Archive for January, 2009

Internet radio and friends from across the world.

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

I met Nhatt two years ago when she picked New York cCty as a place to run away too for a few months when London got a little to hard to deal with. It was great to go and visit her a few months ago in London and work for a few weeks on the road there for Destination Couriers.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I got an email from BBC4 radio who got my contact info from Nhatt and now I’m in a radio programs.

If you have half an hour to kill its worth a listen there is some sweet music and sound effects to go along with the interviews. Actually the music is a bit depressing.

Here is the link.

No tools and Midtown Nightmare

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

check out raphael…

and last alleycat before MTX.
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New directions

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009
New direction

New directions

Here’s a still from the latest shooting. We’ve decided that the market for fixed gear films is over-saturated. So instead of making a film about the best urban riders, we’re making something about the best apples. The best part is that we don’t even have to change the name.

less money, more problems

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Just when i got used to writing 08 on my tickets i have to start writing 09.

The new year has brought me more then just this minor inconvenience though. I moved in to a new spot in Greenpoint. A genius move on my part in this economic climate seeing as it is more expensive then my old place by a bit. I also became the second full time courier for Trackstar Couriers. Here are the last few weeks in pictures.

Truck Job
Truck Job

two C-stands + four arms + six clamps = one unreasonable fucking truck job.

Trackstar Couriers "really we have a car, we swear"

bennys bag + my bag + my cetma rack + the cargo bike = another unreasonable truck job.

Cupcake Express

the cupcake express

The Cetma Rack
Bennys and Brads
House of Pistard Sticker
a london bar plug
Stone & Krillz

Winter training

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

It’s been pretty wintery here in NYC. Last night wasn’t too bad, and stayed above 20. Yatika, Crihs and I headed out to Red Hook to support artist, friend and fellow rider JT. His opening was at The WORK Gallery.
Unfocused detritus

After taking in the art, it was time to get in some off season efforts.

Crihs led the way with some cross training, and broke down wood pallets for the bonfire.
Crihs breaking up pallet
The point 2
I did some pallet work too, but wanted something more sports specific. So I organized sprints around the block.
Racers ready

We ran a few heats. I won the large heat, but lost to Andrew. I told him he only won because I didn’t want to hurt him. I think that may have been the whiskey talking. Regardless, congratulations to Andrew. He’s a promising sprinter.
Luke and Andrew and Purple

A special shout out to the cop who rolled by and didn’t stop to break up the scene.

Just a few things…

Friday, January 9th, 2009

As of the first I’m living the ”loft life”.

Brooklyn Natural, I wish you were a bodega, a bodega with meat, red meat.

I probably shouldn’t be allowed to ride with an iPod. Technically, I suppose I’m not, at least with both ear buds in.

I found a Cap ‘n’ Jazz anthology in my buildings trash, I wish I had known when I was 15 I would’ve just bought this single two disc set instead of their discography, and the At The Drive In discography. I would’ve invested that extra money and by now I wouldn’t be working as a messenger.

I have a saddle sore that feels what Turkish Revenge must be like, except I didn’t try to smuggle any hash out of the country to deserve it.  Does anyone have a good way to deal with this problem? I’ve gotten some interesting suggestions thus far, including wearing thin adult diapers while riding.

A tough week begins

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Sadly, the next day was a wet one.

Sadly, the next day was a wet one.

Last night I met up with partner-in-crime Crihs to loan him my Canon 20D. After the exhausting week off, he was back at work and a little worse for the wear.Then it rained like hell today. At least he was headed for a nap.

The internet is old

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
He could be giving YOU bike advice

He could be giving YOU bike advice

From time to time I read forums and other blogs and I see the same questions repeated over and over again. Questions about spoke tension, frame materials, whether or not to grease bottom bracket spindles, and other old chestnuts. Sheldon Brown did a lot to address these classics, and was also kind enough to acknowledge his long-time adversary and wheel expert Jobst Brandt.

But the crucible that forged these ideas and shaped these positions was Usenet. Specifically, Where else can you see a poster with a NASA email address replying to a thread about frame materials with information about how similar the elastic modulus being debunked by someone with an obscure .gov email address pointing out that yield point is vastly different?

In the early 90s, this is where Sheldon Brown, Jobst Brandt, and a cast of dozens which included engineers, racers, students and bicycle enthusists of all stripes, honed their opinions on all matters technical and bicycling. So the next time you want to know why rear brakes are less efficient, and thus why (implicitly) a fixed gear without brakes isn’t really that safe, search the archives.

9 ways

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

I know this video has been kicking around for a while now, but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.