Hi to any in 上海!
I'm back, and with my family in tow this time, living in 徐家汇, and more than ready to take the bicycle plunge since strolling with a 2-year old is absolutely anti-fun. Last time my wife and i were here we had no kid, and so getting about was easy-peasy. Now, it's not so, and taking a cab is not a reliable option for the short journeys to and from 菜场 fresh markets---plus, a stroller is slow and doesn't carry much.
I want to just get a very local bike---absolutely nothing fancy, since it needs to be below the bike-thief radars for the most part, and if it gets stolen i don't want to shed a tear for loss of bicycle or the money invested (whereas my bike in the US i most certainly wold shed many a tear on both counts). I like the look of the 普通自行车 common single speeds with encased/enclosed drivetrains.
Any suggestions of makes, models, or stores? Any tips on riding in the streets? Any suggestions on places to buy safety gear for the kid (ps: it's not an "if" situation---the kid will be come on the bike with me; it's a "how" situation, as in how will she be outfitted best)? All opinions solicited, as long as they're relevant to cycling in metro-Shanghai.
I speak functionally fluent Mandarin, and have lots of local connections, so buying super local won't be a problem, so long as i know what to look for.
Lastly, if anyone is in town and wants to chat bikes, let me know. Cheers!