‘Sisyphus on a bike’


Bicycles, used to carry such cargoes as groceries, schoolbooks and children, are a common sight in Europe and in such bicycle-friendly U.S. cities as Portland, Ore., and Boulder, Colo. But the deliverymen in Shanghai and other Chinese cities take the cargo bike to a whole new dimension.
A series of photos by French photographer Alain Delorme in Shanghai caught the eye of my oldest son, Ben, who lives in Taipei, Taiwan, and regularly sees such sights during his travels in Asia. He passed on the link to me for use on this blog.
“It’s Sisyphus on a bike,” says the introduction to Delorme’s photo gallery on The Daily Beast Web site. “It’s the weight of the capitalist struggle on the back of the worker. It’s a rolling example of human ingenuity…
“Carts, trikes, bikes — the most humble forms of transportation this side of a mule, set against the high-rise wonder of the modern metropolis: yes, the disparity practically screams off the page.”
Indeed!

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3 responses to “‘Sisyphus on a bike’

  1. mark

    Whenever I see an article about the pervasive use of bicycles in China, I recall the passages in “The Lost Cyclist” recalling villages that would gather around the self-propelled travelers. Were these the encounters that sparked a bicycle revolution in China barely over a century ago, I wonder, or was there something else that sparked the velo revolution?

  2. mark

    And then I think, do you think this guy could save 43 grams by switching to titanium skewers?

  3. Kim

    That is awesome!

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