

  3. 3 craigdurkee February 8, 2008 at 3:30 am

    great site ride every day live in melbourne

  4. 4 Michael July 31, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Hello there,

    Bike addict studying in Boston. Rock on for choosing lugged steel road. I don’t understand bicycles here in Singapore. Potential for critical mass in Singapore do you think?



  5. 5 Ponder Stibbons July 31, 2008 at 1:55 pm


    I’ve tried to suggest Critical Mass before to some cycling activists here, but they thought that Singapore was not ‘culturally ready’ for it. People on Togoparts also laughed it off. So, I don’t have enough of a willing social network to amass the numbers for it, I think. If you know people who would want to participate, do let me know!

  6. 6 Michael August 2, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Ha ha,

    Well, I don’t have an army either, but I will I ride with you, if I’m in town that is, which unfortunately I don’t think will be a very common thing in future.

    1. What are you riding here in Singapore?
    2. What’s your story? You seem awfully in tune with society and culture here, from the things you write about.


  7. 7 bikepunk December 25, 2008 at 10:35 am

    what say we put together a critical mass event for ’09? it can even be late ’09, which gives us more or less a year to plan. it is definitely do-able. we shouldn’t care if people don’t think we’re “ready” for it? were singaporeans ready for the advent of the ERP?
    or the increase in GST? lets just go for it, who’s with me?
    bottom line is, i think it’s applaudable to be writing in a blog about changes in LTA policy and whatnot, but we really wouldn’t know how much we’d achieve if we didn’t try. fixies, singlespeeders, roadies, cruisers, mountainbikers, bmxers, we’re all the same. unicyclists, twowheelers,

  8. 8 Ponder Stibbons December 27, 2008 at 10:53 am


    I’m game, but I might not be in Singapore in late ’09. How do you plan to publicise it? (I’ve tried on sites like Togoparts, but the reaction was… less than enthusiastic.)

  9. 9 Roger January 7, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Critical mass? There is a whole bunch of foreign workers cycling to work here in Geylang area, unfortunately its mainly confined to this area here. Now with HDB’s policy of allowing sublet, hopefully more of these people will populate more roads with commuter cyclist islandwide.

  10. 10 tk December 6, 2011 at 7:54 am

    hey ponder, are you still in singapore?

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