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Old 04-18-08, 07:36 AM   #1
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Bicycle Messengers

So I have been riding my fixie (bd kilo tt w/ deep v's and a pretty sweet tube protector) for about 3 weeks now and I have the whole fixed gear thing down pretty well. I can ride brakeless and slow down super fast, I can trackstand (not no hands yet), and all the rest. Anyways I was biking to my friend Tony's house lastnight and I was thinking "Man, I could get a job messin', I am good enough for that ****"

Anyways, my problem is that I live in apple valley minnesota, but I decided that if it paied well (and i could deliver lots of stuff prob cause I am quick you know) I could drive out there and park in a garage and just commute back n forth you know? Anyways, basically I was wondering if some of the mess'gers on this forum could give me stop tips on how to get a job working the streets. I don't have much of a resume other than being the best fixie rider in the south suburbs, but I def can back up that claim. what do you think?
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Old 04-18-08, 07:39 AM   #2
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I've heard that messangers don't get paid very well at all, usually below minimum wage as it's a commission type thing. Factor in the costs of bicycle upkeep and long hard working hours to make anything and it's probably not worth it financially.

My advice (based upon just what I've read about messangers): Do it for the love of it, not for the money.
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If I make enough money to commute back and forth (my subaru forester gets like 30mpg) I am pretty ok cause I still live at my parents. I am all about riding for fun, you know what I mean 4 sho
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I think when the weather warms up you should buy a bike and try to learn how to ride.
It helps if someone holds the back of the seat and runs along side you at first.
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Do it. most messengers actually only live in the city during the week in a crash pad and live out of town on w/e and holidays in the country.
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don't be hatin bro

p.s. the brick: thanks for the support, I am so down.
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this isn't funny at all.
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this isn't funny at all.

here let me close the thread, hold on.
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So I have been riding my fixie (bd kilo tt w/ deep v's and a pretty sweet tube protector) for about 3 weeks now and I have the whole fixed gear thing down pretty well. I can ride brakeless and slow down super fast, I can trackstand (not no hands yet), and all the rest. Anyways I was biking to my friend Tony's house lastnight and I was thinking "Man, I could get a job messin', I am good enough for that ****"

Anyways, my problem is that I live in apple valley minnesota, but I decided that if it paied well (and i could deliver lots of stuff prob cause I am quick you know) I could drive out there and park in a garage and just commute back n forth you know? Anyways, basically I was wondering if some of the mess'gers on this forum could give me stop tips on how to get a job working the streets. I don't have much of a resume other than being the best fixie rider in the south suburbs, but I def can back up that claim. what do you think?

So let me get this straight... You are the best rider in your suburbs where you have absolutely nothing to worry about as far as hazards during your ride. You also have a Killo TT (with top tube pad) and have been riding for 3 weeks? You could get bored of fixed after a few months, flat out you have no experience whatsoever. You are completely unready for what you would need to do as a messenger. Not only that but Im willing to bet that you would most likely cry, if a messenger talked to you about the dangers involved, then run back home where you are "king of the suburbs, WITH PROOF!".

Move to New York and take a leisurely ride and see if you dont want to go back home.
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this isn't funny at all.
It really isn't. And the fact that it's the second trolling thread that Pfutz has created in one day doesn't help.
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here let me close the thread, hold on.
If Tina Tommasini can have it done by request, I don't see why you couldn't request locks
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It really isn't. And the fact that it's the second trolling thread that Pfutz has created in one day doesn't help.
I don't post them because I am funny, I post them because this is funny:

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So let me get this straight... You are the best rider in your suburbs where you have absolutely nothing to worry about as far as hazards during your ride. You also have a Killo TT (with top tube pad) and have been riding for 3 weeks? You could get bored of fixed after a few months, flat out you have no experience whatsoever. You are completely unready for what you would need to do as a messenger. Not only that but Im willing to bet that you would most likely cry, if a messenger talked to you about the dangers involved, then run back home where you are "king of the suburbs, WITH PROOF!".

Move to New York and take a leisurely ride and see if you dont want to go back home.
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So I have been riding my fixie (bd kilo tt w/ deep v's and a pretty sweet tube protector) for about 3 weeks now and I have the whole fixed gear thing down pretty well. I can ride brakeless and slow down super fast, I can trackstand (not no hands yet), and all the rest. Anyways I was biking to my friend Tony's house lastnight and I was thinking "Man, I could get a job messin', I am good enough for that ****"

Anyways, my problem is that I live in apple valley minnesota, but I decided that if it paied well (and i could deliver lots of stuff prob cause I am quick you know) I could drive out there and park in a garage and just commute back n forth you know? Anyways, basically I was wondering if some of the mess'gers on this forum could give me stop tips on how to get a job working the streets. I don't have much of a resume other than being the best fixie rider in the south suburbs, but I def can back up that claim. what do you think?
Actually, I was thinking that I wanted to do the same thing this summer too. Does anybody know of any gigs in the San Gabriel Valley I could take?
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If Tina Tommasini can have it done by request, I don't see why you couldn't request locks
since this thread is a bomb, can someone fill me in on what happened with the tommasini thread. Maybe a link would help. I came back after a couple days and everyone was laughing about tommasini.
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I heard dominos is hiring.
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I laugh at messengers.
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This is like how strippers and prostitutes comute to vegas for the weekend, right?
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maybe its because i'm horrendously hungover today, but for some reason i thought this thread was really funny.

i think its 'cause i got the cloudy brains today. my comprehension skills are so god damned shot... these rudimentary jabs are really doin' it for me.

i'm gonna spend the rest of my work day laughing at icanhascheezburger and trying to figure out why i'm such a terrible, terrible person.




anyway, you show 'em Pfutz.
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Effin' sweet! Thanks brosef!
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don't worry, we laugh at you alot more.
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Im just glad youve noticed me.
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Im just glad youve noticed me.
You should get a more descript outfit. That hood and shades bit is sneaky.
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since this thread is a bomb, can someone fill me in on what happened with the tommasini thread. Maybe a link would help. I came back after a couple days and everyone was laughing about tommasini.
Tommasini posted a warning about knock off frames on ebay. The ebay seller was contacted by a mod to have a chance to refute the claims and boy did he.
It went on between the two for a while, and we all dog piled with the ebay guy on Tina (tommasiniUSA) since his story seemed legit. Meanwhile Tina had mods close/delete threads/posts and Deathhare almost shed a tear due to some alleged mod manipulation of his account. It was spectacular.
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best rider in the suburbs? hahaha

but if you're serious, you should read this article: http://www.chicagoreader.com/features/stories/fourstar/

being a messenger isnt all that great.
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You should get a more descript outfit. That hood and shades bit is sneaky.
Not a bad idea.
What can i do to get more messenger attention?
Anyone?
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