Courier Dispatch

This is where I share what the life of a real track biker in NYC is like. Alleycats, traffic cops, $1 pizza and the best places to meet girls on bikes in NY

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Track Bike

Everybody and their grandmother are riding a “Track Bike” these days. It used to mean something when someone said “I ride Fixed.”. Now the previously exclusive domain of bike messengers has become as much a part of your average hipsters’ wardrobe as a mesh back trucker cap or gas station attendant shirt. Can this boom in fixed popularity keep going, or is it just another passing trend like Africa medallions, Malcolm X hats and recycling? Is the track bike now the equivalent of the thick rimed glasses that revolting hipsters use to distinguish themselves from regular people? Can a trend in both athletic equipment and lets face it, fashion, be sustained when it’s embraced by nerds?

All the first bicycles were what would now be called a track bike, or a fixed. Snappy cycling accessories like brakes and derailleurs had yet to be invented when the Tour De France was first run on the dirt roads of rural France. The first vehicle to circumnavigate Australia by land was a track bike. Even with the invention of hand brakes, all bikes were still fixed gear. Once Tullio Campagnolo invented the derailleur, however, the heyday of fixed gear bikes was over. The fixed gear was relegated to the velodrome (French-Bike Track) and that is how they became to be known as the ‘track bikes’. Velodromes were big business back at the turn of the century; people used to pack into Madison Square Garden to see Major Taylor, a black man from Indianapolis, race in one of the U.S.’s first integrated sports. After the Second World War the public developed a greater interest in car racing and most bike tracks around the country closed up.

Today there are only 16 operating velodromes in the land of the free, most used only by a handful of people. The Kissena Velodrome out in Flushing, Queens is one such place. The newly resurfaced bike track is a valuable resource that most new Yorkers rarely take advantage of. Go out any afternoon in the summertime and you can see what it is all about. Some of the pros can be a little snobby, but the people out there are full of cycling wisdom. There is a race for everybody from pros to novices and kids. If you have a track bike and have not even raced on a velodrome, you might be fakin’ it...

When the messenger boom started in the 80’s the streets were filled with all kinds of different bikes. Messengers, like New Yorkers, come from all over the world and in other countries that are not as developed, people still ride fixed everyday. An unnamed messenger from Trinidad and Tobago said that it was a Trini messengers who were the first to ride track bikes for work. The small island nation has two concrete and four grass velodromes and the sport has always been big there, so there may be reason to believe him. I also heard the same story from a Jamaican, a Venezuelan and a Mexican. The only problem is that there is a picture of a twelve year old Irish kid in a Western Union uniform on a track bike circa 1920 in the book Bike Cult by Dave Perry.

In 1984 the track bike gained a special place in the hearts of all NYC bike messengers when one of their own took a silver medal in the 200meter sprint at the Los Angeles Olympics. It was Nelson Vails who showed the world what one dedicated messenger and his bicycle could do. This caused a whole wave of messenger on track bikers to hit the streets during the ‘gravy days’ of the 80’s trying to emulate the new hometown hero. The impact was so great, that when the timeless messenger classic film “Quicksilver” debuted in 1986, Kevin Bacon runs out and buys a track bike when he drops out of Wall Street to find himself as a bike messenger. When the cycle messenger world championship started twelve years ago, couriers from all around the globe were impressed enough by the New York track riders and their machines that many of them got into fixed. Today there are famous crews of track bikers like the Warsaw Car Killers from Poland in any city of the world worth visiting.

The fixed has been a contentious issue in the messenger community since the early days. Many couriers share the view of regular folks that riding a bike with no hand brakes in New York City traffic is insane, stupid or both. New York messenger king Felipe believes in safety-”I can go faster with brakes.”

Many veteran riders have seen too many young bucks go down and not get up from an accident on a track bike.

“If you want to ride fixed in traffic then you need mad skillz my yut”, said Eddie Williams, author of “New York Messenger Life”, a collection of courier photos from a twenty year career as a messenger and a photographer. Eddie is also a Campagnolo fanatic and has a choice collection of the coveted vintage pista hard ware. Many see the fixed as a badge of honor that sets them apart from other riders.

