Memo to MTV: “Pimp My Bike” = Ratings Gold

Via TreeHugger, this YouTube clip features Oakland’s Trunk Boiz boasting about their scraper bikes, which sport custom-painted frames and rims to match (more photos here). The video has become an online sensation, drawing more than two million views. Tyrone Stevenson, one of the creators of the scraper bike style, is ready to capitalize, reports NPR:

"Oakland has been taken over by scraper bikes," says Stevenson. "On
the Internet, it is worldwide. There’s people from literally across the
world making these bikes, from Portland, Oregon, to Japan to Australia
to Jamaica."

Stevenson says he’s already making a living
scraperizing bikes, but he’s got big plans for the future: trademarks,
patents and, someday soon, a scraper bike shop.

Stevenson’s rhyme also includes the heavy favorite for Streetsblog’s 2008 Lyric of the Year:

I’m movin’ on my scraper bike
I’m cruisin’ on my scraper bike
My scraper bike go hard
I don’t need no car

That’s the sound of America’s youth culture catching up to the Japanese.

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