Stylish Budapest Biker

9 Nov

On August 18th, we wrote about a traffic sign in Belgium. That traffic sign showed how stylish Belgian cyclists are; they cycle in flared jeans, as if they’re heading for Woodstock. Looking at the traffic sign again, I can still see the cyclist’s long hair lock bobbing; hear him humming to The Who’s Pinball Wizard, almost.

There is romance in traffic signs.

Our reader Cian has known this ever since he interrailed through Europe in 2008.

On his trip, Cian rented bicycles in cycle friendly Copenhagen and Berlin, but it was while biking in Budapest he took the picture of the most stylish sign he’d seen. On it, a Hungarian gentleman cycles slow enough for his hat to not blow off. The gentleman’s straight back and languid pace give the impression he is accustomed to giving orders; not taking them. Probably, he holds a high position with a Budapest bank in the Lipótváros District. Eastern Europeans know their classical cycling.

So, first Belgium, then Budapest – we wonder what stylish signs we’ll find next.

6 Responses to “Stylish Budapest Biker”

  1. caroline November 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    we’ll be on the lookout in Nice – maybe spot some mediterrenean stylishness….

    • John November 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm #

      Pity we dont have signs like that here in Ireland,putting normal Cycling on the Streets without the Lycra and Spandex and the Plastic Hats.

      Let’s have the Police going around in Dublin Streets in Ordinary Uniforms just like in the Netherlands and other European Countries and also Japan. In Japan they wear Ordinary Uniforms with Peaked Hats and use Three Geared Hub Bikes. Unlike in Dublin ,the UK and USA where they are dressed like Judge Dredd with Sunglases and on those Mountain Bikes Frightening People.

  2. William November 10, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    I’d also like to add that the Belgian hippy-like cyclist lives up to the expectations that he can light the darkness with his dreams of a fairer world (with music and all…), whereas the stylish (have to admit it) Hungarian bank employee apparently needs his front and rear lamp to enlighten himself…

  3. shuichi -mama bicycle- November 26, 2010 at 2:04 pm #


    I am reading your e-mail now^^. Thank you for your e-mail. I will send it back to you. I have been working at Tokyo Japan this week. So I have little time to do except the job…

    Wow, I have never seen such a cool shots^^.

    Anyway, thank you for reading my mama bicycle blog. See you.


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