This post isn’t going to be about cleaning your bike (bicycle not motorbike) – I’m not sure how many of you in Dubai currently own a bike, let alone think of cleaning it. I owned a bike for a few months, and never really thought of cleaning it. Then again, not maintaining it well might have been the reason it needed repairs and maintenance on an almost weekly basis.
For the time I owned a bike, I was able to cycle around where I lived – the Springs. I would cycle around the lake, the compound, cross the over bridge to the ‘town center’ and back. It was a good hobby – not too exciting other than the few times I crashed into something. (I learned cycling at an older age) But, as you know, cycling isn’t just a hobby or sport; it’s a mode of transport. I contemplated cycling to work (Media City at the time) but the more I observed the route there, the more I feared for my life. (Again, I repeat, I am a little more ‘risk-averse’ than the usual rider)
Clean riding in Dubai
The good news is that Dubai has been working on a cycling master plan for the city that will help connect cycling routes to each other and to major landmarks. We’re reading news about Dubai’s cycling track – the newspapers are telling us that Dubai’s cycling track is halfway there. We’re not expecting cycling to replace our car and metro rides all year round (I can’t imagine cycling in the sweltering August heat), but it is a feasible option for the other months of the year.
Here at Matic, we think it’s important to look for ways to make your life healthier and happier. My personal experience has shown me that the small things make a difference, especially in a city like Dubai. Ditching the car for a few hours, switching it up between walking and cycling goes a long way in cultivating good energy for yourself and your home. Some good places to bike are the Dubai Marina, downtown and Jumeirah. In fact, there are a host of websites that provide safe bicycle routes for you and your children. Soon enough, the master plan aims to connect more residential areas to the tracks.
For the more serious riders who already know their way around Dubai by bike, we recommend Be Bike Shop, located next to Tom & Serg, which also has a workshop to fix your wheels.
We’re also big fans of Charicycles (for reasons beyond their clever play on words), a cool take on up-cycling bicycle frames into unique and customized bicycles. On top of being built in Dubai, their sales on bicycles contribute to funding bicycles for children in refugee camps in the Middle East. We’re big on these kinds of initiatives – follow our blog post on charitable initiatives for more ideas on how to give back.
Throw in a dry towel with your wet clothes in the dryer to speed up the process.