• Bicycle Feats

    by  • June 14, 2008 • China • 1 Comment

    posted by Sarah

    As riding a bike is the primary transportation here, I’ve gotten pretty good at the skill. Of course, I’m not just talking about sitting and pedalling; there are many factors to riding a bike in China that the average ride-for pleasure American probably never encounters. Here’s a list:
    – riding in pouring rain
    – riding in pouring rain, holding an umbrella
    – riding and talking on a cell phone
    – sitting and riding on the back of Joel’s bike, both “side-saddle” and “regular” position
    – jumping onto the back of Joel’s bike while it’s moving
    – riding in traffic
    – riding in the middle of mobs of people
    As for bike maintenance, one of the great things about China are the plethora of bike repair vendors who haunt street corners. For 3 RMB, they’ll do a basic tuneup, oiling gears, tightening spokes and brakes, and aligning handlebars. They’ll replace brakes for about 2 RMB, or patch a tire for about 5 RMB. The only thing I’ve had to do by myself is pump up the tires, which cost about 10 cents (1 Mao) per tire, or if the bike vendor’s doing a brisk business, is free.


    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    One Response to Bicycle Feats

    1. Anna
      June 19, 2008 at 12:33 am

      Sarah, my bike riding experiences pale in comparison to what you have described here. You are a pro I’m sure. I was quilting this week, fixing an old quilt I made for Dave. I thought of you. I enjoy reading your blog, thanks for keeping us posted (:

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