17 flavors of Diesel fumes

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by Bryan Rhoads on Apr 17, 2007 at 11:18 PM

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Biking through the streets of Beijing offers a myriad of sights… and industrial smells. It ranges from light sweet crude to Kuwaiti sensimilia to high-sulphur coal w/ a hint of turpentine… The more exotic, the more we cracked up at the insanity of it all.

Beijing is a spectrum of activities. Bikes carrying buckets of meat and buckets of tar to baby bakchoy.

We’ve made it out on the bike everyday we’ve been here. Biked at least 10 miles yesterday through heavy rush-hour bike traffic to the Pearl Market (which has everything in the World for 2 dollars). Trying to head out later today to the Lotus Market which is a little closer.

Heaviest bike traffic I’ve ever been in… even more than Amsterdam. We just have jumped in and followed the crowds… http://farm1.static.flickr.com/230/460705490_e478193991_m.jpg

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Bike Parking

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by Byron on Apr 17, 2007 at 11:13 PM

Bike Parking

Beijing has bike parking lots near the massive malls. That’s the attendant having lunch.

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Beijing by Bike Video

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by Byron on Apr 17, 2007 at 4:03 AM

In this clip near the Olympic Park, I blurt out “Beijing” while Bryan rides on past …

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David Byrne’s Bike Stolen

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by Byron on Apr 17, 2007 at 3:52 AM

Clarence from StreetFilms wrote to tell us that David Byrne just had his bicycle stolen! See Byrne on StreetFilms and Jason’s post on a chance encounter with him at SXSW.

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Curbside Service in Beijing

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by Byron on Apr 16, 2007 at 7:07 PM

Every few blocks in Beijing, there are curbside mechanics that fix bikes as cyclists ride up. The mechanics have tubes, pumps, wrenches and more. At some of the stops, cyclists socialize and hang out. I stopped and filled up my rear tire on the folding bike and said hello. The mechanic and his buddies didn’t speak english, but nodded and smiled just the same and gave us happy thumbs up.

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Beijing by Bike

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by Byron on Apr 15, 2007 at 5:22 PM

Bikes as transportation in a city of millions. We rode from the hotel to the Forbidden City and just got into the “flow” of bike traffic and followed it through perilous intersections, traffic circles, and more. I was the only one in all of China wearing a helmet. The safety zone between bikes and other vehicles of all types doesn’t exist, everyone is close to everyone and everything else and it’s best to just roll with it, finding your way.

See more in the Bike Hugger photostream.

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Folding Bike Freestyle

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by Byron on Apr 13, 2007 at 9:18 AM

That’s me working my “moves” on the folding bike. I’m expecting lots of traffic in Beijing, especially on the 3rd Ring Road. I’ll post more on Flickr when I arrive Saturday.

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Measure your Big Air

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by Byron on Apr 12, 2007 at 8:33 AM

For the jumpers, BMX, and anyone else that wants to measure the big air they get, there’s the HangTimer that features a built-in tri-axis accelerometer (like sharks with freakin’ lazer beams) and records your air time. Doubtful I’ll get any big air on Bettie, my road bike, or folding bike, but junior hugger likes to jump and he thinks that’s cool.

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Bettie is Back (in Black)

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by Byron on Apr 11, 2007 at 7:40 AM

After a hiatus during the rainy season, Bettie is back running errands, commutes, and all around town. Speaking of Bettie, Todd updated his photostream with an experimental townie mount. Nice, as he said, “that’s a kinder, gentler, monkey.”

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Dorky Little Folding Bike

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by Byron on Apr 11, 2007 at 6:49 AM

zag8_800.jpg Sensing my road snobbery and realizing my concern about looking like a total dork on a little folding bike, Bill Davidson first said, “like who’s going to know who you are in China! And then, just wear all black, all militant style … you’ll blend right in.” Ha! Black is right with a Nutcase helmet to top it off. Kidding aside, I folded and unfolded the Breezer Zag8 multiple times last night and have to say it’s a very functional design. I’m hoping to check it through on the plane like Todd did with his Brompton.

Later, upon hearing that I was taking a folding bike to Beijing nicknamed the B5, Jason sent me a link to the urban and mobile UM by Puma. First reaction, was “whoa, Slingshot Bikes is back,” or they never left (unsure about that) and hey cool Puma is marketing commuting as cool with a Biomega bike. Click through to find the form and function of the Copenhagen.

So how do you travel? Folding, S&S Couplings, Scicon, fixie like Mark V? During the trip to Santa Barbara, one of the guys had a Ritchey Breakaway and loved it. I’d like to try an S&S bike on another trip.

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