For East Africans bikes aren’t just for personal transport. They’re also used to haul goods, passengers and are often an undervalued workhorse.

We asked an old Tanzanian villager why we kept seeing young men cruise around on motorcycles in the evenings yet during the day we only came across cyclists.

“For young guys, motorcycles are for showing off,” he said. “But when they need to go to work in the fields or get somewhere, then they grab their dependable bicycles.”

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