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Old 03-12-2014, 10:30 PM   #376
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You didn't use Chazbikes, in Greenwich? Usually ride in on your own CX, or VT, and ride straight out on a rental, that was usually free whilst they were doing a service.

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Regular servicing by the rider was easy.At the end of my CX riding days I could get the engine out in 20 mins-yes it went though a few camchains and tensioners.My old CX did about 300,000 miles before it was scrapped in 1990. In the eighties in England it was virtually impossible to get your bike serviced or repaired at short notice.Queueing was so deeply ingrained that a professional rider would have to wait for two weeks while the bikes of commuters or leisure riders were fixed or serviced ahead of the bike that earned him a living.Most of us had 3 or 4 bikes to get round this.
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:55 PM   #377
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He wasn`t around when I started,anyway I have never liked riding other people`s bikes....

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You didn't use Chazbikes, in Greenwich? Usually ride in on your own CX, or VT, and ride straight out on a rental, that was usually free whilst they were doing a service.
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:46 PM   #378
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Wow Joey
What a thread you started.
Almost 400posts and 8 years...
So many stories here...

You done good.
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Old 07-05-2014, 05:30 AM   #379
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The Chasman is still around, servicing rather than renting bikes near the War Museum on Kennington Road where Supreme used to be.

I took a VT off him once when I'd run out of working options, but it didn't end well.

Slightly OT, but who can think of films featuring messengers? I got Riding High (1980) with Eddie Kidd (a Brit Knievel). Obscure but good stunts - ends with a monumental jump in Essex. And High Hopes (1988), squatty leftie type on a Superdream. Blew it (for me) by using the word 'over' on the radio when it should have been 'rodge'.
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Old 07-05-2014, 08:31 PM   #380
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Yep, I never heard anyone say, "over!" Is that trucker lingo?

"Copy that" was the response the dispatcher looked for, also roger. Haven't seen any of those movies, need to check them out. I kind of liked "2 seconds" but it is a bicycle messenger movie.

Found an old blog post from the Seattle courier days. I remember writing this during the winter, when being a motorbike messenger seemed like a shitty job. Hands cold all the time, poor traction and it got dark at 4pm... but looking back I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I may have posted this before in this thread. From April 10, 2009:

"Thereís a hidden violence about this job, something that makes me jumpy at the end of the day. Something that makes me check my blind spot when Iím crossing the floor of my own living room to get a beer. Itís a weird, nameless apprehension.

Partly itís from the constant roar of the wind noise on the freeway. Itís as if the air, angry about being agitated, is slapping me around and screaming in my ears, buffeting the helmet around. I read somewhere that wind can make people crazy; maybe as I sit there in the airstream, my wits are actually getting blown away and lost in the heavy din of traffic noise.

Possibly thereís a hidden violence from inhaling all of the noxious fumes of vehicle-waste. Barbarian hordes of free-radicals versus my immune system. I like to think that all the garlic I eat is busy scavenging free-radicals all day, but I really canít be scientifically sure on that.

The fear of crashing seems more manageable, something that you can think about and avoid doing. I watch crash videos on youtube, talk to people that work in emergency rooms, and listen intently to anyone telling a horrific motorcycle crash story. Everyone knows someone thatís been killed on a motorcycle.

Thereís a little list of ghoulish catastrophes that I keep close in my mind: spinal puncture, brain trauma, amputation, skin grafts, wheel chairs, feeding tubes, etc. Thinking about it makes me feel safer. Somehow the beast is less frightening when you can look at it and name it, rather than constantly suspecting its presence under your bed."
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:36 AM   #381
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Yep, I never heard anyone say, "over!" Is that trucker lingo?
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Military radiotelephone procedure.
"over" = I'm done talking, your turn.
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Old 07-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #382
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Military radiotelephone procedure.
"over" = I'm done talking, your turn.
And please, please, never say "over and out".
That's plain stupid.
Thank you.
"Out."
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Old 07-07-2014, 04:05 AM   #383
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and please, please, never say "over and out".
That's plain stupid.
Thank you.
"out."
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Old 07-07-2014, 06:38 AM   #384
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Old 10-03-2014, 07:52 PM   #385
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How does one get into this here in the US?
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How does one get into this here in the US?
I would just try calling the courier services in your area. I Googled it here
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Old 10-03-2014, 10:31 PM   #387
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Just found this thread today and read it all. Great stuff! I remember in early 80's I was riding a r65 and seen an ad in back of a motomag for courier service in DC riding new BMW's. I put in an application and the company had me talk to one of their couriers who talked me out of doing it. He said you almost had to be a DC native with a free place to live to make a go of it. He probably saved my life! Thanks
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Old 10-03-2014, 11:32 PM   #388
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How does one get into this here in the US?
Nice work if you can get it. The commercial delivery gigs have really dried up in the cities that I'm familiar with. It's become pretty rare, although Joey Bones might have some ideas. Currently I do a little legal process service from time to time, which is not the same, but it's still getting paid to ride. YMMV.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:49 PM   #389
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Military radiotelephone procedure.
"over" = I'm done talking, your turn.
Great thread I found this morning! Amazing that it is still active. The term "over" originates from early voice radio proceedure. In those days you had to manually switch the radio set from send to receive. You said over to alert the others listening you were no longer sending and were ready to recieve. "out" was the term used to say you were ending the conversation and were no longer listening or were off air. Over and Out really makes no sense!!
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Old 11-18-2014, 02:11 AM   #390
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Someone call Security!

Just got sent this: Security Despatchers circa 1978 or 79. A grubby bunch of moto renegades.
I'm in there somewhere and so is some guy called Barry Sheene.

Note a Dave 'behind bars'. Nice guy, rode an XS500. But got caught with stolen goods or drugs or something?
Come Friday nights, he was a 'procurer' to help the throng unwind, iirc.

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