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The 'trusty' bicycle I rented in Ninh Binh lies in front of the brickworks beside the Hoang Long river. Though we only rode 50  km, I have never been so sore after a day on a bike. Perhaps this had to do with the saddle which was 20 cm too low, 20 cm too far forwards, twisted to the left and losing its cover, or maybe it was the bent pedals and short cranks, oor the flat tire, or maybe it was all of these things and the ferocious headwind we got riding in both directions along the rough dirt roads.


Olympus OM1, Tamron 24 f2.5, Velvia

© Dylan Sutton, 2000