Friday, 25 March 2011

BSNYC Friday 1960s-Style Human Be-In, Narrated by Peter Coyote!

With the advent of the Travel Channel television reality series "Triple Rush," as well as the upcoming release of the Hollywood film "Premium Rush," bike messenger-themed entertainment is becoming a genre unto itself. Nevertheless, despite renewed interest in these glorified clerical workers, one wonders if a cinema classic such as "Quicksilver" would have been "greenlit" today. I for one believe that it would not have been, for it is in flagrant violation of the current rule requiring all messenger-themed shows and movies to have "rush" in the title. However, the following are all currently in development according to the Internet Movie Database:

"Quadruple Rush"
"Quintuple Rush"
"Medium Rush"
"Bill & Ted's Excellent Rush"
"Rush Little Hipster Don't You Cry"

Then of course there's the highly-anticipated "What's The Big Rush?!? Slow Down, You're Gonna Hurt Yourself!" It's the touching story of a young Jewish man who, despite his father's wishes, wants to become a bike messenger instead of a cantor, and it's sure to become "The Jazz Singer" of courier films.

I think I smell an Oscar for Justin Bieber in his Hollywood debut--though it might just be the heady aroma of unwashed "shants." Either way, the scenes of Bieber darting through city traffic with his grimy tallis fluttering in the breeze are thrillingly evocative and fraught with symbolism.

Of course, a real messenger movie doesn't need to be "greenlit" by some Hollywood fat cat, because what real messenger stops for red lights anyway? All you have to do if you want to make your own messenger masterpiece is to operate outside the studio system. This could mean producing it yourself, or it could mean producing it in a foreign country with its own film industry, such as Thailand. As it happens, Lucho of the esteemed cycling blog Cycling Inquisition recently alerted me to a trailer for a Thai production that promises to be the greatest messenger movie ever made ever in the history of ever:

I can hear the pitch now: "It's 'Quicksilver' meets 'Pee Wee's Big Adventure,' if they were both scripted by Adam Sandler and directed by John Frankenheimer."

I only hope someone gets around to subtitling it in American. Subtitled version via an astute commenter.

Until then, I'm pleased to present you with a quiz. As always, study the item, think, and click on your answer. If you're right you'll know, and if you're wrong you'll see a video forwarded by a reader named Jonathan in which somebody is clearly losing his mind.

Thanks very much for reading, ride safe, and whatever you do, don't rush.


1) Which of the following is not an actual character from the upcoming Travel Channel bicycle messenger series, "Triple Rush?"

(Sammy Hagar couldn't ride 55 either.)

2) After ticketing a cyclist in a Central Park speed trap, police then went to his house and apologized.

(Note the yellow arm band. Did aliens give Hagar the idea for the LiveStrong bracelet way back in 1984?)

3) Sammy Hagar claims to have been visited by aliens.

4) According to the above article, "the elegant, triple-triangle design created by the unusual weld of the seat stays " is "an old trick pioneered by GT that lends added strength to one of the bike's weakest points." Is this true?

5) In the exciting world of bicycle inner tubes, square is the new round.

6) Cycling clothier Rapha is branching out into:

7) Actor Ethan Suplee does not technically wear spandex, because Champion Systems clothing is actually made of:


***Special Gesticulation-Themed Bonus Question***

(Best Made Company owner hard at work not actually making anything.)

This hand gesture can best be described as the:


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