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  • Tone
    Is anyone at Xtracycle or this list going to InterBike next week? For a little while it looked like I might not make it because of a petty hotel issue, but now
    Message 1 of 7 , Sep 14, 2013
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      Is anyone at Xtracycle or this list going to InterBike next week? For a
      little while it looked like I might not make it because of a petty hotel
      issue, but now it definitely looks like I will be there. My flight gets
      into McCarran airport at 1:40pm on Wednesday and I am flying out at
      1:55pm on Friday. Unfortunately due to the BS airline fees and physical
      hassle, I will not be bringing my Big Dummy with me. It would have been
      sweet to ride around Vegas though.

      In case anyone is wondering, the reason why I am going to InterBike is
      because I will be inducted into the newly formed Urban Cycling Hall of
      Fame for my creation of Cranksgiving. Cranksgiving is an open-course
      scavenger hunt styled bike ride/race where designated stores act as
      checkpoints and participants donate the purchased items from a shopping
      list to a local charity. Back in 1999 I started Cranksgiving as an alley
      cat race among the messenger community in New York City, but it has
      since spread like crazy to other cities and towns across North America
      and even the world via grassroots efforts of local organizers.

      It would be great to hook up and possibly hang out with fellow
      long-tail riders while in Las Vegas, either at the InterBike convention
      or perhaps elsewhere as long as transportation is not a hindrance. I
      know this sounds weird and maybe even slightly offensive to some women,
      but I am staying at the Hooters Casino and Hotel. I am not at all happy
      about that, and it was part of the drama involved with me possibly not
      going to Vegas. The messenger bag company Chrome is sponsoring the
      foundation of the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame, and the hotel coordinator
      for the UCHOF got a deal on a block of rooms or something. Regardless,
      that is where I will be staying in case anyone reading this happens to
      be staying nearby. It is about a quarter mile or several blocks north
      east of the convention.

      Hopefully someone on this list is going to InterBike, and I would look
      forward to meeting them.

      Best wishes and ride safe,
      _TONE_
    • Michael Kestner
      Congrats, Tone! That s cool.
      Message 2 of 7 , Sep 14, 2013
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        Congrats, Tone! That's cool.

        On Sep 14, 2013, at 7:00 PM, Tone <tone@...> wrote:

         

        Is anyone at Xtracycle or this list going to InterBike next week? For a
        little while it looked like I might not make it because of a petty hotel
        issue, but now it definitely looks like I will be there. My flight gets
        into McCarran airport at 1:40pm on Wednesday and I am flying out at
        1:55pm on Friday. Unfortunately due to the BS airline fees and physical
        hassle, I will not be bringing my Big Dummy with me. It would have been
        sweet to ride around Vegas though.

        In case anyone is wondering, the reason why I am going to InterBike is
        because I will be inducted into the newly formed Urban Cycling Hall of
        Fame for my creation of Cranksgiving. Cranksgiving is an open-course
        scavenger hunt styled bike ride/race where designated stores act as
        checkpoints and participants donate the purchased items from a shopping
        list to a local charity. Back in 1999 I started Cranksgiving as an alley
        cat race among the messenger community in New York City, but it has
        since spread like crazy to other cities and towns across North America
        and even the world via grassroots efforts of local organizers.

        It would be great to hook up and possibly hang out with fellow
        long-tail riders while in Las Vegas, either at the InterBike convention
        or perhaps elsewhere as long as transportation is not a hindrance. I
        know this sounds weird and maybe even slightly offensive to some women,
        but I am staying at the Hooters Casino and Hotel. I am not at all happy
        about that, and it was part of the drama involved with me possibly not
        going to Vegas. The messenger bag company Chrome is sponsoring the
        foundation of the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame, and the hotel coordinator
        for the UCHOF got a deal on a block of rooms or something. Regardless,
        that is where I will be staying in case anyone reading this happens to
        be staying nearby. It is about a quarter mile or several blocks north
        east of the convention.

        Hopefully someone on this list is going to InterBike, and I would look
        forward to meeting them.

