Photo © Alizé Carrère

While spending a month in China this past summer, I became fascinated with the country's iconic bicycle culture. After stopping in on a bamboo bicycle building workshop in Beijing led by a Chinese-American who is trying to re-instill notions of sustainability among China's youth, I was even more curious about what will become of this transport tradition. So I delved into it, and discovered that adapting to the times may be crowding out an important part of China's past - and future.

Full story for National Geographic's Explorers Journal: