Report from Seoul
- I'm starting a year-long work stint in Seoul, South Korea. Bikes are everywhere and used extensively for utilitarian transportation. There is also a lot of recreational cycling. Of the hundreds of bikes I've seen, there's been only 1 IGH. I've seen a couple of belt drive single speeds, quite a few folding bikes, and it seems that about 15% of the bikes have rear drums. One unusual specimen is a bike that appears to have a 24" front wheel and a 16" rear wheel. I'll try to work up the nerve to inspect one of these bike closer.
As for us, we've had our carbon derailleur bikes shipped. Forgive me, but I left my IGH behind in the US. I expect to get a couple of ghetto bikes for urban exploration and possibly stolen. (Bike theft/stripping is about the only crime here.) I originally had dreams of being able to get such bikes as IGHs, but I'm now pessimistic.