“Messengers are like soldiers in the war against traffic who know that they could die in combat. Messengers on Track are like Green Berets who want to jump out of a plane behind enemy lines.” says Horeshack. The lightness and mechanical simplicity of the track bike is what draws many couriers. “There are just less things that can break. The bike is cheaper because you don’t have to buy shifters, brakes or levers”

Back in 1999 a Track rider named Snake threw an Alleycat race called “Monster Track”. It was the first of it’s kind; an illegal street race through Manhattan with only one rule. –No Brakes allowed. It was an instant success and spawned similar ‘track bike only” races in cities all over the world. Monster Track 6 was on February 18th and over 200 competitors attended. These were the elite of street track bikers. They all have adopted the strict code. “No Brakes allowed” and ‘Brakes are for pussies,” were two overwhelming opinions. They would laugh at and insult you if you tried to register for the race with brakes. The Track Bike is now a fixture in the microcosm of messenger culture, and this trend is now completely taken into the macro

About three years ago, sometime after someone blew up the world trade center and dirty looking jeans came back into fashion, I started noticing them; hipster punks riding around on old road bikes with a fixed gear and (yuck) a brake or two. Most of them wore distasteful, mess bag like devices that are sold at the Gap and a shiny new kryptonite chain around their waists’. As one well respected courier put it, “I just want to knock one of them off their bike with an elbow to the face and say,”This isn’t for you, you little jerk-off’”. Most didn’t feel as strongly as he did, but many couriers have funny names for these characters like culture-vulture, poser, dick-jocker, tourist hipster scum and fakenger. They don’t have real track bikes, but converted road “wack bikes”. ”its fashion, not function”, says Alex, who opened Bicycle Doctor (133 Grand street,), a Brooklyn bike shop catering to just about everybody that sells a lot of track bikes. “In the last year I have sold more track bikes than in the four previous years combined”. Being in Williamsburg a huge percentage of these bikes must be being sold to poser, hipster douche bag fakenger scum.

The draw of popular culture to track bikes is obvious and sometimes disturbing. Messengers have been a staple of the advertising business for years now. The have us selling watches, sneakers, cold medicine, banks, 401k plans, and even fucking cars. Can you believe that? It’s like, “Buy our car and you can run over these guys.” The NYT Sunday magazine is running ads for a SUV that stole three of my friend’s names and put them in the ad without paying them. Bronx Johnny indeed. The manufacturers of the killers of more Americans than handguns and terrorism combined couldn’t pay three regular cats whose names they stole. Thanks for nothing Lincoln. SUVs and the people who drive them will be viewed by history as war criminals against humanity and the earth. There is a limited supply of oil on this planet and we should be conserving it. Instead, billions of gallons of federally subsidized petrochemical pollutants are wasted every year to power V8 engines driven by lone, bloated lazy drunks ten blocks to the liquor store. We have to fight wars over oil and then people put jingoistic patriotic magnets on the back of their trucks to feel better about themselves. That’s not keeping it real. Ride a bike to the liquor store. Fight Terrorism. A track bike is cheaper than the lease down payment on any SUV and you might live longer with some daily exercise in your life.

Oh yeah, track bikes, sorry, I like to rant.

The allure of these pure machines is not easy to avoid. A classic Atala frame with full Campagnolo Pista Record groupo, Brooks leather saddle, Alfredo Binda double toe straps and Cinelli stem, is a vision most people will never see with their own eyes, let alone ride. Such a machine was made for a champion of the days of old and is the goal of any true track rider to assemble. To accomplish such a task one needs to be resourceful and adept, skilled with tools and blessed with a delicate touch. You must be able to identify the worn markings of constantly changing logos on even the smallest nuts and bolts. A whole new vocabulary must be understood and a mind for geometry is a helpful tool. Otherwise you will swiftly fall victim to the hucksters that work at many bike shops and infest the black market. For example; how do you know if your Bianchi was made in Italy or Taiwan after the shop takes the sticker off? You bet your sweet ass it matters and you should know. Italian beats everything and costs the same as something made in a Chinese sweatshop. Informed consumers are much harder to rip off. A low end rear hub from China will “strip”(the threading on the hub that the lock ring and cog screw on to is sheared off by the force of your attempt to lock up and skid and the cogs attempt to stay screwed on) the first time you lock the rear wheel and become useless. Then you have to walk back to the shop like a rookie, complain, and probably not get your money back, sucker. Real bikers build up their bikes themselves.

