It has recently been brought to my attention that Cranked is seen as a magazine that panders to a specific group. That it is trying to “be” a messenger magazine, trying to “be” something that it isn’t. I’d like to set this straight.
Faux-real, faux-messenger, faux-magazine?
Isn’t this a rather closed-minded approach to community? Just because someone is riding their bike downtown, and its a fixed gear, or they have a shoulder slung bag on, their pants are rolled up or whatever, are they “obviously” trying to cop a style, and are therefore subject to ridicule. What is this? Is it style? Are people that self-important and conceited that they think they’ve set some precedent in fashion that isn’t to be replicated? That some amount of reverence needs to be submitted first? Are people that vain? It must be something other than vanity and selfishness then. Closed-mindedness is all I’m left with.
Do people think Cranked is a faux-magazine? Attempting to be a messenger magazine? Trying to be something it isn’t? Do people know what Cranked is about? I’ll tell you, it is absolutely not aiming to be a messenger magazine. Rather, it is attempting to offer coverage of some of the things messengers do. Read this sentence too: Cranked is also attempting to offer coverage of some of the things commuters do. Oh, and also what drunken bike groups do, what bike shops and mechanics do, what bike riders do, what those who ride alone do, what point83 does, what the Dead Babies do, what Fast Friday does, what bike groups like Cascade, Bike Dexter, SORBA, BBTC, Bicycle Kitchen, CCC, Velocipede, and what the B:C:Clettes do, Cyclecide, Streetsblog, Rochester Alley Cat, Baleen, etc, etc, etc. See a pattern? Does this sound like something that is pandering to one specific group of cyclists, like something that is trying to be one specific group of bikers?
Have I left anyone out? Has the magazine left anyone out? (Yes, I know there are millions more; want coverage? contact me.) We all know the old adage, don’t judge a book by its cover. This means give it a chance, taste the noodles, smell the broth, judge it by what it is and not what you’ve heard or assume it is. Don’t know it’s history, find out and ask.
Seriously, keep it real and forget about your judgements on what is faux-real or not.