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Old 12-03-04, 09:53 PM   #1
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any pedicabs?

so i finally got my pedicab rebuilt, and it's pretty G.D. nice. the story is sad though. i bought it from a guy in atlanta who just had it as a novelty and i took it home and tried to use it as it was intended. no dice whatsoever. even though it was in really good shape, it was incredibly rikkety and creaky and only held room for one passenger. so (and here comes the sad part) my friends at the welding shop tore it to pieces, widened it, tore it up some more, made it into a trailer, tore it up some more and fixed the canopy so it looks like a canopy. now i roam the streets at night picking up fares for tips. just wondering if there were any other rickshaws out there, either freelancers or slaves.
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I know there's a guy out here in Chicago that has a rickshaw company. I could not see myself riding in one for some reason. I've ridden them in Vietnam, but never in the USA.

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I think a rickshaw and a pedicab are two different things. A Rickshaw is towed by a human jogging, and a pedicab is a bi-tri-quad-cycle that hauls people/cargo. There's a whole fleet of pedicabs out here in the summer, and maybe a couple freelancers in the winter. I think there's a bunch of pedicabs on Mackinac Island too.
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I drove a pedicab in Georgetown for two summers-- f*&! blood money. 6:00 pm to 3:00 am, straight tips. That was some hard exercise, but my legs were never stronger and I never got so many phone numbers.
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Ok, but in Vietnam, they were not rickshaws... they were pedicabs. Dudes rode in bikes and pushed the carts.

In Chicago, the pedicabs are pulled by the cyclists.

Both are the same. I think they do rickshaws in China. Not in Vietnam (or at least, not in the south, where I spend all of my time traveling in Vietnam).

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Yeah, I pedicab. Work for a company, but the guy who runs it is cool as hell - so no slavery here.

Some of the hardest physical work I have ever done - but the easiest money I have ever made.
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We had a guy a few years back that use to pull a rickshaw around for fares. But he broke a leg and we had to shot him. te he. Actually he has a horse and caridge now he does weddings and tours with. All decked out in the tophat and tails.
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During the warm sunny months (well, warm anyhow) I've seen one around Columbus, But only during festivals really. Not sure what his deal is... Never saw him sitting around too much though - maybe he just brought it out when he needed money for beer
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There are about a million that are running around downtown austin. I never could imagine doing it, its soo hilly downtown. It looks hard as hell but fun!
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There are about a million that are running around downtown austin. I never could imagine doing it, its soo hilly downtown. It looks hard as hell but fun!

Does Lance operate his own pedicab? It must be super fast!



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after looking in that lonely planet book about rickshaws, i came to the conclusion that it used to be a becak (pronounced baychakk) from yogyakarta (sp?) really beautiful and the artwork was pretty incredible, too. now it's trailer style, kinda like those frankies tours ones (i think that's the name) but with a classy angled canopy.
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That'd be a fun summer gig around here. I wonder where I could buy one?
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Just to keep everyone clear on the pedicab-rickshaw entymology, a pedicab has cogs, pedals, a chain, etc, and a rickshaw does not. Two different vehicles.
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