Bicycle commuters are far and few in-between.
I am referring to the residents here rather than foreign workers that you see riding their cheap bikes everyday.
Finding a person who doesn't own a car and cycles to work everyday is like hitting the Motherlode.
There are more posers who joined 'Car Free Day' events to a short distance - all for the sake of cheap publicity.
After everything is over, the bikes would spend a long time in the store room..
The real deal who are out there is doing it because they are passionate about cycling and setting a good example for others to follow..
Enter Ah Guan..
I met Ng Chor Guan two years ago at a ride in Serendah, Selangor.
He was cycling a Rallyart F1-18 and I recall that he used to ride it a lot and actually gave much thought about bringing it to Europe on a tour.
Later, he settled for a Brompton P6R and returned to Malaysia with the bike. So, not too long ago, he was one of the few who actually owns a Brommie.
As time progresses, Guan had clocked-in 6,000 kilometres on his little bike. I don't think there are many cyclists out there who would ride their folding bike to the ground..
|Famous, yet humble: Guan|
|A true-blue commuter|
Never a fake
I met a couple of cyclists who are very active on the scene.
Some managed to get some mileage through the media and few had the ability to control their ego while a handful became big-headed.
The way I see it, many crave for that attention and when they don't get any, they just fade into the distance.
Guan for one, is famous in the local music scene and has a large following.
Despite all that, his feet is firmly planted on the ground. This is by far, one of the most humble dudes I've come across.
So, if you are driving in SS2, Petaling Jaya and see a tall guy cycling a small bike, make sure you give way because sharing the road meant everything to him...