A true Fixed Fanatics bike will show not only their wrench skills but their taste. Some go for retro styling, while others want only new high tech parts. Some distinguish their bikes with bright tires and toe straps that match the bikes paint job. That’s rookie shit. If you want to impress me have all the same parts from the same manufacturer from the same year. If Phil Wood hubs still impress you, you might be a rookie. Phil Wood hubs from 84’ would get my attention. Remember if you can just buy something at the store, its not that cool, anybody can get one.

It looks like the mass commercialization of the fixed has begun and it won’t turn off any true fixed fanatics away from their bikes. There will still be velodromes and Monster Tracks after all the hype dies down and college kids get back into rollerblading. If the hype can get big business to not only invest but share some of the bread, maybe Monster Track will be an x-game event in a few years. Knowing corporate America however, they will probably just beat the trend till it’s dead.

By the way, No one is impressed with road bikes with a fixed wheel jammed on the back. It might be a good idea for a beginner to slap together and see if they like riding fixed before they go out and spend a lot of money, but don’t expect anything but snickers from any true disciple. Even if you go to one of the little track bike boutiques that have been popping up and get a real bike, don’t try to race me over the bridge or in traffic, because you ain’t gonna beat me. You might even get yourself killed by an SUV.

42 Comments:

At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this post, but then I started thinking that I might be one of those people that you clown on in your blog. am I a fakenger? I don't live in williamsburg and I don't wear dorky glasses, but ahh, I love my bike.

My first job in ny was at Urban Express for a few months. I haven't worked as a messenger for over a year now, but I ride a fixed bike and still sport a messenger bag because I kept it and it works for carrying shit around. i don't know what you'd call me: a poseur or just an ex-messenger who loves bikes and bike culture.

 
At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

seems like you are fighting hard not to be a douche bag yourself. your self-conscious rant only serves to make you seem defensive.

the suv comment om the end? wow. you're a tough guy. maybe you should get a life, douche bag

 
At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a great bit of history in here and a lot of insightful comments on the cultural state of the fixed gear, but the elitist commentary I find aloof, poorly crafted, and exposes some underlying self-esteem issues. But the act of sharing one's experiences about being a fixed gear rider is important and I applaud the Joker for his post regardless.

Having said that, however, I can understand how The Joker feels the need to protect the clout of the "original" fixed gear rider (that being the NYC messenger). The blind adoption of the fixed gear as a part of the hipster culture is, quite frankly, shallow and unauthentic, but not all of the new fixed gear riders are a part of this phenomenon.

In the end, cycling in general, in all forms, is better than driving and we should encourage people to ride. Whether it's for the fashion, the fun, or the necessity, cycling is an important element of efficient urban transport and as a cyclist (and global citizen) we have the responsibility to foster its growth.

If that means coming down from a high-horse, I will be the first to lend you a ladder...

 
At 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes... you're right.

you were the first one to do it.











fucking idiot.

 
At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW The messenger's name from the LA Olympics is "Nelson Vails" not Vales.

 
At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a waste of human life.

if you could see past your self-important angst-ridden insecurity, you'd realize that any person on a bike is a good thing.

it's about less cars. anyone who loves their bike is doing the right thing.

 
At 7:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you want to impress me have all the same parts from the same manufacturer from the same year"

If you want to impress us, as seems to be your want, quit writing such pretentious shit. And don't quit your day job at Gray's Papaya.

 
At 8:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can I have some of your ego?

 
At 8:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of your ideas are interesting, but you are an overwhelmingly poor writer, and you really need to learn how to present an argument. If you get so excited when you are writing, sit back and calm down, you're making mistakes. Go through each paragraph and strike out your favorite phrase or sentence, it will make your essays readable and enjoyable. Hopefully!

 
At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Dude in Toronto said...

Dam are you stuck up or what ooooooo your too cool ,, any one on a bike rules and some peeps can't buy all the right parts so they make do with what they can get and build what they can and if they discover the thrill and fun of a track bike or singel speed right on GOOD for them and if they ride a geared bike GOOD for them ,,, I nod or say hi to messengers cause I respect them for the job they do and admire thier freedom if they don't respond so what!! they are stuck up just like you

 
At 3:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't want to impress you. and i am not impressed.

