East Oakland’s scraper bikes were the subject of a recent report by . For the uninitiated (that’s me!), scraper bikes are colorfully customized bicycles. "Scraper" was a term originally used for custom cars that had such beefy rims, they almost scraped the wheel well.
Making a scraper bike is low-tech. One way to scraper-ize is to insert food wrappers into a bike’s spokes. Then, spray-paint the frame a retina-scorching color. Done? Good. Now take your scraper bike and go scraping on the scraper bike. That means riding in such an uncool way, it becomes cool again. Don’t get it? Maybe this way-popular scraper video will help. (I’d rate it PG.)
Scraper biking is an offshoot of the Bay Area’s “hyphy” (HIGH-fee) movement, which (according to encourages irrational, amusingly eccentric, and goofy behavior. (Sound familiar? If not, read this blog more.)
MORE BIKE NEWS! California came in 7th in a ranking of all 50 states in the
2. Wisconsin (!)
4. Oregon (Portland had the highest ranking of any city)
Above: photo of Portland-style scraper bike.
Scraping the bottom
46. North Dakota
50. West Virginia