Category Archives: bike messengers
The Messenger’s Guide To New York City 02
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The Messenger’s Guide To New York City: The West Village and Midtown
Standby with Hiromi/Ghost stories and local comfort with Stoned Tone
Words and photos by Chris Lee

In the second installment of The Messenger’s Guide To New York City, I got a chance to have the man behind Boda Boda, Hiromi Bruni show me around. Hiromi was born and raised in the West Village and knows the neighborhood like the back of his hand. We payed respects to the remains of Gray’s Papaya, a hot dog joint that was a fixture in the neighborhood and got some desert at Rocco’s. We went by Dave’s Work Wear, the local’s only one stop shop for work wear. And finally chilled at his favorite midtown standby spots.

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Apr 30, 2014 7 comments
Kenny’s #Messlife De Rosa
Kenny's #Messlife De Rosa

If you love something, thrash it. That’s exactly what Kenny has done with this bike. When he picked up this frame off local Craigslist, he was looking for a classic steel workhorse. It just so happened that he snagged a De Rosa… for a song. If you’re going to spend all day on a bike, it might as well be a great ride, right?

Using mostly spare parts and some swap-found components, he built it up with SRAM force, Profile hubs to H+Son Archetypes, trigger shifters on riser bars and kept the vintage 3T stem. A Wald Basket helps out in light and easy carries while Kenny still wears a backpack throughout the day for the bigger hauls.

This bike has character. The chain lock and u-lock bite marks on the Columbus decal alone do it for me!

Apr 22, 2014 26 comments
Ride Along: Brean Shea – Chris Lee
Ride Along: Christopher Lee Profiles Brean Shea

What I’ve realized over time is that I end up with a lot of bike portraits of riders in my film rolls. This sparked an idea: a “ride along” interview series. We’ll start this off with Chris Lee, in NYC, where he interviews Brean Shea, a bike messenger and track cyclist.

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Apr 15, 2014 9 comments
2014 NACCC – Minneapolis

I don’t know about you, but to me, that looks like a lot of fun. Luckily, most of the snow will have been melted in August.

Check out more information at the Minneapolis NACCC site!

Apr 10, 2014 Comments are OFF
Chris Lee at Monster Track XV
Guest Gallery: Chris Lee at Monster Track XV

Monster Track. The world’s most infamous, dangerous and in my opinion, most significant alleycat. In the 15 years it’s been thrown in New York City, it never ceases to surprise its contenders. There are only a few rules, the most important being two words: NO BRAKES.

Typically, there’s a weeding down process, at the hands of multiple manifests. Everyone starts with one, but only a select few make it to true completion by filling up to three. This year, mother nature smiled on the event, delivering somewhat favorable conditions (when compared to previous years being riddled with rain and snow). At the end of the event, the winners of Monster Track XV were Cooper Ray and Hannah Todd.

On the scene at the event and working the Williamsburg Bridge checkpoint was Chris Lee, who provided a few photos from the event. Check them out in the Gallery!

Mar 19, 2014 1 comment
Boda Boda NYC: The Rookie Race

To avoid your bank accounts being drained by the queues of NAHBS builders, I’ll start dropping in normal content these next few days…

The Rookie Race is the “warm up” to Monster Track. So once again Boda Boda took to the streets to cover another fast-paced alleycat in NYC but this one’s got an unexpected ending.

Remember, in Boda Boda videos, #neverreadthecomments

Mar 18, 2014 6 comments
REload Bags: Monster Track 15 Prize Bag
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Monster Track is this weekend in NYC and that means there will be a prize bag up for grabs. Not just any prize bag either. Philly’s REload Bags have been sponsoring the event for ten years and each year, their designs just keep getting better and better.

Rather than a messenger bag, Roland went with a Flight Pack. My personal favorite bag in REload’s line.

Now the question: who’s gonna win this?

Mar 11, 2014 Comments are OFF
Mash and Eleven Inc

I love seeing local companies working together. Great job Mash!

“A few weeks ago Dylan, Cubby, Gabe and myself helped Eleven Inc move their  website. Here is the finished piece!”

Mar 10, 2014 7 comments