 
At 8:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe i should take you to task for using the english language and not being an english major. or having a web page set up for you on blogger and not writing a cms yourself from scratch. or any other thing. i think you have some anger issues. bikes are good. people riding them are better yet. your writing a anti hipster screed does nothing.

and just as a side note, Vails excluded, the messengers get their asses beat at the velodrome by old guys in lycra pretty much every time. so a more convincing argument would be that the messengers are wanna be poseur track stars... *if* one were to follow your logic.

 
At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe i should take you to task for using the english language and not being an english major. or having a web page set up for you on blogger and not writing a cms yourself from scratch. or any other thing. i think you have some anger issues. bikes are good. people riding them are better yet. your writing a anti hipster screed does nothing.

and just as a side note, Vails excluded, the messengers get their asses beat at the velodrome by old guys in lycra pretty much every time. so a more convincing argument would be that the messengers are wanna be poseur track stars... *if* one were to follow your logic.

 
At 10:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=104464&page=2&pp=25

 
At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Haha your egocentric ignorance is laughable. I ride my fixed gear to please me, what would ever make you think I'm doing it to impress some self-righteous hack that thinks he's a good writer with creative ideas? Thanks for the entertaining post, however. I've got your site bookmarked, and will be eagerly awaiting another comical entry regarding your superior fixie wisdom.

 
At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a tool

 
At 3:07 PM, Blogger Cory G. said...

Wow. That post got a lot of people's panties in a bunch. Lighten up people. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, especially on their own blog.

Its also funny that all of these comments are anonymous.

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Chris Wadja said...

This is hilarious, I didn't realize it until someone on the bikeforums.net mentioned it, but aren't you the same Mike Dee that got all pissy and started crying here in Philly in 2000? I don't know what the guy on the forum is saying about 1998 but I was at the CMWC in 2000. Because you got caught cheating and were thereby Disqualified? My girlfriend and I were drunk by the time that all went down, she's a(was) messenger and I was there to support her (pretty wild crowd for me but it was a good party for the big celebration)
Anyway, are you that guy? You started shoving people and making threats, even though a dozen people, racers, course watchers and spectators saw you cheating? That was a laugh riot for those of us who don't give a damn! Me and some older couriers (I felt more comfortable drinking with them) were cackling about that all night.
Besides that there was lots of fun talk that night on other topics, it made my weekend. So thanks for that Mike!

 
At 3:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHA, you're right, that is him!

quote Mike Dee was disqualified from the race for the following reasons:

-refusing to dismount at the finish line
-crashing into another rider at the finish line
-crashing into our timing guy at the finish line
-crashing into our timing system at the finish line
-giving the finger to our timing guy and volunteers at the finish line
-being abusive to our volunteers at checkpoints



Any one of these reasons were enough to get him DQ'd, but the combination of


all of them was hard to overlook.





For the record, I DID NOT contact Kozmo.com in New York City and request, suggest, mention, hint or in any other way try to get Mike Dee fired from
his job. I DID NOT contact Kozmo in NYC at all. I was much too busy and I have no idea how to go about doing it.
It is regrettable that because of his actions in Philadelphia Mike Dee was fired, but I personally had nothing to do with that decision. While I wish
I had that much power over other people's lives (I would use it to get araise at

quote


I hadn't heard anything about this guy in years! 1998? it was 2000 dude

Don't come back o Philly Mikie, you were the worst thing about CMWC that year Phhhht!

 
At 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cory G. -

They're anonymous because no one wants to sign up for a Blogger account that you're not going to use.

 
At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subculture defining itself by consumption and the implied status given by rarity, obscurity or authenticity of what it consumes is a dead end. Yes there may be a track bike boom at the moment, but that doesn't mean that those of us who aren't couriers are enemies.

Many of us work hard, ride daily in the city and have gone fixed not for any fashion reasons but because of the challenge and control it offers.

I understand the sentiments, but most of us are 'on your side' and I think you probably realize that.

 
At 2:10 AM, Blogger The Joker said...

I love these comments but please leave your name if you are going to talk excessive shit instead of being an anoynmous little bitch.

You know who you are.

See you at the worlds bitch.

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger heidi said...

>They don’t have real track bikes, but converted >road “wack bikes”. ”its fashion, not function”.....

Funny, function is normally defined as using what is available to you and efficient, while fashion is normally defined as using only what is cool, or not "wack."

Hating on someone because they dont/cant own the most prestigious/expensive available sounds like a brand-whore to me. Its like buying a Hummer, when a Forrester will get you through the snow just fine.

