Roadside Bicycle Repairs

Who needs an actual shop to run a cycle repair business? After all, your customers are on the road. Just string up a few tyres, and wait for the victims of Bangalore’s badly-surfaced roads to ride by.

Is it my imagination, or have the roads got even worse over the past two months while I was away? Any pothole that had been poorly repaired earlier in the year has been attacked and enlarged by the monsoon rains. In other places it looks like the surface of the road has been peeled off. Getting across the city is harder than ever.

Cycle repair shop

By the way, today is a holiday in India – Gandhi Jayanthi – to celebrate the birthday of Mohandas K Gandhi (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948).

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. B Gourley says:

    We’ve got one of those bike repairmen set up literally just around the corner.

    And, yes, happy birthday to the Mahatma.

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thanks for commenting. I hope your local bike guys are doing good business too.

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      1. B Gourley says:

        They keep coming back, but I think they may have to switch to servicing scooters because there seem to be fewer and fewer bikes on the road.

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        1. Karolyn Cooper says:

          Servicing scooters in Bangalore must be a profitable business

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  2. Flakey Blog says:

    Reblogged this on Flakey Blog and commented:
    Yah,Bangalore has worse traffic & not many flyovers unlike Delhi/NCR. But cars are everywhere at least waiting at red lights is better than in Delhi due to weather :).

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, now that the rains have stopped, the weather is great. And there’s always something interesting to look at on Bangalore’s roads on those endless car journeys.

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  3. Great photo, love it (could that white shirt be any more clean and crisp?!). I have the same thing across the road from me in Shanghai, he always seems to be busy.

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