Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Bogotá, Colombia
Bikes: Two Eastman Roadsters.
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Greetings from Colombia, South America!!
I am a musician and writer from Bogotá, Colombia. I have been riding my bicycle everyday to basically anywhere for four years now! Some fun facts about Bogotá:
- It is the city in South America with the biggest and largest bicycle path network. Despite this, riding a bicycle everyday is still considered to be an eccentricity. The paths themselves are good, but they are getting better everyday through campaigns that are promoting daily bicycle use (the traffic in Bogotá is incredibly bad).
- The weather here is nicknamed the "eternal autumn". It is mildly cold all year long...we have no seasons here.
- The city is quite literally located in the mountains (high plains), 2,600 meters above sea level. As a native here, I am accustomed to this, but foreigners often feel the effects of the altitude when they exercise.
- Bicycles ARE the main transportation means of security guards and gardeners. They are also used extensively by local grocery stores for deliveries.
- Special bicycles are manufactored here for delivery purposes. The main local bicycle brand is called GW, which sometimes mixes local manufactured parts with parts coming from Asian countries.
- All kinds of bicycles can be seen in everyday Bogotá, including roadsters with rod brakes. As far as I know, there are no strict regulations that restrict certain types of bikes from riding on roads. If the regulations exist, they certainly are not enforced at all! You can get away with riding any type of bike anywhere at any time.
- Indian roadsters are extensively used by gardeners. I love indian roadsters myself. I own two Eastmans and ride them everywhere, every day! Raleighs are harder to come by, but they can be found on occasion.
Anyway, I think I got too long-winded. I hope you find any of this interesting!!