Got a question for us? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why learn with Bike School Asia (BSA)?
Our carefully created curriculum features dynamic, clear and detailed teaching with demonstrations and practical, guided hands-on sessions that are the result of the culminative experience of years of riding, racing and coaching.
We keep current with the latest industry developments and our rider-centric focus means we know what works and what’s just clever marketing. We then teach objectively and responsibly so you’ll be able to tell facts from fads.
We cover different types of bikes – Road, Mountain, and Foldables – for a better learning experience, making this the most complete course out there!
As of July 2019, students will no longer be able to use their SkillsFuture credits for BikeSchool courses until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
What do I need to bring?
Bikes, supplies and tools will be provided for your use during the course. There is space to park your bike in the workshop should you choose to cycle here.
You may bring your own bike for discussion, but do note that you’ll only be able to work on it during the lunch break (after you’ve had lunch, of course).
As part of our initiative to reduce our carbon footprint, all course notes are online. This would require the usage of a smart device such as smart phone, tablet or laptop. Do bring along your smart device for the theory test on the last day of class. WIFI is provided.
What do I need to wear?
Tools and components have a tendency to fall onto your feet when you least expect, so proper footwear is mandatory; that means no flip-flops, slippers or open-toed sandals. Proper footwear can also provide additional protection against slips, trips and falls when going for lunch. As for attire, as long as you smell nice, you are free to wear what you want — yes, even lycra.
Getting to BSA by train
The closest MRT station to the school is Tampines West (DT31) MRT station.
From Tampines West MRT station
- Take the Downtown Line to Tampines West MRT (DT31)
- Exit from Exit B
- Walk down Tampines Ave 1 towards SAFRA
- Turn right onto Tampines Street 92
- Continue onto Tampines Street 93
- It’s an approximately 13-minute walk
Getting to BSA by taxi
Get the driver to drop you at the open-air car park next to Block 9005.
Getting to BSA by car
If you’re driving, there is ample parking in and around the building.
International Students: Visas
With effect from 1 June 2004, foreigners who enter Singapore on Social Visit Passes may take up a short course of 30 days or fewer during their stay here in Singapore. There is no need to apply for a Student’s Pass, as long as the following conditions are fulfilled:
(i) The course must be a complete and stand-alone module on its own. Courses with multiple programme modules are excluded from this Student’s Pass exemption scheme; and
(ii) The course must not involve hands-on practical occupational training and/or industrial attachment which have interaction with walk-in customers or be conducted at premises that are also the places of business, e.g. hair salons and beauty salons.
Bike School Asia will provide you with a confirmation letter stating the duration of the course that you have registered for. However, your entry into Singapore is subjected to the prevailing immigration entry requirements as follows:
(i) passport valid for at least 6 months;
(ii) confirmed onward/return tickets;
(iii) sufficient funds to maintain themselves during their stay in Singapore;
(iv) visa, if applicable; and
(v) entry facilities, including visas to their onward destinations.
The grant of Social Visit Passes to visitors will be determined by the Immigration & Checkpoints officers at the Singapore checkpoints.
As the validity of Social Visit Passes granted can be 14 days, 30 days or 90 days, it is your responsibility to check with the relevant authorities such as the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority or the Singapore embassy or consulate in your home country, as to whether you could be granted a Social Visit Pass with a validity long enough for you to complete the course you have registered for.
Should you need to extend your Social Visit Pass, you can apply to do so at the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority’s Visitor Services Centre at 4th Storey, ICA Building at 10 Kallang Road Singapore 208718 (next to the Lavender MRT station). Each application will be assessed on its own merit.
For more information on entry visas and Social Visit passes, please visit the ICA website.
International Students: Singapore
Getting around Singapore is easy on a bike. We strongly recommend helmets. Singapore’s road system is right hand drive, so slower vehicles such as bicycles should keep to the left. Gothere.sg is a handy website for finding your way around Singapore.
There is a comprehensive network of park connectors which takes you between residential estates – a great way to see parts of Singapore that most visitors often miss. There are also several mountain bike trails – if you need any advice on where to ride, just ask!
Singapore can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be – it all depends on your tastes!
A meal at an air-conditioned food court will set you back about S$5 without drinks, while hawker centres are generally cheaper. On the other end of the spectrum are swanky restaurants, where meals can cost upwards of S$200 per head. Canned drinks cost about S$1.20 per can, and a bottle of Tiger beer at the kopitiam (coffee shop) is S$6.
Transport is generally cheap in Singapore if you go public. Train fares are about S$2 per trip. Taxis are metered by law and start from S$3.20 per trip – more if you flag one down in the Central Business District and/or peak hours. You can calculate taxi fares here.