Hey everyone. Mir.I.Am here, wrapping up a solid summer season in Buenos Aires… The leaves have begun to change color just as platform birkenstock sandals are changing into platform oxfords.
I may have missed this trend elsewhere in the world, but this was the summer shoe of choice in Buenos Aires… pedal power?
As boyfriend and I count down the days until our departure, I thought I’d share one last WTF travel-themed post about our time here and the weirdo things I see during my bike commute.
But first! Why don’t we take a look at some of the bikey highlights of this last couple months of free bike love in Buenos Aires, Colonia del Sacramento, and Mexico City, huh? The Mejor en Bici program turned out to be a little better than I thought… I ended up using it about 1-2X per month for errands and coffee dates. Check out the pics:
Mejor en Bici free bikes – better than nothing, but only used them once every 2 weeks.
Bikes in Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay – locked up to windows.
Tourists sight-seeing on bamboo bikes in Buenos Aires.
Knife sharpening skills – A bike turned into a grinding stone!
Heavy-duty delivery trikes, complete with safety flag in Mexico City.
The best Colombian cortado in Buenos Aires, and the only reason I’ll incur a penalty for taking a free yellow bike out longer than the allotted 1-hour at Full City Coffee House.
Mejor in Bici, hanging out in the garden courtyard in Full City Coffee, with a flat-tired purple friend.
Ahh yes, the seasons are all reversed on the other side of the equator… as the bike commuters of Buenos Aires gear up for fall with long sleeves and scarves, Boyfriend and I will soon return back to the states for swimsuits and sandals.
So, let’s wrap up this bikey roundup with the real reason I’m writing today: weird things I’ve seen on my commutes. Let’s sum it up with a list, shall we? (Note to readers, Mir is a terrible smartphone user, and cannot take photos while actually bike commuting, so all images of weird things seen while bike commuting have been hastily “curated” from the Google machine).
Weirdest Sightings while Bike Commuting in BA:
This custom paint-job is one of a kind. What are they chances I’d see it in real life!?
- A woman riding the bike-crush of my dreams (the Rainbow folder I was drooling over on Mercado Libre a few months back) riding in Retiro.
- A 20-foot length of green painted bike lane + a can of spray paint + a dirty mind = Bike Lane Male Genitalia in Palermo Hollywood.
- A guy drinking a mate while riding a bike slightly uphill and weaving back and forth in the bike lane in Recoleta.
Yerba Mate: sometimes you just can’t get enough, even if you’re biking.
- Monsato demonstration with people dressed in Haz-mat suits and Corn near Plaza de Mayo.
- A dude riding a sweet pink cruiser who was totally covered in tattoos (including his face and bald head) in Barrio Norte.
- Batman touching the hand of
God Joker in Palermo.
Insert “Arrested Development” quote here.
I know we’ve all seen our fare share of parked cars, dumpsters, and piles of fruit crates in the bike lane, but sometimes you just can’t beat Batman touching the hand of the Joker while you’re biking on your way to work. If only I had the smart phone skills to snap a photo of the obscene bike-lane-turned-male-genitals… Enjoy the weirdness, Bike Commuters!