These rantings sound like a 4 year-old boy with a temper tantrum. First you bitch about cars clogging the street when a track bike would be faster, but then hate on anyone with a track bike who isnt a messenger. Perhaps you wouldnt whine so much if everyone else stayed home, and you got your way. "Mommmyy that's not fair, i had it first..."

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger [165] said...

I can appreciate good writing (misspelled names and words, improper grammar - whatever people. Get over it.), or should I say honest writing. Joker has a point, HIS POINT, and god forbid in this world of free-thinkers and open-mindedness that we just learn from whatever we can instead of taking it so personal. Is this point of view conceited? Or malevolent? Or beneficial? To some, it would appear so.
And what if it is a joke? The “Modest Proposal” of NYC street track.
I have no clue what the writer really intends, but I appreciate the absence of dissimulation nonetheless.
It is an expression, and an honest one. In an age where the majority of BS we are bombarded with is so vapid or processed/manufactured, I can appreciate this type of writing. Content? Not sure - but the passion and dedication is there. Fools...

1. This is the internet.
2. This IS the internet.
3. Being challenged is a good thing.

this applies to all people involved here. Everyone has a perspective they wish to relate, and hell, Joker did on his own blog.
Elitist? Who cares.
Unapproachable? Who cares.
Think in context to other writers who have expressed disdain for something mainstreamed that they once held sacred. How would Bukowski (no, I am not putting this piece on the same level – it is merely a comparative device) have sounded if he was trying to get everyone to hold hands or agree on everything? A little hate isn't such a bad thing. It is a state of mind that allows growth – maybe even for the reader. It is an honest emotion. And now, it happens again here and all of the sudden, we get out the cross and nails. Maybe you don’t think that what Joker put out was worth while. Valid feedback. Maybe you don’t think that the writing is justified due to all the anger and acerbic lashing out. Your problem.
I hope more core writing and vision comes from this. I would rather spend a year with a madman yelling into the wind than five seconds with a carbon-copied disposition. I have reconsidered a few things - and isn’t that the point with writing? Thoughts are good people, even if they aren’t what you want someone to say to you.
Hell people, I don’t want everyone thinking like everyone else. Or is that what you want?
So maybe Joker’s proclamations are boisterous or fallacious. Get over it. The truth is what really stands up at the end of the day.
Move along if you don’t like what you read. It really is that simple.

There's everything to see here.

My name is Josh.

 
At 2:22 PM, Blogger fixedwhat said...

You know why dogs lick their balls?...'cause they can. So what that non-messenger cyclists are finding the fun in riding a fixie. This blog sounds like envy is running amock. Any prick out there that knocks another rider off their bike because they think they underserving of being on a fixie, should get a back full of lead.

Fucking loser

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger Elvis said...

I think many of your words have a grain of truth. And I often admired messengers int he past for the jobs they do. But I started riding fixed for fun on my own. I have a road bike and cross bike. I also have a track bike -- old custom job from the '70's.

I ride one a those "wack" bikes a converted road frame. Why? My track bike is too old and cool to risk mucking up in every day riding. NOTE: Every Day. Rain and snow. I was out there riding in ice storms, until the wind chill hit -10 degrees. Why? I LIKE RIDING.

Inventory of injuries.... right leg an eight of an inch shorter than the other.... left shoulder surgically rebuilt, etc.... I am not a messenger, just a guy who likes to ride, but I f-ing ain't no "poseur".

Oh yeh, one day I want a nice new shiny Pista track bike. Why? Because I appreciate nice stuff.

And for your info, fixed gear drivetrains and track bikes go way back before messengers.

Messengers took to riding fixed for the same reasons everyone else does, and that shows they recognized a good thing, good for them, but to claim they are first, sorry... No dice. Nice fictional view of history tho, as if track bikes weren't manufactured or used ont he street until the 1980's... LOL!

I give you credit for having conviction and speakin' your mind -- a rare thing in society -- , but have to disagree, as well as take issue with your tone. Your ignominious swipe at all other fixed gear riders who don't fit your little stereotype of cool is just plain counterproductive. Would you rather we were all out there driving SUVs?

You are right, you can't buy cool. But you can't apparently fake class, either. Your writing shows that much.

-- Elvis

 
At 7:46 PM, Blogger Elvis said...

I had written a lot more, but when I had finally logged into this stupid system, my original post was erased!

