Old 11-28-16, 04:29 PM
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Rick Imby
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra View Post
On the topic that in Asia items made in Britain are status symbols is often true. But that's only half the picture. The other side of the equation is that being outdoors under the tropical sun doing physical labor, riding a bicycle (rather than a motorcycle or car) is still rather déclassé. In the country where I live, Indonesia (population: quarter billion souls), the two economic poles where wealth is concentrated (Jakarta & Surabaya) are terrible places for bike riding. What good does a status symbol do you if you can't really flaunt it without sweating like a pig and looking like a poor peasant?
Yes it is hot but in the Philippines where I was there were two fairly large groups of riders that rode a couple mornings a week. Mainly locals. All on mountain bikes but doing 20k road rides.
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