Budapest seems to be a popular destination recently for cyclist. Of course, now I’m not talking about the CMH team, we finally decided to stay in our lovely city for the summer to work on some stuff that hopefully you will love. But let’s focus on cycling now: while we were riding around the streets of Budapest, we met some people who we haven’t seen before but still they looked familiar. Of course, they were the same dirty guys with holes on their shorts made by their saddles, fully packed messenger bags on their back, the key of their U-lock hanging on their arm and, obviously their bikes probably have more stories than your grandfather could tell you about all the wars he saw. Couriers, travellers, adventurers, punks - all in one word: motherfucking riders. (ok, two words, whatever)
So, if you look carefully enough, you might find one - or even a group - of them just riding next to you. Our aim with our project is to connect all these people. That’s why we are hosting them, helping them and riding with them.
It happened a few months ago that we got in contact with Team Cassos from Düsseldorf, who were 3 fixed riders cycling from their hometown to Istanbul! Big adventure! We offered them a place to sleep, eat and take a shower at the CMH HQ and introduced them to the BP courier scene. Beers, BBQ, some shooting in the traffic (hopefully we will see those moments again in their movie!), some mad open-air party was more than enough to convince Tom, one third of the team to stay some more days in BP with us and catch Sebon and Wladi on the way to the final destination somewhere in Serbia.
You can follow them and hopefully their future trips on their facebook page.
The reason why I’m writing about his now, is that the Cassos guys were not the only one having the same idea of a great cycling trip. We got the chance last weekend to meet 15 hardcore germans who are crazy about fixed gear - basically, crazy in general. They are the Hardbrakers, originally from Hamburg, but some of them are based in Munich and Berlin. They know how to party hard, ride hard and enjoy all the shit that happens to be around you wherever you are.
They arrived to BP on friday night and the crew of a local blog, FIXA was taking care of them, showing them around the city with a nice nightride. The same thing happened as with us in Barcelona 2 years ago: people living in the same city but who havent met before were riding together thanks to some foreigners. If you visit a place you dont know, its obviously giving you new impressions, ideas and viewpoints. But you dont really think about how YOU leave your mark on the place and people you visit. Well, if you have something to share, you definitely gonna be welcome whenever you go back again.
And this is the magic about the Hardbrakers. It was love at the first sight, when we saw Mario after the rainy morning (while the rest of the crew was recovering from some serious hangover) in front of our house. Breakfast, some VIP screening, short “what-to-see-in-BP-in-2hours” ride, lángos then what to do if you are planning to ride 180 kms the next day, as the start of a trip, when the 80% of the group havent done more than 100 kms ever? HOUSE PARTY!!
All these things led to start late, ride hard and finally (after some mad breakaway with the youngsters of the team) we all arrived in two groups to Szeged aka Suncity where Julcsi (Blind Chic.) and her brother, Pali was hosting the team and us in the MŰHELY. 25 pizzas, endless beers, night swim in the river, sweaty men sleeping on matrasses under the sky, and a long morning before they head toward Serbia.
This weekend was a perfect example why we are doing what we are doing. We will definitely have a future together with these guys (CMH X HB Hamburg event soon!) because we are building something that everyone wants to exist but only few are actually willing to work for it! We are one of those few.
So, lets build a better world where people stick together - and I repeat: this is far far bigger than just riding together!