Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-17-08, 12:58 PM   #1
same time
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Washington DC
Bikes:
Posts: 962
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What do messengers carry now?

A recent thread about messengers got me thinking: what do bike messengers carry nowadays?

When I was a courier back before the internet, we carried documents that needed signatures, photo samples and negatives, and graphic/print proofs. Now, it seems that ink signatures are no longer needed for a lot of stuff, and photo/graphic design is sent over the internet or ftp sites. And the company I work for uses FedEx to send stuff just across town, because it's so cheap.

So what DO messengers carry now?
same time is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:01 PM   #2
BRANDUNE
All around nice guy
 
BRANDUNE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Sunny Seattle
Bikes: THE KIND WITH TWO WHEELS AND ONE GEAR
Posts: 1,742
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Empty boxes and hope
BRANDUNE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:13 PM   #3
nathbdp
Senior Member
 
nathbdp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 624
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
nothing. messengers don't exist anymore. all those messengers you think you see, are simply fakengers waxing nostalgia.
nathbdp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:24 PM   #4
Oh No
TARCK BIKE DOT COM
 
Oh No's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: 610 tarck bike city
Bikes: your mother on wheeeeeelz
Posts: 1,018
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
child sex slaves/drugzzzzzz
Oh No is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:24 PM   #5
AZKakaAZK
akaAZKakaAZK
 
AZKakaAZK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: brooklyn
Bikes: bianchi...moth...
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
love notes from congressmen to hookers and little boys.
AZKakaAZK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:26 PM   #6
veeco23
.
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 108
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
dc still doesn't have electronic filing in the district and federal courts, so a lot of paper filings. alot of law books between firms and Gtown law library. still the same stuff as the old days, just less volume.
veeco23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:31 PM   #7
bonechilling
Run What 'Ya Brung
 
bonechilling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 5,694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Messages.
bonechilling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:38 PM   #8
AZKakaAZK
akaAZKakaAZK
 
AZKakaAZK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: brooklyn
Bikes: bianchi...moth...
Posts: 151
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonechilling View Post
Massages.

AZKakaAZK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:42 PM   #9
hudsong
North American Scum
 
hudsong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Bikes: Swobo Sanchez
Posts: 273
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by AZKakaAZK View Post
love notes from congressmen to hookers and little boys.
Nothing more to say.
hudsong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:48 PM   #10
Peedtm
Tell them I hate them
 
Peedtm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Boise, ID
Bikes: Specialized Allez Epic '91, IRO Mark V Pro, Schwinn Traveler
Posts: 939
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Drugs.
Ask David Leopold
Peedtm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 01:56 PM   #11
LóFarkas
LF for the accentdeprived
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Budapest, Hungary
Bikes:
Posts: 3,549
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"Do you stop for red lights?"
"Never."

Guy didn't package that one too much
LóFarkas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 05:27 PM   #12
tradtimbo
Senior Member
 
tradtimbo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Monterey, California
Bikes: 1982 Fuji Team, 1979 Raleigh Team Record, 1984 Raleigh Team USA, Japanese Raleigh Super Course, 2000 LeMond Buenos Aires, 90's Schwinn High Plains, 1978? Austro Daimler Inter 10
Posts: 546
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I use messengers at work to bring plans to clients, or send any documents across town in a day. we just call the service, and either a bike messenger comes, a foot messenger, or a car messenger depending on the distance the package is going. I'm an engineer.
tradtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 07:16 PM   #13
sp00ki
partly metal, partly real
 
sp00ki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Philadelphia.
Bikes: Hummer H2
Posts: 3,597
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Food stamps.
Just kidding, messengers earn a substantial salary w/ benefits.

Last edited by sp00ki; 03-17-08 at 07:55 PM.
sp00ki is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 07:23 PM   #14
raster
Heck yes.
 
raster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Phila-ila-delphia
Bikes: Saint Tropez, Shogun
Posts: 426
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nines.
raster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 07:26 PM   #15
marqueemoon
or tarckeemoon, depending
 
marqueemoon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: the pesto of cities
Bikes: Davidson Impulse, Merckx Titanium AX, Bruce Gordon Rock & Road, Cross Check custom build, On-One Il Pomino, Shawver Cycles cross, Zion 737, Mercian Vincitore, Brompton S1L, Charge Juicer
Posts: 7,020
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Large amounts of credit card debt.
marqueemoon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 07:30 PM   #16
willypilgrim
71 Peugeot. fixed.
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Twin Cities
Bikes:
Posts: 1,159
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
hiv
willypilgrim is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 07:37 PM   #17
queerpunk
aka mattio
 
queerpunk's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,961
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
i carry food. lots of it.
queerpunk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 07:40 PM   #18
dayvan cowboy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Athens, Ohio
Bikes: Fuji Track, Half built 70s Azuki
Posts: 1,568
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The only "messengers" i've ever seen in Athens(college town) worked at Jimmy Johns.
dayvan cowboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 09:10 PM   #19
raceface337
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 6
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
blueprints, restaurant change orders/deposits, inter-office mail, all kinds of design proofs, tons and tons of court reporting crap, jewelry, subpoenas, summons, writ of garnishments, city/county filings, presents during the holidays, tax stuff at this time of the year. the list goes on and on. e filing has not killed us all
raceface337 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 09:19 PM   #20
Peedtm
Tell them I hate them
 
Peedtm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Boise, ID
Bikes: Specialized Allez Epic '91, IRO Mark V Pro, Schwinn Traveler
Posts: 939
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I worked at Kinko's in Seattle a while. We used messengers to deliver copies all the time.
Peedtm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 09:20 PM   #21
the beef
100% USDA certified
 
the beef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Seattle -> NYC
Bikes: Bianchi XL EV2
Posts: 4,022
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
happy thoughts and welfare checks. speaking of seattle, I read the other day in the times that we have something like 80 left in our whole city.
the beef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 09:21 PM   #22
frankstoneline
stay free.
 
frankstoneline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ellensburg, WA
Bikes: EAI Bare Knuckle, 1980's Ross Signature 292s 12 speed
Posts: 1,557
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by the beef View Post
happy thoughts and welfare checks. speaking of seattle, I read the other day in the times that we have something like 80 left in our whole city.
Its a dieing breed in the seattle area, such a shame.
frankstoneline is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 09:26 PM   #23
NitroPye
Guest
 
Bikes:
Posts: n/a
Mentioned: Post(s)
Tagged: Thread(s)
Quoted: Post(s)
Stupid internet making messengers obsolete!
  Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 09:34 PM   #24
apotnolid
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
$570 bottles of wine . . .
apotnolid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-08, 10:21 PM   #25
ryansupak
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 45
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My GF is a messenger here in Houston...apparently the most lucrative days are "paycheck runs" because you get paid a flat spiff per drop and you can carry lots of them.

Another considerable portion of her workload is very similar...picking up cash deposits at businesses and dropping them at the bank.

When I was a messenger in Houston in 2000 it was that sort of thing, and also a decent amount of medical drops.

rs
ryansupak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:06 PM.