Hipster fixies in China

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fixie-bike-shop-chinaI spotted these neon colored fixies hanging in a small bike shop in Dongguan, China yesterday. I have noticed more and more young people riding bikes like these over here (where they are produced of course), and they certainly stand out among the Flying Pigeons and other dusty black workhorse bikes and trikes that are typical in southern China.

I have been traveling in Asia since the start of the year, and haven’t been able to access email attachments for some reason. I had a few posts from readers that I had hoped to share, but those will have to wait until I am back in the US next week. As usual,  I don’t have Twitter access here either, but you can find a few of my photos, like the one above, on my Instagram account if you are interested.

Update 1/16: The Atlantic recently published an interesting article about fixies in China. Read “How Fixed-Gear Bikes Made Cycling Cool in China” by Celeste LeCompte for her thoughts on the trend and its impact in a country where bicycles are increasingly viewed as a symbol of poverty.

 

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  1. Paul January 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    I think you will find that the multi -coloured fixies will be from Flying Pigeon. I saw the same in 2011 at a bicycle trade show in Melbourne Australia at the Flying Pigeon stand along with the traditional black beastie and some neat looking folders.

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