Name: Ian "Danger Party" McDonnell, rider #168
From: Tucson, AZ
How did you start riding bikes: Necessity. A vessel to do things with my life. Honestly, I got a DUI when I was 17 so I started riding bikes out of necessity. I always lived at punk houses, which always have pile of broken bikes, so I learned how to wrench, out of necessity. It kinda grew from there, into daily rides and then aimlessly bike touring wherever I please. And now I make a living on the saddle.
What brought you into SF mess culture: After moving to Oakland from Portland, with unemployment checks running out, and finding the adult film industry more competitive than i though it would be, i realized i needed a job. A chance run-in at an intersection with a TCB rider led to an interview, and it progressed from there. So basically, I got into mess work because i got into work.
How did you hear about Roadrunner: I needed a bigger bag and my friends in the Angelopes (a LA based bike punk crew famously known for their tall bike expeditions) pointed me in the right direction.
How does your Americano Roll Top make work easier: Here at TCB Courier, we dip our pens in a lot of different ink. Volume and compartments. I can put multiple food deliveries in the main bag, envelopes and documents in the rear pocket, and strap bulk box jobs and whatever on the outside.
Tips and tricks for newer riders: Be a professional. Always. Hold yourself to a high standard. Don't get hot at the idiot security guard that sends you in the wrong loading dock. You will probably see him again in a few days, and he holds the power of building entry. However, don't take no guff, fuck that guy.
Be concise: Time management. 5 minutes is a long time. And plans can change dramatically. Always have a plan that can move fluidly, always know your 20 and status and what your line is and where it ends. Line yourself up before it ends (don't clear up hella far away from new jobs in the middle of nowhere). Be realistic on how long that freight elevator ride to the 57th floor is gonna take after you sign in with security.
Expect the worse: Be prepared, mentally and physical. If this was an easy job then i wouldn't have a job. The door will be locked. The address may not exist. Your radio will get a jammed signal when your phone dies. You will get a flat when you have 8 on board that are due in 20 minutes. You will get hit by a car in the rain right after you fix that flat. And time keeps rolling.