Despite all the nurturing and attention American bicycling culture needs, I can't forget that--from an environmental standpoint--cycling culture in places like China and India are hugely important to the world. I remember a bit of an article printed around the time of the Beijing Olympics that stated that particulate matter from Beijing (or it might have been Hong Kong) can be found in the air in Los Angeles. They certainly don't need any more pollutants in LA--and I say that as someone who's lived under the "heat dome [of smog]" over Atlanta. That's why I'm happy to see that cycling is making a comeback in Shanghai.
The iconic Shanghai bicycle manufacturer, Forever, has launch a new brand called Forever C. Apparently, Forever is one of China's oldest bicycle manufacturers producing "old tanks" much like the Flying Pigeon's available stateside. Under the Forever C brand, a bunch of young bike-loving designers have teamed with the company to create slick, modern bikes for their Shanghainese counterparts who have disregarded the bike culture of earlier generations.
The most popular model is based on a Chinese postal worker's bike. It has a simple elegance and is available in black, cream, mint, or red. Other models bring the fun with brightly colored frames or a touch of color from the rims.
|Teddy gives his approval = one fun bike!|