[messengers] Fwd: Faux Go Go Go

Date: 26 Jan 2011 00:36:44 +0100
From: jeremy Amaudruz <remejy@xxxxxxxxx>


Uniforms. Logos. Branding. Saw some guys in Geneva covered in ads on fancy
spandex. I didn't ask them, but has anybody been paid for the advertisements
on uniforms?

jeremy, montreal


On 25 January 2011 14:46, Nick <likeanowl@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>
> 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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