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Jakarta fixie | by jeremyhughes
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Jakarta fixie

I had half an hour during my recent day's visit to Jakarta to see if I could capture anything of a local cycling culture. The location wasn't particularly promising: a very busy four-lane road in the busiest part of town, with masses of buses, trucks, cars and scooters streaming by. Although in the early morning I'd spotted a couple of small bunches of dedicated triathletes and 'serious' bikers out training, there was little sign of bicycles in general use and I began to conclude that -- in this part of town anyway -- the Asian story of cheap scooter power supplanting pedal power was holding true. But then in an instant this guy came by . . . on a fixie! Wearing big headphones! So the fixie wave has reached Indonesia too, and there are people willing to brave the crazy traffic to get out and ride them. A cult that's gone global.

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Taken on August 23, 2012