Kathmandu’s Bananas

KATHMANDU, Nepal — One of the most wonderfully creative uses of a bicycle I’ve yet to see was the outfitting of a bicycle to hold bunches of bananas on the downtube and the rear panniers.

It was matched only by another similar setup for oranges, grapes and pomegranates on what was essentially a two-wheeled fruit cart.

Yet far more ubiquitous were the bicycle rickshaws that offered rides for tourists and naps for drivers.

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A fruit merchant displays his bicycle-based business. At top, a banana vendor awaits customers beside his bike. (Photos by Bruno J. Navarro)
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