17 flavors of Diesel fumes

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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



Bike Parking

Bike Parking

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



Beijing by Bike Video

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



David Byrne’s Bike Stolen

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.



Curbside Service in Beijing

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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