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Old 09-19-06, 08:06 PM
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Hello from Ho Chi Minh City

Hello there. I am glad to be part of this forum. I've been reading a lot about bikes in the web and found out about this site. Well, I've got to tell everyone that this site is great. It's been very helpful and informative specially for the likes of me which battles the chaotic streets of Saigon everyday, this site my constant source of inspiration. Thank you all of you guys out there who never stop sharing their thoughts, experiences and knowledge of cycling.

I have a flat bar road bike with a sloping frame, chro-mo forks, 24 speed shimano 2200 drivetrain, shimano V-brake with EZ fire brake levers with shifters, 700Cx28 tires, wellgo pedals with toe clips and suspension seat post. I really enjoyed riding this bike since I bought it 8 months ago. Ever since that day I have been commuting with it. Someday, I'm gonna take this bike to a long trip to Cambodia, or perhaps Hanoi and with the help of this forum, I am sure it will be a lot of fun!

Thanks once again and I look forward to hear from you guys.
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Old 09-19-06, 08:19 PM
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Welcome to the forums! I'm always encouraged to see enthusiastic new members...

Sounds like your regular commute can be stressful. What are some of the difficulties involved in commuting in Saigon?
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Old 09-19-06, 09:34 PM
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Thanks for the warm welcome I really appreciate it.

Saigon is a place where the two wheeled vehicle is the king of the road which, regretfully, is the motorcycle. Maybe around 70% of these motorbike operators does not have a driver's license which means that they never had the proper training to operate safely their vehicle particularly on the road. So, you will see and experience them in the street cutting in front of you, riding against the traffic, despise wearing helmet, not stopping at red lights or intersection or when merging into traffic, no respect for the right of way like they just pop out from nowhere and from every direction. Basically, what I'm saying is that they just completely ignore the most common of all the traffic rules.

In my opinion, it wasn't their intention to ride like that but they simply don't know due to the lack of training. Some of the better motorbike riders I see, they dont swerve but ride straight and do hand signals, stop at red signals, don't counter flow, and they are predictable.

And yet after a few hundred kilometers riding around while gaining experience, you will see that there is actually a pattern in the traffic and in the way they use the street. Its like an organized chaos, you just have to read it, feel it and know it. That's why it still fun and I keep riding these roads with my bike. That is what I learned from this site, to have fun and enjoy your bike. Thanks.
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