Recently LTA has rolled out a new law which required handlebar to be 700mm or shorter in length.
Why is this an issue? Many of the mountain bikers ride the local trails at high speed and many of us has been using handlebar which are longer than 700mm as it provides more stability and confidence when cornering! Trails aren’t just a flat ground, there are rock gardens, drops and uneven grounds which are love to ride.
Failing to follow the rules will result in a fine or a jailterm. Why? Why don’t LTA spend time catching e-bikers running traffic lights? Escooters speeding on the road? Does the government actually think that we will want to cause danger to other pedestrian? Knocking into them means getting ourself injured as well.
Most of the mountain bikers cares about other safety. Shouldnt LTA be educating pedestrian as well? Most pedestrian are hogging up the entire pavement, walking in all direction, and causing misunderstanding between cyclists and pedestrian.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that the maximum should be raised to 800mm as that’s the maximum length in the mountain biking world. Not all cyclist are dangerous, most of the mountain bikers that ride the local trails respect the pedestrian and care for the safety. Do not let one reckless cyclist give you the idea that the whole cycling community is dangerous!