Helen Ng – Hong Kong
How would you define yourself as a cyclist?
H: I have started riding since I was little and owned my first bike when I was 10 in Australia. It was the only way for me to go anywhere, the closest convenient store or a friend’s house. Then in 2014, I had my first Fixed gear bike. I used to ride 3-4 hours a day, but now I have a 10 months old baby, riding happens once a week and in my dreams.
How many bikes do you own?
H: I have two bikes, a Colossi and a Colnago.
Approx. how many Km’s do you cover per week?
H: As I am now a mother of two, I can only take a short ride once a night per week, around 20km.
Would you consider yourself as having basic mechanical knowledge?
H: I only have very basic knowledge about fixed gear bikes, my husband does all the mechanic work.
What does the bicycle symbolize for you?
H: Fixed gear was what brought me and my husband together. It was our first common interest and is now our get away from our kids to spend few hours together. When we ride, we seldom talk, it makes us appreciate just having each other side by side.
What do you think the local cycling community needs the most?
H: We need either proper cycling paths or drivers’ respect if we ride on the road.
Do you feel the local council is doing enough for cyclists in your city?
H: No, a lot of places, especially parks do not allow people with bikes to go in, even the Hong Kong Velodrome Park. And bikes are not welcomed on transportation.
What do you find to be the scariest aspect of cycling in the city?
H: I guess riding on the road with angry taxi drivers and minibus drivers is the scariest thing.
When visiting Hong Kong, where would you advise cyclists to ride?
H: If you want to see the city, a short ride around Tsim Sha Tsui and Yau Ma Tei area is nice but a little crazy with the amount of cars and complicated paths. If you want to see the country side, you can take a longer ride from Tai Wai to Tai Mei Tuk, which is along the country side with sea view. You can also end your day there with a Hong Kong style Barbecue.