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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.
Leaving your nest ain’t easy, especially when your home town has been good to you. Hanson Little used to be a pro BMX rider – on paper – he still rips and takes trips from time to time, but his days of going big are limited by past injuries and the desire to keep on the bike, not healing off it.
Recently, Hanson bought a van and sold all of his belongings, save for a few bicycles. He plans on spending a great deal of time on the road over the next few months, but before he left town, I met up with him and shot some photos of his new mobile digs.
This weekend, I sent over some interview questions, which he promptly replied to… check them out below in a special Ride Along!
Some of the best experiences I’ve had on “bike trips” haven’t been related to cycling at all. Case in point: in the early talks of the Frostbike agenda, Jeff from All-City recommended that we drive 4 hours north of Minneapolis to the southern shore of Lake Superior.
In this frozen land, there were caves, which during the summer months, held many great alcoves and vistas out over the lake, but in the winter, when it’s cold enough, they became in chrysalis. This isn’t an annual occurrence either. This year was the first year in a decade that the water has been cold enough to freeze.
Everything is frozen, even the water that typically seeps through the sandstone cliffs, causing cascades of icicles, many of which are big enough to deliver a fatal blow if they were to fall. Behind these curtains, lie numerous caves, most of which are covered in a solid 3″ of ice on all surfaces. It’s really something else.
Tuesday morning, Jeff, Kyle and I ventured out into the madness and at some point I expected to see 7′ tall albino penguins or at least a shoggoth. But alas, the Old Ones are long gone.
See more in the Gallery!
I had a blast at Frostbike, riding fatbikes, drinking, eating and hanging out with my dudes Jeff and Kyle! There’s much more on the way…
My feet are still frozen but we had a blast on Lake Superior today exploring the ice caves along the coast. More to come!
Lyle from Mission Workshop and I have successfully escaped Eurobike and fled to the Mountains of Madness in Glarus, Switzerland. Today we’re going to get in a quick ride before heading out to Freiburg, Germany where we’ll be riding with the guys from Santa Cruz.
Expect some real epicness from PiNP over the next few days as I take on some of the most epic riding in the world.
After a long day of traveling and two whole hours of sleep, I’m alive and well at Eurobike. This show has eluded me for four years now. Year after year, plans have fallen through last minute but this year, I’m here thanks to Mission Workshop (thanks guys!).
Expect lots of randomness, rad bikes, beer, brats, bros, babes and bourbon. Since the WiFi sucks here at the show, I’ll most likely be updating the site only a few times a day… If you’re at the show, track me down and I’ll shoot your portrait.
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If anyone can tell you about traveling on an airplane with a bike, it’s me. I spend just about every other week flying with my bike, all over the country and the world. In doing so, I’ve established a routine that works without issue but it takes a little bit of planning before you even begin to pack.
Check out more below.
The past few days, I’ve been down in North Carolina, visiting my family. This morning, we left to head up to Vermont for that JDRF ride. My brother is heading in from Maryland and will accompany my mom and me on the ride… It’s an 18 hour drive, so expect updates tonight or tomorrow afternoon.
Thanks for being understanding! It’s the summer and that means road trips and family time.
It’s been real fun. There will be much more coverage on the way, but I’d like to say thanks to some of the people who made this trip such a unique experience:
-Mission Workshop (you guys rule!)
-Geoff at Box Dog Bikes
-Victor from Archive Bags
-Chas and Lindsey from TCB Courier
-John from Rapha
-Kyle and Adria from Golden Saddle Cyclery
-Garrett from Strawfoot
-Steve from Godspeed
-Extra Bigger / DNO