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Old 06-18-05, 06:57 PM
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Wannabe Bike Messenger

Hi...I am seriously considering becoming a bike messenger, but I dont know what kind of bike to buy...I will be riding in Chicago, and have about $325 to spend on bike and helmet. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!!
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Old 06-18-05, 08:50 PM
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Don't forget the messenger bag
That's at least a hundread...
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Old 06-18-05, 11:26 PM
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i am interested also. but i guess what we have to do is catch those bike messengers and ask them.
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Old 06-19-05, 12:01 AM
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ha my messenger bad was $80

timbuk2.com has some good stuff
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Old 06-19-05, 12:38 AM
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haha yeah IF i can catch em
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Old 06-19-05, 01:10 AM
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come hang out in the SS/fix forum. it's full of posengers
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Originally Posted by stewaje
Hi...I am seriously considering becoming a bike messenger, but I dont know what kind of bike to buy...I will be riding in Chicago, and have about $325 to spend on bike and helmet. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!!
I've been looking at the messenger bikes here and I've worked out a few essentials.
Must haves are:
Second hand steel track frame
Chris King Headset
Nitto Bullhorn Bars

Once you've earned a few $$$, the big one is the Mavic Ellipse wheels.
Everything else must be basic.
Steve.
eg:
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Old 06-19-05, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by stewaje
Hi...I am seriously considering becoming a bike messenger, but I dont know what kind of bike to buy...I will be riding in Chicago, and have about $325 to spend on bike and helmet. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!!
325 isn't going to get you much. get a beater off craigslist.com (100-200) and spend some money for any necessary parts. hopefully you know enough to be able to fix it up. if you can't fix your own bike....consider another line of work.
timbuk2 bags can be had used or on ebay pretty cheap ($20-50). i know everyone thinks they are cheap pieces of crap compared to other msnger bags (they are), but they are far superior to most backpacks of the same price.
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