So let me just say this: You are right, you can't buy cool. But you can't fake class, either.

I ride a fixed gear. I have a track bike, but find the frame isn't as practical for the street. Sometimes I run a front brake. I was out riding in -10 degree windchill in the winter. I rode in the hottest day of the summer. I've had legs busted and my shoulder surgically reconstructed. I built my bike myself from parts.

I'm no messenger, but I take certain exception to being called a "poseur".

-- Elvis

 
At 9:53 PM, Blogger Earle said...

I first rode fixed in 1977. I messengered in DeeCee before Reagan took office. And I think you are a pompous ass.

Earle "my fixie is a converted road bike with fenders and a brake" Young
Madison, WI

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger liz said...

hey...
i cant wait to meet you in ny. Jaysus, yis dont half take yourself seriously. Look, everybody is passionate about something, and sometimes that passion leads to blindness and extreamism. There needs to be all sorts of people in this world, otherwise it would be But i like that there's a place for a good rant, and that you do very well. You also provide a lot of useful info about track bikes, i'm a roadie myself,with an interest in track bikes, as they were the origional velo. anyway, keep on ranting and people keep on commenting. life is good, remember that.. x liz

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger filtersweep said...

Kissena Velodrome? Aren't "real" dromes made of wood, like we have out here in the sticks in Blaine? ;)

 
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At 7:30 PM, Blogger alexxx said...

"By the way, No one is impressed with road bikes with a fixed wheel jammed on the back. It might be a good idea for a beginner to slap together and see if they like riding fixed before they go out and spend a lot of money, but don’t expect anything but snickers from any true disciple"
i work as a messenger in Portland and reading this made me laugh. all this talk about fashion victims, is this to distract from yourself? wow, i must REALLY be fake, thanks for confirming that one for me, because i don't' have a REAL TRACK BIKE, i mean, i think I'll quiet my job tomorrow. this is terrible, i gotta go tell all my buddies I'm not a real bike messenger...oh no i must be a fakenger...SHOOT ME IN THE FUCKING HEAD YOUR THE BIGGEST FASHION VICTIMS I'VE COME ACROSS. that must be pretty bad, seeing as i work in Portland. Fuck you.

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger balls in your face said...

everything gets played out, my friend. everything get leeched onto by some fashion-forward-upper-middle-class-liberal -arts-college wannabes. but dont attack them for doing something righteous, like foregoing the comforts of a car. the true lovers are the ones who remain in the end. those who were there in the beginning when it sucked and everyone thought you were a douchbag, those who were there in the middle, when it was sooooo fucking in to be part of the movement, telling everyone that, 'i've been doing this shit for years, poser' and the ones who are still there, in the end, when all that's left is people telling you how five years ago something was. spread love, man.

 
At 3:28 AM, Blogger william said...

Who cares who is riding what kinda bike. People, hipsters, artists, faggots, humans, bike messagers, fathers, trannie-sisters,choose to ride track or road fixed gear bikes because of the way it rides. It's as simple as that. There is a sense of glide and independence with the road that you do not feel on other bikes. it is like driving a manual vs. automatic automobile, there is a different level of indepence on the road. On the rare rare times i drive i prefer manual because i feel like i have more control with the road and with how i gage myself within the streets, just like I do when i ride a fixed gear bike. And really who gives a fawk if a hipster is riding a fixed gear bike, calm down and of course there is some sense of hip iconic label to the vintage fixed gear bikes. HIPSTERS are hip, thus the name, get over it. Bike messengers are considered HIPSTERS themselves whether they are old school or new school; all a hipster is, is someone who knows hip and trendy things; it is that SIMPLE! whot gives a flying fawk. i'm soo sick of these hipster arguments.

SHIT IM A HIPSTER I GUESS, I LOOK AT IT POSTIIVELY. I COME FROM A POOR WORKING CLASS FAMILY JUST OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO. I WEAR SKIN TIGHT BLACK PANTS, WENT TO A LIBERAL ARTS UNDERGRAD AND GRAT SCHOOL, I LISTEN TO BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, I DO LIKE RIDING FIXED GEAR BIKES, I DO NON-PROFIT HIV/AIDS WORK, I'VE LIVED IN WILLIAMSBURG, LOGAN SQUARE, PARK SLOPE, WICKER PARK. WHAT IS SO WRONG ABOUT THIS. I HAVE GENTRIFIED NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALSO HAVE DONE ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH WORK ON THEM AS WELL; BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHY IS IT SO HORRIBLE FOR ME TO RIDE MY FIXED GEAR BIKE. PLEASE MUTHAFAWKER, TELL ME.!!

