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Today is the twentieth anniversary of the death of Mic Christopher.
I knew Mic during the '90s when he worked on and off as a courier; sometimes on a bicycle and sometimes on a motorcycle. Like many other couriers he would take time off to do his own thing and return to courier work as it suited him. He was good humoured and humble and he was well liked. Everyone knew he was in a band, but he never talked about it so nobody thought anything much of it.
The last time I met him was on a warm, sunny late-summer evening in 2001. He pulled up alongside me at a set of traffic lights near the Customs House. I hadn't seen him in a long time and I'd heard through the grapevine that he'd broken his back in a crash. We pulled over to the pavement, dismounted and had a smoke and a catch-up in the sunshine.
He was his usual cheerful self as he told me about the accident and his recovery. He went on to say that he was done with courier life, for good this time and that he was going on tour in Europe. He was enthusiastic and optimistic about it and as we parted, he gave me his courier bag and his Dublin A-Z saying he didn't need them any more. And then with a wave, he took off into the traffic and was gone.
It's a lovely memory of a lovely guy.
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Here at Mercenary, we wholeheartedly endorse this kind of audacious individualism...
Images via Toadypuff on Tumblr (It's also on German Ebay if you're interested in buying it...)
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This is just a quick update on the Fantic 200 twin-shock trials bike.
It hasn't been abandoned exactly, but opening up the motor revealed some missing parts. The kick-start shaft is still there but the rest of the starting mechanism is missing - particularly a 20-tooth gear that's proving hard to find. There are a couple of other bits which seem to be common to other Minarelli motors but that 20-tooth sprocket is proving elusive.
The bike should start easily with a bump-start and this isn't a problem it it's just going to be a fun-bike. But to participate in trials events it needs to kick start.
Just for the sake of completion, below are some pictures of some other (small) progress that's been made of the project.
These images are take from the Mercenary Garage Instagram account...
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