They are everywhere in Cuba and for good reason. Bicycles are cheap efficient transportation.

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Cubans also modify bicycles in all kinds of ways. They stretch the frames, add seats, and make them tricycle pedicabs or make them into carts to carry goods for sale.

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Bicycles, like autos, do break.  Pedals, seats, chains and of course tires and tubes are needed, but parts are difficult to get. This creates a whole (capitalist) black market repair service. I watched a man vulcanize a tube in his small shop. I saw another mechanic on the street digging through a bucket of rusty parts looking for the correct sized bolt. He had a collection of mis-matched tools that I’m certain had been made years ago.

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Of course, as a photographer, old bicycles make great subjects too.

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