Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: Jamis Ventura Comp (2010) and Raleigh M80 (1998).
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Well, it seems to me that what he described in the memoir was that the messenger scene was a constantly changing and renewing family/culture for him. He felt like he belonged for a little while, and like most of the messengers he described, he got his main 'gig' at the end and took out what he could from being a messenger. I thought it was really interesting to hear some of the people on this forum say that the Chicago messengers gave him a bit of guff. I mean, that's the jist that I'm getting from this.
As an avid cyclist and bike mechanic myself, I feel that maybe a lot of the negative feedback people gave him were perhaps from people who maybe weren't as involved in that aspect of the culture that he was. That would be my guess. As far as the people who were actually mentioned and written about in the memoir, I'd really like to hear what they have to say. I mean, is this something that could be a sort of case study for other cities? I feel like maybe there should be a follow up to it. So much time has passed between then and now, and especially with the messenger/fixed gear trend really catching on with the bags and clothing etc. I'd really be interested to hear what Culley or some of the other people he mentioned in his memoir would have to say about all that. Reading his thoughts really gave me a different perspective on the bigger picture of what I guess could be described as a 'bike centric' society. Really, I thought the book was going to be fluff, but it came out being really wholesome for me after all.