Where All The Money Goes
Ok, I think I and most messeger’s belabor the point that it’s not a financially lucrative job. But that doesn’t mean we don’t save up our pretty pennies for what really matters in life. And I don’t mean beer, donuts, rent, food, entertainment or even pinball. I mean most messengers will buy the best possible bike parts available to them. I mean the same stuff the pro’s use. Because although I am not a professional athlete, and I don’t ride as fast or maybe even as far on each ride, bike messengers put an insane amount of stress on all the parts and products they use. And it’s not easy mileage they put on them either. It’s in the rain, snow (not for me!) heat, bad roads, stop/go/stop/go/stop/go x 1,000,000 day in and day out. If you think you will save money and buy a cheaper derailer or chain or hubs you will pay in the long run. Or I should say the short run, because in a few months you will be forced to replace the festering piece of crap you chose to put on your frame. Which brings me to the next point, the messenger frame. Most cyclist try to keep their bikes looking like the day they bought them. (and thanks to the lack of use most do.) Not messengers. You want that $1,000 Italian frame looking like a $20 thrift store buy as soon as possible. Reason is so that it’s not tempting for those who like to steal bikes. Sure your bike may look worthless on the outside, but like real beauty, you know what’s underneath the paint.
No one keeps it running and undercover like Squid. He runs the good stuff, but under a scratched up matte black, crummy sticker frame you wouldn’t think twice about stealing it. Of course his 50lb lock helps convince you if you thought otherwise. About the prettiest thing on his person this day was his shiny Manhattan Portage bag.
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