Re: [messengers] Faux Go Go Go

Date: 25 Jan 2011 20:47:02 +0100
From: Nick <likeanowl@xxxxxxxxx>


Too hot for Houston, Corey!


On Jan 25, 2011, at 3:37 AM, Corey Hilliard <coreythecourier@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> 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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