Scraperbikes in East Oakland

Can suped-up bikes be part of the solution to the crisis facing boys of color? This video from the folks at “California is a Place” makes the case pretty persuasively:


According to the Scraper Bike King, in order to become a member of the Original Scraper Bike Team, you must:

  • Be a resident of Oakland, CA.
  • Be at least 7 y/o or older.
  • Retain A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Create your own Scraper Bike…(It Has To Be Amazing, Or Else You Can’t Ride.)
  • Stick to a single-file line when riding.

After 10 rides The Scraper Bike King and his Captains will decide if your bike is up to standards and if you can follow simple guidelines. After your evaluation we will consider you a member and honor you with an Original Scraper Bike Team Shirt. Only worn when Mobbin’ Stay posted to our website for all upcoming Scraper Bike Rides…”

What is California is a Place? Let them tell you:

California is loaded. From Disneyland to farmland, we’ve got Scientology and superstars, Silicon and silicone, crips and bloods. The border. Krumpin’ Clownin’ Jerkin’. The surf and the turf. The boom and the bust. California is humanity run amuck and then packaged, branded and sold. California Cuisine, California Love, California Casual, California Gold, California Girls, and of course, California Dreams. If it exists in the world, it exists here and it does so with pizzaz.

Obviously, we love this stuff. That’s why we’re doing this project. Simply put, California is sensational. And the closer we look the better it gets: words and images, stories and songs, opinions and ideas. This project is ongoing. We hope you like what you see and say so. We plan to post often. So until that day, when we finally float off into the Pacific, California is a place. Stay tuned.

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One Response to “Scraperbikes in East Oakland”

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    Great piece. Thanks for lifting up the Scraper Bike King, and his positive influence on boys of color in East Oakland, via "California is a Place"!

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