Lorong Halus is a public area in Singapore that combines a man-made wetlands with recreational parks and a bike track. It’s significant because it began life as one of the region’s largest rubbish dumps for 30 years before it’s transformation. It’s also significant because one of the latest offerings by Vanguard Cycles is directly inspired by the park’s board-track cycleways.
It’s name is Jiyuu and it’s currently for sale via the website, so I’ll let Shaun and Jacinta Sonja describe it: “Jiyuu is inspired by riding sessions along Singapore’s Lorong Halus – a mixture of untouched nature, military base and a beautiful new cycling track. Created from a vintage Bridgestone MB1 frame, this street tracker was custom fabricated to accommodate Maxxis’s Holy Roller tires and built with specially selected parts and componentry.
“Fitted with 1970s N.O.S Sturmey Archer 3-speed hub and a front drum brake, Jiyuu churns out the gravel with an Ofmega crank and half link chain. Keeping things raw yet refined, a Whizzer fork was fitted together with wooden board track style handlebar and leather cable housing.”
It’s an interesting concoction, but somehow it works. Maybe the hi-viz chain is an appropriate inclusion, as it’s certainly an extreme contrast to the rest of the rugged and raw ingredients and will catch your eye on the Lorong Halus boardwalk. Head to the Vanguard website for more details.