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Re: [rootsradicals] InterBike convention next week

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  • 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 1 of 7 , Sep 15 5:02 AM
      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 2 of 7 , Sep 15 5:36 PM
        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 3 of 7 , Oct 4, 2013
          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 4 of 7 , Oct 4, 2013
            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 5 of 7 , Oct 4, 2013
              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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