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Bicycle Boy

Posted in Korean children, Photo diary by 노강호 on May 25, 2011

Sitting outside a GS25 late on a Saturday evening, I noticed quite a few interestingly designed bicycles.

the photo is poor quality, but you get the idea

he was quite proud of the flashing lights

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  1. wetcasements said, on May 25, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’m seeing a lot of college students with colored wheels on their bikes to.

    Is it a new thing?

    • 林東哲 said, on May 25, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      I’ve only noticed this recently. The bike in the photo was actually made in the UK as the lad showed me label. However, I bet quite a few are made in China – just as many are in the UK. Chinese manufactured bike always wobble and creak when I work them and it’s never long before bits drop off or simply seize up.

  2. Tony said, on May 30, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Yes, customised bikes with special accessories are now an important part of youth culture. See the Wikipedia entry for “fixed-gear bicycle”. Originally the bikes were track bikes (meant for use on a velodrome) but people liked their minimalist looks so much they started to use them on the street.

    Decent colour co-ordinated custom-built machines can easily cost more than two million won. Those flashing LEDs on the wheels are not cheap either, costing more than 100 dollars I think

    • 林東哲 said, on May 31, 2011 at 2:19 am

      Have the same types of bicycle appeared in British culture?

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