steel bike philosophy
what's in a name
that which we call a bicycle
by any other name
would smell as sweet
bike messengers are like helpful parasites, easing constipation in the bowels of the city
I'm a utility cyclist, a former bike messenger, an anthropologist, a writer and sometimes I make T-shirts one at a time, in my basement and sell them to anyone who needs a unique shirt. It started years ago when I wanted a simple bike T-shirt for myself and couldn't find what I wanted. So I made my own. Then I told two friends and they told two friends.
Now I sell a few shirts here and there and this site has grown into an outlet for other things. The site started to promote the shirts. It seems the shirts now promote the site.
Your investment in one of my T-shirts will be re-invested in the bicycle economy and the production of this site. This is a cottage industry that doesn't even pay for itself.
Thank You. Thank you very much.
silent but for one
eighth chain dancing on a three
click to view
Eventually road users will think of every possible movement, no matter how ill-advised, and execute it right in front of you. That's what people do. That's what traffic is.
-Robert Hurst, The Art of Urban Cycling p137
On a bike your consciousness is small. The harder you work, the smaller it gets. Every thought that arises is immediately and utterly true, every unexpected event is something you’d known all along but had only forgotten for a moment. A pounding riff from a song, a bit of long division that starts over and over, a magnified anger at someone, is enough to fill your thoughts.
-Tim Krabbe, The Rider p33
I've said it before, I'm still saying it, these are great books.