He and his wife still use their bicycles as they’re main form of Urban Mobility!
I have been riding since I first realized my grandfather was only pretending to hold my bicycle seat as he ran along side me . He then stopped running and I was up on two wheels . It was pre kindergarden so I must have been four or five.
O YES !
I own two, but I really only use one.I keep my old fixed wheel track bike. It is so beautiful in its simplicity . It reminds me of when I was a young hot shot messenger in the seventies and eighties . I occasionally get on it if only to balance poised as if waiting for the light to change .
I have been known to be an Urban Warrior in my day . Throwing down the gauntlet to the thoughtless driver . Taking the occasional rearview mirror as a trophy . But after a number of ” incidents ” I realized I was insane . I could get killed,.. Thus began my zen period of riding . I imagine myself at rush hour on the friday before christmas seen from above riding down fifth avenue . Flowing in between cars , trucks, pedestrians ,men pushing carts. I change from a bicycle rider to a stick floating down a stream rushing water flowing past rocks , speeding, slowing with the current. Not getting stopped by the rocks or challenging them for being rocks . Just going with the flow . Arriving in one piece.
Transportation , exercise, discovery , a clarity of mind.
The resurgence has made travel in the city much safer and given bikers a place of respect in the transportation pecking order .
I never regret ” going by bike” I always feel exhilarated when arrive.
1975? could it be thirty four years ?
We were both messengers.We saw each other on the streets for months . This was back in the day when messengers did film delivery, four or five heavy reels in cans, Hence the name Can carriers picked up at an editors place going way west Movie lab. You had just gotten a really cool alloy bike that could be put together with an allen wrench and I, a new track bike . We were outside Conrad’s bike shop on east fifty something street.
I was studying the figure in art school. I thought paintings of messengers would make a great series of paintings.
I like the idea of turning certain objects into Icons .
As long as possible !!!! I am thinking about getting a trike when I really get old .
That’s a Born to Run tee shirt he,s wearing as you can see half the logo is showing!
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