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Old school bicycle messenger
3.11.07 by Buffalo Bill

You are not an old school London bicycle messenger unless you

a. called yourself a ‘cycle courier’ or a ‘despatch rider’.

b. can remember when the bicycle of choice was a Muddy Fox Courier. Like this one. OK, not like this one, cos it’s a mixte frame. Like this one, only with a top-tube in the right place.

c. used clips and straps. Not because you thought they were cooler, but because clipless hadn’t been invented.

d. remember what colour Ricardo’s hair was before it all went silver.

e. used to wonder exactly what it was that the chef did to the food at the Court Caff to make it taste so bad.

  1. if you are now a van controller


    — f.    4 November 2007, 11:23    #
  2. Yup, let’s take exclusivity one step further, all you newbingers listen and learn, f**king whippersnappers.


    — iifbm    4 November 2007, 13:06    #
  3. oh forgot to add

    g. used to think that garishly coloured lycra was cool, and wore it all the time. Even when not working.


    — Bill    4 November 2007, 13:18    #
  4. ‘used to think’????


    — iifbm    4 November 2007, 14:09    #
  5. Old school, shmold school.
    What you really want to be is Mid-school : steel Kona converted to singlespeed, Specialized Fatboys and home made spds. The ‘Bones Brigade’ of couriering.


    westcoastmess    4 November 2007, 20:20    #
  6. WHATEVER grandads, its great being young and havin a life to look forward to and not have to whinge about everyone, whilst reminissing about the life you once lived.

    as for garish lycra that never went out of fashion, i’m currently lookin for some neon pink or yellow, anyone know where can sum?


    — Nik    5 November 2007, 00:25    #
  7. Heritage is good, plotted up in the hole with those two miserable bastards that ran the fruit box sippin a benjis. nang


    stupidP    5 November 2007, 01:10    #
  8. oh yeah!

    h. know where the Hole is/was.


    — Bill    5 November 2007, 08:14    #
  9. I got food poisoning from an egg sarnie at the hole Benjys…..it’s where Ray Eden used to hang out in his duracell skin suit too.


    Winston    5 November 2007, 12:49    #
  10. moorgate by london wall


    — overdrive    5 November 2007, 13:00    #
  11. NIK’s right (on this occasion only)


    Winston    5 November 2007, 15:35    #
  12. which bit the lycra or the whinging?


    — Nik    5 November 2007, 17:25    #
  13. The hole


    alastair Findlay    5 November 2007, 17:55    #

  14. alastair Findlay    5 November 2007, 17:56    #
  15. h) if you remember when bill rode around with indian war paint on his face and a rats tail. Cowabunga dude


    — rememberance day    6 November 2007, 09:00    #
  16. What about the patchwork trousers and big specs


    — al@creative    6 November 2007, 12:53    #
  17. Lies. The only people that remember the warpaint are either dead, senile or illiterate.


    — Bill    6 November 2007, 12:59    #
  18. remembering the girl who served at benjys in ‘the hole’. “thankyoupleasenextplease, thankyoupleasenextplease.thankyoupleasenextplease,thankyoupleasenextplease”. amazing.
    ooh, also, knowing why it was called ‘the hole’.


    — footlong    6 November 2007, 14:15    #
  19. aah, nostalgia’s not what it used to be..

    I remember when it was ALL about who had the biggest todger.

    (it was me, by the way, even in those days)


    — Swiss Tony    7 November 2007, 20:04    #
  20. Surely Ricardos hair has always been Anthracite in hue?


    — straightedgeandy    7 November 2007, 20:39    #
  21. pro flex!


    — sweaty    7 November 2007, 22:20    #
  22. Timmy Mallett Specs?


    — jefferson    9 November 2007, 22:17    #
  23. alleycat.hu/files/mu…
    a hungarian Muddy


    — kare    11 November 2007, 16:11    #
  24. still going on and on and on, eh Bill?


    — Moosefucker    27 November 2007, 04:24    #
  25. And a good afternoon to you, too, sir!


    — Bill    27 November 2007, 08:49    #
  26. I fukkin remember Billies warpaint and …wait for it ….
    he smiled all the fukkin time happy happy courier was Billie so fukkin happy


    — Bunny Killa    6 August 2011, 16:36    #
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