visiting Rome convinced me that “it could be done”. Sell the Kawasaki KLR 600 and use the bike for all urban travel. We were very few to ride a bike in Rome in the 90s
I have lived the CSOA, the squats, the building takeover and the various streets opened by movement against the globalization among others that of Critical Mass organizing it together with others / and since 2002 also in Rome.
For me, bike, diy ethics and activism from the first Critical Mass have always been one.
So much cycle-activism, until reading “The Immortal Class: Bike Messengers and the Cult of Human Power” of Travis Hugh Culley and therefore the decision to do that job, the bike messenger, so much the webmaster ran smoothly, little effort, some money and time to do even more .
I worked for Speedy Boys for a couple of years from 2004 to 2005. After a bit of 60/80/100 km a day I finally reached “la condizione” also coming in the early stages in some alleycat.
Many alleycats (velocity) in those years in the scene of Critical Mass between Rome and Milan from 2003 to 2007. There were no couriers in Rome at the time so I followed the scene a little through the mailing lists and some websites.
In 2004 we did not have mobile phones, only radio and paper roadmap but the climbs were the same hard as today, the rain and cold infamous and the taxi drivers always bastards.
In moments of self-awareness in the elevator in front of the mirror in the head always a couple of questions that changed depending on the season
– fall spring summer -> are they really paying me for this?
– soaking and icy winter -> but what am I doing, am I crazy?
I resumed doing the courier with EAP, today @corrocorrieri in December 2016. I continue to have fun working on a bike and I hope to get by a little longer (I’m about to make 51).
Now I also do a few switch doing the dispatcher and therefore not always only on the street, but always hardcore”.