2/14/2006

Chinese bikes, eighth of an interminable series

As promised, a vendor bike, even one appropriate for today:

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During january these tree bud sellers are everywhere in Cheng Du. This gentleman sold me the runtiest ugliest ones at a super inflated lawai price, so I do not feel too bad in stealing his soul and publishing it on the web. I did ask permission, but really I wanted to just get the bike without him in it, no dice.

Ralleighoid bike taking advantage of the massive chainstay length to put on two huge beautiful wicker baskets. I love those baskets. Branches were held in capped bamboo tubes, also very beautiful and elegant. A truck would deliver a huge number of branches to the corner right near one of the campus gates and then bike and motor vendors would pick up a selection of buds and disperse. I think the large branches were 10-15 yuan ($1.25-2 US), small ones were in the neighborhood of a couple of yuan, students would get them for their sweeties. I say "I think" as they charged foreigners like me a couple bucks for small runty branches. They still bloomed nicely though.

Here is everyone dispersing from the drop point. Battery driven motor cycles were the step up from bikes and were quite popular. They pedal so you can get home when you run out of charge.


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All pics copyright me, 2005.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tarik,

Really enjoying the Chinese bike pics -- keep'em coming! I've seen a lot of these types of bikes on my travels and think it's great that you're sharing your photos.

Jack

Jim G said...

Man, it *IS* all about them darn big humongeous baskets! Those Xtracycle folks need to jump all over this...!