Date: 14 Apr 2010 10:28:54 +0200
From: Simon McKenzie <mckfrenzy@xxxxxxxxx>
Seriously, I've read some crap in my time, but this shit is right up there.
Joe can u put a filter on this shit :) Ride safe (NO TRICKS PLS) Shifty On 14/04/2010, at 12:07 PM, yogi at sydbma.org wrote:
Prodj on Regards, Julian 'Yogi' Somosi -----Original Message-----From: messengers-bounces@xxxxxxxxx [mailto:messengers-bounces@xxxxxxxxx ] OnBehalf Of Kenton Hoppas Sent: 14 April 2010 08:40 To: dee shaine Cc: messengers@xxxxxxxxx Subject: Re: [messengers] The Slowly Fading Cult of the Messenger I have no idea what that article was about? I thought it was about thedecline of messengers. Instead it just told us what we already knew. Thereare hipsters doing tricks. Cool.I'll tell you what, I'm still convinced that the bike is the most economical and efficient way to transport packages of just about every size and shape quickly through congested downtowns. So drivers, keep driving so we cankeep riding. Word, Aloha Kenton On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 3:18 PM, dee shaine <dcfixie@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:what bull shit, messengers are ok with working,racing on weekends,and not caring what anyone thinks ,and drinking,its more a social thing people.and every year we have out nacccs cmwc and various events that will alwayskeepgoing. i mean 130 plus people for monstertrack,and reloads april foolsracewill be packed and guatamala is coming up and atlanta is comingup........wewill always be here,and we don't care whats the in thing and add the ! to that --- On Tue, 4/13/10, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> Subject: [messengers] The Slowly Fading Cult of the Messenger To: "Messenger list" <messengers@xxxxxxxxx> Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 3:15 PM The Slowly Fading Cult of the Messenger The immortal class is looking a little more mortal these days. New York Times (City Room Blog), April 13, 2010With fewer packages to deliver and an increasing number of urban riders draping themselves with shoulder bags and cutting through traffic on track bikes, some say the cachet of being a bicycle messenger is wearing off foranew generation of street riders. It certainly is not the same as it was in 2001, when Travis Culley could write in his ode to the urban cowboy, "TheImmortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power," that:I am sometimes seen as a social misfit, a freeloader, a junkie, but I am also envied for the color, the vigor, the picture of America I can findwhile they push their way through the weekday treadmill routine.Joseph Lanza, a messenger of six years who goes by the street name Joey Krillz, said that he had recently noticed a shift in attitude among someofthe younger riders, especially those who prefer brakeless fixed-gearbikes."Previously, in the scene, if you were a courier, you were it," Mr.Krillz,29, said. "But now it's like, no one cares if you're a messenger anymore.It's all about the tricks."As fixed-gear bicycles have become de rigueur for young urban cyclists in cities around the world, a new type of riding has grown up in the past twoyears, riders say. With so many now braving traffic in Midtown, theradicalaspect of just being in the street has disappeared and a new style isemerging, one that appears more tethered to skateboarding and BMX bikesthanto messengering.Some call it "700cmx" in reference to the rim size favored by those whoride this way. For most, it is known as fixed freestyle.But Edward Laforte, one of the few sponsored fixed-freestyle riders, who goes by Ed Wonka, has an even more complicated name for it. He said he preferred to connect this style of riding - in which bar spins, twisting bunny hops and riding backward, or "fakie," are some of the primary tricks-to off-road, and he calls what he does "fixed mountain bike street," hesaid.As a sponsored rider, Mr. Wonka, 20, has traveled to various world cities, where he has seen the scene spreading. "I see people popping up all overtheplace doing tricks," Mr. Wonka said. "Everyone has a trick bike in Japan."In what is perhaps an indication of how new it all is, Mr. Wonka'ssponsorship extends only to free equipment - he is currently working as areal estate broker to pay the bills.In fact, there are only a handful of riders in New York who are seriousabout these tricks, said John Watson, known as Prolly, who writes aninfluential fixed-gear blog, Prolly Is Not Probably. Those who do ridethisway can often be found at the Brooklyn Banks (before they were closed forwork on the Brooklyn Bridge) or on Thursday nights under theBrooklyn-QueensExpressway in Williamsburg, practicing their tricks for hours in so- called"peel sessions."The style, developed in New York and Philadelphia, has been "blowing up"onthe West Coast, Mr. Watson said. "It was like that in skateboarding, too," he said. "The East Coast starts out with the gritty street riding, butthenthe West takes it over."Despite the small number of serious fixed freestyle riders in the city, their influence on bike fashion has been pronounced. It is spread via a number of online sources, from Mr. Watson's blog to others like LockedCog,zlog and Trick Track. If messenger style is practical and grimy - an all-weather, long-hours-in-the-saddle kind of bohemian aesthetic - fixed freestylefashion owes a debt to hip-hop and skateboarding. Flat-brimmed fitted hatsare common, as are small designer T-shirts. And the bikes are changing, too, becoming smaller, heavier and moresluggish to ride but better for flying down stairs or grinding on ledges."Two or three years ago, people just wanted to ride and have theirmessenger bag," Mr. Wonka said. "Now you see kids coming out with theirnewtrick frame and their new trick setup."Luckily for messengers like Mr. Krillz, the sturdier, slower trick frames appealed from the start. "I'm just an old skateboarder, so maybe I lookedatriding a track bike in the city a little bit differently," he said. "Youjust start jumping off curb and, you know, it makes the day-to-day ofdelivering packages a little more interesting. Instead of just A to B, Icanthrow a third dimension in there. Maybe not get there as fast, but havingjust as much fun."And, he added, there is room for profit. Mr. Krillz and Mr. Wonka recently started a T-shirt company that they hope will appeal to both groups of riders. "It's a T-shirt," Mr. Krillz said matter-of-factly. "A T- shirtcan'tbe specific to one type of bicycle." ------------------------------- Mess media Bryant Watch ================== _______________________________________________ Messengers mailing list Messengers@xxxxxxxxx http://ifbma.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/messengers _______________________________________________ Messengers mailing list Messengers@xxxxxxxxx http://ifbma.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/messengers-- Kenton Hoppas www.sweetcornstudio.com 619-778-3732 _______________________________________________ Messengers mailing list Messengers@xxxxxxxxx http://ifbma.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/messengers _______________________________________________ Messengers mailing list Messengers@xxxxxxxxx http://ifbma.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/messengers