Nha Trang Bicycles, in Particular the Misen 600

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My Misen 600 (hey, they're all 'girl's' bikes here)
 

A nice bicycle cruise in Nha Trang is to start anywhere past the Louisiane Brewhouse then pedal north along the promenade all the way to the Tran Phu Bridge - less than two miles. The flat stone or tiled path passes all of the beach activities, many shaded parks, April 2 Square, and a full range of places to stop for a snack, meal, or cold drink. I make the ride several times every week and they are always a rewarding experience.  (For more to explore and discover beyond the bridge, check out my 'Sunday Ride' journal entry.)

 

After each beach expedition, I usually pedaled back across Tran Phu boulevard to Y and Tien's sidewalk kiosk. With rush-hour traffic, I had to steer a V-pattern but merging in the same direction was rather easy.

Tran Phu traffic
I picked up speed to just slightly slower than traffic then gradually drifted toward the centerline. No sudden moves - until an opening in the on-coming flow allowed for a quick, sharp U-turn. The standard leftward arm with flickering wrist warned the intention to motorbikes behind me. The more intense the flickering, the more urgent the signal. Fortunately it was still daylight. At night, on-coming motorbikes often had no headlights and the bright lights of speeding automobiles erased any night vision which was crucial for the hazardous crossings. I made it, and took a Saigon green label beer and a red plastic chair. My sidewalk table was an empty cardboard box covered with a square piece of white plastic. The regular low tables were all occupied by afternoon coffee drinkers and card players.

 

 

As nearby classes let out at five o'clock, I hoped to photograph a student riding by on a Misen 600.

Pair of Misens on a windy day
The Misen, an older-style bicycle like my own, had higher-rising, swept-back handlebars that made their riders seem more dignified. They rode with backs straight and shoulders high while the newer bike riders hunched more forward. My student subject would need to glide past Y and Tien's gracefully wearing her flowing pure-white ao dai - the elegant Vietnamese silk dress. College students wore them.

But instead of the accompanying traditional cone-shaped hat (cài nòn), most wore colorized sun hats or baseball caps - along with facemasks to filter the air they breathed. A local girl in traditional dress, on a Misen, and wearing a cone hat would be a rare capture but make for a classic Vietnam photo. I'll post it here when I get it...

 

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My Misen 600 (hey, theyre all gi…
My Misen 600 (hey, they're all 'g…
Tran Phu traffic
Tran Phu traffic
Pair of Misens on a windy day
Pair of Misens on a windy day
College student on a Misen
College student on a Misen
Homebound students
Homebound students
Teacher on a Misen
Teacher on a Misen
Bookseller on a Misen
Bookseller on a Misen
Older woman on a Misen
Older woman on a Misen
Misens being passed by a fancy new…
Misens being passed by a fancy ne…
Newer bike on Tran Phu
Newer bike on Tran Phu
Misen rider on Tran Phu
Misen rider on Tran Phu
Hauling cardboard
Hauling cardboard
Misen workhorse
Misen workhorse
Beach vender on Tran Phu
Beach vender on Tran Phu
Older man on a Misen
Older man on a Misen
Pair of bikes in close formation
Pair of bikes in close formation
The bike that replaced the Misen
The bike that replaced the Misen
Nha Trang
photo by: rotorhead85