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Friday, April 16, 2010

Some of the bicycles of Goyang

I know it's annoying when people tell you about their dreams. It might be the most annoying thing in the world - right up there with saliva at the corner of your mouth when you talk or whistling when you say your s's, but I've been having the weirdest dreams lately. I dreamed my awesome orange folding bike got stolen and then I found it on the street being wheeled by a dude. I explained the situation to him and offered to buy it back from him for 50,000 won, the price he told me he'd paid for it. I know Korea has gotten to me when I'm talking won in my dreams instead of dollars. He wouldn't budge because he wanted the bike to destroy in this big clamp machine he had. He explained it was some kind of catharsis. It was pretty much like Pee Wee Herman's nightmare in Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

So I woke up with a start like from a nightmare, thinking my bike had been crushed in this bicycle sadist's machine, but much relieved to know I was in bed and it was in the hallway waiting for me to ride. Phew! Then I thought, I ought to tell people about this and post pictures of bikes in Goyang with it. Then I thought it was dumb, but then later I decided to do it anyway. So without further ado, some of the two wheeled wonders of Goyang-dong. Oh funny side note, 'dong' means 'city' but 'ddong' means 'poop'.

Goyang's bike sharing program, brand new, called 'Let's Fifteen!' I have no idea what that means:

I pass this bike every day on my daily constitutional and just love it. I'm pretty sure it belongs to the guy that sells ddokkboki at that corner (ddokkboki: spicy rice and pepper stuff):

Alright, this one is just a motorcycle without an engine:

Assorted parked bikes:

Finally a bike shop in Haengsin:

Enjoy - and warning - the next post is probably going to be about flowers. They're all blooming here and I've been taking mad photos.


  1. The "Let's Fifteen" bikes are so cool. More U.S. Cities should implement something like this to encourage a different form of transportation.

  2. Nice, man. I actually just got on my bike last night for the first time since before Winter, it was amazing.

  3. At first I thought the name "Let's Fifteen" could be named after speeds on the bikes, but these appear to just have a breaking lever and a chime. Fixies maybe?