Article on Moving Target, a bike messenger zine/blog about Fakengers.
You know what I mean: Bianchi Pista or a Specialized Langster; SIDIs that haven’t been scuffed or Converse that haven’t been repaired with parcel tape; a Chrome bag that’s still water-proof or a brightly coloured Crumpler; no radio or holster on the strap, only a mobile phone holder or an MP3 player; black Campy hat with a rainbow stripe that has an unbroken peak; a spoke-card from an Alleycat a friend gave them; clean Dickies; no sweat-stains on the t-shirt.
Lets go though the checklist:
- Specialized langster, Tick, though black taped and somewhat customized.
- Chrome bag, Tick, still wearing it in.
- SIDI shoes, nope
- no radio, Tick
- black campy hat, nope
- Spoke card, nope
Hmmm, looks like I pretty much fit the profile, better get those legs in shape there is only one thing worse than being a fakenger and thats being a fat slow one. To be honest I am surprised how long it has taken for the messenger style to be co-opted by the mainstream. Most of the other sub-cultures were assimilated long ago, BMX, skateboarding etc. Though just as with those cultures, if you are a part of them it's not difficult to tell the fakers from the real thing.