Born in the streets of Oakland, (SF, California) scraper bikes first gained attention as a trend in bicycle customization that spread with viral speed, thanks to YouTube. Since the Scraper Bike video debuted two years ago, they’ve become much more: a practical means of greening urban space, a social movement, and a rallying point for young people organizing against violence in their communities.
Tyrone « Baby Champ » Stevenson, who styles himself the Scraper Bike King, says the first scraper bikes were created by Oakland teens who coveted, but could not afford, scraper cars — souped-up sedans painted with bright colors and with rims so large they scrape the undercarriage. Scraper bikes are such a hit that many teens skip the cars and keep pedaling well past the age of 16.
Baby Champ organize the annual « Bike 4 Life » ride to call for an end to violence in Oakland’s neighborhoods. « We’re trying to bring together a gun truce, » he says, « because a lot of people in our community are dying from guns. »
» The Scraper Bike Movement seeks to capture the creativity of youth living within dangerous communities.
It gives them a positive outlet that is fun, educational, and promotes healthy lifestyles.
The Scraper Bike Movement offers youth a sustainable group of peers that is positive and motivating.
We want to expand and enlighten young peoples perspective on life through fixing and painting bicycles.
Our goal is to support youth entrepreneurship and cultural innovation. »
In order to become a member of the Original Scraper Bike Team, you must: Be a resident of Oakland, CA.
Be at least 7y/o or older. Maintain A 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), Create your own Scraper Bike…
(It Has To Be Amazing, Or Else You Can’t Ride.) 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… »
— The Scraper Bike King
A film by Drea Cooper & Zackary Canepari