A bicyclist in Turin, Italy in Piazza San Carlo. It was one of my last days in Turin, and before I left I was trying to take some street portraits in Piazza San Carlo, just sparking up conversation and asking if I can take a photo of them. Most of the folks around the piazza were pretty normal looking as far as Italians go, and I wasn't getting too many good shots (however, the conversations were great). But this guy stood out like a sore thumb, or at least he stood out like Richard Simmons riding a bicycle in a red shirt and short shorts. I saw him ride through the piazza once, but didn't catch him... Oh well, moving on. Then he came back about 10 minutes later and stopped to talk to some friends he chanced upon. I walked over and sparked up some conversation. He was talking about the bike culture in Turin, how it was pretty strong, and how it seemed like they were becoming more and more popular lately with all types of people, but especially the younger folks. I asked if they had a critical mass in Turin, like we do here in the US. He said, to my surprise, that they do! And that it attracts quite a crowd. Wow! I'd love to have my bike in Turin for that.
I like his little handlebar sign ... "NO OIL"
Posting some long-overdue images from my 2009 trip to Turin, Italy... From the archives.