*I AM A HIPSTER AND I DON'T SEE SHIT WRONG WITH IT. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A GROUP OF KIDS WHO DRESS POORLY, ARE UNEDUCATED, NOT KNOWING SHIT ABOUT THE WORLD, LIVING IN SUBURBAN ENCLAVES OUTSIDE OF AMERICA'S DILAPIDATED INNER CITIES? WHILE RIDING VINTAGE BEACH CRUISERS?

 
At 3:38 AM, Blogger william said...

Who cares who is riding what kinda bike. People, hipsters, artists, faggots, humans, bike messagers, fathers, trannie-sisters,choose to ride track or road fixed gear bikes because of the way it rides. It's as simple as that. There is a sense of glide and independence with the road that you do not feel on other bikes. it is like driving a manual vs. automatic automobile, there is a different level of indepence on the road. On the rare rare times i drive i prefer manual because i feel like i have more control with the road and with how i gage myself within the streets, just like I do when i ride a fixed gear bike. And really who gives a fawk if a hipster is riding a fixed gear bike, calm down and of course there is some sense of hip iconic label to the vintage fixed gear bikes. HIPSTERS are hip, thus the name, get over it. Bike messengers are considered HIPSTERS themselves whether they are old school or new school; all a hipster is, is someone who knows hip and trendy things; it is that SIMPLE! whot gives a flying fawk. i'm soo sick of these hipster arguments.

SHIT IM A HIPSTER I GUESS, I LOOK AT IT POSTIIVELY. I COME FROM A POOR WORKING CLASS FAMILY JUST OUTSIDE OF CHICAGO. I WEAR SKIN TIGHT BLACK PANTS, WENT TO A LIBERAL ARTS UNDERGRAD AND GRAT SCHOOL, I LISTEN TO BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, I DO LIKE RIDING FIXED GEAR BIKES, I DO NON-PROFIT HIV/AIDS WORK, I'VE LIVED IN WILLIAMSBURG, LOGAN SQUARE, PARK SLOPE, WICKER PARK. WHAT IS SO WRONG ABOUT THIS. I HAVE GENTRIFIED NEIGHBORHOODS AND ALSO HAVE DONE ETHNOGRAPHIC RESEARCH WORK ON THEM AS WELL; BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY WHY IS IT SO HORRIBLE FOR ME TO RIDE MY FIXED GEAR BIKE. PLEASE MUTHAFAWKER, TELL ME.!!

*I AM A HIPSTER AND I DON'T SEE SHIT WRONG WITH IT. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A GROUP OF KIDS WHO DRESS POORLY, ARE UNEDUCATED, NOT KNOWING SHIT ABOUT THE WORLD, LIVING IN SUBURBAN ENCLAVES OUTSIDE OF AMERICA'S DILAPIDATED INNER CITIES? WHILE RIDING VINTAGE BEACH CRUISERS?

 
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At 3:57 AM, Blogger Brian Rad said...

golly. i guess youve caught enough heat as it is. I never got those messengers I ride alongside going down milwakee ave in chicago who sneered at me. I allways thought they were jealous because I had a real track frame and they had convos. in fact, most messengers I know have shitty as fixies or nice ass shifties. but really, the only thing worse than posers like me who have only been riding fixies for two years and cant track stand for a half hour, who dont do bumps of coke while on rollers and put of it videos on fixie forums, are the "real" heads, who have so little to cling on to socially or intellectually, or whatever the fucktually, that they necessitate "realness" into stupid fun things like bikes. if it rides, thats the point.

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Rob said...

"can i have some of your ego" hahaha that shit was too funny


get over yourself man. so you ride with no brakes...big fucking deal. oh nooo you're precious subculture is being ruined by people who are newly attracted to track bikes but don't work as messengers. last time i checked there was no messenger requirement to ride a bike.
p.s.- i ride the most generic track bike available-a bianchi pista...oh yeah, it's got a front brake on it too. email me at robcollins111@gmail.com and we can arrange for you talk some shit to my face about it...then we'll see what happens bitch

 
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