Tuesday, January 25, 2011

India Street Sounds, Bicycle Videos & Pics


Here is a montage of Indian alternate forms of transportation, mostly bicycles. The pic above shows one of the classic and ubiquitous Indian bicycles. Lots of versions, but the essentials are similar to this.





Coconut juice and meat are yummy!




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 Here is a typical rural cycling scene as we passed through a village in the middle of the threshing season.


Most bicycles aren't necessarily shops on wheels. Most are basic transportation.


Newer models seem to be showing up contrasted with what I remember from my previous two visits.




Even bicycles can't handle some jobs!




The Mysore Mounted Police, an unusual regiment, was headquartered nearby to our accommodations when we visited Mysore. They often cooled down their mounts on the street leading to our hotel.


We rented bicycles at our hotel and took a spin. They didn't fit us well, and many of the adjustments were rusted, but we had a fine ride that acquainted us with the countryside and riding on the "wrong" side of the road. For a post about my first ride in India, check out this post.

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 A video of DartreDame and the SingingCyclist on their first cycling in India.

Yours truly on a poorly fitting rental bicycle. I could get a move on out of the saddle though!


A look at a typical rental bike.


For a more urban scene, here is Brigade Street in Bangalore. To hear what an actual Bangalore Street sounds like, check out this audio link.

For previous posts about bicycling in India, check out this and this and this, or use the "Topics" index in the sidebar to the right.

Keep it moving one way or another,

CurioRando

4 comments:

  1. very nice pix of the indian bikes!! i love the way they set up shop on them!
    another randonneur posted a link to your blog! nice! we started BRMs in india in early jan last year.... have been trying between rides (we are in the middle of the qualifying series) to maintain a blog about our rides! http://randonneuringinindia.blogspot.com/2010/08/ride-first-400-in-india.html

    divya

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  2. steve!! haw haw.... just realised we have connected on daily mile!! :-)
    you were in India.... why was pune not on the agenda??

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  3. Great blog, yours, Divya! We'd have loved to visit Pune, but our relations are in Bangalore so that determined our agenda this trip. Perhaps next time! For now, we'll see you on Daily Mile! Will I see you in Paris? Hope so.

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  4. Very interesting! I have a couple of friends who cycled through India. I remember they commented on the random traffic "rules."

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