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We're detoxing for free every day

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Bryna Singh

The Straits Times

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Businessman George Kee, 55, started cycling about five years ago on his doctor's advice that exercise would help control his diabetes.

 

He now calls himself a "chronic cyclist" who clocks an average of 20km daily and bikes whenever he can - including to meet clients of his sign-making business.

 

His wife Wendy, 51, is an avid cyclist too. On weekends, the couple cycle to run errands and to friends' homes to hang out.

 

Their dog, a three-year-old poodle-samoyed called Boss, usually accompanies them in a little trailer, which Mr Kee attaches to his bicycle.

 

The couple, who work together, ride daily to their workplace in Eunos from their home in Pasir Ris.

 

The 10km journey takes 45 minutes to an hour, about the same as commuting via public transport.

 

Mrs Kee says the benefit of cycling is avoiding packed, peak-hour trains.

 

Mr Kee, who owns a car, says cycling to work is less stressful than driving as he can ride past peak-hour traffic and jams.

 

"I hardly drive these days," he says. "I do so only when there is very heavy rain and if I have many errands to run for the day."

 

For client meetings, he rides his trusty 25-year-old, $150 foldable bicycle to the nearest MRT station, takes it on board, then cycles to his meeting location after getting off the train.

 

The couple's son, who is 24 and self-employed, does not have the same interest in cycling.

 

Mr Kee says: "My son, like most young people, prefers to let his fingers do the exercise - on his mobile phone or on the computer keyboard.

 

"But my wife and I love to sweat it out. We are detoxing for free every day," he says with a laugh.

 

He adds that thanks to his riding regimen, his diabetes is under control.

 

With his health in check, the couple also go on cycling tours several times a year.

 

They have taken their bicycles to places such as Taiwan, South Korea, Cambodia and Indonesia.

 

There, they can ride up to 120km a day while taking in the sights.

 

"It's so nice and relaxing. As we cycle, we take time to smell the roses," says Mrs Kee.

 

"Before we began cycling as a way of life five years ago, I would never have imagined going on a holiday with my bicycle."

 

Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.

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