Monday, January 15, 2007

New Delhi Cycle Rickshaw Ride

Here is great slice-of-life video from
New Delhi, India-
A typical ride from Central Market to Laj Pat Nagar on a bicycle rickshaw. This rickshaw walla made 5 ruppees for this 10 minute jaunt. Currently about 10 cents. Rickshaw drivers in India make their living by transporting people and goods in the cities and towns. Although there are now motorized rickshaw scooters, most of the major cities still have hundreds of men who make their living by operating cycle rickshaws. Many of the men who are employed as rickshaw drivers have recently migrated to the cities leaving their families behind in the villages in order to tend their fields. They may not return to their villages for months at a time. Consequently, at many locations in any Indian city you can observe enclaves of rickshaw drivers who live, eat and sleep next to the roadside. Rickshaws which are operated by the driver running on foot and pulling the rickshaw behind him were outlawed by the government, with the exception of Calcutta, where the union of rickshaw drivers refused to accept the legislation. View more photos and videos at

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

BicycleXC - New Blog, New Videos

Here is a fixed gear ride, the latest from bike blog turned vlog: BicycleXC. It's run by Thomas Mackay who works for Family Bike Shop, and is a student in Crofton, MD. His goal for the site is to promote and report on cycling in his community. I, of course, am glad to see he has decided to use video and am looking forward to more.

At speeds up to 35 mph Mackay used a hand held Sony Cybershot which is a digital still camera with a video option.
Music is by Beck. (If you are Beck fan be sure to check out his latest. It comes with really cool stickers and DVD with fun videos).

Here is Mackay's text from BXC:

While Jim, Old Man Jon, Tom, Jonathan and Dave ride for the glory- Trevor seems to have plenty of luck with his new wheelset-all of it being bad. "Why am I having such a hard time this morning?!"

Big thanks to Crank My Chain for tons of advice. Awesome ride- Awesome folks- Awesome Morning.

Yea Trevor! Ryan fixed it up now, maybe it wont throw anymore.

My favorate part is when Dave's bike is focused in on- Beck sings "forces of evil in a bozo nightmare", could he be talking about the derailleur?

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Vancouver Bike Love

A slice of Vancouver Bikey Fun. Vancouver, Canada! OY, OY! Thank you Midnight Simon check out his blog, Midnight Mass.

I especially like the human powered merry-go-round.

Music by Tussle. The track is 'don't stop.

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