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Old 12-01-03, 03:20 PM   #1
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Interesting read

While roaming around Barnes & Noble the other day I found a pretty interesting read in the Sports/Cycling section.

"The Immortal Class", Bike Messengers and the cult of human power. Written by Travis Hugh Culley a former messenger from Chicago. A shade over 300 pages and gives a pretty good sense of the lifestyle and the problems facing ALL cyclists as they interact with the community as a whole.

$11.95 so really no excuse to pass it up. Hell, give up your Starbucks hit for a couple of days and your there.

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Old 12-01-03, 04:03 PM   #2
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the IFBMA messenger list has been lit up lately with people talking about travis. the story as i hear it is that he messengered for 9 months (i guess he missed out on the chicago winter) and wrote a memoir about it. "world famous rookie" is how i've heard him described. also, apparently it was originally billed as a compilation, and some of the "compiled" work from other authors might have made it into the final memoir without attribution. *shrug*

some criticism of "the immortal class" and travis:
http://www.dccourier.com/messengers/.../msg01607.html
http://www.dccourier.com/messengers/.../msg01600.html
http://chicagocriticalmass.org/media...eldtravis.html
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Old 12-01-03, 05:01 PM   #3
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ouch i didn't know that. i thought it was a good read though.
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Old 12-01-03, 05:11 PM   #4
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Well, we found the cloud to the silver lining. That's too bad. I'm just glad to see that there is atleast some validity to his writings. Perhaps the creative liberties were a little strong?

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Old 12-01-03, 06:03 PM   #5
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I've seen Travis at Mass a few times and he's friends with some of the people I've worked with at the Chicago Bicycle Federation. He seems cool.

I loved his book. Whether or not it's true, it is thought-provoking and sends an interesting message. Because it also takes place in the city I live in, it has more resonance for me as well.

Take it for what it is, whatever it may be.
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Old 12-01-03, 09:28 PM   #6
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A guy I know that messengers,rides with the cutting crew, in Chicago(But buys his steel toe clips from us in Raleigh, NC when home visiting parents ) Says there is mixed opinion about Travis. It was good to get the story out but he stepped on some toes doing it.
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