Behold… The UBIcycle!

Since last Friday, Hélène and I have moved one step closer to being true Shanghainese. Case in point, the above image.

Yep, it’s a Ubisoft-branded bicycle! The red one is Hélène’s, and the blue one is mine. (Hence the red one’s feminine tires and lack of bar.) Note that this is a genuine Chinese bicycle: basket at the front, a rack at the back…

Riding a bicycle in Shanghai is quite the experience, too. It requires the mindset of a locust in a swarm to survive, as you are constantly buzzing around with dozens of other bikes, buses, cars… This is not a place where you can race down the streets.

Next step now is to buy one of these huge raincoats with a giant clip that you can tie to the handlebar. After that, my transformation into a Shanghainese will be almost complete!

About Daniel Roy

Daniel is a writer, backpack foodie, slow traveler, and endurance runner. He is the author of the upcoming book, "The Way of Slow Travel: A Hands-On Guide to the Best Travel of Your Life."

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