        Best wishes and ride safe,
        _TONE_

      • John Wilde
        Congratulations, Tone. I only wish that I could go to Interbike. I didn t even know that there was an Urban Cycling Hall of Fame. Peace and Blessings upon you
        Message 3 of 7 , Sep 15, 2013
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          Congratulations, Tone. 
          I only wish that I could go to Interbike.
          I didn't even know that there was an Urban Cycling Hall of Fame.

          Peace and Blessings upon you and yours.
          John Wilde 
          aka
          Xtrajack

          Sent from my iPad

          On Sep 14, 2013, at 7:00 PM, Tone <tone@...> wrote:

           

          Is anyone at Xtracycle or this list going to InterBike next week? For a
          little while it looked like I might not make it because of a petty hotel
          issue, but now it definitely looks like I will be there. My flight gets
          into McCarran airport at 1:40pm on Wednesday and I am flying out at
          1:55pm on Friday. Unfortunately due to the BS airline fees and physical
          hassle, I will not be bringing my Big Dummy with me. It would have been
          sweet to ride around Vegas though.

          In case anyone is wondering, the reason why I am going to InterBike is
          because I will be inducted into the newly formed Urban Cycling Hall of
          Fame for my creation of Cranksgiving. Cranksgiving is an open-course
          scavenger hunt styled bike ride/race where designated stores act as
          checkpoints and participants donate the purchased items from a shopping
          list to a local charity. Back in 1999 I started Cranksgiving as an alley
          cat race among the messenger community in New York City, but it has
          since spread like crazy to other cities and towns across North America
          and even the world via grassroots efforts of local organizers.

          It would be great to hook up and possibly hang out with fellow
          long-tail riders while in Las Vegas, either at the InterBike convention
          or perhaps elsewhere as long as transportation is not a hindrance. I
          know this sounds weird and maybe even slightly offensive to some women,
          but I am staying at the Hooters Casino and Hotel. I am not at all happy
          about that, and it was part of the drama involved with me possibly not
          going to Vegas. The messenger bag company Chrome is sponsoring the
          foundation of the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame, and the hotel coordinator
          for the UCHOF got a deal on a block of rooms or something. Regardless,
          that is where I will be staying in case anyone reading this happens to
          be staying nearby. It is about a quarter mile or several blocks north
          east of the convention.

          Hopefully someone on this list is going to InterBike, and I would look
          forward to meeting them.

          Best wishes and ride safe,
          _TONE_

        • Tone
          John, I too did not know there was an Urban Cycling Hall of Fame until about two or three weeks ago when I was told I was going to be inducted. This is going
          Message 4 of 7 , Sep 15, 2013
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            John,

            I too did not know there was an Urban Cycling Hall of Fame until about
            two or three weeks ago when I was told I was going to be inducted. This
            is going to be the UCHOF's first year. I believe nine people are being
            inducted across three categories (riders, organizers, and makers) to
            make up for lost time and try to get a more diverse grouping of
            inductees in its fledgling year. If I understand things correctly, after
            that they will only pick three people each year, one in each category.
            _TONE_
          • argecko
            I know it has been a while since you mentioned it, Tone, but UrbanVelo had a blog post on the ceremony a couple of days ago. Here s the link:
            Message 5 of 7 , Oct 4, 2013
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              I know it has been a while since you mentioned it, Tone, but UrbanVelo had a blog post on the ceremony a couple of days ago. Here's the link:

              http://www.urbanvelo.org/issue39/p70-71.html

              So, which one is you?

              Congratulations!
              Steve

              Avon, Ohio 



              ---In rootsradicals@yahoogroups.com, <tone@...> wrote:

