/msg/ - Messenger & Courier General
So 90s It Hurts Edition
What're ya ridin'?
What're ya deliverin'?
/msg/ - Messenger & Courier General
Chicago reporting in. Working for one of the larger companies downtown. It's okay, I used to make a lot more before they gave me a new dispatcher. I don't stop moving all day and I rarely get break. Usually take it pretty easy and ride relaxed for that reason.
I ride a few different bikes but my favorites are standard road bikes with risers and thumb shifters. Once I get my old rockhopper set-up properly, I'll probably ride that thing most of the time. A good track bike has also never let me down.
The last couple weeks have been pretty rough on me with the arctic temperatures finally rolling in. I can usually handle anything in the double digits (f), but below that I mentally give up and just try to get through my day so I can go home. It's been hard to eat enough to stay warm, but I always treat myself to pizza after a really cold day. How's January treating you guys?
Also, Joey love is still out there messengering. Said wussup to him yesterday and today he was wearing all the same shit as in that movie.
Here's his bike locked up in the wild. Snapped this picture last week.
I'd take the East Coast cold and snow over shitty rainy season any day.
Just put on muh siqq layerz and old snowboard gear, maybe knobbies on the MTB and I'm GTG.
Rain makes cagers here go even more retarded then they are already and makes the already janky hills a one-way ticket to JustFuckMyShitUp Town.
>not running anti-theft skewers at least
Don't your hard start to hurt riding in the same position all day? I'd at least expect Ergon style grips if you're riding flat bar. You're tough as fuck anon good job.
It looks like he's got hose clamps over the QR levers.
I love messenger bikes like that because the dudes are broke as hell but ride harder than most people. Always impressed. He doesn't give a shit about internet forum pussies. Keep that pie plate ON
Novi Sad, Serbia reporting in.
I'm riding pic related (but without luggage rack)
I usually deliver eyeglasses, medical samples, printed materials and food deliveries now and again.
Weather was really nice this past week, but the week before it was like -20°C, my dick was freezing.
didn't know Serbia had bike messengers, I was in Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Subotica last summer.
I felt like I was going to die driving a van through there, can't imagine doing downtown on a bike
Guess Chicago doesn't have quite the same level of highly-evolved tweaker bike thieves we get here.
They'll chop your shit down and be gone before you're out of the building unless you lock everything up like a fucking Brinks truck.
while we were a planned economy, there was no economic demand for bike messengers, but it's been 10 or so years since we ditched socialism so the market for couriers is starting to emerge.
As far as traffic culture goes, yeah it's quite bad. No one seems to pay attention to stop signs, right-of-way and such. I was hit by a car two times before I realized that I must check 360° before doing ANYTHING on a bike.
Here's a vid of one of my mates riding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3-ThZrWTEw
that bike is set up very agressively so my back hurts at the end of the day but it's not that bad. I'll probably add some porteur bars or some wider risers with a lot of sweep.
Most of my bikes have risers and I find it's more comfortable all day than riding with drop bars. I would never put bar-ends on my bikes.
Had one of you couriers kick me over on my motorbike today. Apparently I'm the dipshit for going 5+ the speed limit and he's just meandering across traffic into my lane.
Typical hipster too, big bushy beard, flannel, a fixie, and a fucking messenger bag.
>kick me over on my motorbike
why would you let anyone do that shit to you. Damn you are a beta, get up, dust your self off, pull up your skirt and kick hiss ass.
Can't count how many fights Ive had bc of assholes swerving at me in traffic. no respect for 2 wheels in Chicago.
Cyclist fyi, ex motorcyclist, so I know both worlds.
Believe me I tried m80, by the time I got up he had filtered through traffic and turned another way. I rode around trying to find him but he was gone. Yeah, I do feel like a bitch
Risers and the like are great (more upright/chill than on the hoods/forward with bullhorns or w/e), obviously necessary if you're rolling with a front rack n such. lately wide ass bars (like, 650mm+) are hip in a lot of fixed scenes; I quite like them as it's super comfy and you get so much control, but you can't really squeeze into tight spaces. It just depends on where you work I suppose? Just don't do that wacky narrow straight bar shit people used to do like six years ago, that shit is dumb.
Pic sorta related; work bike with risers and a Soma Mini rack w/ a Wald basket ziptied to it. The Superbe cranks ended up going on my other bike so it's really ugly as it currently sits.