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Old 10-28-11, 01:42 AM
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With my own two wheels

With My Own Two Wheels is an interesting cross section of cyclists around the world.

Were the coffee beans for your morning java ground by a bicycle?
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.

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Interesting the see the cultural differences around the world, the man in Zambia would be a life long registered sex offender here in the U.S. being 22 at the time of marrying a 14 year old girl.
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Old 10-28-11, 08:09 AM
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Pretty cool to see bicycles STILL changing the world even over 100 years after their invention.
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
Interesting the see the cultural differences around the world, the man in Zambia would be a life long registered sex offender here in the U.S. being 22 at the time of marrying a 14 year old girl.
Well, with the girl from India, they talked about how girls didn't get to go to school because they were expected to be married by age 12 or so. And the bicycle helped her go to school in the next village instead.

It was interesting to see what kinds of bikes they had. Looked like a Flying Pigeon, some kind of clone of an English 3 speed, and the guy from Guatamala was definitely hacking on a Schwinn Varsity.
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I don't care if you are on a unicycle, as long as you're not using a motor to get places you get props from me. We're here to support each other. Share ideas, and motivate one another to actually keep doing it.
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Old 10-28-11, 05:36 PM
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When I was in India a few months ago, and China just before that, it looked like the Indians were riding flying pigeons but they were actually a locally produced bike. Not Tata but one of the other big India companies. Damn, can't remember.
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Old 10-28-11, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by zeppinger View Post
When I was in India a few months ago, and China just before that, it looked like the Indians were riding flying pigeons but they were actually a locally produced bike. Not Tata but one of the other big India companies. Damn, can't remember.
Is it this one?


https://www.herocycles.com/
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Old 10-28-11, 06:28 PM
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Thanks for the link, Artkansas. It was very inspirational.

While we debate the car vs the bike, many around the world debate the bike vs walking or the bike vs abject poverty.
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Yes... thanks for the link. I especially liked the Miriam Oduro bike mechanic segment.

It's so interesting to see people break down barriers. People see her as handicapped, but really if you look closely you'll see she isn't handicapped at all. It's just a matter of perception.

She is one great inspiration.
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Old 10-28-11, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
With My Own Two Wheels is an interesting cross section of cyclists around the world.

Were the coffee beans for your morning java ground by a bicycle?
That was great. Thanks for posting.

It's amazing what a simple bicycle can do halfway around the world. Can you imagine if we took all the bikes laying around in police stations and sent them oveseas? We could changes the lives of millions of people.
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Old 10-28-11, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
That was great. Thanks for posting.

It's amazing what a simple bicycle can do halfway around the world. Can you imagine if we took all the bikes laying around in police stations and sent them oveseas? We could changes the lives of millions of people.
Good idea. There are a number of programs trying to help., World Bicycle Relief, International Bicycle Fund among others.

I'm afraid that shipping unsorted bikes would not be cost effective. Maybe if we could get all those bikes in police stations on the road here.
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
Thats the one! Sorry I couldn't remember the name. I think I liked the flying pigeons geometry better but the Heros were always in better condition.
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Old 10-30-11, 08:17 AM
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I saw this last week, too. The whole attitude of practically is what drives this home for me. Bikes are not toys, or recreational, they're tools!
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Old 10-30-11, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by cyclocello View Post
Bikes are not toys, or recreational, they're tools!
You could argue that a jackhammer is a tool too. It does have its place.

In this story, the bike's cassette, crank and chain are an appropriate tool. The Guatemala coffee grinder guy said it several times. There's no pollution associated (directly) with it. It's easily configured and obtained. It's pretty good exercise too and generally healthy to use(unlike a jackhammer).
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Originally Posted by gerv View Post
You could argue that a jackhammer is a tool too. It does have its place.
Certainly. A main motivation to get on my bike is to save fuel and be more environmentally responsible. I wasn't really arguing that point, but rather, how the majority in America still see bikes as a novelty and not a practical, day-to-day device.
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Old 11-13-11, 06:52 AM
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came home from a night of pedicabbing and unwound to this movie.. very nice
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Now if only people in the USA could learn to help each other that alone would be a start for us.But people here wants are to high we never think how some of us do have to live life is to short give a hand helping does not hurt you in any way.
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There are several bike programs that ship older bikes to Africa etc.

https://www.re-cycle.org/

https://www.bikes4africa.eu/

https://www.worldbicyclerelief.org/

https://www.bicycles-for-humanity.org/
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Old 11-13-11, 07:08 PM
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Originally Posted by KDC1956 View Post
Now if only people in the USA could learn to help each other, that alone would be a start for us.
You should check out some of the programs like Recycle Bikes for Kids. Others I know do a bicycle clinic for the poor on Sunday's in the Quapaw quarter.

If you want a bigger scale, pedal past the Clinton Library and go visit the world headquarters for Heifer International. The Arkansas Food bank is a little further away. There are generous and greedy people in any place.
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