So, the St. Petersburg cycling scene was quite different from the London one Dottie wrote about last week. Though we spotted more bikes than we expected to see in a city that doesn’t exactly make cycling easy, there was nary a skirt or Dutch bike in sight.
No, like so many 80s-90s trends, including the mullet and rollerblades, mountain bikes are hot in St. Petersburg. But given the condition of the roads and sidewalks (which are used regularly by cyclists there) this may be more of a practical choice than a fashionable one.
Which brings me to the explanation of this post’s title: the number of cyclists on the road grows exponentially after 10 pm or so, as the sun starts to set and the traffic — pedestrian and vehicular — dies down. That’s when the bikes come out. Unfortunately they are more difficult to dodge after a few glasses of vodka, but we managed.
On our 3:30 a.m. ride to the airport, we probably saw a dozen cyclists (too bad we were too exhausted to take pictures).
I will close with photos of the two other hot Petersburg trends I mentioned — both of which were more numerous than bikes!