Malindi is a relatively small, sleepy, slow town northwest of Mombasa Town along the Kenyan coast. The roads are narrow. The general culture of courtesy among the dwellers allows room for cyclists to go about without fear or incident.
It’s surprising the number of cyclists we saw in Malindi. I suppose I was fooled into thinking that Malindi is a lot like Mombasa where the most common mode of short distance travel is the three-wheeled motorcycle taxi, called a Tuk Tuk.
Unlike in Nairobi, I rarely saw the fixed gear Black Mamba, and nearly every cyclist had a mountain bike.
The smaller streets in Malindi are concrete block paved and rather narrow so that only one car going one way and a cyclist or motorcyclist can fit side by side. The side walks are also quite vibrant with cane juice sellers and food sellers in the evenings.
In Mombasa, there were some mountain bikes but the Black Mamba fixed gear bike is king. Here the “Blackie” is out to some heavy-duty use due to its sturdy build. Along the narrow streets of Old Town Mombasa, only one car at a time can access, with pedestrians taking up the street as the pavements are overrun with food and other wares on sale.
Happy Cycling in Nairobi and beyond! ❤ Nairobi! ❤ Cycling!