I’ve been taking pictures of bikes all over Beijing and decide to take some while I was down in Shanghai also.
There are all kinds of bikes and people take a lot of pride in making them special.
I caught this particular group in Shanghai going to a 1940s style bicycle festival on the Bund.
They were incredibly friendly and loved showing off their bikes to anyone that wanted to check them out.
It reminded me, oddly enough, of growing up in Healdsburg, and the bikes and cars that the Low-Riders were cruise around in to show off. My mom grew up in Los Angeles and she still has friends from there that take pride in their cars paint jobs, culture and style.
As if that wasn’t enough, there was a design conference going on in Shanghai and these were some of the nicest fixies I’ve seen in a while! These bikes are sold in Beijing by a company named Polo & Bike. In case you didn’t know, there is a bike polo league in Beijing also.
And, last but not least, the Shanghai bike share program has these really cute and colorful bikes on street corners around the city.