Category Archives: bike messengers
Urban Cycling Hall of Fame: The 2013 List of Inductees
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The 2013 Urban Cycling Hall of Fame‘s first class is filled with many talented individuals. Most of which you will know, others, you might not. Rest assured, this was one of the most tedious and thoughtful selection committees. We all truly believe that the people on this flier have given the most to urban cycling and in some cases, are continuing to support their communities.

Want to see this at a higher res? Click here. Many thanks to Echos and Chrome for sponsoring the 2013 UCHOF.

Sep 27, 2013 3 comments
TCB Courier Has What You Need

… and they’re going on 4 years of doing so. Check out the latest from TCB Courier above and if you’re in SF tonight, roll through their 4 year anniversary party. Details below.

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Sep 23, 2013 Comments are OFF
The New Yorker Celebrates Cycling


“Tour de Force,” by Bruce McCall, July 25, 2005

There’s been quite the buzz surrounding the New Yorker’s latest cover art by Bruce McCall for the featured story entitled “ExerCity”. Why is the New Yorker writing about cycling? Truth is, the New Yorker has featured cycling on their covers for some time. Take the above cover for example…

Check out many more amazing cycling-inspired cover art pieces at the New Yorker!

Sep 10, 2013 4 comments
Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story

Nelson Vails has been receiving a good amount of media coverage over the past few months and now, this Indigogo Campaign has launched to fund a documentary about the track racer. Here’s the trailer for Cheetah: The Nelson Vails Story.

“Nelson Vails’ story is a triumph over almost insurmountable odds. Nelson was the youngest of 10 children growing up in the Harlem projects and worked as a New York City bicycle messenger to support his family. Nicknamed “The Cheetah” because he was the fastest cat in the jungle, Nelson rode furiously while working, trained in Central Park after work and raced locally on weekends.

He was thrust on to the world stage, represented the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he won the silver medal in the individual 1000-meter Match Sprints, behind countryman Mark Gorski. Becoming a pioneer for the African-American cycling community, this documentary explores the beginnings of his life in Harlem and his impact on the future generation of cyclists worldwide.

It follows the triumph of Nelson’s achievements with the sobering reality of what becomes of athletes after retirement. We see Nelson’s resurgence today as an advocate for recreational cycling and as a role model for the African-American community, culminating in a reunion with teammate and opponent Mark Gorski, as they revisit the site of their historical race.

In the end, Nelson’s story is simply about a kid whose love for the bicycle led him to transcend racial and economic barriers to becoming a legacy.”

See more here.

Aug 12, 2013 5 comments
Austin Horse Wins the CMWC 2013 Lausanne
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Photo by Kevin Sparrow / Vocativ

The 2013 CMWC in Lausanne appears to be one of the most picturesque and grueling competitions to date. There isn’t a whole lot of coverage up on the net just yet, but the news that Austin Horse won the CMWC has been circulating through social media. While more photos turn up, check out the Flickr group and Vocativ where Kevin Sparrow is contributing photos.

Aug 4, 2013 3 comments
NYC Street Snaps 01
Yesterday, Harry and I went on a ride.

Without New York City, I wouldn’t be who I am today and quite possibly, this site wouldn’t even exist. The people here are like family and while I may be detached from their day to day lives, I still always roll through for a quick visit when I’m in town. Lauren and I arrived late Sunday, so yesterday was our first day in town.

I swung by a few spots in Brooklyn after my friend Harry and I took a morning spin around Central Park. Later, day turned into night and I turned to some of my old digs to meet up with some old friends. Beer, bros and bikes. Just like the Brooklyn I left three years ago.

Most of these photos are quick shots, or portraits but all came from the Sony RX100… Check out some narrated photos in the Gallery!

Jul 30, 2013 9 comments