Re: [messengers] Faux Go Go Go

Date: 25 Jan 2011 12:37:08 +0100
From: Corey Hilliard <coreythecourier@xxxxxxxxx>


I remember doing one run with a messenger to see what a work day was like in
Houston. I was told that wearing my matching Vespid Courier spandex jersey
and shorts was too revealing for the work place.

Corey the Courier


On Tue, Jan 25, 2011 at 12:55 AM, Lauren Trout <elament915@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> ha! butch! i remember his first day at citicourier! circa what...2000? i
> guess you can't tell who's who these days since they probably don't make you
> wear those stupid ass uniforms anymore. oh and it was hard to find a courier
> job in h-town back then if you had tattoos. people would wear long sleeves
> in the summer. in texas. for real. times have changed...
>
> hearts
>
> ~lauren
>
> --- On Sat, 1/22/11, Corey Hilliard <coreythecourier@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> > From: Corey Hilliard <coreythecourier@xxxxxxxxx>
> > Subject: Re: [messengers] Faux Go Go Go
> > To: "Joe Hendry" <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
> > Cc: "Messenger list" <messengers@xxxxxxxxx>
> > Date: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 3:01 PM
> > 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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