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Shanghai handles an immense volume of two-wheeled traffic. Rush hour resembles Critical Mass in the busier districts as innumerable commuters pedal their way home. The bicycle of choice for most Chinese is still the Flying Pigeon, an iconic heap of clunky steel that harkens back to Maoist times. A swift fixie was my ride during my semester in Shanghai, a colorful vessel that for months I rode amidst the sea of rickshaws, scooters and steel Pigeons. –Gustav Hoiland

Photography by Gustav Hoiland -

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