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Efficient transport

Its a bit surprising to me that bicycles are not a very popular mode of transport in Bangkok...the city roads are completely flat; road pavement is generally in good condition; traffic congestion is often such that a bicycle can outpace a motor car.

This is a typical bicycle in Thailand...made locally, or in China, it is very sturdy, uncomplicated, functional...it is a free-wheel, single-speed machine...it is equipped with safety bell, safety lights, enclosed chain, stand, front and rear luggage facilities, dual brakes, dual water-guards.

It costs about US$35 to purchase new, and can be expected to provide years of trouble-free transport.

A tiny additional investment will convert the rear luggage facility into a functional extra seat.

Efficient transport

Its a bit surprising to me that bicycles are not a very popular mode of transport in Bangkok...the city roads are completely flat; road pavement is generally in good condition; traffic congestion is often such that a bicycle can outpace a motor car.

This is a typical bicycle in Thailand...made locally, or in China, it is very sturdy, uncomplicated, functional...it is a free-wheel, single-speed machine...it is equipped with safety bell, safety lights, enclosed chain, stand, front and rear luggage facilities, dual brakes, dual water-guards.

It costs about US$35 to purchase new, and can be expected to provide years of trouble-free transport.

A tiny additional investment will convert the rear luggage facility into a functional extra seat.

comments (11)

I see crocs made it to Thailand too, which cost here as much as a bike in Thailand. lol
That kind of posts I enjoy the most on your blog, Ray. Flowers and bugs... they are everywhere. smile
Ray: Crocs knock-offs sell for about US$5 in Bangkok, and are very popular in the city...too expensive, though, for up-country folks who prefer flip-flops at US$1.

I have a few pics of this genre queued on my photoblog in the next week or so, VZ, so you can expect some relief from boring old bugs'n'blooms.

However, I feel obliged to warn you I am seriously into a photographic expedition of the World of Small [WoS]...as I explore I become convinced the WoS is at least as interesting as our Human Reference World.

Thanks for your continuing interest in my blog.
ever passed one of these weaving and indecisively meandering down a street?

If these were popular in Thailand, it'd be carnage.

Darn scary when you see some old codger on a bike on a Bangkok street.

But, yes, you're right, it does seem odd. I think it also points out that Thailand is less of a third world country than people believe, as the main populace uses motorcycles which come in around $1,000 new.

etc. etc.

Cheers
Rob
Ray: Heh! Watch it cobber!

I am one of those "old codgers"...I ride my MTB around the streets...actually, I tend to do crazy stuff like have races with the Tuk Tuks in the traffic.

I think you would see more bicycles on the roads of Melbourne and Sydney than Bangkok, probably cos its see as "eco-friendly" transport.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 4 Oct 2009, 05:46
You have stated the case well for this sensible mode of transport.
Ray: I use my mountain bike quite a bit in Bangkok, Chris. It is a great way to explore the small lanes, but can be quite hot work in this climate.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 4 Oct 2009, 06:00
Got more mod cons than any bicycle l have ever owned smile
Ray: It is quite well kitted out, Zed.

It is sturdy, but would be very heavy even though they make the wheel rims from aluminium alloy these days.
Ship me one over Ray .

Love your bike shots ...you did one of a girl in pink cycling in the rain ages and ages and ages ago

It was one of my favourites of yours.

This is pretty damn good as well.

I like these big globalised two-legged bug shots very much.

richard
Ray: You have a good memory, Richard. That one of the gal in the rain in a pink raincoat is also one of my favourites.

I am glad you like bugs of all sizes and configurations. [grin]
  • Astrid
  • Almost moving .....
  • 4 Oct 2009, 07:06
Dear Ray, I have a big smile on my face reading all the comments and replies.
This man would fit perfect in the Dutch scene, my bike is MY main transportation, I only have a bike, I do my groceries shopping with it, two side bags at the back and on top of those a third one, I have one hand on the handle and the other one is for hanging on to the bag.
Great fun is when I have to cross big roads.....I always feel like a kamikaze pilot on my bike, BUT I always look at the eyes of the driver of the car.....always pay attention.
The only thing is that I have gears so I can change gears and make sure I can cross fast the crossing.
It always surprise me that some people don't even own a bike and grin when a scooter is passing me I try to get in the slipstream of them...wow that saves time, especially when I wind against.
Have a great day, I will look for the post Richard is talking about.
Ray: I have the feeling you and I could have great fun, Astrid, if we ever found ourselves on bikes together.

I prefer my mountain bike to these older-style single speed machines, even though the older style are very low maintenance and perfectly ok for flat terrain like Bangkok.

I get many surprised looks from people when they see an old foreign guy on a bike charging through the traffic like a crazy person.
  • Astrid
  • Almost moving .....
  • 4 Oct 2009, 07:09
http://mainlythai.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Just_a%27riding_in_the_Rain_/
This looks so familiar....we will have rain all next week, I have my rain-suit with me...NOT pink though...just blue with reflecting stripes on it.
Ray: [grin] I can imagine you would get wet quite often in Amsterdam.

I quite like riding in the rain, but it is not so safe in traffic in the rain as people in cars seem to be crazy and a bit blind when it rains...up-country is good fun though.
A lot of Chinese made bikes are sold here at much higher prices and bearing brand names once famous like Raleigh. My wife has one and it is a load of rubbish. She would much rather have one like tis!
Ray: There are lots of good quality, medium priced bikes coming out of China [such as Giant brand mountain bikes] but there is also a lot of rubbish.

These traditional style bikes seem to be quite well made, and are comfortable to ride, but are very heavy.

It is sad that quality brands, like "Raleigh" and "Peugot", now suffer the indignity of being associated with terrible quality.
Great capture Ray. I would love to have a bike like this one!
Ray: Thanks, Richard.
These old-style bikes are fun to ride, and quite comfortable.
This is what we would have called a "sit up and beg" style bike in the old days Ray. Good shot.
Ray: Thanks, Brian.
This is a very common bike style, especially in China where bicycles are still a very popular mode of transport.

A lot has happened with bike design in the past 20 years in other parts of the world.
That is a funny one !!
Ray: I liked to see the old guy taking his exercise so seriously.

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