10km gravel loop at Bukit Timah (with Google Map navigation link)
While we have to admit that there's just not a lot of options for proper gravel riding in Singapore, did you know that there's a simple 10km "gravel" loop around Bukit Timah Nature Reserve? Well, parts of it are gravel, and the rest are a mix of dirt trails and public asphalt roads. Its a decent ride, with a good combination of small climbs, technical descents and flat gravel sections plus if you go during off-peak hours, its pretty empty. Read on to find out more, or if you prefer, we've also put a link to the entire loop on Google maps for easy...
State All-Road 4130 in the Urban Jungle
Riding from Bukit Timah to Sembawang Park
We were getting bored of the usual route that we usually take up to Kranji Way. Then, we remembered one of our rides that we did a few months back on our Bromptons that took us right to the water's edge at Sembawang Park. I had been eager to test out a new handlebar bag, a 3L Sahoo (pictured below) that retails for around $25. The idea was to see how many beer cans & sandwiches we could stuff in it. Took the usual route up Upper Bukit Timah Road -> Mandai, and veered off Ulu Sembawang PCN, linking up...
Riding from Bukit Timah to East Coast Park
Not exactly gravel, though we did do a brief bit of off-roading. Set off from Bukit Timah in the morning at 10am, rode through the former Green Corridor and got onto the road at Bukit Merah. Down Cantonment Road, through the Central Business District, and onto East Coast Park Proper. Obligatory Beers were had at Brewerkz on the way back. Cheers! 🍻