Thursday, September 29, 2011

Messengers Stage Race from Boston To Washington DC

From:  Messengers Race From Boston To Washington DC - BikeRadar

This week a handful of cycling messengers finished an alley cat-style stage race, called East Coast Messenger Stage Race (ECMSR), spanning from Boston to Washington DC. Team Wolfpack swept the podium, with Aram Dellalian winning the race with a total accumulated general classification time of 26:21:54.
Dellalian's teammates, Fabian Vazquez and Jon Budinoff took second and third respectively, with respective times of 26:23:30 and 26:49:13.

The first annual event finished Tuesday 26 September after a competitive five days of racing and orienteering inspired by a combination of popular underground urban messenger events and traditional road racing. “I've used the term messenger partly to honor my background and this event's inspiration, and partly to signal to participants the unconventional and largely self-sufficient spirit of my race,” said event promoter Austin Horse.

“Competitive tours have long been the ultimate form of bike racing, or at least the most inspiring,” he said. “Often when I'm racing alone and unsupported on open roads I take courage from the stories of the early years of the grand tours. Over the years people in the messenger community have organized point-to-point races across long distances. A primary goal has been to get everybody from one city to another for some purpose.”

Organizers of the ECMSR limited the field size to 30 messengers, who were categorized individually or as part of a team.

The event will kicked off on September 22 at Revolution Bikes in Boston, Massachusetts. From there messengers made their way to Devils Gear Bike Shop in New Haven, Connecticut. Stage two took riders from New Haven to Times Up! and the Brooklyn Bike Jumble in Brooklyn, New York. Stage three took riders from New York City to the Sweathogs Racing and ReLoad Bags in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The penultimate stage four ran between Philadelphia and the HoldFast and Bmore Fixed in Baltimore, Maryland. The final stage of the five-day event finished in Washington DC on Tuesday.

The USA is no stranger to top-level messenger racing and will host the 2012 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Chicago, Illinois. The event is expected to attract upwards of 800 messengers, as only those who working as bike messengers are eligible for the world title. This year’s Cycle Messenger Championships was held from July 27-31 in Warsaw, Poland.

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Chicken Hawk Racing Presents: Trick or Treat Race!

Support the lil' homie Robert Pacheco aka Chicken Hawk. He's throwing a Halloweenie Checkpoint race this October. Check out his Tuesday Night Track (TNT) Ride as well. TNT is every Tuesday night @ 9pm, starting from 20.

DTLA GPX2011 - Crit#1 Tunnel Vision (Video)

Sick footage....thanks to BICINITY. Music is perfect!

DTLA GPX2011 from The Bicinity on Vimeo.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Stolen BIke - $500 REWARD

Fellow Downtown Messenger's Bike was stolen Friday night in DTLA.  We are asking for everyone's help in getting it back.  If anyone's sees or knows anything about its disappearing, please message our Facebook Page.  The owner of the bike (Sammy) is offering a $500 reward!  Please help.  Below are the specs:

2004 Titanium Frame (with red INDEPENDENT sticker)
Carbon Reynolds Fork
FSA Carbon Cranks
FSA Stem
Chris King Headset
Dura Ace Brakes
Dura Ace Shifters
Dura Ace Pedal
Dura Ace Rear Derailler
Dura Ace Front Derailler
Thompson Seatpost
Easton Wheelset
Black/Red bar wrap

Friday, September 9, 2011

KNICE Clothing - Fall Release Party!

Justin is throwing his KNICE Clothing Fall Release Party!  Be there tonight after the TERMINATOR alleycat! 

District Designs Online Store

Shop DD here:

"the TERMINATOR" - First Place Prize

Are you guys ready for TERMINATOR??  Don't forget, it's going down tomorrow 6p Sharp!
First Place overall will take this Leader 725 Frame/Fork, courtesy of EL MAESTROS Bike Shop.  Thank You Mannie for the awesome prize and for always supporting your local messengers.  Everyone, make sure to stop by this shop and check out their huge selection of bikes and bike accessories.

806 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Neighborhood: Downtown
(213) 627-0580 
Hours:  Mon-Fri 10:00am - 6:00pm / Sun 11:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

BFF Opening Party at El Cid

Welcome to the Sadio Team!

