Category Archives: bike messengers
The 2013 All City Championships in Polaroids
Words by John Watson and photos by Kyle Kelley
Parties. That’s what Minneapolis is all about come the summer months and I’m not talking about the “take over the bar with 20 of your friends and sing happy birthday” kind of celebration. What partying is, to me anyway, is grabbing a case of beer or a bottle, booking around town, hitting trails, sitting in a park and taking a dive in a body of water, nude, after the sun has gone down.
In the midwest, that’s the way of life come the Summer Solstice and in Minneapolis, the All City Championships mark the height of such activities…
Registration is now open for the 2014 NACCC in Minneapolis. It’s time to start calling dibs on the floors and couches of your midwestern buddies. Get ready for a lot of partying, riding and midnight swimming. Man, I miss that town!
Considering that this subject has been covered so widely over the years, this video came together quite well. Bern profiles the Montreal bike messenger scene, by documenting a local rider, Jesse in a two-part series called “MTL 10-9: Tales From The Road”.
Check out more information at Veloi Bike.
SF’s TCB Courier has a ton of new softgoods up for sale and pre-order. Socks, bottles and a new kit. Get on over to the TCB Courier web shop for all the details.
Having just come off of a successful CMWC in Mexico, the world now looks to Melbourne, Australia for the 2015 host city. This is going to be good! See more at CMWC 2015.
Two Years on a Bike With the Fuji X-Pro1
Words and Photos by Kevin Sparrow
A follow up to: Kevin Sparrow Discusses the Fuji X-Pro1 and Cycling
It has been over two years since I switched over from Canon DSLR to the Fuji X-Pro1 and I haven’t looked back. I’ve traveled all over the world with this camera. I rode from Paris to Lausanne with her slung around my back. I’ve shot photos for commercial clients and for publications. This little camera has more than met my expectations as a professional use camera.
NYC’s Boda Boda has a new web store, stocked with patches, kits, bottles and shirts. Head to Boda Boda to check it out.
Ride Along: Henry Mesias of Send It Courier
Words and photos by Chris Lee
Let’s face it. We bike messengers are trying to keep a dying industry afloat. Please don’t ask us how long its gonna last, because we don’t want to think about it. Some cities have tried (successfully or not) to unionize to help make conditions for messengers on the road better. But this is a long and grueling process that often leads to a lot of fired bikers.
It’s Boda Boda time!
Back in the early 2000’s, here in Austin, a guy named Whitney Moyer headed to a mecca of hopeful framebuilders in the US, UBI. Upon returning with all the experience needed to build frames, he was looking to commission a local project. This was that frame. Moyer’s first…
Whitney reached out to Nick, a bike messenger in town at the time, to build a straight forward, classic track frame from True Temper OX platinum. Nick had a group for the frame. Made of mismatched components that he fell in love with over the years.
Nitto NJS steel cockpit, Suntour seatpost, Turbo saddle, Dura Ace cranks, Chris King Sotto Voce headset, Dura Ace hubs to Mavic Open Pro Ceramic and of course, Campy Super Record pedals with double straps.
This bike, although made in 2004, looks straight out of the 80’s. In the ten years Nick has owned his Moyer, it’s been raced on the track as well as the street, worked on for years and still to this day, Nick finds the time to pull it down from the wall and take it for a spin. It’s war torn, tattered but is still straight as an arrow.
If there were a track bike to represent Austin, this would be it.