29.02.08 by Buffalo Bill
Bikesnobnyc, probably the funniest bike blogger currently operating, has a pista-dex, which is a measure of how hip track bikes are. The index is is the difference between the new and 2nd hand price of a Bianchi Pista. If there is little difference, then track bikes are still hip.
So I thought it would be a laugh to subject an emblematic messenger culture item to the same treatment. What could be more emblematic of bicycle messenger culture than a Zo messenger bag? I found one on ebay. It is used, with a frayed strap, black in colour, an absolutely standard SF messenger item. It sold last night for $393. Erik normally sells them to messengers for less than $100. Let’s call it $100 for a new bag. I am useless at maths, but even I can divide by 100.
This gives a Zindex figure of +3.93. Bicycle messenger culture is so hip that a tatty 2nd hand, but authentic, messenger bag sells for nearly 4 times its original sale price. Timbuk2 laughs all the way to the bank, and ‘real’ messengers become even more grumpy then they already are.