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Scraper Bike is an emerging custom bike trend in the San Francisco Bay Area that typically involves tricking out ordinary bicycle spokes with candy-colored pinwheels and matching body/wheel colors, using tinfoil, re-used cardboard, candy wrappers and paint. It was first popularized by Oakland teen rappers known as “Trunk Boiz” on YouTube.
The term “scraper bike” was first coined by Tyrone Stephenson Jr., a 20 year old innovator and co-founder of the movement. According to NPR’s coverage on the phenomenon, Tyrone originally sought to imitate the flashy custom designs of “scrapers”, a local slang for old- school Buicks or Oldmobiles commonly spotted around Oakland, CA. Known as ground-zero of Hyphy music/movement, Oakland is also the hometown of Bubb Rubb and infamous whistle tips.
Trunk Boiz, An Internet Sensation
“My scraper bike go hard, I don’t need no car”
What was once a local urban fad in Northern Cali went viral in April 2007, when Tyrone and a group of Oakland teen rappers known as “Trunk Boiz” uploaded their original music video on YouTube. It features the crew riding on custom-decorated bicycles through the residential streets, repping their pride with catchy lines like “My scraper bike go hard, I don’t need no car” and “my scraper bike (x10).” The song was nominated for Top 20 Best Music Videos of 2007 on YouTube and has been viewed nearly 3 million times as of August 2009.
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Sundbyøster Scraper crew in Copenhagen, Denmark (in Danish / no sub):
Scraper Bike Movement in Münster, Germany:
Kids Scrapin’ on Scraper Bikes in Austin, Texas:
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