Bicycles in India

12/4/11

Ever since I got The Pidge, I can't help but pay attention to bicycles wherever I go. We were in Bangalore, India for a few weeks recently and I noticed that most of the bikes were large all-steel bikes like my Flying Pigeon.


These sturdy bikes were usually covered in dust or mud and look as though they've been in use for the past 50 years. Most of the bikes were painted British racing green. The two most popular brands I saw were Hero and Atlas. These are both Indian bicycle companies which have been around since the 1950's.

Since 1986, Hero Cycles has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the biggest bike manufacturer in the world. There are 18,500 Hero bicycles made everyday.


Not far from our hotel, I found a bike shop that sold Hero and Atlas bicycles. I wanted to admire a Hero bicycle up close and possibly find some old bike parts to bring home for The Pidge. I was hoping the bike shop would ship a Hero bicycle to the US for me, but the salesman said they would only ship anywhere in Bangalore. So I settled with taking a few photos instead.


By the way, if you're interested in bringing one of these bikes home with you from India, they'll set you back 3100 rupees. That's about SGD78 bucks. A metal basket for the front will cost you 150 rupees (a little less than SGD4). 

5 comments:

  1. Cool! BTW I just approved a Pigeon to live in the dining room as an art piece. I'm such a pushover...

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  2. Did I convert that right? 60USD? What a deal!

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  3. loving those bikes! and for SGD 78 it is a steal!!

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  4. @Stacey I consider my FP an art piece, too.

    @Jill a deal indeed. If it was easier to ship, it'd make a great souvenir.

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  5. I bought an atlas bike in India and brought it home to the UK as part of my hold luggage free of charge. Got it packed into two cardboard boxes and assembled it when I got home... Bargain.

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