A bicycle painter and a bicycle mechanic are seen working in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. A bicycle painter and a bicycle mechanic are seen working in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
Bicycle frame tubes are seen mounted on a metal plate, fixed in a bench vice, in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. Bicycle frame tubes are seen mounted on a metal plate, fixed in a bench vice, in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A bicycle painter, holding a spray gun, paints a bike frame in a paint booth of a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. A bicycle painter, holding a spray gun, paints a bike frame in a paint booth of a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A bicycle mechanic assembles a custom made bike in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. A bicycle mechanic assembles a custom made bike in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A ball-peen hammer lies on the workbench in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. A ball-peen hammer lies on the workbench in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A bicycle mechanic works with a spoke wrench on bicycle wheel outside a small scale bicycle factory in Cali, Colombia. A bicycle mechanic works with a spoke wrench on bicycle wheel outside a small scale bicycle factory in Cali, Colombia.
Painted and cured bike framesets are seen on the floor of a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. Painted and cured bike framesets are seen on the floor of a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A bicycle welder works on a bike frame fixed on a welding jig in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. A bicycle welder works on a bike frame fixed on a welding jig in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A bicycle worker grinds a recently welded bike frame in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. A bicycle worker grinds a recently welded bike frame in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A bicycle worker works on a tube bender machine in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia. A bicycle worker works on a tube bender machine in a small scale bicycle factory in Bogota, Colombia.
A broken old bicycle, together with bicycle frames, is seen in a small scale bicycle factory in Cali, Colombia. A broken old bicycle, together with bicycle frames, is seen in a small scale bicycle factory in Cali, Colombia.

Bicycle factory in Colombia

Colombia – April - July 2014

Due to the strong, vibrant cycling culture in Colombia, with cycling being one of the two most popular sports in the country, dozens of bike workshops and artisanal, often family-run bicycle factories were always spread out through the Colombian cities. However, growing import of cheap bicycles and components from China during the last decade has led to a significant decline in domestic bicycle production. Traditional no-name bike manufacturers are forced to close down their factories, struggling to survive in the competitive bicycle market.

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