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This is Ian's piece of web. See it go. Go, weblog, go! Go travel in Asia. Go study in Tokyo. Go home to Portland. Nah, what the hell. Go, study in Beijing.

Stop. I am a student studying Chinese language in Beijing.

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My Beijing Bicycle

Bicycles in Beijing are like relationships. They offer companionship, but after a while they start to get really noisy, have lots of problems, and cost you a bunch of money.

My bicycle's name is Crummy 2 (aka: Crummy the Second, Crummy Jr, Crummy 2.0, Crummy the Revenge, Crummy the Reckoning, Crummy goes Miami, or simply Von Crummy). Crummy 1 was stolen back in October from the back entrance to the cafeteria at Yuyan daxue.

Please take special note of German inspired engineering (click for biggie):

Crummy 2 just chillin Awesome deer basket
Chain guard oxidized to swiss cheese Plastic sack tied around seat for preemptive rain guard action
Lock attached to back I lost key for Brakes that don't
Tires that are fans of the slipping, but take a pass on the gripping
Flying pigeon, fly like the wind pigeon!

I love Crummy 2 because of her problems, not in spite of them. I used to think new bicycles were targets for thieves, and so that was my reasoning for sticking with the Crummy lineage. But I now understand that bike cleptos have no concept of "discrimination". Still, I stick with Crummy 2.

I have promised my friend Simon to take care of his crazy huge bicycle Potemkin (named for the Russian movie battleship of the same name) when he goes back to Germany. It will be my job to find a worthy successor for the beast. No small order. Who amongst us can see past that cold dark pig iron to see her inner beauty, a heart that yearns for the green pastures of shoddily tiled sidewalks and unevenly paved roads.

As her current owner put it: Make sure to ride her every once in a while. She likes to be ridden.



My first bike was also a "Flying Pigeon"--Fei Ge, one of the most popular bike brands in China. I've had it for about 15 years and "she" still functions great.

I LOVE the analogy of "bicycles in Beijing are like relationships", because I can't agree more. Relationship sometimes are indeed noisy, and frustrating. But what I see it, as somehow different from you, is that the companinonship the relationship offered is so much more valuable than the noises, all the problems and of course money spent. And that's why we don't abandon Crummy whenever she has a problem. Rather, we spent time and money with her, and make her all shiny again. And guess what, seeing her all shiny can make us so happy.

Btw, I really don't think you are complaining about your relationship at all. ;)

By XiaoWen, at 5:50 AM  

Hi, I used a picture in my blog.

By ???, at 5:48 PM  

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