Re: [messengers] Faux Go Go Go

Date: 24 Jan 2011 14:28:26 +0100
From: Corey Hilliard <coreythecourier@xxxxxxxxx>


Yeah, we talked about that NAC3 and some of the characters from that crazy
weekend. That was the place with the hot tub right? I still fondly remember
winning the alleycat on a mountain bike for my birthday!

Corey

On Sat, Jan 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM, Nick <likeanowl@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Butch is the man. Surprised you didn't meet him at the NACCC in Houston,
> C-Rock! Maybe you don't remember! I crashed at his place. It was an old
> theater/warehouse space by that bar that the alleycat started from!
>
> Nick
>
>
>
> On Jan 22, 2011, at 12:01 PM, Corey Hilliard <coreythecourier@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
>
> > Small world.
> >
> > I just met Butch over the Christmas/New Year's Holiday at a bar in Texas.
> > Recognized him as a real messenger because he had a patch from the 2005
> CMWC
> > among others on his bag. Those are the only things gave away his
> identity.
> >
> > Corey the Courier
> > Never a worrier
> >
> > On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 5:36 PM, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Faux Go Go Go
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Not all those bike messengers you see are the real thing.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> By John Nova Lomax
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Huston Press, January 5, 2011
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 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?
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> In a word, hipsters. And the old-school bike messengers hate
> >> them. "Fuck them all," says former messenger Butch Klotz. "And
> >> their moustaches."
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 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.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "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.'"
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> Old Man Tim Bleakie shares Klotz's view. He, too, is glad
> >> more people are on bikes, but...
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "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.)
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 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.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "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."
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 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."
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "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."
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "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."
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 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."
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> 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."
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> But the recent hipster embrace of fixed-gears has ruined
> >> some of his enjoyment.
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> "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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