Everything You Need to Know About Biking in Singapore

Cycling is great. It has a lot of benefits that are great for your health and budget. But in the Lion City, there is a lot more to having a bike, going to a bicycle shop for maintenance and repair, and cycling all over the country than what you initially think.

Here are all the things you need to know about cycling in Singapore to get you started:

1. You can pedal around most of Singapore on a bike.
Though road cycling isn’t advisable, you can actually get around most of the Lion City without ever using the main road. There are a lot of off-road paths across the country that you can get through on a bike that you otherwise can’t when on a bus.

Think of biking as unlocking a hidden extra in a video game, as these places can be a little difficult to get to. However, the best part of cycling is finally reaching the destination and seeing how gorgeous it looks against the sunset.

2. Bike sharing is now available and easy (if you don’t have your own bike with you).
It may have taken a while for Singapore to catch up on the concept, but bike sharing is now available in the country allowing you to pay almost nothing when you arrive from point A to point B, and there are many different apps for you to choose from.

The bike apps are non-docking in nature. However, you may need to place a deposit to ensure that the bike system stays damage-free and abuse-free. Additionally, the apps contain a history of past trips to give you a reference for which routes you have taken or want to take in the future.

3. Bicycle shops are easy to find in Singapore.
Looking for spare parts, bicycle accessories, or even a new bike altogether? Head on over to a bicycle shop in Singapore! Not only can you find all these, but you can also get to meet other enthusiasts that share the same hobby as you, and you can leave the shop with not just the new parts that you need, but also with new friends you can go biking with.

Some bicycle shops even double as cafés, which are great when you need a quick pit stop from your daily or afternoon cycling trips across the country. If you don’t feel like it, you don’t even need to visit the bicycle shop. You can simply order what you want online and wait for the delivery to arrive at your doorstep.

4. You don’t need to be scared of losing your bike.
Crime rate is extremely low, with the number of reported stolen bikes lower than about ten every year. Once you get your bike, you will receive a sticker with a number as a safety feature. This is so that the authorities will be able to easily find it.

However, you still have to take precautions – having these bicycle accessories, such as a bike lock – just to be safe.

(Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no particular order.)

How to Choose the Best Shampoo for Your Dog

There’s a lot of things you can share with your dog, from your couch to your bed, to even your snacks – and this is fine. In fact, it can even strengthen the bond between you and your precious mutt. However, one thing that you should never share with your dog is your shampoo.

While human shampoo is great for keeping our hair clean and smelling great, it can have a different effect when it comes to dogs’ skin. This is why you should get a shampoo specially designed to groom pet dogs. But how do you know which one you should choose?

Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when choosing a shampoo for pet grooming:

Age

There are different shampoos designed for dogs of different ages, from young puppy to adult to old mutt. Puppy shampoos are much gentler as they are made of no-tear formulas that won’t irritate their eyes.

Color

Dogs with light-colored or even white fur need special shampoos to keep their coat bright white, and many whiteners or brighteners are available on the market that are designed to keep your pet’s hair from yellowing and fading.

Convenience

For pets and pet owners who need to be on the go, waterless shampoos and wipes are perfect for keeping your dog clean and smelling nice, especially when your dog’s first instinct is to hide under the bed at the mention of the word “bath”.

Fleas and Ticks

A flea shampoo with natural ingredients can safely kill the pesky bloodsuckers clinging to your pet’s fur without giving your dog allergic reactions. A shampoo with pyrethrins is especially effective for removing these external parasites for good.

Ingredients

Not all dog shampoos are made equal. Though there are some shampoos that are effective for your dog, there are others with certain ingredients, such as artificial fragrances and dyes that will leave your dog with a worse coat of fur. As much as possible, stick to natural ingredients.

Odor

The humid climate in Singapore, along with the combination of mystery substances and puddles that your dog runs into on a regular basis, can leave your mutt with a funny smell when you get home.

For adventurous dogs, a deodorizing pet grooming in Singapore shampoo can work wonders for eliminating the smell entirely.

Shine

Poor diet can make your mutt’s coat look dull and without luster. Aside from a healthy, nutrient-rich diet, moisturizing shampoo rich in nutrients can bring back that lustrous sheen for your pet’s fur.

Skin

A moisturizing shampoo is great for dogs with dry, flaky, skin. It’s usually a good idea to avoid scented shampoos, as they can irritate your pet’s skin, and go for moisturizing shampoos with natural ingredients as much as possible.

If your pet’s skin condition worsens, consult a veterinarian right away.

Tangle

Does your pet have fur that gets tangled easily? If so, consider getting a shampoo-conditioner with moisturizer to make Spot’s mane more manageable. For tangles that are really stubborn, a separate conditioner after shampooing should do the trick.

 

Now that you have the best shampoo for your dog, the next step to pet grooming is to actually get the dog in the bathtub. But getting all four of your pet’s paws in the tub is another story. A few suggestions include bathing with warm standing water (not running – this can intimidate your pet) and treats to reward good behavior.

You should also use a washcloth for the face to keep water from running into the eyes and ears as much as possible. For best results, visit your local veterinarian in Singapore today.