Sadio Steven Jensen from steven jensen on Vimeo.

NYC Bike Messenger - Morning Deliveries

Morning Deliveries - NYC Bike Messenger from Coca-Cola Content Factory on Vimeo.

"the TERMINATOR" - Update

Griffith Park Observatory
Register @ 5:00
Race @ 6:00p SHARP

You will need to have knowledge of scenes from the movie, to know where you're going.
Registration will close at 54 racers!   Don't be late!

Engine No. 11

Introducing ENGINE NO.11 as a sponsor for the upcoming "the TERMINATOR" AlleyCat for BFF-LA.  Engine No.11 is sub brand of Stryker Los Angeles, aka Stryker LA, targeting people who like to go fast, hustle, love bike culture. Owner, Kevin Kang, opened up this shop earlier this year, right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.  He carries various items such as, stems, cranks, rims, frames, shirts, etc.  Kevin has always been a supporter of races and participated in them as well.  I recently raced with him at the Fortune 700 End of Summer Series.  Swing by his shop whenever you're in DT and guaranteed you'll find something you'll like!
901 S. Broadway Ave Suite 107
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Engine No.11 Facebook


Road Runner Bags

Introducing Road Runner as a sponsor for the upcoming "the TERMINATOR" AlleyCat for BFF-LA.  I had the pleasure of meeting Brad, Owner of Road Runner Bags, at Engine No. 11 a couple of weeks ago.  His bags are designed, sewn and sold by him.  He also makes custom bags upon request.  I really likes the style and simplicity of his Urban Water Proof Bike Bag with U-lock holster, which is on my want list.   He's also teamed up with TOLA and came up with a TOLA x Road Runner: Cell Phone Pouch and G-Series Hip Bag.  The cell phone pouch is a great idea.

Check out his online store below:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

KNICE Clothing Co.

Introducing Justin D. Kizzart, Founder & Owner of Knice Clothing, as sponsor for this years "the TERMINATOR" AlleyCat for BFF-LA.  Check out their online store at:
Thank You Justin, for always supporting your local messengers.  

Below is a description from Mr. J. Knice himself:

j.knice clothing company has created the messenger collection; hand crafted and home grown in Los Angeles, CA. I started a few years back creating tube top covers for friends, I was a messenger independently at the time trying to make some side cash. I started finding really cool vintage Italian wool fabric rolls and just went crazy with neon velco. I wanted fabrics that were durable but also had classic style, that would appeal to even the most elitist of riders. I didn’t think about it as a business I just had alot of fun making all these cool peices at the time. 

I got really heavy into screen printing and started studying old vintage t’shirts designs, and I own a wall full of books dedicated to vintage t’shirt collectors, print work and design. Needless to say this is how I got into hand screening your shirt!

In this economy I firmly believe that only the strongest will survive in all aspects of life; business, education, cycling, and as a nation. KNICE is dedicated to making the phrase MADE IN AMERICA mean something again. I don’t half ass when riding, so you shouldn’t buy a half ass product!!!
I hope you enjoy using my creations, as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

Thank you,

Famli Straps

Introducing FAMILI STRAPS as a sponsor for the upcoming "the TERMINATOR" AlleyCat for BFF-LA.  They make a new type of foot-straps retainment system. Made up of the strongest nylon/poly-pro webbing available, made by enthusiast fixie riders.  They also make top tube pads made in Los Angeles.  Support your local Los Angeles companies!

Check out their facebook:

Check out their store:

Contact Famli Straps:

Fortune 700 - End of Summer Sessions - Race#1 Video

Fortune 700 End of Summer Series from Rob on Vimeo.

From Fortune 700 Facebook event:

Last race of the Summer sessions and the best of, ending at one big street party with Treats & Beats Peeps, Vendors, BMX Jam, Fixed Freestyle Comp & more!

Race Start:

Engine 11
901 S. Broadway Ave.
Los Angeles Ca.

Check Point:
S.M. Pier @ Canon Monument.

Race Finish:

BFF LA Street Party
Paragon Parking Lot
340 S. Spring St. at 4th St.