              John,

              I too did not know there was an Urban Cycling Hall of Fame until about
              two or three weeks ago when I was told I was going to be inducted. This
              is going to be the UCHOF's first year. I believe nine people are being
              inducted across three categories (riders, organizers, and makers) to
              make up for lost time and try to get a more diverse grouping of
              inductees in its fledgling year. If I understand things correctly, after
              that they will only pick three people each year, one in each category.
              _TONE_
            • Tone
              Steve, Thanks for the congratulations, and the link to the Urban Velo article. Unfortunately as luck would have it, I am not in that photo. I was one of the
              Message 6 of 7 , Oct 4, 2013
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                Steve,
                Thanks for the congratulations, and the link to the Urban Velo article.
                Unfortunately as luck would have it, I am not in that photo. I was one
                of the first inductees to come up on stage, and after I received my
                award I quickly made my way outside the venue.
                I am not into drinking, hate the smell of cigarette smoke, and I am
                already practically deaf in one ear, so I dislike being in very loud
                enclosed spaces. On that particular night the ceremony was suppose to
                start at 10pm, but it did not get under way until after midnight, which
                meant I had to wait around that entire time screaming into people's ears
                just to have a casual conversation over the unnecessarily loud music,
                which was a type I did not even enjoy.
                I imagine that photo from the Urban Velo blog was taken when I was
                inside the entry way of the bar/club talking without having to scream to
                a former messenger I had not seen in years. If someone had bothered to
                come and get me to pose for the group photo, then I was not that far
                away and I would have gone, but of course no one did.
                Just for the sake of identifying people in the photo though, from right
                to left starting with the crouched guys...

                1) Kevin "Squid" Bolger, long time messenger from NYC, who I consider a
                good friend. He was on the selection committee for the UCHOF, but I
                swear me being inducted was not rigged!
                2) Sean Martin, an inductee who I was never formerly introduced to.

                right to left standing...

                3) Gregory Ugalde, inductee, crazy awesome artist, and NYC messenger. We
                shared a hotel room while in Vegas and spent a lot of time together at
                the convention. I did not really like Vegas, but it was cool hanging
                with him.
                4) Sarah Murder, inductee, who I was also never formerly introduced to.
                5) Andy White, selection committee member, who actually won a couple of
                my NYC Cranksgivings.
                6) Christina Peck (?), I am not sure if that is her for sure because we
                were never formerly introduced, but she is another selection committee
                member.
                7) "Sino", inductee, and Japanese messenger, who I WAS formerly
                introduced to despite having quite a language barrier.
                8) Nelson Vails, selection committee member and old school NYC messenger
                well before beepers and cell phones. Among many other accolades he also
                happens to be an Olympic Silver Medal winner in cycling and raced Kevin
                Bacon's character in the messenger movie "Quick Silver." I met Nelson
                once or twice in the past at various messenger/cycling events.
                9) Billy "SoupHorse", a major organizer for the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame.
                10) Austin Horse, selection committee member, and NYC messenger. He also
                acted as the stunt double in the relatively recent messenger movie
                "Premium Rush." After that he also acted as a consultant/'executive
                producer' for the reality-TV messenger series called "Triple Rush,"
                which I believe aired on the Travel channel.
                11) John "Prolly" Watson (?), I am pretty sure that is John, but I was
                never formerly introduced to him. I stopped messengering in NYC at the
                very end of 2006 and moved to PA in the late Spring of 2007, so if he
                came into the NYC cycling/messenger scene around that time, then our
                paths may not have crossed.


                I do find something incredibly amusing about my absence in the Urban
                Velo group photo. Even though I would have willingly been a part of that
                photo if asked, usually I prefer to avoid being in photographs simply
                for the sake of not being identifiable to strangers, such as law
                enforcement for instance. It is not that I am a criminal or anything,
                but I have no need or desire to have strangers know what I look like. I
                do not even like using social media sites like Face Book or anything for
                the same reason.
                In fact, when I posed for a photo in the book "Messengers Style" I even
                wore a ninja-like outfit. There was a time back then when I would
                regularly wear a full head-and-neck balaclava with
                skull-hologram-imprinted ski goggles during the winter to stay warm, so
                I just went with the look of a ninja for the fun of it. I actually did
                train in martial arts for a number of years, and the image of an agile
                ninja fit in with being a quick and nimble messenger. In that fashion
                photography book I even did a high kick as a pose for the shot to really
                play up the ninja theme. Just to confuse things even more and play on my
                anonymity, the quote I included with my photo was very cryptic and
                included a couple of other pseudonyms from my past.

