on long-term relationships

five years ago this month i threw $649 that i didn’t really have at swobo to get this bicycle.

2+ yrs ago

2+ yrs ago


it’s survived
8 moves to 5 cities
3 collisions with cars
spokane potholes
seattle pretension
sf hills
rural america.
it’s granted me a place and outlet for myself
it’s weathered feet of snow and hundreds of degrees.
my cost per mile on this machine is less than 2c.

i’m super thankful we’ve ignored all this bullshit about “hipsters” and decided to have a great fucking time instead.

here’s to another 5 years, boo.

this week; man's best friend always gets a bandana, and i'm not much of a dog person.

this week; man’s best friend always gets a bandana and i’m not much of a dog person.

on hipsterdom

one reason i hate the “bike hipster” meme is not because i never want bicycling to be cool, i just don’t want it to be co-opted.

yet.

it’s kinda lame to see so many
car commercials
swiffer commercials
lawn care commercials
beer commercials
and again car commercials
featuring bicycles to hop on the “hip” wagon and appeal to young folks.
not everyone who rides bicycles lives car-free or hates consumerism or lives in an apt with no lawn or eats perfectly healthy. but everyone who rides regularly knows bicycling in the united states makes you a second class citizen on the road.
it’s dangerous
scary
nerve-wracking
potentially the last thing you’ll ever do every time you start to do it.

i’m subscribed to messmedia.org’s email list, mainly to keep in touch with macro-level bicycle events around the world (although it is crazy to realize i’ve met and ridden with some of the folks sending comments out from basel and paris).

FuegO, a super respected bike dude from paris sent the following email out early this morning, entitled super mess market / mall mess life / migros mess life / hyper discount mess life / hard discount soon

Bonjour

I ‘m a messenger, and i drink some redbull, coz i’m thirsty , water or beer this is punk ass mess life too much

by luck i had some oakley glasses wich is really confortable because there is sun, & i had eyes

I used to love cinelli because …. i don’t remember but mash & co. use it so it’s coooooool, this built in china but we don’t give a fuck ….

I had a head & i’m separate beetween, giro & bern

The bearings of my hub are gift by ………..

i’m sorry i stay french, i neeed to say then there is too much brand, and other bad deal with brand and fake industry then one day we’ll lost our soul in a super market

fuck the event with red bull, fuck cinelli they never get us,
just keep in mind then the last red hook was win by a french who ride a bamboo bike ;) …..
it seems then everybody don’t care too,

so who sale the mess world ?

i trust in mexico, i hope i ‘ll had a chistole in an historical city, hopefully meet local boyz & drink mescal

have a nice day everyone

Fabrice_Levannier / Fuego /

so refreshing.
ride your fucking bike and quit worrying about all the shit people
want you to wear
expect you to act
think about you
because we’re all
clogging the road
annoying hippies
fucking hipsters
fighting to survive
glamorized on media
all the time anyway.