Re: [messengers] Faux Go Go Go

Date: 6 Jan 2011 06:07:21 +0100
From: Austin Horse <osmerp@xxxxxxxxx>


holy shit people ride bikes in houston?

just kidding i love you all, see you tomorrow!

On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 8:59 PM, <mikeydodds@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Where's the commuter story with their angle on elitengers?
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> And what's wrong with coffee?
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> From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
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> Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2011 14:36:48
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> Subject: [messengers] Faux Go Go Go
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> Faux Go Go Go
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> Not all those bike messengers you see are the real thing.
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> By John Nova Lomax
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> Huston Press, January 5, 2011
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> Some casual observers on the streets of Houston may mistakenly believe that
> there are
> now more bike messengers than ever out and about. There aren't. Well, who
> then
> are all those people on fixed-gear bikes, wearing grungy messenger-looking
> clothes, with bike bags slung over their shoulders?
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> In a word, hipsters. And the old-school bike messengers hate
> them. "Fuck them all," says former messenger Butch Klotz. "And
> their moustaches."
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>
> Klotz backs up on that assessment a tad, but only a tad.
> "I'm happy that there are so many bikers here now that are tearing shit
> up," he says, but he remembers all too clearly his first encounter with
> one of these messenger replicants. He recalls the very corner he was on
> when it
> happened: Dunlavy at Westheimer. He saw a guy who looked to him like a
> messenger in from out of town, and as his is a close-knit international
> fraternity, he rode right up to introduce himself.
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> "So I'm like, 'Hey, what's goin' on?' and I get the
> fuckin' stink-eye," Klotz remembers. "The guy looked me up and down,
> like, 'You couldn't possibly know shit.' And I was like, 'What the fuck
> just
> happened here? You fucking turd. I'll bet you're in your car the first sign
> of
> rain.'"
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> Old Man Tim Bleakie shares Klotz's view. He, too, is glad
> more people are on bikes, but...
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> "They're a dime a dozen," he says. "You see
> them out there with their messenger bags that you can tell have never seen
> a
> rainstorm, or probably never even a package. And they usually use the
> sling-bags, and I've never used one of those because to me that's not
> really an
> appropriate way to be carrying things. The loads swing around, you get back
> problems...We call 'em coffee-shop couriers, or coffee couriers. The
> signature
> is the messenger bag." (Bleakie uses a backpack on his rounds.)
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> And then there's their choice of bike. Most of the
> old-school couriers came out of the mountain biking scene. While many have
> moved on to road bikes, hipsters nearly universally favor a more recent
> phenomenon,
> one that some messengers have also adopted in the last ten years. Namely,
> fixed-gear bikes, or "fixies": one-speeds with tiny, straight
> handlebars, no brakes, and the ability to be pedaled backwards and
> forwards.
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>
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> "It's a fad, a style," declares Bleakie, who
> favors a road bike. "If they're on a bike, fine. If they want to ride
> around on the street with no brakes, be my damn guest, but don't expect to
> get
> paid if you get hit."
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> Bleakie also mocks the little handlebars. "They've all
> got those teeny straight-bars, and I'm sorry, but that's got to be the most
> uncomfortable and unstable way to ride you could possibly get. But if they
> think they're cool and they're riding their bike, man, my hat's off to 'em.
> I
> think I'm cool and I ride my bike, too."
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> "With that in mind," he continues, "people
> who ride without brakes or experience, who do it just because it's a
> fashion
> accessory, are fucking crazy."
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> "Some of these kids don't know how to ride them,"
> Klotz says. [These hipsters] don't have toe-clips or clipped-in shoes.
> There's
> no recourse for hauling ass and being able to stop fast. I don't understand
> that."
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> Like many messengers, Klotz loves riding his
> fixed-gear.  "The thought goes from
> your brain to your legs to your tires and to the street," he enthuses.
> "You get used to the rhythm of your bike. You know when you are coming up
> on a stop sign or an intersection that it's time to decide whether you will
> not
> make this one or you go through it. You have to adjust. Instead of bailing,
> you
> have to be real kung fu and find your way through the problem, instead of
> avoiding it."
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> The thing is, he and the other messengers on fixed-gears
> know what they are doing. "Now I am so absolutely tuned into it, my feet
> don't touch the ground except for when I get off the bike."
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> But the recent hipster embrace of fixed-gears has ruined
> some of his enjoyment.
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> "I can balance at a light, but I don't even do those
> tricks at lights anymore," he says. "Now that the words 'hipster' and
> 'fixed-gear' are in every fucking thing you read, I put my foot on the
> ground
> at lights so that I will look like a rookie. I'm gonna save that shiny
> stuff
> for my friends, but I don't want to give other folks a chance to lump me in
> with those turds."
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