                What is even funnier to me about the lack of my presence in the Urban
                Velo photo is that there have been a number of times when I actually
                wanted to be a part of group photos, and for various reasons I missed
                them. For instance, some messengers in NYC organized what was called
                "Metropoloco" the weekend before the Cycle Messenger World Championships
                were held in Philadelphia. I had busted my ass volunteering for
                Metropoloco, but there were no official events happening on the last
                day. Instead, everyone just knew to gather and hang out on the boardwalk
                in Coney Island. Well, I was beat from working so hard the previous
                several days and did not want to bother going all the way out to Coney
                Island, so I stayed homed and relaxed. Sure enough, the official group
                photo ended up taking place in front of the old broken down Cyclone
                roller coaster. I have the really cool photo mounted in my hallway, but
                I am not even in it, but that is one I would have wanted to be in.
                Later on when NYC hosted the Cycle Messenger World Championships,
                everyone agreed I was the most trustworthy and dependable person to
                handle the cash while selling the official event merchandise. When
                everyone gathered for the official group photo though, of course I got
                stuck having to continue manning the booth to watch the cash and
                merchandise, so I am not in that photo either. The most ironic part of
                both the NYC CMWC and Metropoloco was that I was also in charge of
                making every participant's photo ID card, so I handled everyone's photo,
                but my own face never showed in the group photo!

                Oh wait, come to think of it, there is also another story about my
                photograph and the Urban Cycling Hall of Fame. Apparently there is a new
                "Tone" in the NYC messenger scene, who goes by the nick name "Stone
                Tone" or something like that. Well, when the UCHOF was gathering photos
                of the inductees to put up on a gallery wall with short profile/bios
                apparently they had Stone Tone's photo up as me until Squid or someone
                else noticed and forced them to take it down. Just so you know, Stone
                Tone is a black dude with dread locks, who rides a track bike. Me, well
                I am a white guy with a buzzed head, who rides a long tail cargo bike.
                Ultimately the photo, which was posted up on short notice for the UCHOF
                inductee wall, was one of me at one of my NYC Cranksgiving events. In it
                I am wearing my full head/neck balaclava, but no ski goggles, so I think
                it is kind of crappy.

                Maybe fate just does not like the way I look and does not want my image
                to be recorded for the ages. There are most likely more photos of my
                cargo bike floating around the internet than of me. Out of curiosity I
                just did a quick Google image search of "Tone Cranksgiving" and I did
                find a number of decent photos of me if anyone really does care to
                see/know what I look like. Just to prove I really was at the UCHOF
                inductee ceremony, here is a photo the Urban Velo reporter took of me
                when I was presented my award by Nelson Vails:
                http://urbanvelo.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/uchof2013-4.jpg
                I also came across a good collection of photos from the 2004 and 2005
                Cranksgivings in NYC, the latter being the event where that
                balaclava-wearing photograph came from, which ended up posted on the
                UCHOF gallery wall. They are also the years when Andy White, a UCHOF
                selection committee member, won Cranksgiving....
                http://www.cranksgiving.net/cranksgiving04.html
                ...and...
                http://www.cranksgiving.net/cranksgiving05.html

                I think that I have probably gone over the narcissistic quota for
                talking about photos of myself for one day, but enjoy it if you can,
                _TONE_
              • Steve Morris
                Tone, Thank you for the informative commentary on the ceremony. When I read that it was Nelson Vails in the photo, I had to stop reading then and there, and go
                Message 7 of 7 , Oct 4, 2013
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                  Tone,

                  Thank you for the informative commentary on the ceremony. When I read that it was Nelson Vails in the photo, I had to stop reading then and there, and go look at the article again. I *never* would have recognized who that was, even though I have seen much earlier photos of him several times.

                  You sound a lot like me in hiding from the camera. As an avid photographer, I/m behind the camera, not in front of it. My bio photo on my online gallery even has my face hidden behind my camera. Photos of me on my Vespa are in full-face helmet, and like your photo with Nelson, I also always wear a ball cap, and tilt my face down in candid shots.

                  Steve


                  On Oct 4, 2013, at 5:54 PM, Tone <tone@...> wrote:

                  > Steve,
                  > Thanks for the congratulations, and the link to the Urban Velo article.
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