Saturday, May 10, 2008

Leaving Meerut - Bike Riding

No single image or video clip can really convey what it's like to ride a bike in India, it's just got to be experienced. The movie below manages to capture a bit of the confusion, however. I shot it while riding through an intersection here in Meerut (Begum Bridge). This (not quite perpendicular) intersection has a roundabout in the middle, but it's more of an optional installation than a rule. My concentration was on my left hand operating the handlebars / brakes, and so I apologize for the shoddy camera work. :-)

I didn't have a camera mount, so I had to shoot video holding the handlebars with one hand, the other on the camera, sorry it's not a better shot. The photo below is one frame of a video taken while riding, note the shadow in the foreground.


  1. Holden, it's always a pleasure to watch your videos and it's great that you take such a huge effort to bring India in our homes, BUT - PLEASE - dont't risk your life, ok! Though it's good to get reports - a sign that you haven't been lost in the Himalaya - or anything close :)

  2. Nice vid -- may want to try duck-taping camera to your head. Maybe we should develop a video game -- biking in India -- with random people walking out in front of your bike, and buses trying to run you over..hmmm....perhaps it could be a simulator to train tourists

  3. A video game, huh? Like Frogger. Only not with a frog, with Holden. And he's not crossing the street, he's crossing town. And it is set in India. And he's not hopping, he's on a bike, with a camera. Okay, so it isn't like Frogger at all. I still like the idea. And I love the video clip.

  4. Dude, you're gonna get yourself killed.

  5. Holden - Greg & Heather, Roger & Lessa, Carrie and I were just enjoying a dinner by the pool and talking about your antics, and we saw this AWESOME video of you braving the streets of India on your little cruiser bike and we were busting UP!!! We love you man, and look forward to hearing all about your trip, Just stay alive, OK?

  6. Freaking sweet riding, bro!

    Got some mean Meerut street skillz - represent!



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