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Bicycles on Parade, Bicycles on Film

Knot Magazine, May 18,2004

By Matthew Sheahan
Notes from a Polite New Yorker

'Even the Girls,' documents the lives of female bicycle messengers. Bicycle messengers in the audience cheered on their fellow messengers, some of whom they recognized and knew, and seconded some of their complaints.

 'On Time,' is a funny short film from 1987 that tells the story of a bike messenger overcoming seemingly infinite obstacles and mishaps in order to deliver a package on time.

The final film of the first screening was the highly anticipated 'Warriors: The Bike Race.' Two years ago, cyclists re-created the path taken by gangs in the cult classic film 'The Warriors.' Over 800 cyclists organized into 89 teams to ride from the Bronx to Coney Island in a race. Along the way they had to stop at checkpoints and complete tasks that included wrestling a large man, jumping over one of your own members on a bicycle and getting a tattoo. The film's principal director is Christopher Ryan, lead singer of the punk band Team Spider and a member of the Electric Vikings. Ryan provides one of the film's funniest moments when he becomes lost and finds himself in the South Bronx during a rainstorm while dressed like a Viking. The film includes footage of the original film, and ends with triumphant teams enjoying the Coney Island beach.


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