Minneapolis Messenger History
Yesterday, our good friend Tim G dropped off a couple pieces of Minneapolis bike messenger history at the All-City offices and I thought that I’d share them with you.
This is the NACCC shirt from 2000, when it was held here in Minneapolis.
This is the legendary Minneapolis Messenger Jersey, you’ll notice the sponsors which include the infamous Sex World. I’ve only seen a few of these over the years, and never one in new condition before.
Tim G worked the streets of Minneapolis from 87-04. He was one of the originals, and now makes his living servicing Campagnolo components. He has always been a source of inspiration for me on the long journey that has lead to All-City, which is why we named the 314 Messenger Chainring after him. Tim’s messenger nickname was Pi or 3.14. Since both Pi and 3.14 would make lousy chainring names we decided to call it the 314 (three one four) Messenger ring. It’s just like the ring you see below but in a 130BCD; meaning that it would make a perfect replacement ring for a Sugino Messenger crankset, or any other 130 BCD crankset that you’d like to put a 1/8 ring on.
We are making them in 42,43,44,46, and 47 tooth patterns. I personally like to ride a 42 X16 or a 43X16 ring on the streets but haven’t been able to easily find them so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to make sure they’re available to the public. I know alot of you out there run a 44X16 and I’d like to encourage you to try a 43 tooth ring instead. It just might be the perfect freestyle setup. Skid patches galore.