Something so strong, aggressive and explosive about this young lady on the bike (a bike messenger maybe?) She just seems like a ball of energy! Plus

Something so strong, aggressive and explosive about this young lady on the bike (a bike messenger maybe?) She just seems like a ball of energy! Plus

I appreciate the heart behind the sentiment, but this annoys the shit out of me.  Let me just make a very short list of why this so-called “failure of progress” annoys me.  Here it is:  Fire engines.  Ambulances.  LifeFlight.  The capsules, pods, equipment with drills and everything used to rescue Chilean miners did NOT arrive by freaking bike messenger.

I appreciate the heart behind the sentiment, but this annoys the shit out of me. Let me just make a very short list of why this so-called “failure of progress” annoys me. Here it is: Fire engines. Ambulances. LifeFlight. The capsules, pods, equipment with drills and everything used to rescue Chilean miners did NOT arrive by freaking bike messenger.

Before there were cycling cafes, before fixed gear bikes became the trademark of hipsters, before the word hipster even existed (just imagine it!) being a cycle courier was just another way of making a living, and not some kind of misguided fashion statement. Don’t believe me? Check out these photos of cycle couriers in Toronto that were taken over 20 years ago. Look at them all, relaxing for lunches in summery parks and hammering it across town in the bitter snow. Looks like fun right? And…

Before there were cycling cafes, before fixed gear bikes became the trademark of hipsters, before the word hipster even existed (just imagine it!) being a cycle courier was just another way of making a living, and not some kind of misguided fashion statement. Don’t believe me? Check out these photos of cycle couriers in Toronto that were taken over 20 years ago. Look at them all, relaxing for lunches in summery parks and hammering it across town in the bitter snow. Looks like fun right? And…

New York bike messenger. Manhattan bicycle courier. + a day as a messenger in a huge city

New York bike messenger. Manhattan bicycle courier. + a day as a messenger in a huge city

Jay rides a KHS Flight 100 fixed gear bicycle photographed at 164th St. and Jerome Ave., The Bronx before the Rumble Through the Bronx alleycat race

Jay rides a KHS Flight 100 fixed gear bicycle photographed at 164th St. and Jerome Ave., The Bronx before the Rumble Through the Bronx alleycat race

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