What began as Stevenson's attempt to create the next best thing to having his own scraper-car — known in Oakland's hyphy-style rap culture for the matching body and wheel colors — has turned into a mobile mini-arts festival of 26-inch-tall Ferris wheels rolling through the streets of East Oakland.Read more in "Local scraperbikes ride into global consciousness." See also the YouTube rap video.
At appearances throughout their neighborhood, the crew shows kids how to decorate and fix old bikes. According to Robert Calhoun of the Rainbow Community Center, "The kids ate it up."
"They don't just ride, they coordinate," Calhoun says.
Calhoun adds that the Scraperbike Crew's organization skills are "just like a marching band on a football field." He predicts that the phenomenon will stretch "coast to coast."
Calhoun's statement can be confirmed through a "scraperbikes" Google search, which shows Internet postings from people in Portland, Ore., and Okinawa, Japan, flaunting their own homemade scraperbikes.
- 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