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Bicycles from around the world

Two wheels, a frame, and a seat. The bicycle is an essential tool for getting around almost everywhere. While the basic design is universal, people from around the world have put their own spin on the bicycles they use to get from A to B and haul goods.

From the Prime Minister's residence in London to Burundi, to the streets of Havana, here's a look at bikes and their riders from the past month.

A Burundian bicycle transporter in Bujumbura hangs onto the back of a motorcycle to take an almost effortless ride up the mountain on May 15, 2010. Hundreds of Burundians make a living by transporting goods and people to Burundi's capital Bujumbura from the surrounding hills around the capital. The bicycle transporters carry their loads for dozens of kilometers in the hope of selling their products at markets in the city for a profit. The bikers make on a good day anywhere from 3,000-5,000 Burundian francs (less than 2 to 4 US dollars). Nearly 70 percent of the population lives under the poverty line (1.25 US dollars a day), 90 percent depends on subsistence farming and only two percent have access to electricity.       AFP PHOTO / ROBERTO SCHMIDT

A bicyclist rides across California Street on Bike to Work Day May 13, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of bicyclists are expected to participate in the 16th annual Bike to Work Day event that promotes exercise and helps reduce pollution.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

An elderly Afghan man fixes the bicycle wheel of a student in the old section of Kabul on May 18, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA

A Palestinian man rides a bicycle past a section of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank town of Aram, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Monday, May 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Maya Hitij)


Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, poses for pictures in London, on May 28, 2010, during a photocall to promote the launch of London's cycle hire scheme to be introduced later this year. Two cycle superhighways will be launched in London on July 19 followed by the cycle hire scheme on July 30. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL

Armed policemen (R) look on as a removals man loads a bicycle into a van from the London home of new British Prime Minister David Cameron, on May 27, 2010. Cameron and his family are expected to complete their move into Downing Street, traditionally the home of serving British Prime Ministers, later this week. AFP PHOTO/Leon Neal

A man uses his phone as he sits behind his bicycle on a street in central Beijing May 10, 2010. Already the world's largest Internet and mobile phone market, China is likely to become even more crucial to both domestic and international network equipment maker's growth as the country's burgeoning middle class gains access to new technology.  REUTERS/David Gray 

People cycle past a Colombian armored tank guarding a road near Corinto, Cauca province May 28, 2010. Security tightens in Colombia as the country prepares for the first round of its presidential elections, which will be held on May 30.    REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga  

A man rides his bicycle taxi beside a parked Ford 1957 Fairlane 500 convertible car used as a taxi near Havana's Capitol building May 17, 2010. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan

A man rides his bicycle past a mural of rebel hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara and a Cuban flag in Havana May 3, 2010. 
REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Police examine the scene where a pickup truck plowed into a group of cyclists leaving one dead and five injured Friday, May 14, 2010, in Rougemont, Quebec, south of Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Pink bicycles placed just above the water celebrate the arrival of the Giro d'Italia in Schalkwijk, a small town ouside of Utrecht, May 4, 2010. Several cities in the Netherlands placed pink art forms to announce the departure on May 8 of the international cycling event. Picture taken May 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Michael Kooren

Pink bicycles placed just above the water celebrate the arrival of the Giro d'Italia in Schalkwijk, a small town ouside of Utrecht, May 4, 2010. Several cities in the Netherlands placed pink art forms to announce the departure on May 8 of the international cycling event. Picture taken May 4, 2010.  REUTERS/Michael Kooren

A woman crosses a flooded lane with her bicycle in the city of Frankfurt/Oder near the Polish border, May 28, 2010.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A sign and a Schwinn bicycle are shown in the front yard of Floyd Landis' parents' home in Farmersville, Pa., Thursday May 20. The leaders of the IOC and World Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday that Floyd Landis should provide concrete evidence to back up his allegations of doping by seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. The American rider, who was stripped of the 2006 Tour de France title and served a two-year ban for doping, also alleged that Armstrong not only joined him in doping but taught others how to cheat. (AP Photo/ Lancaster Newspapers, Justin Graybill)

A man rides a bicycle past an abandoned car in a poor neighborhood of Bucharest, Romania, Saturday evening, May 8, 2010. Romania is to cut wages by 25 percent and pensions by 15 percent in the public sector over the coming months to meet the IMF (International Monetary Fund) budget deficit target.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)


Sri Lankan women pass the main hospital in the northern town of Kilinochchi on a bicycle on May 27, 2010. Government troops wrested control over Kilinochchi, the political capital of Tamil Tiger rebels in January last year and went onto crush the guerrillas completely four months later in May 2009. AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA

A woman riding a bicycle passes a bus burned during a week of violence in central Bangkok May 20, 2010. Thai authorities restored order in Bangkok on Thursday after a night of rioting and fires that veered towards anarchy as troops took control of an encampment occupied by thousands of anti-government protesters for six weeks. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang 

A Thai woman rides her bicycle past the Tha Phae gate in Chiang Mai, some 700kms from Bangkok on May 23, 2010.  Thailand's Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said that the country was calm and returning to normal, and that schools, streets and government agencies would reopen.        AFP PHOTO/ MANAN VATSYAYANA

Burundian cyclists sit atop a soccer goal post above a line of parked bicycles  during a political rally for the ruling party at a sports field in Bujumbura on May 11, 2010. Some 3.5 million registered voters will go to the polls to elect 1,935 municipal counselors across the country on May 20th in what experts agree will be a catlyst for the soon to follow Legislative and Presidential elections. This elections will be the fist all inclusive elections since a peace accord ended a bloody 13 year civil war in 2006. The French government has provided Burundi with 90,000 euros to organize the upcomming elections.      AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

A Chinese vendor pushes his bike loaded with straw brooms in a neighborhood in Beijing, China, Saturday, May 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

A participant of the 15th European Cyclist Messenger Chanpionships consults his map in the Csepel Factory of Budapest on  May 23, 2010 during a three-day competition for the best European cycle messengers. Messenger Championships is an urban competition for bike messengers. Once in a year, European messengers converge to decide who are the fastest, smartest and trickiest messengers of that year.   AFP PHOTO / STR / BALINT PORNECZI

Kevin, 37, of Britain rides his bike through the ash from the Eyjafjoell volcano on May 8, 2010 in Hvolsvoellur, Iceland. Aked how his day was today, Kevin responded: "Tough, and it's still gonna get tougher. I've still got another 20 kilometres to go. Into the wind. The ash is bothering me, I can feel in on my face like I'm burning." Hundreds of flights were cancelled today while many transatlantic services were delayed as they skirted the plume of debris from the Eyjafjoell volcano, which plunged air travel across the continent into chaos last month. AFP PHOTO/ Halldor Kolbeins

In this photo taken Thursday,  May 13, 2010 a man suffering from  polio rides past on a converted, make shift bike in Kano, Nigeria. At the World Health Organization's annual meeting of health ministers this week, experts are unveiling a new strategy that may be their last shot to wipe out the paralyzing disease.(AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cyclists Karl Menzies, left, Tom Bonnen, center, and George Hincapie, right, crashed just a few hundred yards from the finish in the first stage of the Amgen Tour of California, Sunday, May 16, 2010. (Randall Benton/Sacramento Bee/MCT)


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