Converted Bicycles, 2013, India


Coming from the Netherlands, where practically everybody owns a bicycle, I was amazed by the role of the bicycle in India. Besides functioning as a basic means of transportation, it also serves as a movable store, kitchen, and phone charger; the various, ingenious applications I see on a daily basis seem to be endless. With minimal tools and resources bicycles are adjusted to accommodate a wide spectrum of pre-decided future tasks and the bike, in that way, as a readily accessible device, fulfills an essential role in supporting the livelihood of many. This radically thorough and fiercely diverse approach stands in sharp contrast with the rather absent-minded way we think of bicycles in the Netherlands, where they only serve one purpose: getting you from one place to the other.

Mobile Kitchen Bicycle

Mobile Kitchen Bicycle

Plant Vendor Bicycle

Plant Vendor Bicycle

Motorized Bicycle

Motorized Bicycle

Packaging Delivery Bicycle

Packaging Delivery Bicycle

Transport Bicycle

Transport Bicycle

Cleaningware Vendor Bicycle

Cleaningware Vendor Bicycle

Handicap Vendor Bicycle

Handicap Vendor Bicycle

Fruit Vendor Bicycle

Fruit Vendor Bicycle

Mobile Kicthen Bicycle

Mobile Kicthen Bicycle

Chicken Meat Vendor

Chicken Meat Vendor

Mobile Tempel Bicycle

Mobile Tempel Bicycle

Container Collector Bicycle

Container Collector Bicycle

Plastic Cup Vendor Bicycle

Plastic Cup Vendor Bicycle

Bakery Bicycle

Bakery Bicycle

Handicap Vendor Bicycle

Handicap Vendor Bicycle

Helmet Vendor Bicycle

Helmet Vendor Bicycle

Gastank Delivery Bicycle

Gastank Delivery Bicycle

Broom Vendor Bicycle

Broom Vendor Bicycle

Diwali Flower Vendor

Diwali Flower Vendor

Fruit Juice Vendor

Fruit Juice Vendor